AEG Insider
Jun. 13, 2013

AEG: Meet Dan Vellone
The AEG Insider is proud to announce that we will feature short bios for one of the six AEG Insider editors or a leader in the AEG community. Here is an introduction to one of the leaders of AEG — Dan Vellone.More

Thank you for participating in the AEG Needs Assessment
The AEG Needs Assessment Team and our partner, the Loyalty Research Center, have completed the survey portions of the Needs Assessment. On behalf of the Needs Assessment Team, the Association and our professions, thank you for taking time to participate in our member survey. Your feedback and comments are critical to our future. Our initial findings tell us that there are many things we do very well. Our annual meetings, publications and advocacy efforts are considered valuable to most of our members.

Our continuing education program, student retention and website were not received in the same light, so we will be looking for enhancements in those areas and solutions to some problems. We look forward to sharing the results of the Needs Assessment and our strategic planning efforts with you in upcoming issues of the Insider and AEG NEWS. If you have any questions or suggestions, we would love to hear them. You can contact our Team via email, or you can contact one of the members of the Executive Council. More

Free student registration for AEG Annual Meeting
Students: Volunteer at least eight hours of time, including two hours at the registration desk at the AEG Annual Meeting, and receive complimentary student registration! This opportunity is for students only. Space is limited to 35 volunteers, and slots are first-come, first-serve. To apply, download a student volunteer registration form, and email your completed form to Heather Clark. See you in Seattle!More

What is AEG to you?
We want to hear from you. What does AEG mean to you? What is it to you? Is it annual meetings? Is it field trips? Is it connections and friendships? Have you attended an annual meeting and had a great time and learned something new? Do you go to section meetings to stay connected with other professionals in your area or for the fun of having a beer with old friends — or both? Is AEG how you connected with your first employer? We'd love to hear your anecdotes and testimonials about AEG. Any experience, idea or note you'd like to share with us, we'd like to hear! Please send messages to Serin Bussell.More

Got what it takes? Of course you do!
Strong leadership within AEG is vital to its success. Being a leader of the association also plays a very important role in the personal and professional development of our members. Leaders in the association utilize valuable skills that are transferable to any profession — project management, communication, public speaking and more. And it's fun, too! Another benefit to being a leader in the association is getting to know and work with other AEG members from across the country. In the process, you build lasting friendships and connections nationwide.More

Put a face to that voice: Committees Meet-and-Greet at Annual Meeting
Have you ever wondered who that voice on the phone belongs to? Well, now is your chance to find out. The Strategic Planning Committee will be hosting a Committees Meet-and-Greet at the AEG Annual Meeting. Come to meet your fellow committee members, talk about projects and make new connections.

Interested in joining a committee? Come to the meet-and-greet to find out more!


President's message
The following message from AEG President Matt Morris is in response to the outstanding Shlemon Specialty Conference on Dam Failures and Incidents, held in Denver a few weeks ago, acknowledging attendees and the efforts put forth by those who organized this event.More

Scientists finding clues to next mega-earthquake in 1700 quake
Smithsonian magazine
In 1700, a massive earthquake struck the west and northwest coast of the United Sates. Written records weren't being kept in that region when the earthquake happened, but several years ago, scientists managed to pinpoint the date of that mysterious earthquake.More

Study: Geoprofessionals will be kept busy for years to come
A new National Research Council report that suggests expanding revenues and strengthening partnerships among the private and public sectors as options for managing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' aged water infrastructure.More

11th International Symposium on Mitigation of Geo-disasters in Asia
Himalayan Landslide Society
Himalayan Landslide Society, along with its partner organizations in Nepal and Japan, is going to organize the 11th International Symposium on Mitigation of Geo-disasters in Asia (MGDA-11) in Kathmandu, Nepal, from Oct. 22-27. This series of international symposiums has been an instrumental forum for the advancement of geo-disaster mitigation technology in Asia. Geoscientists and engineers around the world have contributed and have benefited largely from each other during the MGDA events in the past. The forthcoming event is going to be one more building block to enhance the geo-engineering knowledge and to understand further the geo-disaster phenomena in this part of the globe.More

DFI-ADSC Drilled Shaft Seminar
The Drilled Shaft Seminar is a two-day learning event including design, construction, testing and case histories. The presentations will be given by top industry professionals. There will be informational exhibits and built-in time for social interaction with presenters and attendees. The Annual DFI Osterberg Dinner is included in registration and will be held in conjunction with this seminar on Thursday, July 11, following the reception. Proceeds from the dinner and a portion of attendee registration fees will be used to benefit the DFI Educational Trust Scholarship Funds.More

Geosciences Bulletin Board

Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford


Discovery of new material state counterintuitive to laws of physics
At the suburban Chicago laboratory, a group of scientists has seemingly defied the laws of physics and found a way to apply pressure to make a material expand instead of compress/contract.More

Do geography and altitude shape the sounds of a language?
Smithsonian magazine
You likely don't give a ton of thought to the sounds and patterns that make up the language you speak every day. But the human voice is capable making of a tremendous variety of noises, and no language includes all of them.More