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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, 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,...
Tue, 2019-03-05 09:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va. ― Won't you share a story of your own? The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) invites you to tell the story of how AGI made a difference for you ― in your studies, in your career, or in your life generally.   You could win a $100 prize and more in AGI's new Game Changer Contest, just for sharing a brief anecdote of up to 100 words about how AGI has been a “game changer” for you.   Have you received an AGI scholarship, fellowship, or award? Has an AGI resource, webinar, or professional program allowed you to do something new? Have you benefited from AGI programs such as Earth Science Week, GeoRef, or Critical Issues? Has AGI had a positive effect on your life in some other way?   “Here at AGI, we work hard to make a difference for geoscientists of all stripes,” says AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book. “We’d love to hear how we impacted you. We want to know how we’re doing and what works, so...
Mon, 2019-02-04 10:43
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to share its annual report, "View to the Future," which recounts the accomplishments of AGI and the geoscience community from October 2017 to September 2018.   "Geoscience provides the lens through which we most clearly view the possibilities of our world," writes AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book. "As geoscientists, we understand that examining the past allows us to look ahead with enhanced certainty, capacity, and hope for the future."   "View to the Future" was distributed to print subscribers of AGI’s EARTH Magazine in the January/February 2019 issue and is also available online.   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...
Thu, 2019-01-17 08:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Last year produced many important developments in science policy at the federal level that will shape the work of geoscientists, and the applications of geoscience for society in the coming year, according to the 2018 Geoscience Policy Annual Review, published today by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).   "2018 was an eventful year in federal geoscience policymaking. Natural hazards, energy and mineral resources, land and water, and STEM education and workforce issues were all the subject of significant debate and action," said Ben Mandler, the Program Supervisor for AGI's Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs. "This review summarizes the major developments in geoscience policy during 2018 and some implications for our science moving forward."   AGI encourages geoscientists to engage in the federal policy process as individuals or through their scientific or professional organizations, and...
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...

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