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The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) have selected new editorial leadership for Interpretation, the peer-reviewed journal jointly published by the two organizations.

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There’s still time to register for this year’s AAPG-SEG International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 13-16.
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AAPG is your “Career Partner for Life,” and the Career Services Committee wants to help members use tools within and outside of AAPG. LinkedIn is one of those resources that AAPG members may find of great use.
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Explorer Director’s Corner

 
I’m not suggesting we avoid technology. It’s too powerful and enables us to be more productive, both personally and professionally. However, if we fail to recognize its power and how our brains respond to and crave continual engagement and stimulation, we may fall victim to its dark side.
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Explorer Division Column EMD

 
In the coming year, the Energy Minerals Division is looking to improve and expand its information delivery system. EMD also is seeking volunteers to fill a number of vacant section and region councilor positions.
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Explorer Foundation Update

 
The AAPG Foundation has announced the first recipients of the financial aid through its new U.S. Military Veterans Scholarship Program. Ten veterans who are returning to school to pursue a geosciences education will be receiving $2,000 scholarships to help support them and their families in their efforts to transition to life beyond the military.
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Explorer Geophysical Corner

 
This month’s column starts with a staged stochastic inversion scheme that was applied in a southern North Sea Carboniferous setting.
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Explorer Historical Highlight

 
Geological investigations in the Weald area of southeast England have occurred for the past two centuries, but recently there has been a flurry of speculation, particularly in the popular press, over the possibility of the Weald basin becoming a major hydrocarbon province with billions of barrels of oil in place.
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Explorer Policy Watch

 
There’s been a lot of good news recently about water and hydraulic fracturing: the EPA’s and other scientists’ research into water consumption for hydraulic fracturing found minimal strain on water resources, and natural gas power generation significantly reduces water use in power generation.
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Explorer President’s Column

 
As I talked to exhibitors at the recent AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, I asked their views on current industry economic conditions, since by appearance, they all had likely been through downturns before. Without fail, they all said, “There will be the other side of this slump,” and whether it comes in six months or two years, they are working to be prepared for when it comes – and surviving until then.
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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!

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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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One of AAPG's constitutional purposes (#7) is to "advance the professional well-being of its members." As former HoD, EC and AC leaders, we are writing this article out of great concern for what we see as an unnecessary focus by a few new leaders to promote an attempt at a reorganization of AAPG governance and an unnecessary rewrite of our Bylaws, and even our Constitution.

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You read the title correctly; I did mean Sage Gauss not Sage Grouse. Sage Grouse are magnificent birds that are on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's near threatened list. They are also known for being loud and blustery, at least during the mating season. I can assure you that the HoD is not near threatened, nor are we loud and blustery; well most of us are not.
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There has been considerable discussion regarding the desire (need) for delegates to be able to remotely attend the annual House of Delegates meeting. This issue took on added urgency this year given that many companies have limited or eliminated their travel budgets.

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Delegates Voice Committee Article

 

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee completed a review of six proposed bylaws amendments that it received from the Executive Committee. After much discussion the amendments were modified as deemed appropriate, and approved by the committee.

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Delegates Voice Division Article

 
This year our overarching goal is to take DPA from good to great! We have a lot of new ideas we are implementing such as new Playmaker forums and a Web rebuild.
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The Division of Environmental Geosciences is enjoying a full, productive and provocative year. Our efforts this year have been focused on ensuring environmental issues of concern to the energy industry are well represented at the 2015 Annual Convention and Exhibition in Denver.
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The Energy Minerals Division is the ‘go-to-place’ for all unconventionals including: coal, coal-bed methane, gas hydrates, shale gas and liquids, gas (tight) sands, geothermal, oil sands, oil shale, uranium and other rare earth elements.
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Delegates Voice Officer Article

 

Greetings delegates and fellow geo's, and welcome to the 99th year of AAPG. As a recent candidate to serve in the House of Delegates, and now elected by you as chair-elect, there are several items regarding the future of AAPG and our House of Delegates that I have been pondering these last few weeks and months, and would like to share with you briefly now and throughout the coming couple of years.

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As HoD editor for 2014-15, this is my last Delegates' Voice to compile and publish before turning over the reins to Steve Levine - congratulations to Steve for his election. So it seems to me this is the time and place to wrap up the results of the recent HoD meeting held in Denver on May 31, and leave for the next issue to continue the discussion and comments on possible future proposals.
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We had a great 98th year; the House considered a number of issues, several of which elicited a wide-range of opinions among the delegates. Chair David Dolph did an excellent job steering the various committees and the House through four issues:  Bylaws simplification, streamlining the membership application review process, staggered delegate elections, and digital voting & remote meeting attendance.

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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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Steve Tischer is a senior environmental coordinator for ConocoPhillips with responsibilities to the Mid-Continent Business Unit. Tischer provides internal environmental guidance on due diligence, spill emergency response/remediation, waste disposal options and water issues.

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