October 2008

Vol 6, Issue 10
Annual Meeting preview


Advance registration deadline extended
In order to accommodate those inconvenienced by Hurricane Ike, the Annual Meeting advance registration deadline has been extended to 15 October. Register online.

Volunteer and give back
Don't miss the opportunity to give back to your Society and the Las Vegas community by donating some of your time to worthy programs at the Annual Meeting. Volunteer to be a Technical Program session monitor, or to work with Las Vegas high school students attending the Applied Science Education Program. If you are going to be at the convention and would like to give some of your time to a worthy effort, view all of the volunteer opportunities available and sign up today.

Technical Program
This year's Technical Program includes 88 diverse sessions. Get a glimpse of these sessions by viewing the full Technical Program schedule and accepted abstracts online.

Book Mart

Take the opportunity at the SEG Book Mart to view new publications, pick up your copy of the 2008 Technical Program Expanded Abstracts DVD, and take advantage of special low pricing on many older works.

Housing and transportationhousing2008
If you missed the 3 October deadline for housing registration you may e-mail or call +1.330.425.9330 with room requests. However, rates and availability cannot be guaranteed.

There will be a variety of transportation options available in Las Vegas. You will be able to buy tickets at McCarran International Airport for a shuttle to take you to your official SEG hotel. Taxis will be available all day and night, and rental cars will be available at the airport.

Honors and Awardshonorsandawards
All SEG members are cordially invited to attend the 78th SEG Honors and Awards ceremony, recognizing those who have advanced the science of geophysics and benefited the Society. Get a sneak peek at some of these honored individuals.

GAC events
Delegates with international interests are invited to attend and participate in the Africa/Middle East Luncheon, the Latin American/ULG Luncheon, the Pacific/Asia Luncheon, or the FSU/European Luncheon. Tickets for these meetings can be purchased in advance or on site (limited quantities available).

SEG Foundation celebration luncheon
Did you get an invitation to the biggest event of the week in Las Vegas? If you didn't, e-mail us or stop by the SEG Foundation booth during the icebreaker. Find out how you can join our Vegas-style celebration on Monday, 10 November.

International Showcase
Are you interested in learning the latest on petroleum and mineral opportunities around the globe? Tour the International Showcase exhibit floor and discover what state oil and mining companies, energy ministries, technical institutes, and other key players are doing to enhance E&P in their countries. Technical sessions will be held 11–12 November on Asia/Pacific: An ocean of opportunity.

Applied Science Education Program
barronJoin Eric Barron, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, as he discusses The Changing Debate on Global Warming." This program will be held at 10 a.m. on 12 November and is free for Annual Meeting delegates. Plan to participate in this unique opportunity, as seating will be limited.

Annual Meeting course pre-registration
Sign up by 22 October for Annual Meeting courses to be held 8–9 November. On-site registration will be available after this date on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed due to class-size restrictions.

DISC at the Annual Meeting
Abriel-BillThe 2008 SEG/EAGE DISC instructor Bill Abriel will present his course Reservoir Geophysics: Applications" on Friday, 7 November. This yearÌs tour is coming to a close, so attend before itÌs over. View the complete schedule online.

SEG Challenge Bowl finals
This year 11 regional qualifying events were held worldwide, leading up to the third SEG Challenge Bowl finals. At this competition, to be held 3–6 p.m. 10 November, these teams will have the chance to win valuable cash prizes. Read more about the regional events and winners.

Student networking event and happy hour

studentsnetworkingStudents have the opportunity to network with industry recruiters 6–10 p.m. 10 November at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Enjoy networking, food, drinks, and fun in a relaxed atmosphere.

Wednesday night event:
An Evening au Cirque

Buy your tickets for this magical event, 5–7 p.m. 12 November, before they sell out! Tickets cost US$20 for registered delegates and $60 for guests and include one free drink. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the Event Ticket Sales booth in the registration area after advance registration closes.

Spouse Program

Go backstage with girls from the "Jubilee Show," tour with the Animal Lovers Delight Safari, and more with this yearÌs Spouse Program. Seminars, tours, and luncheon entertainment will be provided.

Golf tournament
golfcourseThe 2008 SEG preconvention golf tournament will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, 8 November, and will be hosted at Primm Valley Golf Club in Las Vegas. The cost to register for the tournament is US$225 per person. The format will consist of a 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!

Member Services staff will be on site and available in two locations to assist members or prospective members with membership questions and concerns. The first Member Services/Information booth will be located near the registration area and will be open during registration hours; the second booth will be located next to the SEG Book Mart in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Level 2 foyer.
At either Member Services Booth you can:
  • pay membership dues
  • report address changes and/or nonreceipt
    of SEG journals
  • find out about new options and benefits
    of membership
  • apply for transfer to another membership status
  • request information about becoming a member through Annual Meeting registration
  • obtain your Active Member ribbon
Post-convention workshops
Thirteen post-convention workshops on various topics are scheduled 13–14 November. The workshop schedule, descriptions, and pre-registration are available online.

HL tour is under way HL tour
North America Honorary Lecturer Richard Lindsay is presenting at universities across the United States and Canada. George Tsoflias at the University of Kansas commented, "The presentation was excellent and Rick did a great job keeping it interesting." Go online to view Lindsay's abstract and schedule for his presentation, "Forgotten geophysics: A reminder that first-order effects should come first." Contact the local section for location and time.

DL tour headed to USA
DL tourSEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer Peter Duncan finishes his European tour and moves on to Texas and Colorado. Go online to view Duncan's abstract and schedule for his presentation, "Agressively passive: Microseismic opportunities over an oilfield's life." Contact the local section for location and time.

PACRIM 2008, the premier geological conference on the Pacific Rim, will bring together the most recent advances in fundamental academic research, regional surveys by government agencies, and the industry's latest discoveries to showcase the importance of the Pacific Rim for global mineral wealth. The event is hosted by SEG and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Register online.

A few good bloggers
SEG is looking for volunteer bloggers willing to post daily entries to their own blogs during the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Selected bloggers will be featured and linked from SEG Online and the SEG Extra newsletter. Contact Web Content Manager Sylvie Dale for details.

In this issue
Annual Meeting preview
Annual Meeting courses
Beijing call for papers
North America HL begins
DL tour returns to USA
Azimuth forum
2009 D&P Forum
SLS student travel grants
2009 SEP
Annual Meeting bloggers
EEGS added to Digital Library
NSF Fellowship Program

EEGS publications join SEG Digital Library
The Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (JEEG) and the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems Proceedings (SAGEEP) have joined the SEG Digital Library, thanks to a partnership between EEGS and SEG. Institutional subscribers to EEGS and SEG publications will have free access to the EEGS Research Collection for the remainder of 2008. Learn more.

October TLE: Manpower
tle2710_coverThe October issue of The Leading Edge features a special section on manpower. Interpreterís Corner authors Rick Box and Eric Doss discuss typical AVO responses as a function of depth and fluid pressure gradient. Also, check out this yearís Annual Meeting preview section.
Call for papers issued for Beijing conference
Authors are invited to prepare abstracts for submission to the CPS/SEG Beijing 2009 International Geophysical Conference & Exposition.


Forum: New angles
on azimuth

Extra_NapaValleyLogoWatch for the call for papers e-mail for this hot-topic forum. The event will take place in Napa, California, USA, from 30 March–3 April 2009. You won't want to miss this interactive forum for discussing the latest technologies.

2009 D&P Forum
By far the largest and most extensive petroleum reservoirs worldwide exist in carbonate reservoirs, chiefly located in the Middle East. Don't miss the 2009 Development Production Forum, Reservoir characterization and monitoring in carbonates," scheduled 10–15 April 2009 in Manama, Bahrain.

Are you an SEG Student Section leader?


SEG Student Section officers are invited to apply for travel grants to participate in the 2009 SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium at the 2009 SEG Annual Meeting in Houston, USA. Students will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, meet other student leaders from all over the world, and receive professional leadership coaching. Applications are available online.

2009 SEG/ExxonMobil
Student Education Program


Students, get ready for the 2009 Student Education Program, coming to a continent near you! Applications are available online for the 2009 SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Programs.

Better searching and free databases
SEG Online has enhanced its search features so users can retrieve results from SEG Online and the SEG Digital Library with one search. Find out more about three free online databases recommended by a student and researcher that can "help cap the gusher of geoscience data.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The National Science Foundation invites you to apply for the 2009 Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This program offers up to three years of graduate school support worth more than US$120 000 to each awardee. The application process is open now and closes in early November.

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9-14 November
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SEG 78th Annual Meeting

24-26 November
Queensland, Australia
Pacific Rim Congress 2008

3-5 December
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Pubs bulletSEG publications

Reservoir Geophysics: Applications
by William L. Abriel

3D Seismic Imaging
by B. Biondi

Seismic Attributes for Prospect Identification and Reservoir Characterization
by S. Chopra and K. J. Marfurt

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