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AEG 56th Annual Meeting
AEG
Come celebrate the AEG Washington Section's 50th Anniversary with your fellow environmental and engineering geologists Sept. 8-15, and enjoy the natural beauty and diverse dining, cultural and entertainment attractions of the Seattle area. Click here for more information. Abstracts for oral talks and posters may be submitted here until May 1.

The current list of planned technical sessions are listed below, but abstracts on all environmental and engineering geology topics are welcome.
  • Groundwater and Karst
  • Landslides
  • Rock mechanics
  • Seismic hazards
  • Mine reclamation and waste management
  • Subsidence
  • Engineering geology and forestry
  • Dam rehabilitation and modifications
  • Geologic issues with risk-based assessments
  • Environmental site characterization and remediation
  • Flooding and coastal hazards
  • Licensure and professional practice
  • Geologic resource management
  • Geophysics
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AEG Annual Meeting technical session theme, dam rehabilitation and modifications: Call for abstracts
AEG
The Dams Technical Working Group of AEG is currently accepting abstracts for papers and presentations for this technical session focused on dam rehabilitation and modification projects. This topic was selected to spotlight the growing industry spawned by the aging infrastructure of dams and the need to reinvest funds to extend their useful project lives.
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AEG Annual Meeting technical session theme, geology and risk-based assessments: Call for abstracts
AEG
The Dams Technical Working Group of AEG is currently accepting abstracts for papers and presentations for this technical session focused on geology and risk-based assessments. This topic was selected to spotlight the importance of applying engineering and geologic judgment into the risk analysis process.
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AEG student chapters: Annual Chapter Report
AEG
Another academic year is coming to an end, and we want to hear what your student chapter has been up to in the past year. The Annual Chapter Report is our way of keeping in touch and finding out how AEG can support you in the coming year. In addition, the Annual Chapter Report is also your application for the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. This award, up to $250, is presented every year at the Annual Meeting — this year in Seattle — and the winning student chapter holds bragging rights until next year.

Remember, the Annual Chapter Report is required. Download the Annual Chapter Report and see a list of previous Outstanding Student Chapter Award recipients here. Submit completed reports electronically between May 1 and June 30. Contact AEG's Student & Young Professional Support Committee co-chairs Nate Saraceno and Adair Gallisdorfer for additional questions.

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Simple acts of advocacy: Big or small, AEG wants to know how you
conduct public outreach

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Have you shown a Cub Scout troop some rocks and minerals? Did you talk to a stranger on the street about earthquake hazards? Ever pointed out geologic features to your neighbor on an airplane? Or, maybe you've given a presentation to group of college students? If so, then you've conducted an act of advocacy — and we want to hear about it.
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AEG would like to know if your company offers internships for students. Internships are a great way for students to gain hands-on work experience in the field that they can't get in the classroom. The benefits of hiring an intern are many, including getting the opportunity to see their work ethic and job skills in action before deciding to hire them and getting extra help on projects that need finishing. The AEG would like to post these opportunities on our website as a benefit to students and as a way to assist you in cultivating the skills your future employees will need. Please send internship information to Serin Bussell.
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Support the Floyd T. Johnston Operations Fund
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The Floyd T. Johnston Operations Fund is an unrestricted fund that is used principally to pay for the AEG Foundation's general administrative and fundraising expenses. An unrestricted fund for this purpose is essential because the Foundation cannot function without paying general administrative and fundraising costs. Gifts to the Floyd T. Johnston Operations Fund reduce the administrative support burden that must be borne by program funds.
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AEG 56th Annual Meeting
AEG
Come celebrate the AEG Washington Section's 50th Anniversary with your fellow environmental and engineering geologists Sept. 8-15, and enjoy the natural beauty and diverse dining, cultural and entertainment attractions of the Seattle area.

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The necessity of geology
Scientific American
There is an urgent need for talking and teaching geology. People don't learn about geology, and they grow up to move to hazardous areas without being aware of the risks.

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Study: Comet, not asteroid, killed dinosaurs
LiveScience
The rocky object that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago may have been a comet, rather than an asteroid, scientists say.

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Section/Chapter Support Committee: What are they up to?
AEG
Find out more about this and other AEG Committees in upcoming issues of the Insider. We will be profiling many of the AEG Operational Committees so you can learn more about them, find out how to join and give back to AEG and hear about their accomplishments on behalf of the association. This week's profile — the Section/Chapter Support Committee.
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Outstanding Section Award nominations
AEG
Submittal of an annual report and application by Aug. 15 will qualify a section for consideration for the "Outstanding Section Award." The Board of Directors established this award in 2001 to honor a section of the association judged to excel in a number of areas including professional activities, communications, membership and networking. The Outstanding Section Award recipient will receive a $750 monetary award to be used by the section. Please send your annual report and application to Becky Roland to apply. The Section/Chapter Support Committee reviews reports and applications.
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AEG Shlemon Conference: Discounted student rate
AEG
AEG has announced a discounted student rate to attend the AEG Shlemon Conference May 16-17 in Denver. Students will be able to attend this year's conference on dam foundation failures and incidents for the low rate of $199, a 40 percent discount.

AEG is a firm believer in offering education and networking opportunities to the students of today who will become the practitioners of tomorrow. This conference will not only be an exceptional learning forum for students but also an excellent opportunity to network with members of federal and state agencies and private consultants. Click the headline for a registration form, or sign up here.

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US female geoscience degree rates in atmospheric science, geography, geoscience and ocean science, 2000-2012
American Geosciences Institute
Recent decreases in female enrollments and awarded degrees in the geosciences have been reported. This investigates female degree rates in the major fields in the earth sciences — atmospheric science, geography, geoscience/geology and ocean science.
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AGI Geopolicy Monthly Review: March 2013
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute's monthly review of geosciences and policy goes out to the leadership of AGI's member societies, members of the AGI Geoscience Policy Committee and others as part of a continuing effort to improve communications about the role of geoscience in policy.
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Can soil replace oil as a source of energy?
Scientific American
William McDonough and Michael Braungart suggest moving beyond sustainability and into practical design that can result in energy abundance. They envision beneficial designs of products, buildings and business practices, and they show these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects.
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Amtrak train hit by landslide near Seattle
KOMO-TV
Mud, trees and rocks hit an Amtrak passenger train traveling north of Seattle, causing three cars to derail, according to a railway spokesman. There were no injuries reported in the mudslide that knocked off the dining car and two coach cars, the last three railcars on the train, said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which owns the tracks.
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Geosciences Bulletin Board
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What makes rain smell so good?
Smithsonian magazine
Step outside after the first storm after a dry spell and it invariably hits you — the sweet, fresh, powerfully evocative smell of fresh rain. If you've ever noticed this mysterious scent and wondered what's responsible for it, you're not alone.
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