Geotimes

Geotimes is a free electronic newsfeed for the geoscience community. 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 52 Member Societies. 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.

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AAG: Still Seeking Support for GIS&T AP Course

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The American Association of Geographers is still seeking letters of attestation for a new Advanced Placement course in Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T) from high schools and colleges/universities. They currently have 78/100 letters from colleges/universities and 73/250 from high schools. Please direct this information to all interested parties on AAG's behalf. 

Sharing Your Science

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Three AGI Member Organizations shared material aimed at helping scientists better communicate their research, or activities. The American Geophysical Union blog the "Plainspoken Scientist" had scientist Skylar Bayer share her experiences learning how to write her own press releases. The ability to share your science through the written word is, valuable, but as many professionals working at the science-press interface know images and video can really amplify your message. Susan Fisk, the Director of Public and Science Communications for the members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America shared in their member magazine "CSA News" penned the article "Why Photos are Important in Explaining Your Research." One of Fisk's key points is the value of humanizing your research as one of the key ways to earn trust with the public. This is something AGI has been trying to encourage with our "Life as a Geoscientist" photo contest. In addition to sharing your images, or writing stories with them, scientists must be aware of copyright law. 

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