AEG Insider
Feb. 21, 2013

AEG's Needs Assessment: Your survey is on its way
As you have read recently in these pages of the Insider, the AEG member Needs Assessment process is well underway. Our partners at The Loyalty Research Center have completed their investigative phase, which involved interviews with over 40 stakeholders. Now, we need your help.More

SAIEG/AEG Conference: 'Life After Mining — Enviro-Geotechnical Answers to Development, Surface Stability, Seismicity, Water and Air Pollution' | March 7-8
AEG will team up with the South African Institute for Engineering & Environmental Geologists March 7-8 for a conference in Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa. The purpose of the conference is to provide an "enviro-geotechnical" look at seismic, water and air pollution issues with a view to provide "lessons learned" to practicing environmental and engineering geologists, engineers, architects and town planners, as well as government agencies involved in the planning for and the management of so-called "mining land."More

Advocacy Committee searching for individual advocacy efforts
One of the most important goals of AEG's Advocacy Committee is to advocate for not only AEG but also our profession. Recently, we've begun to think on the small-scale advocacy efforts that our members do, unheralded but because they have a passion for our profession. We have begun efforts to catalog these individual efforts. We will soon send out requests to all section chairs asking for a list of advocacy efforts their section members have undertaken.More

Plate Technics needs your help
Do you have a geology-themed or engineering-themed personalized license plate? Do you know someone else who does? Help continue the Plate Technics series in the AEG NEWS by submitting your high-resolution photos via email to Rex Upp.More

New volunteer positions are open at your AEG section
AEG is looking for motivated members to volunteer for a brand new position at your local section. The Visiting Professional Liaison will help advance AEG's strategic plan by facilitating the Visiting Professional Program within their section with the support of AEG national committees.More

AEG Research Fund
The purpose of the Research Fund is to provide financial support for small research projects that advance the science and application of environmental and engineering geology. The Fund will expend up to $5,000 each year for proposed research if one or more projects are approved by a review committee and recommended to the Board for funding.

The proposed research must be completed within one year unless special provisions are agreed to by the participant and the Board. A written report on the results of the research or a progress report on continuing research will be required to fulfill the terms of the research grant. The grants may be used in conjunction with grants from other professional organizations to support larger projects if warranted by the specific project requirements. The intent is to encourage individuals to propose on research that is not generally funded by other institutions or agencies.More

Earth Science Week Update
American Geosciences Institute via AEG
Here is the latest Earth Science Week Update provided by American Geosciences Institute. The issue includes information on multiple topics, including earth science, Esri, energy department updates and the OERB.More

EARTH Magazine internship opportunity
Earth Magazine
As part of the American Geosciences Institute, EARTH Magazine is currently accepting applications for the summer 2013 internship. EARTH is seeking journalism/science student internship applications until the March 8 deadline. This internship, intended for young writers seeking careers in science writing, is 12 weeks long and includes a $4,000 stipend.More

US female geoscience enrollment, degree rate mixed in 2011-2012;
bachelor's and master's at decadal lows, while doctorates hit new highs

American Geosciences Institute
In 2011-2012, the percentage of U.S. geoscience students and graduates who were women dropped sharply at both the bachelor's and master's level, but it grew slightly at the doctorate level. At the undergraduate level, female participation rates are at their lowest since the late 1990s, while master's participation rates fell sharply to below 40 percent for the first time since 2001. Doctorate levels continued their steady climb, rising to 45 percent in 2012.More

Geosciences Bulletin Board
Compiled by Elaine Hanford


Humans slow to make efforts to reduce vulnerability to flooding
New research has come up with ways to quickly assess flood damage to houses while also showing most people didn't intend to make changes to reduce their vulnerability after the 2010-11 floods in Australia. Two separate reports from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility show how lessons learned from households affected by the floods can minimize damage under current and future climates.More

BGA conference trying get beyond the propaganda, half truths
about energy resources

Decisions about future energy challenges are too often hindered by propaganda, half-truths and a limited grasp of the science that informs the choice and use of hydrocarbon and other resources, according to delegates at the annual conference of the British Geophysical Association, which took place in the Geological Society, Burlington House in London.More