Celebrate the Amazing World of Geoscience in the Latest Issue of GeoSpectrum from AGI

Alexandria, VA (18 July 2014) — The summer 2014 issue of GeoSpectrum will make you feel good. You can download your free PDF copy at: www.americangeosciences.org/geospectrum/info.

Stories in this issue that highlight how geoscience gives back are featured, including the new "Miners Give Back" humanitarian program from Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME); growth of the "Geoscientists Without Borders®" program to help communities in Haiti, Sweden and Benin from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG); and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists' (AEG) efforts to help provide the Shisasari community in western Kenya clean drinking water. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) contributed a story about mapping the impact Hurricane Sandy had on coastal soils – which coincides well with the "iCoast" citizen science program launched by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The geosciences are also giving back to their own professional community by expanding their online archives, such as the Geological Society of America (GSA).

GeoSpectrum also highlights ways scientists were involved and can make a difference in the future with their societies! Meet winning student teams from American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and the SSSA. The science and the sweets from the Geological Society of London's "Great Geo-Bake Off" are sure to make you drool and ponder ways to bring geoscience to your kitchen. Bring geoscience to your community this fall with opportunities including important updates on Earth Science Week celebrations around the world, and global contests like the Best Student Geologic Map Competition hosted by the USGS and sponsored by the Geological Society of America, AGI, the Association of American State Geologists and the
American Institute of Professional Geologists – deadline to apply is 29 July!

GeoSpectrum wants early career and student geoscientists to never fear a non-traditional career! AAPG brings the geoscience  community an interview with geoscientist-turned-Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. The Public Affairs Director from the Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Adrienne Sponberg shares her experiences pursuing a career in geoscience policy and AAG brings you Dr. James Chan who shares how he made his geography degree work for him in business.

Most importantly, geoscience inspires wonder. The Friends of Mineralogy brings the geoscience community some eye-catching and unique mineral pseudomorphs to ponder, and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology shares a fun post to chew on – the origins of mammalian carnivores in the fossil record, and the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society starts an important discussion about using unmanned aerial systems in the geosciences. AGI congratulates all scientists recognized in this issue, and hopes you find your place in the spectrum of geoscience.

Earth Science Week 2014 will be celebrated 12-18 October. To learn more, please visit www.earthsciweek.org. To order your Toolkits, please visit www.earthsciweek.org/materials. You may also call AGI Publications to place your order at 703.379.2480.

About AGI
The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 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, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.

About SEG
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (www.seg.org), the international society of applied geophysics, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of geophysics and the education of applied geophysicists. SEG exists to connect, inspire, and propel the people and science of geophysics. We foster the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface, and in mitigating Earth hazards. The Society, which has more than 32,000 members in 138 countries, fulfills its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, educational opportunities, and multiple website resources.

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