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New Journal Experiment
New Journal ExperimentThe SEG seeks member input and participation in conducting a new journal experiment, including developing articles and serving on an exploratory editorial board. In his March 2007 President's Page in The Leading Edge, Editor Yonghe Sun proposed that SEG consider starting a peer-reviewed journal of applied geophysics to increase the offerings to practicing geophysicists, a segment of the Society's membership that participates only modestly in SEG publications. In April, the SEG Executive Committee approved a follow-up proposal to try out the new journal idea using two 2008 Geophysics supplements. The trial tests the viability and impact of the proposed third SEG journal. Please visit the Geophysics page below, and/or read the June 2007 President's Page in TLE, to learn more and to find out how to participate.

The Leading Edge
The June issue of The Leading Edge will have a special section on borehole geophysics/VSP. This topic has not been addressed by TLE since the late 1990s and developments have been dramatic in subsequent years. The July issue of TLE will include the biographies and position statements of the candidates for the 2007–08 Executive Committee.

2007 election of SEG officers

Voting for the 2007 Society of Exploration Geophysicists election will open 12 June and close 31 July. In addition to the 2007–2008 executive committee election, six districts are holding elections for representatives. Districts 1, 2, 4, and 12 have one seat to fill. District 3 has three seats to fill and District 7 has two open seats. Candidate bios and position statements will be published in the July issue of The Leading Edge and can be found on the SEG Web site.

Voting information will not come directly from SEG. Active SEG members whose e-mail addresses are recorded will receive online voting information on 12 June from Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS), the company managing the SEG election. All Active members will receive a paper ballot unless they designated not to receive one when casting their vote in the 2006 SEG election.

For questions regarding the election, please contact SEG at For information on how to become an Active member of the Society and be eligible to vote in future elections, please visit the SEG Membership home page.

SEG Foundation

SEG Scholarship Program

As Chairman of the Scholarship Committee I am delighted to report the largest ever disbursement of scholarship awards in the SEG Foundation's 50-year history: 172 students receiving a record $448,350! This is a 55% increase compared to last year and close to a 70% increase from the year before. This achievement is the result of generous contributions received from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and several individual donors during the past year.

The competition for these prestigious SEG awards was fierce. We have received a total of 577 applications from students around the globe, 362 of which met general eligibility criteria and qualified for review by the Scholarship Committee. Of the 172 students selected for the awards, 73 (42%) are US citizens, and 99 (58%) are citizens of other countries. These percentages are inline with the current distribution of SEG membership (38% residing in the US versus 62% elsewhere).

This year's SEG scholars represent 32 different nationalities (compared to 24 last year), and they are pursuing their degrees at universities in 18 different countries around the world (This number was 9 for 2005 and 13 for 2006). We have certainly made great strides in our globalization efforts. However, we are not stopping here. We have created a Globalization Advisory Sub-committee composed of international participants to evaluate the global reach/effectiveness of the scholarship program. The Sub-committee advises on regional educational systems and grading methods, allowing the Scholarship Committee to better evaluate scholarship applicants' academic credentials on a global basis.

Having received the SEG scholarship as an international graduate student from Turkey, I am very proud and honored to have served the Scholarship Committee over the past 7 years. I would like to thank members of the committee (Robert Van Nieuwenhuise, Martin Stupel, Wenjie Dong, Catherine Thibault, Alex Bridge, Steven Roche, and David McAdow) for their diligent work in evaluating/ranking scholarship applicants. Special recognition goes to SEG Business Office personnel Brian Young, Katie Burk, Debbie Starnes, and Peter Pangman for their dedication and hard work for the success of this program. Last but not least, the SEG Scholarship Program would not be in existence without the generous contributions of our donors. Thank you!

—Gokay Bozkurt, Scholarship Committee Chairman

The SEG Scholarship Committee will accept applications for the 2008-2009 academic year as early as 1 September 2007. The deadline for application is 1 February 2008. Interested students may apply in person at the Foundation booth during the SEG International Exposition and 77th Annual Meeting in San Antonio (23-28 September 2007). Applications will also be accepted online as early as 1 September 2007.

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Professional Development

Regional Lecturer
Steve Chang, speaking on borehole geophysics, has taken the first Regional Lecture to 13 sections and schools in the South and East Asia region by June 1. Shiv Dasgupta will begin his tour of Africa and the Middle East later this year.

Both talks are scheduled for presentation and recording at the SEG 77th Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Lecture abstracts and schedules are posted on the SEG Professional Development Web site as soon as they are available.

Each Regional Lecturer program promotes the science of geophysics to a broad audience of students and professionals in a single geographic region.

Continuing Education
NEW COURSE! Norm Bleistein will present his new course "Mathematics of Modeling, Migration, and Inversion with Gaussian Beams" for the first time at the SEG 77th Annual Meeting in San Antonio. This 1-day course presents the state-of-the-art of Gaussian beams and their use in solving the wave equation. Bleistein presents both forward modeling and migration/inversion.

SEG's Education Week in Calgary on 8–11 May, 2007 was very successful, with approximately 70 participants. The next major event is the SEG 77th Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Ten courses are scheduled for 22-23 September 2007. Course descriptions have been posted and registration is now open.

Two courses in Colombia on 12-13 August 2007 are open for registration. "Petroleum Systems of Deepwater Settings" by Paul Weimer and "Shear Waves from Acquisition to Interpretation" by Robert Garotta will be presented at the Guatiguara Campus of Universidad Industrial de Santander in Piedecuesta, Santander, Colombia. The courses are offered in conjunction with the Colombian Geological Congress.

For the first time SEG is participating in AAPG's Fall Education Conference in Houston, 10-14 September 2007. Although this year's registration will be through AAPG, information will be posted on the SEG Professional Development Web site as soon as it is available.

Distinguished Lecture Series
Len Srnka continues to present the Spring 2007 SEG Distinguished Lecture "Illuminating Reservoirs with Electromagnetics." An abstract of his talk and his itinerary are available on the SEG Professional Development Web site. His course was recorded in Oslo, Norway, and is expected to be posted on the SEG Web site in July.

Don Steeples has been selected as the Fall 2007 SEG Distinguished Lecturer. His talk, titled "Some Stupid Shallow Seismic Experiments I have Done," traces the development of near-surface seismology, including the lessons learned from the successes of "incorrect" methods and the failures of "correct" techniques. Steeples' tour will start in September, 2007.

Biondo Biondi has completed half of the 2007 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course tour, visiting 10 locations around the world. His topic, "Concepts and Applications in 3D Seismic Imaging" should be of interest to all geoscientists. His course will be presented at the SEG Annual Meeting in San Antonio on Friday, 21 September, 2007. His course was recorded 11 May and should be available for sale at the SEG 77th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, along with the course book. Please visit the SEG Professional Development Web site for a description of his course and his schedule.

SEG Students

SEG Anomaly
Students, keep up with your quarterly dose of SEG-related news and announcements by reading the SEG student newsletter, the Anomaly. Submit articles, pictures, or questions via e-mail to

Challenge Bowl 2007
The second incarnation of the SEG Challenge Bowl, in which college students can flaunt their knowledge of geophysics en route to a Grand Prize, is well underway. All winners will receive an all expense paid trip to the International Exposition and the 77th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas to defend their titles at the Second Annual SEG Challenge Bowl Finals.

Annual Meeting 2007

Technical Program
Having received the second highest number of submissions in the past five years, the San Antonio Technical Program Committee will select the best papers which will be presented during the four days of technical programs. A diverse Program is scheduled with more than 800 abstracts received for review from all geophysical disciplines and all parts of the world. Acceptance notices will be sent out this month. Make plans to join SEG in San Antonio today!

Annual Meeting Announcement
The Annual Meeting Announcement will be mailed with the July issue of The Leading Edge. Over the next few months, members should receive information and announcements concerning programs and events at the Annual Meeting, to be held 23–28 September 2007 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Applied Science Education Program
Join SEG at the free Applied Science Education Program as speaker, Michael E. Wysession, Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, leads the audience on "A Geophysical Journey to the Center of the Earth." Area high school teachers and students, grades 9-12 are invited to sign up for this free program, as this will be an unforgettable educational experience for those in attendance. The Applied Science Education Program will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on 26 September 2007 at 10 a.m.

Golf Tournament
The 2007 SEG Pre-Convention golf tournament will be hosted at The Quarry Golf Club. The Quarry is recognized around the country for its unique setting and character. The tournament will take place on Saturday, September 22, at 1 p.m. and will be Four-Man Texas Style Scramble. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis, and with this location, you'll want to secure your spot right away!

Spouse Program
Great excitement and entertainment is planned for this year's Spouse Program! You will want to take advantage of the spouse tours, and you won't want to miss the free seminars. At the Tuesday luncheon, Mariachis will fill the air with their exhilarating sounds. And the featured entertainment for the luncheon will be Heloise, internationally known for her "Hints from Heloise" column. A native San Antonian, she will delight and entertain you while sharing some of her "hints." Make plans now to attend the festivities!

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