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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, 2018-07-03 15:23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD) has joined the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) as an International Associate. The IAGD's admission to the AGI Federation was formally approved by the AGI Executive Committee earlier this year.   Initially what began as a grassroots advisory group to support geoscience instructors working to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities in introductory geoscience courses, the IAGD has grown to an international organization leading the effort to promote access and inclusion from academia into the geoscience profession. Today, the goal of the IAGD remains the same: to mitigate barriers that have traditionally excluded students and geoscience professionals due to a temporary or permanent disability. To do this, the IAGD mentors K-12 teachers, higher education instructors and teaching assistants through instructional development workshops and...
Wed, 2018-06-20 16:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2018     HOUSTON, Tex. – Earth Science Week, a program of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), is partnering with George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston to exhibit more than 20 top photos entered in the celebration's 2017 photo contest, which recently explored the theme of "Earth and Human Activity Here." These eye-catching photos will be on display in Terminal B of the airport from June 24 through July 26, 2018.   Shutterbugs from far and wide submitted striking photos that captured evidence of human interaction with natural systems including land, water, air, and living things around their communities. Roxie Khalili of Foster City, California, for instance, won first place with her image creatively showing human-built infrastructure surrounding a nearby lagoon and its inhabitants.   The traveling photo display debuted late last year in the heart of the nation's capital, at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station...
Wed, 2018-06-20 09:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has released a new publication, Petroleum and the Environment, to provide an accessible and information-rich overview of the many intersections between oil and gas operations and the environment.   This publication provides a completely rewritten and expanded update to the original Petroleum and the Environment, published in 2003 as part of AGI's Environmental Awareness Series. Much has changed since then, with advances in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and horizontal drilling leading to a huge increase in oil and gas production in many parts of the United States. This growth came with new environmental challenges, opportunities, and uncertainties. But with variably rapid changes in technology, scientific understanding, regulation, and industry practices, sources of reliable information on these developments have been hard to come by.   Taking the form of 24...
Fri, 2018-06-15 12:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is now accepting advance orders for the Earth Science Week 2018 Toolkit. The Toolkit contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's event theme, "Earth as Inspiration."   Materials include the traditional program poster and school-year activity calendar, as well as posters, activities, and other resources from distinguished program partners. This year's Toolkit emphasizes artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.   Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018) is an annual event that has been led by AGI along with its sponsors and the greater geoscience community since 1998. The coming year's theme will emphasize the creativity, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills -- as important to the arts as to the Earth sciences -- that are demanded by education standards...
Mon, 2018-06-11 11:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2018   WESTMINSTER, Colo. – The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) have agreed to mutually recognize continuing education units (CEUs). This arrangement allows European Geologist (EurGeol) title holders and AIPG Certified Professional Geologists (CPGs) to seek CEUs from either organization, significantly expanding the course offerings to both groups.   Through this agreement, EurGeols may now benefit from additional pathways to the completion of their annual requirements, most notably the Geoscience Online Learning Initiative (GOLI), a collaboration between AIPG and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). Through GOLI, AGI provides a platform for a growing library of webinars and on-demand courses, all of which are eligible for CEUs awarded by AIPG.    The AIPG-EFG agreement also works in reverse: CPGs can fulfil their CEU requirements by enrolling in EurGeol...
Mon, 2018-05-14 16:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2018     Document represents one of the first community efforts to address harassment on behalf of an entire scientific profession   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Harassment is a serious concern in the scientific community and professional associations are taking steps to address it. The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has published a consensus document which outlines strategies for identifying and addressing issues of workplace harassment in the geosciences. An ad hoc committee consisting of representatives from ten geoscience associations or institutions from across industry and academia was convened by AGI to examine the topic of harassment. This same committee ultimately drafted the consensus document, which was formally approved by the AGI Executive Committee on April 9, 2018.   The opening lines of the statement read, "AGI expects those in the profession to adhere to the highest ethical standards in all professional activities....
Fri, 2018-05-11 15:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – For this year's Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018), the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring four contests honoring this year’s theme, “Earth as Inspiration.” 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 artistic expression that stems from the natural world for the video contest, “Earth Expressions.” The photography contest, also open to all ages, explores how people are “Inspired by Earth.” Open to students in grades K-5, the visual arts contest is titled “Earth and Art.” Finally, students in grades 6-9 are eligible to enter the essay contest, “Finding ‘Art’ in Earth.” For all contests, entries may be submitted any time up to the Friday of Earth Science Week, October 19, 2018. These contests allow both students and the general public to...
Mon, 2018-04-30 15:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the release of Directory of Geoscience Departments, 53rd Edition.   The Directory of Geoscience Departments is the premier guide to geoscience organizations worldwide and a vital resource for thousands of scientists, policymakers, publishers, and students, as well as the interested public. The 53rd Edition provides listings of nearly 2,000 university departments, museums, federal agencies, geological surveys, and research institutions.   New features for this edition include lists of degree programs and certificates offered by the departments; indication by departments of their online course offerings; and a new and expanded set of specialties making it even easier to locate topical experts. The Directory of Geoscience Departments gives universities and students the tools to compare data amongst institutions when making key academic or...
Wed, 2018-04-25 08:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2018 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Dr. William A. Thomas, the James S. Hudnall Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Kentucky and Visiting Scientist at the Geological Survey of Alabama, with the 2018 Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal.   Thomas has enjoyed an exceptionally productive career in research, teaching, administration, and service to the geoscience profession. His career of nearly six decades spans four years in the petroleum industry, 47 years as an academic at five universities, and eight years as a research scientist with a state geological survey.   According to one colleague, one of the most impressive aspects of Thomas's career is "the steady drumbeat of benchmark papers that he has written about the geologic and tectonic evolution of southeastern North America." Beginning with interpretations that were based solely on geologic relations,...
Mon, 2018-04-23 15:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the publication of Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2017. This report details the results of AGI's Geoscience Student Exit Survey for academic year 2016-2017, documenting trends in geoscience coursework, student experiences, and the immediate career plans of the new graduates. This is the fifth consecutive year of this survey and report, and with this release, consistent trends have emerged about the experiences of postsecondary geoscience students.   AGI's Geoscience Student Exit Survey details responses from this year's graduates as well as in selected analyses, time-series or aggregated responses detailing identified trends. The aggregated responses are visualized in several ways, including a Sankey diagram which shows the flow of students through the higher education system while underscoring the value of field experiences, research, and...

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