AEG Insider
May. 9, 2013

AEG: Meet Matt Morris
The AEG Insider is proud to announce, starting this week, that we will feature short bios for one of the six AEG Insider editors or a leader in the AEG community. To kick off the series, here's an introduction to AEG President Matt Morris.More

56th Annual AEG Meeting: Web registration opening; call for abstracts extended to May 17
Registration for AEG Annual Meeting will be open this week. Additionally, the Geologic Resource Management Technical Working Group is currently accepting abstracts for papers and presentations for this technical session focused on mining resource management projects.More

Shlemon Specialty Conference: Foundations, failures and incidents
It's not too late to register. The next Shlemon Specialty Conference will be held May 16 and 17 in Denver. The focus of the conference will be a detailed review of select dam failures and incidents to provide a "lessons learned" to practicing engineering geologists.

Several classic dam foundation failure and incident case histories (i.e. Teton, St. Francis and others) will be studied in-depth along with case histories that are lesser known but just as significant. The conference will be taught by recognized experts from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Bureau of Reclamation and academia and private consultants. Contact Edwin Friend for additional information.More

2013 AEG Annual Meeting Hotel — Westin Seattle
The Westin Seattle will serve as the host hotel for the 56th Annual AEG Meeting. Centrally located in Seattle's bustling financial and shopping district, the hotel features 891 smoke-free guest rooms and suites, and it features panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Space Needle, Cascade Mountains and Seattle's cityscape. Group rate is $199 a night. Click here to reserve your room.More

Become a sponsor of the AEG Annual Meeting
Reach more than 500 attendees by having your name featured on field trips, technical sessions, events, guest tours and more. Show your support for the AEG and the environmental and engineering geology profession by signing up to sponsor an event at the 2013 AEG Annual Meeting. Contact Heather Clark or Serin Bussell for more information.

The following companies are sponsors at the 2013 AEG Annual Meeting:
  • AEG Texas Section
  • Hancock Forest Management
  • AEG Oregon Section
  • The Hydrodynamics Group, LLC
  • AEG Washington Section
  • Jim Miller
  • Allen Shaw
  • Miles Sand and Gravel
  • AMEC
  • OnSite Environmental, Inc.
  • Associated Earth Sciences, Inc.
  • San Jose State University
  • Association for Women Geoscientists
  • Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
  • Blackburn Consulting
  • Spotlight Geophysical Services
  • Celtic Earth Consulting
  • Steele & Associates, LLC
  • Duane Kreuger
  • Tilford & Green
  • Gannet Fleming, Inc.
  • URS Corporation
  • GeoEngineers
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Golder Associates
  • Zonge International
  • More

    AEG Meeting: Web registration opening; call for abstracts extended
    Registration for AEG Annual Meeting will be open this week. Additionally, abstracts for papers and presentations for a technical session focused on mining resource management projects are being accepted.More

    The strange beauty of David Maisel's aerial photographs
    Smithsonian magazine
    For almost 30 years, David Maisel has been photographing areas of environmental degradation. The resulting images are beautiful and, at the same, absolutely unnerving.More

    Earth's center: 1,000 degrees hotter than previously thought
    Scientists have determined the temperature near the Earth’s center to be 6,000 degrees Celsius, 1,000 degrees hotter than in a previous experiment run 20 years ago.More

    2013 Outstanding Section Awards
    Section Chairs: Don't forget to submit your 2013 Outstanding Section Award application this year to be eligible to be awarded $750 for your section! Outstanding Section Award applications are due to headquarters by Aug. 14, which is 30 days prior to the annual board meeting, to be held in Seattle this year. You must complete and submit the Outstanding Section Award application in order to be eligible to be “Outstanding Section of the Year”. This award was established by the Board of Directors in 2001 to honor a section of the association judged to excel in a number of areas, including professional activities, communications, membership and networking.More

    Strategic Planning Committee: Implementing AEG's strategic vision
    Find out more about this and other AEG Committees in upcoming issues of the Insider. We will be profiling many of the AEG Operational Committees so you can learn more about them, find out how to join and give back to AEG and hear about their accomplishments on behalf of the association. This week's profile — the Strategic Planning Committee.More

    AEG wants to know how you conduct public outreach
    The 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. Please take a moment to compose your thoughts, and send them to Serin Bussell.More

    New geoscience graduates' employment and education plans, spring 2012
    American Geosciences Institute
    The American Geosciences Institute's National Geoscience Student Exit Survey measures the relevant experiences in school and the immediate career plans upon graduation of recent geoscience degree recipients. In April 2012, AGI conducted the second pilot test of this survey and received responses from 46 departments.More

    April 2013 AGI highlights
    American Geosciences Institute
    Here are the April 2013 highlights from the American Geosciences Institute. These updates are also are available online here.More

    Will we ever know what happened before the Big Bang?
    The Big Bang model is our best explanation for why the cosmos appears as it does. If you think theories about the universe are mind-bending, rest assured that many scientists feel the same way. But the question isn't a philosophical one: it has potentially real, testable aspects.More

    Geosciences Bulletin Board

    Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford


    New species of young meat-eating dinosaur from late Jurassic period
    Fossil remains found by a George Washington University biologist in northwestern China have been identified as a new species of small theropod, or meat-eating dinosaur. The discovery was made by James Clark, the Ronald B. Weintraub Professor of Biology, in the Department of Biological Sciences of GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.More

    International collaboration delivers pioneering Geotechnical Carbon Calculator
    The European Federation of Foundation Contractors and the Deep Foundations Institute are urging the geotechnical sector to make immediate use of their jointly-developed, pioneering carbon calculator tool, the Geotechnical Carbon Calculator.More