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AEG update from President Ken Fergason
AEG President Ken Fergason provides a summary of recent events and an update of upcoming plans regarding the results of last summer'ss constitutional amendment vote, the planning for governance changes for AEG, a look at possible region distributions and direction from the Board of Directors Meeting held at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazard Summit III to be held in January
Utah Geological Survey and Western States Seismic Policy Council
The Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazard Summit III will bring together geologists, seismologists, geodesists, engineers, emergency managers and policy makers to present and discuss the latest earthquake-hazards research, and to evaluate research implications for hazard reduction and public policy in the Basin and Range Province.

The event is scheduled for Jan. 12-17, 2015, in Salt Lake City. For additional information and online registration, see the BRPSHSIII webpage.

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The 2nd Historical Earthquake Colloquium will be held May 2015
The 2nd Historical Earthquake Colloquium will be held May 12 and 13, 2015, in Strasbourg, France. It focuses on Major Historical Earthquakes of the Rhine Graben and Intraplate Europe — From archives to comparative seismotectonics.

Following the first meeting, dedicated to historical earthquakes and held in Freiburg (May 19-20, 2014), this one will focus on seismological studies of the Rhine Graben and Intraplate Europe. It will also address the relationships between recent seismicity, noninstrumental earthquakes and their seismotectonic characteristics. Contributions on historical, instrumental seismology and induced seismicity are welcome. We also encourage presentations in seismotectonics, paleoseismology, archeoseismology and seismic hazard assessment.

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Recent graduates detail challenges they overcame to complete degree
American Geosciences Institute
Recent geoscience graduates were asked to describe their greatest challenge to completing their degree. The table included highlights the most-cited challenges by students, along with the percentage of graduates that faced the challenge and example comments from students. Thirteen percent of graduates either did not respond to the question or did not feel they faced a major obstacle while working towards their degree.

The majority of graduates had trouble with specific classes. However, a few students mentioned their capstone or thesis work as challenging. Financial issues were also mentioned frequently and were coupled with other challenges, specifically related to balancing school and work and time management. Personal issues were often cited by students in relation to motivation.

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'Aquatic osteoporosis' jellifying lakes
Queen's University via ScienceDaily
A plague of "aquatic osteoporosis" is spreading throughout many North American soft-water lakes due to declining calcium levels in the water and hindering the survival of some organisms. The reduced calcium availability is hindering the survival of aquatic organisms with high calcium requirements and promoting the growth of nutrient-poor, jelly-clad animals.
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Study shows tectonic plates not rigid, deform horizontally in
cooling process

Geology Times
The puzzle pieces of tectonic plates that make up the outer layer of the earth are not rigid and don't fit together as nicely as we were taught in high school. A study published in the journal Geology by Corné Kreemer, an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and his colleague Richard Gordon of Rice University, quantifies deformation of the Pacific plate and challenges the central approximation of the plate tectonic paradigm that plates are rigid.
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