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2014 Annual Meeting Short Courses
Need CEUs? Our Short Courses offer eight CEU credits each.

The following courses are scheduled for the 2014 Annual Meeting:
  • Short Course 1: Recognizing Natural Hazards Using Aerial Images
    Sept. 23, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Short Course 2: Introduction to MODFLOW-USG
    Sept. 23, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Short Course 3: LIDAR Scanning and Point Cloud Processing for Rock
    Characterization and Slope Stability

    Sept. 27, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Short Course 4: Estimation of Soil Properties for Foundation Design
    Sept. 27, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Short Course 5: Philosophy of Professional Ethics for
    Geoscientists and Engineers

    Sept. 23, 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.
A new-student rate of $75 is available for each course. For complete details, visit here.
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Check out these AEG members in the news
AEG members Jeffrey R. Keaton and John deLaChapelle were part of a Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance team to review the 2014 Oso Landslide in Snohomish County, Washington. The report has just been released and can be found here.

For more information on GEER and how you can be involved, click here.

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Scientist stories: Scott Burns, geologist
Sarah Fox spent a day with AEG member Scott Burns to learn more about engineering geology and its benefit to society. Check out the video here.
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Opportunities for young professionals to travel to the AEG Annual Meeting
Professional members of AEG ages 35 and under attending their first Annual Meeting as a professional member are encouraged to apply for the AEG Young Professional Travel Grant. The intent of the Young Professional Travel Grant is to help defer the cost of attending the AEG Annual Meeting for young professionals when an employer is unable to support their attendance. This is a competitive $500 grant and will be awarded to at most two applicants based on availability of funds and quality of applications.

  • Applicant must be a professional member of AEG.
  • Applicant must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of the Annual Meeting for which this application is submitted.
  • This must be the first year attending the AEG Annual Meeting as a Professional Member.
  • Applicant must complete all parts of this application and submit completed application in accordance with the instructions specified at the end of the second page.
Please submit this application via email by Aug. 1. Notification of the grant will be sent by Aug. 15. Upon submittal of expense report (form to be provided by AEG with notification), the treasurer will mail the recipient a check. Download the application here.

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AEG Student/Professional Networking Reception
Looking forward to growing your contact list at this year's AEG Annual Meeting? The Annual Student and Professional Networking Event is happening again! This fun and relaxed event is the perfect place for you to make new friends and meet future employers/employees. You don't want to miss it! Be sure to sign up on your registration form.

The reception is scheduled from 5:15 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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AEG sponsors the Southeastern States Vapor Intrusion Symposium
SouthEastern States Vapor Intrusion Symposium and AEG
AEG members are eligible to receive a discount on registration to the Southeastern States Vapor Intrusion Symposium, scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2 in Atlanta.

For more information on the conference, see the conference flier, or visit the symposium website.

To register and receive a discount as an AEG member, click here.

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Unlocking the Cascadia Subduction Zone's secrets: Peering into recent
research and findings

EARTH Magazine
The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a 1,000-kilometer-long subduction zone stretching from Mendocino, California, to north of Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Those living along this stretch are occasionally treated to some shaky moments by the subduction of the Juan de Fuca Plate beneath the massive North American Plate. But the real threat is a potentially devastating magnitude-9 earthquake and the potentially ensuing tsunami — which has happened before and will happen again. But when? And what will happen when this massive fault does start shaking?
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AGU geoscience workforce issues: Call for abstracts
American Geophysical Union and AEG
While the number of students earning degrees in the geosciences has increased slightly in the last few years, the number of professionals leaving the workforce has increased more rapidly. With a projected increased in the number of positions available to geoscientists, the difference between the supply trained geoscience professionals and the demand for their services is expected to grow substantially in the next decade. This session on geoscience workforce issues explores issues affecting the supply of geoscientists including general demography, increasing gender equity in many fields and a persistent lack of diversity caused by small numbers of students from underserved groups entering the field.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract on the subject, the deadline is Aug. 6. More information can be found here. Inquire about Session ID #1565.

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Geophysics for combined sewer overflow remediation project
Geotechnology, Inc.
Geotechnology, Inc. performed seismic reflection surveying to image bedrock and suspected faults in the zone of a planned conveyance/storage tunnel for a combined wastewater/storm water tunnel which is anticipated to be between 200 and 220 feet below the ground surface.

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House approves 4 committee bills
Committee on Science, Space and Technology
The House of Representatives has approved four Science, Space, and Technology Committee bills with broad bipartisan support, including the STEM Education Act of 2014 (H.R. 5031), introduced by Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas.

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Geotechnical work underway on 'new' section of Historic Highway
NASA via ScienceDaily
Geotechnical work has commenced for a project involving reconstructing the Historic Columbia River Highway in Hood River County as a segment of Oregon's Historic Highway State Trail. The geotechnical scope consists of 48 test pits and 58 boreholes and is constructing 4,000 linear feet of temporary access roads.

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House Appropriations Committee passes geo-friendly bill for 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations
On July 15, the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill to fund Interior and environment programs in fiscal year 2015. The appropriations bill includes $1.035 billion for USGS, an increase of $3.7 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. Details about funding for each division within USGS are available on the Coalition's website.

A copy of the bill report is available here.

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Scientists discover evidence of super-fast deep earthquake
Geology Times
As scientists learn more about earthquakes that rupture at fault zones near the planet's surface — and the mechanisms that trigger them — an even more intriguing earthquake mystery lies deeper in the planet. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have discovered the first evidence that deep earthquakes, those breaking at more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) below Earth's surface, can rupture much faster than ordinary earthquakes. The finding gives seismologists new clues about the forces behind deep earthquakes as well as fast-breaking earthquakes that strike near the surface.
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Rainwater discovered at new depths, with high pressure and temperatures over 300 degrees Celsius
University of Southampton via ScienceDaily
Researchers have found that rainwater can penetrate below the Earth's fractured upper crust, which could have major implications for our understanding of earthquakes and the generation of valuable mineral deposits. It had been thought that surface water could not penetrate the ductile crust — where temperatures of more than 300 degrees Celsius and high pressures cause rocks to flex and flow rather than fracture — but researchers have now found fluids derived from rainwater at these levels. Fluids in the Earth's crust can weaken rocks and may help to initiate earthquakes along locked fault lines.
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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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