New AIPG Website
AIPG is excited to announce the launch of our redesigned website. The new site has a clean and updated look, improved navigation, and expanded functionality.
On May 12, AIPG Executive Director Aaron Johnson, spoke at the 2019 TEDx Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His talk combines his professional and life experiences to illustrate the impacts we have on Earth and on each other. Please watch and share on your social media platforms (facebook, twitter, Instagram) and email to your friends and colleagues. This talk is for everyone; you need not be a geologist to relate to Aaron’s message.
If this talk gets enough views, TED will move the talk to the main TED website, placing AIPG on the big stage. Please help us reach that goal by sharing Aaron’s talk as widely as possible.
The link to my talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdSv1fLq9qg&fbclid=IwAR3RzVMDpuIclKbNJc-eggVI7LkRk4QQiLuyAU8LT1jN51phWMqfNL5DLss
Aaron W. Johnson, Ph.D.
American Institute of Professional Geologists
1333 W. 120th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80234
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AIPG 2019 Presidential Certificate of Merit Recipients
Mehmet Pehlivan - for his efforts to create the WA/OR section and reinvigorate the Pacific Northwest
Larry Cerrillo - for his generous work to keep AIPG Headquarters a healthy and happy workplace
Brandy Barnes - for her incredible efforts to encourage and mentor students and Young Professionals
Christine Lilek - for her amazing efforts to host a very successful workshop and to keep the WI section active and engaged
Sara Pearson - for her titanic efforts and hard work to modernize and keep the TPG on-time
John Berry - for his tireless commitment to and success in getting relevant articles and interesting content for the TPG
Ray Talkington - for his instrumental efforts to develop and deliver GOLI presentations on behalf of AIPG
In our latest data brief, we examine the changes in median salaries among geoscience-related occupations between 2017 and 2018 and compare those changes to salaries for other science and engineering occupations. As a whole, geoscience-related median salaries increased 2% between 2017 and 2018, on par with other major science and engineering occupational categories. Some occupations, such as petroleum engineers, geographers, geoscience-related post-secondary teachers, and natural science managers saw increases of 4% over the same time period. Read this data brief to find out more.
Please visit the Geoscience Currents webpage (www.americangeosciences.org/geoscience-currents) or refer to the attached PDF for more information.
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The National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) along with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) invite you to submit an abstract for consideration for a session on licensure and certification to be held at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California from December 9-13, 2019.
ASBOG and AIPG are seeking presentations on the importance of professional licensure and certification in the geosciences. As graduating students and early career professionals try to establish their careers, it is important to know where licensure is required to work as a geoscientist and what sectors see professional certification as necessary and useful.
Please consider submitting an abstract for the session: You Have Your Degree, Now What? - A Discussion on Global Licensure and Certification in the Geosciences
Session ID#: 77358
Session Description: In many parts of the world, geoscientists working in their profession must be licensed or certified to comply with requirements intended to ensure public safety and welfare. Competency to practice is determined by each jurisdiction or organization through criteria including education, verified experience, and in some cases standard examinations. Where licensure requirements are absent, geoscientists may need to meet certification credentials as a measure of professional standing. This session will provide crucial information on licensure and certification for students and early career professionals as well as faculty who are preparing the next generation of global geologists.
For more information on the session please contact:
For more information on the AGU Fall meeting and the abstract submittal process please see the following pages: https://www2.agu.org/fall-meeting , https://www2.agu.org/en/Fall-Meeting/Pages/Submit-an-abstract
2019 Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award Recipient
Geoscientist Canada announces the “British Columbia Geoscientist, Dr. John Clague, P. Geo, FGC, receives 2019 Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award”. The Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award is given to recognize the achievements of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and practice of professional geoscience and who has advanced public recognition of the profession in Canada in his/her capacity as a registered professional geoscientist. The award, which consists of a labradorite and marble sculpture made by a Canadian geoscientist artist, is given to a person in mid-to-late career. This can also be viewed or downloaded at the Geoscientists Canada website www.geoscientistscanada.ca at: http://geoscientistscanada.ca/resources/press-releases/
Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC
Chief Executive Officer/Chef de la direction
The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is pleased to present you its position paper on the energy transition. EFG is a professional organisation representing more than 45,000 geoscientists across Europe. The Federation’s main aims are to contribute to a safer and more sustainable use of the natural environment, to protect and inform the public and to promote a more responsible exploitation of natural resources.
As Europe is accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy to meet the goals set by the ratified Paris Agreement on climate, the EU will need to develop the means to achieve those ambitious targets. Based on the expertise that professional geologists provide, EFG believes geothermal energy (both shallow and deep geothermal), CO2 capture and mineral extraction are part of the answer to the challenges set out by the climate crisis. All three geological activity areas are developed in our position paper that you may download here.
Isabel Fernández Fuentes, Executive Director, European Federation of Geologists
On behalf of the EFG team (Board, Office, and Experts of EFG’s Panels on CO2 Geological Storage, Geothermal Energy, and Minerals)
Earth Science Week 2019 Contests Invite Everyone to Participate
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - For this year's Earth Science Week (October 13-19, 2019), the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring four contests honoring this year's theme, "Geoscience Is for Everyone." This year's competitions will feature the traditional video, photography, visual arts, and essay contests:
AIPG Membership Milestones
Congratulations to our members who are celebrating milestones 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 50+ years. Thank you to all of you for your contributions to the geosciences profession upholding the highest values of competence, integrity, and ethics. For making AIPG the great organization that it is today supporting geologists worldwide. Click on the milestone year above to see a list of members. Milestone members receive a letter, certificate, and lapel pin. Congratulations!
Martin Van Couvering Memorial Service to the Institute Award
The Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award was established by the Executive Committee, in 1979, in posthumous honor of the first President of the Institute. Martin Van Couvering made the presidency a full-time occupation for the first two years of the Institute’s history. His dynamic leadership, diplomacy, and organizational abilities established the solid foundation from which the Institute has grown. Few, if any, have given so much to the Institute.
John T. Galey, Sr., Memorial Public Service Award
The Public Service Award was established by the Executive Committee, in 1982, in recognition of one of its primary purposes; service to the public. In 1992, it was renamed the John T. Galey, Sr., Memorial Public Service Award, in posthumous honor of our fourth President, whose long professional career was a continuum of service to both the geological and the general public. This recognition is important because so many members have distinguished themselves and the Institute by giving expert testimony to governmental units, by serving on governmental commissions and committees, and by providing geological expertise where it was needed by the public at large.
AIPG Section Leadership AwardThe AIPG Section Leadership Award was established by the Executive Committee in 2013 to recognize one or more of our members who have demonstrated a long-term commitment and have been long-term contributors to AIPG at the section level. AIPG has many sections where one or more individuals have demonstrated exceptional leadership for their section and in many instances kept the section together and moving forward. These individuals are commonly not known at the National level or by AIPG members outside of their sections, however, their contributions have been vital to their sections and they perform this work because of their commitment to our profession and AIPG.