Do you have an efficient and convenient way to carry your tools, maps and instruments in the field? We have a nice selection of rock bags, field brief cases, tool carriers, waist packs, pouches, belt packs and lanyards that will help you stay organized in the field.
“Doane College will begin offering a new three-year degree program that will save eligible undergraduates money on the cost of their degree and give them an extra year of earning power. Degree programs have not been modified or reduced in any way. Instead, [...] students will take classes in fall, spring and summer.” Quoted from the Doane College press release.
Perhaps some geology programs with summer field courses will consider the three year schedule?
“Hans de Marie is one of three scientific glassblowers at the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Their job is to make complex and often one-of-a-kind instruments in glass with millimetre precision.” Quoted from the Shell article.
The American Geosciences Institute has a new issue of Geoscience Currents that presents summary statistics on the enrollment of students by gender in undergraduate and graduate geoscience programs in the United States.
The average scientist is reading fewer research papers these days according to a study summarized on Nature.com. Although digital consumption surpassed print consumption, the total number of papers read declined.
Vince Matthews has a short article on the Speaking of Geoscience Blog titled: On the Shoulders of Giants: A 125th Anniversary Retrospective. It looks back at the work of S.F. Emmons, Frank Taylor, Margaret Fuller Boos, and N.L. Bowen.
“AGI is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. The successful candidate will spend 12 months (starting September 2014) in Washington D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or on a congressional committee. Minimum requirements are a Master’s degree with at least three years of post-degree work experience or a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Applications are due February 1, 2014.”
“Eighty per cent of scientific data are lost within two decades [...] the current system of leaving data with authors means that almost all of it is lost over time.” Quoted from the University of British Columbia media release.
“We strongly recommend that students do some physical training—hiking, biking, running—over the summer to get their bodies ready for this… [...] … we will be hiking through altitude changes, through streams and across rough terrain. You may wish to do a few practice outings to discover how you like to arrange your backpack, what types of freeze-dried food to consider, and learn the intricacies of your tent and sleeping gear.” Quoted from the course website.
“The Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding at the American Geosciences Institute has released a landmark report on the status of Earth Science education in U.S. middle and high schools, describing in detail significant gaps between identified priorities and lagging practice.” Quoted from the AGI press release.
The new edition of Geoscience Currents by the American Geosciences Institute looks at the “decision points for majoring in the geosciences” of recent graduatese. Fewer than 25% decided on a geoscience major before entering college.
“According to a recently published report by the National Science Foundation, science and engineering employment in the United States is geographically concentrated in a small number of states. Further, several major metropolitan areas within these states account for the highest S&E employment.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.
“The American Geosciences Institute is expanding eligibility for its annual Earth Science Week photography contest to allow international members of all AGI Member Societies to participate for the first time.” Quoted from the AGI press release.
Each year, more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to CDC, making it the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States. The new estimate suggests that the total number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease is roughly 10 times higher than the yearly reported number.
Slate has a report listing the 20 large United States companies with the highest turnover rates. Many of them are tech companies (that surprisingly includes Google at #3. A few oil and gas companies are on the list.
– Geologic Map Day: Celebrate on October 18
– “Visiting Geoscientists” Make Impact on Students
– Switch Energy Project DVD in 2013 Toolkit
– EarthScope Speaker Series Explores Quakes, Eruptions
– PDF Guide Ensures “No Child Left Inside”
– More Geoscience Resources in Spanish and English
– New Report Highlights Remote Sensing Imagery
“The competition will highlight student research from around the world that utilizes field mapping and the creation of geologic maps as a major component.”
Quote from the contest announcement on the Geological Society of America website.
The FuelFix.com website has an article titled: “Oil industry demands most grueling work weeks — but offers top pay”. It profiles the work and wages of roustabouts, drillers, service unit operators, fuel tank drivers, petroleum plant operators and other occupations outside of the oil industry.
“In 2012, 69% of the 7,445 geoscience majors at 26 Texas public universities had transferred from one of 67 Texas community colleges. [...] Understanding the flow of students from community colleges to four-year institutions allows faculty to develop closer cross-institutional ties that can foster a stronger pipeline between community college and university programs. ” Quoted from the AGI Geoscience Currents.
GeoCorps America is a program offering paid, short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world.
Just a few of the Fall/Winter Positions….
Curator Intern – Dinosaur National Monument
GIS Technician – Delaware Water Gap
Hydrological Technician – Redwoods National Park
Physical Science Technician – Grand Canyon National Park
Guest Scientist – Yosemite National Park
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