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Outreach Programs

Public Lecture
"Abrupt climate change: It has happened before; it may be happening now"

Monday, 11 December
Marriott Hotel, Salon 9

Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson
Byrd Polar Research Center
Ohio State University

The speakers will review the evidence that abrupt climate change is underway now and describe the potentially devastating impacts that the impending loss of mountain ice fields and glaciers will have on water resources in California and globally. They will discuss what, if anything, we can do to prevent or mitigate these effects. A question period will follow.

Communicating With Congress Workshop

Tuesday, 12 December
Marriott Hotel, Salon 1

Are you prepared to speak to your elected representative about science? This hands-on workshop will provide you with tips and techniques for speaking effectively about science to policy makers. Lunch will be served, but space is limited. No advance registration required.

How to Become a Congressional or Mass Media Fellow–and Why!

Wednesday, 13 December
Marriott Hotel, Salon 1–2

Broaden your experience and become a more savvy scientist by participating in the policy process on the national level or by reporting and writing science news for a major publication. Current and past fellows from both of these programs will share their experiences and answer your questions. Mass Media Fellows report on and write about science news for a newspaper, magazine, or radio or TV station for a 10-week period during the summer. Congressional Science Fellows deal with science issues in the office of a senator, representative, or committee for a full year. Space is limited. Lunch provided (first come, first served).

Programs for Teachers

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Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop: Earthquakes And Tsunamis

Wednesday and Thursday
Marriott Hotel, Nob Hill A–B

In December 2006, more than 13,000 Earth and space scientists from around the world will convene in San Francisco to attend the Fall Meeting and you can benefit from this scientific gathering!

  • Are you a current or pre-service middle or secondary school teacher interested in learning about the latest research on earthquakes and tsunamis?
  • Are you and your students curious about what it means to live on a plate boundary and how to protect yourself and others when an earthquake and/or tsunami occurs?
  • As part of this scientific conference, there will be a 2-day workshop for middle and secondary school teachers. We are pleased to invite you to participate! The workshop presenters will be a combination of leading scientists and science educators.

The Fall 2006 GIFT Workshop is free for participating teachers who register by Friday, 24 November 2006. Space is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to register early. The Workshop will include hands-on classroom activities directly aligned with the National Science Content Standards. More information about the detailed program can be obtained by contacting Dr. Inés Cifuentes, AGU Education and Career Services Manager.

Workshop for Earth Science Teachers: Hands-on, Inquiry-Based Classroom and Laboratory Assignments: Bringing Research in Earth–Surface Processes and Hydrology to K-12 and Undergraduate Students

Friday, 15 December
Moscone Center

Are you interested in integrating hands-on activities and inquiry into your classroom?

Are you looking for new hands-on exercises to add to your instructional program?

Would you like the opportunity to talk with scientists and educators who have developed hands-on exercises from current Earth Science research?

This workshop is convened by Dr. Kate Pound, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, and Karen Campbell, Education Director, National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics (NCED), St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota. Mr. Lee Schmitt, Professional Development Coordinator, Center for Global Environmental Education, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota will facilitate the workshop.

Questions: please contact workshop organizers Karen Campbell (kmc@umn.edu), Kate Pound (kspound@stcloudstate.edu) or Lee Schmitt (lschmitt@hamline.edu).


Friday, 15 December
MC, Level 1, Exhibit Hall

In the Student EXPloration of Research in the Earth and Space Sciences (EXPRESS) program, middle school student groups are invited to visit the AGU Exhibit Hall with their classes to learn more about research and careers in the Earth and space science, meet scientists, view demonstrations, and take home fun activities! Volunteers are sought to help provide demonstrations for this event and to escort groups.

AGU members interested in volunteering should contact Ines Cifuentes, AGU:

Tel: +1-800-966-2481, ext. 508
Email: icifuentes@agu.org

Career Services

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Career Center

Monday through Friday
MC, Level 3, Lobby

AGU continues its acclaimed and successful Career Center, a valuable source for employment positions, current career information, and the latest data on employment trends in the geosciences.


With the Fall Meeting attracting some of the most talented and promising geoscientists, the AGU Career Center is your ideal choice to recruit for positions, meet and interview candidates and access our extensive resume database. All employers must be registered to attend the meeting to participate in this activity.

An updated list of Employment Opportunities will be available shortly.

Interview Booth Rental

Interview booth space is available for rental at these rates:

Days Hours Rate
One Half Day 0830h-1230h or 1300h-1700h $75
One Full Day 0830h-1700h $150
Entire Week Monday to Friday, 0830h-1700h $500

To request additional information or reserve interview booth space, please contact:

AGU Career Services, AGU
2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Tel: +1-800-966-2481, ext. 504
Fax: +1-202-328-0566
E-mail: careers@agu.org.

Prospective Employees

The Fall Meeting brings together top employers from academe, industry and government. The AGU Career Center provides a full range of employment opportunities in the geosciences as well as post-doctoral opportunities, fellowships, and other valuable career information and services. All prospective employees must bring 5 copies of their resume for consideration and be registered for the meeting to participate. There is no charge for prospective employees to use the Career Center services.

Prospective employees who are registered for the meeting my submit their resume online for employer review.

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Career Planning Workshop: Career Path Alternatives

This event has been cancelled.

Programs for Students

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Student Travel Grants

The deadline for receipt of the Student travel grant application has past.

Annual MARGINS Prize for Outstanding Student Presentation

The MARGINS Program offers a $1000 prize for the Outstanding Student Oral Presentation or Poster on MARGINS-related science at the 2006 AGU Fall Meeting. The prize is open to students from any country presenting a MARGINS-related talk or poster at the conference for which they are the first author.

MARGINS is an NSF-funded program that seeks to facilitate outstanding interdisciplinary research, with foci on rupture of continental lithosphere, the (subduction) seismogenic zone, (passive margin) source-to-sink sedimentation, and the subduction factory. This prize highlights the important role of student research in accomplishing MARGINS science goals, and encourages cross-disciplinary input to the MARGINS Program.

Entries must include a brief statement of how the research relates to some aspect of MARGINS Science. This statement will be used for pre-screening of entries for relevance, and may be considered in the final choice of winner. The winner and any honorable mentions will be notified after the conference, and will be recognized within the MARGINS website and newsletter. Please direct email inquiries to the MARGINS Office: margins@levee.wustl.edu.

Academic Showcase

Monday through Friday
MC, Level 3, Lobby

Academic institutions offering Earth and space science degrees and programs are featured in this dedicated exhibition area. Over 30 departments searching for graduate students or postdoctoral candidates and advertising their institutions and programs will be participating. The Showcase offers a valuable opportunity for students to explore their graduate school and academic employment options. See the Exhibits section of the meeting web site for department registration information and a list of participating institutions.

Education/Student Lounge

Monday through Friday
MC, Level 3, Lobby

Need a place to continue a discussion or looking for a comfortable chair to read brochures from the Academic Showcase, or chat with fellow job-seekers about career alternatives? Visit this special lounge, located adjacent to the Career Center on Level 3 of the Convention Center and available to meeting attendees from 0830h–1800h daily. Look for the schedule of special events and bring-your-own brownbag lunch–time talks on specific topics, posted at the lounge entrance.

Career Path Alternatives Luncheon

Tuesday, 12 December
Marriott Hotel, Salon 10–15

Are you interested in learning more about your professional options outside academia? This program, sponsored by the Swiss Reinsurance Company and Chevron Corporation, allows AGU student members to speak with scientists and non-academic employers in an informal setting. Tickets to the luncheon are free to students attending the meeting, but only 200 seats are available. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Career Center on Level 3 prior to the luncheon.

ExxonMobil Morning Mixer for Students

Wednesday, 13 December
Marriott Hotel, Salon 9

A complimentary breakfast will be held in honor of all graduate and undergraduate students registered for the meeting. Students will have the opportunity to hear an overview of AGU programs that serve its student members, meet with AGU leadership and representatives from ExxonMobil, and network with other students and future colleagues attending the meeting.

Outstanding Student Paper Awards

Judges from most of AGU's Sections and Focus Groups will be circulating throughout the meeting in order to identify the best presentations by first-author students at the meeting. Judges will consider the scientific content of the work, but will place significant emphasis on the quality of the presentation delivery and graphics and the knowledge and poise of the student presenter. Winners (notified by the end of January 2007) will receive a formal certificate and have their names published in Eos later in the spring.