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2006 News Releases

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2006 News Releases

AGI Honored by California State Mining and Geology Board
The California State Mining and Geology Board has recognized the American Geological Institute (AGI) for its role in promoting earth science education and outreach in the state of California. AGI was officially honored at the December 14, 2006 State Mining and Geology Board meeting in Riverside, California, which included the presentation of a plaque citing the Mining and Geology Board?s appreciation for providing the tools and resources necessary to accomplish both the Board?s and AGI?s common goals of promoting earth science education.

Posted 12/29/2006

AGI Announces Publishing Agreement with Thomson Delmar Learning
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has entered an agreement with Thomson Delmar Learning to publish Environmental Science: Understanding Our Changing Earth, AGI?s newest curriculum project.

Posted 12/22/2006

AGI Announces Availability of Online Glossary of Geology
The Glossary of Geology, The American Geological Institute?s (AGI) premiere geoscience resource publication, is now available online. Available for both individual and institutional licensing, the online glossary is searchable using terms, words within terms or definitions, and categories.

Posted 11/16/2006

AGI Announces Winners of 2006 Earth Science Week Contests
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2006 Earth Science Week contests. The national contests capped off a week of celebration as students, educators, and members of the public explored the importance of citizen science as part of the 2006 Earth Science Week theme ?Be a Citizen Scientist!?.

Posted 11/07/2006

AGI Renames Legendary Geoscientist Award in Honor of Dr. Marcus E. Milling
The American Geological Institute (AGI) and the AGI Foundation have renamed the Legendary Geoscientist Award in honor of former AGI Executive Director, Dr. Marcus E. Milling, who passed away on October 17, 2006. The award will now be known as the Marcus E. Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal.

Posted 11/02/2006

Dr. Robert Hatcher to Receive AGI?s Ian Campbell Award for 2006
The AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for 2006 will be awarded to Dr. Robert D. Hatcher, Jr. in recognition of his contributions to the profession of geology. Hatcher will be presented this prestigious award at the Geological Society of America (GSA) Presidential Address Ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2006.

Posted 09/29/2006

Kluessendorf to be presented with the AGI Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences
The American Geological Institute (AGI) will be presenting Dr. Joanne Kluessendorf the 2006 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences. This award, given annually, honors an individual for contributions which lead to greater public appreciation and understanding of the role of the geosciences in society.

Posted 09/28/2006

AGI Announces New Executive Committee Officers
The American Geological Institute (AGI) welcomes three new officers to the positions of President-Elect, Secretary, and Member-at-large, Peter J. McCabe, Mary M. Poulton, and Lucy E. Edwards respectively.

Posted 09/28/2006

Earth Science Week Kicks Off with International EarthCache Day, Washington, D.C.
Earth Science Week 2006 will begin with the first International EarthCache Day from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The public is invited to join the EarthCache team from the Geological Society of America, in association with Groundspeak Inc., the American Geological Institute, and the National Park Service, in celebrating the exciting educational geocaching tool of EarthCaching at this event on the grounds northwest of the Washington Monument.

Posted 09/27/2006

AGI Announces Dr. Gail M. Ashley as New President
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce Dr. Gail M. Ashley as its new President She will be inducted on October 24, 2006 at the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Posted 09/26/2006

The American Geological Institute (AGI) and Scholastic Bring Earth Science Week to Life in Classrooms Nationwide October 8-14
The American Geological Institute (AGI), together with Scholastic, the global children?s publishing, education and media company, and the American Geological Institute Foundation, have developed ?The Wonders of Earth,? a new science teaching guide to promote science education in celebration of Earth Science Week 2006, October 8-14, 2006, and AGI?s newest educational program, K-5 GeoSource, an online science professional development tool for elementary-level teachers.

Posted 09/26/2006

Dr. M. Ray Thomasson to Receive the 2006 William B. Heroy Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to AGI
The American Geological Institute (AGI) announces Dr. M. Ray Thomasson as the 2006 William B. Heroy, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to AGI recipient. This annual award is given in recognition of exceptional long-term service and support of AGI programs and activities.

Posted 09/26/2006

AGI Adopts New Format for GeoSpectrum
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has updated its e-publication, GeoSpectrum, to better serve the 120,000 members of its Member Societies. Now in an easy-to-read online format, GeoSpectrum continues to cover the latest happenings within the geoscience profession.

Posted 09/18/2006

AGI Publishing the Geoscience Handbook
The American Geological Institute (AGI) announces the publication of The Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets 4th Edition. The book is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship to customers on September 15th, 2006. The Geoscience Handbook is the latest edition of AGI?s long-standing Data Sheets publication. With a new format and expanded coverage of technical topics across the geosciences, the Data Sheets earned its new title for the 4th edition. This compilation of geologic information includes references for key geological concepts and short tutorials useful for all professionals and students needing geoscience information quickly in the field, office or lab. The Geoscience Handbook covers diverse subjects from geophysics to geologic map symbols to GPS usage and everything in between.

Posted 09/05/2006

AGI Launches Earth Science Professional Development Web Site for K-5 Teachers
The American Geological Institute (AGI) launched K-5 GeoSource (http://www.k5geosource.org/), a professional development Web site for elementary-level teachers who teach earth science topics such as weather, fossils, rocks, soil, water and more.

Posted 08/21/2006

Geoscience Students Missing Job Opportunities
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has conducted a survey of students majoring in the geosciences and faculty to ascertain their attitudes towards employment in the geosciences. With a large percentage of the workforce retiring in coming years, job opportunities for recent graduates are plentiful with more openings than applicants to fill them. But many students are either unaware or uninterested in the fields where these employment opportunities exist.

Posted 08/09/2006

4,000 AGI Environmental Awareness Series Books to be distributed to Alaskan Educators
The Alaska Mineral & Energy Resource Education Fund (AMEREF), a partnership between the Alaska Department of Education and private industry, has purchased 4,000 Environmental Awareness Series books published by the American Geological Institute (AGI) to be distributed to Alaskan educators as part of the Alaskan Resources Kits.

Posted 07/20/2006

AGI Announces Release of 2006 Earth Science Week Toolkit
ALEXANDRIA, VA ? In support of Earth Science Week 2006 (October 8-14), the American Geological Institute (AGI), working with government agencies and other scientific and educational organizations, has developed the 2006 Toolkit for grades K-12 and beyond focusing on ?Be a Citizen Scientist?.

Posted 07/12/2006

U.S. Introductory Geoscience Enrollments Increase in 2004-2005
The American Geological Institute (AGI) conducted a survey to ascertain the number of students enrolled in introductory geoscience courses during the 2004-2005 academic year. 312 geoscience departments responded to this survey reporting a total of 191,778 students enrolled in three categories of introductory courses: physical geoscience, environmental geoscience, and geoscience of the National Parks or public lands. These introductory courses lay the foundation for our knowledge of energy and the environment.

Posted 07/05/2006

Earth Science Week National Contests Announced
The American Geological Institute is sponsoring three national contests as part of the 2006 Earth Science Week, ?Be a Citizen Scientist!? which is held October 8-14. The three contests including Photography, Visual Arts, and Essay, offer opportunities for both students and the general public to participate in Earth Science Week.

Posted 06/19/2006

AGI Publishes Coal and the Environment
To highlight the importance of coal in our daily lives and the environmental concerns that are associated with its mining and use, the American Geological Institute (AGI) has published Coal and the Environment (ISBN 0-922152-77-2) as part of the Environmental Awareness Series. Produced in cooperation with the Illinois Basin Consortium, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Office of Surface Mining with additional support from the AGI Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey, Coal and the Environment discusses the mining, processing, transportation, use, and environmental aspects associated with this important resource.

Posted 06/08/2006

AGI Announces Earth Science Week Theme for 2006
The American Geological Institute (AGI) announces the theme for Earth Science Week 2006: ?Be a Citizen Scientist!? The year?s Earth Science Week, October 8-14, will engage students and the public in conducting real ?citizen science? research and help to spread science literacy.

Posted 05/10/2006

Dr. Robert J. Weimer Named Recipient of 2006 Legendary Geoscientist Award
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce Dr. Robert J. Weimer as the recipient of the 2006 Legendary Geoscientist Award. Established in 1999, the award is presented to a geoscientist who has demonstrated a long history of scientific achievement and exceptional service to the geoscience profession.

Posted 03/22/2006

AGI Publishes 44th Edition of the Directory of Geoscience Departments
The latest edition of the Directory of Geoscience Departments (DGD) ? the definitive source for information about college and university geoscience departments in the United States and in 44 countries ? has just been published by the American Geological Institute (AGI).

Posted 03/13/2006


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