Public Announcements

 

I'm a Geoscientst!

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), is the umbrella organization to 51 different geoscience member societies (AIPG is one), and works with the community to increase the public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards and interaction with the environment.

 

AGI started the "I'm a Geoscientist" campaign to celebrate that all scientists who study the earth are geoscientists, even if they approach it from different perspectives and methods.

 

Sign up to receive your free lapel pin stating "I'm a Geoscientist" at the following link https://www.americangeosciences.org/content/be-part.

About the Pin: It has two clasps on the back to make it nice and secure and an image of the pin is attached!! The pin features a glyph that attempts to capture the full breadth of the geosciences while conveying a sense of convergence to represent how the AGI federation brings all parts of the geosciences together. Each color represents a different part of the geosciences community: red is deep-earth geosciences, gold is crustal geoscience and surface processes, blue is for oceans, surface, and groundwater, green is for life. These colors form a horizon of the globe. The light blue is for atmospheric sciences and black is for space and planetary sciences, which are part of the greater geoscience community represented by AGI through its Member Societies.

 


 

 

Sister Joan Kain, CSJ

Sister Joan Elizabeth Kain, CSJ died peacefully on November 18, 2017.  She was a History professor at St. Catherine University and had a strong personal interest in the use of stone in building construction and ornamentation.  Sister Kain helped guide a field trip during the AIPG National Conference in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1985. She was an author of two books that many of us have on our bookshelves:

 

1. Rocky Roots - Three Geology Walking Tours of Downtown St. Paul, 1978, by Sr. Joan Kain (out of print), published by the Ramsey County Historical Society.

walking tours of st. paul

 

 

2. Rocky Roots - Geology and Stone Construction in Downtown St. Paul, 2008, by Sr. Joan Kain & Paul D. Nelson, published by the Ramsey County Historical Society.

stone construction

The second edition of Rocky Roots is a guide to the use of stone in downtown St. Paul’s architecture.  Over the past thirty years some buildings that are discussed in that first edition have been torn down and a number of noteworthy new buildings that use ornamental stone have been erected. The new edition will update and expand Rocky Roots to reflect these changes in the city’s built landscape and provide new maps showing the city’s current street layout.

 

 

Sister Kain also wrote Fitzgerald's Neighborhood: A New Look at the Brownstones and Mansions of the Historic Hill District, a website published by the Geological Society of Minnesota (available here).

 

 

The obituary for Sister Kain, can be found here. 


 

 

AIPG - Technology Options for Groundwater Monitoring Programs Webinar

A notice from the AIPG Wisconsin Section

Dear Geoscience and Engineering Professionals:

 

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to pick up 3 CEU or 3 PDH credits for your geoscience or engineering license yet this year? 

Check out this Groundwater Sampling Webinar!  You don’t have to leave your office or home – join us by computer or phone! 

If you don’t have time to watch the presentations on February 23 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM, you will get a link to watch the presentations anytime you want!

This half-day webinar is specifically designed for directors, managers, supervisors, hydro geologists, engineers, equipment manufacturer and suppliers, operators, students, professors and researchers involved in groundwater quality monitoring.

 

Registration Fee:
$5 students / $25 professionals
Participants will receive 3 CEUs/3 PDHs

 

Speakers Include:

1. Carl Keller (FLUTe)
Innovative FLUTe Mapping for NAPL & Dissolved Contaminants

 

2. Randy St. Germain (Dakota Technologies)
Characterizing LNAPLs and DNAPLs with Laser-Induced Fluorescence

 

3. Seth Pitkin – National Director (Cascade)
Value of High Resolution Site Characterization

 

Contact Jayne Englebert P.G. , CPG (jenglebert@msa-ps.com) for registration questions!

 

Online registration available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-technology-options-for-groundwater-monitoring-programs-tickets-40038969636

 

webinar flyer

 

 

 


 

 

AIPG National Student Chapter of the Year Award

AIPG National Student Chapter of the Year Award

Call for Nominations!

 

Submittals are due April 15th and awarded in the fall at the AIPG National Conference.
 

The purpose of the AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award is to recognize the most outstanding student chapter for their participation in, and contribution to, the American Institute of Professional Geologists. The award will consist of a plaque to be presented to the student chapter, a certificate to each of the officers of the chapter at the time of their submittal, a $500.00 award for the chapter, and a trip for one member of the winning student chapter to the annual AIPG conference and executive meetings. The student that attends the annual meeting will observe the organization and functions of AIPG and participate in the executive board meeting.

 

All AIPG student chapters are eligible to apply for the award. There is no limit on the number of times a student chapter may win the award. Only one chapter will receive the award per year.

 

The Student Chapter of the Year Award is administered by the Executive Committee of AIPG. The selection of the winning chapter will be decided by the AIPG Education Committee. The deadline for submittal of application materials for the Student Chapter of the Year Award, to AIPG National Headquarters, is June 30 of each year. The application should be submitted in a pdf or similar format. The winning chapter will be announced at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The certificates will be presented to the students at one of their chapter meetings. The award and plaque will be presented to the chapter delegate at the annual meeting of AIPG.

 

The submittal for Student Chapter of the Year Award will consist of a written report. Photos documenting chapter activities are strongly encouraged. The submittal should cover the period from the beginning of the Fall Semester to the end of the Spring Semester and include the following as a minimum:
 

  1. Name of the student chapter;
  2. Names of student chapter officers;
  3. Number of AIPG student members in the chapter;
  4. Number of chapter meetings per year;
  5. Programs to recruit new members;
  6. Activities within the department (seminars, guest speakers, field trips, career day, mentoring,
    etc.);
  7. Fundraisers;
  8. Activities within the university (geology awareness, recycling, sustainability awareness, Earth
    Day, etc.);
  9. Activities within the community;
  10. Interactions with professional geologists and the local AIPG Section; and
  11. Other significant activities that the chapter considers important to the mission of AIPG.

Submittals are due April 15th and awarded in the fall at the AIPG National Conference.


Your submittals may be done online https://goo.gl/forms/76ST62kAmwAvYaMy2 or emailed to aipg@aipg.org.


 

 

Anoka-Hennpein STEM Fair Judges Needed!

The Anoka-Hennepin District is looking for Judges/Volunteers for their Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fair!

 

The Anoka-Hennepin District Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fair will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the Anoka High School.

 

The STEM Fair consists of students in grades K-12 presenting the findings of their research and experimentation to the public. The STEM Fair is broken down into two divisions, grades 6-12 and grades K-5. With well over 2,000 students involved, this STEM Fair is the largest of its kind in the State of Minnesota.

 

The STEM Fair organizers are looking for responsible adults who are willing to give something back to the community. As a judge, your job is to talk with students about their projects and give them feedback.

 

Students participating in the STEM Fair will improve their critical thinking, public speaking, and research skills. They learn the nature of science and what it means to be a member of the scientific community.

 

For more information about the STEM Fair, including a schedule, a location map, judge/volunteer registration, and STEM Fair Coordinator contact information, please visit their website at http://www.ahschools.us/stemfair!

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Molohon at kevin.molohon@ahschools.us or 763.506.7084.

 


 

 

AIPG National Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships!

AIPG National Undergraduate Scholarship

Purpose To assist students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Up to ten scholarships will be awarded to declared undergraduate geological sciences majors who are at least sophomores. Details for applying for these scholarships are provided below.

Scholarship Awards Scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000.00 - $3,000 each will be made to eligible students attending a college or university in the U.S. Scholarships are intended to be used to support tuition and/or room and board.

Eligibility Requirements Any student who is majoring in geology (or earth science), is at least a sophomore, and is attending a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the U.S. can apply. Also, the student must be either a student member of AIPG or must have applied for student membership at the time the application for the scholarship is submitted.

Each student who is awarded a scholarship agrees, by accepting the scholarship, to prepare a 600 to 800 word article for publication in The Professional Geologist. The subject of the article must be related to a timely professional issue.

Application Deadline and Award Date Applications must be received by midnight Mountain Standard Time (MST) on February 15th, which is to say, before February 16th. Awarded the month of May.

Basis of Awards Awards will be based on the cover letter, recommendation, transcript and the content and creativity of the essay as judged by the Education Committee. The decisions of the Education Committee are final.

For information on the application process and other details, please visit the AIPG National website at http://aipg.org/undergraduates!

 

Foundation of AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship Program

Purpose To assist graduate students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). One scholarship will be awarded to a declared graduate student in an accredited geoscience program with an emphasis in environmental geoscience and/or hydrogeology. Details for applying for this scholarship are provided below.

Scholarship Awards Scholarship award is in the amount of $1,000.00 to an eligible graduate student attending a college or university in the U.S. Scholarships are intended to be used to support tuition, room and board, and/or research.

Eligibility Requirements Any graduate student who is majoring in the geosciences in the U.S. can apply. Also, the student must be either a student member of AIPG or must have applied for student membership at the time the application for the scholarship is submitted.

The student who is awarded the scholarship agrees, by accepting the scholarship, to prepare a 600 to 800 word article for publication in The Professional Geologist. The subject of the article must be related to a timely professional issue.

Application Deadline and Award Date Applications must be received by midnight Mountain Standard Time (MST) on February 15th, which is to say, before on February 16th.
Awarded the month of May.

Basis of Awards The scholarship award will be based on the cover letter, recommendation, transcript and the content and creativity of the essay as judged by the Education Committee. The decision of the Education Committee is final.

For information on the application process and other details, please visit the AIPG National website at http://aipg.org/graduates!


 

 

Bylaws Revision Finalized

In 2015, the Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists - Executive Committee (ExComm) began working on revising the Minnesota Section bylaws.

 

The revised bylaws were approved by the National AIPG Executive Committee and subsequently signed by the National AIPG Secretary on September 23, 2017.

 

The new Bylaws for the Minnesota Section of AIPG can be viewed here.

 

If you have any comments or questions, please send them to Adam Krieger.


 

 

2018 Section Sponsorships Available!

The Minnesota Section of AIPG Sponsorship Committee is pleased to announce we are now offering Section Sponsorships for the 2018 calendar year. This annual sponsorship will be $250 per year, and will provide the following benefits to sponsors:

  • Company or individual name/logo featured on a continuous loop PowerPoint display for approximately 30 minutes before/during the announcements at the beginning of each monthly meeting.
  • Company or individual name/logo featured in a sidebar on each monthly meeting agenda.
  • Company or individual name/logo featured on the AIPG Minnesota Section website.
  • Two free lunch meeting attendances to be used at any time during the calendar year (cannot be carried over to later years). Two voucher credits will be added to your membership account and will be visible when you login and register for a meeting on to the Minnesota Section website.
  • Option to give a 3-5 minute presentation at a monthly meeting (coordinate in advance with the Section President) 

 

The AIPG Minnesota Section is one of the most active sections in the country because of the participation of our members. A large part of the participation in the Minnesota Section is the monthly meetings. Please consider becoming a Section Sponsor to help us continue to be able to offer low cost monthly meetings to all.

 

If you would like to become a Minnesota Section Sponsor or have questions about the sponsorship, please contact us at sponsorship@aipgmn.org or paula.berger@wsp.com

 

You can "order" your 2018 Section Sponsorship on our website here! You are welcome to mail in your sponsorship check instead (Adam Krieger, AIPG MN Secretary/Treasurer, c/o Pace Analytical Services, 1700 Elm Streeet SE, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55414).


 

 

AIPG MN Student Chapter - University of St. Thomas!

 

UST Student Chapter

Students from the University of St. Thomas Geology Department recently formed an AIPG Student Chapter.  Thier bylaws were signed on 02/13/2015, and AIPG Headquarters recognized them on 03/30/2015. Congratulations!

Sara Nelson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is the AIPG MN Section liason with the University of St. Thomas AIPG Student Chapter.