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ASEG Newsletter | Issue 32 | November 2020

Dear Members,

In the November Newsletter you will find on:

Final reminder - AEGC short abstract deadline 7 December
Workshop Expressions of Interest for AEGC
Preview digital library - 195 issues to read!
Cathy Foley appointed Chief Scientist of Australia
NYSF Looking for Volunteers
STA board announcement
NAIDOC Week: science of continuous culture
Vale Victor Labson
Discovery Day 2020: online | on-demand
ASEG Membership Renewal 2021

And of course, our regular articles.

For updates on upcoming webinars, events and interesting articles follow ASEG on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Final reminder - AEGC short abstract deadline 7 December

Submissions for Short Abstracts for AEGC 2021 are extended to Monday 7 December 2020. AEGC 2021 follows a two-stage abstract submission process: short abstract for submission and review followed by an extended abstract for publication in conference proceedings. Find out more.

Workshop Expressions of Interest for AEGC

The 3rd AEGC seek expressions of interest to present a workshop. The conference will run from the 15 - 20 Sept 2021 with workshops to be hosted on 15, 16 & 20 September. If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please register your interest and supply the Workshop title and a Brief summary to aegc@arinex.com.au by the 15 January 2021. For more information visit the AEGC Conference website.

Preview digital library - 195 issues to read!

Before and after: Haven't we come a long way? January 1986 issue on left, October 2020 on right.

We are very excited to share that our webmaster Ian James has been hard at work uploading 195 issues of Preview to the ASEG website, providing a fantastic opportunity for a stroll down memory lane and see just how much our mainstay magazine Preview has changed over the years, or to dig up an old favourite article! Also, if you would like to help us retain our history - do you have a copy of any of the 1986, 1987 or 1988 issues of Preview at home in the shed? If so, we would love to hear from you at secretary@aseg.org.au so that we can update our archive. A bottle of ASEG wine would be a deserving prize for those who managed to dig any issues up that aren't on the website.

Cathy Foley appointed Chief Scientist of Australia

Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM FAA FTS has been appointed as Chief Scientist of Australia. Cathy. Dr Foley is a respected and world renowned physicist and was heavily involved in the development of the LANDTEM system, which "has been responsible for the discovery of ore deposits valued at more than $6 billion globally, returning over $4 billion to Australia, with mining consultancies acknowledging LANDTEM as the most sensitive tool for exploration on the market" (Australian Mining). Read the media release, and more about the LANDTEM system here.

NYSF Looking for Volunteers

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) are looking for STEM Professionals to participate in their Speed Meet on 4pm AEDT Monday 18 January 2021. The NYSF is a 10 day program for year 12 students, aimed at giving the top STEM students the understanding of the diversity of different science disciplines. To register or find out more info, visit their website.

STA board announcement

Science and Technology Australia (STA) has elected a new President and executive. The Cluster representative for Geological and Geographical Sciences remains our former Federal ASEG President, Marina Costelloe. For more information, visit the STA Website.

NAIDOC Week: science of continuous culture

This year's NAIDOC Week celebrated 'Always Was, Always Will Be'. The Australian Academy of Science hosted two webinars looking at the science of continuous culture; Land, Water, and Fire and The Sky and Stars. Visit their website for more info.

Vale Victor Labson

Victor Labson passed away in Virginia, USA, on 1 November 2020. Victor worked at the USGS research group looking at variations in the magnetic and electromagnetic properties of the Earth's crust. If you would like to leave a memory online, visit Victor's tribute website.

Discovery Day 2020: online | on-demand

Forget Netflix, chill out with your choice of 16 presentations from Discovery Day hosted by Geological Survey of South Australia. They are all available online. For a run down on talks, visit the Discovery Day 2020 website.

ASEG Membership Renewal 2021

All ASEG memberships for 2021 are due for renewal by 31 December 2020. So, act as soon as you get your notice to be sure that you enjoy the benefits of ASEG membership during 2021.

Questions can be directed to the ASEG Secretariat at secretary@aseg.org.au or +61 (02) 9431 8622.

Follow our social media pages to stay up-to-date with the latest talks. Past talks can be found on the ASEG Videos Page.

Recommend a talk suggestion? Email communications@aseg.org.au.

ASEG Webinars

Date Presenter Title Registration Link
Wed 9 December
3:30pm (AEDT)
Simon van der Wielen,
(Geoscience Australia)
ACT branch: GA's new geophysical archive and data delivery system: GADDS 2.0 Visit ASEG Events Page

SEG Webinars

The SEG are hosting a range of Webinars that are free to attend but require pre-registration.

Date Presenter Title Registration Link
23-24 Feb 2021 SEG Advances in Marine Seismic Data Acquisition Workshop More details and to register click here
05 Nov to 01 Dec SEG Developing a successful career in geophysics today Click here for more details and registration
09 Nov to 16 Dec SEG Improving reservoir characterization using four innovative seismic technologies Click here for more details and registration

Branch upcoming events

COVID19 has suspended in-person state branch activity for some branches. Information for ASEG Branch events are updated on ASEG website.

Branch Date Event Venue & More Info
WA Thu 17
5:30pm (AWST)
50 year Anniversary, AGM and Christmas Celebration Visit ASEG Events Page

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
1-17 December 2020 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California
14-17 June 2021
82nd EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
9-12 February AESC 2021 - Core to Cosmos, Online
25-27 May 2021 AustMine, Perth, Australia
15-20 September 2021 AEGC 2021, Brisbane, Queensland

ASEG members can access Exploration Geophysics articles free of charge by logging into the ASEG website and navigating to Professional > Publications > Exploration Geophysics.

Hi all avid Exploration Geophysics readers,

I trust you are all well and that the border that you want to open has opened.

All the issues are now out for 2020, I trust you have had a good look through them. May I suggest a couple of recently accepted papers for your reading pleasure.

One by Gordon Cooper on Iterative Euler Deconvolution and the other by Mimisha Vedanti and co-authors suggesting practical solutions to problems with vibroseis deconvolution

Happy reading,

Dr Mark Lackie

Exploration Geophysics Editor


A reminder that the October issue of Preview is now available online

In this issue our "best of" series, marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, continues with a selection made by David Annetts. We also have a second feature in which Roger Henderson muses about the life and times of Pierre Bouguer.

Our December issue is in production and should be available online in mid-December. There is a lot to look forward to, including our regular Christmas special - an article by Don Emerson. The subject is sure to entertain! Also, Mark Lackie makes the final selection in our "best of" series, and we feature summaries of student theses in geophysics completed in Australia in 2020. So, stay tuned!

Proposed contributions for future issues can be submitted by email to the editor at previeweditor@aseg.org.au

Lisa Worrall

Preview Editor


In our Member spotlight this month, is Millicent Crowe at the University of Newcastle. She is also a board member on the Federal Executive and Communications Chair of the ASEG.

Photo: Millicent demonstrating groundwater concepts to public at Geoscience Australia Open Day.

  1. What is your current role?
  2. PhD Student at the University of Newcastle and MinEx CRC, but previously worked at Geoscience Australia

  3. For how long have you been a geophysicist?
  4. Seven years

  5. What to you say when you are asked what you do - what do you do?
  6. To my grandmother I am like a water diviner using an Xray-like machines in helicopters. To geophysicists I am working on a PhD looking at groundwater in the Cobar Basin using Airborne Electromagnetics.

  7. What do you like most about being a geophysicist?
  8. The combination of fieldwork and computational. I also love looking at the models, aka different coloured patterns.

  9. If you weren't a geophysicist what would you be?
  10. Radio presenter. I love the radio, especially my childhood local, 105.7 ABC Darwin. I love the diverse topics and the community focus. In my childhood I was a frequent caller to the local Science show and ABC quizzes. Our family did very well with those quizzes, managing a stay in Kakadu and a chef to cook dinner in our own backyard.

  11. What is your best interview tip?
  12. Interviews work two ways, you are interviewing the workplace as much as they are interviewing you. If you are someone who gets very nervous, the symptoms you feel about getting nervous or anxious are the same as you get when you are excited. Try reframing with self-talk, I am excited to do this interview. Maybe this is why I like interviews, I'm a nervous person who has tricked themselves into being excited for interviews.

  13. What's one thing that we wouldn't know about you?
  14. I am a champion Hay Bale Stacker. My sister, friend and I won the juniors competition at the Freds Pass Show, we had to stack 15 haybales as high and as quick as possible.

  15. What's one thing you wish someone had told you when you were at university?
  16. I wish someone had told me about unconscious bias! There were many times where I felt unwanted and frustrated, and I assumed there was something wrong with me. Now (after A LOT of training) I realise a lot of this was down the usual suspects of unconscious bias, ie being spoke over, having your comments/ideas ignored only to be brought up by someone else and praised, not being allowed on fieldwork with another woman, having to prove yourself over and over again etc. I wish someone had told me, there is research to show how you are feeling has little to do with your ability, and a lot to do with unconscious bias from others ... and your own unconscious bias too!

  17. Your funniest or worst field memory?
  18. I call this memory type 2 fun. Not fun at the time, but a very fond memory now I look back on. It was late in the afternoon (how all good stories start) and I was driving the straight dirt track along NSW/SA dog fence after deploying some MT stations with Kate Robertson. Suddenly I realised the dirt track I was driving on was now 10 metres to my left, and I was driving through a dried-up depression FULL OF BLACK CLAY. The car only got so far before the thick clay caught us, and we were bogged. We spent hours trying to get maxi traxs to take and dig ourselves out, but the car was sinking - and there was no way we were getting out of this thick black clay. Kate & I drew straws to call in over the radio to the nearby homestead, who came to our rescue - not before taking a number of photographs of the car. They offered a high pressure hose down (for the car, not us), some lasagne, a room for the night - and some kind words, saying there was no way we would be able to dig ourselves out of that black clay.

    Photo: Bogged. It was not going anywhere, despite our best recovery efforts. Photo courtesy of M.Crowe

  19. Your most respected geophysicist?
  20. Marina Costelloe - she is a skilled electromagnetic geophysicist who always knew the answers to my questions, and managed to juggle an impressive workload or surveys. She is also an empowering leader, who really wants the best for the community and individuals. She is very clever in how she manages people, to bring out the best of them.

  21. What do you do in your spare time?
  22. I play Ultimate Frisbee. Last year I went over to China to play for Australia in the Asian-Oceanic Champs, and was supposed to be playing in the Worlds Masters Comp this year... but ya know COVID…

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