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Award nominations due March 30
Nominations for the Claire P. Holdredge, Douglas R. Piteau, Floyd T. Johnston and Karl and Ruth Terzaghi Mentor awards are due on Monday, March 30.

The Claire P. Holdredge Award, which is given to an AEG member who publishes a paper deemed to be an outstanding contribution to engineering geology. The Floyd T. Johnston Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Association by a member to the association. The Douglas R. Piteau Outstanding Young Member Award is for exceptional achievement in engineering geology by an AEG member under 35 years of age.

Send nominations to Rosalind Munro, Awards Committee Chair, or Marrijane Jones, AEG Association Manager.

The Karl and Ruth Terzaghi Mentor Award recognizes individuals for achievement in providing professional, ethical and technical mentoring throughout their career. Nominations for this award should be sent to Ken Fergason.

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March issue of AEG News is now available
The March edition of AEG News is now online. The issue focuses on geology and the environment. You can view it here.
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1 year later — the Oso Landslide in Washington
U.S. Geological Survey
A large landslide occurred in northwest Washington on March 22, 2014, leading to tragic loss of life and destruction of property. Landslide debris covered about 40 homes and other structures as well as nearly a mile of State Route 530. It also caused 43 fatalities in the community of Steelhead Haven near Oso, Washington. This event is commonly named the "Oso Landslide" in many official reports. It is also referred to as the "SR530 Landslide," as named by Snohomish County and Washington state.

AEG and the University of Washington Earth & Space Sciences recently hosted over 200 geologists, engineers, planners, emergency managers, students and others from public, private and academic employers for a Professional Forum on Landslides in Seattle. For a photo gallery from the Forum, please click here.

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A vineyard's soil influences the microbiome of a grapevine
Science News
Just as humans have a world of microbes inside them, so do grapevines. These bacteria and fungi may influence the grape's resilience against drought, susceptibility to pests, the wine-making process and possibly the flavor and feel of the wine itself. For Merlot vines, soil microbes appear occupy prime real estate on the grapes, leaves and flowers of the plant, researchers report March 24 in mBio. The find adds scientific credence to the idea that vineyards have unique "terroirs" that shape the taste of wine.
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What types of positions are master's degree students pursuing?
American Geosciences Institute
A survey by the American Geosciences Institute and the Association of American Geographers asked faculty how often their master's advisees in geology or geography programs secure different types of positions post-graduation. Students were asked how likely they were to consider these career choices. Nonacademic professionals, whose highest degrees are master's, were asked which best describes their current positions. Academia includes employment within K-12, two-year colleges or four-year institutions, government positions include local, state, tribal or federal and the private sector includes industry or self-employment.
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