AEG Insider
Nov. 26, 2014

Special message from the AEG Foundation director
Per John H. Peck, director of the AEG Foundation: There is a new fund for the AEG Foundation sponsored by Roy J. Shlemon that will support an AEG distinguished mentor. The concept will be finalized in the next few months, but the fund needs your support right now. Roy has generously agreed to match up to $10,000 of total funding received before the end of the year. He has also generously agreed to transfer some money from the Shlemon Speciality Conference Fund to help initiate the new Distinguished Mentor program. This is a tremendous head start.

What can you do? Between now and Dec. 31, make a donation to the AEG Foundation online or by check designated for the Roy J. Shlemon Distinguished Mentor Fund. The Foundation will acknowledge your tax deductible donation and the amount will be matched by Roy up to total of $10,000. Click on the Foundation website to donate or to get the mailing address to send a check. Do it now!

Let's get mentoring part of the AEG advantages for students. A true mentor is remembered for a lifetime. My first mentor was Richard Bejune, my Junior High School teacher. He sparked my curiosity for science and challenged me in many ways. I am what I am because of him and many more mentors along the way. Roy Shlemon is one of them.More

Remember to join or renew your membership today!
Keep in mind as you join or renew your membership, you must do so by Dec. 15 to be included in the AEG Directory. Also, if you have never logged in, or if you are unsure of your login information, please contact AEG via email or by phone at 844-331-7867 for assistance.

Click here to join online or download an application form. More

Kansas City-Omaha Section Holiday Event on Dec. 9
You are invited to attend the December 2014 AEG Kansas City-Omaha Section Holiday Event and Presentation.

Topic: Subsidence impacted dams
Speaker: Ken Fergason, AEG National President and Senior Geologist for AMEC
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 9
Time: 5:30 p.m. (registration and social), 6 p.m. (social and heavy appetizers), 7 p.m. (presentation)
Location: Californos–Westport, Banquet Room (4124 Pennsylvania), Kansas City, Missouri.

RSVP: Contact Theresa Ferguson by phone at 913-284-0277 or via email by noon on Monday, Dec. 1.More

Washington Section meeting/holiday party on Dec. 11
The AEG Washington Section is preparing for its upcoming holiday party.

Topic: Holiday party, including a pizza and salad dinner, personal slide shows, gift raffle/exchange and food drive.
Speakers: We will be having our traditional personal slideshow presentations. We need six or so volunteers to present. Each presentation should be 8-10 minutes in length. If you are interested in presenting then please email Chad Lukkarila, or call 425-636-7900.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 11
Time: 5:30 p.m. (social hour), 6:30 p.m. (dinner), 7:30 p.m. (program)
Location: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, Vomero Room (4401 Stone Way North), Seattle.

RSVP: Email Justin Vetter by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8. More

St. Louis Section December meeting
The AEG St. Louis Section is preparing for its upcoming December meeting.

Speaker: Ken Fergason, AEG national president and senior geologist for AMEC
Topic: The Geologic, Geohazard and Geotechnical Field Investigation for the Hoover Dam
Date: Thursday, Dec. 11
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; meal at 6 p.m.; program at 6:45 p.m.; adjourn at 8 p.m.
Location: Pietro's (3801 Watson Road), St. Louis, 314-645-9263 More

Scientists may be cracking mystery of big 1872 earthquake
The Seattle Times
Geologists may be close to cracking one of the biggest seismological mysteries in the Pacific Northwest — the origin of a powerful quake that rattled seven states and provinces when Ulysses S. Grant was president and the transcontinental railroad hadn't yet reached Washington. Preliminary evidence points to a newly discovered fault near the town of Entiat in Chelan County. AEG member Jim Miller of the Washington Section offers his insight. More

Science highlights

Check out what's going on in science and around the industry:


Erosion may trigger earthquakes
CNRS via ScienceDaily
Researchers have shown that surface processes, such as erosion and sedimentation, may trigger shallow earthquakes (less than five kilometers deep) and favor the rupture of large deep earthquakes up to the surface. Although plate tectonics was generally thought to be the only persistent mechanism able to influence fault activity, it appears that surface processes also increase stresses on active faults, such as those in Taiwan, one of the world's most seismic regions. More

Alaska shows no signs of rising Arctic methane
Despite large temperature increases in Alaska in recent decades, a new analysis of NASA airborne data finds that methane is not being released from Alaskan soils into the atmosphere at unusually high rates, as recent modeling and experimental studies have suggested. The new result shows that the changes in this part of the Arctic have not yet had enough impact to affect the global methane budget. More