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AAPG officer candidates for the 2016-17 AAPG Executive Committee have been announced, and videos that allow the membership to become more familiar with them, their careers and their thoughts are available online, on the Officer Candidates page of AAPG.org.

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In the January issue of the EXPLORER, Robert Yeats called on AAPG to be part of the conversation on climate change. The human role in climate change has split the science community into two camps: those who believe in a human cause for climate change, and those who see climate change as a result of largely natural processes.

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Explorer Director’s Corner

 

We are busily restructuring the way AAPG conducts business here in Tulsa and around the globe. It’s a project forced upon us by the extended downturn in oil and natural gas prices and the impact the decline is having on our members and on the petroleum industry. Like you, we feel this impact directly, as the Association has had to reduce its staff levels in response to lower revenues.

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In the past eight months, our industry has continued to be challenged by low commodity prices resulting in difficult times for many geoscientists in our industry. To everyone who has been affected and to those of you who are concerned that you will be, remember to stay focused and be optimistic about your future.

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Explorer Foundation Update

 

William E. Gipson, longtime supporter of the AAPG Foundation and former chair of the AAPG Foundation Trustees, has been named recipient of this year’s L. Austin Weeks Memorial Medal.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

 

Over the last few years, several articles on multicomponent seismic data have appeared in Geophysical Corner describing various aspects of processing and interpretation of such data. In this article, we address an important question about correlation of synthetic seismograms with converted wave PS seismic data.

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When one of us joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1980, seven out of 27 young professionals in the basic training course were Swiss – a remarkable number of students from a tiny country that does not produce oil or gas. The term “Swiss mafia” was coined by our Dutch colleagues, and it wasn’t meant in a complimentary sense.

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Explorer Policy Watch

 

In late February, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment left the United States. It sailed into an economically difficult global market with excess supplies of LNG, sluggish growth in energy demand, and exceptionally low oil prices against which global LNG prices are often set. However, many analysts and policymakers see reasons to expect growing demand for U.S. LNG.

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Explorer President’s Column

 

This has been a difficult year for all of the scientific associations with whom we closely work. AAPG has, like them, made a difficult choice to further reduce our staff size, for the second time this fiscal year, and once again great folks who have been with us for many years are now looking for new employment.

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The Canada Region Young Professional (YP) Committee has been making great strides to increase awareness and activities for YP members in the Region. Our current initiatives include improving the student-to-YP transition, collaborating with other societies and expanding knowledge of the YP program beyond Calgary, Canada’s central oil patch.

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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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We would like to welcome and introduce our newest DPA members (July - October 2015). These are fellow professionals that want to be held to the DPA standards and recognized as certified geoscientists. We look forward to getting to know them better. We encourage them to get involved with DPA in a capacity that best suits their skills and interest.

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We would like to introduce you to the 2015-16 DPA Region councilors and alternates. These are DPA’s representatives in the Regions that interact with the DPA members, AAPG members and others in the geosciences in their area. With their insights of the needs, desires and opportunities in their regions, DPA works with them to support short courses, conventions and other programs that will foster professionalism and ethics for our industry and geoscience community. We encourage you to get to know your representative and provide feedback so we can better serve you.

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August is still wintertime in Southern Brazil, and the students are coming back to their classrooms after a short break. This is a preferred time for special symposia and speeches formally opening the academic semester. Therefore, I managed to be there, both in Sinos and Rio Grande do Sul universities. Those are places where geology has been taught and researched for decades, and where many top scientists have reached outstanding achievements. There were about 50 students and teachers in both amphitheaters, all of them very receptive to our lectures.

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Fellow AAPG/DPA members, Happy New Year to all! Mike Canich asked me to continue his theme of Spreading the Word about DPA and update you on some exciting events organized by DPA members for the spring of 2016. Now is the time to plan to attend these educational networking forums on discoveries and new plays.

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Did you know that AAPG has online resources and information to help you with your career development and employment opportunities during this downturn? Find the “Career” tab on the main AAPG website, or go directly to the Web address: http://www.aapg.org/career (Figure 1).

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November is starting as an unusually calm month in Washington, but numerous contentious issues may explode into the news at any time. Congress passed legislation to boost the debt ceiling and increase this year’s federal budget. However, additional congressional action on major issues is required in November and December. Meanwhile Congress and the Administration continue fighting over several recently released EPA regulations. One bright spot is that science policy groups are enjoying productive conversations with Congress about the importance of geoscience to our country.

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This is a time where AAPG and DPA in particular can really provide value to you. What does this mean? Most jobs come from our network of family, friends or professional contacts.

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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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Correlator President’s Column

 

As we neared the end of 2015, the downturn in the oil and gas industry continued. Each week I hear of another friend or associate who has had a change in employment status. After 39 years in the oil and gas industry, I decided to retire at the end of October, so my change in employment status was planned in difference to most of the others that I hear about. To everyone who has been affected and to those of you who are concerned that you will be, remember to stay focused and be optimistic about your future. During my career, which spanned some very difficult times during the 1980s and 90s, I tried to follow that advice. Even with those difficult times, I can’t imagine having worked in any other business.

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Correlator Secretary Editor Column

 

This is a time where AAPG and DPA in particular can really provide value to you. What does this mean? Most jobs come from our network of family, friends or professional contacts.

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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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I write in strong opposition to the proposed “Petition to Amend AAPG Bylaws” regarding the “delegate check.” The proposed expanded use of the “delegate check” procedure, principally applied in the Houston delegation, and the institutionalizing of that practice in the AAPG Bylaws, is a giant step backward.
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This proposed “HoD Quorum Clarification” bylaws amendment (see below) may on first glance seem unnecessary. However, we have been made aware of an opinion by at least one high-ranking member of the current EC, who has expressed a view that the quorum for the HoD meeting could be interpreted from the HoD Section 6 sentences of the bylaws, suggesting the definition of “elected” as only those present at the beginning of the meeting, and not those duly elected during the course of each year.

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In February, the EC near-unanimously passed on to the HOD a bylaws amendment from the Advisory Council that calls for allowing the three small Regions (Middle East, Africa and Latin America) a full vote in the deliberations of the Advisory Council, regardless of their membership size. Many members have asked us to write up the bylaws history of why the 750-member hurdle was set by the HoD in 2000 for the new Regions, as well as the Sections and divisions, for voting seats on the Advisory Council.
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Our proposed new bylaws amendment will solve a recent EC-created problem by incorporating into the bylaws the longstanding delegate full membership application process (“the delegate check”), which until last October was a part of the EC handbook of AAPG processes.
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If you’re like us, reading the AAPG Bylaws and Constitution is not your favorite reading pastime, but as dedicated and concerned longtime past HoD, EC and AC elected leaders, we well understand the importance of having clear and concise bylaws.

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Delegates Voice Candidate Article

 

The Nomination and Election Committee selected the 2016 HoD officer candidates. The election of these officers by the House delegates will take place at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Calgary, Canada, in June. Committee members include: Patricia Santogrossi, chair; Don Lewis, vice chair; Herman Darman, Anne Hargreaves, Rachel Walker, David R. Cook, Orville Roger Berg, Joel Alberts, James Levy and Ron Grubbs.

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The Nomination and Election Committee selected the 2016 HoD officer candidates. The election of these officers by the House delegates will take place at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Calgary, Canada, in June. Committee members include: Patricia Santogrossi, chair; Don Lewis, vice chair; Herman Darman, Anne Hargreaves, Rachel Walker, David R. Cook, Orville Roger Berg, Joel Alberts, James Levy and Ron Grubbs.

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The Nomination and Election Committee selected the 2016 HoD officer candidates. The election of these officers by the House delegates will take place at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Calgary, Canada, in June. Committee members include: Patricia Santogrossi, chair; Don Lewis, vice chair; Herman Darman, Anne Hargreaves, Rachel Walker, David R. Cook, Orville Roger Berg, Joel Alberts, James Levy and Ron Grubbs.

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The Nomination and Election Committee selected the 2016 HoD officer candidates. The election of these officers by the House delegates will take place at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Calgary, Canada, in June. Committee members include: Patricia Santogrossi, chair; Don Lewis, vice chair; Herman Darman, Anne Hargreaves, Rachel Walker, David R. Cook, Orville Roger Berg, Joel Alberts, James Levy and Ron Grubbs.

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It has been an active year in the House.

A major aspect of a Delegate’s role is participation, not only just in the affairs of the House but also in the larger AAPG. We are, or should be, the face of this organization around the world. To me, a part of our leadership is learning from mentors, applying knowledge to the tasks at hand, developing other people to transition into future roles

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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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