October 2015 - Dale Short

The GCAGS in Houston last week was a great convention.  There were a lot of good talks, and the occasional blooper, but for the most part, it was a great opportunity to learn more about what was going on in the scientific aspect of our business.  The students from Stephen F. Austin University were well represented with 12 posters that were presented at the convention.  That was more than any other university (the next closest was University of Houston with 10 posters).  A big thanks to our Society for helping sponsor these students and professors who attended with them.  This is one of the tangible aspects of what our Society does in its outreach to students and young professionals.  In addition, volunteers from our Society have begun teaching the Geology 519.001 course on Advanced Petroleum Geology to the new crop of graduate students at SFA.

Our thanks go to Nick Pollard again for organizing a great golf tournament.  Of the 90 people who signed up, 80 showed up which Nick says is about on “par” with past years.  We appreciate all the participants and sponsors for their participation.

Our speaker for the October luncheon will be Dan Jarvie.  I got to know Dan while we were both working for EOG Resources.  He was the Chief Geochemist at EOG and a great mentor to me in both geochemistry and basin modeling.  Dan has an impressive background in geochemistry and will be speaking to us about Petroleum Systems of the East Texas Basin Region.  His talk at the luncheon will be on October 21st at The Cascades Country Club at 11:30 AM.  Please go to the website to sign up.

Last month we thought we were going to run out of food because of all the late reservations.  I appreciate each and every one of you who attends the luncheons, and it helps the folks who plan the luncheon for you to make those reservations early.  One of the problems we have seen is that many of the Society members are not seeing the email blasts due to spam filters.  If you do get this letter, please pass on to your colleagues to check their junk baskets and set the filter to allow these emails.

I also want to give a shout out to the young geoscientist who suggested the group photograph that we took after Ian Norton finished his presentation last month.  I was really happy with how receptive everyone was about participating!  You can check it out on the membership page of our website to see how it turned out.

Enjoy this beautiful Fall weather, and I’ll see you at 11:30, Wednesday October 21st.

Best Regards,

Dale Short

President, East Texas Geological Society