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Paul Mann, 2020’s AAPG Grover Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award recipient, knew the question was coming: What is the joy and challenge of teaching? It’s a question with which he’s been challenging himself for years. “Overall, my view of education is to figure out ways to get students excited about interesting areas and topics,” he said. Mann, who is currently a professor of geology, tectonics and petroleum geology at the University of Houston, knows that the level of excitement – whether it comes from the instructor or the student – isn’t the only consideration, though, in a successful educational model.

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URTeC 2021 Call for Abstracts Now Open! Plan to speak at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) 26–28 July 2021, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

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Register now to attend AAPG's Carbon, Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Conference 23–25 March 2021. Themed 'An Emerging Field for Petroleum Geologists,' the online conference will highlight current CCUS work and tackle related challenges, including: subsurface storage in saline reservoirs; storage associated with CO2 enhanced oil recovery; reservoir monitoring and risk assessment; case studies; industry applications; economics, incentives, and policy; and more.

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'Sourced in part by the Eagle Ford Group, the Austin Chalk has been a hot spot for operators on and off for a century. The rise of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing brought a renewed interest in the formation, which has produced new discoveries in Texas and Louisiana. Yet in parts of the Austin Chalk, extracting oil and gas can be extremely tricky. Several years ago, the Carbonate Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory at the University of Texas began a project to analyze approximately 40 cores from the Austin Chalk – the first group to do so. '

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The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2021 Call for Papers deadline is less than a month away! Abstracts are due 15 September 2020 and must be submitted online. The program committee is seeking abstracts on all topics related to the offshore sector, with a focus on the enhanced role of digital solutions, the energy transition, cost reduction and safety, and new areas of opportunity.  

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Nominations are being accepted through 17 September 2020 for the Distinguished Achievement Awards. If you know an individual or company that has made a significant technological, humanitarian, environmental, or leadership contribution to the offshore sector, consider nominating them for the Distinguished Achievement Award.  

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Super basins around the world offer plentiful opportunities for exploration and development, even with the temporarily reduced financial outlook of the oil industry. Ask explorationists to pick a favorite in today’s environment and the popular choice is almost a cheat. The Gulf of Mexico isn’t just a super basin. It’s a huge expanse of prospects and possibilities, of proven resources and potential reserves. An onshore, near-shore, offshore and deepwater exploration province that is really a vast collection of basins and geological features.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
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Joshua Rosenfeld’s article in the April EXPLORER issue’s Historical Highlights provides an interesting compilation of observations selected to support an unproven hypothesis: that the large influx of Paleogene Wilcox sandstones in the Gulf of Mexico can be linked to a major evaporative drawdown of the basin, loosely aligned with and possibly triggering the Paleocene-Eocene thermal event. We offer our observations based on decades of oil industry experience working the Wilcox play, more than 55 peer- reviewed academic papers and one book on Gulf of Mexico sedimentary basin.

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