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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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Tue, 2019-04-30 15:27
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has decided to end its current role as publisher of EARTH Magazine concluding with the April 2019 digital issue. AGI has arranged to have the scope and mission of EARTH live on with Nautilus, a growing, modern science magazine that is deeply respected for its objective, unbiased, high-quality science journalism. "In this changing world of publishing, we are excited to continue to ensure that quality geoscience journalism is available in the public discourse, and Nautilus is exactly the type of publication that our loyal readers will love for its narrative style, journalistic excellence, and well-researched science," says AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book.   "Teaming with AGI to continue the legacy of EARTH Magazine is enabling Nautilus to launch its Earth channel in its online publication platform, where leading stories about our planet will have a premier home," explains Nautilus Publisher John Steele. And...
Tue, 2019-04-30 11:01
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - For this year's Earth Science Week (October 13-19, 2019), the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring four contests honoring this year's theme, "Geoscience Is for Everyone." This year's competitions will feature the traditional video, photography, visual arts, and essay contests: Teams and individuals of any age are invited to submit brief videos that tell viewers about their "Many Paths to Earth Science." The photo contest, also open to all ages, asks participants to show how people in their communities are "Exploring Earth Science." Open to students in grades K-5, the visual arts contest encourages children to depict "Earth Science and Me." Finally, students in grades 6-9 are eligible to enter the essay contest, "Why Earth Science Is for Everyone." For all contests, entries may be submitted any time up to the Friday of Earth Science Week, October 18, 2019. These contests allow both students and the general public...
Fri, 2019-04-12 15:51
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Dr. Barbara A. Romanowicz, Professor in the Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley, and Chaire de Physique de l'Interieur de la Terre, College de France, Paris, with the 2019 Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal. Romanowicz is recognized for her unparalleled contributions to understanding the structure and dynamics of the Earth's mantle and core, her development of essential geophysical infrastructure, and her leadership of the Cooperative Institute for Deep Earth Research (CIDER). Over her 40-year career, Romanowicz has revealed the inner workings of our planet with innovative studies of the structure of Earth's mantle and core. She has made foundational contributions to geophysical infrastructure including, in particular, networks of seismic stations that are used by thousands of seismologists. Romanowicz's research using seismic data to resolve the structure of the mantle and...
Thu, 2019-03-28 20:40
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2019 ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) congratulates Raleigh Martin on his selection as the 2019-2020 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow. The Fisher Fellowship offers geoscientists the unique opportunity to spend a year in Washington, D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or with a congressional committee. Martin is an Earth-surface process geoscientist interested in enabling open knowledge, data, and policy in the geosciences. Prior to serving as the 2019-20 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow, he is completing an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in the Directorate for Geosciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, Martin is helping to allocate infrastructure investments and to refine public access policies to advance geoscience research discovery through improved data access...
Wed, 2019-03-13 21:22
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2019 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Sergio de Alba, a sixth-grade teacher at R.M. Miano Elementary School in Los Banos, California, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Edward C. Roy Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. De Alba earned his Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies as well as multiple certificates in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language, Multiple Subject Teaching, and School Administration from from California State University, Stanislaus. In his 18 years as a teacher, de Alba has received awards and recognitions such as the Los Banos Unified School District Teacher of the Year award, National Science Teacher Association Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary School Teachers, EPA Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators award honorable mention, and Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. In addition to teaching, de Alba is highly involved in community projects geared towards science inquiry and multi-cultural...
Tue, 2019-03-12 10:28
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va. –  The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) today announced plans to restructure its organization to ensure high-quality, ongoing services to its member organizations, program partners, and the wider geoscience community.   AGI is implementing staff reductions, streamlining, and reorganizing to continue uninterrupted service to stakeholders. Recognizing that these are challenging times for organizations in the geoscience community, AGI will share lessons learned with stakeholders and members, as part of its tradition of collaborative leadership.   “AGI has proudly provided a unified voice for the geoscience community for more than 70 years,” says AGI Executive Director Allyson K. Anderson Book. “As we look to the future along with our member organizations across the geosciences, we understand that emerging demands are challenging us to be willing to change and respond in new ways.”   “We are...
Mon, 2019-03-11 11:20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) announces the publication of Status of the Geoscience Workforce 2018, the comprehensive report on educational, employment, and economic indicators in the geosciences.   This benchmark report integrates primary data collected by AGI along with data from federal agencies and geoscience societies to provide a view into the state of the geosciences.   Some highlights from this year’s 178-page report include: Over the past five years, recent geoscience graduate hiring has evolved with the economic changes that have impacted geoscience industries.  For example, the economic downturn in the oil and gas industry led to layoffs and a decrease in hiring of recent graduates in that industry. Current geoscience employers and recent graduates strongly agree that new graduates are deficient in professional skills, such as writing, collaboration, project management,...
Sun, 2019-03-10 08:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – To support National Groundwater Awareness Week (March 10-16), an initiative of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sharing a wealth of groundwater science resources.   AGI’s Critical Issues Program includes links to dozens of articles, factsheets, case studies, maps, and online courses that explain groundwater information in a way that is relevant and useful to state and local decisionmakers.   And in the open letter, Let’s Talk About Water, AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book discusses the importance of groundwater science and highlights additional water science resources from AGI and its member and associate societies.   Why the fuss? Groundwater is the world’s most extracted natural resource, according to NGWA, an AGI member society. Without groundwater to support our ecosystems and provide a source of drinking water, life as...
Fri, 2019-03-08 08:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) congratulates Stephanie Sparks as one of two 2019 recipients of the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship. This highly competitive scholarship, which is awarded each year to two women pursuing graduate degrees in geoscience, provides a $5,000 award for one academic year.   Sparks is a first-year doctoral student at Arizona State University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration where she studies orogenesis – the process by which mountain ranges are formed – with a focus on the Himalayan range.   According to Sparks, the eastern region of the Himalayan range appears to have been formed differently than the rest, and she hopes to ascertain why through her research.   Sparks, who began her career working in engineering and polymer science, has followed a nontraditional path to her doctoral program. During an internship with the U.S....
Fri, 2019-03-08 08:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) congratulates Emily Mixon as one of two 2019 recipients of the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship. This highly competitive scholarship, which is awarded each year to two women pursuing graduate degrees in geoscience, provides a $5,000 award for one academic year.   Mixon is a master's student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Geosciences. She is a member of the WiscAr lab group, named for the argon dating technique which is used to understand geologic processes over tens of thousands to tens of millions of years.   "My bread and butter is geochronology and igneous petrology – looking at how [magma] compositions, volumes, and overall eruptive behavior might have changed through time," said Mixon.   For her master's degree, Mixon is studying the eruptive history of Calbuco, a stratovolcano in southern Chile,...

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