As one of my colleagues and fellow DEG members recently pointed out, what the DEG has to offer its members should be much more than receiving the annual ballot, quarterly issues of DEG’s journal Environmental Geosciences and the DEG Web site.
DEG should provide its members an opportunity for personal involvement and attachment.
Let’s talk about opportunities!
The DEG is a snapshot of its current leadership, and the ideas and energy of one person can make a big difference. Make DEG yours by becoming more involved with its many activities. Some suggestions:
Nominate deserving environmental geoscientists for DEG honors and awards.
The accomplishments of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the environmental geosciences or have provided exemplary service and/or leadership to the Division should be recognized. Some DEG awards do not require DEG or AAPG membership. Awards descriptions and the nomination form are available at the DEG Web site (http://deg.aapg.org).
Although nominations were due the first Thursday in August, it is never too late or too early to submit nominations.
Submit an abstract and make an oral or poster presentation at your AAPG Section/Region meeting or the AAPG annual convention.
Volunteer to chair or co-chair a DEG session at your AAPG Section/Region meeting or the AAPG annual convention.
DEG Advisory Board section representatives are responsible for ensuring a DEG presence at each AAPG Section meeting. Ideas, suggestions and offers of assistance are always appreciated.
Contact information for DEG section representatives is available at the DEG Web site.
Submit a paper for publication in Environmental Geosciences.
Instructions for authors can be found in every issue of this journal and at the DEG Web site.
Volunteer to judge a DEG oral or poster session at your AAPG Section/Region meeting or the AAPG annual convention.
It is an opportunity to learn something new and useful, and it assists in the process of providing recognition for outstanding technical presentations.
Serve on a DEG committee. People who have enthusiasm and ideas are always welcome. DEG’s Web site, Geohazards, Health and Safety, Research, Membership and Continuing Education committees all have opportunities available.
If you would like to become involved with one of these committees, please contact the committee chair and offer your services. Committee chair contact information is available at the DEG Web site.
Ideas for new committees also are a possibility.
Mentor a geology student or a new geologist -- it is a learning experience for both mentor and protégé.
Seeing the world through their eyes is often surprising. Having done this for a number of years, I am not sure who benefits the most.
While you are at it, introduce them to AAPG and DEG.
Some upcoming events and opportunities include:
The 56th Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies annual convention is Sept. 25-27, in Lafayette, La. About 40 percent of the approximately 130 oral and poster presentations on the meeting program are on environmental topics.
Environmental sessions include Gulf Coast Environmental I; Coastal Processes; Gulf Coast Environmental poster session; Geologic Record of Hurricanes; Louisiana Hurricane Impacts and Coast Processes; and Gulf Coast Environmental II.
Also, two GCAGS field trips of environmental interest are being offered: “Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology,” on Sept. 25, “Hurricane Katrina -- What Happened?” on Sept. 28.
More information is available at www.gcags2006.com.
The 35th annual Eastern Section meeting is set Oct. 8-11 in Buffalo, N.Y., and environmental sessions will include: CO2, Nitrogen and H2S Production; Environmental Issues: Geology, Hydrology, and Geochemistry; CO2 Sequestration; and E&P Environmental Issues and Best Management Practices.
In conjunction with the Eastern Section meeting, the New York State Geological Association is offering 11 field trips, including an environmental field trip on Oct. 7 called “Famous Hazardous Waste Sites of Niagara Falls, N.Y. One field trip stop will be the infamous Love Canal.
The Eastern Section AAPG meeting Web site is www.ubevents.org/event/aapg.
about any DEG issues, concerns or questions you may have during this year at 1 Mont Chateau Road, Morgantown, W.Va. 26508-8079, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.