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A Note from AEG's newest Executive Council member
The following is a note from Dale C. Andrews, PG, AEG 2013-14 Secretary and the association's newest Executive Council member. Andrews' involvement with AEG began by attending monthly Allegheny-Ohio Section meetings as a member of the Kent State student chapter back in 1997.
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'Vapor Intrusion' conference set Jan. 23-24 in North Carolina
The Carolinas Section of AEG and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources will host "Vapor Intrusion: The Conference — Legal, Technical, and Regulatory Perspectives" on Jan. 23-24, 2014. This conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in the Raleigh suburb of Cary, N.C.

The conference program includes perspectives on technical, regulatory and legal aspects of vapor intrusion. The aim of the program is to provide broad coverage of the state of scientific understanding, state and national regulatory frameworks and the direction of evolving science and policy efforts to address vapor intrusion. The target audience for the conference is environmental consultants and engineers, environmental and real estate attorneys, real estate and brownfield developers, property managers and regulators.

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AEG Member Benefit No. 37
AEG is a member society of the American Geosciences Institute. As a member society, AEG receives support from AGI in the form of lobbying efforts and publications and resources found on AGI's website and distributed directly to individuals via email.

AGI "provides information and education services to its members, promoting a united voice for the geoscience community," which includes you! By being a member of AEG, you have access to the wide array of resources that AGI provides — just one more thing your AEG membership has to offer. Join or renew your membership with AEG today!

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CSE Field Test recruitment flyer
The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists would like your help in distributing this flyer and application for an upcoming Field Test. We need Professional Geologists that are licensed in California to take a three-hour exam (with one-hour instruction time) at a local Prometric Testing Center (there are more than 20 throughout the state).
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Fellowship opportunity: AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in
Geoscience Communication

American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute, a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscience societies, seeks a highly creative communicator who is proficient in traditional and new media and can deliver geoscience information effectively to targeted audiences. Primary duties and responsibilities include convincing decision makers of the relevance and importance of geoscience information; creating information products that will enable decision makers to find, understand and use geoscience information; fostering communication between decision makers and geoscientists; and reporting on fellowship activities and achievements.

The preferred candidate will have excellent communication skills, in addition to a broad geoscience background. Candidates should hold or be pursuing a master's degree or higher. The fellowship is a six-month appointment, based at AGI headquarters in Alexandria, Va. It carries a stipend of $4,000 per month. Click here for more information. Candidates should submit a cover letter with contact information for three references, a brief statement of purpose and a resume (as a single Word or PDF document) here. Closing date is Dec. 11. Send all inquiries here.

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Support the geosciences by supporting the American Geosciences Institute
American Geosciences Institute
The geosciences are only as strong as the cohesiveness of our entire professional community. To that end, the American Geosciences Institute has spent the last year fostering initiatives to strengthen connections among geoscientists. The geoscientific community's influence with decision makers and the public is contingent on not only being a trusted voice of information but also a widely visible part of society.
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Is an oil crash on its way?
Five years ago, the world was in the grip of a financial crisis that is still reverberating around the globe. Much of the blame for that can be attributed to weaknesses in human psychology. We have a collective tendency to be blind to the kind of risks that can crash economies and imperil civilizations.

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AEG: Meet Sarah Kalika
The AEG Insider is proud to announce that we will feature short bios for either one of the six AEG Insider editors or a leader in the AEG community. Here is an introduction to one of the AEG leaders — Sarah Kalika.

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Mesmerizing lava lake movement revealed in time-lapse video
The thermal image sequence below shows the typical motion of the lava lake in Halema'uma'u Crater on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, revealing how the top cooler layer of crust constantly forms new patterns as the lava churns.

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Crossrail unveils its first completed tunnel
BBC News
VideoBriefThe first completed tunnel in the Crossrail project has been unveiled. Tunnel machine Phyllis bored 4.25 miles between Royal Oak and Farringdon in London in an 18-month operation. Crossrail's seven giant tunnelling machines have completed 15 miles of the 26 miles of new train tunnels.
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Geosciences Bulletin Board

Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Mesmerizing lava lake movement revealed in time-lapse video (LiveScience)
Which state falls south of Canada's southernmost border? (Public Radio International)
AEG: Meet Sarah Kalika (AEG)
How a 100-foot wave is created (The Telegraph)
Photographs of the Kedarnath debris flow in India (')

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Kansas City geologist: 'Sinking homes' shouldn't surprise builder
VideoBriefWithin a couple weeks, families who lived in the duplexes in Falcon Falls, a rental community in Kansas City, Mo., felt their homes start to collapse. The only choice left was to demolish. Those displaced families don't understand why the homes were built in the first place. Falcon Falls said they hired a company that drilled down and found the issue. UMKC geologist Dr. Richard Gentile helped map the area back in 2008. He doesn't agree with the findings Falcon Falls is pointing to.
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Views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those officially representing the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists except where expressly stated.

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