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Telling your Geoscience Story with Story Maps

Thursday, March 14, 2019

CEU Credits

To earn CEU credits, please complete the associated on-demand GOLI course that was developed from this webinar with a grade of 70% or higher and then submit your application for CEUs. CEUs are awarded from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. To view the full list of on-demand GOLI courses, please browse the GOLI course catalog.

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    This online community provides members the opportunity to interact with other communication/outreach-interested parties, access to a library of over 100 scholarly manuscripts on the science of science communication, the opportunity to receive information and updates from the program, and more.
  • Learn more about how you can acquire important skills for a career in GIScience or Data Science by browsing the Career Compasses.

About Our Speaker

Joseph Kerski, PhD, GISP is the Education Manager at ESRI. He is a geographer with a focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in education. Joseph was the President of the National Council for Geographic Education and gave an invited TED Talk in 2018 on “The Whys of Where”. He has served as geographer in four major sectors of society, including government (with NOAA, the US Census Bureau, and the US Geological Survey), academia (with Sinte Gleska University, the University of Denver, and as MOOC instructor for Penn State University, Elmhurst College, and eNet Learning), private industry (as Education Manager for Esri), and nonprofit organizations (with roles in the National Council for Geographic Education, the American Association of Geographers, and others). He has worked with AGI for many years on the Global GIS project and Earth Science Week. Joseph has authored over 75 chapters and articles on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), education, earth science, physical and cultural geography, mathematics, fieldwork, teaching and learning, and related topics, and makes frequent presentations at conferences and university campuses. He is active in conducting professional development training for primary, secondary, and university educators. He has authored or co-authored seven books, including Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries that Revolutionized Geography, Essentials of the Environment, Spatial Mathematics, Tribal GIS, International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education, and the GIS Guide to Public Domain Data.

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Professional Geologist Licensure Requirements and the ASBOG National Geology License Examinations

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of geology licensure qualification requirements in the United States
  • Discuss the national licensing examinations for geologists prepared by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®)
  • Learn how data from the ASBOG® Fundamentals of Geology (FG) examination can be used as a curriculum assessment and curriculum modification tool

Our speakers are:

  • Laurie Racca, PG 6980, Senior Registrar, Geology & Geophysics, California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists |  pdf download icon Slides
  • Randy Kath, Professor of Geology, Department of Geosicences, University of West Georgia |  pdf download icon Slides
  • Jack Warner, President, TEST, Inc. |  pdf download icon Slides

CEU Credits

To earn CEU credits, please complete the associated on-demand GOLI course that was developed from this webinar with a grade of 70% or higher and then submit your application for CEUs. CEUs are awarded from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. To view the full list of on-demand GOLI courses, please browse the GOLI course catalog.

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About the Speakers

Laurie Racca, PG, is a licensed Professional Geologist with 25+ years of experience specializing in complex environmental site investigations and leading multidisciplinary teams. Her experience includes working in private environmental and geotechnical consulting, providing regulatory agency oversight large military and civilian environmental cleanups for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and investigating fraud, waste and abuse as part of the Office of Enforcement at the California State Water Resources Control Board. She was appointed as the Senior Registrar for Geologists and Geophysicists by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG) in June 2015. She also volunteers as the Examination Committee Chair for the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®).

Randy Kath has a Doctor of Philosophy in Geology from the Institute for the Study of Mineral Deposits at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and over 30 years’ experience in academic, consulting and industry practice.  In addition to teaching engineering geology, structural geology, economic geology, field geology and geologic mapping, Dr. Kath is currently performing geologic mapping and structural interpretation at the 7.5-minute quadrangle scale in the Piedmont/Blue Ridge & Valley and Ridge provinces of northwest Georgia in support of the USGS State Map program.  These geologic quadrangles are currently being used to identify mineral, aggregate, and groundwater resources by a variety of end users. 

Dr. Kath also has extensive experience as an independent consultant performing structural and lithologic mapping, remote sensing analysis and developing three-dimensional geologic models for major infrastructure projects throughout the southeastern United States, specializing in complexly folded and faulted terrains.  Prior to joining the University of West Georgia in 1995, Dr. Kath worked as a senior geologist for Golder Associates, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, and before that, served as an exploration geologist for Goldstake Explorations Inc. in Spearfish, South Dakota, and a consulting geologist for Homestake Mining Co. in Lead, South Dakota, Beau Val Mines in Nevada, and Avatar Resources in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Dr. Kath performed district-scale and detailed geologic mapping and structural interpretation for gold exploration programs in the northern and central Black Hills, South Dakota.

Dr. Kath has served as a subject matter expert on the council of examiners for the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) since 2006, and ASBOG®’s president in 2015.  Since 2008, ASBOG has been collecting demographic data on the test form that allows for detailed statistical analysis of the content domain data from the Fundamentals of Geology (FG) examination by university and graduation year.  In 2012, Dr, Kath developed an assessment graphing application (CPAT) to streamline the statistical analysis and graphing of the FG examination data for assessing university curriculum performance relative to a national dataset.  The graphing application is programmed around the Microsoft Access database engine and has a GUI interface.  Data from the application is currently available for 217 universities.

Jack Warner received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1980 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  During his early professional career, Jack served as Director of Examination Services in the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Registrations.  He provided 25 licensing boards with expertise related to developing and validating their licensing examinations.

Jack is President of TEST, Inc. which he established after working in state government for several years.  TEST, Inc. has provided ASBOG® with psychometric services since 1992.  The services include developing test blueprints based on task analysis survey results, developing and updating the FG and PG Examinations, conducting test development workshops, analyzing the statistical properties of examinations items, grading examinations, establishing cut-off scores, and preparing summary reports that document the performance of the examinations. 

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Geoethics in the Field: Integrating Ethical Principles into Geoscience Fieldwork Practices

This course delves into the key factors involved in ethical fieldwork: values, integrity, and perception, and how these affect not only fieldwork research, but also the geoscience community as a whole. Scott Foss, the course presenter provides a myriad of case studies to help students learn about many different facets of ethics in fieldwork practices including seeking landholder permission for access to field sites, to obtaining permits, to publishing research, and planning for the long-term storage and preservation of samples and collections.

Professionalism and Geoethics: Creating a Workplace Environment Where Everyone Can Succeed

This course introduces topics that contribute to workplace "climate" (e.g., microaggressions, implicit bias, empowering bystanders) and provides suggestions for personal and institutional actions that can be taken to ensure that everyone can succeed in the workplace environment. The course presenter is David W. Mogk, Professor of Geology at Montana State University.

A Journey through the Geology and Aquifers of New England and Why Groundwater Wells Need to be Re-developed

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Our speakers are:

  • J. Theodore Morine, P.G., C.P.G., Senior Hydrogeologist and Vice President, Denis L. Maher Company | pdf download icon Slides  | YouTube download icon Video
  • Raymond Talkington, Ph.D., P.G., C.P.G., Principal Hydrogeologist and President, GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc. | pdf download icon Slides  | YouTube download icon Video
  • Frank Getchell, P.G., C.P.G. Senior Supervising Hydrogeologist, WSP USA formerly Leggette, Brashears & Graham

CEU Credits

To earn CEU credits, please complete the associated on-demand GOLI course that was developed from this webinar series, Well Re-Development in New England, with a grade of 70% or higher and then submit your application for CEUs. CEUs are awarded from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. To view the full list of on-demand GOLI courses, please browse the GOLI course catalog.

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About Our Speakers

Raymond Talkington, Ph.D., P.G., C.P.G.
Principal Hydrogeologist and President, GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc.
Dr. Raymond Talkington is the Principal Hydrogeologist and President of GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc.   He has over 30 years of experience providing direction to GEOSPHERE’s hydrogeological and geological projects.  Typical projects involve groundwater supply exploration and development in sand and gravel and fractured bedrock systems.  This includes the interpretation of glacial features on U.S. Topographic Maps along with the air photo interpretation and performing fracture trace analysis (FTA) to locate potential drilling targets for high yielding bedrock groundwater sources. For over 20 years Ray has been a regular instructor for courses on well redevelopment and maintenance, bedrock wells, and helping people understand the ABCs of groundwater, wells, and aquifers. Dr. Talkington was the 2014 President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and a past Editor of the professional journal “The Professional Geologist.”  He has 50 professional publications including books and chapters in geology laboratory manuals.

J. Theodore Morine, P.G., C.P.G.
Senior Hydrogeologist and Vice President, Denis L. Maher Company
Ted Morine is the Vice President and hydrogeologist for the Denis L. Maher Company.  Ted has been providing groundwater exploration and development for sand and gravel wells and bedrock wells since 1963.  During this time he has brought on line more than 200 high yielding groundwater sources for private and public clients throughout the world.  In addition to his groundwater exploration skills, Ted has been involved with hundreds of well redevelopments in both sand and gravel and bedrock systems. Ted is a frequent lecturer on Well Redevelopment and Maintenance for the New England Water Works Association, American Water Works Association, New Hampshire Water works, and numerous other organizations.  

Frank Getchell, P.G., C.P.G.
Senior Supervising Hydrogeologist, WSP USA formerly Leggette, Brashears & Graham
Frank Getchell is a Senior Supervising Hydrogeologist with WSP USA formerly Leggette, Brashears & Graham. His over 30 years of professional consulting experience includes management, design and implementation of subsurface investigations related to groundwater resource development and planning; aquifer hydraulics; groundwater recharge and storage and ASR; construction, foundation and quarry dewatering; land use impacts related to building development and extractable resource activities; and delineation and remediation of contaminated soil and water. Typical projects involve the evaluation of aquifer and well yields and hydraulic performance; the design, siting, and rehabilitation of screened and open-borehole wells; assessment of groundwater movement and the implications for contaminant fate and transport, and remediation of soil and ground water in unconsolidated deposits and fractured bedrock aquifers for private, municipal, utility, and industrial clients throughout the country. His experience dealing with regulators and permitting includes: water supply diversion and allocation permits; wetland delineations and impact mitigation; stormwater and wastewater subsurface disposal systems and SPDES permitting. His experience also includes the development and utilization of 2-D and 3-D numerical and analytical models and GIS-based analysis to evaluate contaminant fate and transport, aquifer hydraulics, and groundwater flow and recharge.

Mr. Getchell’s experience includes the application and interpretation of surface and downhole geophysical investigations to delineate and estimate hydraulic properties of aquifers. Frank regularly provides technical support and expert witness testimony before local planning boards and courts of law regarding the impacts on land use, the subsurface environment, water-supply wells and water resources resulting from proposed and existing groundwater supply development, land use, contamination sources, resource extraction, and waste disposal practices.  

Mr. Getchell has published numerous papers and provided related presentations at local and national water-resource and environmental organization meetings, conferences, and workshops, in connection with water supply development, and land use impacts on soil, bedrock, and groundwater conditions and contamination. He also is a regular technical instructor for the NJWA, NYRWA, and AWWA/NEWWA in connection with water-supply operator certification continuing education programs.

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New England Aquifers, Part 1: Geology and Related Aquifers of New England

An Introduction to Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Our speakers are:

  • Pranoti Asher, Scholar-in-Residence, American Geosciences Institute; Manager, Higher Education, American Geophsyical Union | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video
  • Bob Simmons, Chief Hydrogeologist, HRP Associates, Inc  | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video
  • Ron Wallace, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)  | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video

This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, American Meteorological Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Council on Undergraduate Research, Geological Society of America, HRP Associates, Inc., National Association of Geoscience Teachers, National Association of State Boards of Geology, SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, The Geological Society of London

CEU Credits

To earn CEU credits, please complete the associated on-demand GOLI course that was developed from this webinar with a grade of 70% or higher and then submit your application for CEUs. CEUs are awarded from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. To view the full list of on-demand GOLI courses, please browse the GOLI course catalog.

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About Our Speakers

Pranoti Asher, Scholar-in-Residence, American Geosciences Institute; Manager, Higher Education, American Geophsyical Union

Pranoti Asher is the Member Society Scholar-in-Residence at AGI, and also is the Higher Education Manager for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She has developed an extensive portfolio during her time at AGU and is mainly focused on programs and issues related to higher education. Prior to joining AGU, Asher spent eighteen years as a geoscience faculty member. In her last faculty position she was a tenured member of the Geology and Geography department at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro for nearly thirteen years. Among her many achievements at Georgia Southern, she served as the Acting Associate Dean of the College of Science and Technology and a faculty fellow at the University's Center for Excellence in Teaching. She also played a leading role in faculty development programs both on the university campus and national levels, for which she was recognized with teaching and service awards. Asher's current activities are focused on the intersection of education, outreach, and workforce development for the geosciences and the development of earth and space science faculty and their students at two-year and four-year colleges to better prepare students to enter the workforce. Asher received her Ph.D. in the geological sciences from the University of Connecticut.

Bob Simmons, HRP Associates, Inc, Chief Hydrogeologist

Bob Simmons is the Chief Hydrogeologist at HRP Associates, Inc. He Mr. Simmons has over 30 years of experience in groundwater assessment and remediation and the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties. Mr. Simmons has specific expertise in design and testing of remedial systems, site remediation activities, groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, aquifer pumping tests, supervision of Environmental Site Assessments for hazardous waste and petroleum contamination, groundwater monitoring, well construction, sampling, conductivity testing and surveying, and supervision of underground tank investigations. Simmons earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science/Geology from Western Connecticut State University and graduate-level Hydrogeology at Ohio University and Geographic Information Systems at the University of New Haven. For his contributions to karst conservation, Bob was named a Fellow of the National Speleological Society in 2010. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in eight (8) states and a Licensed Environmental Professional in Connecticut.

Ron Wallace, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)

Ron Wallace, PG, CPG was a Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He worked previously for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in the Underground Storage Tank Management Program for over 18 years. He has managed thousands of site investigations from initial release to no further action. Previously he worked for Exxon in production, exploration, and marketing where he managed company owned petroleum releases. He also worked for a number of years for private environmental consulting firms. Wallace is currently president of the Georgia Section of American Institute of Professional Geologists and the past national president. Wallace holds a BS in Oceanographic Technology from Lamar University and a MS in Geology from the University of Kansas. He was a member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) team for Evaluating LNAPL Remedial Technologies for Achieving Project Goals.

Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers: Academic Writing and Preparation

The Current and Mid-21st Century Geoscience Workforce

Friday, May 11, 2018

This webinar will look at the latest data from various AGI surveys on workforce, which will shed light on the current state of geoscience programs, student experiences, and a view of long-term trends.  In addition, several emerging trends regarding what the future of geoscience work will look like will be discussed, especially the impact of technologies such as machine learning and what that means for the future of geoscience employment.

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The Current and Mid-21st Century Geoscience Workforce

Don't Miss Tomorrow's #AAGChat on Careers in Geography

Tomorrow, the American Association of Geographers (AAG) will be hosting their next #AAGChat on Twitter to answer questions on careers in geography. From 3:00-4:00 pm EST on Thursday, January 12th, AAG will be answering questions through their twitter account @theAAG. The chat will address the many diverse career opportunities for geographers in a variety of industries and employment sectors and how geography students, graduates and early-career professionals can identify appropriate job openings. 

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