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| A Special Message From Scott Burns, President, IAEG
Welcome to our 4th IAEG Connector! In this issue we are putting the spotlight on another IAEG officer and the program of the upcoming congress in San Francisco, California, USA! I am excited to present the schedule for the congress to you below.
Our Vice President for South America is Maria Heloisa Barros de Oliveira Frasco from Brazil. She has been an integral member of our executive committee for the last 3.5 years! She was president of the Brazil national group about 10 years ago, so she has a lot of experience! Read about her just below!
An update on the congress is that we have sold 62 percent of the rooms in the hotel for the congress so far. The congress is three months away, so be sure to register. We are over 500 registrants, too! Also, enjoy all of the geology news that is happening around the world!
Prof. Scott Burns, President, IAEG
| Maria Heloisa Barros de Oliveira Frascà
Geologist, master and doctor of science from the Institute of Geosciences of the University of São Paulo. Researcher at the IPT (Institute for Technological Research of São Paulo State) from 1981 to 2012 – head of the Rock Engineering Group from 1998 to 2005 – coordinating multiple projects and developing several studies that resulted in circa 100 technical reports. Acting in engineering geology since 1990, especially in stone characterization (mineralogical, petrographic and technological), with emphasis on natural stones and aggregates. Around 2000 became involved in stone deterioration and conservation through field and laboratory (by the development and implementation of accelerated ageing tests) investigation of the alterability (durability) of the rocks in buildings or engineering works. Also accomplishes the specification of rocks for use in civil construction.
Since 2012, acts as independent consultant as well as in academic activities with scientific institutions, in the area of technology of rocks, including diagnostic studies of stone deterioration and proposition of conservation methods for rocks used in contemporary and historical buildings and monuments.
Also quite involved in normalization activities, being secretary of the Natural Stone for Cladding Committee of ABNT (Brazilian Association of Technical Standards) from 2002 to 2010.
President (2006-2008) of ABGE (Brazilian Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment) and currently Vice President for South America of IAEG (International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment).
Vice-chair of the Subcommission on Heritage Stone of IUGS (International Union of Geological Sciences) (2017-2020).
Be sure to join us this September. The 2018 Technical Program Committee has prepared an outstanding technical program for the AEG2018/IAEG XII Congress. Experts from around the world will be presenting.
Monday, Sept. 17 — 2-5 p.m.
Technical Session #1: Dam Symposium Part I
Technical Session #2: Geology in the Community Symposium
Technical Session #3: Environmental Characterization of Minerals & Pipe Erosion Modeling
Technical Session #4: Landslide Inventory and Susceptibility Mapping
Technical Session #5: Aggregates Symposium
Technical Session #6: Tunnel Symposium Part I
Technical Session #7: Seismogenic Landslide Hazards
Technical Session #8: Quantifying Climate Change
Technical Session #9A: Mineralogy/Rock Mechanics
Technical Session #9B: Geochemical/Water Contamination
Tuesday, Sept. 18 — Morning — 9:20 a.m.-12 p.m.
Technical Session #10: Dams Symposium Part II
Technical Session #11: Lidar/Technology: Landslide Application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) — Part I
Technical Session #12: Landslides and Infrastructure
Technical Session #13: Symposium — Landslides and Society: Hazards, Risks, and Communication
Technical Session #14: Tunnel Symposium Part II
Technical Session #15 Engineering Geology of Mélanges, Bimrocks and Soil/Rock Mixtures Symposium Part I
Technical Session #16: Naturally Occurring Asbestos Symposium Part I
Technical Session #17: Geotechnical/Site Characterization for Infrastructure: High Speed Rail, High Rise Buildings, Bay Mud, Coastal Development — Part I
Tuesday, Sept. 18 — Afternoon — 1:40-4:40 p.m.
Technical Session #18: Dam Symposium Part III
Technical Session #19: Improving Engineering Geology: Relationships among Education, Licensure, Guidelines, and Practice — A Global Perspective
Technical Session #20: Lidar/Technology: Landslide Application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) — Part II
Technical Session #21: Symposium — Landslides and Society: Hazards, Risks, and Communication: Part II
Technical Session #22: Tunnel Symposium Part III
Technical Session #23A: Engineering Geology of Mélanges, Bimrocks and Soil/Rock Mixtures Symposium Part II
Technical Session #23B: Miscellaneous Geological
Technical Session #24: Naturally Occurring Asbestos Symposium Part II
Technical Session #25: Geotechnical/Site Characterization for Infrastructure: High Speed Rail, High Rise Buildings, Bay Mud, Coastal Development — Part II
Wednesday, Sept. 19
No technical sessions this day — all day field course (included in registration fee for all full and three day registrations)
Thursday, Sept. 20 — Morning — 9:20 a.m.-12 p.m.
Technical Session #26: Rockfall I: Case Histories and Hazard Studies
Technical Session #27: Landslide Case Histories and Field Methods I
Technical Session #28: Oroville Dam Symposium Part I
Technical Session #29A: Professional Development
Technical Session #29B: Debris Flow and Steep Creek Hazards Symposium
Technical Session #30: Environmental: Site Characterization, Soil and Groundwater Contamination/Remediation Part I
Technical Session #31: Land Subsidence Part I
Technical Session #32: Education, Professional Licensure, Practice Standards and Guidelines: The American Experience Part I
Technical Session #33: Naturally Occurring Asbestos Symposium Part III
Thursday, Sept. 20 — Afternoon — 2-5 p.m.
Technical Session #34: Rockfall II: Emerging Technology and Mitigation
Technical Session #35: Debris Flow and Steep Creek Hazards Symposium
Technical Session #36: Oroville Dam Symposium Part II
Technical Session #37: Land Subsidence Part II
Technical Session #38: Education, Professional Licensure, Practice Standards and Guidelines: The American Experience Part II
Technical Session #39: Emergency Response to Natural Disasters
Technical Session #40: Naturally Occurring Asbestos SymposiumPart IV
Technical Session #41A: Environmental: Site Characterization, Soil and Groundwater Contamination/Remediation Part II
Technical Session #41B: Loess
Friday, Sept. 21 — Morning — 9:20 a.m.-12 p.m.
Technical Session #42: Landslides Monitoring and Prediction
Technical Session #43: California Earthquake Clearinghouse & Mini-Drill for Emergency Response
Technical Session #44: Getting the Geology Right — the Practical Application of Engineering Geology Models Part I
Technical Session #45: Dam Symposium Part IV
Technical Session #46: Hydrogeology
Technical Session #47: Mining, Mine Reclamation Part I
Technical Session #48: Earthquakes/Faulting: Ground Motion/Rupture — Part I
Technical Session #49: Coastal Hazards: Marine & Coastal Processes Symposium
Friday, Sept. 21 — Afternoon — 1:40-3:40 p.m.
Technical Session #50: Landslide Case Histories and Field Methods II
Technical Session #51: Dam Symposium Part V
Technical Session #52: Getting the Geology Right — the Practical Application of Engineering Geology Models Part II
Technical Session #53: Mining, Mine Reclamation Part II
Technical Session #54: Earthquakes/Faulting: Ground Motion/Rupture — Part II
Technical Session #55: Technology
Technical Session #56: Soils/Soil Amendments for Foundations & Infrastructure
Technical Session #57: Karst
Mark your calendar to join us for the 61st AEG Annual Meeting/13th IAEG Congress in San Francisco, California on September 17-21, 2018!
AEG is partnering with the International Association of Engineering Geologists and the Environment (IAEG) to host the first ever Congress in the United States in IAEG’s 54-year history.
The 2018 meeting will have a five-day format featuring prominent national and international keynote speakers, four days of technical sessions and symposia, and an all-day Wednesday tour of local geology for full meeting registrants and guests.
17 September 2018
21 September 2018
Note: You must register for the conference by the end of the week in order to get your abstract published in the program and your article (if you submitted an article to the proceedings) published in the proceedings.
Note 2: Solidarity Fund - We have set aside some money in the treasury to help young conference participants from low-income countries to attend the meeting. To apply, please email our president with the request: Dr. Scott Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org. The money would be applied toward registration.
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GeoMEast 2018 will provide a showcase for recent developments and advancements in design, construction and safety inspections of transportation infrastructures and offer a forum to discuss and debate future directions for the 21st century. Conference topics cover a broad array of contemporary issues for professionals involved in geosynthetics, geotechnical, geo-environmental, geomechanics, geosciences, geophysics, tunnel, water structures, bridge, pavement, railway and emerging techniques for safety inspections. You will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world for technical, scientific and commercial discussions.
Abstract submission is now open for the 7th International Conference on Debris Flow Hazards Mitigation. Convened by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, the conference will be held in Golden, Colorado, June 10-13, 2019. With the beautiful Rocky Mountains covering half the state, Colorado shares the problem of debris-flow hazards with other mountainous areas of the world. Against this backdrop, scientists, engineers and policy makers from around the world will be able to share new research and ideas in the field of debris flows. Field trips will take place both before and after those dates.
At 7:58 a.m. June 18, a M=5.9 earthquake struck Osaka, Japan, leaving three people dead and hundreds injured. The quake resulted in numerous collapsed walls, broken water pipes, and left 170,000 homes without power. Since the mainshock, over 100 aftershocks have continued to rattle the city, which is home to approximately 2.7 million people.
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame invented a new class of molecules whose shape and size enable them to capture and contain precious metal ions.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the scientists explain that the method they have developed converts gold-containing ore into chloroauric acid and extracts it using an industrial solvent.
Down to Earth
Groundwater in India is severely contaminated with uranium, found scientists of Duke University in the U.S., who worked with Central Ground Water Board, Rajasthan Ground Water Department and Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation for a research project. This study, published in May in the Environmental Science & Technology Letters journal, showed that water in more than one-third of the 324 wells they sampled has uranium in much higher quantities than the World Health Organization's provisional standard for the country.
Florida State University via Phys.org
Global climate change, fueled by skyrocketing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, is siphoning oxygen from today's oceans at an alarming pace—so fast that scientists aren't entirely sure how the planet will respond. Their only hint? Look to the past.
About 99 million years ago, a tiny juvenile frog in present-day Myanmar was suddenly trapped in sap with a beetle, perhaps its intended next meal.
Unlucky for the frog, but lucky for science.
Ever looked at a picture of the supercontinent Pangea and wondered where your current address would have been 250 million years ago? A new interactive map provides this very service, allowing you to see modern locations across 750 million years of our planet’s history.
Golden, sharp strands of so-called goddess hair are covering parts of Hawaii's Big Island. But what are these potentially dangerous threads — called Pele's hair — and where did they come from?
Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate.
Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tons a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting.
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