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As crude prices came out of the doldrums in 2010-11, so have the pay hikes for petroleum geologists.

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A better understanding of the Three Forks Formation is enhancing shale oil prospects in the Bakken Shale play area.

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The Biblical land of milk and honey, aka Israel, has long been considered a kind of enigma in the oil-rich Middle East.

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When it comes to big finds in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the Mars field, in 3,000 feet of water in the Mississippi Canyon Protraction Area, is a true giant.

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John Hofmeister is the founder of the non-profit Citizens for Affordable Energy and is author of the book “Why We Hate the Oil Companies.” He travels the country in a grassroots campaign providing an insider’s view of what’s behind the energy companies’ posturing and how politicians use energy misinformation and lack of information to get elected and, once in office, to stay there.

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AAPG member James F. Reilly, a former NASA astronaut who logged over 853 hours in space (about 35 days), knows as well as anyone how unique this club is, for only 505 people from 38 different countries have ever done what he has.

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It is unlikely that anyone who knows John Shelton, the 2011 recipient of AAPG’s highest honor, the prestigious Sidney Powers Award, could think of him as an “accidental geologist.”

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John S. Wold, this year’s AAPG Pioneer Award recipient, admits that his life-long love of geology started as a boy digging through a dumpster.

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AAPG Executive Director Rick Fritz has announced his resignation after almost 12 years at the helm of the Association.

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If attendee numbers define success, the recent Winter 2011 NAPE Expo in Houston was successful indeed.

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Emphasis: Annual Convention

 

AAPG awards, approved by the Executive Committee, are presented annually at the ACE opening session to recognize individuals for service to the profession, the science, the Association and the public.

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“Students need to do science,” says Milito, who teaches fourth grade in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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One of the more important charges of the AAPG’s Young Professionals YP) Committee is helping guide Student members along their path toward Associate and full membership, while also offering early-career advice and a networking start.

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Former AAPG president Daniel L. Smith has been a formidable presence in the Association since he became an Active member in 1958.

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While shale gas producers continue to tout their production prowess, a few voices are starting to question the underlying economics of shale gas development.

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Most Americans old enough to remember still have memories – vivid, if fading – of where they were when Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.

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Women geologists have done great things in the past, great opportunities are waiting in the future, and the paths to future success are available to them today.

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The 41st annual meeting of the AAPG House of Delegates will be held Sunday, April 10, in Houston. All are invited to attend, though only your delegates may vote.

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In his own words: Steve Levine, general chair of the upcoming AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston, expanded his answers for some questions about the planning and significance of the event.

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Standing Columns

Success in this industry can depend on whom you know as much as on what you know.

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Last year we conducted a few polls on AAPG programs and we realized that many members are not familiar with all of AAPG’s digital programs. For example, AAPG has three primary digital information programs with Datapages – the Archives, Search and Discovery and GIS-UDRIL.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave his State of the State address Feb. 8, with the central theme being “Reform and the Streamlining of State Government.” As with many states, Texas is facing red ink. The governor wants to balance the budget, and in order to do so one of his initiatives is to combine or suspend 40 boards.

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When a shear (S) wave propagates through a rock unit that has vertical fractures oriented at a reasonably consistent azimuth, it splits into two S waves that propagate with distinct velocities.

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“Winning the future,” is how President Barack Obama characterized the challenge facing the United States in his State of the Union address. And while his goal lacked the specificity of President John F. Kennedy’s charge to put a man on the moon, Obama clearly wanted to mobilize the country.

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The AAPG Foundation will have a high profile at the upcoming AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston.

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