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.
Cybersecurity Is Critical Infrastructure  
By David Curtiss / August 2014
How are you working to protect your company’s information systems and physical assets? How are you working to protect your own digital information and assets? Both are critical infrastructure.
Two-Way Street: Making a Connection That Counts  
By David Curtiss / July 2014
Volunteerism is at the heart of AAPG and permeates our organization. It includes those who volunteer to help us advance science by giving a talk or writing a journal article, those who work on committees to build specific programs or services, and those who serve in leadership and governance roles.
Today’s Shale Boom: Nothing Invisible About This Story  
By David Curtiss / June 2014

Shale is transforming the energy sector, bringing new oil and natural gas to consumers worldwide. But it wasn’t an invisible hand that found those resources and produced them.

AAPG Ready for Its Role at the Upcoming OTC  
By David Curtiss / May 2014

OTC is a big show. Since 1969 more than 2.2 million attendees have participated. Last year alone attendance reached 101,000, once again approaching the 1982 high of 108,000. And the city of Houston has derived over $2.5 billion in economic value during the history of the event.

Conventions: Celebrations, Connections, Memories  
By David Curtiss / April 2014

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.

Innovation, Collaboration Create New Value For AAPG  
By David Curtiss / March 2014

How can AAPG create and deliver value to its members, volunteers, customers, the oil and gas industry, and to society? After all, that’s why we exist as an organization. But what is value, anyway?

Building Our Association, One Step at a Time   
By David Curtiss / February 2014

Last month I had the privilege of traveling to the Middle East with AAPG President Lee Krystinik.

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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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