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Tue, 2018-06-26 09:19
Education Assistant Will Foreman writes… Two weeks ago, on 8 June, the Geological Society held the Early Career Geologist Award Finals, a competition where geoscientists within ten years of graduating give presentations on projects they have been involved with. The competition starts with Heats, held by our Regional Groups. The winners of the Heats then … Continue reading →
Mon, 2018-06-25 15:49
You know by now that Robert L. Folk passed away, peacefully in his sleep on June 4, 2018. Dr. Folk, recognized as a premier sedimentary geologist, had a most successful teaching and research career at the Geology Department of the University of Texas at Austin.  Two of his Ph.D. students, Dr. Miles O. Hayes and Dr. Murray Felsher, are organizing an outreach effort aimed at his colleagues, friends, and former students to solicit commentary, photographs, stories, anecdotes, and similar Folkian memorabilia.  They plan to publish the material as a "Memorial", dedicated to a person who many consider to have been a uniquely remarkable teacher, scientist, scholar, and researcher. Specifically, this solicitation is not aimed at producing a technical "Festschrift," replete with geological papers.  Instead, the "Memorial" hopes to represent the replica of the living man whose whimsy and wisdom had so profoundly impacted the global geological community for nearly 70 years. ...
Thu, 2018-06-21 14:26
This year’s International Index shows the U.S. was in 2016 the second-most energy secure country of the 25 large energy consuming countries.
Thu, 2018-06-21 14:00
An international team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope has made the most precise test of general relativity yet outside our Milky Way. The nearby galaxy ESO 325-G004 acts as a strong gravitational lens, distorting light from a distant galaxy behind it to create an Einstein ring around its centre. By comparing the mass of ESO 325-G004 with the curvature of space around it, the astronomers found that gravity on these astronomical length-scales behaves as predicted by general relativity. This rules out some alternative theories of gravity.
Thu, 2018-06-21 13:31
By Lauren Parr, Vice President, Meetings Paying tribute to the achievements of the past is a critical part of understanding the possibilities of the future, and there is certainly no better place to do that than at AGU’s Fall Meeting. The Fall Meeting has long been a place where ideas and concepts that will change the course of science come to light, so it’s particularly appropriate that this year’s meeting will mark the official start of our celebration of AGU’s Centennial. The 2018 Fall Meeting will recognize another dynamic year of discovery in Earth and space science and the connection to AGU’s Centennial has allowed us to create a wide variety of important and exciting opportunities for you to be a part of using the energy of the past to advance the future of Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. Transforming Science Having just officially opened abstract submissions yesterday, you can imagine how excited we are about this year’s scientific program. In addition to...
Thu, 2018-06-21 09:10
Lora Koenig, President-elect, AGU Cryosphere Sciences Section AGU’s Centennial is just around the corner, officially kicking off at the 2018 Fall Meeting in Washington, D. C., and running through the 2019 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. I look forward to a celebration marked by a variety of elements that will highlight the talents and drive of both our scientific sections and our membership. The Centennial offers us the opportunity for a coast-to-coast celebration of scientific achievement. But how, specifically, should we mark this occasion? I put this question to the Cryosphere Sciences Executive Committee and our Centennial subcommittee. Their response was, “Celebrate everything!” Realizing that we had to be more strategic in our efforts, we then asked committee members, “What if everyone in our section gave 100?”—either 100 minutes of their time or $100 from their pocketbook to endow the Cryosphere Sciences section for our next 100 years. With some 1500 primary members and...
Wed, 2018-06-20 21:03
Ruptures on either fault could strongly shake Osaka, a vibrant city of 2.7 million inhabitants.
Wed, 2018-06-20 16:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2018     HOUSTON, Tex. – Earth Science Week, a program of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), is partnering with George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston to exhibit more than 20 top photos entered in the celebration's 2017 photo contest, which recently explored the theme of "Earth and Human Activity Here." These eye-catching photos will be on display in Terminal B of the airport from June 24 through July 26, 2018.   Shutterbugs from far and wide submitted striking photos that captured evidence of human interaction with natural systems including land, water, air, and living things around their communities. Roxie Khalili of Foster City, California, for instance, won first place with her image creatively showing human-built infrastructure surrounding a nearby lagoon and its inhabitants.   The traveling photo display debuted late last year in the heart of the nation's capital, at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station...
Wed, 2018-06-20 10:13
In this episode, we highlight a team of Canadian geophysicists that traveled to the second largest refugee camp in the world to find water. The Kakuma Camp in Kenya is home to 185,000 refugees and growing. This is the story of passionate geophysicists working with driven refugees and locals to bring water to 140,000 people in East Africa. In this episode of Seismic Soundoff, what happened when geophysics went to Kakuma. For show notes, including a full transcript, photos and links to dig deeper into the Kakuma water project and Paul Bauman’s work, visit https://seg.org/podcast/Post/6368. Every June 20 marks World Refugee Day, #WithRefugees. To learn more, visit http://www.unhcr.org. Interactive transcript at https://goo.gl/nnbCmv. Geoscientists Without Borders® 2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of the SEG Foundation’s Geoscientists Without Borders® program. The program uses the specialized knowledge and technical skills of geoscientists to mitigate natural hazards by connecting...
Wed, 2018-06-20 09:59
On June 17, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will observe its World Day to Combat Drought and Desertification. The devastating impacts of drought and desertification on people are highlighted this year, as the UNCCD has made the linkages between desertification and human migration its annual theme. As noted by the UN[i], one billion of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people in over one hundred countries are at risk, and 250 million are currently directly affected. But the human impacts extend beyond the tragic uprooting and displacement of people. Drought and desertification have a wide array of health impacts, ranging from infectious diseases to stress, depression and suicide. Human migration is also associated with a wide range of secondary health impacts, including exposure to violence, sexually transmitted diseases, water and vector-borne diseases, and tuberculosis. Thus, this day presents an excellent opportunity for the newest section of the American...

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