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The Wolfcamp formation in the Permian’s Delaware Basin kicks out impressive volumes of hydrocarbons. The play is considered to have great promise, as it’s currently viewed as a kind of adolescent in terms of its maturity.
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Mars, or Earth 2.0? Members of AAPG’s Astrogeology Committee think a new home for humanity is within reach, but not yet within grasp.
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The AAPG Education Department has expanded its range of offerings, including several new themed workshops and forum events.
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We read and hear a lot about the economic impact of this latest downturn. The news typically is expressed by reporting on lost jobs, lower corporate revenue and a number of other community/government issues. Less publicity is given to the impact of these downturns on universities that are attempting to educate the next generation of petroleum industry geoscientists and engineers, which have been severely impacted.
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Emphasis: Geosciences Education

 
Some of AAPG’s most celebrated educators talk about the changing attitudes and image of geoscience education.
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The geosciences – which have typically never shared an equal seat in the classroom compared to biology, chemistry and physics – are now being fully included in many K-12 curricula across the nation.
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If you plan to get one of the new energy-related business degrees now being offered at select schools across the country, prepare to devote your career to the industry. That’s the message from university educators working in the relatively new energy-themed, advanced-degree programs.
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When it comes to providing students “real-world” experience in the classroom, some schools stand out more than others. Consider the University of Kansas, where one interdisciplinary course teams geoscience and petroleum engineering students to analyze live data from partnering oil companies.
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As you probably already know, winners of the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award love students, education and helping to train the next generation of geologists. To that extent, winner James O. Puckette from Oklahoma State University fits right in. But there is something else, too, in his wheelhouse.
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Royal Holloway University of London not only won this year’s Europe Region Imperial Barrel Award competition, in June it also won the IBA grand prize – the first European school to capture the prize in several years.

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When the AAPG/AAPG Foundation initiated the Imperial Barrel Award, there was a sense that participating students would take the unique experience with them and pay it forward. Which brings us to AAPG member Elizabeth Hajek, assistant professor for Penn State University.
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Standing Columns

As I talked to exhibitors at the recent AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, I asked their views on current industry economic conditions, since by appearance, they all had likely been through downturns before. Without fail, they all said, “There will be the other side of this slump,” and whether it comes in six months or two years, they are working to be prepared for when it comes – and surviving until then.
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I’m not suggesting we avoid technology. It’s too powerful and enables us to be more productive, both personally and professionally. However, if we fail to recognize its power and how our brains respond to and crave continual engagement and stimulation, we may fall victim to its dark side.
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In the coming year, the Energy Minerals Division is looking to improve and expand its information delivery system. EMD also is seeking volunteers to fill a number of vacant section and region councilor positions.
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This month’s column starts with a staged stochastic inversion scheme that was applied in a southern North Sea Carboniferous setting.
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There’s been a lot of good news recently about water and hydraulic fracturing: the EPA’s and other scientists’ research into water consumption for hydraulic fracturing found minimal strain on water resources, and natural gas power generation significantly reduces water use in power generation.
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Geological investigations in the Weald area of southeast England have occurred for the past two centuries, but recently there has been a flurry of speculation, particularly in the popular press, over the possibility of the Weald basin becoming a major hydrocarbon province with billions of barrels of oil in place.
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The AAPG Foundation has announced the first recipients of the financial aid through its new U.S. Military Veterans Scholarship Program. Ten veterans who are returning to school to pursue a geosciences education will be receiving $2,000 scholarships to help support them and their families in their efforts to transition to life beyond the military.
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