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The Executive Council is pleased to announce the selection of AMR Management Services as AEG's new association management company, beginning Feb. 1. AMR is a Lexington, Kentucky-based company that supports more than 20 national and international associations. While we are working with AMR to select our permanent Association Manager, the AEG staff team will be led by Interim Association Manager DeLaine Bender, CAE. The contact information for AEG's headquarters and staff are now available through the AEG website. Through this new partnership with AMR, we will continue to drive AEG forward with outstanding leadership, experience and service.
As you may know, our current association management company, Offinger Management Company, closed its doors on Jan. 31, which led the Executive Council to issue an RFP for a new association management partner. A sincere "thank you" goes to the Offinger team, especially Association Manager Yolanda Natividad, for their dedicated service over the past several years. Their diligence and professionalism during the short transition period to our new association management company is greatly appreciated.
AEG confers an honor of such high esteem that the distinction is recognized as a membership class: Honorary Member. This recognition is given to those persons whose careers have exemplified the ideals of our organization. "The Board may elect ... as Honorary Members, persons who have contributed long, distinguished and outstanding service to the advancement of Environmental and Engineering Geology ...," Bylaws Article 1, Section 1.5.
The Bylaws specify the requirements of candidacy and the procedures for sponsorship and election to Honorary membership. Nominations are due March 15 and should be submitted to the President, Greg Hempen.
Please see the AEG website for a list of past award recipients and information on Honorary membership.
Do you have an exceptional initiative to share with AEG colleagues? The Outstanding Environmental and Engineering Geologic Project Award was established in 1993 to recognize a project that meets the following criteria:
1. Displays national or international significanc.
Please see the AEG website for full details, award conditions, selection procedure and past recipients.
2. Demonstrates the application of the principles of environmental and engineering geology to the solution of a problem affecting the public.
3. Shows recognition of and respect for the environment and history and culture of the project area.
4. Provides an opportunity for public education in environmental and engineering geology, environmental issues and culture and history of the area.
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Dr. Don U. Deere, a world-renowned engineering geologist and Honorary Member of AEG, passed away Jan. 14 in Gainesville, Florida, at the age of 95. An expert on tunneling, dam building and design, and the construction of large underground spaces, in 1989 he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Don received numerous distinctions throughout his career including being elected to both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.
He served as the 1997 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Carmen Pilar Garcia.
Thank you to those longstanding and new members who have signed up or renewed their AEG membership for 2018! If you have not already done so, renew your membership today at www.aegweb.org!
Register now for the 2018 Geohazards Symposium — "Living with Earth Hazards in Western Washington"
McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center
1) Technical Day, Friday Feb. 16
Registration: $200 (membership not required)
Technical Day Program — Hear from technical experts about the latest research regarding earth hazards in western Washington.
2) Public Day, Saturday Feb. 17
Registration: Free (registration requested)
Come learn about the geologic hazards of your neighborhood and how you can protect your family and property — Identical morning and afternoon sessions.
Exhibitors will be present to provide demonstrations and provide interactive (on-line) and hard-copy information:
3) Field Trip, Sunday Feb. 18
- Visit informational booths
- Interact with computer mapping stations for exploring geologic hazards in your neighborhood
- Speak with the experts
Registration: $125 (includes field guide, bus, lunch, coffee and snacks)
Attend an all-day geologic field trip to see evidence of the geologic hazards and inspiring geology of Whidbey Island, WA. Start and end at Lynwood Park & Ride (P&R).
Time: Arrive at P&R by 8 a.m. and return to P&R by 6 p.m.
Register at: https://nwgeohazards.brownpapertickets.com/
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
Shannon & Wilson
Amec Foster Wheeler
Hancock Forest Management, Inc.
Univ. of Washington, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
Univ. of Washington, Sea Grant
U.S. Geological Survey
Associated Earth Sciences
GeoVera Insurance Co.
Washington Geological Survey
For information on the organizing entities visit:
AEG Puget Sound Chapter: https://www.aegpugetsound.org
Northwest Geological Society: www.NWGS.org
An international team of geologists has found highly oxidized iron, similar to the rust we see on the Earth's surface, in diamond’s garnet inclusions from the deep (124-342 miles, or 200-550 km, below the surface) mantle. The result surprised scientists around the globe because there is little opportunity for iron to become so highly oxidized deep below our planet's surface.
The most active volcano in the South-East Asian country has been spewing lava and ash for the past two weeks and may have a major eruption within days, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. More than 75,000 people are staying in emergency shelters after fleeing the extended 9 km danger zone around Mount Mayon. No injuries have been reported so far. Officials are worried the eruption may last months, disrupting the lives of people in the region. The alert level for Mayon remains at four on a scale of five, indicating a violent eruption may be imminent.
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