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SEG Annual Meeting

Online registration open
Register now until 28 August on the SEG Web site for advance pricing. While you're there, learn more about the exciting events and opportunities planned for San Antonio.

Technical program set
The San Antonio Technical Program Committee has selected the best papers from more than 800 abstracts, the second-highest number submitted in the past five years. The papers to be presented during the Annual Meeting represent a diverse program from all geophysical disciplines and all parts of the world. The full Technical Program schedule is now available online. Make plans to join SEG in San Antonio today!

Exhibit space is going fast
The SEG Annual Meeting exposition hall is almost sold out, but there is still time to book space at the San Antonio (USA) event on 23–28 September. Please contact Steve Emery at semery@seg.org or Naomi Haddock at nhaddock@seg.org.

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

Field Trips
This year SEG will offer three post-meeting field trips. The field trips include: Canyon Lake Spillway Gorge, The Geology of the Golf of Bexar and Geology, Frontier History, and Selected Wineries of the Hill Country Appellation, Central Texas. These fascinating field trips will fill up fast. Please reserve your seats early because tickets are limited.

Annual Meeting housing open
Housing for the Annual Meeting opened 10 July. We have a wide variety of hotels near the convention center and on the River Walk. Please remember to make your reservations on or before 27 August. Earlier reservations increase your chances of staying in your preferred hotel.

Wednesday Night Fiesta
The Wednesday Night Fiesta is set for 6:30 p.m. 26 September at Sunset Station, one of the largest historic special event facilities in San Antonio. Sunset Station is just minutes from the River Walk and the convention center. Tickets are US$10 for registered delegates and US$60 for guests.

Postconvention workshops
Postconvention workshops will take place 27-28 September 2007 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The nine-workshop schedule and workshop descriptions have been posted online for your convenience. Registration is now open--preregister to attend these workshops today!

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!

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

Workshops

Data Fusion: Combining Geological, Geophysical and Engineering Data

14-18 October 2007
Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Abstract deadline: 15 August 2007
Early registration deadline: 28 September 2007


This interdisciplinary workshop explores the optimum use of our industry's diverse datasets with the goal of deriving realistic, geologically sound static and dynamic reservoir models.

SEG Advanced Modeling Project

SEAM announces Project Manager
The SEG Advanced Modeling Project currently has 13 participants and is accepting more. SEAM Corp recently appointed Mike Fehler, formerly of Los Alamos National Labs, as the SEAM Project Manager. Welcome aboard, Mike! Please visit the SEAM Web site for additional information.

Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities
Did you know that the SEG Scholarship Committee offered a total of US$448 350 in scholarships to 172 geoscience students worldwide for the 2007–2008 academic year? If you are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in applied geophysics or a closely related field, don’t miss your opportunity to apply for an SEG scholarship for the 2008–2009 academic year.

Applications will be accepted from 1 September 2007 through 1 February 2008. Interested students may apply in person at the Foundation booth during the SEG Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Applications also will be accepted online starting 1 September. For additional information, please e-mail scholarships@seg.org.

SEG Publications

Publication turnaround for Geophysics trimmed by more than 50%
Geophysics has cleared its backlog of accepted papers. Its median time from submission of an article to the first decision is 7.5 weeks, down from 18 weeks in 2004. The median time from submission to acceptance has been slashed in half to 6 months.

New journal experiment update
SEG seeks members to participate as authors and exploratory editorial board advocates in the new journal trial run to be conducted within the pages of Geophysics in 2008. Especially encouraged are contributions from practicing geophysicists worldwide working in the industry (e.g., oil, service, and engineering companies), including those working on multidisciplinary projects involving geology, petrophysics, engineering, or other areas. The experiment will emphasize:
• constructive peer-review process and author-editor partnerships to develop publication-worthy materials into high-quality articles
• rapid review and publication

Geophysics call for papers:
Velocity Estimation
for Depth Imaging

Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2007

SEG invites papers on the topic of "Velocity Estimation for Depth Imaging" for publication in an upcoming special section or issue of Geophysics.

For this comprehensive survey of the topic, Geophysics invites summaries of existing practices, descriptions of new approaches, and case studies that illustrate the practical aspects of building and updating velocity models.

New RSS feeds
The Leading Edge and Geophysics are now available in XML-based RSS feeds, which bring you the most recently published articles by topic. RSS feeds can be read in your Web browser, some e-mail programs, and in downloadable RSS feed readers.

Geophysics September-October issue
The September-October issue of Geophysics will be accompanied by a special supplement containing 26 papers on Seismic Modeling. Section editors Johan Robertsson, Bee Bednar, Joakim Blanch, Clément Kostov, and Dirk-Jan van Manen report that the supplement contains some key advances that have or likely will have a significant impact in the near future on exploration seismology and beyond.

The Leading Edge August issue
The August issue of The Leading Edge will contain a preview of the highlights of the upcoming 2007 Annual Meeting in San Antonio and a special section on the amazing recent advances in ground-penetrating radar which is now probably the most used method in near-surface geophysics.

Students

New SEG Anomaly issue available
The Spring/Summer 2007 issue has been posted! 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 students@seg.org.

10thAnnual AAPG/SEG Student Expo

Registration Open
8-9 October 2007
Westin Galleria Houston
Houston, USA

Are you a student seeking a full-time job or internship? There's no better time than now to start your employment search. The market is hot and companies are vigorously searching for talented employees interested in using the newest technology and their creativity to explore for oil and gas. And there's no better place to start than the AAPG/SEG Student Expo, where you can go from potential to opportunity!

SEG Student Expo Travel Grants
SEG Student Expo Travel Grants will be available to help students defray the costs of airfare and accommodations. Application deadline: 15 August 2007. For more information and to register, visit the following Web site.

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