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The AAPG Foundation has joined the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation (SEGF) as a partner in the acclaimed Geoscientists Without Borders (GWB) program.

The agreement was finalized in a signing ceremony in late November, attended by AAPG Foundation Executive Director David Curtiss and Deputy Executive Director David Lange.

The Foundation’s associate-level commitment will bring a higher profile to geologists and geophysicists who are using scientific methods to help impoverished communities around the globe, and ensures important additional program funding required to continue the program’s success.

 The Geoscientists Without Borders program was established by the SEG Foundation in 2008 with a $1 million leadership investment from Schlumberger. It supports humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world.

The program has proudly awarded 21 projects in 17 different countries, and most recently was honored by World Oil with its 2014 Best Outreach Award.  

Current program projects include:

  • Archaeology (Thailand, Greece)
  • Earthquake preparedness (Jamaica, Haiti)
  • Landslide preparedness (Sweden, Brazil)
  • Pollution mitigation (Romania)
  • Tsunami preparedness (Indonesia)
  • Habitat management (Australia)
  • Volcano preparedness (Nicaragua, Guatemala)
  • Water management (Honduras, India, Australia, South Africa, West Africa and Cameroon)

“The AAPG Foundation is excited to support Geoscientists Without Borders,” said AAPG Foundation board chairman Jim Gibbs. “Supporting geologic initiatives that also help provide communities with healthier places to live is of real value to us. Obviously, the global aim and application of the humanitarian aspects of geoscience are efforts we can truly be proud to support.”

SEG President Chris Liner called GWB “a premier humanitarian program” that benefits those far beyond the SEG and AAPG community – “a truly global outreach project that has been rightfully recognized.”

Learn more about Geoscientists Without Borders.

Professorial Award Deadline

A last reminder: Nominations for the AAPG Foundation Professorial Award, presented annually to a college or university professor who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education, are now being accepted – but the deadline looms.

Applications are due Feb. 1.

The Foundation award is intended to put a spotlight on “Excellence in Education” by honoring professionals who inspire and shape the minds of future geoscientists. Student and faculty nominations are accepted for this award, and professors are encouraged to apply on their own behalf.

The Professorial Award winner will receive a $1,000 award, recognition at AAPG’s Annual Convention and Exhibition, and a commemorative plaque.

Learn more about Foundation programs or make a nomination.

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