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Science policy opportunity! Deadline Jan. 9

Image of U.S. Capitol in the evening.
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) recently shared an award opportunity for graduate students. The 2017 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. The award is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field. More information is available at the link below:

The First Americans: How and When Were the Americas Populated?

The latest research suggests humans first arrived in the Americas as early as 16,000 years ago, but using which path - along the Pacific coast, through an inland ice-free corridor, or from the East along the Atlantic coast - remains controversial. Archaeologists and geologists are working to try to answer the question of how and when the first Americans arrived. In the January issue of EARTH Magazine, their work is showcased, reexamining the origins of our shared geoheritage in light of new evidence.

Earth Science Week 2017 Theme Announced: 'Earth and Human Activity'

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2017 is "Earth and Human Activity." This year's event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration, promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes.

New Report on the Barrier Islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Image of a barrier island is on the cover of the new U.S.G.S. Professional Paper 1827 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina
The USGS published Professional Paper 1827 - the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Prevailing barrier island behavior in atmospheric, oceanic, and geologic contexts is addressed in the report, noting that the Outer Banks provide an excellent example of the nearly 300 barrier islands that rim the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The report also addresses the ecological, social, and economic impacts of the constantly changing conditions experienced by barrier island terrains.