AEG Insider
Nov. 7, 2013

A message from AEG President Gary Luce
In early October, AEG President Gary Luce was able to visit the Alaska Section, which has been struggling to hold meetings since the Annual Meeting was held there in 2011. His message to the students was the "incredible demand for geoscientists that is being projected due to the retirement of the baby boomer generation over the next 10 years and the increasing awareness of the engineering and environmental sustainability to society."More

AEG: Meet Gretchen Schmauder
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 — Gretchen Schmauder.


Share what you know with future applied geologists
Professionals: Are you interested in sharing what you've learned about the environmental and engineering geology profession with students? Do you have tips to share about preparing for a career in the geosciences? If so, please consider volunteering to be an "informational interviewer" at the 2014 AEG Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Informational interviews will likely meet with 2-3 students for 20-30 minutes each, and you will have the opportunity to talk to them about their career goals, help them hone skills necessary for "real" interviews and prepare for a career in applied geology. If you are interested in being an informational interviewer at the 2014 AEG Annual Meeting, please contact SYPSC co-chairs Nate Saraceno and Adair Gallisdorfer.More

Looking for a job? AEG career page
Looking for a job? Looking to hire? Look no further than AEG's career page! The career page has been recently updated to include more geoscience-specific postings, so you have a greater chance of finding the position or person that you are looking for. If you are just beginning your career in geology or just want to find something new, then AEG's career page is the place to start.

Post your resume now! If your company is seeking a new team member to round out your staff, there's no better place to begin than by posting a position through AEG. Connect on AEG's career page today! More

NRC Committee to hold 1st open session Nov. 12
The National Academies
The National Research Council Committee on State of the Art and Practice in Earthquake Induced Soil Liquefaction Assessment will hold its first open session on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Washington, D.C. This session is open to the public, and you are invited to attend in person or remotely. The agenda is attached and has instructions for remote participation.

The main purpose of this session is to hear from the study sponsors and to orient the committee to its task. The committee will used closed sessions of the meeting to begin planning its public workshop and strategizing about ways to get needed community input. Seating is limited, so contact Eric Edkin about your interest in participating either in person or remotely. Please forward this message to anyone you think would be interested. We hope you can attend!More

AGI announces Critical Issues Program
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute's Center for Geoscience Education & Public Understanding recently launched its Critical Issues Program. The program's mission is to support well-informed public and individual decision making by providing relevant geoscience information to decision makers at all levels, from federal to regional, state, local and individual. The program aims to serve as a hub that facilitates the exchange of ideas, inquiries and relevant geoscience information between decision makers and the geosciences community.

As part of our launch, we are conducting a short, six-question survey to understand how the geoscience community, decision-making community and public define the term "critical issue" as it pertains to geoscience topics and which critical issues are of top concern to each community. We realize your time is very important, and we would appreciate it greatly if you could take a few minutes to complete our survey. If you have any questions about the Critical Issues Program, the products and services we will be offering or the survey we are currently conducting, please contact us at your convenience.More

Geoscience Currents No. 81: Salaries and employment locations of recent geoscience graduates
American Geosciences Institute
Graduating students that had found employment in the geosciences were asked about their new job, including location and annual salary. Most graduates found employment in Texas, California and Oklahoma. Nearly all the employed graduates with a bachelor's degree received an annual salary between $20,000 and $60,000. The salary range for master's and doctoral graduates was wider, but the majority of master's graduates tended to find higher paying jobs than the doctoral graduates.More

Palaeontology: The truth about T. Rex
In late 1905, newspaper reporters gushed over the bones of a prehistoric monster palaeontologists unearthed in Montana. In the century since, tyrannosaurus rex has not loosened its grip on the imaginations of the public or palaeontologists.More

Philippines landslides induced by earthquake
Landslides, sinkholes, floods, liquefaction and earthquake deformation were some of the disastrous results of the earthquake that struck the island of Bohol on Oct. 15. According to the USGS, the quake was the result of a moderately inclined fault. Landslides were observed in the "Chocolate Hills," a geological formation in Bohol Province, spreading from the top of the hills.More

AEG: Meet Chad Lukkarila
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 — Chad Lukkarila.


Landslide sensors at UAH may save lives worldwide
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Using technology found in cellphones, inexpensive sensors being tested at Monte Sano State Park might one day soon save lives by giving advance warning of deadly landslides in at-risk areas around the world. The wireless test sensors are installed around an active landslide zone in the park. A team from the Atmospheric Science Department at The University of Alabama in Huntsville is studying the sensors ­to see whether they can provide useful information about soil stability and the likelihood of an impending landslide.More

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Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford


Colorado's destructive floods leave scientists with questions
ClimateWire via Scientific American
The widespread impacts of September's extraordinary rainfall in Colorado's Front Range, from landslides to peak river flows, are still being cataloged by scientists across the state. Colorado's landscape is known for its dramatic topography, and that topography also made the land's response to significant rainfall dramatic.More