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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, 2018-07-03 13:39
Dr. Lisa Graumlich “It’s ok to be gay – just don’t tell anyone.” That was the advice that a senior administrator gave me as I started my career as an assistant professor. My would-be mentor didn’t feel she needed to name the consequences of being out as they were obvious. As women we were already sorely underrepresented in our fields. Why call further attention to yourself? She tacitly implied that it was the safe thing to do as it shielded me from homophobic jokes, harassment or discrimination. And, surely, it was good to not make people uncomfortable or, heaven forbid, further rock the boat. As my LGBT colleagues can attest, being silent never really makes you feel safe. You guard your speech, referring to the love of your life as your “roommate.” You gulp down your shame when you fail to stand up to cruel jabs at the handful of scientists brave enough to live and love openly. You certainly never share your experience of hate crimes and assault. For me, all that safe silence was a...
Tue, 2018-07-03 11:03
To identify emerging research questions in these areas, the NSF Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education is reaching out to interested and knowledgeable members of the scientific community for their views.
Mon, 2018-07-02 14:00
Published six times a year since 1911, the Annals of the American Association of Geographers is one of the world’s foremost geography journals. The articles in the journal are divided into four theme sections that reflect the various scholarship throughout the geographic discipline: Geographic Methods; Human Geography; Nature and Society; and Physical Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. There are editors […]
Mon, 2018-07-02 13:53
Extreme weather conditions and dry land from five years of drought have contributed to the fast-moving blaze.
Mon, 2018-07-02 13:21
The AAG is pleased to have three interns joining the AAG staff for the summer of 2018! Alex Lafler is a Junior at Michigan State University pursuing a BS in Geographic Information Science and a BA in Human Geography (along with a Minor in Environment and Health). Alex previously interned at the St. Joseph County […]
Mon, 2018-07-02 11:02
ASLO has undergone tremendous change since we last surveyed our members in 2012 (see highlights at the end of this post). The results of that survey, including many thoughtful comments included in responses, have been instrumental in creating the 2015 ASLO Strategic Plan...
Mon, 2018-07-02 10:30
Happy Fourth of July! Learn about the science of fireworks with these energy-related facts.
Mon, 2018-07-02 04:33
In early April, The Geological Society hosted a flagship meeting as part of the 2018 Year of Resources on Lithium: From exploration to End-user. The meeting was a fascinating insight into this increasingly important metal, all the way from exploration and extraction to its conversion into high-purity battery grade Lithium for its use in Li-ion … Continue reading →
Fri, 2018-06-29 16:28
by Jane Willenbring, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography recently held a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the theory of Plate Tectonics. As part of the symposium, I moderated a panel of women geoscientists and geophysicists who were graduate students and postdocs at that time and many were among those who helped shape the theory themselves. They recounted their stories of being told that they couldn’t do math or science or go on research vessels simply because they were women. When they proved that they could do it, they were then told that they didn’t belong in the ‘community’ in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. I suspect the panel members spared us their most painful memories in such a public setting. Interestingly, some of these stories rang true for me too, though I was a student decades later. A small fraction of women ‘survived’ to become full professors in the sciences 50 years ago even if they...
Wed, 2018-06-27 13:00
`Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System, is moving away from the Sun faster than expected. This anomalous behaviour was detected using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in cooperation with ground-based telescopes. The new results suggest that `Oumuamua is most likely a comet and not an asteroid. The discovery appears in the journal Nature.

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