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Now Online: Advising Strategies for Improving Employment Placement of Your Students

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A recording of the most recent Heads and Chairs webinar from the American Geophysical Union and the American Geosciences Institute titled, "Advising Strategies for Improving Employment Placement of Your Students" is now online. Aaron Johnson, the new Executive Director of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, shared his experiences at Northwest Missouri State University and their strategies in advising that greatly improved the employability of their graduates and helped grow the department. The next webinar will be on November 11, 2016 and is on "Managing Alternative Program Formats within your Department."
 

Critical Issues: Recording and Slides Available for Critical Issues Webinar, "Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water"

Flyer for Desalination Webinar. Image Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
On Tuesday September 20, the Critical Issues Program hosted a webinar on the state of desalination in the United States and further afield. The three speakers were Tzahi Cath (Colorado School of Mines), Jessica Jones (Poseidon Water), and Katherine Zodrow (Montana Tech). Topics covered included the past, present, and future of desalination technologies; the costs and waste management challenges of desalination plants; the recently opened seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, California; and brackish groundwater use and desalination in Texas. A recording of the webinar and the speakers’ slides can be found at bit.ly/desal-webinar.

Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Background: Fresh water is an increasingly scarce resource in an increasingly populous and water-intensive world. Maintaining an adequate supply of fresh water both nationally and globally will be one of the largest challenges of the 21st century. Desalination of salty water – from both the ocean and the ground – represents a huge potential source of fresh water. The development of this resource requires a combination of geoscience, engineering, waste management, policy, and community outreach and participation.

Our speakers are:

  • Tzahi Cath, Ph.D., Ben L. Fryrear Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines | pdf download icon Slides   YouTube download icon Video
  • Jessica H Jones, Director of Communications, Poseidon Water | pdf download icon Slides   YouTube download icon Video
  • Katherine R. Zodrow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering, Montana Tech of the University of Montana; Non-Resident Scholar, Center for Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute, Rice University | pdf download icon Slides   YouTube download icon Video

Webinar Co-Sponsors: National Ground Water AssociationAssociation of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, International Association of Hydrogeologists: United States National Chapter

Downloads:
pdf download icon Webinar flyer

Resources to learn more:

Search the Critical Issues Research Database for reports and factsheets about desalination.

Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water: Desalination 101

Data as a National Asset for Decision-Making

Monday, July 25, 2016

Background:

Robust data collections are vital for understanding and managing Earth’s natural resources and hazards:

  • Earthquake data can help identify quake-prone areas and inform earthquake preparedness.
  • Air quality data can reveal potential health risks and hazards from air pollution.
  • Water quality data can capture noteworthy trends and changes in safety and accessibility.

Our speakers are:

Webinar Co-Sponsors:

American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Geological Society of America, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, U.S. Geological Survey

Resources to learn more:

Search the Critical Issues Research Database for reports and factsheets about geoscience data.

 

AES: Data As A National Asset for Decision Making - Introduction

Offshore Energy

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Background:

Offshore energy is a huge and growing resource:

  • About 18 percent of U.S. oil and natural gas is produced offshore and production is growing. Globally, the offshore provides 30 percent of oil and natural gas.
  • Offshore wind is also a growing source of electricity, especially in Europe. The U.S. has significant offshore wind power potential, but no commercial wind facilities are in development [2017 update: the first offshore wind project in the United States went live in December 2016 off the coast of Rhode Island].

Ongoing technological advancements assure all these resources will continue to grow while addressing heightened environmental concerns.

Our speakers are:

Webinar Co-Sponsors:

American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Geological Society of America

Resources to learn more:

Search the Critical Issues Research Database for reports and factsheets about offshore energy.

Advances in Earth Science - Offshore Energy - Historical Perspective

Underpinning Innovation: The Science and Supply of America's Critical Minerals and Materials

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Background: Critical minerals and materials are key components of the innovation economy. Minerals are a part of almost every product we use on a daily basis, either as the raw materials for manufacturing processes or as the end products themselves. Advanced technologies for communications, clean energy, medical devices, and national security rely on raw materials from mines throughout the world. In 2010, China curtailed exports of rare earth metals and sparked major concern about the security of global supply chains for a range of vital minerals and materials.

Speakers highlight:

  • Research on locating and processing the minerals and materials that fuel cutting-edge technology and manufacturing across the United States
  • The role of information on the global supply of, demand for, and flow of minerals and materials in identifying critical minerals and supporting economic and strategic decision making.

Our speakers are:

Webinar Co-Sponsors:

American Chemical Society, American Exploration & Mining Association, American Physical Society, Critical Materials Institute, Geological Society of America, Industrial Minerals Association -North America, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Society of Economic Geologists, U.S. Geological Survey

Resources to learn more:

Search the Critical Issues Research Database for reports and factsheets about critical minerals.

Underpinning Innovation: Critical Minerals in the Context of Global Mineral Resources

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