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The Piteau award, established in 1985, is named in honor of Douglas R. Piteau, a deceased member of the Association who distinguished himself early in his career as an expert on landslides and rock slope stability.
This award is presented to a member who is age 35 or under (not 36 until Jan. 1 in the year following the Annual Meeting in which the award is given) and has excelled, either singly or in combination, in the following areas: Technical Accomplishment, Service to the Association, and Service to the Engineering Geology Profession. Each Chapter is, at its discretion, to choose an individual deserving of the Award, to publicize the nomination at the section level and to nominate the individual to the Awards Committee.
Nominations can also be made by the membership at large to the Awards Committee. The committee, at its discretion, selects a candidate from the nominees for the president's confirmation. The award, not necessarily conferred annually, consists of an engraved plaque which is presented at the Annual Banquet.
Nominations are due Friday, March 15, and should be submitted to email@example.com. Headquarters will ensure delivery to the Awards Committee for review. Please see the AEG website for a list of past award recipients.
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AEG now has an organization chart online. Developed by the AEG Advocacy Committee, the chart displays the relationship between various AEG committees, boards and administrators along with their contact information.
The AEG Organization Chart has been reviewed and approved by the AEG Board of Directors and Executive Council. The Organization Chart will be reviewed several times annually by the AEG Manager and others to keep names and contact information up to date.
The AEG Organization Chart will be a useful tool to AEG members looking for the name and contact information of a committee chairman, a list of AEG committees and work groups, the editors of the AEG publications and social media, and more.
AEG member Stephen Semmens, of the Colorado School of Mines, took the lead on this effort to develop the AEG Organization Chart, with the assistance of Briget Doyle, Eldon Gath, Phyllis Steckel, and Paul Weaver, all of the AEG Advocacy Committee.
Guests of attendees are a special part of the Annual Meeting. The local committee takes great care to help make their time at the meeting is pleasant and entertaining by offering a variety of activities while attendees participate in the daily sessions. Guest registrations are a great value and include the Opening Welcome Icebreaker and unlimited entrance to the Exhibit Hall with all day coffee.
Please note: all guests must have an Annual Meeting or guest registration to attend guest tours.
Guest Tour #1: Biltmore House and Gardens
Elegance and grandeur abound at Biltmore, America's largest home. This French Renaissance castle in the heart of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains is an architectural jewel. The home features 250 rooms, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces. In addition to the house, the 8,000-acre estate is home to forested trails and beautiful gardens, which include one of the country's most complete collections of azaleas. Biltmore is also where you'll find the nation's most-visited winery.
Biltmore is as magnificent today as it was when it was built more than a century ago. George W. Vanderbilt created the estate in the 1890s as a grand retreat in the North Carolina mountains. The estate officially opened to his friends and family on Christmas Eve 1895. Mr. Vanderbilt brought in Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, to design the gardens and trails. Biltmore was the last great project for Olmsted, whose work also includes New York's Central Park and the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The Estate is still privately owned and operated by George Vanderbilt’s descendants. Tour includes a private guided house tour, lunch and wine tasting.
Guest Tour #2: Chimney Rock and Lake Lure Boat Tour
Our tour begins with Chimney Rock State Park. Chimney Rock is more than just a walk in the woods or an awe-inspiring view. It's an unforgettable experience with one of North America's truly great natural wonders. Next we will discover the beauty and charm of Lake Lure on a covered boat tour. Cruise along local attractions and landmarks such as those used in the filming of "Dirty Dancing." Listen to the legends of the lake and learn about the natural and cultural history of Hickory Nut Gorge, home to Lake Lure, North Carolina. Tour includes a box lunch.
Guest Tour #3: Explore the Spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway/Linville Caverns
Along the highest ridge tops of the Southern Appalachians, the Blue Ridge Parkway serves as the gateway to beautiful fall colors and breathtaking mountain vistas. We will begin the day at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center located just outside of Asheville. This environmentally designed "green" building features museum quality exhibits, a 22-foot "I-Wall" interactive Parkway map, and a dramatic 25-minute movie about the Parkway and the unique culture and heritage of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Our next stop will be the Folk Art Center, home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild representing craft artists from the Southern Appalachia. The center houses three fine galleries and offers daily craft demonstrations. Along the way we will visit Linville Caverns to explore the amazing work of nature on the "inside" of a mountain. North Carolina's only show caverns features stalactite and stalagmite formations, an underground stream with native trout, hibernating bats, amazing mineral colors, the Bottomless Pool, and total darkness. The guided tour educates you on caverns ecosystems, geological history, and local history of the area.
Guest Tour #4: Apple Country Wine Tour
The Apple Country wine tour showcases the award-winning wines and ciders of Western North Carolina. The tour includes wine tastings, cider tasting, behind the scenes tours, and lunch. We invite you to enjoy a relaxing day exploring wineries where warm hospitality and impressive wines are the order of the day.
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AEG is currently accepting nominations for several different awards. Please see a list of awards currently accepting nominations and related due dates.
For questions regarding any of these awards, please contact AEG Headquarters.
Our current Acquisitions Editor is leaving at the end of 2019, and a new Acquisitions Editor is needed. The editor position will work with the current copyeditor/proofreader for the AEG NEWS.
JOB DESCRIPTION FOR ACQUISITIONS EDITOR:
- Work with co-editor to determine main them for professional articles for the April, July, and December issues and solicit submissions for "Professional Contributions" from general membership
- Set deadlines and send reminders to EC and HQ for their columns
- Set deadlines and send reminders to chapters for both chapter news for the HomeFront Section and/or the Field Trips section
- Work with Annual Meeting Manager to get information pertaining to the Annual Meeting for the July issue
- Organize text and send off to co-editor for review and copyediting
The ideal candidate will have:
The incoming editor will have at least a few issues to be mentored by the outgoing editor. If interested or if you know of someone that would be a good candidate, please submit your name or the candidate's name to Kristy Howard, Association Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Knowledge of the scope of AEG membership and the various disciplines in which they work
- Great organizational and time management skills
American Geosciences Institute
In AGI’s most recent quarterly report, they highlighted a new information hub on the AGI website produced by the Critical Issues program. This hub of information is called GeoScience by Your State. It allows users to view geoscience case studies, factsheets, maps, visualizations, webinars and publications for every state in the union.
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SAGEEP 2019 CONFERENCE
MARCH 17-21, 2019
The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) is holding its 32nd annual symposium in Portland, Oregon, March 17-21, 2019. SAGEEP 2019 this year will be three concurrent conferences — the normal SAGEEP (Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems), a Geohazards Conference and a Shallow Marine and Coastal Geophysics Conference.
AEG members can register for the entire SAGEEP 2019 Conference (giving full access to all three conferences) and its offerings, or register for just for one or more of the six full, one-day, near-surface geophysics Short Courses available for geophysicists, geotechnical and environmental engineers and geologists to be held on Sunday, March 17 (four courses), and Thursday, March 21 (two courses). The short courses include an introductory course for a practical introduction to environmental and geotechnical geophysics (for engineers and geoscientists) as well as more in-depth (but accessible) specialized courses for particular geophysical methods.
The details of the Conference and Short Courses including costs, are available on the Conference Website and are also conveniently fully documented (including Conference short abstracts) in the EEGS FastTIMES, Vol 24,1 pre-Conference magazine Special Issue, which is freely downloadable from the EEGS website.
Research Station AKTRU
Altai Mountains, Russia, July 8-19, 2019
The International Symposium and Summer Schools (AKTRU2019) is an interdisciplinary forum in education and research of various subject areas of life and earth sciences including studies of soil, atmosphere, biodiversity, climatology, geology, paleontology, glaciology with the specific focus on sustainable global and regional development. The AKTRU2019 will include three days symposium (July 8-10) to be held at tourist resort "Manzherok" at the Altai mountains followed by two summer schools and research field trip organized by three Siberian universities.
The international experts are invited to present research papers at the symposium and tutorial lectures at the summer schools. Young researchers and students are welcome to present posters at the symposium and join the summer schools. The Symposium topics will also cover several aspects of global and regional sustainability such as renewable energy and socioeconomics of remote regions.
Colorado School of Mines
The Colorado School of Mines will be holding a short course on Grouting and Ground Improvement on May 13-16 in Golden, Colorado. Grouting and Ground Improvement is a 3.5 course that covers engineering, equipment, materials and methods for grouting and ground modification used in civil and geotechnical engineering, underground construction, tunneling and mining.
Don't miss this opportunity for professional development and high-level networking — all while earning CEUs!
This course combines classroom instruction with hands-on labs and demonstrations, providing participants with the opportunity to see grouting and ground improvement field equipment in action!
For more information regarding this event, check out the event website.
Every year, landslides cause fatalities and destruction in locations worldwide. Nevertheless, what triggers them and when they occur can often be difficult to predict. Developments in geophysical methods used to monitor surface and subsurface changes prior to landslides can lead to improved prediction and early warning.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has amassed one of the world's premier collections of geologic samples. Housed in three enormous warehouses in Nottingham, U.K., it contains about 3 million fossils gathered over more than 150 years at thousands of sites across the country. But this data trove "was not really very useful to anybody," says Michael Stephenson, a BGS paleontologist. Notes about the samples and their associated rocks "were sitting in boxes on bits of paper." Now, that could change, thanks to a nascent international effort to meld Earth science databases into what Stephenson and other backers are describing as a "geological Google."
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