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BLM, Minerals and Adventure - One GeoCorps Participant Shares Her Story

Kirby Bean, BLM Certified Mineral Examiner showing Sarah Hill the boundaries of a mining claim
After several rounds of applications and interviews, Sarah Hill landed her GeoCorps position. Instead of a seemingly more exotic position in a National Park, Sarah opted for job based out of D.C., and found it was filled with as much adventure as she had hoped for! Read about her experiences working for the Bureau of Land Management's Division of Solid Minerals covering Mining Law Administration on Federal lands and Federal Coal programs. She found herself shadowing administrators at Congressional hearings, learning about mining tailings storage facilities, and traveling to Colorado to experience training for Certified Mineral Examiners. Learn more about her experience in the Geological Society of America's (GSA) Speaking of Geoscience Blog

AAG President's Column: "Geography in a Post-Truth World"

NASA blue marble with text overlay. Credit: J. Lilek
In December 2016, Glen MacDonald, the current president of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) shared his thoughts in a column titled "Geography in a Post-Truth World." This post was inspired in part by the Oxford Dictionary's selection of "post-truth" as the 2016 Word of the Year.

SEPM Announces New 2017 Research Conferences

Check out the 2017 SEPM Conference Schedule
The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) has posted three new research conferences slated for 2017. The North American Micropaleontology Section (NAMS) is proud to announce that it will once again sponsor a Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils Conference April 5-9, 2017. The Microfossils conference series is a unique meeting concept because of its broad focus on the use of microfossils for solving geological problems. Session themes are intended to span chronostratigraphy, paleoclimate, paleoceanography, environmental quality assessment, evolution and new technologies, among others.

Three Societies Meet to Discuss Palynology, Organic Petrography and Organic Petrology

Participants explore a Paleocene-Eocene outcrop in Western Texas.
The whole point of this meeting between The Palynological Society (AASP-TPS), The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) and the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP) was to get people from closely related fields talking, especially students & young scientists: it worked! If you weren't able to make the meeting, you can check out the summary in the AASP-TPS newsletter. Over 170 scientists from the geological and botanical fields met to discuss advances in palynology, organic petrography and organic petrology, including a one day symposium on multi-modal characterization of source rocks, and source rock reservoirs. The planning committee hosted an event ripe for the scientists to socialize and network over food and drinks. While at the meeting, several awards were presented including the TSOP Best Student Paper Award and the AASP-TPS Distinguished Service Award.

Aquatic Scientists Bring Hollywood to Science Communication in Honolulu

ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2017 Meeting Logo
The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) continues its eight year effort to look to train its scientists to be more effective communicators with the public and with each other. They will continue to host Los Angeles-based actor and Improv coach Brian Palermo their annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii in February to get the Hollywood perspective on storytelling – because that’s really what research is.  

Carbon Capture and Sequestion Workshop in Trondheim, Norway

Scanning Electron Microscope Image of Hydromagnesite.
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the European Association for Geoscientists and Engineers will be hosting a workshop on geophysical monitoring of carbon capture and sequestration. Following a successful workshop in 2009, this workshop will explore the developments and improvements in monitoring approaches such as fiber-optic sensing (downhole and at surface), seismic methods (e.g.

Edmund Nickless Recognized in the Queen's New Year's Honors List

Photo of Edmund Nickless
Former Executive Secretary of the Geological Society of London, Edmund Nickless was recognized for his extraordinary service to the United Kingdom in the New Year's Honor's List from the Queen. Nickless was recognized as an MBE, or a Member of the Order of the British Empire which is awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others. AGI congratulates Nickless on this honor. 

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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