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Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists 62nd Annual Meeting
"Old Mountains ... New Beginnings. Using the Past to Map the Future."
Sept. 17-22, 2019
Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina
Annual Banquet: Thursday, Sept. 19 — 7-10 p.m. | $75 per person
This is a well-attended, high-profile event at which the Association's major awards are given. Join us for a gourmet dinner, fine wine and a chance to visit with old friends and new friends.
Awards Ceremony and Corporate Business Meeting: Friday, Sept. 20 — 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Included with all registration types
The Awards Ceremony and Corporate Business Meeting is a time for Association officers, board members and committee members to participate, report on their activities, witness the installation of new officers, witness the transition of the outgoing and incoming presidents and presentation of some of the AEG and the AEG Foundation awards.
Special Event — "A Night in the Mountains": Wednesday, Sept. 18 | $100 per person
Taylor Ranch is a fifth-generation, privately-owned, 500-acre working Quarter Horse and Texas Longhorn Cattle Ranch. Scenic mountain views, gently rolling hills, a seven-acre lake stocked with brim and bass, a beautiful lakeside Post and Beam Pavilions make Taylor Ranch the perfect place for our special event.
Evening Tentative Timeline
Women in AEG/AWG Luncheon — $35/person
- 6:30 p.m. — Arrival at Taylor Ranch. Try your hand at sport fishing, horseshoes, cornhole and other varieties of lawn games, or sit by our lake, relax and enjoy the views and view the wildlife that calls Taylor Ranch home. All recreational equipment provided. Fishing poles and artificial bait are provided with good fishing assured as we allow sport fishing with a catch and release policy.
- 6:30-10 p.m. — Enjoy bottomless non-alcoholic beverages to include: A large assortment of soft drinks, freshly brewed iced tea and coffee, lemonade and a variety of infused waters. A bar will be available, one drink ticket is included. They feature several of the local breweries in Asheville, aka Beer City USA!
- 6:30-10 p.m. — Enjoy true Appalachian culture with the sounds of a professional bluegrass band. Listen as local musicians play their favorites and take your requests. A member of the band will call and instruct audience participation square dancing and mountain broom dances.
- 6 p.m.-dark — Go back in time as you travel across the ranch for a tour in one of our authentic horse-drawn covered wagons.
- 6:15 p.m. — Watch in awe as a member of the Taylor Ranch staff calls and feeds the herd of registered Texas longhorn cattle. This is a great photo opportunity with one of their prize steers.
- 7 p.m. — Dinner is served! The dinner bell rings as the aromas from the grill call all your guests to dinner.
- 8:30 p.m. — Sit by the campfire and have a s'mores roast, or sip on your cold local brew and listen to the tales of true Appalachia as told by our professional story teller. Guests of all ages will be mesmerized as they take you back to the era of the Cherokee Indian, the homesteaders, the moonshiners and many more.
- 10 p.m. — Guests depart Taylor Ranch with memories made that will last a lifetime.
Thursday, Sept. 19 — 12 noon-1:30 p.m.
Join us for this networking event that focuses on current issues in the industry and offers an open forum for discussion and education. Men are welcome to attend!
Young @Heart Student/Professional Special Event
Tuesday, Sept. 17 — 7-9 p.m.
This social event is a great way to start your week in Asheville. Make or Mingle with your friends in environmental and engineering geology while you enjoy free appetizers (and a free drink ticket if you arrive early!) Just a short walk from the hotel, this event is an excellent opportunity to build connections with peers, mentors, senior fellows, and potential employers. We encourage students and young professionals to join the event and welcome experienced professionals who are "young at heart!" (Students Free, all others $10). Visit the Annual Meeting website for complete details.
REGISTER TODAY for the 62nd AEG Annual Meeting!
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First Advocacy Award was Made at 2018 Annual Meeting
The AEG Advocacy Committee hosted the first AEG Advocacy Award at the 2018 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This annual award is to recognize and showcase the accomplishments of one or more effective advocates for geological practice. In 2018, the AEG Advocacy Award was presented to Jennifer Bauer.
The deadline for nominations for the 2019 AEG Advocacy Award has been extended to Monday, April 22. All nominations should be sent via email to Eldon Gath. They will be reviewed and evaluated by the members of the AEG Advocacy Committee. The decision of the AEG Advocacy Committee is final.
The bulk of the advocacy and outreach work achieved within each nomination should have been completed within the past three years. Nominations that have been previously submitted are welcome to submit in future years.
Self-nominations are encouraged. Each nomination should include the name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and affiliation for the nominee. There is no specific form needed. In the case of a group nomination, the main point-of-contact will be shown with full information listed above, as well as the name, affiliation, and email address for each individual in the group.
The nomination will also include a short essay or listing of the nominee's efforts and their outcomes. The essay or listing will not exceed 300 words. Up to three photographs are welcome, but not required. Photo captions will be limited to 20 words each, and do not count toward the 300-word limit.
For more information regarding the Advocacy Award, please check out the AEG website.
The 2019 Earthquake Insight Field Trip will be held April 12-14. This field trip is for geoscientists, business professionals, risk managers, emergency planners, engineers, government officials, students, faculty and others who are interested in earthquake hazards and earthquake risks in the Central U.S.
There is no cost for this field trip, other than personal travel costs, lodging and meals. Field trip presenters are volunteers who are paying their own way.
The route begins in Cahokia, Illinois, at 4 p.m., on Friday, April 12. Cahokia is just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Overnight stops will be in Chester, Illinois, and Dyersberg, Tennessee. Route will include parts of southwest Illinois, southeast Missouri, western Tennessee and western Kentucky. The field trip will dismiss near Cairo, Illinois, in early afternoon on Sunday, April 14.
Stops will be made at sites that show geologic evidence of past earthquakes; historical sites related to past earthquake history of the region; geologic hazards of today; and geologic risks to our national transportation, economic, communication, financial and risk management systems. The geologic history of the 1811-12 New Madrid earthquakes will be included. On Friday evening, an "earthquake 101" presentation will be given at the hotel in Chester, Illinois, to help participants better understand the sites and issues that will be visited on Saturday and Sunday.
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) may be available through the University of Missouri. A minimum of 12 participants are needed for this earthquake insight field trip to be held. There is a maximum of about 40 people and 12 vehicles. For more information, please contact Phyllis Steckel, RG, at firstname.lastname@example.org for the FAQs.
The International Petroleum Environmental Conference celebrated 25 successful years in Denver last year, and now we begin the next chapter with IPEC 26, Oct. 7-9, 2019, in San Antonio!
Please consider submitting an abstract for a technical presentation at IPEC 26 and join us on the Riverwalk this fall. NOTE: We will be posting presentation titles on our website as soon as they are approved along with a link to you company's website — so submit early! After approval of abstract for presentation, all speakers are required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate discounted speaker registration fee in order to present at the event.
Full conference information is available here.
General presenter information can be found here.
Abstract submittal form is available here.
Hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency conference hotel on the Riverwalk can be made here.
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) announces the publication of "Status of the Geoscience Workforce 2018," the comprehensive report on educational, employment and economic indicators in the geosciences.
This benchmark report integrates primary data collected by AGI along with data from federal agencies and geoscience societies to provide a view into the state of the geosciences.
Some highlights from this year's 178-page report include:
The 2018 report (ISBN-13: 978-0913312995) can be purchased in print for $50 or as a downloadable PDF for $20. For ordering information and links to past reports, please visit here.
- Over the past five years, recent geoscience graduate hiring has evolved with the economic changes that have impacted geoscience industries. For example, the economic downturn in the oil and gas industry led to layoffs and a decrease in hiring of recent graduates in that industry.
- Current geoscience employers and recent graduates strongly agree that new graduates are deficient in professional skills, such as writing, collaboration, project management, adaptability and leadership, as well as analytical and programming skills.
- In 2016, there were approximately 312,000 geoscientists employed in the United States. While there is expected to be a large percentage of retirements over the next decade, new innovations and technology are beginning to be employed to help cover the shortage of 118,000 full-time equivalent jobs over the next decade.
- Female representation within the geoscience workforce has been slowly but steadily increasing each year. In 2017, 35 percent of environmental scientists and geoscientists and 20 percent of four-year university geoscience faculty were women.
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geoscience Institute (AGI) is making its flagship publications, EARTH Magazine, FREE in digital formats to all individual members of each society in our Federation. Every month, EARTH explores the science behind the headlines with timely, relevant editorial content, numerous photos, illustrations and great maps, with a diverse mix of topics from across the geosciences.
Access EARTH Magazine here.
U.S. Geological Survey
The Oso landslide, also known as the SR 530 landslide, occurred in northwest Washington state on March 22, 2014, leading to devastating loss of life and destruction of property. Landslide debris blocked the North Fork Stillaguamish River, destroyed about 40 homes and other structures, and buried nearly a mile of State Route 530. Most tragically, it caused 43 fatalities in the community of Steelhead Haven near Oso, Washington.
A 2.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Maryville, Tennessee, area recently, and people are worrying if all these quakes seen recently are pointing to the possibility of a larger earthquake.
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