MagQuest is a $1.2 million global challenge from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). MagQuest calls upon innovators to submit novel approaches to geomagnetic data collection for the World Magnetic Model. The model is embedded in thousands of systems, including more than a billion smartphones for navigation.
This open innovation challenge is designed to attract new ideas to increase the efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of geomagnetic data collection. MagQuest is open to U.S. and international solvers, and is structured in two phases:
Phase 1 seeks written concepts. Submissions are now open, and close on May 16, 2019. Up to 10 winners will be selected to share a prize pool of $200,000.
Phase 2 seeks detailed designs. Phase 2 will be open to solvers from Phase 1, as well as new solvers who did not participate in Phase 1. Submissions are expected to open June 2019 and close August 2019. Up to 5 winners will be selected to share a prize pool of $1 million.
This will actually be two trips back-to-back, starting and ending in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The first four days will be led by Tom Fitz of Northland College and will take us to Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula to see Proterozoic Midcontinent Rift rocks, some of the most interesting rocks in North America and a classic iron and copper mining region. The remainder of the trip will bring us back south to the area around Door and Calumet Counties (the peninsula extending northeast into Lake Michigan from Green Bay) and the Milwaukee area. This second trip will focus mostly on lower Paleozoic sedimentary rocks and will be led by geologist Don Mikulic (Weis Earth Science Museum). This portion of the trip honors the work of paleontologist Joanne Kluessendorf, who passed away last year and was Don’s wife. Joanne was very active in AWG, serving as Editor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, establishing AWG’s Winifred Goldring Award with the Paleontological Society, and managing AWG’s booth at GSA annual meetings for several years. She was also founding Director of the Weis Earth Science Museum, which we will tour. The price is $1900 for double occupancy, which will cover van transportation, lodging, and lunches. A discounted price will be available for up to two students.
Our New Zealand Rocks! field trip with Williams GeoAdventures will be held February 26 through March 12, 2020. Our finalized itinerary includes six full days on the North Island, featuring tours of volcanic areas, and eight full days on the South Island, with tours of the New Zealand Alps and Milford Sound. We will have a geologic guide and bus and driver on each island, and the price includes air travel both ways between the North and South Islands, as well as two boat tours.
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AWG has partnered with the GSA Geology and Society Division, the GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee, and the Earth Science Women's Network for the Pardee Session "Women Rising: Removing Barriers and Achieving Parity for Women in the Geosciences." As part of this session, a series of blogs will be posted on the GSA website. See below for links:
Blog 1: "A Special Place in Hell": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/08/29/a-special-place-in-hell/
Blog 2: "Don't Just Stand There - Do Something!": https://speakingofgeoscience.
Blog 3: "Dealing with the Imposter Syndrome": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/09/24/dealing-with-the-imposter-syndrome/
Blog 4: "Moving Forward: Overcoming our Ideas about Disability in the Geosciences": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/10/08/moving-forward-overcoming-our-ideas-about-disability-in-the-geosciences/
Blog 5: "Social Identities and Success": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/10/23/social-identities-and-success/
Blog 6: "Sending Out the Bat Signal": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/10/29/sending-out-the-bat-signal/