Geotimes

Geotimes is the free electronic blog of the geosciences. Originally launched as GeoSpectrum, a newsletter of the American Geosciences Institute in 1995, Geotimes has been reborn as the go-to source of information on AGI's 51 Member Societies. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits the blog, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community.

To submit information to Geotimes, please contact Joe Lilek at geotimes@americangeosciences.org.

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Consider NSS' Bat Ball! #caves

Promotional Poster for the NSS Bat Ball.
The National Speleological Society is hosting their second Bat Ball to ring in 2018. If you're in Huntsville, Alabama consider hanging out with some cavers and celebrate the New Year with dinner, dancing and a champagne toast! Caver-made craft libations will featured to keep the party going. In addition to the Bat Ball, guests are encouraged to camp for the long weekend and take in the sights, both above- and below-ground.

Enter the SSSA Photo Contest by September 15! #soil

Irrigated groundnut (peanut) shown growing near Wad Medani, Sudan.
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is hosting its annual photo contest in conjunction with their Annual Meeting this October in Tampa, Florida. Entrants are encouraged to submit photos under the theme of "Soils Sustain Life." First Place will receive $250; Second Place $100; and Third Place: $50. 

AGU Scientist Shares Her Proactive Approach to #Science #Policy

Rep. Reichert joins Dr. Kaspari in her ice core freezer to learn about her work.
In March 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) member and climate scientist, Dr. Susan Kaspari participated in Climate Science Day at the U.S. Capitol. The changing policies surrounding the 2016 Presidential Election motivated her to engage more in science policy. As part of that day she met with her Congressman, Rep. Dave Reichert.

Historical Topo #Maps Available from New TopoView 2.1 #geoscience

Phone displaying TopoVIew
The USGS TopoView enhancement, TopoView 2.1, brings historical topo maps to your fingertips in the popular open-source mapping platform. Users can compare historical maps with modern day maps to see how the landforms and regional names have changed over time. In addition to accessing the historical maps, additional upgrades to previous versions were made based on user feedback. 

AEG: Defending Licensure in an Era of Reregulation and Deregulation #geoscience

Cover of the July 2017 AEG News
The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists continues to track changes and challenges to professional geologist licensure across different states. In addition to a current summary, a new article in the July 2017 issue of AEG News also discusses potential ways to track bills targeting licensure at the state level, including creating something of an "early warning system" of volunteers tasked with tracking these issues in their state.

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