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2015 AEG Professional Landslide Forum set for February
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The 2015 AEG Professional Landslide Forum will be held Feb. 26-28 at the University of Washington in Seattle. The conference's them 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.

Registration is now open for the conference.
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President Ken Fergason discusses AEG and more with
International Innovation magazine

International Innovation magazine
Association President Ken Fergason was featured in the most recent International Innovation magazine. In the article, Fergason talks about the importance of engineering and environmental geology for public safety and the betterment of society, and he also shares the exciting opportunities and personal interactions he has experienced through his involvement with AEG. International Innovation is a leading scientific dissemination service.
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Special edition of AEG News slated for March
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An Environmental Special Edition of AEG News will be published in March. Editor Anna Saindon is seeking professional articles (2-6 pages), field trip articles (0.5-1 page), book reviews (0.5-1 page) and general professional news (0.5-1 page) on a wide range of environmental topics. If you have an idea or questions, please contact Anna via email. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31.
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Michelangelo's David to get earthquake-proof pedestal
The Telegraph
The Italian government is to spend 200,000 euros on a new plinth to support Michelangelo's statue of David after hundreds of earth tremors shook Florence and the surrounding region at the end of December. Dario Franceschini, the culture minister, said funds would be provided to build an anti-seismic platform beneath the 14-foot statue in the Accademia Gallery. Florence and other cities in Tuscany were hit by more than 200 minor tremors, with the highest of 3.8 and 4 magnitude recorded in Chianti, the wine-growing region.
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Comparison of STEM and geoscience occupation growth over the
next decade

American Geosciences Institute
Recent discussions have focused on the current and future job market for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates, and the American Geosciences Institute has received multiple requests for comparisons between the geoscience workforce and the STEM workforce.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 300,000 geoscientists and 8.7 million STEM workers employed in the United States with average median salaries of $83,811 and $81,413 respectively. Both annual median salaries are well over the overall annual median salary of $35,080 in the U.S. workforce. Over the next decade, the BLS projects a 14 percent increase in geoscience jobs and a 13 percent increase in STEM jobs. This predicted growth is a bit higher than the overall average growth of 11 percent for all occupations in the United States.

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Are oil and gas industries behind the rare Texas earthquakes?
National Geographic
A rare series of earthquakes in northern Texas has residents asking if oil and gas activities are responsible for the shaking, which has left people rattled but did not cause significant damage or injuries. A series of nine earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 1.6 to 3.6 shook the Dallas region over a period of less than 24 hours late Tuesday and early Wednesday. The shaking was felt in Dallas, Irving and surrounding towns. Residents of those areas have flooded Twitter with accusations that the quakes were caused by oil and gas activity.
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Did a volcano wipe out the neanderthals?
LiveScience via Yahoo News
A massive volcanic eruption about 40,000 years ago probably wasn't big enough to wipe out the Neanderthals as previous research suggested, new research finds. Although the eruption, which occurred in what is now Italy, blanketed nearby areas in lava and ash, it wouldn't have lowered temperatures enough throughout Europe to be a significant cause of the Neanderthals' demise, said study co-author Benjamin Black, a geologist at the University of California at Berkeley.
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