The dictionary defines “prowess” as “great ability or skill.” Empowering women to develop those abilities and skills is a key goal of PROWESS, an AAPG committee dedicated to increasing the participation and advancement of women in earth sciences and the energy industry, with an emphasis on education, outreach, support, leadership development and retention.

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Karen Waterbury, a science teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mount Carmel, Ill., has been named the 2016 American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation’s Teacher of the Year.

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Times are tough for geoscientists. If we are still employed we feel lucky and asking for time and money to attend a conference can be perceived as a risky proposition. With the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibit (ACE) coming to Calgary June 19-22 there is an opportunity to attend the largest gathering of petroleum geoscientists in the world with a great technical program at a low cost to your employer.

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AAPG can trace its first woman member back to 1918, whereas in other countries, women began studying and practicing geology decades later. China is one of those countries. The PROWESS committee recently discovered China’s first female petroleum geologist, Yang Yi, who began studying geology in the 1940s.
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Anny Coury’s is a personal story: A love of geology, sure, and the people in it, but a story, more importantly, of survival and modesty, one that goes back to the 1930s and early ’40s, when, as a young girl and along with her family, fled from the Nazis through Europe.
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Network! Get inspired! Join other women of the earth sciences and the men who support them at the AAPG PROWESS-AWG-SEG Networking Reception before the AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition begins.

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Oil should be a blessing. It creates jobs and puts food on the table for millions of people. It fuels the power that drives industrial growth and development to move countries beyond oil and gas into a sustainable future. That is how the first female president of NAPE views the hydrocarbons she has been working to discover since beginning her career 24 years ago.

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Yes, you can go home again. Just ask Cynthia B. Peterson, newly appointed dean and first woman of the College of Science, and professor of biochemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she graduated Magma Cum Laude in 1979 with a bachelor’s in biochemistry.

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They were known as the “Flying Florences” in the geological world of Alaska – a nickname so fitting it smacked of the obvious, yet still piqued all kinds of curiosity on the North Slope. In the 1950s, as crews of men braved the hostile climate of the Brooks Range exploring for oil and gas, Florence Weber (nee Robinson) and Florence Collins (nee Rucker) appeared out of nowhere from the sky – steering a Super Cub floatplane over the mountains and landing on the interior lakes of Alaska.

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The options for female geologists might not have matched those of their male counterparts in the 1930s and ‘40s, but for some women – they were opportunities nonetheless – and they deserved chasing. Helen Laura Foster, an AAPG member who is now 94, took full advantage of those opportunities.

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