A pumpjack operates at the Inglewood Oil field in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

A lot’s changed since 1980s, but lower oil prices still cause unease

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Oil prices have fallen this year, and that’s causing people in the oil capital to remember a much deeper slump 30 years ago.
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How the Energy Revolution is Supporting Texas-Sized Economic Growth

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America is in the midst of an energy boom. We all know this. We also know the positive impact it has had on our nation’s balance sheet. The U.S. is now set to surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude production, and it has already passed the former as the world’s largest producer of natural […]
A new grant program coordinated through three Texas universities looks to find ways to commercialize academic research (Flickr/horiavarlan).

Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research

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A $3.75 million National Science Foundation grant will help researchers at Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Texas investigate commercial applications for their work.

Energy is the Key to Solving Income Inequality

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When exploring solutions to income inequality policy makers pay close attention to the costs. The cost of healthcare. The cost of food. The cost of child care. The cost of housing. What about the cost of energy? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the average U.S. family spent over $4,600 or about […]
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What young professionals in oil & gas need to know about finding a mentor

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This week, help for someone looking for some advice on mentorship!
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I want to volunteer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, but how?

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Going above and beyond your usual duties to volunteer your time to the broader oil & gas industry is a sure way to be noticed professionally. What if doing so could actually be just as fun and personally rewarding as it is beneficial to your career? It certainly has been for me, so this week I offer my thoughts to a reader asking how to become more involved involved with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
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Commentary: The best places to network in the oil & gas industry

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The subject of networking comes up a lot in this column, and there’s a reason for that: I truly believe that it is THE most important way for both Young Professionals and more experienced ones to grow their career and give themselves options.
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One reader asks: new job or graduate school?

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A reader from Thailand wants some advice on whether to carry on their current path, or indeed make a leap not only to higher education, but also an entirely different country.
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Social network for oil and gas industry debuts

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Oilpro.com, a social network targeting those involved in the oil and gas industry, launched this week.
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Commentary: Looking past isolated incidents to see the big picture of safety in oil and gas

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It has always frustrated me that the industry keeps relatively quiet following high profile incidents. Rather than take control of the narrative and seize the chance to provide as much clarity as possible, it tends to fall back on itself. This allows other groups to shape events to their advantage, and the damage to the industry’s reputation grows larger and lasts longer.