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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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Tue, 2018-05-15 13:05
From the Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE): CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Association of Earth Science Editors' 52nd annual meeting, Niagara Falls, NY, September 26-29, 2018. AESE's annual meeting is open to anyone interested in earth science or science editing, publishing and communication. The annual meeting is open to anyone interested in earth science or science editing, publishing and communication. Our meetings, generally small in size, consist of two days of technical sessions and a one-day field trip, and provide an unparalleled opportunity to network with other editors, publishers, educators and others working in the earth sciences. More details can be found at www.aese.org. Please join us!
Tue, 2018-05-15 11:00
By Bob Stern, University of Texas at Dallas The geosciences are a wonderfully visual science, with erupting volcanoes, surging rivers, majestic mountains, glaciers and so much more.  The promise of this visual feast is one reason that a lot of us changed our majors at university to start studying the Earth; certainly it was a major motivation for me.  It would seem natural that there would be an abundance of interesting and informative videos and animations about how the Earth operates, but this is not the case today.  The paucity of high-quality geoscientific videos and animations is all the more puzzling because we are increasingly inundated with videos and animations: on our TVs, at movie theatres, at ballgames, and even on the little screens on many gas station pumps.  Today’s students have been raised on a steady diet of videos and animations. It’s easier today to make and share videos and animations than ever before.  You can use a smart phone to make a video, and a good camera...
Tue, 2018-05-15 01:00
Two projects led by the Science Education Resource Center and sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers — InTeGrate and EarthConnections — will be featured in the National Science Foundation's 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase, an online event taking place from May 14 to May 21 that features more than 200 videos of federally funded projects aimed at improving science, technology, mathematics, engineering, and computer science in formal and informal environments. Any time during the week-long event, visitors can vote for their favorite videos and ask questions of the presenters.
Tue, 2018-05-15 01:00
The 2018 Earth Educators' Rendezvous (July 16-20) will provide a unique opportunity to present and discuss your work with an audience of Earth educators. The deadline for submitting abstracts and teaching demo proposals has now passed, however the deadline for posters and share-a-thon proposals has been extended to June 3. Remember to register before May 1 to receive the early bird rate!
Tue, 2018-05-15 01:00
The SAGE 2YC project is building a national network of two-year college geoscience faculty who implement evidence-based practices that will lead to improved STEM learning, broadened participation, and a more robust STEM workforce. Four new articles related to these project goals are now available on the SAGE Musings blog, focusing on using guided pathways to increase degree completion rates, how lessons from biology education—including strategies to incorporate inclusivity and diversity in the classroom— are relevant to teaching geoscience, the impact of social-psychological interventions on academic trajectories, and strategies for facilitating students' professional development in the geosciences.
Mon, 2018-05-14 16:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2018     Document represents one of the first community efforts to address harassment on behalf of an entire scientific profession   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Harassment is a serious concern in the scientific community and professional associations are taking steps to address it. The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has published a consensus document which outlines strategies for identifying and addressing issues of workplace harassment in the geosciences. An ad hoc committee consisting of representatives from ten geoscience associations or institutions from across industry and academia was convened by AGI to examine the topic of harassment. This same committee ultimately drafted the consensus document, which was formally approved by the AGI Executive Committee on April 9, 2018.   The opening lines of the statement read, "AGI expects those in the profession to adhere to the highest ethical standards in all professional activities....
Mon, 2018-05-14 15:00
In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Doug Foster about the May 2018 issue of The Leading Edge. This issue's special section articles highlight geomechanics, its integration with geophysics, and how it could help reduce induced seismicity and increase gas productivity. Doug Foster served as a coordinator for the special section. Show notes and links at https://seg.org/podcast. Interviewee bio Dr. Doug Foster received his Ph.D. in geophysics from Columbia University. He has worked as a research geophysicist at ARCO, Mobil, Phillips Petroleum, and as a Senior Scientist at ConocoPhillips. His career interests have ranged from wave propagation, inverse problems and applied geophysics. He also taught as an adjunct Professor in the physics department at the University of Houston and served as vice-chairman of the Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Energy. Subscribers can read the full articles in the SEG Digital Library at https://library.seg.org/....
Mon, 2018-05-14 14:50
by Dean Moosavi, Education Programs Coordinator at the Geological Society of America For the third installment of this GeoTeachers blog series, I thought I would take a step back from discussion of our summer workshops to look at the wider issue. Developing a workshop focused on the field is a lot of work. It poses unique challenges of cost, timing and accessibility that could be avoided by conducting a workshop at a conference or an on-line webinar. Most K-12 students of Earth Science attend schools that don’t have the ability to run field trips today. With the challenges involved, why bring teachers to the field at all? Experiencing a geoscience phenomenon or challenge in a classroom or on a screen is as different from the perspective one gets from scrambling over a rock outcrop or cruising down a century old mine drift as the difference between watching a PBS documentary on TV compared to a live performance of Shakespeare in the Park. One affords easy access and ability to draw...
Mon, 2018-05-14 02:00
The 2018 fire season is already active in the western United States. One of the larger wildfires so far is the Rattlesnake Fire.
Sun, 2018-05-13 12:05
The top half of the Colca Canyon It has been a mad period of time after getting back from Peru, hence the reason it has taken so long to write this last post! It was a great last few days at the workshop, spending the last couple days listening to some talks and instructing on the use of our Raspberry Pi ultraviolet cameras. One evening we had some telescope time at the hotel we were staying at, pretty cool looking through and seeing the four Galilean moons around Jupiter which was clear enough to see the striping!On our last day in Yanque we had planned to head back up to Sabancaya to get some more data, but alas, the weather Gods were against us, and it still involved a really early wake up time, before 5 am. Plume in the wrong direction and clouds over the summit. Thats the way remote sensing is sometimes! See the video blog below. In all I think we got some decent data from the first day of fieldwork, so not a disaster but its always good to get as much data as possible. A little...

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