AEG Insider
Aug. 15, 2013

AEG: Meet Ken Fergason
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 — Ken Fergason.More

Annual Meeting updates: 3 things not to miss
Here are three important notes regarding the 56th AEG Annual Meeting, which will take place Sept. 8-15 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.More

$50 mini-grants at Student/Professional Get-Together
$50 student mini-grants will be raffled to 10 lucky students in attendance at the Student/Professional Get-Together. Included in your full student or professional registration is a ticket to the Student/Professional Networking Reception for Tuesday, Sept. 10. In this casual setting, students will have the opportunity to establish relationships with experienced professionals and ask questions about jobs, coursework, lessons learned in the field and much more.

Professionals have a unique chance to give back to the next generation of geologists by sharing your knowledge and experience and fostering long-term mentoring relationships that serve you, students and the profession. Last year, conversations continued well into the Ice Breaker Reception and throughout the meeting. This is a not-to-miss event for everyone! More

AEG Foundation Fundraiser needs your help
The 56th AEG Annual Meeting is just around the corner, and while you're finalizing your travel plans and putting your talks together, don't forget to pitch in with your donation to the AEG Foundation. The Foundation is getting close to reaching its $1 million goal and every dollar you contribute gets the Foundation that much closer and makes the future of environmental and engineering geology that much stronger!More

Look who's sponsoring the 2013 AEG Annual Meeting
Reach over 400-plus 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.More

Committee and Technical Working Group Meet-and-Greet
Volunteer opportunities with AEG abound! Come learn all about them at the Committee and Technical Working Group Meet-and-Greet. Members, students and nonmembers are invited to attend this event from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Whidbey Room of the Westin Seattle. Join us, and find out what each operational committee, technical working group and Strategic Focus Area ad hoc committee is doing for you and our profession. And learn where you can help!

We will be discussing the results of the 2013 Needs Assessment, as well as having open conversations about committee activities, collaboration efforts and brainstorming about future projects. Come join us to learn more about a committee, technical working group or ad hoc committee or finally meet face-to-face with folks you've been working with over the phone. Contact Serin Bussell for more information.More

More rain leads to increased landslide threat
VideoBriefDr. Bridget Doyle has been studying landslides for 15 years, and she has learned from experience in the field that we're not in the clear yet. "I can tell you if it keeps raining like this, we are going to see more landslides," Doyle said. Consistent rain this summer has triggered a rise in slides, which has caused damaged to roads and property.More

New technology could map out sinkholes
VideoBriefA giant sinkhole that now could measure up to 200 feet wide by approximately 90 feet deep in western Kansas is turning heads, including property owner Dalton Hoss. "My brother found it and he called me up and his voice was quaking and he said, 'You're not going to believe what I just saw,'" Hoss said. But new technology can see the signs of a phenomenon like this before it happens. Jeremy Strohmeyer at Geotechnology Inc. uses that technology in Kansas City.More

Students: Field drilling and sampling workshop on Saturday, Sept. 14
In addition to learning about different types of drills, drill equipment and sampling methods, students will also be introduced to field documentation of drill activities and sampling, which will include discussion and hands-on testing.More

Havasupai hit again by flood; drinking water lost
The Arizona Geological Survey
The Havasupai Tribe was hit by floodwaters again recently, knocking out the water supply for the village. Floods appear to have been hitting Havasu Creek more frequently in recent years, although most of the problems have been downstream impacting trails, campgrounds and visitor facilities.More

Insane flash flooding in Antelope Canyon and Page, Ariz.
The radar indicated more than 4 inches of rainfall on Aug. 2, south of Page, Ariz. The runoff overtook drainage pipes under US 89 near Maverick in Page. The flows followed the highway down to Maverick before finding another outlet to drain down.More

USGS trains volcano scientists from around the world
American Geosciences Institute
Scientists and technicians from volcano observatories in nine countries traveled to the United States this month to participate in the International Training Program in Volcano Hazards Monitoring. The goal of the program is to help participating nations become self-sufficient in volcano monitoring, in order to decrease the negative impacts of a volcanic eruption.More

Photos: Giant sinkhole in Kansas
The following are photos of a 90-foot-deep crater in a pasture several miles north of Sharon Springs, Kan. The sinkhole is 200 to 300 feet across, said Wallace County Sheriff Larry Townsend.More

New insight on vulnerability of public-supply wells to contamination
U.S. Geological Survey
Key factors have been identified that help determine the vulnerability of public-supply wells to contamination. A new USGS report describes these factors, providing insight into which contaminants in an aquifer might reach a well and when, how and at what concentration they might arrive. About one-third of the U.S. population gets their drinking water from public-supply wells.More

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Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford