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AWG Board Member Explores Thai Water Resources with Fulbright Award

Rice Paddies in Northern Thailand at Sunset.
Hydrologic techniques were imported to Mekong River region Thailand from Emporia, Kansas, as part of a Fulbright Award to Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) board member and Emporia State University, Dr. Marcia Schulmeister. Thailand is currently suffering from drought so Schulmeister looked at sustainable water storage, studied naturally occurring artisanal springs, and hosted a small conference on direct-push technologies. Read an account of her Fulbright work in the AWG Winter Quarterly

Deadline to Recognize Outstanding Geoscience Publications Approaching

Did you bookmark an article, download a map or read a book about geoscience this year that was just amazing? Perhaps it should be recognized with an award from the Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE)! Submit your entries by May 15th for the AESE Award for Outstanding Editorial or Publishing Contributions, the AESE Award for Lifetime Honor Member, or the AESE Award for Outstanding Publication. 

USGS Karst Interest Group Workshop, 16-18 May 2017

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Support students who research caves and karst! The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Karst Interest Group is holding a workshop May 16-18, 2017. Registration fees will benefit three student groups at the University of Texas, San Antonio: the Student Geological Society, and the student chapters of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. See the announcement below from the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) monthly e-newsletter:

Application Period for GSA's On To The Future Program Now Open #diversity

GSA Logo
The application period for the Geological Society of America's On To The Future (OTF) program is now open. OTF awards partial travel scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates studying in the geosciences, to attend their first GSA Annual Meeting. Students enrolled in 2- and 4-year programs who come from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply by May 26, 2017

60 Years of Engineering Geology!

Cover of the Recent Issue of AEG News
It's hard to quickly recap the last 60 years of engineering geology, but the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) shared a few highlights in its recent issue of AEG News. From the building of the Panama Canal, to the origin of licensure, this is the story of a society that formed as engineering geologists became an integral part of society. Continue the celebration at AEG's 60th Annual Meeting in September. 

SSSA Launches Certified Soil Technician #soil

Soil Science Society of America Logo
A new certification is available from the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The Certified Soil Technician (CST) will allow individuals working professionally with soil an opportunity for career advancement. CST requires passing the fundamentals in soil science exam and three years of experience. While SSSA already offers the Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CSSP), they found that there were soil professionals that fell short of the coursework requirement for this certification. CST does not compete with the CSSP certification, and all CST professionals will be required to sign the same ethical code as CSSP scientists. 

#SeismicSoundLab impresses at #SSA17

@SeismoSocietyAm: The hit of last night's #SSA17 Town Hall was this video on OK quakes from #seismicsoundlab (watch w/ sound on!)
Last week's Critical Issues Webinar, "State Responses to Induced Earthquakes" (recording now available), gave valuable insight into how humans can cause earthquakes and what can be done to prevent them. Speaking of induced earthquakes, at the 2017 Seismological Society of America (SSA) Annual Meeting, which is taking place in Denver this week, attendees saw an amazing video that hammers home the recent uptick in the frequency of these events. SSA tweeted it out today:

Finding Relevant Titles in a Sea of Peer Reviewed Literature - Advice from SVP #highered

 Fossils of edmontosaurus from the Hell Creek formation (eastern Montana).
Anyone who has ever spent time doing research knows how much literature is out in the world, and there is more and more available to us every day. Guest blogger Dr. Darin Croft shares his techniques to keep up with the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in the "Old Bones Blog." In it he recommends scheduling time to read the new titles that have been published to inputting citations into Endnote as you go.