Assessing, Mitigating, and Communicating Flood Risk

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Background: Flooding is a perennial hazard for rivers and coasts alike. Every year, flooding results in billions of dollars of damage and the loss of dozens to hundreds of lives across the United States.  Efforts to mitigate this hazard rely on the work of geoscientists, planners, and communicators to assess and minimize risks, prepare and inform communities, and ensure that lives and livelihoods are prioritized before, during, and after flood events.

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Webinar Co-Sponsors: American Association of Geographers, American Institute of Professional Geologists, American Meteorological SocietyAssociation of State Floodplain ManagersFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), International Association of Hydrogeologists: United States National Chapter, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Certified Floodplain Managers who participate in the entire live webinar will earn 1 CEC from the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

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Resources to learn more:

Search the Geological Surveys Database for reports and factsheets about flood risk.


Flood Risk: USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science

How Elections Affect the Geosciences: Navigating New Leadership

Friday, September 30, 2016

What do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have to do with geoscience?  Believe it or not, elections—whether presidential or congressional—can have large implications for scientific research. Presidents set national priorities and policies, and Congress funds (or doesn’t fund) federal research often based on its own prerogatives and agenda. Join us for an informational webinar as we attempt to navigate the upcoming presidential transition during #election2016.

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Our speakers are:

Dr. Gene Whitney (Congressional Research Service, Ret.) served as Energy Research Manager for the Congressional Research Service (retired).  Previously, he was Assistant Director for Environment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). His work at OSTP focused on federal policies for earth sciences, energy, water, natural hazards, remote sensing, environment, and natural resources. Prior to OSTP, Dr. Whitney was chief scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Team. He has extensive international experience and currently serves as Chairman of the National Academies of Science Board on Earth Science and Resources. Dr. Whitney received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Illinois.

Virginia Ainslie (CEO, Ainslie & Associates) has more than 30 years of experience working with Congress on policy and funding issues, including research priorities.  As the CEO of Ainslie & Associates since 1986, she has successfully secured more than $2 billion in federal funding for client priorities through direct advocacy in support of changes in authorizing law; many of which still remain in effect today and continue to support her clients’ needs. Ms. Ainslie has a B.S. in Chemistry and a duel degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. She also worked with the American League of Lobbyists to develop the Lobbyist Code of Ethics.

Brittany Webster (Public Affairs Specialist, American Geophysical Union) has worked for the American Geophysical Union since 2015. In her role, she connects policymakers with scientists and vice versa to increase Congressional recognition of the value of the Earth and space sciences. She also works with many coalition partners to broaden the impact of the geoscience policy community’s advocacy initiatives. Ms. Webster got her start in science policy working for a Member of Congress, who served on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. in Comparative Literature and International Affairs from The University of Georgia.

Abby Seadler (Geoscience Policy Manager, American Geosciences Institute) has experience working with the geoscience community and stakeholders in Congress to build consensus and movement on issues including basic research, natural hazards, and energy and mineral resources. Ms. Seadler is currently pursuing her M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. She received her B.A. in Geoscience and Government from Hamilton College. 

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."


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