Denver 2009 was a great AAPG convention, and now, thanks to a slew of videos that were produced onsite, you can still benefit from the experience – even if you weren’t there.
The online video material exists thanks to the volunteer efforts of graduate students and AAPG members Lauren Michel, Stephanie Thomas and Meredith Faber. They did a wonderful job tracking down and interviewing people like past AAPG president Scott Tinker, Chevron executive Bobby Ryan and many others, asking them questions:
The inaugural series of videos dealt with the interviewees’ first involvement in AAPG. Future segments – published almost weekly – will deal with other issues, and will be announced online in the wwwUpdate blog.
The most recent batch of Denver video features AAPG past president Scott Tinker talking about various issues related to petroleum geology and the oil and gas industry. He discusses what he calls the “four Es” – Energy, Environment, Economy and Education – as well as "green" economy and renewable energy; comments on Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth"; and talks about overcoming misconceptions people have about the oil and gas industry.
Tinker and Don Clarke, chair of AAPG’s Public Outreach Committee, also talk about the importance of educating the public about geosciences and the industry.
Given the ubiquity of YouTube coupled with the technological benefits it offers to webmasters, it was only logical to publish the videos on AAPG’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/aapgweb). The YouTube videos also are present in AAPG’s Video Vault (www.aapg.org/videos/) together with downloadable versions of the same videos in smaller sizes for both Windows and Macintosh platforms.
The AAPG Video Vault page has also been updated with a new collapsible panel design to reduce scrolling while showcasing the active video and hiding others. Technological progress demands sacrifice, and to use the new Video Vault you need to have a new-ish Web browser (Internet Explorer 7 or later; version 6 is no longer supported). So if you’re still stuck in the software past, it’s time to upgrade!
AAPG is evolving and embracing the future.
And now, it’s almost time for the cameras to start rolling again.
What questions and issues would you like to see addressed during AAPG’s upcoming Annual Convention and Exhibition in New Orleans?
What other AAPG members should we try to interview?
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