(WESTERVILLE, OH — June 7, 2017) Terry Morse, pictured here, has been selected as the incoming chief executive officer of the National Ground Water Association. He is the successor to Kevin McCray, CAE, who, after 22 years as CEO and 35 years in the groundwater industry, is retiring December 31, 2017.
“Terry brings experience and skills necessary as NGWA moves forward in dealing with the ever-changing business climates of our membership, as well as the Association itself,” said David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, the incoming board president and a member of the search task group. “NGWA looks forward to Terry joining our staff team this November as he works closely with Kevin during the final weeks of 2017,” added Board President Todd Hunter, CWD/PI. “Kevin helped NGWA tremendously by giving us ample lead time for an orderly and thoughtful transition.” Morse was selected from a field of 53 applicants, and is an association management veteran with a strong background in sales and marketing. Most recently, Morse has been a regional vice president for sales and marketing at RT Specialty LLC. This followed several years with the Ohio Independent Insurance Association, as well as at the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Gibson Foundation where he was the lead officer of the subsidiary of Gibson Guitar Corp. “My personal life experiences,” Morse said, “coupled with my professional education, training, and knowledge, have made me cognizant of how important the need is to protect our groundwater system through advocacy, education, public awareness, and professional training. The opportunity to join with others who share the same mission, vision, and values will be the pinnacle and most rewarding chapter of my professional career.” The CEO search task group was led by Jeffrey Williams, MGWC, CVCLD, the immediate past president of the NGWA Board of Directors. Joining him in the effort were representatives from all NGWA membership sections, including Hunter and Henrich, as well as Paul Eberhardt, Ronnie Hensley, and Scott King, PG. The search was facilitated by Nancy Rummel, CAE, herself an association management veteran, who owns a consulting business serving both nonprofit and for-profit clients. “NGWA is fortunate to have had an excellent field of candidates to consider and interview,” Williams said. “I couldn’t be more proud to work with such a group of thoughtful and engaged individuals during this most important task, and, with her experience, Ms. Rummel brought a wealth of information and guidance to the process.” Morse, a central Ohio resident, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration in brand marketing from the University of Liverpool (England).
Since the Association’s founding in 1948, it has had only four full-time chief executives. Jay H. Lehr, Ph.D., served from 1966 to 1991, David Schmitt from 1991 to 1995, and McCray from 1995 to 2017.
The Guidebooks Committee of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) is accepting nominations for the Best Guidebook Award(s) and Outstanding Geologic Field Trip Guidebook Series award. Geologic field trip guidebooks from any region that were produced from 2015-2017 can be considered for the award, which is awarded in the Fall at the annual meeting of the Geoscience Information Society. Via these awards, the GSIS seeks to recognize the value of guidebooks and reward examples of excellence. In addition to being outstanding in content, the nominated titles will be evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Publishers of Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks published by GSIS. A list of previous winners can be found online. Nominations, consisting of the title and bibliographic information (author, publisher, etc.) of the work or series, should be sent to the chair(s) of the Guidebooks Committee. The committee will begin the selection process in July.
Awards may be given in the following categories:
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Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained robust during the 2015-2016 academic year, with undergraduate enrollments slipping about 5%, while graduate enrollments dipped slightly. In 2016, 29,471 undergraduates and 10,054 graduate students were enrolled in U.S. geoscience programs.
Degree production at U.S. geoscience programs also remained strong with bachelor's and doctoral degrees rebounding, and master's degrees dropping slightly. The total degrees awarded in 2016: 3827 bachelor’s, 1270 master’s, and 690 doctorates.
For more details, view the latest Geoscience Currents online at https://www.americangeosciences.org/workforce/currents.
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The INTRAW consortium has recently launched three operational reports providing insights on best practices and weaknesses of raw materials research & innovation, education & outreach and industry & trade in the project’s five Reference Countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States of America.
The findings of these operational reports also contribute to the design of the International Observatory on Raw Materials that is to be launched by the end of 2017. The Observatory will be a permanent international body that will remain operational after the end of the project, aiming at the establishment and maintenance of strong long-term relationships with the world’s key players in raw materials technology and scientific developments.
The operational reports and their summaries are available through the project website at http://intraw.eu/publications/. We also invite you to follow the project’s seven-weeks-long social media campaign that provides further insights into the operational reports on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
Alexandria, VA - The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) once again is sponsoring a photo contest in celebration of Earth Science Week (October 8-14, 2017). What’s more, the contest, which honors this year's event theme of "Earth and Human Activity," features a new twist.
Students, geoscientists, and the general public are invited to submit entries for this year's photography contest, titled "Earth and Human Activity Here." Entries should show ways people affect, or are affected by, Earth systems in their local communities.
New to this year’s photo contest, AGI and Earth Science Week present the “Earth and Human Activity Here” Photo Map, now online at http://www.earthsciweek.org/content/earth-and-human-activity-here-photo-map. Select entries will be featured on the map, linked to the location of origin.
“We hope this innovation will serve as a powerful educational resource, fueling discussions in classrooms and other settings,” says AGI Outreach Manager Geoff Camphire. “As entries pour in throughout the year, we will continue populating the map with examples of ways that people interact with Earth systems where they live. Program participants, students, and teachers are invited to visit the website and view the wide variety of forms these interactions take.”
Selected winners will be awarded for their submissions. For guidelines and details, including how to submit your photos and what information should be included with your submissions, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests.
We are sending out packets to those CPGs who have been members of AIPG for 25 years. Each packet includes a letter, certificate, and a 25-year CPG pin. Please accept this small token of appreciate for your 25 years of active support!
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PRESS RELEASE | BRUSSELS | APRIL 2017 – The INTRAW project consortium recently launched three operational reports providing insights on best practices and weaknesses of raw materials research & innovation, education & outreach and industry & trade in the five Reference Countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States of America.
The EU-funded INTRAW project was launched in 2015 with the aim of mapping best practices and boosting cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and five technologically advanced non-EU countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States).
The project consortium now presents three reports that focus on raw materials research & innovation, education & outreach or industry & trade, in the five Reference Countries. These three reports underpin the development of a better understanding of the achievements made in these five countries in relation to the entire raw materials value chain. The operational report on research & innovation describes and compares the different innovation systems in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States, comprising – among others - the main role players, institutions and policies that drive research and innovation in the raw materials sector. The raw materials educational context in each of the Reference Countries is mapped in the operational analysis of education & outreach. The report on industry & trade notably includes the characterisation of industrial clusters related to raw materials in these countries and the way these clusters affect trade and global competition.
The findings of these operational reports also contribute to the design of the EU International Observatory on Raw Materials that is to be launched by the end of 2017. The Observatory will be a permanent international body that will remain operational after the end of the project, aiming at the establishment and maintenance of strong long-term relationships with the world’s key players in raw materials technology and scientific developments.
The operational reports and their summaries are available through the project website at http://intraw.eu/publications/. As a next step, INTRAW will launch, in the coming weeks, three scenarios describing the world of raw materials in 2050.
For more information: http://intraw.eu
The American Geosciences Institute’s Critical Issues program (www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues) provides accessible, decision-relevant information on issues at the intersection of the geosciences and society. The program aims to support connections and communication between the geoscience community and decision makers. Although the program caters to decision makers at all levels, it particularly focuses on state and local decision makers because these stakeholders are commonly underserved by geoscience policy efforts.
The Arizona Geological Survey released an Arizona Geology e-NewMagazine article detailing AGI’s Critical Issues Program’s efforts to pioneer a new approach for sharing societally-relevant science with state and local decision makers. The project comprises a web-based platform of resources bringing the expertise of the geoscience community to decision makers.
The AIPG National Awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner on September 25th in Nashville, Tennessee at the Marriott Hotel during the AIPG Annual National Conference. The awardees are: Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal - Stephen Testa, CPG (CA); Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award - Mike Lawless, CPG (VA); John T. Galey, Sr., Public Memorial Service Award - Jonathan Arthur, MEM (FL); Award of Honorary Membership - Dennis McGrath, CPG, (NY); Section Leadership Awards: Jayne Englebert, CPG, (WI), Dawn Garcia, CPG, (AZ), Curtis Hudak, CPG, (MN), Ron Wallace, CPG, (GA), and Robert Zierenberg, MEM, (CA).
The ballot for the AIPG 2018 National Officers will be available electronically in May and the paper ballot will be included in the AIPG April/May/June issue of "The Professional Geologist" (TPG). The candidates are: 2018 President Elect - Todd McFarland, CPG (TN) and Keri Nutter, CPG (AK); 2018 Vice President - Jeff Frederick, CPG (N.E.) and Christine Lilek, CPG (WI), and 2018/2019 Secretary - Kevin Gooding, CPG (HI) and Anne Murray, CPG (FL).
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Earth Science Week 2017 Contests Announced
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Alexandria, VA - In celebration of Earth Science Week 2017, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring four contests honoring this year's theme, "Earth and Human Activity." This year's competition will feature contests in photography, visual arts, essay writing, and video production. Students, geoscientists, and the general public are invited to participate in this year's photography contest, "Earth and Human Activity Here." Entries must be composed of original, unpublished material, and show ways people affect, or are affected by, Earth systems in their local communities.
This year's visual arts contest, "People and the Planet," is open to students in grades K-5. Can you create a picture that shows how human activities shape, and are shaped by, Earth systems? Use artwork to show "people and the planet" in the world that you know. Students in grades 6 through 9 may participate in the essay contest. This year's essays must address the idea of "Human Interaction With Earth Systems." Focusing on one area of human life, explain how geoscience helps us to make the most of opportunities and manage challenges.
Finally, AGI invites educators and their students to enter the "Earth Connections" video contest. Individuals or teams will submit a brief, original video that tells viewers how people affect Earth systems, or how Earth systems affect people, in your part of the world.
Selected winners will be awarded for their submissions. For guidelines and details, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests
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PRESS RELEASE | BRUSSELS | DECEMBER 2016 – In the framework of the first EU raw materials week, the INTRAW project consortium organised, on 30 November 2016, a scenario workshop in Brussels where three scenarios describing the world of raw materials in 2050 were discussed. Read more...
INTRAW scenario workshop: the world of raw materials in 2050 - (posted 12/12/16)
PRESS RELEASE | BRUSSELS | DECEMBER 2016 – In the framework of the first EU raw materials week, the INTRAW project consortium organised, on 30 November 2016, a scenario workshop in Brussels where three scenarios describing the world of raw materials in 2050 were discussed.
The EU-funded INTRAW project was launched in early 2015 with the aim of mapping best practices and boosting cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and five technologically advanced non-EU countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States). Read more
INTRAW PROJECT – SECOND JOINT PANELS OF EXPERTS WORKSHOP ON INTERNATIONAL RAW MATERIALS COOPERATION
PRESS RELEASE | BRUSSELS | OCTOBER 2016 – The experts involved in the EU?]funded INTRAW project gathered in Cornwall (UK) from 5 to 7 October 2016 for their second workshop in order to provide the project consortium with suggestions on how to enhance the European Union’ International Observatory for Raw Materials that will be launched by the end of the project’ lifetime. Read more