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Thu, 2016-08-25 18:43
To celebrate the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial the Geological Society of America shared three posts on its Facebook Page about programs run by GSA and the NPS. It recognized its Geoscientists-in-the-Park Program, which is part of GeoCorps; its GeoTeachers Program that provides K-12 teachers with enriching field experiences in national parks; and for NPS' role in the development of GSA's EarthCache Program. There will be several sessions at the GSA Annual Meeting in Denver on how to "Find Your Park" including: “T27. Find Your Park (and Other Public Lands) One Internship at a Time: Two Decades of Providing Career Development Opportunities in Public Lands for Students and Recent Graduates” oral and poster sessions, and “T71. A Centennial Celebration of Geology and Hydrology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, and Resource Management” that will have two oral sessions (http://bit.ly/2bDVNzR) (http://bit.ly/2c422Py) and a poster session. Don't forget about...
Thu, 2016-08-25 18:19
Today the American Geophysical Union publication EOS shared a story that looks at geoscience research happening in U.S. National Parks as a way to highlight geoscience during the NPS Centennial Celebration. In it they highlight research at: Bryce Canyon, Glacier Bay, Carlsbad Caverns, Acadia, Hawai'i Volcanoes, and Zion, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands. 
Thu, 2016-08-25 17:50
The International Association for Promoting Geoethics announced their keynote dpeakers in the Geoethics sessions at the International Geological Congress which will commence this weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. Included are Sylvia Peppoloni the Executive Secretary of the IAPG, Christine McEntee, the Executive Director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union and Edmund Nickless, former Executive Secretary of the Geological Society of London in addition to professors Iain Stewart and David Mogk.
Tue, 2016-08-23 16:39
The Council on Undergraduate Research tweeted that the American Association for the Advancement of Science is seeking scientists to participate in a survey regarding public engagement. 
Tue, 2016-08-23 15:47
EARTH: Redefining Homo - Does Our Family Tree Need More Branches? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maureen Moses (mmoses@americangeosciences.org) 8/23/2016   Alexandria, VA - Human evolution and paleoanthropology are tricky subjects, not just because of the rarity of these fossils, but also because human nature seems to be getting in the way of modern taxonomy. In a field that is generally governed by logical rules when it comes to identifying new fossils, scientists are noticed there are some peculiarities applied to our own genus, Homo.    The story of the genus Homo is as much rooted in historical cultural norms as it is in the modern scientific sector. The institution of the 1700s Linnaean classification system left the definition of Homo as the highly philosophical "to know thyself," and even today scientists must face the challenges of human exceptionalism and now-defunct evolutionary theories trickling into their studies. Added complexity comes from the fact that...
Mon, 2016-08-22 16:35
The National Groundwater Association has announced that Peter G. McCornick, PhD, PE, D. WRE will give the keynote at NGWA’s Groundwater Week and the Irrigation Association’s 2016 Irrigation Show and Education Conference and is titled, Water for Food Security: Solutions for the Context. “Food and water security are two major interrelated challenges facing the world. Producing enough food for a growing, urbanizing, and wealthier human population requires increasing the use of water and land, placing more pressure on already degraded ecosystems, especially if we do not manage the use of these resources well,” said McCornick. EARTH Magazine recently looked at food security in their 2016 article, "How to Feed 11 Billion People."
Mon, 2016-08-22 16:21
The Critical Issues Program #MapOfTheDay! Nevada's renewable energy resources all in one interactive map: http://bit.ly/2aRi6BN 
Mon, 2016-08-22 10:35
In the most recent IUGS E-Bulletin, IUGS announced the passing of Prof. Zhang Hongren on July 16, 2016, on Beijing. He had been active with the organization since the 1990's, and served as the Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee of the 30th International Geological Congress that was held in Beijing in 1996. In addition to many accolades, it was under his leadership that IUGS promoted the International Year of Planet Earth. AGI echoes IUGS' condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.   
Fri, 2016-08-19 16:37
During the First Family's visit to the Carlsbad Caverns, NCKRI Executive Director and Education Director were able to snap a quick picture with President Obama. Executive Director George Veni, penned this Op-Ed on the value of a presidential visit to Carlsbad Caverns and the role of karst in American Society.
Fri, 2016-08-19 16:25
The Paleontological Society has conferred an Honorary Junior Paleontologist title to Amery Green (scroll to page #22). Amery, who suffers from Mitochondrial Disease, aspires to grow up to be a paleontologist. The idea was brought to the Paleontological Society by the Aurora Fossil Museum Director Cynthia Crane, and the Executive Committee approved the measure in three days. Read more about it in the Paleontological Society Publication "Priscum." To support Amery Green's geoscience endeavors you are welcomed to visit her Facebook Page. 

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