AEG Insider
Jan. 31, 2013

AEG 56th Annual Meeting set for Seattle
Come celebrate the AEG Washington Section's 50th Anniversary with your fellow environmental and engineering geologists and enjoy the natural beauty and diverse dining, cultural and entertainment attractions of the Seattle area. The 56th Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 8-15 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. Abstracts for oral talks and posters may be submitted here until May 1.More

2013 AEG Shlemon Conference: Dam Foundation Failures and Incidents
The next Shlemon Specialty Conference will be held in Denver May 16-17. The focus of the conference will be a detailed review of select dam failures and incidents to provide a "lessons learned" to practicing engineering geologists.More

James McCalpin named Jahns Distinguished Lecturer
James McCalpin has been named the 2013 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer by AEG and the Engineering Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. He is available to speak about paleoseismology, geohazards investigation, slope stability or LiDAR applications at colleges, universities and AEG Section meetings.More

Looking for a job?
Looking for your first job or for a change of scenery? Search for jobs in the fields of environmental geology, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering, academics and many more by way of the AEG Career Center. New jobs are posted every day. Post your resume today and start receiving job alerts. More

Looking to hire?
Visit the AEG Careers page to post your position for as little as $495! If you're searching for someone with the skills you need and the professional background you're looking for, then you've come to the right place. Many AEG members actively participate in continuing education workshops and attend technical session seminars to further their professional development and technical knowledge.More

Help bring AEG benefits to students
While AEG boasts over 1,000 student members, only 29 student chapters currently exist to support our future professionals. To address this issue, the AEG Student & Young Professional Support Committee has begun a University Outreach program to promote AEG and establish new student chapters.More

Update: AEG Needs Assessment Team
AEG has partnered with The Loyalty Research Center to conduct a needs assessment. The AEG Needs Assessment Team has secured funding from the AEG Foundation and the Geological Society of America's Environmental and Engineering Geology Division to conduct this work. The AEG will share the results of the needs assessment with our members, the AEG Foundation and sister societies affiliated with the GSA.More

Wanted: Student volunteers for AEG Annual Meeting
The AEG 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle will have opportunities for student volunteers to work at the meeting and earn free registration, as well as a field trip/workshop to learn about different drilling and sampling techniques. Stay tuned for more information. More

Teacher program grants administered by NSF
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation administered Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grants funding to institutions looking to entice STEM (science, technology,engineering and mathematics) majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. The funding is used to support these STEM majors and professionals as they earn teaching credentials, as well as support any STEM teacher to train to be a Master Teacher.More

AGI Geopolicy Monthly Review
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute's monthly review of geosciences and policy is prepared as part of a continuing effort to improve communications about the role of geoscience in policy. Here is the December 2012 monthly review.More

Hurricane sound waves could aid forecasting
OurAmazingPlanet via NBC News
Hurricanes generate sound waves detectable through the air thousands of miles away, which could be a good way to measure the wave conditions near these storms, a new study suggests. Such findings could help improve models to predict and prepare for dangerous storms, the scientists behind the study said.More

New dinosaur fossil challenges bird flight origins theories
Science Daily
The prospect of people settling away from Earth has been a topic for dreamers and visionaries for some time. But if it's ever to happen for real, there needs to be more than starry-eyed optimism. There needs to be a business model — and ways of supporting the colonists.More

Study: Distant rural areas may feel cities' heat
The Associated Press via Yahoo!
Heat rising up from cities such as New York, Paris and Tokyo might be remotely warming up winters far away in some rural parts of Alaska, Canada and Siberia, a surprising study theorizes. In an unusual twist, that same urban heat from buildings and cars may be slightly cooling the autumns in much of the Western United States, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, according to the study published Sunday in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change.More

Getting better at predicting major megathrust earthquakes
The massive Tohoku, Japan, earthquake in 2011 and Sumatra-Andaman superquake in 2004 stunned scientists because neither region was thought to be capable of producing a megathrust earthquake with a magnitude exceeding 8.4. Now earthquake scientists are going back to the proverbial drawing board and admitting that existing predictive models looking at maximum earthquake size are no longer valid.More

The dangers of solar storms: That which gives power can also take it away
Earth magazine
In examining the possible effects of solar activity and the vulnerability of power grids and satellites, in addition to what is being done to reduce that vulnerability, experts ask one question: Were a massive solar storm to strike Earth, could the impacts rival or exceed the worst natural disasters humans have ever faced?More

Biosolids can boost soil phosphorus levels for years
Science Daily
Treated wastewater solids, called biosolids, are sometimes used by farmers to boost soil nutrient levels. Now research by a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist provides new information about how long those plant nutrients remain after biosolids have been applied to the soil.More

Dung beetles guided by Milky Way
They may be down in the dirt, but it seems dung beetles also have their eyes on the stars. Scientists have shown how the insects will use the Milky Way to orientate themselves as they roll their balls of muck along the ground. Humans, birds and seals are all known to navigate by the stars. But this could be the first example of an insect doing so.More