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Dr. M. Ray Thomasson to Receive the 2006 William B. Heroy Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to AGI

The American Geological Institute (AGI) announces Dr. M. Ray Thomasson as the 2006 William B. Heroy, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to AGI recipient. This annual award is given in recognition of exceptional long-term service and support of AGI programs and activities.

The American Geological Institute (AGI) and Scholastic Bring Earth Science Week to Life in Classrooms Nationwide October 8-14

The American Geological Institute (AGI), together with Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, and the American Geological Institute Foundation, have developed "The Wonders of Earth," a new science teaching guide to promote science education in celebration of Earth Science Week 2006, October 8-14, 2006, and AGI's newest educational program, K-5 GeoSource, an online science professional development tool for elementary-level teachers.

AGI Publishing the Geoscience Handbook

The American Geological Institute (AGI) announces the publication of The Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets 4th Edition. The book is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship to customers on September 15th, 2006. The Geoscience Handbook is the latest edition of AGI's long-standing Data Sheets publication. With a new format and expanded coverage of technical topics across the geosciences, the Data Sheets earned its new title for the 4th edition. This compilation of geologic information includes references for key geological concepts and short tutorials useful for all professionals and students needing geoscience information quickly in the field, office or lab. The Geoscience Handbook covers diverse subjects from geophysics to geologic map symbols to GPS usage and everything in between.

Geoscience Students Missing Job Opportunities

The American Geological Institute (AGI) has conducted a survey of students majoring in the geosciences and faculty to ascertain their attitudes towards employment in the geosciences. With a large percentage of the workforce retiring in coming years, job opportunities for recent graduates are plentiful with more openings than applicants to fill them. But many students are either unaware or uninterested in the fields where these employment opportunities exist.

4,000 AGI Environmental Awareness Series Books to be distributed to Alaskan Educators

The Alaska Mineral & Energy Resource Education Fund (AMEREF), a partnership between the Alaska Department of Education and private industry, has purchased 4,000 Environmental Awareness Series books published by the American Geological Institute (AGI) to be distributed to Alaskan educators as part of the Alaskan Resources Kits.

U.S. Introductory Geoscience Enrollments Increase in 2004-2005

The American Geological Institute (AGI) conducted a survey to ascertain the number of students enrolled in introductory geoscience courses during the 2004-2005 academic year. 312 geoscience departments responded to this survey reporting a total of 191,778 students enrolled in three categories of introductory courses: physical geoscience, environmental geoscience, and geoscience of the National Parks or public lands. These introductory courses lay the foundation for our knowledge of energy and the environment.

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