After the 2012 conviction of six Italian geoscientists on manslaughter charges related to communication about the hazards prior to the L'Aquila earthquake in 2009, scientists worldwide are keen to understand the risks of their hazards research. EARTH Magazine investigates the complicated and often nuanced risks scientists face in hazard research.
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Friday, December 20, 2013 - 15:07
Norwegian citizens living along fjord coastlines were perplexed as rare waves sloshed along local docks and seawalls. Scientists identified and described the rare phenomenon: seismically generated water waves called seiches, which had been set in motion by the massive Tohoku earthquake half a world away.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 14:59
The aim of this web-based survey is to understand how the decision-making community, geoscience community, and the public define the term "critical issue," as well as which critical issues are of top concern to each community. The survey is deliberately short, broad, and unstructured in order to capture a wide range of responses.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 14:52
Alexandria, VA – Geoscientists using every resource available to them — from bare-earth LIDAR technology to knowledge of turn-of-the-century fashion — have helped correct a 100-year-old mistake about where the San Andreas Fault rupture point was for the historic 1906 earthquake.
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 14:46
The American Geosciences Institute in collaboration with the Geoscience Energy Briefing Consortium announces the debut event of the Energy from the Earth: Practical Geoscience to Inform Energy Legislation briefing series.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 14:34
Each day from, Nov. 18 to 22, EARTH Magazine will release a new commentary from our print issue. The subjects are varied but the themes intersect where geoscience and society meet.
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 14:16
Newly discovered giant lizard fossil named after classic rocker.
Monday, November 11, 2013 - 17:07
New American Geosciences Institute officers elect welcomed at the Geological Society of America Meeting.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 13:55
Alexandria, VA - Saber-tooth tigers, dire wolves and woolly mammoths conjure up images of a past when large beasts struggled against the elements, each other, and even against humans for survival. Thousands of these creatures met their demise in the muck of the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, where they slowly sank into the tar and were fossilized. Now, scientists are using traces from hungry, bone-eating insects on these fossils to investigate how long it took for the giant beasts to be swallowed up by the sticky, oozy substance.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 13:44
Currents #81 examines preliminary results on where geoscience students found employment following graduation, and at which salary level.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 14:33
The importance of minerals in our everyday lives cannot be underestimated. “The Consumer's Guide to Minerals” is a different take on them. Rather than focusing on visual and physical properties, this book explores minerals’ myriad uses in scientific research, manufacturing, medicine and many commercial applications some of which may even shock you. The Guide is available for $4.99 in digital format from AGI (epub), Amazon.com (Kindle), Apple iBookstore and the Google Play Store.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 09:30
A persistent stalemate over ownership and resource allocation, of everything from beluga caviar to energy resources, has hung over the Caspian Sea ever since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Looking to help advance the discussion over the Caspian toward as efficient and equitable an outcome as possible, scientists are taking a stab at the decades-old dispute by applying game theory and related methods, which use mathematics to study of competition and cooperation and have predominantly been used by economists and sociologists.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 09:00
New Geoscience Graduates' Employment and Education Plans, Spring 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 09:30
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to welcome the 2013-2014 President, Dr. Berry H. (Nick) Tew, Jr. He will be inducted at the Friends of AGI Reception held during the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on October 28, 2013.
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 09:00
Dr. Scott Tinker presented AGI award for Outstanding Contributions to the Understanding of Geoscience
Very few people have impacted the public understanding of geoscience as much as Dr. Scott Tinker. His documentary Switch, co-produced with Harry Lynch as part of the Switch Energy Project, has screened at over 350 universities, and reached an estimated 3 million people globally. In 2013, it will be distributed in thousands of Earth Science Week kits to students worldwide. For this, and many other esteemed accomplishments, Tinker has been presented the American Geosciences Institute award for Outstanding Contributions to the Understanding of Geoscience.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 09:30
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. The report, "Earth and Space Sciences Education in U.S. Secondary Schools: Key Indicators and Trends," offers baseline data on indicators of the subject's status since the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in April 2013. Establishing clear aims for the subject, the NGSS state that the Earth and Space Sciences should have equal status with the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Technology, and Engineering.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 09:00
Comprehensive Clearinghouse for Earth and Space Science Education Launches with Thousands of Resources
A national center focused on the geosciences launches today as the world's most comprehensive and up-to-date online clearinghouse for Earth and space science information and educational resources, ranging from high school curricula and classroom activities to video collections, career resources, and national research reports. The first such clearinghouse of its scope and type, the Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding's searchable web site (www.geocntr.org) provides the geoscience community, schools, and the general public with an extensive collection of resources and research from reliable science and education organizations.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 10:00
Geoscience Students with Internships that Led to Jobs After Graduation, Spring 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 09:30
The American Geosciences Institute would like to thank Mr. Lewis (Stan) Pittman for his continued service to the AGI community by honoring him with the William B Heroy Jr. Award.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 09:00
Dr. Peter Scholle: 2013 Recipient of AGI's Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Services to the Geosciences
The Executive Committee of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is proud to announce that Dr. Peter Scholle has been awarded the AGI Medal in memory of Ian Campbell honoring his contributions to the geoscientific community.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 09:30