WMU News

Petroleum geologists on campus for annual meeting

Sept. 7, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists will hold its 30th annual meeting Sept. 22-26 at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University.

The conference, titled "Resource Management in the 21st Century," will focus on the complex goal of developing and managing energy and other natural resources in an efficient, economical and environmentally responsible manner. Conference sessions will examine how demand for abundant, low-cost energy can be met while maintaining high standards of environmental quality through the use of new technology.

Dr. William B. Harrison, professor, and Dr. David A. Barnes, associate professor, both in WMU's Department of Geosciences, are co-chairpersons of the annual meeting. In addition to two full days featuring more than 40 presentations on various geological issues, the meeting involves three major workshops: "Exploration for Carbonate Stratigraphic Reservoirs," a K-12 workshop titled "Rocks in Your Head" and "Improving Recovery from Old Fields." (Click for related article.)

Two field trips that are part of the conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. Those field trips will focus on "Landforms and Sediments of the Lake Michigan Lobe, Southwestern Michigan" and "Structures of the Kentland Dome and Silurian Reefs of the Chicago Area."

Founded in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists is currently the world's largest professional geological society. For more information on the Eastern Section of AAPG and this annual meeting and conference, contact Harrison at (616) 387-5488. For registration information, call the WMU Conferences and Seminars office at (616) 387-4174.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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