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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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Fri, 2018-09-28 21:27
The earthquake struck on the Palu-Koro fault, with a faster slip rate than the San Andreas, and is straddled by the city of Palu, with a population of about 340,000.
Fri, 2018-09-28 19:20
Law eliminates some of the financial and technological barriers standing in the way of nuclear innovation.
Fri, 2018-09-28 10:40
An NNSA manager of a program for students called MSIPP went to two facilities to see its benefit to participants.
Thu, 2018-09-27 21:25
The FORCE Machine Learning Hackathon last week generated hundreds of new relationships and nine new projects, including seven new open source tools. Here’s the full run-down, in no particular order…Predicting well rates in real time Team Virtual Flow Metering: Nils Barlaug, Trygve Karper, Stian Laagstad, Erlend Vollset (all from Cognite) and Emil Hansen (AkerBP). Tech: Cognite Data Platform, scikit-learn. GitHub repo.Project: An engineer from AkerBP brought a problem: testing the rate from a well reduces the pressure and therefore reduces the production rate for a short time, costing about $10k per day. His team investigated whether they could instead predict the rate from other known variables, thereby reducing the number of expensive tests.This project won the Most Commercial Potential award. The predicted flow rate (blue) compared to the true flow rate (...
Wed, 2018-09-26 13:05
Across all degree levels, the number of degrees awarded in the geosciences in the U.S. increased in the 2016-2017 academic year.   The continued increase in bachelor’s degrees reflects the rapid increase in geoscience enrollments earlier in the decade.  The number of bachelor's degrees awarded increased 15%, master’s degrees increased 13%, and doctorates increased by almost 18%.   At the graduate level, the accelerated throughput likely reflects the overall growth of enrollments at the bachelor's level propagating through the system.  It may also reflect students who continued their education when hiring slowed during the most recent downturn in the energy industry.
Wed, 2018-09-26 12:58
Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained relatively steady during the 2016-2017 academic year.   Undergraduate enrollments have not substantially changed since 2012.  However, a growing percentage of those undergraduate enrollments are in online degree programs, which have been offsetting enrollment declines particularly seen in private 4-year colleges and regional state universities.   Following national trends observed across STEM fields in the past couple of years, geoscience graduate enrollment levels have declined 8%.
Tue, 2018-09-25 11:20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – What's new for science educators and students heading back to school this fall? The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is excited to launch Education GeoSource, the most comprehensive collection of Earth science educational resources available online.    Unveiled just in time to help teachers prepare for Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018), Education GeoSource provides Earth science educational activities, curricula, teacher professional development, education standards, virtual field trips, videos and animations, assessment materials, funding opportunities, award information, organization contacts, and additional resources.    Education GeoSource (formerly the Education Resources Network) now boasts enhanced functionality, offers more than 3,500 resources, and is growing week by week. The website makes it easier than ever to find what you’re seeking, for example, allowing users to...
Mon, 2018-09-24 16:36
James McCarthy is the Nature and Society editor for the Annals of the American Association of Geographers and a Professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. His work analyzes the interactions of political economy and environmental politics, with particular emphases on rural areas, renewable energy, property relations, and social movements. He has […]
Mon, 2018-09-24 13:18
This blog is part of a series addressing issues further explored in GSA’s Pardee Session Women Rising: Removing Barriers and Achieving Parity in the Geosciences.  Attend the Women Rising session, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., Monday, November 5, Sagamore Ballroom 5, Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, followed by a networking social, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.​ By Beth A. Johnson, Department of Geology, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Menasha, WI  When I was approached to write this blog, I was encouraged to choose a topic that I thought women in the geosciences would find important.  After some consideration, I thought, “The imposter syndrome!  Perfect!  I’ve certainly dealt with my fair share over the years!”  And now that I sit down to write this, I find my reactions to be all over the place, from procrastination to writers block to, “What on earth do I know about this?!  I’m no expert!  I was an idiot to choose this topic!” But, as a colleague just pointed out to me, that reaction is kind...
Mon, 2018-09-24 11:00
A First-Hand Look at Puerto Rico One Year After Maria

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