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April 2012 E-News - American Institute of Professional Geologists

AIPG 2012 National Scholarship Winners

The AIPG Education Committee, Executive Committee, and Executive Director are delighted to award a $1,000 scholarship to eight students this year on the basis of their essay submission and academic record. Their essays will be published in an upcoming issue of AIPG bimonthly publication "The Professional Geologist," which is available online. This years winners are: Kristina Pourtabib, SA-3410, Eastern Illinois Unviersity, Charleston, Illinois; Jennifer Kasbohm, SA-3457, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; Alexandra Breeding, SA-1749, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas; Brooklyn Hildbrandt, SA-3395, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina; Rania Eldam, SA-3215, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; Don Osborne, SA-3137, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia; Jenna Schmidt, SA-3049, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia; and Na Hyung Choi, SA-3141, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Room Block Deadline - April 30, 2012
Register now for the AIPG 3rd Annual Marcellus Shale Conference: Energy Development and Enhancement by Hydraulic Fracturing

Reserve your room and register for the AIPG 3rd Annual Marcellus Shale Conference: Energy Development and Enhancement by Hydraulic Fracturing, May 22-23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 550 Cherrington Parkway, Coraopolis, PA 15108. A block of rooms have been reserved at a rate of $129 per night. For hotel reservations call (412) 269-9070 or 1-800-EMBASSY. Be sure to mention the 'AIPG 2012 Marcellus Shale Conference' for the room discount which will be honored until April 30, 2012.

The conference is structured to allow consideration and ample discussion of the most crucial aspects of the hydrofracturing process as it pertains to gas production in shale and other tight formations. This technology is proving to be very effective, but it has drawn much criticism from the environmental community.

This conference is a great opportunity for industry, research scientists and engineers, regulators, consultants and those focused on the environment to come together to learn about the fracturing process, the control and monitoring of fracture propagation, the relationship of fracture propagation to overlying aquifer systems, monitoring for environmental contamination, surface controls to prevent environmental damage, the processing and recycling of production and flowback water, stray gas migration, and many other technical and environmental aspects.

Registration Form - Presentations - Flyer with details
Exhibitor Form - Sponsor Form
- or contact 303-412-6205 or aipg@aipg.org

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Submit by July 6, 2012

AIPG National Annual Conference, September 22-25, 2012 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Registration will be available soon. Exhibitor and Sponsor forms available now.
Contact 303-412-6205 or aipg@aipg.org.

The Professional Geologist (AIPG bi-monthly journal)

The Professional Geologist - March/April 2012 issue is now available online. All past issues are available online.

AIPG Section Newsletters

AIPG Michigan Section Newsletter - March 2012 issue is now available online.

AIPG California Section Newsletter - Spring 2012 issue is now available online.

AIPG Georgia Section Newsletter - March 2012 issue is now available online.

AIPG Ohio Section Newsletter - March 2012 issue is now available online.

When Your Wallet Goes A.W.O.L.

When your wallet is lost or stolen, it’s tough not to fear the worst—credit card fraud and identity theft. But you can hold the panic at bay by acting quickly and taking a few preventative measures that help protect your credit and reduce your liability.

Before Your Wallet Goes A.W.O.L.

By: Melanie Foley
Executive Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Because identity theft is on the rise and a real threat you should not ignore, take these steps NOW as preventative measures:

  1. Photocopy your credit cards, ID cards, and licenses (front and back) to help you report their loss accurately and efficiently.
  2. Keep the copies in a safe place.
  3. Make new copies of cards that are updated or replaced.
  4. NEVER carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it safe in a secure location.

After Your Wallet Goes A.W.O.L.

Upon discovering that your wallet is irretrievable, take these steps ASAP:

  1. Cancel your credit cards and request replacements with new numbers.
  2. Call agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and your healthcare provider for replacement licenses and ID cards.
  3. Report the theft of your wallet to the police.
  4. Contact each national credit reporting agency (Equifax, Experian, Trans Union) to request that a fraud alert be attached to your accounts.
  5. Request a free credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com to check for and report any unusual activity.

Although these measures cannot guarantee the security of your identity and credit, they go a long way to deter thieves and protect your financial liability.

 For more information, please visit www.libertymutual.com/aipg. Coverage underwritten and provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116.  ©2012 Liberty Mutual Group.  All rights reserved.
Liberty Mutual is a responsible company that delivers expert advice and caring service. For more information, please call 800.524.9400 or visit www.libertymutual.com/aipg.
Reprinted with permission from Liberty Mutual. ©2012 Liberty Mutual Group. All rights reserved.

UPS Savings for Members


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For complete details or to sign up,

*See Rates and Services Chart for detail of Savings and Discounts, which depend on total weekly gross shipping charges incurred.

Free Student Membership

This is a reminder to let all students know that as long as they are a student they can be a member of AIPG for free. As a student member you will receive an electronic copy by email of our bi-monthly magazine “The Professional Geologist”. You will be given access to our web site to search for other members, post your resume for free, and search for employment. You will also receive discounts on any of the products AIPG offers. As a student member you will receive information on upcoming conferences and news from the sections on meetings and field trips. These meetings are a good way to meet professional geologists, to learn from them, and to network for future employment. AIPG also offers scholarships at the National level and a number of the sections have scholarships for their student members. AIPG also has Facebook and LinkedIn sites. Facebook is more of a fun site to post pictures from meetings and field trips. LinkedIn is a professional site to discuss common questions such as licensing and to provide another avenue for posting job opportunities.


Check out the AIPG Store: jackets, pen/pencil gift sets, baseball hats, coffee mugs, fitness bottles, fleece vests, polo shirts, dress shirts, outback hats, sportsman hats, scarfs, t-shirts, decals, and more. The coffee mug is black with silver logo and is 22 oz. The travel mug is blue with white logo. Order online or fax in your order.

Invitation to Submit an Article to TPG

You are invited to submit an article, paper, or guest column based upon your geological experiences or activities to the American Institute of Professional Geologists to be included in "The Professional Geologist" (TPG) bi-monthly journal. The article can address a professional subject, be technical in nature, or comment on a state or national issue affecting the profession of geology. Article submissions for TPG should be 800 to 3200 words in length. Photos, figures, tables, etc. are always welcome! Author instructions are available on the AIPG National Website. AIPG Members that are interested in becoming an Associate Editor are required to fill out a questionnaire available on the AIPG National Website.

aipg logoThe American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
Its advocacy efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.

American Institute of Professional Geologists
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Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134

(303) 412-6205 / Fax (303) 253-9220 / aipg@aipg.org / www.aipg.org

Mark Your Calendar

Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals
May 1 – May 4, 2012
Scottsdale Cottonwood Resort & Suites
Scottsdale, Arizona

AIPG 3rd Annual Marcellus Shale Conference: Energy Development and Enhancement by Hydraulic Fracturing
May 22-23, 2012
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Flyer with details | Registration Form
Exhibitor Form | Sponsor Form

2nd Annual Michigan Section Insitu Conference on LNAPL
June 20-21, 2012
Ram Center
For more information contact either Kevin Lund or Sara Pearson at aipg.mi.section@gmail.com.

4th Conference: Innovative Environmental Assessment and Remediation Technology
AIPG Georgia Section
September 12-13, 2012
Kennesaw State University
Continuing Education
Kennesaw, Georgia

The Association of Environmental &
Engineering Geologists
55th Annual Meeting

September 15-23, 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah
Field Trips, educational Short Courses and exceptional Technical Program. Earn PDH and CEU Credits. Visit www.aegweb.org for all of the details and to submit an abstract for the Technical Program.

AIPG Annual National Conference
September 22-25, 2012
Rapid City, South Dakota
Hosted by AIPG National and the
AIPG SD Section
Best Western Ramkota Rapid City Hotel
& Conference Center
Exhibitor Form | Sponsor Form

AIPG/AGWT 2nd Annual
R.C. Heath Symposium
Groundwater Resources Issues in
Coastal Mid-Atlantic:
Focus on impacts of mining and causes & solutions to saline intrusion

October 4, 2012
Greenville, North Carolina
In cooperations with:
East Carolina University
East Carolina Institute for Coastal Water Resources
Program details, registration and sponsor and exhibitor information available soon.

AIPG Annual National Conference
50th Anniversary
October 23-26, 2013
Foothills of the Rockies, Colorado
Hosted by AIPG National and the
AIPG Colorado Section
Omni Interlocken Resort

If you would like AIPG to hold a conference or seminar in your area please call the office at:
303-412-6205 or aipg@aipg.org
Suggestions are Welcome!

List of Member Benefits

AIPG Section Resources

GOLI (Geosciences Online Learning Initiative)

Global Energy Resources:
Current Trends and Short Term Predictions

Webinar Recorded on January 18, 2012
Presented by Ronald J. Wallace

Critical and Strategic Minerals: Concepts and Status
Webinar Recorded on February 1, 2012
Presented by Jim Burnell

Making a PowerPoint Presentation into a Work of Art
Webinar Recorded on February 22, 2012
Presented by Chris Mathewson

Courses On Demand

Well Logs and Log Analysis for New Hires
Teacher: Robert Font

Geotechnical Properties of North-Central Texas Shales
Teacher: Robert Font

Practical Petroleum Geology
Teacher: Robert Font

The Geology of Texas - The Basal Cretaceous
Teacher: Robert Font

Teacher: Robert Font

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