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Thu, 2019-01-17 18:41
One may think that these quakes are small, so why do they matter? Why should I care?
Thu, 2019-01-17 08:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2019 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Last year produced many important developments in science policy at the federal level that will shape the work of geoscientists, and the applications of geoscience for society in the coming year, according to the 2018 Geoscience Policy Annual Review, published today by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). "2018 was an eventful year in federal geoscience policymaking. Natural hazards, energy and mineral resources, land and water, and STEM education and workforce issues were all the subject of significant debate and action," said Ben Mandler, the Program Supervisor for AGI's Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs. "This review summarizes the major developments in geoscience policy during 2018 and some implications for our science moving forward." AGI encourages geoscientists to engage in the federal policy process as individuals or through their scientific or professional organizations, and...
Thu, 2019-01-17 07:00
In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Shauna Oppert, guest editor for January's The Leading Edge. January's special section highlights three case studies focusing on conventional systems. These case studies take place in three different regions of the world, with each challenge tackled using innovative approaches to reservoir characterization in complex geologic regions. Shauna showcases how these papers provide insight into designing custom approaches with new technologies to address the geologic parameters challenging reservoir characterization in both new and mature oil and gas fields. Subscribers can read the full articles in the SEG Digital Library at https://library.seg.org/and abstracts are always free. Show notes and links at https://seg.org/podcast. Interviewee biography Shauna Oppert is a Research Geophysicist at Chevron. She works in time-lapse geophysics, including integration of rock physics and rock mechanics principles and measurements, assessment and...
Wed, 2019-01-16 14:31
The partial shutdown could make things worse
Wed, 2019-01-16 10:13
Mars on the Mall With the start of 2019, AGU’s Centennial is now in full swing. And what better way to celebrate than by having you, our members, create and plan events across the globe. That is why I am so pleased to announce the next set of Celebrate 100 Grants that enable our members and partners to share the wonder and excitement of Earth and space science and how it benefits communities and society. Open to AGU members and non-members, the Celebrate 100 Grants, a cornerstone of AGU’s Centennial, awards small (less than $1000) and major awards (up to $10,000) to “support projects demonstrating innovation, collaboration, impact and sustainability in promoting the value of Earth and space science, primarily to the public.” After announcing the first two grantees in November of last year, I’m proud to celebrate our seven newest winners of these grants, which collectively exemplify the power and global value of our science. Small Grant Winners 1) Sustainability Science, Technology,...
Wed, 2019-01-16 02:24
Mon, 2019-01-14 10:32
Thomas Giachetti (University of Oregon) explains his research into the risk posed by Anak Krakatau, published in the Journal of the Geological Society in January 2012, and how it relates to what happened in December 2018. Continue reading →
Fri, 2019-01-11 16:45
by Jane Willenbring, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego Here’s to 2019 and a scenario probably eerily familiar to university faculty admitting students to Earth Science graduate programs across the US! Faculty and grad program coordinators convene early in the calendar year to evaluate graduate student applications and someone starts off the meeting by saying, “We all know that GPA and GRE scores don’t really predict graduate student success. Anyway, I’ve made a spreadsheet of the hundreds of applicants and sorted and ranked them by GPA and GRE scores.” Cue nervous chuckling. I’ve been a staunch supporter of using GRE scores (and grades) for graduate student admission since I began ranking student applications myself. For the last decade, I’ve used them. I was not just being lazy or wanting to avoid reading the half of the applications with low reported GRE scores as some faculty do; I fully embraced the value of GRE scores. To me, they acted as...
Thu, 2019-01-10 18:18
By Laura Szymanski, GSA Science Policy Fellow During the lame-duck session of the 115th Congress, Congress was able to pass several bills that have been signed into law, although many that were expected to have further movement did not as a result of late disputes over border wall funding. US Capitol, west side On 13 December 2018 and 19 December 2018 the Senate and House, respectively, passed the National Quantum Initiative Act with the aim of advancing quantum research and technology. Quantum research is the use of the laws of quantum physics for the storage, transmission, manipulation, computing, or measurement of information. This bill will establish a National Quantum Initiative (NQI), a 10-year, $1.2 billion plan to further U.S. quantum research. Through this bill, quantum research will be advanced by the promotion of quantum research opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral level; the development of quantum research facilities; and the promotion...
Wed, 2019-01-09 17:15
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the brightest quasar ever seen in the early Universe. After 20 years of searching, astronomers have identified the ancient quasar with the help of strong gravitational lensing. This unique object provides an insight into the birth of galaxies when the Universe was less than a billion years old.