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New Publications Available

SEG has published several new books and disc products in the past six weeks. These all are available for purchase through the SEG Online Book Mart:

Best Paper in Geophysics nominations

SEG Editor Yonghe Sun requests nominations for the Best Paper in Geophysics from among the papers published in 2005. An index listing all papers and authors published in 2005 is included in the November-December issue.

SEG members should e-mail their nominations to the Editor at by 12 March 2006.

Annual Report

The 2005 SEG Annual Report, including reports of committee chairs plus audited financial statements for both SEG and the SEG Foundation, is available for download.

The Leading Edge

The December issue of TLE is composed almost entirely of a special section on Rocks Under Stress. This is obviously a hot topic in geophysics as this section will contain 11 papers.


Save a Stamp—Renew Online

Renew online to continue your membership benefits for 2006. Dues statements for membership renewal have been mailed. If you did not receive your statement or have any questions about your dues or member benefits, please contact us at

2006 Membership Campaign

Play your cards right! Recruit new members in this year's Member-Get-A-Member campaign and receive valuable prizes.

SEG Foundation

SEG Scholarship Program

Since its inception in 1956, the SEG Scholarship Program has provided more than US$4 million in funding for geoscience students all over the world. During the 2005–2006 academic year alone, the SEG Foundation granted US$268,100 to 136 students worldwide. Don't miss your opportunity to become one of the many recipients of a prestigious SEG scholarship. Applications are available through the Foundation Web site. All applications and supporting documents must be received in the Foundation office by the close of business on 1 February 2006. For more information, please visit the link below or send an e-mail to

Annual Meeting 2006

New Orleans Call for Papers

The 2006 Call for Papers for the New Orleans Annual Meeting is available. Abstract kits will be available online after 14 December 2005. Start making plans now to submit your paper for what promises to be an extremely well-attended and exciting meeting of geoscientists from around the world!

Professional Development

Distinguished Lecturer Series

Panos Kelamis, the SEG 75th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer, will finish his tour in early 2006 with stops in France, Canada, California, and Australia. His talk, titled "A pragmatic view of land multiple attenuation technology," presents a series of practical strategies that target the attenuation of surface and internal multiples in a land environment. Kelamis uses a plethora of land data sets, many from the world's largest oil fields in Saudi Arabia. Streaming video of Kelamis' talk will be posted on the SEG Distinguished Lecturer Web site before the end of the year.

The SEG/AAPG Joint Fall 2005 Distinguished Lecturer, Rebecca Latimer, has finished the first week of her tour. She will present her talk again in Dallas on 21 February 2006, and her Eastern North America tour is scheduled for 6-17 March 2006. Titled "Uses, abuses, and examples of seismic-derived acoustic impedance data: What does the interpreter need to know?" her presentation demonstrates the necessity for inversion and explains its contribution to an interpretation workflow. Latimer shows how scale differences can affect the results, how the interpreter analyzes the rock properties and uses these with inverted data, and how to spot pitfalls in the overuse of impedance data, and she examines both the strengths and drawbacks of using inversion as compared with the original rock data. Her tour is organized by AAPG. Details are available on the AAPG Web site.

Gary Mavko, SEG Spring 2006 Distinguished Lecturer, will begin his tour in February. His talk, "Rock physics strategies for facies and fluids mapping," discusses how depositional and post depositional processes in various geologic settings can be related to velocity, density, and Vp/Vs ratio. His tour schedule will be posted on the SEG Web site as soon as it is finalized.

Distinguished Instructor Short Course

On 12 December 2005, Rodney Calvert concludes the 2005 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course, titled "Insights and Methods for 4D Reservoir Monitoring and Characterization," in Oman. Calvert calls upon 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. Please visit the site below for a complete abstract, biography, and schedule; registration is available through the local (host) societies. The 2005 DISC book is now available for purchase by SEG and EAGE members.

Kurt Marfurt will present the 2006 DISC titled "Seismic Attribute Mapping of Structure and Stratigraphy." Marfurt's schedule will be posted as it is confirmed.

Continuing Education

Registration will open in December for Education Week courses scheduled for Houston in February 2006. Among the offerings is a new course on Controlled Source Electromagnetics for subsea exploration, presented by Steve Constable. Courses also are set for an Education Week in Calgary during May 2006. Courses to be given in Lafayette, LA, will be announced shortly. Please visit the SEG Professional Development site for complete details and to register.



SEG Meetings

Professional Development

December 5 - 9, 2005
SEG Business Office
Geoscience Center
Tulsa, OK

February 27 - 28, 2006
Houston, TX

March 1 - 2, 2006
Houston, TX

March 3, 2006
Houston, TX

SEG Publications


9-11 January, 2006
Science City, Kolkata, India

24-26 July 2006
Bali, Indonesia

15-18 October 2006
St. Petersburg, Russia