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Do you know a college or university professor who is setting a gold standard in earth science education? Nominate him or her today for an opportunity to be acknowledged for his or her efforts.
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The lecturers for the AAPG 2015-16 Global Distinguished Lecture Program have been announced.
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Explorer Director’s Corner

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Explorer Division Column DPA

The DPA continues to work to provide scientific, business and professional support to its members through sponsored forums.
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Explorer Foundation Update

This year’s AAPG Foundation Professor of the Year, AAPG member Joseph Satterfield of Angelo State University, had a unique problem when he first arrived at the school. There wasn’t a geology department – well, not much of one, anyway.
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Explorer Geophysical Corner

The key elements for shale resource evaluation are the mineral content – such as clay, quartz and calcite – the total organic carbon (TOC) content, the brittleness and some mechanical properties of the shale rocks. Geomechanical studies are necessary both for understanding wellbore environment stability and also interpreting well log data, by estimating the mechanical properties of the subsurface.
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Explorer Historical Highlight

The discovery and untimely loss of the Jusepin Deep Field in Venezuela is a story of creativity, perseverance, technical excellence and emotion – which are qualities we as geoscientists like to feel we bring to our jobs every day.
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Explorer Policy Watch

A burst of new emissions regulations that affect the oil and natural gas industry has cheered the environmental community while distressing the industry and opponents of government regulation.
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Explorer President’s Column

Scientific publishing is undergoing major changes driven by the shift to digital publication - and the digital revolution will continue to change the way that AAPG disseminates our science.
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Explorer ProTracks

The Young Professionals are very excited to share that the Executive Committee approved the YPs as the first AAPG SIG this August.
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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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