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Nominations for SPE Awards are Due in February

Nominations for the 2013 SPE International and Regional Awards are due 15 February.

SPE Awards recognize members for their technical contributions, professional excellence, career achievement, service to colleagues, industry leadership, and public service. Winners will be announced in July, and their names will be posted on the SPE website and published in JPT. The awards will be presented during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.

International awards include the prestigious honorary and distinguished memberships. Technical awards for the international category include the Anthony F. Lucas Technical Leadership Gold Medal, the John Franklin Carll Distinguished Professional Award, and the Lester C. Uren Technical Excellence Award. Professional awards for the international category include the Cedric K. Ferguson Young Technical Author Medal, the Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal, the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal, and the Robert Earll McConnell Award.

IPTC Makes Call for Papers for 2014 Conference

The 7th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in 2014 has officially announced its call for papers.

The theme of the event is “Unlocking Energy Through Innovation, Technology, and Capability.” More than 1,700 technical papers are expected to be submitted to the IPTC committee. The technical program is managed by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and SPE.

The conference will take place in Doha, Qatar, and will be hosted by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil.

Chevron Gives USD 1 Million for SPE Education Initiatives

Chevron has committed USD 1 million to support SPE programs aimed at increasing student participation and advancing energy education.

The company will donate USD 250,000 per year for 4 years to support three initiatives. One program is the SPE’s student dues program that enables students to participate as members, free of charge. The commitment will also support the Energy4me program, which educates the public and students about energy and the upstream oil and gas industry, and ­PetroWiki, SPE’s knowledge-sharing wiki that provides information about exploration and production engineering.

Energy4me Program Holds First Conference Workshop

In November, SPE’s Energy4me program held its first workshop at the Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference in Calgary.

This workshop invited classroom teachers from grades 4 to 12 to learn energy concepts, their importance, and discover the world of oil and natural gas. Roberto ­Aguilera, conference co-chairman and a University of Calgary professor, delivered the keynote address and fielded questions from workshop participants.

Energy4me is the educational outreach program of SPE. Learn more by visiting