While inspecting caves in Alabama, researchers have positively identified White Nose Syndrome (WNS) in a bat. The USGS published a press release indicating that the fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans was detected in a bat in the Corkscrew Cave in Shelby County, Alabama. WNS is particularly lethal, reducing affected populations by up to 90%.
Terry Morse has been selected as the incoming chief executive officer of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). He will succeed Kevin McCray, CAE, who, after 22 years as CEO and 35 years in the groundwater industry, will retire on December 31, 2017. "Terry brings experience and skills necessary as NGWA moves forward in dealing with the ever-changing business climates of our membership, as well as the Association itself," said David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, the incoming NGWA board president and a member of the search task group.
The International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD) announced that Jessica Smay of San Jose City College was the recipient of this year's Inclusive Geoscience Education and Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding efforts in promoting, developing, and/or implementing inclusive instruction & research that encourages active engagement and participation of students and practitioners with disabilities in the geosciences.
The Association for Women Geoscientists announced the 2016 winner of the "Brunton Award" in its quarterly newsletter GAEA. This year, it went to Emily White, PhD. candidate at the University of Idaho in their Tectonics and Basin Analysis Group. The AWG Brunton Award promotes the future of field mapping and data acquisition for the upcoming generation of women geoscientists. The award will go to a female geoscience student at the senior level or in her early graduate studies who has been a summer intern, excelled at field camp, or performed field data collection that leads to a senior or graduate thesis. Read Emily's statement below.
Plans are under way for the 51st annual meeting of the Association of Earth Science Editors in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Meeting headquarters will be the Explorer Hotel located in downtown Yellowknife. Technical talks and a field trip will be held September 6 to 9. We invite AESE members and other interested persons to submit an abstract for any of the session topics described below (general contributions are also welcomed), chair a session, or sit on a panel discussion.
The deadline for abstract submission is July 15, 2017.
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) is pleased to announce a new initiative: Serving Our Communities. From local communities to international efforts, education and geoscience both play important roles in our society. The Serving our Communities initiative celebrates the way that geoscience educators and students are engaging with local, national and global communities.
The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) has an immediate opening for an editor for FastTIMES. The e-magazine is downloaded over 14,000 times a year, and it showcases novel uses of near-surface geophysics in a manner that is intended to be interesting to geophysicists as well as accessible to others who may be interested in using geophysics.