Geotimes

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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Fri, 2018-09-21 16:21
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES) have launched a new website for CanGeoRef, the preeminent bibliographic database for Canadian geoscience literature covering publications from the early 19th century to today.    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.    "CanGeoRef is an excellent resource for earth scientists working in Canada or interested in Canadian geology,” said Dr. Iain M. Samson, President of CFES. “The ability to customize a search and the Canadian focus of the publications results in more efficient and targeted searches than with general-use search engines.”    Launched in 2010 as a cooperative arrangement between AGI and CFES, CanGeoRef now includes...
Wed, 2018-09-19 16:00
September 19, 2018   The AGI Workforce Program has officially opened this year's photo contest where we ask individuals to submit photos of geoscientists at work.  Please share this contest with friends, students, colleagues, and anyone else who may be interested in entering!     We are looking for photos featuring geoscientists in action whether that be in the lab, classroom, or out in the field. Each entrant can submit up to 10 photos and the photos can be entered into three different categories (Outdoor Lab, Indoor Lab, and Data Visualization). AGI staff will then select a winner from each category to receive a prize. Submissions are open to US and international applicants from all geoscience disciplines.     Deadline to submit is Friday 16 November, 2018!    All submitted materials (including photo, photo release form, model release form, location, and brief caption) should be sent to GeoLifePhotoContest@americangeosciences...
Tue, 2018-09-18 14:22
September 18, 2018   The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) are pleased to announce the next Geoscience Online Learning Initiative (GOLI) webinar: "Why and How Does a Groundwater Well Decline in Performance and What Causes a Well to Plug." This is your last chance to register!   A groundwater well is a lifeline for many people and communities. It will provide drinking water for decades, if it is properly maintained. Just like your teeth need to be cleaned by the dentist and the oil in your car's engine needs to be changed to maintain a long and healthy life, so does your well. We will explore what causes a well to decline in performance and why.     This 1 hour 20 minute webinar will take place on September 20th, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT. Participants will earn 0.13 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through AIPG for attending the event.    The webinar will feature Raymond Talkington,...
Mon, 2018-09-17 13:51
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Go online today to view a new webcast detailing resources, events, and opportunities available through Earth Science Week, the annual worldwide celebration of the geosciences! Find the "Get Involved: Earth Science Week 2018" webcast online now for viewing at your convenience.   This free webcast, narrated by AGI's Sequoyah McGee, provides an overview of learning activities, instructional materials, career resources, upcoming events, networking opportunities, contests, videos, and other programs available through Earth Science Week. The tutorial provides a tour of online links and resources for more information.   The roughly eight-minute webcast focuses on Earth Science Week 2018 (October 14-20), which celebrates the theme "Earth as Inspiration." View the webcast online now. In addition, see additional webcasts describing the Earth Science Week contests, special days during the week, and AGI'...
Mon, 2018-09-10 10:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is proud to announce the second chapter of its original film series, Earth as Inspiration. The series – narrated by AGI Earth Science Education Ambassador and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell – underscores the importance of Earth science learning and understanding for young and old audiences alike.   While the first chapter of the film series showcased young people who have a passion for studying the Earth, this next chapter focuses on an equally important part of the educational equation – the teachers who inspire students. Watch the first and second chapters of Earth as Inspiration at EarthScienceAmbassador.org. In her second engagement as Education Ambassador, Jewell attended AGI-ExxonMobil K-5 Teacher Leadership Academy in June 2018. Partially funded by ExxonMobil Exploration Company and hosted at the state-of-the-art ExxonMobil headquarters in...
Thu, 2018-09-06 16:08
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the first update of Geoscience in Your State, a series of 50 factsheets which quantify vital contributions of geoscience (earth science) to the economy, environment, and public health and safety of every U.S. state. The main goal of this series is to inform the geoscience community and policy-makers about the impacts of geoscience in their respective regions.    AGI has gathered up-to-date information using sources that provide consistent, nationwide data wherever possible to generate this comprehensive, standardized set of factsheets. Unlike a lengthy report, these factsheets allow federal and state decision-makers to glean important facts about the role of geoscience and the government agencies that fund geoscience research in their states at a glance.   The factsheets highlight various ways that investing in geoscience benefits...
Wed, 2018-08-29 13:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Celebrate the seventh annual Geologic Map Day! On Friday, October 19, as a part of Earth Science Week 2018 activities, join leading geoscience organizations in promoting awareness of the importance of geologic mapping to society.   Geologic maps are vital to education, science, business, and public policy concerns. Geologic Map Day will focus the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the study, uses, and significance of these tools, by engaging audiences through educational activities, print materials, online resources, and public outreach opportunities.   Be sure to check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in this year's Earth Science Week Toolkit (www.earthsciweek.org/materials). Showing how geologic maps can inspire and inform creativity, the poster provides step-by-step instructions for related classroom activities. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be...
Mon, 2018-08-06 13:47
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7, 2018   Image Credit: Society for Science & the Public   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize outstanding science projects by pre-college students honored recently at this year's Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).    Intel ISEF unites young scientists from more than 75 countries, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral-level scientists review and judge their work. As part of an ongoing partnership with Intel ISEF, AGI facilitates the review of geoscience-related entries and offers four awards to recognize outstanding projects.   This year's award recipients showcased a broad range of exciting geoscience topics including fossils, 3D drone-based modeling, sea level rise, and hydrothermal vents. The winners are listed below:   First Award of $1,500 Emily Grace Cross Taphonomic Geochemistry of...
Mon, 2018-07-23 12:10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2018 "Our world is not unidimensional. Geosciences are linked to everything that we do." ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is proud to announce a brand new film series, Earth as Inspiration. The series – narrated by AGI Earth Science Education Ambassador and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell – underscores the importance of Earth science learning and understanding for young and old audiences alike.   In her first engagement as Education Ambassador, Jewell attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the premier scientific conference for pre-college researchers, on May 17, 2018. The first chapter of the new film series highlights student research displayed at the fair, demonstrating a bright future for the geosciences and emphasizing that geoscience permeates all aspects of our lives.   Watch the first chapter of Earth as Inspiration at EarthScienceAmbassador.org....
Wed, 2018-07-18 11:05
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has launched a new online resource, the Geological Surveys Database, to support the public discovery of a critical source of reliable geoscience information. This new database provides a state-of-the-art portal for decision makers and others to search and discover state geological survey publications and U.S. Geological Survey factsheets.   "The Geological Surveys Database is the latest in a collection of high-quality information products from AGI. Improving public discovery and access to material from the geological surveys is a core part of AGI's mission of connecting people and the geosciences, and we're excited to highlight the work that they are doing," said AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book.   This database is a collaborative effort between AGI's Critical Issues program, GeoRef, and the state geological surveys to increase the discoverability and use...

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