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President's message
AEG
As June begins, AEG officers and staff are gearing up for our busiest time of year. June brings the full attention of the Association officers and staff on our approaching Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, and all that encompasses that effort. Registration for the Scottsdale meeting is well underway and I encourage members to register as soon as possible as many field trips and short courses sell out! I know that I am excited about the meeting and I have planned a little trip of my own to the Grand Canyon on the way to the meeting (Officers rarely can attend field trips due to the many business meetings).
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AEG joins other geoscience organizations and sends FIRST Act letter to congressional members
AEG
AEG and other geo-related organizations are speaking up about H.R. 4186 and its proposed reductions in funding for the National Science Foundation’s Geosciences Directorate. Click here to read the letter.
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Apply for the $500 Young Professional Travel Grant to help with Annual Meeting travel expenses!
AEG
Young professionals, do not miss out on this opportunity to travel to this year’s Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the help of the Young Professional Travel Grant.

The intent of the Young Professional Travel Grant is to help defer the cost of attending the AEG Annual Meeting for young professionals when an employer is unable to support their attendance. This is a competitive $500 grant, and will be awarded to at most two applicants based on availability of funds and quality of applications.

Applicants must:

  • be Professional Members of AEG
  • be 35 years of age or younger at the time of the Annual Meeting for which this application is submitted
  • be attending the AEG Annual Meeting as a Professional Member for the first time
Find the Young Professional Travel Grant Application on the AEG 57th Annual Meeting Page here: http://www.aegweb.org/about-aeg/aeg-meetings-events/2014-scottsdale.

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AEG Members in the news — Duane Eversoll and Nebraska landslides
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Last fall Duane Eversoll completed a “Nebraska Landslides” Educational Circular, Circular #22, published by the Nebraska Geological Survey. The Circular’s focus was to make Nebraska citizens and public agencies aware that landslides occur within the state, to provide locations of landslides and hazardous areas, and to educate homeowners, builders, policy makers and the general public on ways to mitigate landslide hazards. You can find the Circular at several locations: http://snr.unl.edu/csd, in a data file maintained by the U.S.G.S at the National Landslide Center in Denver or online at http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20061032

To order a copy call (402)472-3471.
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President's message
AEG
As June begins, AEG officers and staff are gearing up for our busiest time of year. June brings the full attention of the Association officers and staff on our approaching Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, and all that encompasses that effort. Registration for the Scottsdale meeting is well underway and I encourage members to register as soon as possible as many field trips and short courses sell out!

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Yellowstone geyser eruptions influenced more by internal processes
Geology Times
The intervals between geyser eruptions depend on a delicate balance of underground factors, such as heat and water supply, and interactions with surrounding geysers. Some geysers are highly predictable, with intervals between eruptions varying only slightly.

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New study indicates loss of West Antarctic glaciers appears unstoppable
American Geophysical Union
A new study finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

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Staking a claim: Deep-sea mining nears fruition
EARTH
In the late 1970s, geologists in a deep-sea submersible several kilometers below the waves on the Galapagos Rift discovered a previously unknown world: hydrothermal vent systems supporting an array of exotic life that thrived in the absence of sunlight, subsisting instead on metals and minerals leached from the seafloor. Such hydrothermal vent systems are now recognized features of mid-ocean ridges.
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New director for the USGS Landslide Hazards Program
USGS
"Dr. Jonathan Godt has been selected as the new Landslide Hazards Program Coordinator for the USGS, a key role in the Natural Hazards Mission Area and for the bureau as a whole. Jonathan joined the USGS in 1996 as a student intern. He has worked on landslide projects in the San Francisco Bay area, Colorado, and in Central America and has been part of response teams both domestically and abroad. His Ph.D. research from the University of Colorado focused on assessing landslide potential in the Seattle area using physics-based models of rainfall infiltration and slope stability.

His current research at the USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center focuses on furthering the physical understanding of the influence of rainfall on shallow landslide initiation. Jonathan was a member of the Natural Hazards Science Strategy Planning Team. He is the co-author of 77 reports and maps dealing with landslide processes and hazards including a recent textbook on hillslope hydrology and stability. Jonathan’s new responsibilities start on May 18, and he will remain located in Golden, Colorado.”
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A special one day symposium on shale and rock mechanics, as applied to slopes, tunnels, mines and hydrocarbon extraction
ISRM
Do not miss this special opportunity during the 13th International ISRM Congress on May 12, 2015. The event includes four 2-hour sessions featuring keynote speakers, speakers and debaters on the topics, and the call for papers. See more here, including submission dates.
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