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President's message

Good day,

I hope this message finds you well. With spring right around the corner, I wanted to remind you about a few important dates and events to keep in mind.

First, I'd like to encourage you to attend the upcoming Shlemon Specialty Conference on Dam Foundation Failures, to be held in Denver from May 15-17. More details can be found in this issue of The AEG Insider and on the website here.

Second, please consider submitting an abstract for the upcoming AEG Annual Meeting in Seattle Sept. 8-15. The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 1. To submit an abstract or to learn more about the meeting, please visit here.

Lastly, if you are a past or current student member with AEG, or if you will be graduating this spring, please make sure that you renew your complimentary membership and take advantage of your graduation gift — one year of complimentary full membership in AEG. To renew or update your contact information, please visit the website, or contact AEG at 303-757-2926.



Matt Morris
AEG President 2012-13




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AEG's Needs Assessment: Survey deadline March 14
AEG
The AEG Needs Assessment surveys for members and students were launched on Thursday, Feb. 28. Please take just a few minutes to complete the survey, and you don’t have to do it all at once. You can start the survey and then save it to finish at a later time. We anticipate that you will be able to complete the survey in around 15 minutes. Your opinions counts, and your participation is key to our future success.
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Extension of discounted Shlemon Conference registration fees
AEG
Due to overwhelming demand for the 2013 AEG Shlemon Conference, we have extended the discounted registration deadline to April 1. The conference is moving into a larger room to accommodate the outstanding response. The conference will be an excellent cross section of our dam foundation profession including federal and state employees and private consultants.
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See related story: AEG Shlemon Conference: Dam foundation failures and incidents (AEG)


March AEG NEWS coming soon to a mailbox near you
AEG
In the upcoming issue of AEG NEWS, we will have Tyler Lane's article on the Christchurch Earthquakes and Ed Medley's adventures on a European geology field trip of a lifetime. Check out the home front to see what your fellow members are up to and find out what AEG is doing on the national level in the AEG NEWS.
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New volunteer positions are open at your AEG section
AEG
AEG is looking for motivated members to volunteer for a brand new position at your local section. The Visiting Professional Liaison will help advance AEG's strategic plan by facilitating the Visiting Professional Program within their section with the support of AEG national committees.
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Seeking award nominations
AEG
Please submit your AEG Awards nominations by March 15. It's time to submit nominations for Honorary Member, Claire P. Holdredge Award, Floyd T. Johnston Service Award, Karl and Ruth Terzaghi Mentor Award and Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology Award. Please submit your nominations to AEG Headquarters by the deadline.
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Impact assessment: How the sequester is affecting the geosciences
American Geosciences Institute
The federal government's discretionary spending accounts will be cut by $85 billion through the rest of the fiscal year. These across-the-board spending reductions, known as the sequester, began March 1 and were first proposed in 2011 as a penalty so severe they would force Congress to work together to solve the nation's deficit woes. Unfortunately, no agreement on a package of replacement cuts or additional revenue in time to avoid the sequester has been made. We now face substantial cuts to critical programs and want to know how the sequester is affecting geoscientists.

AEG Editors' note: In actual fact, the sequester does not reduce federal spending as implied in this article but rather reduces the increase in federal spending.

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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 organizing the 11th International Symposium on Mitigation of Geo-disasters in Asia in Kathmandu and Pokhara cities of Nepal 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.
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Call for papers: Climate and land use change impacts on landslides
AEG
A call for papers is now underway for the World Landslide Forum 3, which takes place June 2-6 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. Climate and land use changes can significantly affect slope instability and landslide evolution, both positively and negatively, and alter the magnitude and/or frequency of such events. The impacts of climate and land use changes may be especially significant in sensitive mountain environments. Preliminary registration and deadline for abstract submission is May 31.
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See related story: World Landslide 3 scheduled June 2-6 in China (International Programme on Landslides)


A new, free landslide resource: 'Community Based Landslide Risk Reduction: Managing Disasters in Small Steps'
AGU Blogosphere
Researchers at Bristol University in southwest England were working over the last few years in the Caribbean, seeking to find ways to enhance resilience to landslides. This work has culminated in a new World Bank publication entitled "Community Based Landslide Risk Reduction: Managing Disasters in Small Steps," that can be obtained for free.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Long-lost continent found under the Indian Ocean
Scientific American
The drowned remnants of an ancient microcontinent may lie scattered beneath the waters between Madagascar and India, a new study suggests. Evidence for the long-lost land comes from Mauritius, a volcanic island about 900 kilometers east of Madagascar.
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Buckled pavement closes US 89 indefinitely
St. George News
On Feb. 20, a landslide in northern Arizona caused significant damage to U.S. Highway 89 about 25 miles south of Page, Ariz., forcing the Arizona Department of Transportation to close the highway between the U.S. Route 89A junction near Bitter Springs and the state Route 98 junction near Page between mileposts 523 and 546.
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What's the risk a sinkhole could swallow your home?
KSDK-TV
VideoBrief By now, you've probably seen the video of a Florida home being swallowed by a massive sinkhole. But you might not realize that sinkholes are also very common in Missouri, as well. If you want to see mature sinkholes in our area, go no further than Jefferson Barracks Park in St. Louis County. The bowl-shaped holes dot the area and can be seen as small circular lines on a topographical map.
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US science to be open to all
Nature
The rumors have been buzzing around Capitol Hill since before last year's election, and recently, supporters of open-access publication in the United States got most of what they wanted. The White House declared that government-funded research would be made free for all to read, rather than kept behind paywalls. However, those hoping that the government would require papers to be free from the time of publication were disappointed.
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NASA discovers new radiation belt around Earth
Space.com via Yahoo News
A ring of radiation previously unknown to science fleetingly surrounded Earth last year before being virtually annihilated by a powerful interplanetary shock wave, scientists say. NASA's twin Van Allen space probes, which are studying the Earth's radiation belts, made the cosmic find. The surprising discovery — a new, albeit temporary, radiation belt around Earth — reveals how much remains unknown about outer space, even those regions closest to the planet, researchers added.
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Geosciences Bulletin Board
AEG
Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford
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New projections of 'uneven' global sea-level rise
SpaceDaily
Sophisticated computer modeling has shown how sea-level rise over the coming century could affect some regions far more than others. The model shows that parts of the Pacific will see the highest rates of rise, while some polar regions will actually experience falls in relative sea levels due to the ways sea, land and ice interact globally.
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Thirsty crops, hungry people: Symposium to examine realities of water security
SeedDaily
You may have guzzled a half-liter bottle of water at lunchtime, but your food and clothes drank a lot more. The same half-liter that quenched your thirst also produces only about one square-inch of bread or one square-inch of cotton cloth. Agriculture is in fact one of the world's most insatiable consumers of water. And yet it's facing growing competition for water from cities, industry and recreation at a time when demand for food is rising, and water is expected to become increasingly scarce.
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