AEG Insider
May. 8, 2014

Secretary's Board of Directors midyear meeting report summary
This Board of Directors meeting, like several of the recent past meetings, focused heavily on the AEG's Needs Assessment. However, what made this meeting different was that after nearly two years of working to identify how we can make the AEG an even better organization, this meeting provided an opportunity to showcase the developed plans that will take us there. More

2014 Annual Meeting call for abstracts deadline extended
The 2014 Annual Meeting abstract deadline has been extended to May 15. Please submit your abstract online here. Make sure you read the instructions before you submit your abstract. The username and password are not your member username and password.

All abstracts are welcome, but we are looking for abstracts to fill the following sessions:

Please contact Meeting Manager Heather Clark via email or by phone (303-518-0618) if you have any questions.More

Social media survey
AEG would like your input on how you use social media. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. More

IAEG XII Congress in Torino, Italy
International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment
AEG members: If you plan to attend the IAEG XII Congress Sept. 15-19 in Torino, Italy, you can join IAEG through AEG and save money. Just call us to join IAEG for $17 for membership only or $50 for membership with bulletin. Joining IAEG will save you 100 Euros on registration. Register by May 15, and you save an additional 250 Euros.More

Scott Burns details recent Oso landslide, need for better planning
EARTH Magazine and AEG
Scott Burns, AEG member, 2012 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer, Professor Emeritus at Portland State University and 2003 AEG president, wrote this article for EARTH Magazine, AGI's monthly magazine dedicated to providing "the science behind the headlines."

In this article, Scott details the recent Oso landslide and the need for better planning. More

Invitation to speakers: 'Deep Foundations for Slope Stabilization and
Excavation Support'

Deep Foundations Institute
The Deep Foundations for Landslides/Slope Stabilization and Tiebacks and Soil Nailing Committees of the Deep Foundations Institute are organizing a two-day event featuring lectures by industry experts that will include presentations on current technologies, as well as key design concepts and case histories that illustrate effective application of deep foundations for stabilization of slopes and excavation support. The goal is to present recent and future projects, which include challenging slope and landslide repairs as well as excavation support with deep foundation methods.More

Free from ASFE/GBA: 2 important legal resources:
ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association has published new editions of two important legal references, both prepared for design professionals without use of "legalese;" both available free of charge. Limitation-of-Liability Case Index and Economic-Loss-Doctrine Case Index were prepared for ASFE's Legal Affairs Committee by Committee Vice Chair Terence J. "Terry" Scanlan, Esq., a principal of the Seattle law firm Skellenger Bender, P.S. Both documents are available online here.More

The thin-crusted Sierra Nevadas: Where did the Earth go?
The Geological Society of America
In an addition to Geosphere's ongoing themed issue series, "Geodynamics and Consequences of Lithospheric Removal in the Sierra Nevada, California," Craig H. Jones of the University of Colorado Boulder and colleagues examine the seismological study of the entire extent of the U.S. Sierra Nevada range using seismograms collected in the Sierra Nevada EarthScope field experiment from 2005 to 2007.More

Unique crystals: Newfound mineral like no other
LiveScience via Discovery
A new, purple-pink mineral that has a chemical composition and crystalline structure unlike any of the known 4,000 minerals has been discovered at a mining site in Western Australia, researchers report.More

Precise to a fault: How GPS revolutionized seismic research
Geology Times
Global Positioning System technology was conceived in the 1960s to provide precise time and location data to the U.S. military, but it was soon embraced by geodesists and earth scientists.More

National Climate Assessment: What climate change means for
regions across America

The White House Blog
The third National Climate Assessment has been voted on and approved by the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee. The document lays out how climate change is affecting every region in our country and key sectors of our national economy.More

Midwest Geosciences Group webinar: 'Vapor Intrusion Challenges, Technologies and Risk Management Solutions' on May 9
Midwest Geosciences Group
The Midwest Geosciences Group will host "Vapor Intrusion Challenges, Technologies and Risk Management Solutions: Addressing Impacts of New Policies and Revelations," a webinar scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Friday, May 9. Registration is $299 per computer site (unlimited participants per site). AEG members receive a discount! More

Scientists look wider and deeper to predict the next El Niño
EARTH Magazine
Whether it be the two monsoons that wiped out Kublai Kahn's conquest of Japan or the fog in Long Island that allowed George Washington and his troops to escape with their lives, the predictability of the weather — or lack thereof — has left its mark on human civilization. Of all climate and weather phenomena, the El Niño Southern Oscillation is one of the most well-known for its impact on world climate and human life but is also one of the most puzzling to scientists.More

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Living fossils in the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool: A refuge for thermophilic dinoflagellates during glaciations
Ghent University via ScienceDaily
Scientists have reported the unique discovery of the marine dinoflagellate Dapsilidinium pastielsii from Southeast Asia, notably the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool. This unicellular species, with planktonic and benthic stages, was previously thought to have become extinct within the early Pleistocene. It evolved more than 50 million years ago and is the last survivor of a major early Cenozoic lineage.More