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Harris, when he receives his award in Denver, will become the 68th Powers medalist in AAPG history, first awarded in 1945 to legendary geologist Wallace E. Pratt. Guzmán is ninth recipient of the Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award, given in recognition of outstanding and exceptional leadership in the petroleum geosciences.

Explorer Director’s Corner


Troubled winds are blowing as this year comes to a close. And our industry is feeling their effects.

Explorer Division Column DEG


In many environmental areas, it seems the energy industry is often on the defensive and is forced to react to real or perceived environmental issues rather than employ forethought to anticipate the majority of issues that might arise from energy-related activities.

Explorer Foundation Update


Nominations for the AAPG Foundation Professorial Award, presented annually to a college or university professor who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education, are now being accepted.

Explorer Geophysical Corner


Three-D seismic surveys always suffer from poor sampling along at least one spatial dimension – that’s why many techniques have been developed over the years to interpolate data, in particular before final migration.

Explorer Historical Highlight


A commemorative event was held in October to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic Thorla-McKee oil well and salt works of southeastern Ohio. It is an important historical site for the history of North America’s petroleum industry. Much like the 1818 traveler who visited the “natural curiosity” and wrote about the well, the site is still well worth a visit.

Explorer Policy Watch

Explorer Policy Watch

The need for research to help understand the causes and mitigate induced seismicity was one of several topics at several recent Washington, D.C., workshops that explored what we know about the subsurface and its response to energy extraction technologies – and what research is needed for more efficient and safe energy development.

Explorer President’s Column


It’s appropriate in this season of remembering to recognize and celebrate those people who are this year’s “Best of the Best” – the amazing people who have been named the winners of AAPG honors and awards.

Explorer ProTracks

Explorer ProTracks

YP initiatives reached new heights this past August as young professionals met in Snowbird, Utah, for the fifth annual Young Professionals Leadership Summit (YPLS).

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We all know January will arrive far too quickly, so now is the time to start planning to attend the annual Global APPEX Prospect and Property Expo, set March 3-5 at its traditional home in the Business Design Centre in Islington, North London, just a stones’ throw from the center of the city.

Written by members of the DPA (Division of Professional Affairs) for the members of the DPA, Correlator is published quarterly. Articles cover professional development topics as well as matters of ethics and DPA business.

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Seasoned and successful exploration geoscientists know, by bitter experience, the cost of ignoring (or not obtaining) objective data that bear on the geologic and economic merits of their ventures.

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Geology is positively a fascinating science. I was bewitched since my first steps in the university in southern Brazil 50 years ago.

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As we begin a new series of the Correlator, and after reviewing Flávio Juarez Feijó’s article on Living with YPs I felt it was worth bringing up volunteering one more time.

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As I prepared this last report for the Correlator as DPA president, I found myself reflecting on the past year – which flew by with remarkable speed.

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Jack Welsh, past chairman of GE, once said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

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In early October I had two occasions to take Zoe, my now-14-year-old daughter, and several of her girlfriends (BFFs?) to the Tulsa State Fair. As a father I had to learn patience and how to be heard but not seen (figure that one out). I also had a good lesson in the power of communication because within 30 minutes of arriving at the fair, my daughter’s little group would suddenly double or triple with their friends – especially boys. Oh, the power of communicating with smart phones!

The Delegates Voice is published quarterly. It is written by the leadership of the HoD (House of Delegates), the body of delegates representing the members of AAPG, and edited by the HoD Secretary/Editor, who is nominated annually. The focus of Delegates Voice is activities and issues of the HoD. This publication is available only to AAPG members.

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I am disappointed in what happened during the discussion and voting on the proposal for elimination of the "three sponsors" requirement for AAPG membership. The Executive Committee put the proposal to amend the Bylaws in front of the HoD to be voted on.

Delegates Voice Committee Article


The Nomination and Election Committee has selected the candidates to run for the House of Delegates office from a list of 24 qualified candidates. The election of these officers by the HoD delegates will take place at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Denver in May 2015.


The committee is made up of a diverse group of dedicated and committed individuals appointed by the chair of the House of Delegates and spanning a large geographic area from Paris, France to Nova Scotia, Canada, to California.


The Resolution Committee will report during the House of Delegates annual meeting its recommendations regarding advanced petitions, resolutions or motions proposed by delegates, affiliated societies, or by charge from the chair of the House.


The Rules and Procedures Committee is charged with reviewing the rules and procedures of the House of Delegates and suggesting and reviewing any changes to those rules and procedures for consideration in the House.


The Credentials Committees consists of the chair and four members. Members are the 2015 candidates for HoD chair-elect (James McGhay and Dwight “Clint” Moore) and for secretary/editor (Michael Allison and Stephen Levine).


The Constitution and Bylaws Committee comprises seven members. For 2014-15 they are:

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This is my first article as your Delegates’ Voice editor for the 2014-15 term. I also serve as the chair of the Newsletter Committee; and I am pleased that two veterans from last year’s committee have agreed to stay on and assist me: Dan Billman and Chris Swezey. Finally, joining us on the committee for the next year is Maren Blair from Calgary, Canada.
Several years ago two colleagues, Clint and Ron, came to one of the Asian national oil companies (NOCs) to conduct an audit, which had been requested by one of the NOC’s partners. In this country (and indeed several others in the region), anything that might result in a loss of face is to be assiduously avoided.
As this is my first submission to the Delegates’ Voice as chair of the House of Delegates, I would like to start by welcoming you to your Delegates’ Voice. I thank all of you for serving the AAPG as delegates and providing the input needed on how we can make the AAPG better for all our members.

The Division of Environmental Geosciences membership produces Spheres of Influence quarterly. The goals of this newsletter include addressing current events and engaging the DEG members. It also is a tool for communicating across the divisions of AAPG while highlighting upcoming environmental geoscience issues.

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