AEG Insider
Feb. 5, 2015

Rock Slope Design Symposium part of Annual Meeting
AEG
The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists is currently accepting abstracts for papers and presentations for this symposium that will be part of the 2015 AEG Annual Meeting to be held in Pittsburgh from Sept. 19-26.More

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities
AEG
We are expecting over 400 environmental and engineering geology professionals to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting. We have a fantastic technical program planned along with a variety of educational short courses, exciting field trips and special events. A majority of the attendees are leaders and decision makers within their companies.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your company to these decision makers. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as exhibit booths available. Click here for more information.More

Reminder: 2015 AEG Professional Forum on Landslides
AEG
The 2015 AEG Professional Forum on Landslides will be held Feb. 26-28 at the University of Washington in Seattle. The conference's theme is "Time to Face the Landslide Hazard Dilemma: Bridging Science, Policy, Public Safety and Potential Loss."

There will be two days of technical and other presentations by invited speakers, posters, discussion sessions and workshops regarding landslide hazard assessment and risk methodology; current state and local programs and how these can be integrated into current and potential future national programs; what's working and where improvements can be made; where can consensus recommendations be developed; guidance for agencies responsible for land use; and more.

A special student rate is being offered for the first 36 students to register (lunches not included). More details are available on the conference landing page. More

AEG's 58th Annual Meeting: Conference at the Confluence
AEG
Below the steep slopes of Mount Washington created by three great rivers, the city of Pittsburgh blends its industrial heritage with its forward focus on technology. Throughout this dynamic urban landscape, past and present collide in land use, environmental impacts and shifting economic forces. Come be a part of the AEG 58th Annual Meeting: Conference at the Confluence, which will take place Sept. 19-26 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.

Visit our new Annual Meeting website for complete details.More

15 million-year-old mollusk protein found
Carnegie Institution via ScienceDaily
Scientists have found "beautifully preserved" 15 million-year-old thin protein sheets in fossil shells from southern Maryland. The team collected samples from Calvert Cliffs, along the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay, a popular fossil collecting area. They found fossilized shells of a snail-like mollusk called Ecphora that lived in the mid-Miocene era. More

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New tracers can identify fracking fluids
EARTH Magazine
Hydraulic fracturing to harvest natural gas has been controversial due in large part to the potential for contamination of ground and surface waters by the pressurized fluids used to force open cracks in deep shale formations and by the so-called flowback fluids that re-emerge at the surface from fracking wells. Now, researchers have developed a geochemical method of tracing fracking fluids in the environment; it's a tool that could be used to identify hazardous spills in the future and may lead to better use and disposal of fracking wastewater. More