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Alexandria, VA – Readers are advised to download the newly corrected version of the 2013 Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates report. An error was found in the title and x-axis labels on the figure on page 20. The data in the figure displays geoscience graduates that are seeking, or have accepted, a job position outside of the geosciences. The associated text has been changed now correctly represents the data presented. The corrected report can be downloaded at: or
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 09:00
Graduates' Decision Points for Majoring in the Geosciences, Spring 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 09:30
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the National Park Service (NPS) invite you to participate in the fourth annual National Fossil Day on October 16, 2013, during Earth Science Week (October 13-19).
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 09:00
Quantitative Skills and Core Science Courses Taken by Geoscience Graduates, Spring 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 09:00
Thanks to new high-resolution surveys of the seafloor, scientists think they have evidence of the subduction process starting in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. If they are right, this nascent subduction zone could close the Atlantic Ocean — in roughly 200 million years.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 08:00
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 "Introduction to Earth Science Week 2013" webcast online now for viewing at your convenience.
Monday, October 7, 2013 - 08:00
The world is diversifying its energy portfolio with renewable energy technology. However, one of the biggest hurdles renewable technologies need to overcome is inherent variability: Humans can't control when the sun shines or how much the wind blows. There's also variability on the demand side, with people needing more energy during certain times of the day and certain months of the year. Thus, to truly make the most out of renewable energy resources, geoscientists are working with engineers to help translate natural energy fluxes into products that can be delivered to the grid on an as-needed basis.
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 08:00
In the first study of its kind, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Workforce Program has published the results of the National Geoscience Student Exit Survey, which documents the experiences of graduating geosciences majors. The need for continued growth in the geoscience workforce is well documented and supported by its continuance as one of the most lucrative majors at U.S. universities. However, whether those new graduates are ready for these opportunities has been a major question that this new report tries to address.
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 08:00
In an October feature story, EARTH Magazine untangles the complexities scientists faced to motivate local residents to pack up and move.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 16:00
AGI is collaborating with the Houston Geological Society (HGS) and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to extend and deepen the reach of the successful Earth Science Week campaign throughout the Houston area with special events, educational materials, online resources, and activities in schools and other settings.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 08:00
Impact of Federal Agencies, Professional Societies and Inquiry-based Teaching on the Professional Development of Early-Career Underrepresented Minority Faculty in the Geosciences
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 08:00
Celebrate the second annual Geologic Map Day! On October 18, as a part of the Earth Science Week 2013 activities, join leading geoscience organizations in promoting awareness of the importance of geologic mapping to society.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 08:00
Researchers are trying to determine if Trans-Niño years, which mark the onset or ebbing of El Niño and La Niña, are the main culprits behind deadly super-outbreaks of tornadoes. Fueled by a powerfully interconnected global atmospheric system, as sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific shift the Jet Stream's course during Trans-Niño years, the favorable conditions for violent weather in the United States are created. Follow as EARTH Magazine explores the implications this study has for citizens of tornado alley in the September issue of EARTH Magazine.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 08:00
The American Geosciences Institute's Workforce Program was able to analyze data on 18,000 precollege students who indicated an inclination towards a major in the physical sciences and scored well on the SAT in 2012 and in 2013.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 00:00
International members of AGI Member Societies are encouraged to enter this year's Earth Science Week photography contest, "Mapping My Community." These individuals are invited to use a camera to show how maps are used in their communities.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 00:00
The world is buzzing with the hum of servers containing terabytes of the world's collective datasets. And the geosciences are no different. Geoscientists are awash in data like never before. The challenge now for the geoscience community is how to best integrate disparate datasets for communal use and establish uniform standards for data entry. Now, communities of computer scientists and geoscientists are coming together to tackle the challenge of how best to integrate the wealth of data describing the earth system and to encourage geoscientists to dust off their personal collections for integration into the cumulative data cloud.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 00:00
AGI's GeoSpectrum brings you the stories of the geoscience profession from stories about public safety and the geosciences by creating contamination maps of lead distribution in New Orleans, charitable drilling for water in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to how Boy Scouts at the 2013 Jamboree were introduced to mining all in the 2013 summer edition just published at
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 00:00
Each year, as hurricanes hit U.S. coastlines, scientists study them to improve forecasts critical for saving lives and property. Last year, unmanned aircraft from NASA flew into the biggest storms as part of a project to improve hurricane forecasts by 50 percent over the next 10 years. EARTH Magazine reports in the August issue, three projects in particular - the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program, NASA's 2010 Genesis and Rapid Intensification Project Field Experiment and its replacement, the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel Project - may be responsible for a 20 percent error reduction in the hurricane track and intensity forecasts.
Monday, August 5, 2013 - 00:00
Few destinations capture the imagination like Cuba; a forbidden fruit to U.S. citizens. Recently, scientists from the U.S.-based Association for Women Geoscientists travelled there to explore its geology and culture. The expedition is chronicled in the August issue of EARTH Magazine. While Cuba is an intriguing destination as an actor on the global political stage, its geological history captures events that tell scientists even more about the history of the planet.
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 00:00
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is now accepting advance orders for the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit. The Toolkit contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's event theme, "Mapping Our World."
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 00:00