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2005: SEG's 75th Anniversary

As has been well publicized, 2005 is SEG's 75th anniversary. The first meeting was 11 March 1930 in Houston, Texas, and the SEG Web site will carry content about commemoration of the event as that time approaches. This will include regular posting of historic photos and information about 75th anniversary events sponsored by SEG sections and affiliates around the world.

The time is approaching to submit your abstract for the 75th Annual Meeting. The Technical Program Online submission process will open 23 March 2005. The deadline to submit abstracts is 5 p.m. central standard time, 20 April 2005. Don't miss this unique opportunity to participate in the 75th anniversary of SEG. Abstract kits are available online.


SEG Response to the Tsunami Disaster

SEG has made a fresh commitment to furthering the usage of applied geophysical methods for humanitarian purposes. In response to the recent Indian Ocean tsunami disaster, the SEG Executive Committee recently passed a resolution emphasizing the contribution that the Society and our expertise can make to addressing humanitarian needs. These include, but are not limited to, the prediction of earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides. A fund will be established through which charitable donations can be directed to research and education on humanitarian applications of applied geophysics.

Read a firsthand account of the recent disaster, President Craig Beasley’s call for action, and obtain information about making donations at the following link.


SEG Digital Library Launches

The SEG Digital Library launched 7 January 2005. A single interface within the Scitation platform unifies access to online versions of Geophysics, The Leading Edge, the SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, and, soon, the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, fourth edition. Technical papers in Geophysics, TLE, and the Expanded Abstracts can be searched simultaneously with a new quick search. More advanced searches are available, and all searches are available without access controls. The Encyclopedic Dictionary will be added soon.

The complete January-February issue of Geophysics is not yet online. However, 20 articles already have been published on an e-First basis, and in full-text HTML as well as PDF. TLE also is available in full-text HTML as well as PDF.

Call for Nominations for Best Paper in Geophysics

The SEG Editor requests nominations for the Best Paper in Geophysics from among the papers published in 2004.

SEG members should e-mail their nominations to the Editor via Sheral Danker by 12 March 2005.

Geophysics Letters launches

Do you have a hot topic that will interest the geoscience community? Are you looking for a timely way to publish scientific advances in a prestigious journal?

Geophysics is launching a new classification of paper—Geophysics Letters"—on an accelerated publication schedule. These short, concise research letters will present important scientific advances that are likely to have immediate influence on the research of other investigators. The letters category will be a natural place for short and exciting papers that Geophysics previously has lost to other journals that have published such work more quickly. Much excellent science carried out within the SEG community is not taken beyond Annual Meeting abstracts. Writers of outstanding abstracts could consider putting in the additional effort to publish them as Geophysics Letters. Scientists from other fields but with important results or advances that will affect research in the applied geophysical sciences are also encouraged to publish Geophysics Letters papers.

Six associate editors will work on Geophysics Letters in the areas of acquisition and processing; modeling, imaging, and inversion; reservoir characterization, time lapse, and rock physics; borehole geophysics and acoustics; interpretation, earth models, and geology. The expertise among the letters editors may expand depending on the direction the new venture takes. The six associate editors for Geophysics Letters are Joakim Blanch (SensorWise, Houston), Klaus Holliger (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Ed Kragh (Schlumberger Cambridge Research, U. K.), Paul Sava (University of Texas), Andrey Bakulin (Shell, Houston), and James Rickett (ChevronTexaco, San Ramon, California).

Geophysics Letters will be restricted to no more than four typeset pages and will be published within eight months of submission. Manuscripts submitted to Geophysics Letters will be expected to meet high standards with respect to language. Guidelines, which will be enforced rigorously, are published in the 2005 "Instructions to Authors" in the January-February issue issue and on the SEG Web site. Manuscripts may be returned to authors without being sent out for review if the editorial team considers them unsuitable for Geophysics Letters because of content or format.

If your outstanding research requires rapid publication, Geophysics Letters is for you.

Johan Robertsson, assistant editor
Geophysics Letters

Upcoming in TLE

The February issue of The Leading Edge includes an eye-witness report of the tsunami in late December in the Pacific Ocean and a review of SEG's 2004 Annual Meeting. The March issue will feature a special section with 10 articles on recent advances in multiple suppression.


Cairo 2005, 16-19 May

The Cairo 2005 Second International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, sponsored by SEG, the Egyptian Geophysical Society (EGS), the Egyptian Petroleum Exploration Society (EPEX) and the Egyptian Petroleum Association (EPA), will be held 16-19 May 2005 in Cairo, Egypt. The theme for this conference is "Imaging the Future." Information on the technical program, short courses, field trips, the exhibition, and sponsorship opportunities is available on the Web site below or by email at The Second Announcement giving information on technical program sessions, housing reservations, and registration, will be available online in late February.

Exhibition space is still available. View the floor plan and brochure at the Cairo 2005 Web site, or contact Steve Emery by email at or phone at (918) 497-5539.

Bucharest 2005, 9-12 October

Bucharest 2005, the 4th Congress of the Balkan Geophysical Society's International Conference and Exhibition of Applied Geophysics and Earth Physics, will be organized and hosted by the Romanian Society of Geophysics in cooperation with SEG, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU), under the auspices of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). The conference will be held 9-12 October 2005 in Bucharest, Romania. The technical program theme is "Geophysics Without Frontiers.

Abstracts submission is open. Abstract deadline: 30 April 2005.

2005 SEG Development & Production Forum
Attenuation: What's to Gain from Seismic Loss?
Austin, Texas
15-19 May 2005

Visit the Web site to learn more about this exciting forum and apply to attend. Topics to be covered:

  • Q estimation and inverse Q filtering
  • Seismic wave propagation through porous saturated media
  • Integrating Q with other geophysical data
  • Q and permeability: Is there a link?
  • Measuring Q in the field and in the laboratory
  • Q as an attribute in reservoir monitoring
  • Q and seismic resolution
  • Separating intrinsic attenuation from apparent attenuation

2005 SEG Summer Research Workshop
Problems in Modeling Heterogeneity

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA
27-30 June 2005

2005 SEG Land Seismic Forum
Manama, Bahrain
19-22 September 2005

With the substantial oil and gas potential and proven reserves on the onshore, land seismic acquisition and processing promises to be a major player in ensuring the supply of vital energy to the world.

Land seismic methods present some unique challenges that deserve special attention. Starting from acquisition and ending with interpretation, seismic methods on land require different thinking and processes than do marine seismic methods. For this reason, the SEG Executive Committee is launching this forum to focus on issues involving use of seismic methods on land.

2005 AGU Joint Session Abstract Deadline Nears

Online abstract submission deadline is 10 February for the 2005 Joint Assembly, scheduled 23-25 May 2005 in New Orleans, LA. The American Geophysical Union is organizing the meeting, in partnership with SEG, the North American Bethological Society, and the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. SEG is sponsoring nine near-surface geophysics sessions, and SEG members are involved in organizing several other sessions.


Pay your Dues Online

The 2005 dues statements have been mailed. If you have not received your statement, please contact Member Services.

Paying your membership dues online is a simple two-step process. Click the link below to get started.

Member-Get-A-Member 2005 1st Quarter Winners

Conservationist Prize in the amount of $100 SEG Dollars: Ms. Martha George of Midland, Texas.

Seasonal Transformation Prize: Jianxing Hu of Houston, Texas. Hu will receive an SEG Stadium Blanket.

Global Conservation Prize in the amount of $50 SEG Dollars: Vikas Saluja of Roorkee, India.

Conservation Group - Participation
Student Sections earning SEG Dollars toward publications for their library this quarter:

  • Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
  • China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China
  • Curtin University of Technology, Australia
  • Federal Polytechnic, Akure, Nigeria
  • Indian Institute of Tech - Roorkee
  • Montana Tech
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe Univ, Awka, Nigeria
  • Olabisi Onabanjo Univ, Nigeria
  • Polytechnic - Ibadan
  • Southwest Petroleum Institute, China
  • Stanford Univ, California
  • Universidad Central De Venezuela
  • Universidad De Oriente (UDO), Venezuela
  • University of Calgary, Canada
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Manitoba, Canada
  • University of Nevada
  • University of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • University of Texas (at Austin)
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Your participation in member development campaigns plays an important role in ensuring the vitality of the Society and the industry. Each time you recruit a new member you contribute to SEG's growth, as well as strengthen the Society's position as the international society of applied geophysics. The stronger the Society the more opportunities it has to offer its members. When you invite colleagues to join, you provide them with opportunities to enhance their careers.


Energy-Industry Companies and College Students Invited!

5th Annual Spring Student Expo at University of Oklahoma

Abstracts and Registrations are due by 20 February 2005. Meeting this deadline is essential to setting up tentative interviewing schedules.

Energy-Industry companies and college students studying in geoscience disciplines are invited to participate in the 5th annual AAPG/SEG Spring Student Expo which will be will be held at the Sarkeys Energy Center on the University of Oklahoma main campus in Norman, Oklahoma, 10-12 March 2005.

This year's Spring Expo again will feature formal interviews with energy industry company representatives, a scientific poster contest for students (with cash prizes), energy-industry company exhibits, numerous opportunities for energy-industry company representatives to network, two mini-courses and a field trip. This event provides an additional opportunity for employers from small to mid-size companies to interview potential summer interns, part-time, or full-time employees. Also, larger companies that formally recruit on campuses each fall are offered an additional opportunity to recruit future potential employees. Energy-related organizations and companies also can host exhibit booths and network with students. Many students have received offers for internships and full-time positions as a direct result of participating in past Expos.

The 2005 Spring Student Expo will provide an opportunity for students to showcase their work in poster format via the Scientific Poster Contest. This year, two sets of cash prizes will be awarded to the top three "geology" posters and the top three "geophysics" posters. The three levels of prizes are: first place, $500.00; second place, $250.00; and third place, $100.00. Abstracts are due by 20 February and should be sent to Donna Mullins via e-mail at

Company personnel will be provided with student resumes and abstract books in February so that they may set up tentative interview schedules for 12 March. Details of the formal interview process will be provided along with the books. Company personnel will be able to talk informally with students during an icebreaker on Friday evening, 11 March, as well as during the poster session and more formal onsite prescheduled 30-minute interviews on Saturday, 12 March. The culmination of the Expo will be the Awards Reception 4:30-6 p.m., Saturday, 12 March 2005, with guest speaker to be announced.

Carol Drayton
Spring Expo
School of Geology and Geophysics
100 East Boyd St., Rm. 810
Norman, OK 73019

SEG Scholarships Available

Scholarships for the 2005-2006 academic year are available through the SEG Foundation. Please visit the links below to download a brochure and application.

All applications and supporting documents must be received in the Foundation Office no later than 1 March 2005.

Professional Development

Spring 2005 Distinguished Lecture

Greg Partyka will present the Spring 2005 Distinguished Lecture titled "Spectral Decomposition." He explains this powerful yet simple and robust technique and its application in exploration and reservoir characterization. Partyka was awarded SEG's Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal in 2003 for his role in the development of spectral decomposition.

Partyka will present his lecture throughout the United States and at several locations around the world. The lecture will be available online before the end of the tour. Please visit the link below for more information and an up-to-date schedule.

2005 Distinguished Instructor Short Course

Rodney Calvert will present the 2005 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course on "Insights and Methods for 4D Reservoir Monitoring and Characterization." Calvert calls on his many years of 3D and 4D experience to present a state-of-the-art class on time-lapse seismic and its application to integrated studies of petroleum reservoirs. His tour, which includes 28 sites around the world, starts in May 2005. Please visit the SEG Professional Development Web site for a complete abstract and biography. Calvert's schedule will be posted when finalized.

View the 2004 Distinguished Lecture Online

Heloise Lynn's Fall 2004 SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecture is available online. Her lecture is titled "The Winds of Change: Anisotropic Rocks ... their Preferred Direction of Fluid Flow and their Associated Seismic Signatures." Lynn has spent her career studying anisotropic rock and their detection by seismic methods. There are still opportunities to view the video of her lecture and schedule a live, online question-and-answer time with her. Please contact the SEG Professional Development Specialist at or visit the Professional Development Web site.

Education Weeks

A number of Continuing Education courses are available this spring and throughout the year. SEG is scheduling Education Weeks in Calgary, Denver, Houston, and New Orleans. Please visit the SEG Professional Development Web site for a current schedule and to register for a course.



Professional Development

10-11 May 2005
Calgary, Alberta

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