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DPA Backs Texas Board of Professional Geologists   
By Daniel Tearpock / April 2011

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.

DPA Moves Forward With Business Plan   
By Daniel Tearpock / January 2011

First, I want to thank everyone who has stepped up to provide assistance in these first six months of the 2010-11 fiscal year to move the DPA Business Plan forward. The DPA held its mid-year meeting in Houston in November, and from all accounts the meeting was very successful – so thanks to everyone who provided input into this meeting. Second, I’d like to provide to you the status of the DPA’s key goals for this fiscal year.

DPA: Ethics and Professionalism  
By Daniel Tearpock / October 2010

How time flies when one is having fun! I am into the first three months of my DPA presidency and things are really hopping.

Expanding DPA’s International Presence  
By Daniel Tearpock / July 2010

AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs has been spreading its mission of “Ethics and Professionalism” for 45 years. The DPA is proud to play its part in the education and development of petroleum geoscientists.

CVD, Meetings and Events on DPA Calendar   
By Paul Britt / April 2010

As the AAPG annual meeting draws near, the DPA annual council meeting also marks the last meeting for the year.

AAPG, DPA Oppose Board Move   
By Paul Britt / January 2010

In late September, the Division of Professional Affairs, through past president Rick Ericksen, was contacted by the California Association of Professional Geologists (CAPG), which is seeking support to block a move by the state of California to eliminate the Board of Professional Geologists and Geophysicists (BGG) and merge it into the Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (BPELS).

Legislator Confab Is Educational   
By Paul Britt / October 2009

The National Conference of State Legislatures was held in July this year in Philadelphia, and as DPA president I had the opportunity, along with GEO-DC Director David Curtiss and Don Juckett, to represent the AAPG.

DPA Goal: Bring Value to Members   
By Paul Britt / July 2009

The Division of Professional Affairs has in recent years accomplished a number of tasks to benefit its members.

DPA Has Full Slate of Activities   
By Cliff Clark / April 2009

The Division of Professional Affairs will have an exciting and active profile at the upcoming AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, set June 7- 10 in Denver, the “Queen City of the Plains.”

It’s All About Professionalism  
By Rick Ericksen / January 2009

Since 1965, when the Division of Professional Affairs was formed, the term professionalism equates to membership in the Division and strict adherence to the AAPG’s Code of Ethics as found in Article IV of the AAPG’s Constitution.

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The Division of Professional Affairs (DPA), a division of AAPG, seeks to promote professionalism and ethical standards, provide a means for professional certification of petroleum geologists, coal geologists, and petroleum geophysicists, assist in career planning, and improve the professional well-being of AAPG members. For more information about the DPA and its activities, visit the DPA website.

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