AEG Insider
May. 1, 2014

Welcome back, Alaska Section!
Thanks to the dedication of members in Alaska, particularly Eric Cannon, Brian Mullen and Debu Misra, along with support from President Gary Luce and the Section/Chapter Support Committee, the Alaska Section is reinstated and planning local meetings. If you would like to offer assistance, please contact Eric Cannon. Welcome back! More

Want to teach a webinar?
Want to teach a webinar? Here's your chance! AEG Members are invited to propose webinar ideas for the AEG-Midwest GeoSciences Group Collaborative Webinar Program. This is a unique opportunity to showcase your expertise among your peers and other professionals on a global scale.More

2014 Annual Meeting short courses
The 2014 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, will have excellent short courses. The courses include:

Be sure to sign up before the course sells out.More

GeoCorps™ America: Fall/Winter 2014-15 positions to be posted
The Geological Society of America
The GeoCorps™ America Fall/Winter 2014-2015 positions will be posted beginning May 1. The GeoCorps™ America program offers paid short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. The deadline for applications is July 1.

Coronado National Monument, Arizona; Dominguez-Escalante and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Areas, Colorado; Zion National Park, Utah — these are just a few of the locations where you can apply your geoscience knowledge and enthusiasm this fall/winter. More

GSA Science Policy Fellowship
The Geological Society of America
The Geological Society of America is seeking applicants for its Science Policy Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides recent M.S. or Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to work in the GSA Washington Office for one year. The fellow works with the GSA Director for Geoscience Policy to participate in a range of science-policy activities. The fellow will attend congressional meetings and hearings, agency briefings, seminars and coalition sessions and will develop communication methods to disseminate this information to GSA members. The fellow will also participate in GSA programs, including the Geology and Public Policy Committee.

The fellow will receive a competitive stipend and healthcare allowance. Funds are also available for fellowship-related travel. The start date is flexible and could start as early as Sept. 1. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV/resume, writing sample and list of three references to Kasey White. Consideration of applications will begin May 16.More

NSF: Unraveling Earth's Complexity
NSF has posted information brochures for each of their directorates, which include examples of ROIs from each. Click to view the brochure on geosciences, or click here for links to all available brochures. This is a great resource when talking to national legislators about the importance of NSF funding for geosciences.More

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town
The Washington Post
What's happening in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson might be better described as a land creep than a landslide, but the lack of speed has not hindered the sheer power of the moving earth.More

Volcanic lightning generated in a bottle
EARTH Magazine
Scientists still know very little about how lightning is generated by volcanic eruptions, in large part because of the danger and difficulty in monitoring the phenomenon in the field. But a new apparatus for generating volcanic lightning in the lab may shed light on the subject.More

Midwest Geosciences Group webinar: 'Karst Characterization Using Geophysics' on May 23 and May 30
Midwest Geosciences Group
Registration is open, and you're invited to "Karst Characterization Using Geophysics," a two-part webinar scheduled May 23 and May 30. This webinar series covers cost-effective geophysical techniques for imaging buried karst features.

The focus will be on a sequential and phased approach to geophysical surveys over karst. This involves a multistep process to utilize the best technique and efficiently identify/characterize the target without collecting a lot of unused collateral information.More

House Republicans target the NSF geosciences directorate for reduced
funding in fiscal year 2015

The Geological Society of America
The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act, which would reauthorize funding for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, passed by a voice vote in the research panel of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.More

Precise to a fault: How GPS revolutionized seismic research
Geology Times
Global Positioning System technology was conceived in the 1960s to provide precise time and location data to the U.S. military, but it was soon embraced by geodesists and earth scientists. The first major test of GPS as a seismic tool occurred on Oct. 17, 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck San Francisco just as the third game of the World Series was about to begin at Candlestick Park. The quake killed 63 people, injured several thousand and caused an estimated $6 billion in damage.More

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Seeing the bedrock through the trees: Bottom-up model predicts depth to fresh bedrock under hillslopes
University of California-Berkeley via ScienceDaily
When estimating runoff and erosion on hillslopes, most scientists consider only the soil. But the weathered bedrock underneath may plan an equally important role in channeling water, nourishing plants and shaping the landscape, according to University of California-Berkeley geologists.More