Craig J. Beasley was the driving force behind the founding of Geoscientists Without Borders®. In recognition of his contribution, the Craig J. Beasley Award for Social Contribution was established and is awarded to a person or organization that has made a meritorious achievement that supports the application of geophysics to a humanitarian, public service, or other socially significant cause.
This episode’s guest, Paul Bauman, received the inaugural Craig J. Beasley Award for Social Contribution at SEG 2018. In this conversation, Paul and host Andrew Geary discuss what attracted him to the geosciences, the biggest source of inspiration in his career, and advice for students and early career professionals.
Click on the links above to read their full biographies on the SEG Wiki. Read the full citations of all the award winners on the SEG Digital Library.
Paul Bauman received a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from Princeton University, and a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo in groundwater and geophysics. He has more than 30 years experience in near surface geophysical exploration for groundwater, natural resources, tunnels, unexploded bombs, industrial waste, ancient burials, and anything that someone may want to find without drilling or digging. Paul has applied creative geophysical solutions to challenging groundwater situations in remote locations over much of his career, including in Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Canada. Bauman successfully completed Geoscientists Without Borders® projects in Kakuma and Uganda. This podcast highlighted his humanitarian work in episode 37 – Searching for water in Kakuma.
2018 Honors and Awards
- Maurice Ewing Medal – Albert Tarantola
- Craig J. Beasley Award for Social Contribution – Paul D. Bauman (Note: Paul will be featured on a future episode)
- Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal – Mrinal Kanti Sen
- Reginald Fessenden Award – John Burg and Necati Gülünay
- Life Membership – Huasheng Zheng and Xianhuai Zhu
- J. Clarence Karcher – Matteo Ravasi, Yunyue Elita Li, and Tieyuan Zhu
- Special Commendation – Maria Angela Capello
- Distinguished Achievement – Bureau of Economic Geology
- Honorary Membership – Fred Aminzadeh
- Cecil Green Enterprise Award – Daniel Herold, Robin Herold, and Peter Flanagan (Parallel Geoscience Corporation)
- Outstanding Educator – Hendratta Ali and Kristina Keating
- 2018 Most Improved Student Chapter – Uppsala University Geophysical Society
- 2018 Best Student Chapter – Taras Schevchenko National University of Kyiv Geophysical Society
- Best Paper in The Leading Edge: “Operational deployment of compressive sensing systems for seismic data acquisition“, Charles C. Mosher, Chengbo Li, Frank D. Janiszewski, Laurence S. Williams, Tiffany C. Carey, and Yongchang Ji
- 2017 Best Paper in GEOPHYSICS: “Exploiting surface consistency for surface-wave characterization and mitigation — Part 1: Theory and 2D examples” and “Part 2: Application to 3D Data,” Christine E. Krohn and Partha S. Routh
- 2017 Best Paper in Interpretation: “Time-variant wavelet extraction with a local-attribute-based time-frequency decomposition for seismic inversion,” Rui Zhang and Sergey Fomel
- Top Oral Paper Presented at SEG’s 87th Annual Meeting: “Probabilistic seismic inversion using pseudo-wells,” Patrick Connolly and Mark O’Brien
- Top Poster Paper Presented at SEG’s 87th Annual Meeting: “New global lake gravity from advances in satellite altimetry processing,” Samuel Cheyney, Kirsten Fletcher, Chris Green, and Simon Campbell
- Top Student Oral Paper Presented at SEG’s 87th Annual Meeting: “Removing numerical dispersion artifacts from reverse time migration and full-waveform inversion,” Erik Koene
- Top Student Poster Paper Presented at SEG’s 87th Annual Meeting: “Semiautomatic seismic well ties and log data interpolation,” Sean Bader
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Interview: Paul Bauman
Original music by Zach Bridges.
This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary.
The SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ashley Rodriguez, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney