August 2009

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AAPG officer candidates have been announced for the 2010-11 term.

The best paper and poster presenters have been selected from the 2009 annual meeting.
The results are in: AAPG’s PROWESS Work Force Retention Survey provides insights into today’s workplace climate and its support of women professionals.
Plenty of emotions, plenty of people and plenty of excitement surrounded the events, awards and technical program at the Denver 2009 annual meeting.
Commentary: A study indicates that accreditation for geology programs needs to be established as a baseline for educational quality.
What happens when the world of art combines with geology? Art displays the different way earth scientists think about the earth ... the universe.

Emphasis: E&P Innovations

A day at the beach: A team of geoscientists says remote sensing techniques may provide an efficient way of understanding lateral facies variability in modern carbonates – and, in turn, ancient carbonate reservoirs.
There’s a lot of talk about the need for more natural gas in the energy mix. But there’s a big, unanswered question: How are we going to get the gas?
A lot of work must take place separately for geologists and geophysicists before they can synchronize their data and come up with that “bigger picture.”

Oil and gas finders are enamored with the Williston Basin these days, looking for the next big find in the upper Devonian-Lower Mississippian Bakken formation.

It’s not a big thing – except, perhaps, in its world-changing potential: Nanotechnology continues to grow in influence as a powerful tool in oil recovery operations. 
Telling a new story: “Nano-reporters” are the smallest “next big thing” for the energy industry, and what they’re finding has the potential to dramatically impact oil recovery rates. 
Air power? Getting heavy drilling equipment into challenging areas – the Arctic, for example – may be easier thanks to an old idea’s merging with a new concept.

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