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AEG 56th Annual Meeting
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Come celebrate the AEG Washington Section's 50th Anniversary with your fellow environmental and engineering geologists Sept. 8-15, and enjoy the natural beauty and diverse dining, cultural and entertainment attractions of the Seattle area. Click here for more information. Abstracts for oral talks and posters may be submitted until May 1 here. The current list of planned Technical Sessions are listed below, but abstracts on all environmental and engineering geology topics are welcome.
Technical Sessions:
  • Groundwater and Karst
  • Landslides <>
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Seismic Hazards
  • Mine Reclamation and Waste Management
  • Subsidence
  • Engineering Geology and Forestry
  • Dam Rehabilitation and Modifications
  • Geologic Issues with Risk-Based Assessments
  • Environmental Site Characterization and Remediation
  • Flooding and Coastal Hazards
  • Licensure and Professional Practice
  • Geologic Resource Management
  • Geophysics


AEG Shlemon Conference: Dam foundation failures and incidents
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The next Shlemon Specialty Conference will be held May 16-17 in Denver. The focus of the conference will be a detailed review of select dam failures and incidents to provide a "lessons learned" to practicing engineering geologists. Click here for more information. More

2013 Outstanding Section Awards
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Section chairs: Don't forget to submit your 2013 Outstanding Section Award application this year to be eligible to be awarded $750 for your section. Outstanding Section Award applications are due to Headquarters ( by Aug. 14, which is 30 days prior to the annual board meeting, to be held in Seattle this year. You MUST complete and submit the Outstanding Section Award application in order to be eligible for the Outstanding Section of the Year. This award was established by the board of directors in 2001 to honor a section of the association judged to excel in a number of areas, including professional activities, communications, membership and networking. More

Section reports solicitation
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Cynthia Palomares, Section Chapter Support Committee Co-Chair, writes, "Section chairs: Please be sure and submit a summary of your section activities to Anna Saindon, AEG NEWS editor to be published quarterly in the Homefront Section of the AEG NEWS. The next deadline for submittals to the AEG NEWS is April 30 for the June issue. Please provide a summary of your section meetings, field trips, outreach events, student events, fundraisers, etc., so that other AEG members can learn about your sections activities." More

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AEG member profile: Nichole Wendlandt
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My name is Nichole Wendlandt, and I'm an active AEG member in the Allegheny-Ohio Section and on the association level. My graduate advisor, Dr. Abdul Shakoor, introduced me to AEG in 2004 through the Kent State University AEG Student Chapter. Shortly after joining AEG as a student member, I attended my first Annual Meeting. That experience was, and every Annual Meeting I've attended since, has been beneficial technically, a networking opportunity and fun. More

Seeking award nominations
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Please submit your AEG Awards nominations by March 15. It's time to submit your nominations for Honorary Member, Claire P. Holdredge Award, Floyd T. Johnston Service Award, Karl and Ruth Terzaghi Mentor Award, and Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology Award. Please submit your nominations to AEG Headquarters by March 15. More

Help bring AEG benefits to students!
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While AEG boasts more than 1,000 student members, only 29 student chapters currently exist to support our future professionals. To address this issue, the AEG Student & Young Professional Support Committee has begun a University Outreach program to promote AEG and establish new student chapters. Increasing the number of student chapters will help students benefit from increased exposure to professional development and networking opportunities, access to scholarships, and notifications of AEG news, events and programs. You can help! The SYPSC has created an online "easy reply" form in which you can provide us with contact information for your alma mater in under a minute. Click here to start the "easy-reply" form. For more information click here.

AEG wants to know how you conduct public outreach
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The AEG, through various committees, including Strategic Planning, Advocacy, and Membership & Messaging, to name a few, is seeking information from our members about what you do to conduct public outreach. Have you helped scouts get a belt loop or merit badge? Have you spoken to K-12 students about environmental and engineering geology? Do you present to university or college students? Have you spoken to other associations, like the Rotary Club, about what you do? Please share your stories and send them to Serin Bussell. For more information click here.

AEG to partner with NPS to promote National Fossil Day, 2013
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The Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists has signed on to partner with the National Park Service to promote National Fossil Day on Oct. 16. National Fossil Day is a nationwide celebration organized by the National Park Service and a partnership between federal and state agencies, professional organizations, museums and universities, and other groups to "promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values." More

AGI Geoscience Currents No. 68: US Geoscience enrollments and degrees, 2011-2012
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New data collected by the American Geosciences Institute reaffirms a decadelong trend of continued growth in U.S. undergraduate enrollments in the geosciences during the 2011-2012 academic year, with an increase of 3.3 percent over the 2010-2011 numbers. In addition, this year saw a landmark increase in the number of Master's degrees awarded, with a 44 percent increase, rising to more than 1,500 for the academic year. Most of these increases were seen at schools in the Gulf Coast region and the Northeastern United State.

For more information, see Currents No. 68.

Geosciences bulletin board
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Wolverines adapting to climate change — humans have different perspective
So what do we "blame" now for changes in climate?
The house where Darwin lived continues to evolve
Where to go on vacation? America's dinosaur playground
Keep your kitty indoors! New estimate of the impacts of feral cats on other species
Long-term threats of plastic pollution in the ocean
Bringing remote sensing down from outer space
Conflict between the century-old theory of classical electrodynamics and Einstein's theory of special relativity doesn't exist
What hoodoos tell us about earthquakes

SEDHYD 2014 call for papers
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The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 15.

SEDHYD 2014 is a joint meeting of the 10th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference and the 5th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference that will be held in Reno, Nev., March 23-27, 2014.

Please note that abstracts submitted now will not be printed or made available. When authors prepare their technical papers or poster papers, they can finalize their abstract in the paper, which will be included in the digital conference proceedings.

The proceedings from the last joint conference in 2010 are posted here.

Looking for a job?
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At AEG Careers page you can search for jobs in the fields of Environmental Geology, Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Academics and many more. New jobs are posted every day. So, if you're looking for your first job, looking for a change of scene, or looking to get back in the game — look no further. Post your resume today and start receiving job alerts now! More

Looking to hire?
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Visit the AEG Careers page to post your position for as little as $495! If you're searching for someone with the skills you need and the professional background you're looking for, then you've come to the right place. Many AEG Members actively participate in Continuing Education workshops and attend Technical Session seminars to further their professional development and technical knowledge. Hire an AEG Member today! More


US polluting potential drinking water
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Mexico's plan to draw drinking water from an underground aquifer has led scientists to question the U.S.'s policy of not using underground water reserves and for closing off the potential to do so by polluting a high level of underground wells. The Los Angeles Times has reported that Mexico City plans to utilize an aquifer located more than a mile below ground. This is being considered in order to reduce the city's dependence upon water being pumped from outlying areas and to lower the impact upon the region's shallower aquifers. More

New York hires fracking geologist with ties to industry
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New York's study of potential links between hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes may be tainted by the selection of a university geologist and gas-industry consultant to lead the review, drilling critics said. Robert Jacobi was picked by the Department of Environmental Conservation for a seismology study as part of its environmental review of the drilling process known as fracking, Lisa King, an agency spokeswoman, said. "It raises questions about whether the DEC is just following the lead of industry on this or is taking their work seriously," Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative, said. More

Deeper understanding of drought cycles in Central America
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Historic lake sediment dug up by University of Pittsburgh researchers reveals that oceanic influences on rainfall in Central America have varied over the last 2,000 years, highlighting the fluctuating influence the Atlantic and Pacific oceans have on precipitation. More

Water's growing value will generate more accessible supply
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Unused groundwater resources present a bright future for our nation's water needs. We have long believed a planet whose surface is covered by water should not be facing water shortages. However, 97 percent of the Earth's water is too salty for humans and agriculture. Glaciers and ice caps put another significant portion out of reach. Groundwater resources, much of which have long been considered out of human reach, are becoming increasingly available thanks to technological advances driven by increasing water value. More


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