AEG Insider
Sep. 18, 2014

September AEG News is now available
The September edition of AEG News is now online. You can download a .pdf copy or view it in digital form. Enjoy the latest edition prior to the upcoming Annual Meeting.More

Reminder: 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:


Add your support to New York's licensure effort
During its 2014 session, the New York State Legislature passed A4753-D/S3810-D, which institutes professional licensure for geologists in New York. AEG congratulates the New York State Council of Professional Geologists, who worked for many years to obtain passage of this important legislation.

There is, however, one additional step needed to make this legislation law: It must be signed by the governor. AEG members are urged to send letters of support to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This is particularly important for those of us who practice and/or live in New York, since constituent support is more strongly considered.

Download a sample letter here. Please mail your letters of support to the following address:

Be sure to reference the bill number (A4753-D/S3810-D). If you have any questions, please contact Ken Neal, AEG Licensure Committee Co-Chair. 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

Digital map reveals hidden archaeology of Stonehenge
University of Birmingham via ScienceDaily
A host of previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an unprecedented digital mapping project that will transform our knowledge of this iconic landscape — including remarkable new findings on the world's largest "super henge," Durrington Walls.More

Collbran landslide remains a danger, say experts who led tour of area
The Denver Post
Up close, the grayish, topsy-turvy surface of Colorado's largest recorded rock avalanche yields small surprises that hint at the land as it was before: snail shells, Douglas fir cones, charcoaled wood, nubs of aspen shoots and intermittent clods of rich, brown topsoil. They're all tucked into 50 million tons of rock and debris that rumbled and raced down this draw on the Grand Mesa on May 25.More

AGI to host Earth Science Week
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute will again host Earth Science Week, an international event that helps the public appreciate the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's Earth Science Week will be held Oct. 12-18 and will celebrate the theme "Earth's Connected Systems."More

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NSF announces the Community College Innovation Challenge
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation recently launched its Community College Innovation Challenge. In this contest, NSF is challenging students enrolled in community colleges to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems. An incentive: Teams submitting top ideas will receive professional coaching and cash prizes. More