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Newest Paleozoic Pals Kickstarter Launched #paleo #fossil

Check out PRI's Next Paleozoic Plush Toy Kickstarter
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) launched the latest plush toy Kickstarter for its wildly popular "Paleozoic Pals" series. Paleozoic Pals, was designed to bring lesser-known and lesser sized -yet just as important- fossil creatures to life for the community of scientists, students, and the public as a whole to enjoy. This year, with the support of paleontology fans and the geoscience community, PRI hopes to bring Tiktaalik to life as a soft plush creature for kids and adults to snuggle with. According to the Kickstarter, "Tiktaalik is a type of lobe-finned fish - a group of fish with specialized articulated fins. These fins eventually evolved into the first legs. Tiktaalik is especially important because it shares a whole bunch of anatomical features with both fish and amphibians, and its skeletal structure marks it as the earliest known fish that was able to lift its body out of the water." Past campaigns have resulted in loveable versions of trilobites, eurypterids, armored fish and cephalopods. 

Geoscience Organizations Track and Respond to the FY2018 Budget

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Geoscience organizations continue to respond to President Trump's proposed budget for the federal government. The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) released its budget analysis as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Federal R&D and Policy Project website. The AGI website provides an overview of the appropriations process, and the AAAS website tracks agency budgets as they move through committee towards approval by Congress. The American Geophysical Union published an overview in EOS, and the Geological Society of America tweeted a letter that was sent to Congress on May 24th extolling the benefits of US research, signed by dozes of science organizations and universities, including seven AGI member organizations. 

GSA Publishes Statement on President's FY2018 Budget Request

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The Geological Society of America (GSA) published a statement today on President Trump's budget request for the 2018 fiscal year. They call on Congress to reject the proposed cuts to geoscience research federal agencies like the National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey and Department of Energy will negatively affect the US economy and innovation. 

NGWA Monitoring Uptick in Exempt Well Issues #water

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) published an article tracking cases on issues related to quantity of water and land use. Initially this was an issue faced by well owners in western states, but these cases are now appearing in the eastern U.S. as well. The article discusses five cases going through various states right now. NGWA explains that "[a]n exempt well is one that withdraws 5,000 gallons or less per day ... without the need to obtain a water rights permit." NGWA published a brief on the topic for western states. 

PRI Publishes Teacher-Friendly Climate Change Guide #STEM #k12

In a recent blog from the American Geophysical Union blogging network, "Wild Weather Dan" Satterfield, shared a new resource available from the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI). The new Teacher-Friendly Guide on Climate Change was released this year and is available as a free PDF download from the website The guide is a part of the the regionally-focused Teacher-Friendly Guide™ series on geoscience produced by PRI in an effort to connect teachers to regional examples demonstrating the lessons taught about geoscience. 

AAG Seeks Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences Editor #GIS #Geography

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The American Association of Geographers is currently seeking a Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences editor for the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. The editor will be expected to solicit, review and accept papers across the breadth and depth of intellectual activity in this subject area of contemporary geography, including the ability to understand and assess cutting edge GIScience research and manuscripts. Nominations and applications are due by September 29, 2017. 

IAH Announces New Executive Manager #water #groundwater

New Executive Manager Ian Davey, left, discussing handover plans with John Chilton
The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) announced that Ian Davey joined IAH Executive Manager on April 1, 2017 following John Chilton's retirement in December 2016. Davey is a hydrogeologist with over 30 years’ experience, much of it working for the Environment Agency in England. In recent years, this has included project management and advisory work outside of UK, including Poland, Bulgaria and Turkey.

AGI Publishes Geoscience Currents #117 #workforce #highered

Geoscience Currents #117
In last week's Geoscience Currents #117, AGI's Workforce Program examines latest in enrollments and degrees granted in geoscience programs in the United States. In 2015-2016 undergraduate enrollments slipped about 5%, while graduate enrollments dipped slightly, meanwhile bachelor's and doctoral degrees rebounded, and master's degrees dropped.