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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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Mon, 2018-09-24 11:00
A First-Hand Look at Puerto Rico One Year After Maria
Mon, 2018-09-24 09:57
NNSA works with experts to keep adversaries from illicitly acquiring dual-use goods.
Mon, 2018-09-24 06:49
At our first machine-learning-themed hackathon, in New Orleans in 2015, we had fifteen hackers. TImes were hard in the industry. Few were willing or able to compe out and play. Well, it’s now clear that times have changed! After two epic ML hacks last year (in Paris and Houston), at which we hosted about 115 scientists, it’s clear this year is continuing the trend. Indeed, by the end of 2018 we expect to have welcomed at least 240 more digital scientists to hackathons in the US and Europe.Conclusion: something remarkable is happening in our field. The FORCE hackathonLast Tuesday and Wednesday, Agile co-organized the FORCE Machine Learning Hackathon in Stavanger, Norway. FORCE is a cross-industry geoscience organization, coordinating meetings and research in subsurface. The event preceeded a 1-day symposium on the same theme: machine learning in geoscience. And it was spectacular.Get a flavour of the spectacularness in Alessandro Amato’s beautiful photographs...
Mon, 2018-09-24 06:03
2018 University of Maryland Geology Dept. Colloquium Series Friday, September 28th 2018 at 3:00 pm in PLS 1130, UMD College Park Amanda Lindoo Carnegie Geophysical Laboratory Permeability development in ascending magmas: implications for explosive vs. effusive eruption styles Transitions in volcanic eruptive style in mafic magmas are poorly understood. While silicic systems are the most researched and publicized due to their explosive character, mafic volcanoes remain the dominant form of volcanism on the earth. Eruptions are typically effusive, but changes in flow behavior can result in explosive, ash generating episodes. The efficiency of volatiles to degas from an ascending magma greatly influences eruption style. It is well known that volatile exsolution in magmas is a primary driving force for volcanic eruptions, however the roles vesicles and syn-eruptive crystallization play in eruption dynamics are poorly understood. Because the merging of bubbles in magma is mitigated by melt...
Fri, 2018-09-21 18:12
By Laura M. Szymanski, GSA Science Policy Fellow Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released new policies for awards to address issues of sexual harassment.  This change signifies the first step the federal funding agency has taken, and more actions are expected in the future.  Starting 21 October, institutions must notify the NSF of any findings of harassment by the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI(s) of a NSF grant. Notice by the National Science Foundation (NSF) concerning Notification Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault available in the Federal Register This action comes with growing awareness of the reach of sexual harassment in academic sciences.  The NSF is the primary funder of fundamental research in the U.S., and thus has an opportunity to contribute significantly to eliminating sexual harassment in the sciences. On January 25, 2016, the NSF released a statement that it would not tolerate harassment...
Fri, 2018-09-21 16:21
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES) have launched a new website for CanGeoRef, the preeminent bibliographic database for Canadian geoscience literature covering publications from the early 19th century to today.    The new website features expanded functionality, including a geographic search view option, as well as the abilities to set up individual accounts and to easily save and share lists of references.    "CanGeoRef is an excellent resource for earth scientists working in Canada or interested in Canadian geology,” said Dr. Iain M. Samson, President of CFES. “The ability to customize a search and the Canadian focus of the publications results in more efficient and targeted searches than with general-use search engines.”    Launched in 2010 as a cooperative arrangement between AGI and CFES, CanGeoRef now includes...
Fri, 2018-09-21 13:52
Join us for an informative webinar to learn more about ASLO’s NSF-funded paid international research exchange program (LOREX) on September 28th 1pm EST.  Webinar will include information related to the host institutions, program requirements and the application process.  
Fri, 2018-09-21 08:47
Organizer: Coalition for Life Sciences A Revolutionary Look at Evolution October 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Speaker Neil Shubin, PhD University of Chicago RSVP at https://www.coalitionforlifesciences.org/event/revolutionary-look-evolution/ Details Date: October 5 Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Cost: Free Event Category: CBRC Briefing Organizer Coalition for Life Sciences Venue Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043 45 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20515 United States + Google Map
Thu, 2018-09-20 17:55
I’m proud to announce that AGU is one of five scientific societies that have formed the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), which will increase the participation of women and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in graduate studies in the physical sciences. The percentages of women and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities who pursue graduate education in the physical sciences is far less than those who complete undergraduate programs. There are various reasons for this trend, but AGU is committed to increasing the diversity of voices and experiences in the sciences to strengthen the research and discoveries that move progress forward for all of humanity. Collaboration on IGEN complements AGU’s efforts to foster an inclusive scientific environment, as the program aims to encourage a more diverse pool of students to pursue their doctorates through institutions that establish best practices for training a more representative, innovative, and competitive...
Thu, 2018-09-20 09:11
“Geoscience Librarianship 101” – a full-day introduction to earth science information resources and their organization – will be presented by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) on Saturday, November 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Registration is free and open to all information professionals as well as students in library and information studies.   GL101 is aimed at librarians new to the geosciences and those already in the field who want a refresher.  It will provide an overview of geoscience information and current topics in reference, research, and publications; collection development; and geospatial information. Additional topics may include solo librarianship, STEM research/library services in the oil and gas industry, and trends in scholarly communication for Earth sciences.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own questions and issues for discussion.    A team of six experienced geoscience librarians will lead the seminar: ...

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