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Episode 220: Revealing Lost Legacies with Geophysics (Rob Stewart & Jim White)

“The respect and honor that we give to our predecessors really indicate what kind of character we have.”

This episode explores the first Geoscientists without Borders (GWB) project in the United States. Host Andrew Geary speaks with the project lead, Rob Stewart, and SEG Executive Director Jim White about using the power of geophysical techniques to uncover and restore forgotten African American cemeteries. As we navigate the complexities of modern urban development and the preservation of sacred sites, this episode illuminates the critical role of geophysicists and GWB in humanitarian efforts, the importance of community engagement, and the profound connections we forge with our history.

Episode 219: The Secret to Succeeding as a Teacher (Roel Snieder)

“The challenge is to really bring your heart into the classroom, show up as a person, show up with care.”

Dr. Roel Snieder discusses how to excel as a teacher (and professional) using the Teaching with Heart practices. Roel makes the case for creating a more nurturing and loving educational environment. He also addresses the potential pitfalls of ego in teaching, the importance of seeing students as individuals with unique challenges and aspirations, and the delicate balance of maintaining professional boundaries while cultivating meaningful relationships. This episode is a reminder that the learning journey – which never ends – is enriched when both teachers and students show up as whole, interconnected individuals.

Episode 218: Innovations in Fault and Fracture Imaging (Molly Turko)

“Faults and fractures are not necessarily good or bad, but it’s important to really understand them.”

Dr. Molly Turko discusses March’s special section on imaging faults and fractures in The Leading Edge. Molly sheds light on the crucial role of imaging these hidden networks in understanding their impact on production, injection, and completions. With a clear message that faults and fractures are neither inherently good nor bad, this conversation challenges common misconceptions and emphasizes the importance of detailed imaging to gauge their significance.

Episode 217: Advancing Subsurface Knowledge Through Microseismic Insights (Joël Le Calvez)

“The value is not in the measurement per se. It is in the ability to integrate this measurement with everything else that we have access to.”

Dr. Joël Le Calvez discusses January’s special section in The Leading Edge on microseismic monitoring. Joël shares how recent technological advancements and pressing societal concerns, like climate change and sustainability, are pushing microseismic monitoring to the forefront of geophysical research. This episode will help you reflect on the next frontier in microseismic monitoring and how it will shape our understanding of the subsurface.

Episode 216: Rethinking Data – Geophysics in the Era of Change (Lindsey Heagy)

“There’s so much high-quality data, and more and more is being made publicly available. By shifting to open source, we’re choosing that the value proposition is the people.”

Dr. Lindsey Heagy discusses February’s special section in The Leading Edge on the future of applied geophysics. She shares her insights on the power of open-source software to democratize science, allowing a broader community to engage in problem-solving and innovation. This episode is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, education, and research. And it highlights how the open-source movement is redefining the value of scientific contributions.

Episode 215: Strengthening Diversity in the Geosciences w/ Dr. Isaac Crumbly

“I’ve learned much more from my mistakes than I ever learned from my successes, because it was my mistakes that helped me to have successes.”

Meet the man behind the mission to diversify the energy sector. Dr. Isaac Crumbly shares the journey of the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) at Fort Valley State University, a program designed to pave the way for African American students into the energy industry. As he shares his vision, Dr. Crumbly challenges the geophysics community to embrace the perspectives of minority individuals and support the journey toward a more inclusive industry.

Episode 214: The Untapped Potential of the Earth’s Hidden Commons w/ Iain Stewart

“I think that selling this idea that if you become a geoscientist in the 21st century, the frontier is not up there in the sky, but is down there underneath your feet.”

In this thought-provoking episode, expert geoscience communicator Iain Stewart opens our eyes to the “hidden commons” of the subsurface. Listeners will be captivated by Iain’s vision of the subsurface as a new frontier, not just for resource exploitation but as a space for sustainable development and urban innovation. This episode will inspire and help give geoscientists a new language to talk about the importance of their work to the world.

Episode 213: Hidden Hazards – The Orphaned Well Dilemma

“With the magnetic method, you can say with some certainty that it will locate more than 90% of the existing wells. The grand challenge for locating abandoned wells are these wells where the casing has been pulled.”

Richard Hammack discusses the December special section in The Leading Edge – orphaned and abandoned wells. The episode offers a fascinating exploration of innovative detection methods, from airborne magnetic sensors to the precision of drone technology, revealing how over 90% of steel-cased wells can be located. In contrast, wooden-cased and casing-removed wells present a formidable challenge.

Episode 212: Examining 5 Unconventional Borehole Seismic Techniques

“The challenge is to learn and be aware of new techniques and applications and apply them.”

Unconventional borehole seismic services encompass techniques that go beyond conventional seismic methods. With over eight decades of classical seismic methods shaping our understanding, Eduardo Corti introduces listeners to the newer techniques that have emerged in the past 15 years, which promise greater detail and higher resolution insights into reservoir properties.

Episode 211: Connecting the Energy Transition to Societal Engagement

“How do we move towards a greater societal understanding of what’s required to achieve the goals of decarbonization? Building a sustainable society requires everybody, all the citizens, to do a whole bunch of different things, many of which are minor.”

Murray W. Hitzman, the Director of iCRAG, highlights the energy transition and how to communicate it with the public. With Ireland’s advantageous position for harnessing wind and solar power, as well as the untapped potential of geothermal energy, Murray provides a portrait of a country that’s not only capable of making significant strides in sustainability but is also a microcosm for global change. This conversation is a powerful reminder that sustainability is a multifaceted issue that requires collaboration, innovation, and a willingness to embrace new challenges.

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