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2014 Salary Survey:  It's a good time to be in the business of rocks, according to AAPG's annual survey of geologist salaries, and it only gets better with age and experience.

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House of Delegates approved an amendment to the AAPG Bylaws that will lower the current requirement of three sponsors to one.

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Voting continues for the 2014-15 AAPG Executive Committee officially opens March 3, with members having the option of casting a ballot either online or via email.

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Houston grew into the energy capital of the United States, and possibly the world, through more than a century of growth. But its fate as an energy center was seeded in the space of just 125 days, in a story of disaster followed by discovery.

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Shale formations can confound even the savviest geoscientist when it comes to determining the inner workings of the rock. After expert evaluation, even the most attractive prospecting deal can be a tough sell. And there’s almost always a new piece to each of these puzzles that requires some sophisticated high-tech explaining.

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Geology-in-Space promises new frontiers in energy and in the economy. 

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Ernest Mancini receives AAPG’s highest honor for a career of mentorship and academic rigor.

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Pete Rose is celebrated for a career built on taking chances and analyzing risk. 

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Kevin M. Bohacs is one of the winners of this year’s Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award, in part for his work in developing concepts that have literally trained thousands of geologists around the world through his lectures, workshops, symposiums and, mostly, through his field manual “Field Safety in Uncontrolled Environments – A Process-Based Guidebook.”

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Robert G. Loucks, a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, is one of this year’s Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award winners. 

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Orion Skinner, senior explorationist at Whiting Petroleum, is this year’s winner of AAPG’s Norman H. Foster Outstanding Explorer Award.

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If you want to know about the Eagle Ford play in Texas, AAPG member Art Donovan is a man you want to be talking to.

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AAPG once again will have a strong presence at the annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), set May 5-8 at the Reliant Center in Houston. 

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Heather McArdle, geosciences teacher at Mahopac High School in Mahopac, N.Y., won the AAPG Foundation’s Teacher of the Year Award for her renowned creativity and classroom dedication. 

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AAPG member Robert Goldstein, associate dean for the natural sciences and mathematics at the University of Kansas, has been named the winner of this year’s AAPG Foundation Professorial Award.

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Emphasis: Annual Convention

 

ACE technical program: Due in part to a record number of strong abstracts, this year’s technical program is expected to be broad and well-balanced.

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“Communicating Our Science,” a special forum dealing with what and how to communicate with the public and media about sensitive topics in energy and science, will be held from 8-11:50 a.m. on Monday, April 7, during the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston.

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For only the second time in the event’s history, the Discovery Thinking forum set for this year’s Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston will have not one, but two sessions – an enhancement designed to accommodate a growing number of must-be-told stories about major discoveries around the globe as well as the ideas, technology and guts that made them happen.

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The annual meeting of the House of Delegates (HoD) will be held in conjunction with the AAPG Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE), set this year in big and beautiful Houston. The HoD meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 6, in the Lanier Ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel.

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If you will be attending this year’s AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, make plans now to visit the AAPG Bookstore and the General Store.

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AAPG celebrates a host of movers and shakers for maintaining excellence in the industry and grooming the next generation of geologists.

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Standing Columns

Our volunteers help shape most of our business activities – this includes the EXPLORER, the BULLETIN, our hard-copy and digital publications, our short courses and our meetings, and essentially everything else AAPG does.   

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The proposal to eliminate sponsors for membership will remove any impediment to a speedy application process by which qualified candidates for membership in our fine organization may be welcomed. I believe this will be good for the AAPG and good for the DPA.

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The proposal to eliminate sponsors for membership will remove any impediment to a speedy application process by which qualified candidates for membership in our fine organization may be welcomed. I believe this will be good for the AAPG and good for the DPA.

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There are a number of seismic attributes that are derived from seismic amplitudes to facilitate the interpretation of geologic structure, stratigraphy and rock/pore fluid properties.

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Congressional Republicans want greater public access to scientific data used as a basis for determining the need for air pollution regulations.

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Great Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was undergoing great change. The Industrial Revolution was in full flood and there was an insatiable desire for coal to turn the wheels of industry.

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At first glance, the 47-year-old, unassuming Colombian may not seem like one of the senior leaders of a national oil company. But spending five minutes with Ramirez explains why this passionate individual is one of Colombia’s industry leaders who is leaving a lasting legacy for AAPG.

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The Annual Convention and Exhibition is always an exciting time for AAPG and for the AAPG Foundation – and if you’re going to be joining us in Houston this month there are a number of opportunities to learn more about how the Foundation supports the geosciences.

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