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The Potomac Geophysical Society will hold its March 18th meeting at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club in Arlington, VA, in the Campaign Room. This month’s meeting will feature two talks:
The Nexus of Effective Communication of Geoscience Information to the Public and the Profession, by Patrick Leahy of the American Geological Institute.
Science and Communicating with Media, by Angela Botzer of National Geographic.
For more information about the Potomac Geophysical Society and upcoming meetings, visit http://www.potomacgeophysical.com/.
The Petroleum History Institute and the Lafayette Geological Society are now calling for abstracts for their 2010 Oil History Symposium in Lafayette, Louisiana.Â The 2010 Oil History Symposium, April 29th-May 1st 2010,Â will explore the theme “Migration to the Gulf Coast and Beyond.”
For more information visit www.petroleumhistory.org.
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has released a new video entitled â€œThis is AGIâ€ available on the AGI website.
This eight minute video provides information on AGIâ€™s mission, its history, and details the many services AGI provides to its Member Societies and the general public. â€œAn organization as diverse asAGI with a mission reaching out to many constituencies is hard to describe in a few words. This video provides a genuine and full view of the institute,â€ says Richard Powers, AGI President.
View the video to learn about AGIâ€™s role in building a strong geoscience workforce. See our involvement in ensuring Americaâ€™s student s receive a quality earth science education in both K-12 anduniversity levels. Learn about the services we provide to the profession such as GeoRef, image and video archives. Plus, watch to see how AGI promotes the geosciences to policymakers through ourstrong and active Government Affairs Program.
To view â€œThis is AGIâ€ please visit http://www.agiweb.org/about.html.
Geoscientists are invited to join organized groups of scientists and engineers for workshops and visits with congressional members and committees in April and September 2010. Decision makers need to hear from geoscientists. Become a citizen geoscientist and join many of your colleagues for a workshop at AGU headquarters followed by a day conducting visits with members of Congress or congressional staff on Capitol Hill to speak on the importance of geoscience research, development, and education.
April 28-29, 2010
Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (SET-CVD), a larger event for all the sciences. More information is available at: http://www.setcvd.org.
September 21-22, 2010
Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD), an event specifically geared towards geoscientists. For a synopsis of last yearâ€™s event, go to the AGI event site: http://www.agiweb.org/gap/events/geocvd09/index.html.
Several geoscience societies, including AGI, AAPG, AGU and GSA, are involved in organizing these events. Please contact Linda Rowan, email@example.com, Director of Government Affairs at AGI, or the public policy office of one of the other societies with any questions and to sign-up.
Are you interested in history, philosophy, or sociology?Â Do you want to learn how these disciplines can improve research and education in the earth sciences?Â If so, check out the website of the International History and Philosophy of Science Teaching Group (IHPST).
IHPST invites doctoral students in the geosciences to participate in a special presentation forum during their biennial meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2011.Â The forum will allow graduate students to discuss their research with professors and other graduate students.Â For more information about this opportunity, email Glenn Dolphin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications are now available online for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists/ExxonMobil Student Education Program (SEP).Â This program offers travel grants to graduate students pursuing degrees in the geosciences.
The application deadline for a grant to Russia is January 12, 2010, and for Europe is January 20, 2010.Â Visit the program website for application materials.
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) is inviting abstract submissions for their 2010 Summer Research Workshop:Â “Subsalt Exploration and Development:Â Four years later, what’s new in acquisition, imaging, andinterpretation?”Â Â This event is scheduled for July 26-29, 2010, at Squaw Valley Resort in Olympic Valley, California, USA.Â The submission deadline is April 20, 2010.
Check out the event website for more details.
November 19, 2009:Â Rob Thomasâ€”a professor of geology at The University of Montana Westernâ€”will receive one of four 2009 U.S. Professors of the Year Awards today in a ceremony at the Willard InterContinental Washington in Washington, DC.
Thomas is being honored for his commitment to teaching field geology to undergraduate students. He also helped the University of Montana Western become the first public university to transition from regular semester courses to block scheduling.Â As part of this new schedule, Thomas offers a course title â€œExperience One,â€ where geology students enroll in a single course for 18 days.Â Coursework is primarily outside in a field setting and focuses on real-world research projects.
The 2009 U.S. Professors of the Year Awards are administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and Websoft sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.Â These awards recognize professors for excellence in teaching and commitment to undergraduate students.Â Along with four national winners, CASE and Carnegie have selected state-level Professors of the Year from 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam.
Michigan State University has proposed closing its Department of Geological Sciences.Â Â This measure is part of a larger cost-saving effort to deal with state budget shortfalls and the economic downturn.Â The Geological Sciences Department at MSU is home to undergraduate, masters and doctorate-level programs.
For more information about the school’s proposed changes and the administrative process involved, visit the school’s official website at http://shapingthefuture.msu.edu/ and http://news.msu.edu/story/7056/.Â Read reactions to the proposed department closing in the Haspsoftware.com press at the Lansing State Journal website and StateNews.com.