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Nominate: Soil Science Society of America Awards, Scholarships

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Nominate deserving colleagues for Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Awards and Fellow in soil science research, education, industry, consulting, and extension. Initiate nominations by March 29 with reference letters and final submission by April 5. Students: Apply for SSSA scholarships, including Golden Opportunity Scholars, by April 5 with reference letters and final submission by April 12.

BLM, Minerals and Adventure - One GeoCorps Participant Shares Her Story

Kirby Bean, BLM Certified Mineral Examiner showing Sarah Hill the boundaries of a mining claim
After several rounds of applications and interviews, Sarah Hill landed her GeoCorps position. Instead of a seemingly more exotic position in a National Park, Sarah opted for job based out of D.C., and found it was filled with as much adventure as she had hoped for! Read about her experiences working for the Bureau of Land Management's Division of Solid Minerals covering Mining Law Administration on Federal lands and Federal Coal programs. She found herself shadowing administrators at Congressional hearings, learning about mining tailings storage facilities, and traveling to Colorado to experience training for Certified Mineral Examiners. Learn more about her experience in the Geological Society of America's (GSA) Speaking of Geoscience Blog

Critical Issues Monthly Roundup: January 2017

Welcome to February! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program:
  • We’ve revamped our website to make it easier to find useful geoscience information. Visit our “Explore the Geosciences” homepage, or check out our updated information portals on climate, energy, hazards, mineral resources, and water to find topical introductory information, FAQs maps & visualizations, case studies, webinars, research database publications, and policy news, all in one place. We hope you like the changes; if you have any feedback please feel free to e-mail us at
  • We have some exciting new products coming down the pipeline: case studies and factsheets on specific issues at the interface of geoscience and society. These are written by AGI staff and scientists in the field, and are thoroughly reviewed by both subject-matter experts and our internal team to ensure that they are scientifically rigorous, accessible, and useful for both decision makers and the general public. Stay tuned for the first round of products coming out in the next couple of months.
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An App That Brings Home Your Seismic Hazard

Do you know the earthquake risk in your neighborhood? If not, that information is now available in the palm of your hand. Founded by two former U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) employees, Temblor is a free app that allows people to view interactive seismic hazard maps on their smartphones, tablets or computers. It also teaches U.S. homeowners to factor earthquake and landslide risk into their financial decisions, like where to live and what insurance to buy. The February issue of EARTH Magazine takes a closer a look at Temblor, highlighting the app's recent successes and goals for the future.

Exploring a new Career Pathway in the #Geosciences - Science Politician

U.S. Capitol
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) explores a potential new career pathway for geoscientists - the Science Politician. Author Shane Hanlon argues the time and the markets are right for graduate and Ph.D.-level scientists to pursue a career in politics. To get potential scientists started there are links to organizations trying to get scientists elected to office.