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Call for abstracts: 2015 AEG Annual Meeting Dams Symposium
Symposium theme: "Geologic Considerations in the Assessment of New and Aging Dam Infrastructure"

The Dams Technical Working Group of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) is currently accepting abstracts for papers and presentations for this one-day symposium that will be part of the 2015 AEG Annual Meeting. The 2015 AEG Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 19-26 in Pittsburgh, with the Dams Symposium held on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
  • Dam and Reservoir Siting Studies
  • Risk Analyses of Dams
  • Dam Safety Evaluations
  • Potential Failure Mode Evaluations
  • Foundation Improvements
  • Foundation Grouting Advancements
  • Seismic Hazard Characterization
  • Site Investigation Techniques
  • Training, Mentoring, Knowledge Transfer
  • Construction Foundation Mapping
  • Instrumentation Monitoring & Surveillance
  • Lessons Learned from Notable Case Histories
  • Future Trends and Research Needs
Abstracts should be submitted by Friday, May 1, and should include:
  • The title of the presentation
  • The author(s) names, affiliation(s), and contact information
  • A brief abstract (250 words or less) of the paper
  • See instructions HERE for abstract formatting
Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to: Brian Greene, Kerry Cato and Heather Clark.

Abstract submissions will be reviewed and selected for presentation the co-conveners of the symposium. When your submission is accepted, a confirmation notification will be sent via e-mail.

Note: A formal paper is not required for the Annual Meeting, simply an abstract and a PowerPoint presentation at the conference not to exceed 18 minutes.
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Celebrating 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope
Science News
After 25 years in space, the Hubble Space Telescope has seen it all. It witnessed fragments of a comet pummel Jupiter. It spied planet nurseries silhouetted by the light of new stars in the Orion Nebula. It confirmed that in the center of every large galaxy lurks a supermassive black hole, an invisible behemoth weighing up to several billion suns. Hubble even monitored pulsating stars as far as 70 million light-years away. By doing so, it resolved a decades-long dispute about the expansion rate and age of the universe.

And, of course, there are the pictures. From the Pillars of Creation, where newborn stars sculpt spires of gas several light-years high, to the Hubble Deep Fields, where more than 10,000 galaxies span vast expanses of space and time, Hubble's iconic images set a new standard for how astronomers — and the public — see the universe.

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6 million graduates employed in science and engineering in 2013
National Science Foundation
The number of college graduates in the United States nearly doubled between 1993 and 2013, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. The report details that the number of graduates with degrees in science and engineering (S&E) fields grew faster than the number of those with other types of degrees. In 2013, 27 percent of graduates held degrees in S&E fields. Roughly 1 in 10 graduates were employed in S&E occupations, a proportion that has remained largely unchanged since 1993.
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Why California is restricting water
California Gov. Jerry Brown issued mandatory water use restrictions recently for the first time in the state's history, ordering towns and cities to cut water use by 25 percent, which will affect everything from farms to golf courses to residents' front lawns. The state has been experiencing drought-like conditions since 2011 but in the last few months, things have gotten even worse. Snowfall in the Sierra Nevada mountain range has hit all-time lows for this time of year while temperatures remain above average, making an already dire situation worse.
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