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Save the date for our 2017 AWG Field Trip!
Central California Tectonics

September 23-29, 2017
Leaders: Tanya Atwater, with Art Sylvester for a few days.  Both are UC Santa Barbara emeriti.

Join us for a 6-day tour of central California geology and tectonics lead by pioneer of west coast plate tectonics, Tanya Atwater, and accompanied our first few days by Art Sylvester, co-author of Roadside Geology of Southern California (2016).  Our trip will begin in Burbank, then head north crisscrossing the San Andreas Fault, with nights in Bakersfield, Paso Robles, and Hollister.  Along the way, we plan to see the intersection of the San Andreas Fault and the Garlock Fault, the Buena Vista Natural History Museum, Carrizo Plain, the Parkfield area, Pinnacles National Park, and the Calaveras Fault at Hollister.  Then we’ll head west to the coast and down the beautiful Big Sur Highway, with nights at Big Sur and Morro Bay.  Along the way, we’ll spend some time in San Juan Bautista for a last look at the San Andreas Fault (and the restored old Spanish mission), and Monterey (with time to visit the world-class aquarium or just wander the historic town).  We’ll make several stops along the Big Sur coast, Morro Bay, and the Santa Barbara area, ending back in Burbank.

The trip price is tentatively $1500, which will include 6 nights lodging (double occupancy except for one night at triple occupancy), most breakfasts, all lunches, and one or two group dinners.  Transportation will be by rental van (primary drivers receive a 10% discount).  A limited number of single rooms will be available for an additional $600 or so.  Watch for a final announcement in AWG E-news and the AWG home page in early-mid February with registration information.  This trip is limited to 15 participants, so once registration is open, don’t delay!  Please contact Marcia Knadle (marciaawg@aol.com) if you’re interested in coming or have questions.

**And a special member involvement opportunity -- call for a field trip committee co-chair**

For several years, we've been fortunate to have two field trip committee chairs, generally trading off between organizing the annual trips and serving as support and backup for each other.  After several years of outstanding service, Sue Finstick is moving on to other challenges.  The remaining field trip committee chair, Marcia Knadle, would love to have a new co-chair.  Marcia has committed to organizing trips for the next two years, so the first year a new co-chair would have primary responsibility would be 2019.  Please contact Marcia (marciaawg@aol.com) or Sue (suefinstick01@gmail.com) if you have questions about what's involved.  The primary benefit is that you get to help choose locations for trips!


AWG's theme for 2016-17 is Supporting Women in Geoscience. There are thousands of women in the geosciences today, both students and professionals, who are looking for ways to enhance their experiences as a geoscientist! AWG provides financial support, professional development and leadership opportunities, and advocates on behalf of women geoscientists across the globe. Join or renew your 2016-17 membership today and help AWG SUPPORT you.

Download the AWG 2017 Renewal/Membership Form or click here to pay on-line using a credit/debit card or PayPal. Also, encourage your company or institution to get SUPPORT our cause and voice their support of geoscience diversity by using this form. If you would like AWG to contact your company or institution, need assistance, or have any questions, please contact the AWG office. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF AWG!

Awards and Scholarship applications are due soon! Check out these great opportunities and make sure you apply!

AWG Takken Student Research Presentation Award: This competitive award provides women geoscience students with support to present their research at a national or international professional geoscience meeting other than the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. This travel award is named for Suzanne Takken (1925-1997), an avid traveler and strong supporter of women in geoscience. The award is a $500 monetary award that can be used to help defray travel, lodging, registration fee, and other expenses associated with the presentation of the awardee’s research at a national or international professional geoscience meeting other than the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Two competition deadlines are held each year. The first deadline to apply is February 10th. Visit our awards tab to learn more about the application process.

AWG Maria Luisa Crawford Field Camp Scholarship: This program encourages promising young women to pursue geoscience careers through attendance at field camp.

General Information:
Two awards of $750 each.
A one‐year student membership is sponsored by AWG.
Application deadline is February 14, 2017.

AWG Chrysalis Scholarship: The Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for women geoscience graduate students whose education has been significantly interrupted by life circumstances. Awarded funds are intended to cover costs associated with completion of her thesis/dissertation, beyond what is traditionally covered by primary research funding. Costs may include drafting expenses, child-care, defense travel, late-stage research and analyses, or anything necessary to assist a candidate during those critical, final days.

General Information:
The award amount is up to $2,000.
A one‐year student membership is sponsored by AWG.
Application deadline is March 15th each year

AWG Paleo Awards: These monetary awards are given out to two undergraduate and two graduate students in Paleontology each year, thanks to a generous partnership with the Paleontological Society.  

General Information:
The award amount is $2,000 for graduate students and $1,000 for undergraduates.
A student membership in both AWG and the Paleo Society until graduation.
Application deadline is April 15th each year

Continuing the conversation to change how we deal with sexual harassment in the sciences: A call for change!

 AWG recently co-sponsored an NSF funded workshop titled "Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond". In addition, current president Blair Schneider and former president Mary Anne Holmes served on the steering committee to bring this workshop to fruition. See the following press release here or at http://news.agu.org/press-release/scientific-societies-speak-out-against-sexual-harassment/.

AWG is pleased to announce their 2016 award winners!

The 2016 AWG award winners have been selected, please congratulate your colleagues if they are a recipient below! And don't forget to join us at the AWG Awards Ceremony breakfast at the annual GSA meeting in Denver this year to celebrate this year's winners. A full write up of each recipient will go out with the fall Gaea newsletter.

Encourage Award: Sandy Carlson
Exchange Award: Sue Finstick
Enhance Award: Barbara Tillotson

AWG President's Award: Erika MarÍn-Spiotta
Special Recognition Award: Billy Williams
Distinguished Service Award: Marcia Knadle
Chapter Excellence Award: Penn State Chapter

Outstanding Educator Award: Barbara Dutrow
Professional Excellence Award in Industry: Enkhtuya Chuluunbat
Professional Excllence Award in Government/Regulatory: Diane Moore
Professional Excellence Award in Academia/Research: Mary Anne Holmes

AWG mourns the loss of Dr. M. Lee Allison

Dr. M. Lee Allison, State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, passed away Tuesday, August 16th, at noon after suffering a critical head injury from a fall at his home on Saturday. Dr. Allison was a great supporter of AWG, both nationally and with the local chapters.

Lee’s passing is a tragic loss for his wife, family, staff of the Arizona Geological Survey, the geologic and geoinformatics communities, and Lee’s broad circle of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances around the world. He was an incredibly dynamic leader of our agency, and a world-wide leader in many areas that were important to him. We mourn his passing, and will do our best to carry on his legacy.

There will not be a memorial service. Lee’s family has requested they not be contacted. Any messages of condolence can be addressed to AZGS team members who will pass them along to his family.

Lee's wife, Ann, suggested donations be made to the Association for Women Geoscientists/Salt Lake Chapter to honor Dr. Allison. If you would like to make a donation, you can either do so online or by check. If you would like to donate online, click on "Donate Now" in the top right corner of this page. This will take you to our online store where you will see the "Dr. M. Lee Allison Memorial Fund" as the first item. If you would like to send a check, please make sure to make the check payable to "AWG Foundation", and write Dr. M. Lee Allison Fund on the memo line. Checks can be sent to:

Kate Johnson
AWG Foundation Treasurer
652 Glimmerglen Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326


AWG Salt Lake Chapter
P.O. Box 58691
Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0691

If you are writing a check:
The checks must include the word "Foundation" in order to be tax deductible. If you donate $250 or more, you will receive a written acknowledgment according to IRS requirements. For those donations less than $250, your tax deduction can be declared without a receipt (a copy of your check or a record of information listed on your credit card will suffice for taxes purposes).

Check out our new AWG Member Highlight Blog!

AWG is starting up a new member highlight blog that you can find on our webpage as well as in our E-newsletter. Check it out each month to see the awesome things AWG members are doing. If you are interested in being featured, or know someone who should be, please email Mackenzie Cremeans.


Check out the Distinguished Lecturer page to see the 2015-16 list of accomplished women who can CONNECT your AWG Chapter or University with talks on research, technology, or leadership. For more details contact Laura Fakhrai.


AWG has three ways for employers to advertise with us. The first option is a post to jobweb. The second option is to post in our every other week enews letter. The last option is to post in our quarterly newsletter GAEA. The last two options go out full color and there are discounts for regular, corporate and institutional members. For more information about the advertising rates please go to the rates page http://awg.org/news/adeditor.htm. If you have questions contact us at: ads@awg.org . The office staff is Tuesday through Thursday so response may be delayed Friday through Monday.


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