17th Technical Forum for Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia

The 17th  Technical Forum for Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia is coming up, and we’d like you to consider sending in an abstract!  The deadline is June 12th, 2017.

Information on the conference can be found at http://www.marshall.edu/cegas/events/GITAR/default.aspx .

The Forum will be held in Blacksburg, Virginia, from August 15th to 17th, 2017, at Virginia Tech, hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation.  Many of you know about the Forum, but if you don’t:  It’s a two-and-one-half day meeting focusing broadly on the intersection of geohazards and transportation, particularly in the Appalachian states.  It’s a great opportunity to present your recent geotechnical or geohazards research or new work, and for keeping connected with the industrial,  academic, and  public-sector geotechnical industries.

We also expect to have an excellent field trip this year, on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017.  The field trip will include a visit to the Virginia  Tech Transportation Institute Smart Road, which is a world-class facility for testing innovative transportation technology in a controlled environment.  The field trip will also include a demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles for collecting geotechnical data, analysis of that data, and an update on the current Federal regulations on the use of such vehicles.

Over the years, the focus of the Forum has broadened to include themes of forensic geology, planning, emergency response, remote sensing, karst, seismics, and hydraulics, as well as many other related topics.  If it falls, floods, or fails, it’s something of interest to the Forum – the geographic focus does not need to be Appalachian.  This year’s technical sessions include:

  • UAV and Remote Sensing
  • Mine Hazards
  • Landslide Hazard Assessment and Characterization
  • Rock Reinforcement
  • Risk and Reliability
  • Rockfalls
  • Climate Change, Extreme Events Resiliency
  • GIS, Mapping, and Planning
  • Karst

The Forum has always been a high-value (and very economically reasonable) technical conference, filled with a roster of speakers presenting novel and innovative research, new industry standards and methods, insights into management and best practices, and lessons learned.  I anticipate that this year will be no different.

Please share this Call!  If this email has reached you in error, or you don’t want any further communications regarding the Forum, just notify me and I’ll remove you from the distribution list.

Thank you very much,

Brian Bruckno

Carnegie science: Dr. Diana Roman – When the Volcano Stirs

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 –

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Volcanic eruptions pose an increasing threat to human lives and infrastructure in today’s rapidly globalizing world, leading to a need for more-sensitive and accurate tools for detecting and interpreting signs of volcanic unrest. Fortunately, most volcanoes give subtle indications of their future eruptive potential that can be detected using state-of-the-art seismic instrumentation. Dr. Roman will explore the recent development of several new paradigms for eruption forecasting and their implications for our understanding of how volcanoes work.

Dr. Diana Roman, Staff Scientist, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Science

The Capital Science Evenings are made possible in part by the generous support of Margaret and Will Hearst.

Check back one week prior to the lecture for a live video stream.

May meeting of the Paleontological Society of Washington

The Paleontological Society of Washington

7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 17

Q?rius theatre, National Museum of Natural History, Constitutional Ave. entrance

Fossil Dinoflagellate Cysts – A Tour of Applications for the 21st Century

Lucy E. Edwards

U.S. Geological Survey Reston, VA

Dinoflagellates are a fascinating group to study as fossils. This presentation will highlight recent applications and current advances in the study of the organism and, more importantly to PSW fans, its preserved fossils. Topics covered will include new twists on the old standbys: biostratigraphy, paleoecology, and taphonomy, followed by things like microbial preferences in cyst degradation, and what the ontogeny of cyst formation can tell us about extreme environments. Dinocyst humor will also be included.

Non-Smithsonian visitors will be escorted to the Q?rius theatre at 6:50 and 6:55 p.m. Society members will host the speaker for dinner at the Elephant & Castle (1201 Pennsylvania Ave.) prior to the meeting. Members may meet at the restaurant or inside the Constitutional Ave. entrance of the NMNH at 5:00 and walk to the restaurant as a group.


AAAS: Coles on Climate Change & the Chesapeake Bay

Victoria Coles of the Center for Environmental Science at the University of Maryland will be speaking on “The Impact of Climate Change on the Chesapeake Bay” at 6:00 p.m. on May 17 in the second floor auditorium of the AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue NW in Washington DC.

Her talk will be the main event at the annual meeting of the AAAS STEM Volunteer Program, which has been placing STEM professionals in DC metro area schools since 2004. This school year, around two hundred volunteers assisted teachers and more than six thousand students in nine school districts.

The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by e-mail to Betty Calinger at bcalinge@aaas.org.

For more information about the STEM Volunteer Program, visit:


Q?Rius panel discussion on religion and evolution in the classroom

Religious Audiences and the Topic of Evolution: Lessons from the Classroom, a panel discussion taking place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 30 in the Q?Rius Theater on the ground floor of the National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW in Washington DC.

A description of the event: “Jamie Jensen, Associate Professor of Biology at Brigham Young University, will discuss the intersection of faith and science in the undergraduate classroom. She will give an overview of the current state of major religious groups on the acceptance of evolution and then offer a 30-year longitudinal view of the transition toward higher acceptance amongst members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (i.e., the ‘Mormons’). Jensen will describe a classroom intervention geared toward offering students a ‘road to reconciliation’ between science and religion, and show its dramatic effects on students’ acceptance of evolution amongst highly religious Christian students. How might this lesson learned transfer into other classrooms and broader audiences across the United States?”

Discussants will be Betty W. Holley, Wes McCoy, Lee Meadows, and Briana Pobiner; the panel will be moderated by Connie Bertka.

The event is free and open to the public, with no advance reservation or ticket required. For further information, visit:


Save the Date: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:30 PM

Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture

Swells, Soundings, and Sustainability…


Here be Monsters

Mapping oceans of data for a sustainable sea

 Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to join the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for the Eighteenth Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture. The Revelle Lecture was created by the Ocean Studies Board in honor of Dr. Revelle’s contributions to the ocean sciences and his dedication to making scientific knowledge available to policymakers.  The 2017 speaker is Dr. Dawn Wright, the chief scientist at Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University.

This year’s lecture, Swells, Soundings, and Sustainability…but “here be monsters:” Mapping oceans of data for a sustainable sea, will take you on a journey of through the history of ocean mapping and identify major research challenges that still exist today. Dr. Wright will address the growing intelligence of ocean mapping systems along with both the over-abundance and the paucity of ocean data, data multidimensionality, the need to increase data resiliency and the ability to make data more accessible to many audiences.

Please note that this year the Revelle Lecture will  be held at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

The lecture is free and open to the public

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW

Washington, DC. 20560

We hope that you join us this year, and we encourage you to share this information with your colleagues.

To view additional information about the lecture and to register for the event, please go to http://nas-sites.org/revellelecture/.  Registration is not necessary to attend the lecture, but is requested for planning purposes.

Please contact Pam Lewis (plewis@nas.edu) if you have any questions.

USGS: Martinez on energy resource impacts

Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Seminar

Cericia Martinez, USGS – Denver, CO

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 12 Noon

Via WebEx and National Center, Room 3A409

Quantifying potential future impacts of energy resource development

Development of continuous energy resources (often referred to as “unconventional”) is anticipated to continue expanding in the future. In an effort to anticipate and inform natural resource management questions and conservation strategies in areas where oil and gas extraction may occur, a Powell Center Working Group proposed a modeling framework for assessing potential development impacts.  In this Mendenhall presentation, an implementation of the framework will be presented that seeks to quantify the potential impacts of developing continuous oil or gas resources based on information within the USGS petroleum assessments. An illustration of the modeling approach will be shown building from a recent assessment of oil and gas resources in the Mancos Shale in the Piceance Basin of Western Colorado. The illustration will include examples of modeling potential habitat conversion and soil loss.

WebEx Info

Topic: Mendenhall Seminar – Cericia Martinez
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting number: 714 237 248
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