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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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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, “...
Tue, 2018-10-23 11:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Dr. David Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), as the 2018 recipient of the AGI Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Public Understanding of the Geosciences.    As a geoscientist and administrator, Dr. Applegate’s contributions are at the confluence of science, policy, and the public. He has been both a dynamic champion for the geosciences and a soft-spoken and assured communicator of scientific fact in times of crisis.   Following his move to USGS some 15 years ago, Dr. Applegate quickly assumed important public roles for the agency, frequently tapped for congressional testimony and media interviews. As one colleague noted, “Dave’s calm demeanor and penchant for explaining complicated information clearly to the general public in these interviews became hallmarks of his...
Tue, 2018-10-23 11:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director and State Geologist of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, and Professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, as the 2018 recipient of the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, AGI’s highest award. Since 2000, Dr. Tinker has led the Bureau of Economic Geology as the premier state geological survey, with over 250 research and support staff and students working on hundreds of international grants and contracts. His distinguished service – from his start in the petroleum industry to his more recent work as an educator and administrator – is superlative.   After earning his B.S. at Trinity University in 1982 with Campbell medalist Ed Roy as his advisor, Tinker entered the petroleum industry with Sneider Exploration in Houston. After a year,...
Fri, 2018-10-12 14:46
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Join hundreds of children and their families at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, for Art Safari, an event combining artistic expression and Earth science.   This year, for the first time, scientists affiliated with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) will work alongside Torpedo Factory artists to help participants understand and appreciate the interplay of art and Earth system science.   Resident and visiting artists will work with geoscientists to lead young visitors in several hands-on creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, papier-mâché, printmaking, and feet painting. Children should wear clothing that can get dirty. All activities are free and most appropriate for children ages 5-11, with some activities requiring parental assistance.   Art Safari takes place on the eve of AGI’s Earth Science Week (...
Tue, 2018-10-09 11:45
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – For the first time this year, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is excited to offer the Earth Science Week Online Toolkit, just in time to celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 (October 14-20), which focuses on the theme of “Earth as Inspiration.”    As a digital complement to our popular Earth Science Week Toolkit, which annually ships to 14,000 teachers and geoscientists, the Online Toolkit provides a curated selection of materials from Earth Science Week Toolkits past and present.   The Online Toolkit currently offers over 30 classroom activities, posters, and calendars, including many of the items that shipped with this year’s Toolkit. Additionally, the Online Toolkit contains resources going back to 2015, as well as several resources that are available exclusively online. Available through the Earth Science Week website, it is easier than ever to find what you’re seeking. The Online Toolkit...
Fri, 2018-10-05 15:26
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2018   WASHINGTON, DC — Earth Science Week, the worldwide celebration organized annually by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), was formally recognized in a resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), alongside Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and Ryan Costello (R-PA) would designate the week of October 14-20, 2018, as Earth Science Week.   The resolution reads, in part: "[...] the Earth sciences provide the basis for mitigating natural hazards such as droughts, earthquakes, fires, floods, coastal erosion, landslides, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, space weather, and other hazards."   "[...] Earth and space sciences include geologic mapping and remote sensing technologies which provide the foundational knowledge of Earth's natural systems that is integral to the discovery, development, and conservation of natural resources,...
Fri, 2018-10-05 11:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and Geoscience Australia have launched a new website for AusGeoRef, a bibliographic database for Australian geoscience literature since the mid-19th century.   The new website features expanded functionality, including a geographic search view option, as well as the abilities to set up individual accounts and to easily save and share lists of references.   Launched in 2003 as a cooperative arrangement between AGI and Geoscience Australia, AusGeoRef now includes references to a growing database of more than 200,000 journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses. Explore these references through the new and improved AusGeoRef website now at http://ausgeoref.americangeosciences.org/.   Geoscience Australia's acting Chief Science Information Officer Tanya Whiteway said Geoscience Australia is proud to have been a partner with AGI on...
Tue, 2018-10-02 11:26
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2018   WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the National Mall will be hosting the ultimate fossil and paleontology experience for visitors in the largest celebration of National Fossil Day yet. The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is proud to celebrate this event, organized by the National Park Service as part of AGI's Earth Science Week, to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils.   National Fossil Day gathers scientists, educators, fossil enthusiasts, and the general public across the country at parks, classrooms, museums, and other venues to share their passion and knowledge about ancient life, paleontology, and public fossil resources.   The National Park Service and National Fossil Day Partners from the greater Washington, D.C. area will be hosting a series of activities, fossil displays, interactive demonstrations, and will have fossil themed giveaways for visitors throughout the day. This event...

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