Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
- Luke Study Area (updated)
- Picacho Study Area (three seperate maps)
- Heaton Study Area
- Wintersburg Study Area
The AZGS has also made the geologic map of Arizona available digitally.
There are new science curricula ESS (Earth and Space Science) about to be adopted in Texas. A panel of colleagues was brought together to write the earth science curriculum, and it is about to be adopted by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). Amendments have been introduced to include non-scientific elements into the curriculum. All details, including links to the curriculum, names and addresses of the SBOE members, and messages from our professional colleagues in Texas are under http://www.aipg.org/StaticContent/anonymous/misc/earth_science_in_texas.htm.
The purpose of this message to you in all parts of the US is to request that you send a letter and email to each of the eight members of the Texas SBOE. The letter can be short and to the point. In essence, the SBOE should be asked to 1) support the ESS standards without revision, 2) not support any of the proposed amendments passed on January 22, and 3) not support any new amendments that may be brought forward.
AIPG has communicated with the Texas SBOE and colleagues in Texas. They are asking for support from across the nation. Please take a few moments to send a letter and an email to each SBOE member to keep the earth science curriculum objective. It's crucial to Texas and consequently the nation that science curricula remain objective.
Finally, please send a copy of any and all correspondence you send to the SBOE to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and warm regards,
William J. Siok, CPG,
EARTH SCIENCE WEEK UPDATE
American Geological Institute
Vol. 7, No. 2: February 2009
IN THIS ISSUE…
* Climate to Be Theme of Earth Science Week 2009
* Make Connections With Geoscience Partners Network
* NASA Webcasts Target Grades 3-8 Teachers
* AGI Reports on Geoscience Education, Workforce
* Young Earth Scientists to Gather in China
* Ward’s Natural Science an Earth Science Partner
Climate to Be Theme of
Earth Science Week 2009
AGI is pleased to announce the theme of Earth Science Week 2009:
"Understanding Climate." Being held October 11-17, Earth Science Week 2009 will promote scientific understanding of a timely, vital topic: Earth’s climate.
Begin planning now for activities and resources designed to help students and citizens answer key questions. How do geoscientists determine the causes of weather patterns? What is the difference between weather and climate? How has our climate changed in the past - and how is it changing now?
AGI hosts Earth Science Week in cooperation with sponsors as a service to the public and the geoscience community. Each year, local groups, educators, and interested individuals organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth.
The program is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the AAPG Foundation, and other major geoscience groups. To learn more about Earth Science Week, related resources, and ways to participate, go to http://www.earthsciweek.org.
Make Connections With
Geoscience Partners Network
To facilitate partnerships between educators and others in the geoscience community, AGI is launching the Geoscience Partners Network (GPN). Soon you’ll be able to use a powerful online tool - the GPN Map on the Earth Science Week website at http://www.earthsciweek.org - to identify geoscience partners near you, access relevant information, and network with colleagues to forge meaningful partnerships.
Want to organize a field trip or a classroom visit? Teachers can make the most of Earth Science Week and other educational opportunities by working closely with professional scientists, university professors, local employers, nonprofit representatives, environmental educators, and government leaders in the geosciences.
Planned to launch in the months prior to Earth Science Week 2009, the GPN Map will pinpoint local contacts near you for AGI Member Societies, state geological surveys, agencies such as USGS and NASA, universities offering geology programs, parks, museums, and other groups. To recommend an organization for inclusion, please contact AGI’s Jason Betzner (email@example.com).
NASA Webcasts Target
Grades 3-8 Teachers
NASA Langley Research Center, working in cooperation with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the Virginia Department of Education Region 2 Math/Science Coalition, is offering a series of professional development webcasts for teachers of grades three through eight.
Airing 4-5:30pm EST, upcoming webcasts on Earth system science topics will include:
* Solar Radiation and the Atmosphere (March 19),
* Tides (April 16), and
* The Story of Ocean Heat Storage (June 18).
NASA is a longtime Earth Science Week partner. The webcasts can be viewed on the NASA Digital Learning Network at http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/.
AGI Reports on Geoscience
Trends in Earth science education are a major focus of "Status of the Geoscience Workforce 2009," a report recently released by AGI’s Workforce Program. The first chapter, "Trends in Geoscience Education from K-12 through Community College" (http://www.agiweb.org/workforce/reports.html) details U.S. students’ access to Earth science education.
For example, most states include Earth science in the curriculum for grades six to eight, according to the report. The number of states requiring Earth science has increased only slightly in recent years, however, from five in 2002 to seven in 2007. For the past 26 years, the share of high school students taking Earth science courses has not exceeded 25 percent.
Based on original data collected by AGI as well as from federal sources, professional membership organizations, and industry, the report describes the supply and training of students, workforce demographics and employment projections, and trends in geosciences research funding and economic indicators. Produced with support from the AGI Foundation, the entire report is available online (http://www.agiweb.org/workforce/).
Young Earth Scientists
To Gather in China
The Young Earth Scientists for Society (YES) network, an association of geoscientists under age 35 representing geological societies worldwide, in collaboration with the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE), is organizing an international conference for young earth scientists, policy makers, advisors and decision makers.
The YES Congress will be held at the China University of Geosciences, in Beijing, China October 25-28, 2009. The conference will discuss global climate, environmental, and geological challenges and establish an interdisciplinary global network committed to solving these challenges.
Abstracts for oral presentations, poster presentations, and roundtable symposia are due by March 30. To learn more, visit http://www.yescongress2009.org/index.php.
Ward’s Natural Science
An Earth Science Partner
Ward’s Natural Science, an Earth Science Week partner, provides a wide range of geoscience education materials, from classroom and field equipment to lab activities designed specifically for teaching Earth science.
Earth science materials available through Ward’s include geology apparatus and collections, fossil reproductions and specimens, meteorology equipment, lab activities, models, rock and mineral specimens, books, charts, maps, posters, audio-visual materials, and computer software. A supporter of education for nearly 150 years, Ward’s offers additional information and a free newsletter at http://www.wardsci.com.
The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 45 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contactus/index.html.
Friday, February 20, 2009
From AEG National:
The Joint Task Force on Areas of Practice (JTFAP) has completed their corroborative efforts and preparation of the Practice Guidelines document for engineering and geology. This is a joint effort among AEG, ASCE, and AIPG over the past years. Consistent with the JTFAP Charter and direction provided by AEG's Directors, this document will not be published until our members have had the opportunity to review and comment.
That review period begins on February 20, 2009 and ends on March 22, 2009. Comments will only be received by members of AEG. If you are acquainted with others whom have expressed interest or you otherwise feel may have interest in providing comments, those comments will need to be provided through the AEG member.
Comments will be reviewed and may be incorporated into the final document. Arrangements are being made to strive toward a joint publication among the three representative organizations and perhaps others. We look forward to your comments and a final publication that will serve our community of geologists and engineers with practice guidance that furthers both professions and the joint practice between both disciplines.
To access the document, log on to www.aegweb.org with your Username and Password. If you have forgotten these, you can contact Cathy Wilson at 303-757-2926 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the information. Once you are logged on, please click on the “JTFAP Draft Document” link in the middle of the Welcome Page.
Comments on the document will only be accepted through the email response link on the page. By completing the response form, you will help the Committee review all member comments in an efficient manner.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and comments.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
For All Arizona Students and Professionals in Groundwater,
Environmental, & Engineering Geology,
Geotechnical Engineering and Geological Engineering Fields
Thursday, April 2, 2009
5:30 – 7:00 Career Fair and Mingling
7:00 – 7:45 Dinner
7:45 – 8:45 Student Presentations
8:45 – 9:00 Award Presentations
University of Arizona, Tucson
Catalina and Tucson Meeting Rooms
Arizona Hydrological Society
Phoenix and Tucson Chapters
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in Water Resources Planning
The University of Arizona
Student Union Memorial Center Ballroom
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Water Resources Research Center 2009 Annual Conference
In collaboration with the Morris K. Udall Foundation and Arizona Water Institute
The Water Resources Research Center at The University of Arizona is pleased to announce that registration is open for its 2009 Annual Conference. Please help us spread the word; post our announcement on your websites and bulletin boards, include it in your newsletters, and pass the information along to others.
Betsy Rieke, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science and Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, will present the opening keynote address on her experiences with major water negotiations. Planners, stakeholders and engagement professionals will share their knowledge and experiences in the field. We will also hear about new technologies and innovations applied in a range of water planning processes. As luncheon speaker, Grady Gammage will share his thoughts on the challenges facing Arizona’s water planners and stakeholders.
New to our conference this year, posters are invited that present lessons learned about stakeholder engagement in water resources planning. See CALL FOR POSTERS on the conference web site noted below. A dedicated poster session will allow time for exchange with presenters. In addition, there will be an opportunity for participants to choose one of three interactive workshops to share experiences and craft new ideas.
Anyone with an interest in water resources planning is encouraged to join us for this informative and engaging event.
Early bird registration – $55.00 (after February 16 cost will be $65.00)
Student registration – No Charge (must register)
Ample parking at no additional cost!
This link also provides Call for Posters, Agenda and conference information.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Susanna Eden
May 11 - 14, 2009
Hosted by the
Arizona Department of Transportation & Federal Highway Administration
Monday, May 11 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Registration/Reception/Exhibits
Tuesday, May 12 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Technical Sessions/Exhibits
Wednesday, May 13 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Technical Sessions/Field trip/Exhibits
Thursday, May 14 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm - Technical Sessions
Wednesday, May 13 will be specifically used to demonstrate the practical application of geophysical methods for geotechnical subsurface investigations. Due to the limited time frame of the conference, the technology demonstration will be limited to seismic refraction and resistivity techniques. The following rough agenda is envisioned for that day:
● 2 or 3 state DOT case histories;
● Field trip to demonstrate equipment supplied by the various manufacturers;
● Presentation of data reduction and interpretation using the current state of practice;
● Presentation of state of the art seismic equipment and processing.
Conference Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Phoenix
2532, W. Peoria Avenue
Phoenix, AZ., 85029
Phone: (602) 943-2341; (800) 972-3574
Fax: (602) 331-9351
Block of Rooms: A block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel has been reserved at a rate of $96.00 per night, plus tax, under the Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference. Reservations should be made no later than April 17, 2009. Please identify yourself as an attendee of the 2009 Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference when making your reservations. Early reservation is strongly recommended. Hotel check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is 12:00 noon.
Registration Fee: $150.00 which includes a reception on Monday evening, and breakfast, breaks and lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Travel to/from Airport: Both shuttle and taxi services are available. Shuttle charge is $23.00, one-way (http://www.supershuttle.com/); Taxi charge is $45.00, one-way. Please contact the persons listed below, or visit the hotel website (link), for more information on these services.
Arizona Technical Training Institute (ATTI)
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=aM2M_2fmxD_2bCxjiKEm20ON_2bA_3d_3dWe have just launched a new survey that will be instrumental in helping us make the best decisions when we update the Association’s strategic plan at our April 17 workshop. AEG’s strategic plan serves as the foundation for decisions related to the allocation of our time and resources. To adapt to a rapidly changing environment, we are committed to assessing and revising the original plan (established in 2004) on a regular basis. Member input has proven to be essential to the development of the best possible plan.
We are asking you to play a major role in this process in two ways. First, please take the survey yourself as soon as you possibly can. Second, please emphasize to all of your colleagues at the section and chapter level how important it is for them to participate. As an added incentive, the survey concludes with a contest to suggest a slogan for AEG. We think this will be both fun and add extra insight into how AEG is perceived by its members. First prize in the contest is a free AEG membership.
Please know that all survey answers will be confidential; all data will be reviewed and summarized by an outside facilitator. Please take 10 minutes of your time now to complete the survey. All you need to do is hit this link: