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General Chair John Louie
John Louie, General Chairman

"All in" for SEG Annual Meeting excitement in Las Vegas!

Geophysicists Empower the World

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Near-Surface Geophysics Section of SEG, the SEG 2012 Steering Committee, many generous sponsors and volunteers, and I all invite you back to Las Vegas, Nevada, 4-9 November 2012, to attend the International Exposition and 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

As the geophysics we are doing is enhancing – even doubling – energy resources in many parts of the world, it is time for each of us to step back from our full house of projects and assess the high stakes of the global energy future. We are returning to Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip. This magnificent resort, dressed in a South Pacific tropical theme, boasts an 11-acre sand-and-surf beach, a frozen ice lounge, and Shark Reef Aquarium.

A busy Steering Committee is setting up a full house of activities: The annual Golf Tournament is set by Jim Gaines at Desert Pines Golf Club. Arrive early in Las Vegas for the Saturday morning tee-off before the official convention opening, and enjoy the new 18 bent-grass greens.

The convention opens with the Sunday evening Icebreaker. You will be able to preview the many exhibits while catching up with friends, colleagues, and competitors. More than 260 companies will be exhibiting, making the exhibit hall flush with opportunity. Many new international exhibitors, brought in by Global Affairs Chairman Sergio Chávez-Pérez, will be located throughout the exhibit hall.

We will start Monday morning with the SEG Forum, arranged by James Irving and moderated by Dr. Mary Lou Zoback of Stanford University. This year's forum theme of Sustainability, Humanitarian Outreach, and Social Responsibility will discuss the benefits of including social responsibility in the corporate business model. It is time for a serious discussion on the practical issues of corporate and academic social responsibility, the different models and possibilities that exist, and the potential impact of these activities.

The Technical Program, chaired by Don Steeples, begins Monday afternoon. Don and his committee evaluated 1,560 abstract submissions, which is the highest number on record, guaranteeing the most competitive technical program ever. His committee, benefitting from the generous efforts of Louise Pellerin, has been working overtime organizing the oral, poster, and electronic poster sessions. All posters will be in the exhibit hall, near exhibitors. For the first time, selected authors will present electronic posters, which are presentations for poster-sized audiences. Eighteen workshops will follow the technical sessions. With help from National Security Technologies and the SEG Mining Committee, we will offer a field trip to the test bed of a really unconventional play: the nuclear national security geophysics at the Nevada Test Site.

We are all looking forward to Wednesday's Applied Science Education Program, chaired by Jim O'Donnell. Dr. Cathy Snelson of National Security Technologies will energize hundreds of Nevada high school students with her presentation on "Exploration Seismology with Explosives." A select group of students will have Q&A with Dr. Snelson and then tour the exhibit hall to see what geophysicists do.

On Wednesday, please do not miss our International Reception with Latin American flavor, hosted by Global Chairman Sergio Chávez-Pérez. The Wednesday Night Event, "A Legendary Night in Vegas" , will be a whole lot of fun with Las Vegas food, music, and entertainment. Join us in a unique celebration of all Vegas has to offer.

Pat Thomsen is leading the Spouse Program. Pat and her diverse committee have developed an engaging program for spouses of all varieties, and they will adjust it as needed to accommodate the mix of spouse registrants. The Spouse Luncheon will be on Tuesday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Sponsorship Chairman Jason Tinder, along with SEG staff, have set a record, raising more than a half-million dollars of support for meeting events and amenities from sponsors around the world. Please express your appreciation for our sponsors' generous support.

Finally, Volunteer Chair Heidi Kuzma is seeking more than 100 volunteers to help with technical sessions and other events. Please visit the SEG Web site for information on how you can help to make 2012 Las Vegas a great event.

For more information on these items as well as current 2012 Las Vegas information, go to
Your SEG 2012 Steering Committee is eager to see "All in" for Las Vegas!

John Louie
General Chairman