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Geotimes is a free electronic newsfeed for the geoscience community. 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. Do you have a geoscience blog or newsfeed with an RSS feed? It may be a good fit for Geotimes. To learn more about RSS or to submit information to Geotimes by email, please contact Joe Lilek at geotimes@americangeosciences.org. Events can also be listed on the AGI Geoscience Calendar.

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Wed, 2018-12-26 09:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 26, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As featured in the recently released holiday greeting video, AGI completed a remarkable renovation of its Alexandria headquarters this year while celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding.   The AGI Keystone Fund underwrites the completed renovation of AGI’s headquarters and provides a bedrock of support for AGI’s next 70 years.   Generous contributions to the AGI Keystone Fund help ensure that AGI’s transformed facility: Fosters community in the geosciences, the local area, and the world. Prioritizes sustainability through LEED and EnergyStar certified enhancements. Leads innovation with cutting-edge technologies and solutions. Read more about the AGI Keystone Fund at https://www.americangeosciences.org/keystone-fund. Please contact Alexandra Lowe Lees at alees@americangeosciences.org to learn more about naming opportunities, donor recognition, and legacy gifts.     About...
Tue, 2018-12-18 13:23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), and staff celebrated this exciting milestone with a festive video that captures the remarkable transformation of AGI’s headquarters, featuring AGI people and programs.   The video, directed by AGI staff member Mark Carpenter, is a before-and-after look at AGI – with a sprinkle of holiday cheer.   As colleague Juliet Crowell remarks about the building in the video, “We knew the transformation would be epic!”   Watch the video here.   About AGI The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is a nonprofit federation of 52 scientific and professional associations that represents more than a quarter-million geoscientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides geoscientists with access to scholarly information, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and...
Fri, 2018-12-14 09:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 14, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Founded in 1948, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is proud to celebrate its 70th year with the completed, cutting-edge renovation of its Alexandria headquarters, the M. Ray Thomasson Building, and the announcement of new partnership opportunities and membership benefits.   “We have been a proud part of the City of Alexandria for decades, and now we are opening our doors to the community,” said AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book.   Renovation of the building, located at 4220 King Street in Alexandria, was taken as an opportunity to fortify the facility with state-of-the-art technology, essential resources, and collaborative spaces to advance the important work of staff, geoscience professionals, and the broader community.   In August 2018, AGI hosted its first-ever Community Open House to mark its grand opening to both the local Alexandria community and the global geoscience...
Thu, 2018-12-13 11:18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 13, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – With just over a month left to apply, now is the time to go online and view a new webcast about the prestigious Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. The free, two-minute webcast provides an overview of the competition. To view the webcast, visit https://www.earthsciweek.org/webcasts/EdRoy.   Given annually, this award is presented to one teacher of grades K-8 in the United States or Key Stages 1-3 in the United Kingdom each year. The award recognizes leadership and innovation in Earth science education.   The award is given in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. A past president of AGI and former chair of the AGI Education Advisory Committee, Dr. Roy was a lifelong supporter of teachers and students of all ages.   To enter the 2019 competition, applications must be submitted electronically by January 18,...
Thu, 2018-12-06 16:29
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – This year’s Earth Science Week theme was “Earth as Inspiration,” and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) saw record participation and exceptional submissions in this year's Earth Science Week contests. Check out the winners and finalists from each category.   Namit Vernekar of Charlotte, N.C., won first place in the visual arts contest with a creative and colorful drawing of two sides (real and imaginary) of Earth. Finalists were Janiru Sumanasiri, Esther Gammill, Saachi Tamboli, and Abhiraj Das. Students in grades K-5 made two-dimensional artworks illustrating the theme “Earth and Art.”   Matt Meisenheimer of Janesville, Wis., won first place in the photo contest with an image of Kalalau Valley in Kauai, Hawaii. Finalists were Hannah Kawar, Aaliyah Craven, Mary Francis Garcia, and Kate Ragusa. Submissions illustrated the theme “Inspired by Earth.”    Udbhav Akolkar of Scottsdale, Ariz.,...
Mon, 2018-12-03 13:17
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to support member society National Ground Water Association’s Groundwater Week (December 3-6, 2018) with a new online resource pulling together AGI water science resources.   The new web page – Let’s Talk About Water – discusses the importance of groundwater science and highlights AGI water science resources dealing with education, workforce, policy, scholarly information issues, and more.   “Often we seek out the life-sustaining natural resource of water without much thought,” says AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book. “But we consume water without worries only until a crisis threatens the availability of water or its safety. That’s where geoscientists come in.”   Groundwater Week sheds light on one of the world’s most important resources: groundwater. Groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of humanity and the...
Mon, 2018-11-26 14:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) welcomes new members to the AGI Executive Committee and congratulates Dr. Rodney C. Ewing as he takes office as AGI President. The new and departing members of the Executive Committee were recognized at the Friends of AGI Reception on November 5, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind.   AGI welcomes the following members to their new roles on the Executive Committee: Dr. Carolyn G. Olson (U.S. Geological Survey, emerita) – President Elect Ms. Anna Shaughnessy (Earth Resources Laboratory, MIT, retired) – Secretary Dr. Susan M. Sullivan (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)) – Member at Large Dr. Paul Weimer (University of Colorado, Boulder) – Member at Large The new AGI President, Dr. Rod Ewing, is the Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security and Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli...
Mon, 2018-11-05 07:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2018 Geoscience is for everyone. Geoscience is for you. ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Aligned with ongoing efforts to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the sciences, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is proud to announce the theme for Earth Science Week 2019: Geoscience Is For Everyone. The next Earth Science Week will be celebrated October 13-19, 2019. This theme emphasizes both the inclusive potential and the importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people. The theme is meant to encourage individuals of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities to engage with the geosciences, whether that is as a geoscience professional, a hobbyist, or through civic engagement. Because each person has a role in the areas that geoscientists study—including Earth’s resources, natural hazards, and understanding the wonder of our environment—geoscience truly is for everyone. You can study geoscience no matter who, where, or how...
Fri, 2018-11-02 11:50
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2018   "They were in the best classroom there is – the one with no walls." – Sally Jewell   JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. – As featured in a new Earth as Inspiration video released today, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and its partners – the Geological Society of America (GSA), the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, the National Park Service, Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Pueblo of Jemez, San Diego Riverside Charter School, and Jemez Valley Middle School – joined together in late September to facilitate an outstanding day of outdoor earth science learning. Eighth-grade students from two local schools worked with Earth Science Education Ambassador Sally Jewell and additional geoscientists to explore and understand the structure, deposits, and hazards posed by volcanoes in their own backyard.   In her third engagement as AGI’s Earth Science Education Ambassador, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally...
Tue, 2018-10-23 11:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Mr. Rex C. Buchanan, Director Emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), as the 2018 recipient of the William B. Heroy Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to AGI.    Mr. Buchanan’s contributions to AGI span decades and are among the highlights of his career as a geoscientist and science communicator, and as interim director of the KGS from 2010 to 2016. His service to AGI has strengthened AGI’s publications and programs alike.   Most recently, Mr. Buchanan was an active member of AGI’s Critical Issues Advisory Committee from its inception in 2013 to his retirement in 2016. In this role, he helped define the mission and structure of the Critical Issues program and provided perceptive guidance and support to AGI staff.   Mr. Buchanan also served on the planning committee for the 2016 Critical Issues Forum, “...

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