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Listen for the Muse, But Trust Hard Work  
By David Curtiss / June 2015
I don’t want to completely dismiss the role of flashes of insight. But to borrow an old saw, we may miss scientific discoveries because they’re dressed in overalls and disguised as hard work.
A Jedi Master’s Path to Success  
By David Curtiss / May 2015
While reading Ed Catmull’s recent book, “Creativity, Inc.,” I was reminded of the story of George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars.
Putting Petroleum Geology in Layman’s Terms  
By David Curtiss / April 2015
We sprinkle a remarkable amount of jargon into our conversations about energy and geoscience. And we take for granted that our neighbor has ever really thought about the ground under his or her feet. It’s dirt and rock, right?
Hanging On Helps Today; Preparation Helps Your Future  
By David Curtiss / March 2015

We’ve chosen to work in a volatile business. We need to own that. And we need to prepare accordingly.

World-Class Knowledge, Experience, Community on Offer  
By David Curtiss / February 2015

Equipping you to be a world-class geoscientist is our goal here at AAPG. It’s why we exist as a scientific and professional association: To assist you throughout your career to stay at the top of your game.

Preparation Is Key to Weathering the Winds of Change  
By David Curtiss / January 2015

No sooner had the ink dried on my last column about the winds of change buffeting our industry when we saw oil prices slide from $75 a barrel to $55. I didn’t foresee these winds arriving at gale force, but that’s what’s happened.

Winds of Change Don't Automatically Spell Disaster  
By David Curtiss / December 2014

Troubled winds are blowing as this year comes to a close. And our industry is feeling their effects.

Introducing the AAPG Research Showcase  
By David Curtiss / November 2014

The process of innovation is full of uncertainty, false starts and failure. It demands a level of determination and faith that balances on a knife’s edge between genius and foolishness. It sounds an awful lot like exploration. And as we’ve shown throughout this issue of the EXPLORER, innovation is at the heart of the process of finding and producing oil and natural gas.

Student Expos and the Big Picture  
By David Curtiss / October 2014

As this issue of EXPLORER goes to print, geoscience students and industry recruiters are gathering on the plains of Wyoming for the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, the annual job fair of AAPG’s Rocky Mountain Section.

Vacation is Key to Better Productivity  
By David Curtiss / September 2014
The science suggests we each have a certain amount of mental energy for daily decision-making. How we spend that energy will determine our productivity and accomplishments.
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Director's Corner - David Curtiss

David Curtiss is an AAPG member and was named AAPG Executive Director in August 2011. He was previously Director of the AAPG GEO-DC Office in Washington D.C.

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Richard D. “Rick” Fritz, an AAPG member since 1984 and a member of the Division of Environmental Geosciences and the Division of Professional Affairs, served as AAPG Executive Director from 1999 to 2011.

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