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EarthScope offering research awards for grad students - Apply by Feb 8

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EarthScope is seeking applications from graduate students to collect and interpret geochronology data that contribute to EarthScope science targets through visits to participating geochronology labs. This is run through its AGeS (Awards for Geochronology Student Research) program which is a multi-year educational initiative aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary, innovative, and high-impact science by promoting training and new interactions between students, scientists, and geochronology labs at different institutions. Applications are due by February 8, 2017

Earth Science Week's 20th Anniversary Theme!

Earth Science Week Theme for 2017 is Earth and Human Activity
Mark your calendars for October 8-14. 2017. The theme for Earth Science Week 2017 is... *drum roll* Earth and Human Activity. This year's event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration, promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes. Learn more at

Call for Sessions: Resourcing Future Generations 2018 Meeting

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The team at Resourcing Future Generations is calling for sessions for their 2018 Vancouver, Canada meeting. The sessions will focus around four themes: Energy, Minerals, Water and Earth Systems. By looking at different issues from a geoscientific perspective, the conference will serve as a forum for industry stakeholders to discuss their research initiatives and activities, and key issues and trends shaping the future of energy, minerals and water resources including the science of the earth that underpins their sustainable discovery and extraction. Resourcing Future Generations (RFG) is an International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) initiative aimed at meeting the multigenerational needs for raw materials, energy and water while ensuring social equity. 

Aquatic Scientists Bring Hollywood to Science Communication in Honolulu

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The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) continues its eight year effort to look to train its scientists to be more effective communicators with the public and with each other. They will continue to host Los Angeles-based actor and Improv coach Brian Palermo their annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii in February to get the Hollywood perspective on storytelling – because that’s really what research is.  

The Buzz About New #Drone Regulations from AEG

Monitoring drone in the air.
Get all the buzz about the newest drone regulations in the AEG December Issue of AEG News from the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG). The story is found on pages 24-25, and goes over how the Federal Aviation Administration has simplified the rules for commercial drone operation including aircraft specifications, the differences in airspace classes, flight restrictions like Temporary Flight Restriction "TFR" that came into play during the last election, and there is a whole page devoted to pilot certification. 

A Fresh Look at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve from AAPG

Road cut of a salt dome.
Much has changed since the establishment of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in 1975, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) explores what these changes mean in its "Spheres of Influence" publication. The initial thought was that there would be few large drawdowns from the reserve, but what has actually happened has been several smaller drawdowns. Read about how this, and the changing geology of the salt caves used to store the crude, highlights a mismatch between the initial policy and the reality of how the reserve is used. 

#AMS17 to showcase inclusive programs in Seattle

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) shared a blog post titled "The Network of Mutuality at the AMS Annual Meeting." The upcoming atmospheric science conference, which will take place January 22-26 in Seattle, Wash., will feature a number of programs and presentations that highlight diversity and inclusiveness, both in meteorology and the geosciences at large. Read about some of these offerings on the AMS blog, The Front Page.

Meet the Five Teams Hoping to Change the Face of #Mining

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The Society for Mining and Metallurgy Exploration, Inc. (SME) announced the five team finalists for their Move Mining Competition out of 40 entries from 24 states and 7 countries. The teams are: Wasatch Wonders with their concept paper, "YoursMinedOurs"; Team Atwood with their concept paper, "Changing the World View of Mining Through Game Based Learning"; Montana Tech Club Met with "Mining Moves"; Queens University Mining Department Group 5 with "Mining Facts" and Miles of Smiles with "The Mineral Maniacs: A children's fantasy book series on mining."