Geotimes

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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Wed, 2016-09-07 21:46
The American Geosciences Institute Workforce Program published Geoscience Currents #112 and #113. Currents #112 looked at the median salaries for geoscience-related occupations in 2015. The average median salary for geoscience-related occupations in 2015 was $83,737. Currents #113 showed estimations of the relative size of the geoscience workforce in various countries. PDFs downloads are available at the website. 
Wed, 2016-09-07 21:46
The American Geosciences Institute Workforce Program published Geoscience Currents #112 and #113. Currents #112 looked at the median salaries for geoscience-related occupations in 2015. The average median salary for geoscience-related occupations in 2015 was $83,737. Currents #113 showed estimations of the relative size of the geoscience workforce in various countries. PDFs downloads are available at the website. 
Wed, 2016-09-07 21:36
The Minerals Education Coalition, of the Society for Mining and Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. (SME), has released an updated 2016 version of their iconic "Minerals Baby" which depicts how many minerals a human will use throughout their lifetime. The 2016 updated estimates an increase of more than 15,000 pounds per capita usage when compared with the previous year's statistics. The "Minerals Baby" was developed to demonstrate how important the minerals and mining industries are from K-12 educators to congressional committees. 
Wed, 2016-09-07 21:26
In the latest issue of "The Professional Geologist," the American Institute of Professional Geologists published a thoughtful article on roadblocks to communicating engineering geology. The story starts out with some classic engineering catastrophes that highlight the importance of ensuring thorough communication between scientists and engineers. The authors note many words throughout the sciences and engineering fields are the same but have a discipline-specific definition. They also go over certain measurements that may be reported differently in different fields. 
Wed, 2016-09-07 21:04
The Geological Society of London (GSL) announced that they have designated 2017 as "The Year of Risk," following two successful themed years. In addition to geohazards GSL will explore the increasingly complex risks associated with growing demand for resources like water, minerals and energy.  Multiple events will be hosted throughout the year that will involved scientists, policy makers, social scientists, economists, insurers, the media and modelers. They will celebrate the change-over from the 2016 theme, "The Year of Water" with their 2016 Bryan Lovell Meeting titled, "Water, Hazards and Risks."
Wed, 2016-09-07 13:55
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maureen Moses (mmoses@americangeosciences.org)   EARTH: Observers at the Edge of the Ice - Smaller, Cheaper Machines Can Safely Go Where Humans Can't   Alexandria, VA - In recent decades, satellites have given scientists the opportunity to study glaciers at an unprecedented scale, but there are still some glacial behaviors that glaciologists would like to understand better - for example, what happens where glaciers meet seawater. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive or even deadly proposition.    The leaps and bounds made in computing and engineering technologies have give rise to a new arsenal of tools that can be deployed remotely, record more data and nimbly move through terrains and locations deemed too risky for human explorers. The September issue of EARTH Magazine introduces readers to the newest technologies on the front lines of glacial research. Using instruments as varied as aerial drones, tricked-out kayaks or ping-pong-...
Tue, 2016-09-06 14:06
AGI Announces its Back to School Sale on Best-Selling Geoscience Publications FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE John Rasanen (jr@americangeosciences.org) 9/6/2016   Alexandria, VA – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) announces its 2016 Back to School Sale for the geoscience community as the fall semester starts.   For almost 70 years, AGI has been the leader in geoscience publishing helping to educate geoscience students and professionals worldwide. With the new academic year starting, we have placed some of our best selling publications for students and professionals on sale through September 30, 2016: The definitive guide to field study and the laboratory is the Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets, Fifth Edition. This one-of-a-kind reference tool is indispensable to the student or seasoned professional and is on sale for $48 (regularly $59.99) plus shipping. Sample chapters and the table of contents can be seen here.   AGI’s Glossary of Geology...
Tue, 2016-09-06 12:50
The 35th International Geological Congress was hosted last week in Cape Town South Africa and several AGI member organizations were involved hosting sessions, town halls and providing speakers. By far, the biggest story was the recommendation of the Working Group on the Anthropocene to formally designate the Anthropocene as an official geological epoch. This story was picked up globally by many news outlets including the Economist, Science Magazine, the Guardian, the BBC, and the Japan Times among many others.  The American Geophysical Union publication EOS also highlighted panel discussions on the role of data in groundwater management and the data sets that are informing geoscientists about continental roots. Additionally, EOS covered the current International Union of Geological Sciences "Resourcing the Future" initiative where a panel discussed the need for mineral and resource infrastructure and sustainability as the planet's population grows. At the end of the meeting,...
Tue, 2016-09-06 11:28
#MapOfTheDay: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (@ohiodnr) interactive map of oil & gas wells across Ohio. Explore it here: http://bit.ly/1yAEnW1.
Tue, 2016-09-06 11:15
“Geoscience Librarianship 101” – a free workshop on earth science information resources – will be presented by the Geoscience Information Society on Saturday, September 24 in Denver, Colorado. Registration is open to all information professionals as well as students in library and information studies. GL101 is a professional development opportunity aimed at librarians new to the geosciences and those already in the field who want a refresher.  The day-long workshop will provide an overview of geoscience information and current topics in reference, research, and publications; collection development; geospatial information; and geoscience data management. The presenters are all experienced geoscience librarians: Emily Wild (U.S. Geological Survey), Lura Joseph (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana), Amanda Bielskas (Columbia University), Linda Zellmer (Western Illinois University), and Hannah Hamalainen (University of New Hampshire).  After the formal presentations...

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