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Last call for the 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. The third day includes an optional field trip to the Oso landslide and another recent landslide impacting several houses in Everett, Washington.
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Call for abstracts (oral and poster presentations)
Do not miss this opportunity to provide an oral or poster presentation at this year's meeting! Below is a listing of planned symposia and proposed technical sessions:
  • Symposia — Dams, tunneling, landslides, rock slope design, shale gas development, urban environmental geology
  • General technical session topics — 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)
Abstract writing and submission instructions — click HERE

Visit the Abstract Submission Portal
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Abstract submission deadline is May 1. If you have any questions or need assistance with your submission, please contact AEG Annual Meeting Manager Heather Clark.

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Geoscience enrollments and degrees robust in 2014
American Geosciences Institute
Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained robust during the 2013-2014 academic year. Enrollments continued its long-term growth trend with 6 percent and 4.5 percent increases for undergraduate and graduate enrollments, respectively. The continued growth likely reflects the strong employment outlook for the geosciences relative to the continued weak U.S. job market, though the drop in oil prices in late 2014 may impede some of that near-term growth. In general, geoscience programs around the U.S. continue to report that they are at, or near, full capacity for students, especially at the graduate level.
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The Geological Society of America completes archive project
The Geological Society of America
The Geological Society of America has completed a major publications digitization project that includes books, maps and journal content published by the Society since 1890. More than 865 e-books and 187 years of journal content are now available through a variety of locations, including the Society's website, the Society's online storefront, GeoScienceWorld, Geofacets, Amazon, iBooks and Google Play.

The list of journals and book series that are now completely digitized include:
  • Geological Society of America Bulletin
  • Geology
  • Geosphere
  • Lithosphere
  • GSA Special Papers
  • GSA Memoirs
  • GSA Field Guides
  • Reviews in Engineering Geology
  • Decade of North American Geology
  • Maps and Chart Series
  • Digital Maps and Chart Series
  • Engineering Case Histories
  • GSA Microform Publication Series
  • Numerous one-off titles
For additional information, contact GSA Publications Manager Matt Hudson.

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Geologists: Inner core of Earth has its own inner core
An international team of geologists, headed by Prof Xiaodong Song from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Nanjing University in China, has found that the Earth's inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal new information about our planet.
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Scientists alarmed at short-term ozone-eroding gases
Environmental scientists raised concern at rising levels of gases that attack Earth's protective ozone layer, including manmade chemicals not covered by a key U.N. treaty. Researchers at Leeds University in northern England said two computer models highlighted the impact of so-called "very short-lived substances" — VSLS — that deplete the stratospheric shield.
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