AEG Insider
Sep. 11, 2014

Governance restructure town hall at the Annual Meeting
A town hall-style presentation on the governance restructure planning that is ongoing in the association is planned for the morning of Friday, Sept. 26, at the AEG Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. The presentation is from 11:20 a.m. to noon in the Professional Practice/Geophilanthropy Technical Session (San Carlos Room).

The presentation will include open discussion on the recent constitutional vote, communications issues and the current governance models under consideration. Members of the Governance Restructure Team, Needs Assessment Team and Executive Council will all be present to address your questions and comments.

The basic outline for the town hall is:


Student Chapter Grant applications due Sept. 15
Don't miss out! The deadline to submit the Fall 2014 Student Chapter Grant application cannot be extended any further. Submit your application by Monday, Sept. 15.

The Student Chapter Grants are competitive, $250 grants. Two grants are awarded to two student chapters each spring and fall. Download the Student Chapter Grant application here. Details and tips for an effective application can be found on the application document.

Please feel free to contact the SYPSC Co-chairs, Adair Gallisdorfer and Velita Cardenas with any questions.

We hope to see your application by Sept. 15. Good luck!

Note: If your Student Chapter received one of the Spring 2014 grants, you are not eligible to apply again until Spring 2015 (deadline Jan. 31, 2015).More

Man charged after drone crashes into Yellowstone lake
USA Today
A Dutch man accused of crashing his remote-controlled drone into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park has been charged with breaking multiple federal laws. Park officials say Theodorus Van Vliet crashed a drone into the Grand Prismatic Spring on Aug. 2. Rangers at the time said he reported the crash but left the area. The drone remains submerged inside the spring. Park officials are worried leaving it there could damage the spring, as could efforts to remove it.More

Minnesota lake tests pesticide to kill zebra mussels
Scientists are testing a new pesticide to kill off invasive zebra mussels in a small Minneapolis-area lake. Christmas Lake became the first in the nation to use the new product, according to the Star Tribune. U.S. Geological Survey researchers will next test various applications and concentrations of the biological pesticide on nearby Lake Minnetonka.More

A 'leg up' in evolution? Watch this fish walk on land
Los Angeles Times
Sometimes a fish out of water really can do better on land! Scientists studying a strange fish called a bichir from riverbanks in Africa have found that when they raise these so-called dragon fish in a terrestrial environment, their bodies actually change in ways that make them more successful walkers.More

Geologists unravel mystery of new crater found in southern Utah
Farmers in southern Utah are scratching their heads and trying to figure out what caused an unusual phenomenon in an irrigation pond. Gary Dalton of Circleville recently discovered a mysterious crater that suddenly appeared under the water.More

Napa earthquake: Drone video offers bird's-eye view of damage
Los Angeles Times
A new video from a privately owned drone shows an aerial view of the damage caused by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa, California. Crumbling bricks, cracked facades, a collapsed carport and broken glass are among the images that appear in the nearly seven-minute video posted on YouTube.More

Team develops new, inexpensive method for understanding
earthquake topography

The Geological Society of America
Using high-resolution topography models not available in the past, geologists can greatly enrich their research. However, current methods of acquisition are costly and require trained personnel with high-tech, cumbersome equipment. In light of this, Kendra Johnson and colleagues have developed a new system that takes advantage of affordable, user-friendly equipment and software to produce topography data over small, sparsely vegetated sites at comparable — or better — resolution and accuracy to standard methods. More

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Geologists rewrite Earth's evolutionary history books
Geology Times
Geologists from Trinity College Dublin have rewritten the evolutionary history books by finding that oxygen-producing life forms were present on Earth some 3 billion years ago — a full 60 million years earlier than previously thought. These life forms were responsible for adding oxygen to our atmosphere, which laid the foundations for more complex life to evolve and proliferate.More