Earth Science Week Update July 2008

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 6, No. 7: July 2008

* Earth Science Week Toolkits Available for Order Now
* Attend Meetings and Events During Earth Science Week
* AGI: Female Participation in Academic Geoscience Low
* Earth Science Week Leader Offers Career Guidance
* Geotimes Magazine Online, on Video, and on the Move

Earth Science Week Toolkits
Available for Order Now

Earth Science Week Toolkits will be released starting this month. To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2008 Toolkit includes:

* A ‘Journey to Center of Earth 3D’ Educator Guide
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including an activity
* A geological poster with 3D glasses from USGS
* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* A 3D postcard on polar geoscience from NASA
* A National Park Service poster on caves nationwide
* A CD of Earth Observations from Space from NASA
* Climate literacy materials provided by NOAA
* A genuine field notebook, with an activity, by Rite in the Rain
* A CD on GIS technology and activities from ESRI
* An EarthCaching CD by the Geological Society of America
* Information about the National Wildlife Refuge System
* A careers brochure, magnet bookmark, fact sheets, and more

For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit

Attend Meetings and Events
During Earth Science Week

Mark your calendar! Earth Science Week 2008 (October 12-18) will include a number of major events nationwide for geoscience professionals, educators, students, and enthusiasts:

* National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 12-18, will celebrate one of the best-kept secrets of our natural world. Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a new Earth Science Week partner, this week focuses on lands and waters where wildlife and habitats are under federal protection. For information and educational resources, see online. Got to the National Wildlife Refuge Locator’s map at to find refuges near you.

* The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) 2008 Conference is being held October 15-18 in Wichita, Kansas. Featured speakers include Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; Gail Kimbell, the first female chief of the U.S. Forest Service; and Jerome Ringo, a former petrochemical industry representative and National Wildlife Federation board member. NAAEE has promoted excellence among environmental educators for 36 years. For information, see

* And those interested in climate change can check out the IGLO Preconference on October 17 at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences, prior to the 2008 Annual Conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), a key Earth Science Week partner. IGLO (International Action on Global Warming) will host an all-day session on measuring your “carbon footprint.” The preconference will address the science and economics of carbon emissions, challenges of engaging citizens in controversial issues, and ways to present such information in museums. To learn more, see online or email

AGI: Female Participation in
Academic Geoscience Low

The geosciences have a lower percentage of female faculty members than other sciences, according to data released recently by the AGI Workforce Program. This comes despite steady increases in the number of women obtaining geosciences degrees during recent decades, says a recent issue of issue of the program’s Geoscience Currents publication. The overall percentage of geosciences degrees granted to females stands at 45 percent.

In stark comparison to the number of degrees granted, women make up 14.2 percent of geosciences tenure track positions, while females account for 28 percent of the tenure-track positions in all sciences. To view further data and corresponding graphs, visit

Geoscience Currents provides data to shed light on the overall health of the geoscience profession and issues within the field. From scholarships to employment opportunities, the effect of retirements, and university enrollment trends, Geoscience Currents provides up to-the-minute glimpses into all areas of the geosciences. To automatically receive Geoscience Currents, go to and click “Register.”
Also on the website are previous issues, other reports, and additional resources.

Earth Science Week Leader
Offers Career Guidance

“Most people enter the geosciences with a fascination for the Earth and how it works and a sense of stewardship for the planet that translates into a desire to use it effectively and maintain it for future generations,” says AGI Executive Director P. Patrick Leahy in the newly released “Career Guidance for High School Students,” by Nina Victores. “The geosciences are unique in the opportunities that they can provide to a fulfilling career.”

Victores, a high school student herself, has collected career advice from dozens of highly successful adults. The book offers insights from celebrities and leaders in numerous fields, including Barack Obama, Art Linkletter, Colin Powell, Mary Lou Retton, Geraldo Rivera, and Chuck Yeager.

Like others featured in the book, Leahy discusses his own professional experience as a way of illuminating opportunities for young people. To learn more or order the book, go to online. All profits are donated to the American Red Cross.

Geotimes Magazine Online,
On Video, and on the Move

AGI’s Geotimes magazine now offers videocasts on a variety of Earth science topics, available at The videocasts cover current geologic news, including natural disasters, current research, and public policy affecting the geosciences. Anchored by staff writers of the magazine, the videocasts supplement Geotimes’ regular Earth science news items throughout the month.

In addition, Geotimes magazine, AGI’s flagship publication, will become EARTH magazine beginning with the September 2008 issue. Geotimes has delivered Earth science news to the professional community for over 52 years. Since 1999, the magazine has transformed to communicate the geoscience news also to the general public. Now again, the content and news coverage of the magazine is expanding. EARTH will continue to explore the science behind the headlines, but with 25 percent more pages, enhanced visual appeal, and an increasingly diverse mix of topics.

To view the latest video posting, read features from the magazine, sign up for weekly e-alerts, or subscribe to the magazine, visit

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 44 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit


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