AEG Insider
Mar. 12, 2015

Award nominations due March 30
Nominations for the Claire P. Holdredge, Douglas R. Piteau, Floyd T. Johnston and Karl and Ruth Terzaghi Mentor awards are due on March 30.

The Claire P. Holdredge Award, which is given to an AEG member who publishes a paper deemed to be an outstanding contribution to engineering geology. The Floyd T. Johnston Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Association by a member to the association. The Douglas R. Piteau Outstanding Young Member Award is for exceptional achievement in engineering geology by an AEG member under 35 years of age.

Send nominations to Rosalind Munro, Awards Committee Chair, or Marrijane Jones, AEG Association Manager.

The Karl and Ruth Terzaghi Mentor Award recognizes individuals for achievement in providing professional, ethical and technical mentoring throughout their career. Nominations for this award should be sent to Ken Fergason. More

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities
We are expecting over 400 environmental and engineering geology professionals to attend the 2015 AEG Annual Meeting to be held Sept. 19-26 in Pittsburgh. A fantastic technical program is being 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.

Visit here for complete Annual Meeting details. More

USGS marks 136 years of science for America
U.S. Geological Survey
Recognizing that fundamental knowledge of the land is essential for an effective government and a productive economy, the 45th Congress and President Rutherford B. Hayes established the U.S. Geological Survey 136 years ago, on March 3, 1879. The new organization was to be responsible for the scientific "classification of the public lands and examination of the geological structure, mineral resources and products of the national domain."More

International Journal of Geosciences call for papers
International Journal of Geosciences
The International Journal of Geosciences (IJG), a peer-reviewed open access journal, is accepting related papers. IJG is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the latest advancements in geosciences. The goal of this journal is to keep a record of the state-of-the-art research and to promote study, research and improvement within its various specialties.

All manuscripts submitted to IJG must be previously unpublished and may not be considered for publication elsewhere at any time during IJG's review period. Additionally, accepted ones will immediately appear online followed by printed in hard copy. For a list of topics, please click here. To submit a paper, please click here.More

New long-term earthquake forecast for California
U.S. Geological Survey via ScienceDaily
A new California earthquake forecast by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners revises scientific estimates for the chances of having large earthquakes over the next several decades. The Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, or UCERF3, improves upon previous models by incorporating the latest data on the state's complex system of active geological faults, as well as new methods for translating these data into earthquake likelihoods. More

Science highlights

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How rain is dependent on soil moisture
The water content of soil has a great impact on the regional climate, but many of the connections are still not clear. Researchers at ETH Zurich's Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, together with colleagues from Belgium and the Netherlands, examined when and where it rains most frequently on summer afternoons. They wanted to clarify whether more rain fell on days when the soil was dry or moist. And where exactly it was most likely to rain on these days.More