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Tue, 2016-09-06 14:06
AGI Announces its Back to School Sale on Best-Selling Geoscience Publications FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE John Rasanen ( 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:
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...
Tue, 2016-09-06 11:08
If you're in London on the 29th of September, the Geological Society of London is hosting a ticketed event looking at the the role of German and British geologists during World War II. The talk will describe how geologists on opposing sides contributed to military planning and operations. GSL will also make some of its historical material on military geology, such as the maps used by the War Office, available to attendees. 
Fri, 2016-09-02 11:07
This Currents demonstrates some of the issues that arise when trying to quantify the global geoscience workforce.  The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is very transparent in their labor counts by industry and occupation, which allows for AGI to prepare a realistic estimation of the size of the geoscience workforce in the U.S.  Most other countries either do not provide the detail or transparency comparable to the U.S., leading to both data availability and definitional problems.  Most countries provide data in a highly aggregated form by industry, and only three industries where geoscientists work were in common across most countries:  agriculture, mining/oil and gas, and professional science and technology.  However,  South Africa and Indonesia do not report on professional science and technology industries, so geoscience intensity was estimated based on U.S. percentages of geoscientists in each of these industries.  It is important to note...
Fri, 2016-09-02 10:34
The graph shows the 2015 median annual salaries for geoscience-related occupations in the United States as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The colors represent different occupation categories. The columns in the lighter colors show the annual median salary for the broad occupational grouping. The darker colors are specific geoscience occupations within that broad occupational groups. The average median salary for geoscience-related occupations in 2015 was $83,737. Since 2013 (Currents #91), all but three (petroleum engineers, geoscientists, and geographers) of the geoscience occupations saw increases in their median annual salaries, and the few decreases ranged from $490-$2,330. The salary decreases seen for petroleum engineers and geoscientists are likely driven by the economic slow down in the oil and gas industry.
Thu, 2016-09-01 17:03
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced that they have publicly released new, unclassified, three-dimensional topographic maps of Alaska as part of the White House initiative to inform better decision-making in the Arctic. The digital elevation models are the first to be released by the ArcticDEM project. 
Thu, 2016-09-01 16:48
The Society for Mining and Metallurgy Exploration, Inc. (SME) has posted a new Technical Briefing Paper on the website regarding Federal Support for U.S. Mining Schools. In it they provide background on the issue, outline reasons investment in these programs is valuable to the American public and provide options for action. Recently SME provided leadership in encouraging revisions to SEC rulemaking. 
Thu, 2016-09-01 16:40
The American Geosciences Institute Critical Issues Program, along with the National Ground Water Association, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, and the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists will be hosting a free webinar titled, "Desalination as a Source of Freshwater" on September 20th, 2016 at 2:00 pm EDT.