Saturday, March 10, 2018

AASG Annual Meeting, Delaware, June 3-7, 2018

Delaware State Geologist David Wunsch and the staff of the Delaware Geological Survey will host the 110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Convention Center in Rehoboth Beach, from June 3rd to 7th, 2018. The web site and registration for invited attendees are now open:

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Bud Hendry, former State Geologist of Florida

Charles Walter "Bud" Hendry Jr., State Geologist of Florida from 1971 to 1988, has passed away. Over 39 years with the Survey, he also was draftsman’s assistant, stratigrapher, water resource manager, Assistant State Geologist, and contributor to 19 Survey publications. He was a pioneer in informed water resource and land-use management, coauthor of ‘Springs of Florida’, and overseer of new mines and energy regulatory programs. Photo: State Archives of Florida

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Emery Cleaves, former Maryland State Geologist

Emery Cleaves, Maryland State Geologist from 1992 to 2006, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018. He was President of the Association of American State Geologists in 2002-2003, and in 2010, he received the AASG Distinguished Service Award (DSA), as an indication of the many roles he played in AASG. He was highly engaged in water resource issues, and he was a tireless advocate for stream gauges. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

White House nominates Dr. James Reilly as USGS Director

On January 26th, the White House announced their nominee to be USGS Director - Dr. James F. Reilly, II, Ph.D., of Colorado Springs. Their release indicated that he is now an advisor for the U.S. Air Force, while he previously held management positions in academia and business. During his 13 year career at NASA, he flew 3 spaceflight missions, conducting 5 spacewalks for a total of over 856 hours in space. Prior to NASA, he was chief geologist at Enserch Exploration, Inc., where he worked in in Antarctica and the Gulf of Mexico. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Michael Hohn stepping down as West Virginia State Geologist

Michael Hohn will retire from his position as Director and State Geologist, West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, at the end of December, 2017, after twelve years of service in this position. On January 1st, 2018, coal geologist and paleobotanist Mitch Blake will move up to be his successor.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

American Geosciences Institute Building Renovation

"Next year AGI will open its newly renovated state-of-the-art LEED-certified, Energy Star building to share our space, resources, and science expertise with local non-profit organizations, schools, small businesses and community partners. The newly refurbished space will provide AGI staff and community partners with more opportunities to host educational programs and workshops with hundreds of new students and teachers, local community leaders and small businesses in the Alexandria community."



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Executive Order on Critical Minerals

A Presidential executive order on a federal strategy to ensure secure and reliable supplies of critical minerals, issued December 20, 2017, includes the assertion that the USA is limited by a lack of comprehensive, machine-readable data concerning topographical, geological, and geophysical surveys. Among several actions, the order calls for a plan to improve the topographic, geologic, and geophysical mapping of the United States and make the resulting data and metadata electronically accessible.

DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke followed up with a secretarial order, directing the initial steps to producing the first nationwide geological and topographical survey of the United States in modern history, and also to begin work on identifying domestic sources for critical minerals.