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Message from AEG President Ken Fergason: Updating AEG's
governing documents

The following is from AEG President Ken Fergason:

"Over the past several months, I've provided multiple updates in the AEG NEWS, through The AEG Insider, in direct communications to the Section Chairs and at Section meetings I've had the privilege to attend about the ongoing efforts to restructure the governance of AEG. Part of this effort was intended to edit the Constitution of AEG with the purpose of bringing it up to date with California law, which is where AEG is incorporated as a 501c6 corporation.

This article is intended to provide a detailed update on the process undertaken in this effort. A separate (forthcoming) article provides discussion on the process to look at revising our bylaws to adjust to the regional model for our Board of Directors that membership approved in the summer of 2014.

The short answer is that legal counsel has advised us that California law does not recognize a Constitution as a governing document of corporations and that the only governing documents recognized are the Articles of Incorporation (AoI) and Bylaws. What this means is that AEG needs to amend and restate its AoI through a member vote. The amended and restated AoI were approved by the Board of Directors at the 2015 Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting in April.

At that time, the Board also moved to have the membership vote to approve the amended and restated AoI, and that vote is planned to occur this summer concurrently with the vote for AEG officers. In parallel, legal counsel recommends that the content now included in the Constitution will need to be shifted to our bylaws as part of the bylaws revision process and eventually the Constitution should be rescinded."

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Goldman Sachs: US shale oil drillers move rigs to more productive areas
In an attempt to increase productivity, shale oil drillers in the United States have begun moving rigs to more productive areas of the Permian and Eagle Ford basins, analysts at Goldman Sachs said. Data from oil services firm Baker Hughes Inc. showed on Friday that the fall in U.S. oil rig count slowed last week, suggesting the collapse in drilling may be coming to an end as prices recover.
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Discovered deep under Antarctic surface: Extensive, salty aquifer and potentially vast microbial habitat
National Science Foundation
Using a novel, helicopter-borne sensor to penetrate the surface of large swathes of terrain, a team of researchers supported by the National Science Foundation has gathered compelling evidence that beneath Antarctica's ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys lies a salty aquifer that may support previously unknown microbial ecosystems and retain evidence of ancient climate change.
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Jupiter moon Ganymede found to have a large bulge at equator
A pair of space scientists, one with the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston Texas the other with Washington University in St. Lois, has found evidence of a large bulge on Ganymede — the largest satellite in our solar system. In their presentation at this year's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Paul Schenk and William McKinnon outlined what they had observed and offered possible explanations for the existence of the bulge. As noted by National Geographic, the bulge, or protuberance, is approximately the size of Ecuador and about half the height of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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