From the Editor | November 2021

Giving Thanks, Giving Back and Paying Forward

 As we leave October behind, culminating in (we hope) a safe, spooky and fun Halloween, we begin November, remembering fondly held traditions at Thanksgiving and looking forward to the 2021 Holidays with new hope.

As Geoscientists, HGS Members have much to be thankful for.  Recent increase in commodity prices for not only oil but also natural gas, will all provide support for innovative energy solutions moving forward.

There are jobs for Asteroid Sample Management / Curation, Onshore Seismic Data Processing, Staff Geology positions at least four Majors and Large Independents currently interviewing in Houston. It’s not yet the “Good Old Days”, but both Conventional Hydrocarbon and Renewable business activity and hiring are on the upswing.  Freshen up that resume and take another look, if you haven’t checked on the job market recently.

Our HGS Past President Jim Tucker manned the HGS Booth at the October SPEGCS hosted Job Fair in conjunction with the Texas WorkForce Commission.  Jim tells us a robust number of virtual and In-Person Companies interviewed, and a record number of job seekers attended.                         

The GeoGulf (ex-GCAGS) Convention in Austin wrapped up the last week of October with better than expected attendance for this Hybrid In-Person and Virtual event.  We seem to be gradually emerging from Covid… stay well and considerate of everyone around you.

REGISTER EARLY for the Monday, November 1 HGS / UH Sheriff Lecture!  HGS joins the University of Houston Annual Sheriff Lecture as a jointly hosted Virtual event on Zoom from 6 – 9 PM. There will be Virtual Student posters (Virtual Judges Needed!); U of H State of the Department presentations, Outstanding Alumni Award, UH Student Poster Awards, and the Keynote presentation.

Dr Sean Gulick, Research Professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin will present Life and Death by Impact: Drilling for Clues based on his research of the geological processes, environmental effects, and habitability of the Cretaceous-Paleogene Chicxulub meteor impact. Dr. Gulick took many World Class field trips to back up his research, highlighted in his service as the co-chief scientist for IODP Expedition 364 to the Chixcilub Impact Crater during 2016-18.

The STGS Austin Chalk Seminar has AGAIN been RESCHEDULED; now set for Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9,2022. Previously rescheduled for November 5th & 6th, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas….not going to happen.  Don’t go, thinking you can pay at the door…. You will be a San Antonio tourist at that point. More details in the spring.

Monday November 8 begins the Third EAGE-HGS Latin America Conference! This year the 3 day conference will be held in Houston, TX with an in-person networking reception and dinner on November 8th, and online with virtual presentations November 9th and 10th. An extensive Session Overview is available on the HGS Calendar; just click on the event link. Regional Overviews, with detailed sessions on New Plays, the Greater Caribbean; Non-Guyana and Suriname; the South Atlantic; Brazil, Non-Brazil and the Equatorial Margin will all be reviewed in the authors’ latest work.

The Networking Reception & Dinner on Monday, November 8, 2021 will be held at Saldivia's South American Grill from 5:00pm - 9:00pm; see the HGS Calendar for more details.

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021 the HGS Engineering and Environmental Group will have another Surprise Speaker at their In-Person Dinner Meeting at The Craft Republic Houston, 11470 Westheimer Rd. with Social 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m., Presentation 7:30- 9:00 p.m. Always a good time, fun networking and relevant speakers / topics.

Attention, Christmas and Holiday shoppers: for the rockhounds and gemologists in your life, two great events are scheduled for the middle of November; your perfect shopping schedule.

The annual HGMS Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Show will be held Friday, November 12 thru Sunday November 14, at the Humble Civic Center in Humble, Texas. HGS Volunteers are being requested to staff the HGS K12 booth. Contact HGS Event Liaison Janet Combes for more details: Tickets are only $8, good for all three days; kids under 8 get in free, so bring them along to see the beauty of nature’s creative forces! It’s a great STEM teaching opportunity in a fun environment.

On Saturday / Sunday November 14 & 15, plus Saturday / Sunday November 20 & 21, GeoInteriors will conduct their Annual Mineral & Fossil Sale; this Annual Charity event is benefitting HGS & GSH this year. Contact and event location info are on the HGS Website November Calendar page. 25 Metric Tons, wholesale prices on 2 weekends.  Bring your forklift for that Petrified Tree Coffee Table! Checks, cash, no credit cards or e-payments; go prepared! Their warehouse is in NW Houston; see the HGS Website Calendar for more details.

Monday, November 15 HGS International Virtual Dinner meeting will present: “The Role of Structural Inheritance in the Tectonic Evolution of East and South Mexico: From Paleozoic Pangea Assembly to Mesozoic Rifting and Cenozoic Shortening and Basin Inversion" By Dr. Elisa Fitz Díaz from the National University Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM) in outside Mexico City, in Coyoacán, México, D. F.

In the final week of November, we give thanks while honoring Thanksgiving traditions and creating new  ones. We honor all of our HGS Volunteers and HGS educational outreach teams in schools, home and virtual classrooms and Universities all across the Houston metropolitan region.

Wishing All great success and the best of health!

HGS Editor 2021-2022
Scott C. Sechrist