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AEG: Meet Pete Holland
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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 — Pete Holland.

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2 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0s — sound good?
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There's only a little time left! Left for what you ask? AEG's Membership Drive, now through Dec. 31. Everyone that joins or renews their membership by the deadline will be entered in a drawing to receive one of two Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0s, donated by Creek Run LLC! Enter Promo Code: AEG2013
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AEG Foundation Scholarships: Apply now!
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Students, the AEG Foundation scholarship site is ready to accept applications. Please fill out your application on our easy, online platform. Scholarships are for academic achievement, to help offset field camp costs and your field research. The deadline is Feb. 1, so don't wait! For more information, please visit here, and good luck!
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Students: Are you graduating soon?
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Send Graduation Gift requests to AEG Headquarters. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Still can't believe it's true? It is! Let's say you graduate in May 2013. Your student membership will remain current through Dec. 31. Then, for all of 2014, your full membership is complimentary.

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AEG wants to know how you conduct public outreach
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AEG — through various committees, including Strategic Planning, Advocacy, and Membership & Messaging, to name a few — is seeking information from our members about what you do to conduct public outreach. Have you helped scouts get a belt loop or merit badge? Have you spoken to K-12 students about environmental and engineering geology? Do you present to university or college students? Have you spoken to other associations, like the Rotary Club, about what you do?

The benefits of sharing your stories with us are obvious. First, we shouldn't be shy about what we do or why we do it. Second, we will summarize all of these activities and make this information available to all of our Committees and Sections so they can see what everyone is doing out there to advocate for our profession. Next, we may ask for your permission to feature your story in print, be it in an upcoming issue of the Insider, the AEG NEWS or on our website. So please take a moment to compose your thoughts, and send them to the AEG Headquarters!

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Expert: More rock slides likely
The Spectrum
Utah Geological Survey experts said it is unclear when another rock slide could take place at the Rockville Bench Mesa in Rockville, but as the freeze-thaw season continues, residents may be at a larger risk than normal. Bill Lund, senior scientist for the UGS geologic hazards program, said there are "definitely" seasons where rock falls are more common.
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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review
American Geosciences Institute via AEG
The Geoscience Policy Monthly Review is part of a continuing effort to improve communications about the role of geoscience in policy. Current and archived monthly reviews are available online.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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Holiday calendar: Grand Canyon, seen and unseen (NBC News)
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Is Earth science education at risk in your state?
American Geosciences Institute via AEG
Many public schools have dropped Earth science from the required curriculum in recent years. Some colleges have closed geoscience departments. Employers have said they need more qualified candidates for geoscience jobs. Does your public education system guarantee that all students are taught important Earth science content?

A recent report by AGI's Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding describes significant shortfalls nationwide. For example, only one of the nation's 50 states requires a year-long Earth/environmental science course for high school graduation, and only six states require that students are taught Earth Science concepts as part of graduation requirements, according to the 2013 report.

"The Pulse of Earth Science: An Advocacy Guide," launched in connection with Earth Science Week, offers step-by-step recommendations for educators, parents, and other advocates wishing to ensure strong Earth science education in their local area, state, and nation. Learn how to build coalitions, influence policymakers, and shape education at every level. View the guide online here.

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See related story: Earth Science Week Update (American Geosciences Institute via AEG)


USGS awarded funds to support Superstorm Sandy relief
American Geosciences Institute
The U.S. Geological Survey was recently awarded funds to investigate the rate of erosion along the east coast of the United States that resulted from Superstorm Sandy. The Department of the Interior awarded $22.4 million to nine USGS projects that will help to support the rebuilding process by delivering high-resolution topographical surveys, evaluating ecosystem resiliency and providing enhanced storm monitoring, among other services.
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Global-warming 'proof' is evaporating
New York Post
The 2013 hurricane season just ended as one of the five quietest years since 1960. But don't expect anyone who pointed to last year's hurricanes as "proof" of the need to act against global warming to apologize; the warmists don't work that way.

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AEG: Meet Kristen Enzweiler
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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 — Kristen Enzweiler.



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Giant quake sloshed fjords half a world away
EARTH Magazine
On the morning of March 11, 2011, Leif Hus and his wife Gry Melas Hus were having breakfast in their kitchen overlooking Sognefjord in Leikanger, Norway. It was low tide on a calm and windless day with near-freezing temperatures. As they stood, coffee cups in hand, looking out the window at the fjord, they saw an unusual wave roll in.

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Interactive: Oklahoma quakes
The New York Times
Oklahoma has been jolted by thousands of minor earthquakes in recent years, far more than the average of about 50 quakes a year. Scientists are investigating whether the oil and gas industry's practice of injecting wastewater into deep wells might be causing some of the quakes.
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Geosciences Bulletin Board
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Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford
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What a geologist can teach us about better science education
The Seattle Times
Here's a novel idea that could flip high-school science education on its head: Instead of teaching biology as the first course for high-school freshmen, start instead with physics. That's one of the many ideas burbling from the mind of Scott Linneman, a geology professor at Western Washington University.
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Rock points to potential diamond haul in Antarctica
Nature Communications via Phys.org
Australian geologists recently opened up the tantalizing-but-controversial prospect that Antarctica could be rich in diamonds. In a scientific paper published in the journal Nature Communications, a team said they had found a telltale rock called kimberlite in the Prince Charles Mountains in East Antarctica.
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