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Congratulations to A. Keith Turner, 2014 Schuster Medalist
The Schuster Medal is a joint award from AEG and the Canadian Geotechnical Society that recognizes excellence in geohazards research in North America. All nominees for the Schuster Medal must be residents of North America and meet at least two of the following criteria:
  • Professional excellence in geohazards research with relevance to North America
  • Significant contribution to public education regarding geohazards
  • International recognition for a professional career in geohazards
  • Influential geohazards research or development of methods or techniques
  • Teacher of students who work on geohazards issues
Keith will receive his award at the 2014 Annual Meeting Banquet. For information on the meeting, click here. AEG Insider will feature an awardee every week for the next few weeks. If you know the awardee, contact them and congratulate them!
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AEG would like to thank all volunteers who help put each AEG Insider together. This week's brief compilation was completed by Stacy Peltier.

Call for members: Landslide research and technology
The Landslides Technical Working Group is seeking members to help keep the AEG community up to date on advances in landslide research and technology and to develop tools to educate the general public about the hazard of landslides and ways to mitigate the risks. We are seeking AEG members with expertise (or general enthusiasm) to join the working group to contribute to the discussion of these hazards and keep the AEG membership up to date on developments within the field of slope movements.
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Webcast on Earth Science Week contests now available from AGI
American Geosciences Institute via PAESTA
Go online to view a new webcast detailing three new contests that are being conducted as part of Earth Science Week, the annual worldwide celebration of the geosciences. Find the "Contests of Earth Science Week 2014" webcast online now for viewing at your convenience. This free webcast, narrated by AGI Outreach Assistant Katelyn Murtha, provides an overview of guidelines for photography, visual arts and essay contests. The tutorial includes online links, which viewers can click during the presentation to review detailed guidelines.
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APCOM Symposium call for applications
Consider submitting an abstract or proposing a session in the upcoming 37th International Symposium of APCOM, and be a guest in beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska. This symposium is being co-sponsored by AEG. The sessions are not limited to the following. looking for computational applications and operations research, for example in hydrogeologic applications in mining or slope stability in mining and other engineering geological applications.

Click here for more information on the symposium. Click here for Call for Papers information.

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USGS' Climate Matters newsletter available online
U.S. Geological Survey
The initial issue of Climate Matters, the newsletter for the U.S. Geological Survey's Climate Research & Development Program, is available online. The newsletter will be produced twice a year and is intended to provide an overview of research funded by the USGS Climate R&D Program. It includes a feature article on a recent field excursion, summaries of recently published papers and research that has been featured in the news media.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Oklahoma coming to terms with unprecedented surge in earthquakes (Los Angeles Times)
High rate of Ohio landslides inspires NPR interview (WKSU-FM)
Largest active volcano on Earth rumbles back to life (Scientific American)
Mudslide shuts down part of West River Parkway (StarTribune)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkits: Order today!
American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute is now accepting advance orders for the Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkit. The kit contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's event theme: "Earth's Connected Systems."
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Sinkhole grows just miles from World Cup Stadium in Brazil
The Weather Channel
A sinkhole that opened up in the wake of record-breaking rainfall in the World Cup host city of Natal, Brazil continues to expand, swallowing homes and cars and forcing the evacuation of 150 families.

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High rate of Ohio landslides inspires NPR interview
A surprisingly high rate of landslides in Ohio prompted WKSU-FM, Kent State University's National Public Radio station, to interview Gannett Fleming's Mitch Weber, P.G., to learn more about the causes of Ohio's landslides.

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Colorado River researchers find signs of old, devastating floods
Utah Geological Survey
In more recent times, focus has been on the drought conditions affecting Southern Utah and the Colorado River. But what if the Colorado River was flooding?

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Udall presses colleagues to help protect Colorado communities by funding early flash flood and landslide warning system
Official Website of Mark Udall
Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, pressed the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to ensure they prioritize funding for the U.S. Geological Survey Landslide Hazards Program for an early-warning system so that it can be fully implemented in Colorado. The program notifies local residents and first responders ahead of landslides and other catastrophic events that threaten lives, businesses and watersheds.
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Another concern arises over groundwater contamination from
fracking accidents

Geology Times
The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study. Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately applied to land, waste fluids from fracking are likely picking up tiny particles in the soil that attract heavy metals and other chemicals with possible health implications for people and animals.
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Gas-charged fluids creating seismicity associated with a
Louisiana sinkhole

Seismological Society of America via ScienceDaily
In August 2012, the emergence of a very large sinkhole at the Napoleonville Salt Dome in Louisiana offered scientists the opportunity to detect, locate and analyze a rich sequence of 62 seismic events that occurred one day prior to its discovery.
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