January 2017 - Anita Paulssen

Happy New Year!  Well, the Christmas decorations are back in the boxes, and the resolution to get back to the gym to work off those extra holiday pounds has been made (planning to implement any day now).  However, I do count my blessings for family and friends and hope you all had a joyous holiday as well.

We are looking forward to an exciting 2017.  With the hope of an upward trajectory of oil and gas prices, or at least stability, optimism is in the air.

The East Texas Geological society has some upcoming fun and educational events to put on your calendar.  The first is our luncheon this month: Wednesday, January 18th, 11:30 at the Cascades Country Club.  Our speaker will be Dr. Peter R. Rose, presenting “Cognitive Bias, The Elephant in the Living Room of Science and Professionalism”.  This is part of AAPG’s distinguished lecture series.  Dr. Rose authored a book in 2001, Risk Analysis and Management of Petroleum Exploration Ventures, and authored or co-authored more than 80 published articles and over 300 presented papers.  He has received numerous prestigious awards.  An additional benefit to attending this lecture is that our society will offer the required ethics credit for anyone renewing or obtaining a Texas Professional Geoscience License.  Don’t forget to RSVP!

More in the fun category, our social chair, Hunter Carr has put together an after-work ETGS social at the Rose City Draft House in Tyler on Thursday, January 26th from 5 to 7 pm.  Mark your calendar and look for coming details.

February will be Sequence Stratigraphy month.  It will be the topic of our luncheon speaker, Dr. John Suter, on February 15th, and we are offering a one-day Sequence Stratigraphy school, taught by Dr. Kim Miskell-Gerhardt, on February 23rd.  Dr. Miskell-Gerhardt offers a wealth of experience developing and teaching this subject. Please register soon for this class, so we can determine the size classroom we will need.  Details and registration are on our website.

Planning is underway for our annual Tech and Prospect Expo, March 27th and 28th.  Contact Matthew Bailey, matt@bhlboresight.com, or Barbara Cade, bacade@suddenlinkmail.com, if you are interested in a booth or have any questions.

It is time to sign up for the AAPG Annual Convention, April 2-5.  Hoping to see lots of old friends there, since it is in Houston this year and celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Our Society will be helping to send six SFA students to the convention.  Three of them have abstracts that were accepted and will be giving posters presentations of their research.  We are so proud of these young people that have become a vibrant part of our society.

Please take a moment to check the directory in the Members Area and submit any changes by January 18th, either in person at the meeting or via email to Barbara Cade, bacade@suddenlinkmail.com.

Best regards,

Anita Paulssen

President, East Texas Geological Society