Thursday, September 18 - Glenn Winters - Obstacles and Pitfalls of the Everyday Interpreter...
Comments from our President
July 1, 2014
I hope everyone is having as delightful a summer as I am. I spent the last two weeks in England with the weather just about as good as it gets.
For our Society I think that the major challenges are to recognize the changing demographics of Geophysics, and to keep up with technology that changes so very rapidly. I could pose as an authority on that subject.
Our Society has been the fortunate recipient of a lot of financial support for advertising and meeting expenses for which we are very grateful. Needless to say, we continue to court these companies in the future.
We did a survey last year that indicated strong support for the noon hour meetings as opposed to evening meetings. From the excellent attendance, this would seem to be true. But I think we have to be both creative and flexible. I feel that our main mission is to keep ourselves informed on the technology, but I think we can’t deny that there is a very positive social component to our Society. We live and work in a world driven by communication. And by the way, we have to have a little fun in the process. And so we do.
In the survey that I mentioned, the strong preference was for “case history” presentations. “How has the technology been applied, and what were the results”. The lowest on the list was something that I would call a “tutorial”. So the goal is obviously to make the presentations both interesting and informative. The contractors are more than willing to offer talks on their new technology, so the program is reasonably easy to fill, but the challenge is to find what I call “punch line” talks. That is “here is where we drilled, and this is what we found”. This is a little more of a challenge. We are working on it.
I might also offer my personal focus on the geological background for our application of technology. We fully recognize that a large number of our members are Geologists.
I don’t think I have said anything that we are not mutually agreed on. The challenge here is to include this goal in our presentation program. Our technical program is fairly well organized for the year to come, and so is the social program in cooperation with the Geological Society. That’s the fun part.
I would again like to emphasize how important I think the Young Professional Society is to both the Geophysical Society and Geological Society. It seems to have taken on a life of it’s own, that is rather inspiring. I also mentioned in my previous letter that this will require our financial support. Our BOD is in full agreement with this.
So I look forward to seeing you all in September. Old friends and new. I hope our programs will meet your expectations.
All the best
Dallas Geophysical Society