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AEG: Meet Chad Lukkarila
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The AEG Insider is proud to announce that we will feature short bios for either one of the six AEG Insider editors or a leader in the AEG community. Here is an introduction to one of the AEG leaders — Chad Lukkarila.


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Section/Chapter Support Committee update
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The Section/Chapter Support Committee has been very busy over the last several months. The SCSC completed a membership demographic study in March 2013 with included recommendations for each section for the purpose of engaging the most members. Committee chair Cynthia Palomares provides additional information on the SCSC.
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Join the Advocacy Committee today
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The Advocacy Committee is looking for 3-5 new committee members to help with their outreach and advocacy initiatives. Advocacy Committee members discuss ways to educate and inform the public about the geosciences and develop programs to increase public and professional awareness of AEG.

Members of the Advocacy Committee generally spend 2-4 hours per month on committee-related activities, including one conference call each month. As a member of the Advocacy Committee, you may have the opportunity to speak with members of the Federal government at Congressional Visit Days, develop materials for distribution to other associations and related groups and assist with the Individual Acts of Advocacy Campaign. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Advocacy Committee, please contact co-chairs, Rick Kolb and Dan Vellone.

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2014 AEG Annual Meeting poster available
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Preparations are underway for the 2014 AEG Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., scheduled for Sept. 20-28, 2014. We look forward to seeing you at the 57th AEG Annual Meeting, located at the beautiful DoubleTree Hotel. To promote the meeting, AEG has developed a poster for distribution. Please feel free to print and post at a college or university near you! See you in Scottsdale!
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AEG's GeoCare Exchange Accepting Applications
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AEG's GeoCare Benefits Members' Private Medical Insurance Exchange is now accepting applications for guaranteed-issue health insurance effective on Jan. 1, 2014, without exclusions for pre-existing conditions. To view the Exchange, visit here, and click on "Members' Private Medical Insurance Exchange" on the left-hand side. You may also reach the Exchange by phone at 877-739-7845.

The Members' Private Medical Insurance Exchange is a web-based marketplace in which you can choose from the multiple insurance companies' plan designs, benefit options and premium rates available in your state. Unlike many of the public exchanges, our Members' Private Exchange is staffed by licensed, experienced agents.

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Geoscience Currents No. 80: New geoscience graduates' employment and education plans
American Geosciences Institute via AEG
Graduating students were asked about their immediate career and education plans. Thirty-eight percent of bachelor's graduates and 17 percent of master's graduates plan to return to school for an additional degree. Over 50 percent of doctoral graduates and 43 percent of master's graduates found employment within the geosciences. However, the majority of bachelor's graduates are still seeking employment or are planning to go to graduate school.

Check out American Geosciences Institute's "Geoscience Currents No. 80" for more information about the graduates' future plans, as well as the resources used to find employment and compare this to the 2012 data in "Geoscience Currents No. 72."

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IAEG XII Congress call for abstracts
IAEG XII Congress via AEG
The IAEG XII Congress aims to analyze the dynamic role of Engineering Geology in our changing world — by means of a series of topics and sessions offered to the participants' choice through the interpretative key of four main themes:
  • Environment
  • Processes
  • Issues
  • Approaches

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USGS announces supplemental appropriations for Sandy-related projects
U.S. Geological Survey via AEG
The Department of the Interior has announced the funding of supplemental appropriations, totaling $22.4 million, for nine USGS projects to mitigate the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and support the rebuilding process.

These new projects will deliver high-resolution topographical surveys; evaluations of ecosystem resiliency; enhanced storm tide monitoring, vulnerability assessments and data display capabilities; documentation of coastal processes and vulnerabilities of Fire Island, N.Y., and Assateague Island regional areas; assessments of estuarine responses to the storm and changes to the barrier islands; and forecasts of biological vulnerabilities.

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AEG: Meet Matthew Howe
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The AEG Insider is proud to announce that we will feature short bios for either one of the six AEG Insider editors or a leader in the AEG community. Here is an introduction to one of the AEG leaders — Matthew Howe.

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New evidence on lightning strikes
Wits News via SpaceDaily
Lightning strikes causing rocks to explode have for the first time been shown to play a huge role in shaping mountain landscapes in southern Africa, debunking previous assumptions that angular rock formations were necessarily caused by cold temperatures, and proving that mountains are a lot less stable than we think.

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Port Townsend bluff collapse caught on video
KING-TV
Charles Steurer and his girlfriend went for a walk on the beach near Port Townsend and ended up being eyewitnesses to a natural wonder. They were at the base of the bluffs when a section of the bluff began to crumble away. What they saw next was captured on video by the owner of the local newspaper.

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Geoengineer.org launches GeoSoftware database
GeoPrac.net
Geoengineer.org has launched a new GeoSoftware directory, sure to be the go-to resource for our industry. The complete revamp of their previous directory will allow software vendors to provide news and video related to their products and allow visitors to provide ratings and submit questions to the geotechnical software vendors.
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Geosciences Bulletin Board
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Created over millennia, destroyed in seconds
CNN
It took nature millions of years to create what it took Glenn Taylor just a few seconds to destroy. Now, officials must decide whether toppling a boulder that had long perched gracefully atop a slender rock pedestal in southern Utah's Goblin Valley State Park was a crime that should be prosecuted. Three Utah men say the delicate structure posed a threat to visitors, but park officials see it differently — it's against the law to deface state parks, and now the men face the possibility of hard time.
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Review of a paper: Landslide scenarios for a large Seattle earthquake
American Geophysical Union
A paper has been electronically released examining the likely impact of landslides in the event of a Seattle earthquake — a quake on the Seattle Fault in the city. The paper uses synthetic broadband seismograms to model shallow landslides in the area likely to be affected by such an earthquake.
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Philippines landslides induced by earthquake
GeoEngineer
Landslides, sinkholes, floods, liquefaction and earthquake deformation were some of the disastrous results of the earthquake that struck the island of Bohol on Oct. 15. According to the USGS, the quake was the result of a moderately inclined fault. Landslides were observed in the "Chocolate Hills," a geological formation in Bohol Province, spreading from the top of the hills.
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