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2015 AEG Professional Forum on Landslides
The 2015 AEG Professional Forum on Landslides will be held Feb. 26-28 at the University of Washington in Seattle. The conference's theme is "Time to Face the Landslide Hazard Dilemma: Bridging Science, Policy, Public Safety and Potential Loss."

There will be two days of technical and other presentations by invited speakers, posters, discussion sessions and workshops regarding landslide hazard assessment and risk methodology; current state and local programs and how these can be integrated into current and potential future national programs; what's working and where improvements can be made; where can consensus recommendations be developed; guidance for agencies responsible for land use; and more.

A special student rate is being offered for the first 36 students to register (lunches not included). More details are available on the conference landing page.
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Executive Council nominations are due by Jan. 30
It is time once again for AEG's annual call for nominations to the Executive Council. Nominations can be for secretary and treasurer, as the president-elect and past president assume office automatically for next year. Nominations are due to the committee by Jan. 30. All nominations should be sent to Past President Gary Luce and include as much information as possible on the candidate being nominated, the position and any supporting documentation that supports the nomination. Formal questionnaires will be sent to candidates.

The Nominations Committee consists of five members — three past Ppesidents and a representative each from the Governance and Finance committees. The Nominations Committee will conduct a vetting process per the AEG bylaws (4.2) and will present a slate of candidates to the Board of Directors for the mid-year meeting with the majority endorsement for each office. The Board, per the bylaws, will consider the slate of candidates and any additional candidates nominated from the floor for the final vote.

Please refer to the AEG bylaws for additional information or feel free to contact the Nominations Committee.

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Annual Report and Directory is on its way
AEG's Annual Report and Directory is now available online and will soon be arriving in mailboxes. You must be logged in to the website to view the digital version. After logging in, click on "Publications" in the menu, then click on "Annual Report and Directory."
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Call for abstracts: AEG's 58th Annual Meeting
The "Conference at the Confluence" will be held Sept. 19-26 in Pittsburgh at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, downtown. Throughout this dynamic urban landscape, past and present collide in land use, environmental impacts and shifting economic forces. The AEG 2015 Annual Meeting Planning Committee invite you to join us for this outstanding "Conference at the Confluence!" Click here for more information.

The abstract submission deadline is May 1. Please click here to submit your abstract. Be sure to use the abstract submittal username and password and not your AEG member username and password. The following are planned symposia and proposed technical sessions:
  • Symposia: Dams, tunneling, landslides, rock slope design, shale gas development, urban environmental geology.
  • General technical session topics include: Landslides (identification and mitigation), rockfall mitigation, hydrogeology, environmental site characterization, geotechnical site characterization, seismic hazards, coastal hazards, licensure and professional practice, mine reclamation/subsidence, geophysics, remote sensing (LiDAR/GIS/aerial photography).

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A voyage from the Earth's crust to its mantle and back again
From the beginning of time, uranium has been part of the Earth and, thanks to its long-lived radioactivity, it has proven ideal to date geological processes and deduce Earth's evolution. Natural uranium consists of two long-lived isotopes uranium-238 and the lighter uranium-235. A new study of the global cycle of these uranium isotopes brings additional perspectives to the debate on how the Earth has changed over billions of years as revealed in a recently published study in the journal Nature.
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Tiny plant fossils offer window into Earth's landscape millions of years ago
National Science Foundation
Minuscule, fossilized pieces of plants tell a detailed story of what Earth looked like 50 million years ago. Researchers have discovered a way of determining density of trees, shrubs and bushes in locations over time — based on clues in the cells of plant fossils preserved in rocks and soil.
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Greenland's 'dark snow' is coming to America
Snow isn't as white as it once was, and it's setting off a melting feedback loop. According to Jason Box, a climate scientist whose work focuses on tracking the albedo, or reflectance, of the Greenland ice sheet, something weird is happening: The snow and ice there are increasingly black, and scientists aren't exactly sure why. And now, the first-ever continental-scale survey of North American snowfall suggests that our snow is pretty dirty, too.
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