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Fri, 2016-10-07 16:40
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers and the American Geosciences Institute's Center for Geoscience and Society are hosting a webinar on October 13th, 2016 on Introducing Teachers to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The webinar will be presented by the Chair of the NGSS Earth and Space Science Writing Team, Dr. Michael Wysession from the Washington University at St. Louis.  This webinar will identify best practices for helping educators understand the complex vision of the NGSS, highlight areas of common concern and how those may be addressed, and describe helpful resources for sharing NGSS with educators. Information on the webinar organizers and registration can be found here. The deadline to register for the webinar is October 11th, 2016.    * The Next Generation Science Standards, and the NGSS Logo are registered trademarks of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards...
Fri, 2016-10-07 11:19
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared Mines of Ohio, an interactive map of geothermal resources in the U.S. from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (@ohiodnr), which you can find at For more information on past and present mining and reclamation operations in Ohio, check out the Critical Issues Research Database.
Thu, 2016-10-06 14:49
Participate in the world's biggest earthquake drill by signing up for ShakeOut 2016. The website offers a multitude of resources in English and Spanish to help you, and your organization or business, prepare to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On." Additionally, ShakeOut has partnered with the Safe America Foundation on the "Text First, Talk Second" communication drill. AGI will be participating, will you? 
Thu, 2016-10-06 12:57
Celebrate National Fossil Day on October 12, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Geoff Camphire ( 10/6/2016   Alexandria, VA - What's old is new again! Join in celebration of the 7th annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.  National Fossil Day is organized by the National Park Service as part of AGI's Earth Science Week to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of paleontologists and fossil enthusiasts.   On National Fossil Day, scientists and park rangers will share fossil discoveries at special events nationwide and explain the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. National Fossil Day resources and activities celebrate the scientific and educational value of fossils, paleontology, and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. Look for fossil-themed activities and materials in the Earth Science Week 2016 Toolkit (see...
Wed, 2016-10-05 16:39
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared Geothermal Prospector, an interactive map of geothermal resources in the U.S. from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (@NREL), which you can find at For additional resources, check out the Critical Issues Geothermal Energy page.
Wed, 2016-10-05 16:36
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the report, "Strengthened Federal Approach Needed to Help Identify and Mitigate Supply Risks for Critical Raw Materials" (GAO-16-699). The 79 page report identified that federal agencies are primarily focused on two areas of activity related to critical minerals supply—assessing risk and supporting research. The report identifies selected strengths and limitations of federal critical materials activities and concludes with six recommendations. The GAO undertook this study noting that "certain metals, minerals and other "critical" raw materials play an important role in the production of advanced technologies across a range of industrial sectors and defense applications." AGI offers background materials on critical resources from the Critical Issues Program. 
Wed, 2016-10-05 16:17
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers published a new module on water sustainability in cities. The nine-unit module is designed to fuse geoscience elements of hydrologic science, atmospheric science, and biological science with sustainability concepts, systems thinking, planning, and engineering in a manner that illustrates the value of this diverse knowledge for urban water system planning. The lessons provide a foundation in urban water systems, basic hydrologic and atmospheric processes, and sustainable and resilient infrastructure planning and decision making. Overall, the module highlights the benefits of the interconnections of geoscience, engineering, and other disciplines in the pursuit of water sustainability in cities.
Wed, 2016-10-05 15:38
Reprinted from the National Ground Water Association with permission.  (WESTERVILLE, OH — October 5, 2016) The owners of private household water wells in areas threatened by Hurricane Matthew flooding should act to address possible threats to their drinking water quality​, the National Ground Water Association said today.   If a well has been flooded: Do not drink the water or wash with it, but use an alternative supply such as bottled water Stay away from the well pump while it’s flooded to avoid electrical shock Get a qualified water well contractor or pump installer to — Clean and turn on the pump Flush the well Disinfect the well Perform any other necessary maintenance Check with the local emergency management agency about any guidance relating to local conditions or specific contamination threats due to area flooding. Bacterial contamination is to be...
Tue, 2016-10-04 16:58
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) published its Summer 2016 "Ear to the Ground" Newsletter. It includes Ten Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments, a closer look at the the PREEVENTS Program, and the top ten "secrets" that NSF Program Officers wished all PI's knew. 
Tue, 2016-10-04 16:21
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of groundwater quality in Idaho from the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (@IDHW), which you can find at To learn more about groundwater, check out our archived webinar, Water as One Resource, and register for the upcoming 2016 Critical Issues Forum.