Learning is important—now more than ever. How do you equip yourself for changing times? How do you deepen and broaden your knowledge? Here is an informal place to find out what we’re doing, what we’re planning, and how we’re listening to you. Dr. Susan Nash, AAPG’s Director of Education and Professional Development, shares the new territory she’s introducing to AAPG with courses and dynamic new workshops. She is also planning more interactive, Web 2.0 offerings. So, give her your input about the best and worst of the wild and woolly world of webinars, Web-based training, and open courseware.

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Fossils and microfossils can be used to determine information about evaporites as well as carbonates and clastics. This is an area that is growing in importance. Join Susan Nash for an interview with Gil Machado, Ph.D. from the University of Lisbon who discusses salt biostratigraphy and its new usefulness.

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Changing the wettability in a mature reservoir can often result in renewed production and improved ultimate recovery rates. Welcome to an interview with Geoffrey Thyne, who talks to us today about wettability.

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CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) and CCUS (Carbon Capture Use and Storage) are playing an increasingly important role in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Geologists are contributing in several vital ways. Welcome to an interview with Mike Raines, who talks to us today about his experience with carbon capture, use, and storage, and also his view of recent trends and opportunities.

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The world needs helium for medical imaging, silicon chip production, precision instruments fabrication and much more beyond party balloons. In many parts of the world, helium is co-produced with natural gas, which provides what can be a highly profitable additional revenue stream. Welcome to an interview with Steven Tedesco, Ph.D., Running Foxes, who is actively engaged in helium exploration and production. Stay tuned for AAPG’s Annual Convention, where he will be leading a panel discussion with other experts in helium.

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Dramatic improvements in operational efficiency are possible, thanks to advances in software and new applications of analytics. Welcome to an interview with Andy James, chief product officer at Bluware. Andy talks to us today about what Bluware has accomplished, but also what will be necessary for the future.

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As geoscientists, we have a deep appreciation of the rocks themselves, whether they are in the field or in the lab. We also know that the one constant in geological history is change, and those changes can be both gradual and almost instantaneous (think Chicxulub). Now, COVID-19 is challenging educators to force face-to-face learning environments, including classrooms, laboratories, and field courses to move online. Here is a quick summary of best practices and lessons learned when it comes to transitioning from face-to-face to online learning.

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An interview with Wen Zhou, dean of the school of Energy at Chenghu University of Technology.

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Taking fiber optics and downhole sensors to the next stage by creating 3D-printed customized Smart Pipes has the potential to not only make operations more efficient, but to easily convert depleted wells into producers of other energy sources, such as geothermal energy. Welcome to an interview with Alex Finch, part of the team of Tri-D Dynamics. He talks to us about their exciting new smart pipes and RFID (radio-frequency ID) technologies. Tri-D Dynamics will be participating in AAPG’s U-Pitch New Technology Showcase.

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Being able to work remotely is more important than ever, and it is vital to have access to the powerful specialized software that you need in order to accomplish your tasks effectively and in a timely manner. In addition, it is important to be able to collaborate with your coworkers, team members, stakeholders, partners, and clients. Welcome to an interview with Vitaly Meyer describes how Petrocubic allows geoscientists and engineers to work remotely with the software and platforms they need.

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Welcome to an interview with Anne Grau, WPX Energy, who shares her experiences in the field with us. She also talks to us today about how combining in-depth knowledge and understanding of the rock with new techniques and technologies can result in more productive and cost-effective wells.

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