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2014 Annual Meeting abstract deadline extended
The 2014 Annual Meeting abstract deadline has been extended to May 15. Please submit your abstract online here. Make sure you read the instructions before you submit your abstract. The username and password are not your member username and password. All abstracts are welcome, but we are looking for abstracts to fill the following sessions:
  • Land Fills/Waste Fills
  • Geological Engineering for Transportation Projects
  • Rockslope Mapping and Mitigation
  • Geophysics
  • Probabilistic and Reliability Based Design
  • Engineering Geology for Mining Projects
Please contact Meeting Manager Heather Clark via email or by phone at 303-518-0618.
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Special event: Zelma Basha Gallery on Sept. 24
Bashas' via AEG
Enjoy a night of socializing with friends and colleagues, authentic western food and mariachi band. The Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and American Indian Art collection lies in two specific areas — contemporary Western American art and contemporary American Indian art.

It is a vast composite of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastel and charcoal drawings, pen and inks, bronze, wood and natural stone sculptures, wood-turned bowls, basketry, pottery, kachinas and jewelry. There are well over 3,000 pieces of art depicting numerous mediums displayed throughout the gallery.

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2014 Annual Meeting regeristration open
AEG 2014 Annual Meeting registration is now open. Be sure to register early, as field trip and short courses are expected to sell out. Click here to register online and get the latest information on events and presentations. See you in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sept. 20-28!
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Status of Geoscience Workforce 2014 Report published:
Geoscientists in demand

American Geosciences Institute via AEG
The American Geosciences Institute's newest Status of the Geoscience Workforce Report, has just been published. The report shows jobs requiring training in the geosciences continue to be lucrative and qualified individuals in demand. Even with increased enrollment and graduation from geoscience programs, federal government projections still predict a shortage of around 135,000 geoscientists by the end of the decade.
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National Science Foundation position
National Science Foundation via USAJOBS
National Science Foundation has an opening for division director at the Division of Earth Sciences. Click here for more information.
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    Man-made Earthquakes Update (U.S. Geological Survey)
Scott Burns details recent Oso landslide, need for better planning (EARTH Magazine and AEG)
Secretary's Board of Directors mid-year meeting report summary (AEG)
Rare earthquake warning issued for Oklahoma (LiveScience)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Join America's PrepareAthon!
U.S. Geological Survey
America's PrepareAthon! is a campaign encouraging people across the nation to practice preparedness actions before a disaster or emergency strikes. This is an opportunity for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions and exercises. The campaign focuses on two national days of action. The first took place on April 30. A second will be held on Sept. 30, with a focus on earthquakes, hazardous materials, pandemic flu and winter weather.

This is a collaborative campaign among the federal family, combining the expertise of many government agencies. America's PrepareAthon! is directed as part of President Barack Obama's Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness. FEMA is leading the effort, leveraging the resources of the Ready Campaign and many years of experience by members of the National Preparedness Community. The U.S. Geological Survey is one of the supporters and contributors to the campaign.

Click here for more information.

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Free from ASFE/GBA: 2 important legal resources:
ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association has published new editions of two important legal references, both prepared for design professionals without use of "legalese;" both available free of charge. Both documents are available online here.

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Baltimore retaining wall failure caught on video
A dramatic retaining wall failure and subsequent landslide damaged several cars and shut down a rail line in Baltimore. The final failure was caught on video by a bystander. The landslide forced a number of residents to be evacuated from their homes.

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Scientists look wider and deeper to predict the next El Niño
EARTH Magazine
Of all climate and weather phenomena, the El Niño Southern Oscillation is one of the most well-known for its impact on world climate and human life but is also one of the most puzzling to scientists.

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By itself, abundant shale gas unlikely to alter climate projections
Duke University via ScienceDaily
A policy analysis finds that if natural gas is abundant and less expensive, it will encourage greater consumption of gas and less of coal, renewables and nuclear power. The net effect on the climate will depend on whether the greenhouse gas emissions from producing and consuming natural gas — including carbon dioxide and methane — are lower or higher than emissions avoided by reducing the use of other energy sources.
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Against the current with lava flows
Geology Times
An Italian astronomer in the 19th century first described them as "canali" — on Mars' equatorial region, a conspicuous netlike system of deep gorges known as the Noctis Labyrinthus is clearly visible. The gorge system, in turn, leads into another massive canyon, the Valles Marineris, which is 4,000 kilometers long, 200 kilometers wide and 7 kilometers deep. Both of these together would span the U.S. completely from east to west.
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