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Critical Issues Forum 2016: A Success!

Irrigation equipment. (Background: Copyright Nivens; right: Copyright Lim H M)
The 2016 Critical Issues Forum, Addressing Changes in Regional Groundwater Resources: Lessons from the High Plains Aquifer concluded today at the Colorado School of Mines Ben H. Parker Student Center. An initial summary of social media posts using #CIForum16 were compiled connecting people to various resources, but also communicate interesting questions raised at the event. A summary report will be available within the next year. 

AAG to Offer Childcare at Annual Meeting in Boston

AAG Logo
Following success in San Francisco, CA the American Association of Geographers announced it will again be offering childcare at its Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. CAMP AAG will host children ages 6 mos. to 13 years. Interested parents will be able to register their children either online in advance or during on-site registration. 

Now Online: Advising Strategies for Improving Employment Placement of Your Students

Screen shot of the webinar as it appears on YouTube
A recording of the most recent Heads and Chairs webinar from the American Geophysical Union and the American Geosciences Institute titled, "Advising Strategies for Improving Employment Placement of Your Students" is now online. Aaron Johnson, the new Executive Director of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, shared his experiences at Northwest Missouri State University and their strategies in advising that greatly improved the employability of their graduates and helped grow the department. The next webinar will be on November 11, 2016 and is on "Managing Alternative Program Formats within your Department."

#7: John Bradford - State of the Society

John Bradford, president of SEG, gave his State of the Society Address at the 86th Annual Meeting in Dallas in October 2016. Dorsey Morrow, SEG Executive Director, opened the session and introduced Bradford. Sponsor The SEG Wiki is home to hundreds of biographies of key geoscientists, geophysical tutorials, and core content from the science of applied geophysics. Visit to learn how you can grow the world’s first online, geophysics encyclopedia. Learn more at

Critical Issues: NOAA restarts La Nina Watch, releases 2016-2017 U.S. Winter Outlook

NOAA U.S. Winter Outlook Temperature Map
On October 20, 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its U.S. Winter Outlook, and the updated La Niña forecast took center stage. Mike Halpert, Deputy Director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC), and David Miskus, also of CPC, briefed reporters and answered questions on NOAA’s winter forecast. Click “Read More” to see the highlights.