September 25, 2012 Coalbed Methane Association of Alabama Membership Meeting
CMAA Board Chairman Bob Singleton presents Dr. Jack Pashin, who is retiring from the Geological Survey of Alabama after 25 years of Service, with the Blue Flame award for his service.
From time to time the Coalbed Methane Association of Alabama recognizes individuals who have performed great service to the state, community or industry. Today, we recognize an individual who has made great contributions to the understanding of Geology in Alabama and in particular related to the energy resources of the State of Alabama.
Dr. Jack Pashin is currently an Associate Director of the Geological Survey of Alabama, where he leads the Energy Investigations Program. He joined the Geological Survey of Alabama in 1988 and has led numerous research projects on coalbed methane, shale gas, onshore and offshore conventional reservoirs, and geologic carbon sinks. He is the lead author on more than a dozen Bulletins and Circulars published by the Geological Survey of Alabama.
His interest in geology began as a youth, as he scoured Devonian shale for marine fossils in the vicinity of Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.S. degree in geology from Bradley University in 1982, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of Kentucky in 1985 and 1990. Dr. Pashin is strongly committed to geological education. He has served on graduate committees at eight U.S. and Australian universities and is involved in a range of educational outreach initiatives.
Sadly, Jack will be leaving us soon for a fantastic opportunity in Oklahoma. He will join the faculty of the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University in January 2013 as the Devon Petroleum Corporation Chair of Basin Research.
Our loss is Oklahoma’s gain. Before he and Janyth leave we want to make they know ho much the Coalbed Methane industry appreciates his work over these past 25 years on behalf of the people of Alabama.
Jack, please come forward….it is my great honor to present you with this “Blue Flame” as a token of appreciation for all that you have done during your 25 years of service at the Geological Survey of Alabama.
Dr. Bennett Bearden, Deputy Director of the Geological Survey of Alabama, talks to the CMAA Membership about the current efforts to develop water policy for Alabama.