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13 January 2010

Expedition for Learning: The Andean Geotrail

I like to hike, I like to travel. My favorite guidebook is the Lonely Planet and I love going off the beaten path to discover new places and seek out sites of geological wonder. I’ve stepped on glaciers in Canada, fought the circum-polar current on a research cruise from Cape Town to Punta Arenas, eaten food cooked by Maori from hot springs in New Zealand, stuck my rock hammer in …

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At Nine Years Old, the Youngest FM09 Scientist!

Yesterday I got this letter in my inbox. It is truly amazing! Claire was also featured in a news story produced by the Bay Area’s ABC affiliate, KGO-TV. Hello from Claire Dworsky, the youngest scientist to have presented a poster at the 2009 AGU annual meeting in San Francisco. Yes, I am nine years old and I go to school in San Francisco, so it was easy for me to …

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24 December 2009

Learning About the Earth Sciences Through Digital Storytelling

As I reflect on this year’s Fall Meeting, I am amazed by the enthusiasm I saw at every talk and every poster session I attended. Whether I encountered students or emeritus professors, industry or government scientists, recruiters or those seeking jobs, I could feel the enthusiasm for teaching, learning, networking, hoping for that random encounter with ex-classmates to find out what new projects are in the works, building new collaborations. …

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23 December 2009

Virtual Globes, Virtual Field Trips, and Virtual Specimens…Huh?

Informatics–the study of managing, preserving, and sharing data–was featured in IN22A: Geo-Visualization with Virtual Globes II. I only got to see video, but I nonetheless felt tickled that I virtually attended the session :). During this session, researchers discussed how networks of data have the potential to create an interconnected system that is more than just searching for information online. “It is the GeoWeb,” said first speaker Andrew Turner of …

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Session Videos on Climate, the L’Aquila Earthquake, and the Long Solar Minimum

Videos of several lectures of FM09 are now available online! In addition to most of named lectures on Monday and Tuesday, you can also catch glimpses some union and section lectures. For example: On Sunday, the “Intercontinental Sessions” included two taped talks, one by Matthew Nisbet of American University’s Center for Science, Society, and the Environment, and one by Gwendolyn Blue of the University of Calgary’s Communication and Culture department. …

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22 December 2009

Hot News Rises

Missed the meeting? Catch highlights from news organizations and bloggers! Beaucoup bloggers descended on the Fall Meeting this year, contributing to a towering plume of science stories from the gathering. Getting a lot of coverage isn’t unusual for AGU’s biggest meeting of the year. But online outlets, including bloggers, are picking up slack left as traditional print media outlets–long the mainstays of the meeting’s coverage–continue to dwindle. Truly smoking was …

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19 December 2009

GeoPigeon: FM09 Most Enthusiastic Attendee

This week’s meeting featured some great talks, interesting posters, and fascinating discussions. Perhaps the attendee most interested in all three was a being who tweets (haha) have dubbed “GeoPigeon.” My first close encounter with GeoPigeon was at the Whipple Lecture on Tuesday afternoon. During Bibring’s fascinating talk, I almost jumped 10 feet in the air and screamed like a banshee when I caught a movement in my periphery–GeoPigeon, sauntering down …

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Geobloggers at AGU FM09!

So I’m stuck in SF while DC is getting 2+ feet of snow. Considering that I’m only 5’3″, I’m kinda not so beat up about having an few extra days in the City by the Bay. Besides, this gives me a chance to see what the blog rolls have been mentioning about the AGU conference this past week! Let’s backtrack a little: The first geobloggers lunch ever at the Fall …

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18 December 2009

Jupiter’s Moons Have Many Earth-Like Features

I can imagine Galileo sitting in the dark, peering through his telescope and taking careful notes on the objects he saw orbiting Jupiter.  Or maybe I saw it in some Space Channel documentary.  Either way, the fact that in 1610 Galileo used a 30 times magnifying telescope to discover these moons blows my mind. The insights on the structure and atmosphere of these moons presented at P53B: The Galilean Satellites: …

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More to Climate Change Evidence than Just Tree-Ring Records

Tons of climate scientists were here in San Francisco this week; many of their policy counterparts were in Cophenhagen, trying to put together some kind of consensus plan for how to deal with global climate change. Their job got a lot more daunting a few weeks ago, when leaked emails from the Climate Research Center at the University of East Anglia were “leaked” to the general public. One of the …

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