By STEVEN P. TISCHER
In other DEG news:
An opportunity for you to volunteer
and assist the AAPG and DEG is to
become a Visiting Geologist.
Being a Visiting Geologist means
you get to present a topic to
geoscience students at colleges and
universities; for example, you can
explain to a student the career
opportunities you have had throughout
your career and explain the necessity
of networking through membership in a
professional society like AAPG.
More institutions are offering
environmental geoscience curriculum,
so there is a definite need for
environmental professionals to explain
the various opportunities available to
students so they have an idea about
the future employment possibilities.
I hope I have piqued your interest
and you decide to become a Visiting
Geologist! If so, please contact Mike
Mlynek at (800) 364-2274 today.
The DEG needs committee chairs
and committee members to organize
and recommend new and/or revised
services for DEG members.
For example, the DEG Continuing
Education Committee needs a chair
and members to recommend courses
that will assist DEG members with
professional development and ways to
obtain continuing education units
(CEU) to meet requirements to
continue to qualify as certified,
licensed or professional geologists as
specified under federal, international
and/or state laws.
Each of the other DEG committees needs members to coordinate with
committee chairs to recommend
services to the Executive Committee
for the betterment of all DEG
Please log on to the DEG Web page at http://deg.aapg.org/committees.cfm and determine how you want to
participate to make the Division of
Environmental Geosciences a better
organization for all its members!
– STEVEN TISCHER
I hope you will be able to attend the
AAPG Annual Convention in Houston,
scheduled for April 9-12 at the George R.
Brown Convention Center, which will
feature a number of DEG-sponsored
sessions and activities, plus DEG-flavored
topics that will be of interest to all.
The technical program’s Theme 7, for
example, is titled “Delivering Resources
and Environmental Quality for a
Sustainable Future,” and it includes four
separate sessions that will provide
educational opportunity for every
geoscientist and environmental
professional that attends.
The four sessions within Theme 7 are a
collaboration between DEG, DPA and
EMD. They are:
- Use of Renewable Energy in Oil/Gas
Production and Environmental
- CO2 Sequestration – Coals/Shales/Produced and Unproduced
Reservoirs as Sequestration Targets.
- Professional Practice of
Environmental, Engineering and
- Advances and Applications in
Geospatial Information Technology:
Remote Sensing, GIS, GPS and GPR.
As you can see by the outstanding
titles, everyone attending will have a
multitude of excellent topics from which to
In addition to Theme 7, a Wednesday
morning (April 12) forum titled “Winning
the Oil Endgame,” featuring several key
industry leaders, will be immediately
followed by the DEG luncheon with the
same title. It should be of interest to all.
The DEG luncheon will feature author
Amory B. Lovins of the Rocky Mountain
Institute to present a synopsis of his
publication, “Winning the Oil Endgame.”
His book can be purchased at your
favorite bookstore, or can be downloaded
One of the DEG short courses during
the Houston meeting is titled “So You Want
to Pass the Professional Geologists
Licensing Examination?” This course will
assist a geologist, geophysicist and/or soil
scientist with identifying materials to study
and become familiar with to be able to
pass the Professional Geoscientists’
Once you pass the exam, the Texas
Board of Professional Geoscientists
awards the successful candidate as a
licensed “professional geoscientist.” The
following states or protectorate have
requirements for geoscientists to be able
to be licensed to practice: Alabama,
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware,
Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,
Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas,
Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin,
Wyoming and Puerto Rico.
The next National Association of State
Boards of Geology exam for geologists in
Texas will be offered on Oct. 6, and the
registration deadline for the October exam
is Aug. 22. Visit http://www.asbog.org/,
and/or http://www.tbpg.state.tx.us/ to get
more information about the ASBOG exam.
Exam information for the other ASBOG
member states may be found on the
ASBOG Web site.
Another DEG pre-meeting short course
(offered April 6-7) is titled “Field Safety
Leadership Seminar.” This course will be a
one-and-a-half day field course that will
teach the attendees to plan and prepare a
health and safety plan for a field trip.
Participants will receive the Field Safety
Leadership Manual that has been
successfully taught at ExxonMobil for
This course is limited to 24 people and
interested individuals should register by
contacting Stephen R. Oliveri at
I hope you will consider attending both
of these important short courses in
I trust that when you attend the annual
convention you’ll listen to as many of the
excellent sessions that you can fit into