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The purpose of the Geology of the Cities of the World series is to convey to practitioners, graduate students, university faculty, planners, engineers, developers and government officials background information useful for discovering and highlighting geological issues unique to a city, and often the surrounding metropolitan area.
The primary expectations, requirements and suggestions of the Geology of the Cities of the World (C.O.W.) project editor/coordinator are:
To recruit papers and work with authors to recruit peer reviewers for cities around the world so that the papers can be used as a basic reference for practitioners, local and state officials, and others who are new to the area or just becoming more familiar with a particular city. This involves reaching out to potential lead authors and assessing their overall plan for developing a paper with a general overview of the area and discussion of geologic issues/history in in the area within or adjacent to the cities being written about. Each paper represents a team effort and being able to work with a team and help them focus on an objective and execute their plan to complete the paper are key to being a successful project Editor/Coordinator.
Most of the papers will be too long to be considered for inclusion in the EEG Geoscience publication. In some cases, the length of the paper may justify publication as a book. Knowledge of the publication process, including procurement of funding, would be beneficial. However, there are resources within AEG and GSA that can assist you. Although this series has lagged a bit in popularity in the United States at the beginning of the millennium, there is a great deal of interest internationally for these papers and an interest in working with C.O.W.'s outside the United States is desirable.
For some tasks the Editor/Coordinator and Lead Author should have similar expectations, requirements and suggestions. They include having some experience in getting published in peer reviewed journals or books and:
If you are interested in serving AEG in this capacity, or know of someone that may be a good fit for this role, please contact AEG Association Manager Kristy Howard to express your interest.
- Have a keen sense of curiosity about the geology of urban areas of the world without overpowering the authors.
- Good people skills
- Good project management skills, including:
- Time management: The time commitment can vary greatly depending how much time and support each author needs to help him or her reach their target goals and complete their paper in accordance with AEG (series editor guidelines?
- Organizational skills: It is up to the Editor/Coordinator to try to keep the publications moving forward through completion. I recommend using an excel spread sheet to help with this.
- Ability to delegate: It is particularly helpful for the Editor/Coordinator have a coeditor/coordinator that works well with the Editor Coordinator. This will be useful in helping the publications keep should while the Editor/Coordinator gets distracted or ill.
- Resourcefulness: It is the responsibility of the Editor/Coordinator and lead authors for identify peer reviewers and to make sure that they stay on topic and on time.
- Accountability: The Editor/Coordinator should periodically let the AEG vice president know that is going on with the program on say a semiannual basis.
- Work/life balance: Do not have too many papers in play at one time. Most papers drift off their time schedule. However, if you have too many going through a major review by you and the peer reviewers at once, you risk burn out. This should be avoided.
- The Editor/Coordinator and Lead Author candidates should have written/co-written a paper similar in scope to a C.O.W. paper. This will help him/her understand the level of effort generally required by the authors as well as the project editor/coordinator.
It is not the Editor/Coordinator's job to write or rewrite a Geology of the Cities of the World paper unless he/she is the lead author on the paper. One of the strengths of the paper is that it is written, and peer reviewed by local subject matter experts.
- The Editor/Coordinator is to insist on qualified peer reviewers. Peer reviewers do not have to have the skills and knowledge to peer review every section of a paper, just the sections where they are subject matter experts.
- It is up to the Editor/Coordinator to make sure that the Lead Authors know that they are not paid for their work.
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Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists 62nd Annual Meeting
"Old Mountains ... New Beginnings. Using the Past to Map the Future."
Sept. 17-22, 2019
Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina
Special Event: "A Night in the Mountains"
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 — $100 per person
Taylor Ranch is a fifth-generation, privately owned, 500-acre working quarter horse and Texas longhorn cattle ranch. Scenic mountain views, gently rolling hills, a seven-acre lake stocked with brim and bass, a beautiful lakeside Post and Beam Pavilions make Taylor Ranch the perfect place for our special event.
Evening Tentative Timeline
- 6:30 p.m. — Arrival at Taylor Ranch. Try your hand at sport fishing, horseshoes, corn hole and other varieties of lawn games, or sit by our lake, relax and enjoy the views and view the wildlife that calls Taylor Ranch home. All recreational equipment provided. Fishing poles and artificial bait are provided with good fishing assured as we allow sport fishing with a catch and release policy.
- 6:30-10 p.m. — Enjoy bottomless non-alcoholic beverages to include a large assortment of soft drinks, freshly brewed iced tea and coffee, lemonade and a variety of infused waters. A bar will be available, one drink ticket is included. They feature several of the local breweries in Asheville — aka Beer City USA!
- 6:30-10 p.m. — Enjoy true Appalachian Culture with the sounds of a professional bluegrass band. Listen as local musicians play their favorites and take your requests. A member of the band will call and instruct audience participation square dancing and mountain broom dances.
- 6 p.m.-dark — Go back in time as you travel across the ranch for a tour in one of our authentic horse-drawn covered wagons.
- 6:15 p.m. — Watch in awe as a member of the Taylor Ranch staff calls and feeds the herd of registered Texas longhorn cattle. This is a great photo opportunity with one of their prize steers.
- 7 p.m. — Dinner is served! The dinner bell rings as the aromas from the grill call all your guests to dinner.
- 8:30 p.m. — Sit by the campfire and have a S'mores roast, or sip on your cold local brew and listen to the tales of true Appalachia as told by our professional story teller. Guests of all ages will be mesmerized as they take you back to the era of the Cherokee Indian, the homesteaders, the moonshiners, and many more.
- 10 p.m. — Guests depart Taylor Ranch with memories made that will last a lifetime
REGISTER TODAY for the 62nd AEG Annual Meeting!
We are looking for professional articles, Homefront articles, field trip writeups, and lots for photos for the next edition of the AEG News.
Please submit content to the AEG News Acquisitions Editor Chrissey Villeneuve at firstname.lastname@example.org. Content for the July will need to be received by Friday, May 31.
The Korean Society of Engineering Geology
The Korean Society of Engineering Geology and Korea national group of International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) will present the 12th Asian Regional Conferenec (ARC) Sept. 23-27, 2019, in Jeju Island, Korea. The abstract submission deadline for 12th ARC OF IAEG has been extended to Friday, May 31.
Submit your abstract here
The Geological Society of America
Geological Society of America's 115th Cordilleran Section Meeting in Portland
May 15-17, more than 600 geoscientists from western North America and beyond will gather at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. They meet to present new discoveries, expand on existing science, and explore geologic features of the Cordilleran region extending from the U.S. and Canadian West Coast, north to Alaska and the Arctic, south to western Mexico, and even out to Hawai'i and the Pacific.
It is with great pleasure that we announce a special issue of the Sustainability journal titled "Geomorphological Research for Management and Mitigation of Geo-hydrological Risk and Environmental Sustainability." The aim of the special issue is to analyze the state-of-the-art in the field of land management in relation to Geo-hydrological risks. Papers on case studies from all over the world will be very welcome.
The special issue of Sustainability will inform technical specialists within the international scientific community as well as politicians and urban planning authorities about the results of studies and research that have been carried out in this field. suggesting a sort of pathway for effective risk reduction and sustainable land management.
AIPG and AGI
Understanding Professional Geologist License Requirements: California 2019
Date and time: May 15, 2019, 1–2:30 p.m. ET
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) are offering the next Geoscience Online Learning Initiative (GOLI) webinar titled, "Understanding Professional Geologist License Requirements: California 2019." The webinar will feature Laurie Racca, PG, from the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.
U.S. Geological Survey
In September 2004, USGS scientists detected sudden, but unmistakable, signs that Mount St. Helens was waking up. Volcano monitors had picked up the occurrence of hundreds of small earthquakes and other signals that the volcano’s crater floor had begun to rise. Within a week, several eruptions blasted clouds of ash into the atmosphere, and soon after, a new lava dome emerged in the crater.
The future of lithium is electrifying. Cars and trucks powered by lithium batteries rather than fossil fuels are, to many people, the future of transportation. Rechargeable lithium batteries are also crucial for storing energy produced by solar and wind power, clean energy sources that are a beacon of hope for a world worried about the rapidly changing global climate.
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