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DEG Getting Ready for Long Beach

Five Technical Sessions, Luncheon

This year’s DEG program at the AAPG Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif., includes five technical sessions and the DEG luncheon and awards ceremony.

The technical sessions are:

  • The Dynamic Earth: Earthquake Risks and Geohazards (oral session).
  • The Dynamic Earth: Earthquake Risks and Geohazards (poster session).
  • Tsunamis and Hurricanes: The Geologic Record and the Pending Threat (poster).
  • CO2 Budgets and Greenhouse Gasses: Generation and Sequestration (oral).
  • CO2 Budgets and Greenhouse Gasses: Generation and Sequestration (poster).

Lee C. Gerhard, a DEG past president who has more than 40 years of experience in geology and environmental affairs, will present the titled “Energy and Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century”.

DEG would like to acknowledge Tidelands Oil Production Co. for its sponsorship of the DEG luncheon, and thank them for their generous support of this event.

The DEG awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the DEG luncheon. The DEG has two categories of awards:

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This year’s DEG program at the AAPG Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif., includes five technical sessions and the DEG luncheon and awards ceremony.

The technical sessions are:

  • The Dynamic Earth: Earthquake Risks and Geohazards (oral session).
  • The Dynamic Earth: Earthquake Risks and Geohazards (poster session).
  • Tsunamis and Hurricanes: The Geologic Record and the Pending Threat (poster).
  • CO2 Budgets and Greenhouse Gasses: Generation and Sequestration (oral).
  • CO2 Budgets and Greenhouse Gasses: Generation and Sequestration (poster).

Lee C. Gerhard, a DEG past president who has more than 40 years of experience in geology and environmental affairs, will present the titled “Energy and Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century”.

DEG would like to acknowledge Tidelands Oil Production Co. for its sponsorship of the DEG luncheon, and thank them for their generous support of this event.

The DEG awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the DEG luncheon. The DEG has two categories of awards:

Category I Awards, which comprise the DEG Public Outreach Award, DEG Research Award, DEG Teaching Award and DEG Corporate Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship.

These are presented for outstanding contributions to understanding and communication of efforts to produce energy, minerals and water with minimal impact on environment; and for contributions to public understanding of our professional responsibility, whether by members of DEG or others.

Category II Awards, comprising the President’s Award, Honorary Membership and Certificates of Merit, are for DEG members.

The President’s Award is presented in recognition of contributions for the advancement and betterment of the science and profession of environmental geoscience; Honorary Membership recognizes distinguished service and devotion to the science and profession of environmental geoscience and to the Division; and Certificates of Merit honor outstanding contribution to and meritorious service for the betterment of the Division and its membership.

The 2006-07 DEG Awardees are:

  • DEG Public Outreach Award -- International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA).
  • DEG Research Award -- Joanna Thamke.
  • DEG Teaching Award -- Wayne Pettyjohn.
  • DEG Corporate Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship -- U.S. Department of Energy.
  • DEG President’s Award -- Robert J. Menzie Jr.
  • DEG Honorary Membership -- Steven P. Tischer.
  • DEG Certificate(s) of Merit -- Matthias Grobe, Craig M. Dingler and Gerald R. Baum.

Nominations are being accepted for 2007-08 DEG awards; visit the DEG Web site at http://deg.aapg.org for a description of the awards, a list of past recipients and a PDF of the nominations form.


The DEG Executive Committee recently approved the formation of two standing committees and one ad hoc committee. Inaugural conference call meetings for these committees are planned.

The missions of these committees include developing programs for AAPG annual, sectional, regional and international meetings, as well as lectures, short courses, and publications in each committee’s respective area of expertise.

Vice president Michael Jacobs has been instrumental in the formation of these committees. They are:

  • The Hydrogeology Committee, which has eight members. The committee chair is to be announced. DEG Immediate Past President Steven P. Tischer is committee vice chair.
  • The Environmental Geophysics Committee, chaired by Bruce D. Smith, has six members.
  • The CO2 Sequestration Committee (Ad Hoc), co-chaired by Hannes E. Leetaru and Matthias Grobe, has five members.

An online version of DEG’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal,Environmental Geosciences, is now available to DEG members and non-member subscribers. Please visit the “Members Only” area of the AAPG Web site at www.aapg.org/members_only/ and select the gold button “SEARCH Environmental Geosciences Journal.”

Issues for 2005 and 2006 are downloadable as zipped PDFs, and individual articles can be viewed online and as page images in PDF format. The Search feature provides access to articles from 2001 to present that can be viewed as page images in PDF format.

These articles are also available to non-members in Datapages Pay-Per-View.

This new membership benefit, facilitated by AAPG Divisions Manager Norma Newby, is in response to a DEG member’s request for online journal access.


DEG recently received an AAPG Foundation grant to help fund production costs ofEnvironmental Geosciences, and we are most appreciative of their support.

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