Geotimes

Geotimes is a free electronic newsfeed for the geoscience community. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits Geotimes, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community. Do you have a geoscience blog or newsfeed with an RSS feed? It may be a good fit for Geotimes. To learn more about RSS or to submit information to Geotimes by email, please contact Joe Lilek at geotimes@americangeosciences.org. Events can also be listed on the AGI Geoscience Calendar.

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Thu, 2018-08-16 17:00
AGU CEO/Executive Director Chris McEntee Tuesday, results of a 2018 Scientific Integrity Survey of 16 federal agencies administered by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology (CSSM) at Iowa State University were released. Among the agencies surveyed were the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). AGU provided the funding to ensure that USGS would be included. The survey itself, which asked for responses only from those staff with primarily scientific responsibilities, queried respondents about the effectiveness of scientific integrity policies at each agency as well as the practices and culture that impact scientific integrity. In each case, the survey administrators attempted to reach as broad a group of agency scientists as possible, but were constrained by limited access to contact information, among other deterrents. As such, the response rates varied significantly across...
Thu, 2018-08-16 16:47
In October we're hosting our first 'code sprint'! What is that?A code sprint is a type of hackathon, in which efforts are focused around a small number of open source projects. They are related to, but not really the same as, sprints in the Scrum software development framework. They are non-competitive — the only goal is to improve the software in question, whether it's adding functionality, fixing bugs, writing tests, improving documentation, or doing any of the other countless things that good software needs. On 13 and 14 October, we'll be hacking on 3 projects:Devito: a high-level finite difference library for Python. Devito featured in three Geophysical Tutorials at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 (see Witte et al. for Part 3). The project needs help with code, tests, model examples, and documentation. There will be core devs from the project at the sprint. GitHub repo is here.Bruges: a simple collection of Python functions representing basic geophysical...
Wed, 2018-08-15 11:52
Yesterday's quake struck Italy's Molise region, an area known for its castles and churches.
Wed, 2018-08-15 11:43
L’INGV ha registrato un terremoto di magnitudo 4.6 a 19 km di profondità, nella zona di Montecilfone (CB).
Tue, 2018-08-14 19:22
Sunday's M=6.4 earthquake was the largest ever recorded in Alaska's North Slope region.
Mon, 2018-08-13 11:35
The Geoscience Education Academy is a four-day CPD workshop for UK secondary teachers which ran from the 24-27 July 2018. Work experience student Dion George tells us about his time helping out at the GEA... Continue reading →
Sun, 2018-08-12 14:00
Claudia Corona, Ph.D. candidate at University of Colorado at Boulder When you’ve been a student for longer than you’ve been able to tie your shoes, and when you’ve been uttering words that would be considered a gem on a Scrabble board for at least a quarter of your life, you gain special powers of scientific enunciation which should be used for good. Such thoughts dawned on me two summers ago, when I was introducing the rock cycle and its respective rock types to a class of eight to 10 year old kids at a Boys and Girls Club in San Francisco, CA. I had recently graduated with a master’s in geosciences from San Francisco State University and I was weighing my options of applying to Ph.D. programs or starting a career in the private sector. As I debated my next step, I applied to a youth coordinator position at a local boys and girls club (BGC) in San Francisco with a high participation of disadvantaged youth. Having had the opportunity to be San Francisco State University’s 2016...
Fri, 2018-08-10 17:36
By Lindsay Davis, GSA Science Policy Fellow On 19 June, President Trump repealed the National Ocean Policy and replaced it with an Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States. The new order emphasizes the economic and industrial benefits of the ocean and its resources. It also states that public access to data and technology are important and that science should be used to inform decisions. A map denoting highest-potential Bureau of Ocean Energy Management wind lease sites off of the US Atlantic coast. Credit: BOEM/DOI The effectiveness of the National Ocean Policy, formally Executive Order 13547 –Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, was discussed late last year during an oversight hearing held by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. The order was issued by President Obama in 2010 and focused heavily...
Fri, 2018-08-10 01:00
NAGT is seeking a qualified person to serve as the Association's Executive Director to begin August 2019. NAGT's mission is to support a diverse, inclusive, and thriving community of educators and education researchers to improve teaching and learning about the Earth. NAGT represents the collective voice of K-12 teachers, college and university faculty, and informal educators in museums and science centers who share a vision to build geoscience expertise and an Earth-literate society through high-quality education. We seek an exceptional Executive Director to build on past successes and to provide strategic leadership to guide NAGT toward new opportunities for growth. To learn more about the position and instructions to apply, visit this website.
Thu, 2018-08-09 15:00
In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Linda Ford, Manager, Student and Early Career Programs and Geoscientists Without Borders at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Linda and Andrew discuss her article in August's The Leading Edge celebrating GWB's ten year anniversary. They talk about the program's connection with today's geoscience students, the program's impact to date, and its future legacy. Show notes and links at https://seg.org/podcast. Geoscientists Without Borders® SEG is celebrating ten years of its humanitarian work around the world with Geoscientists Without Borders. This program uses the specialized knowledge and technical skills of geoscientists to mitigate natural hazards by connecting universities and industries with local communities. As a special consideration to our listeners, the SEG encourages you to become a partner in this life changing program by making a donation through the SEG Foundation. The SEG Foundation currently has GWB Matching...

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