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Two Engineering Geophysicist Positions Open:  GS-9,-11, or -12 level

US Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Technical Service Center, has two engineering geophysicist positions at the GS-9,-11, or -12 level, depending upon the applicant’s qualifications. The applicants may apply for one or both advertised positions.

  • Typical engineering geophysicist job duties would include but not limited to:
  • Surface seismics, refraction, surface wave
  • Surface electrical resistivity tomography
  • Surface electromagnetics (EM) using hand held or mobile towed arrays
  • Ground penetrating radar on concrete structures and some selected soil sites
  • Surface self-potential &/or groundwater tracer surveys
  • Cross-borehole seismic shear and compression wave surveys
  • Borehole seismic (acoustic) wave velocity surveys
  • Borehole optical & acoustic televiewer surveys
  • Other geophysical surveys as required to meet project requirements

Please see USAJobs website for further details regarding these positions. Reclamation is an equal-opportunity federal government employer.

The vacancy announcements are posted, and scheduled to close on 12/07/2020.

The links to access the vacancy announcements are:

Merit Promotion:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/584455100

DEU:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/584454100

Please contact Mr. Jared Vauk, Group Mgr, Engineering Geology & Geophysics Group, [email protected], or Richard D. Markiewicz at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding these two positions.


JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL & ENGINEERING GEOPHYSICS (JEEG) Authors Announcement

Due to increased costs of publication, the Environmental and Engineering Society is instituting a new fee schedule for articles published in JEEG.  The fee schedule will begin for new articles submitted in 2021. The fee schedule was also designed to encourage authors to become members of EEGS.

  • For members (the first or corresponding author needs to be an EEGS Member): Flat rate per article of $100 (USD), excess page charge (for each page beyond 10 journal pages) of $50, and color figure fee of $100 per color figure.  (Join EEGS or renew membership)
  • For non-members: Flat rate per article of $500, excess page charge (for each page beyond 10 journal pages) of $100, and color figure fee of $100 per color figure.

These fees will be assessed upon acceptance of the article for publication.  For more information about JEEG, and its new SCIMAGO rating of 3.3 (highest since inception), click here.


 

Vic Labson, an EEGS friend, former Board Member, and past SAGEEP General Chair, passed away on Nov 1, 2020. Vic had a far-reaching impact on the near-surface geophysical community during his 43-year career with the U.S. Geological Survey through advocating for and advancing national and international-scale scientific programs as well as fostering and encouraging individual scientists' careers. He will be greatly missed as a scientist, leader, and friend to many.


FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 4, 2020—The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Environmental Restoration program area. SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced technology development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.

The Environmental Restoration program area focuses on remediating and managing contaminated lands on current and former military installations. It supports the development of innovative technologies to characterize, remediate, and scientifically manage contaminants in soil, sediments, and ground, surface and wastewater. SERDP is requesting proposals that respond to the following focused Statements of Need (SONs) in Environmental Restoration:

  • Improved Understanding of the Ecotoxicity of Mixtures of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
  • Improved Understanding of the Ecotoxicity of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in the Marine Environment
  • Improved Understanding of Ecological Toxicity and Risk of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Avian Species
  • Treatment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance-Impacted Matrices

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 SON will be selected through a competitive process. All pre-proposals are due to SERDP by January 7, 2021 by 2:00 p.m. ET. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FUNDING AVAILABLE THROUGH SERDP!

Participate in the webinar “SERDP Funding Opportunities” conducted by SERDP Executive Director Dr. Herb Nelson, Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson, and the SERDP Program Managers on November 10, 2020, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET. This briefing will offer valuable information for those who are interested in new funding opportunities with SERDP. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current SERDP solicitation, and the proposal submission process. Pre-registration for this webinar is required. If you have difficulty registering, please contact the SERDP Support Office at [email protected] or by telephone at 571-372-6565.


FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 4, 2020—The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Munitions Response program area. SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced technology development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.

The Munitions Response program area supports the development and demonstration of innovative technologies that can characterize, remediate, and scientifically manage primarily sites that are affected by military munitions underwater. SERDP is requesting proposals that respond to the following Statements of Need (SON) in Munitions Response:

  • Detection, Localization, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 SON will be selected through a competitive process. All pre-proposals are due to SERDP by January 7, 2021 by 2:00 p.m. ET. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website

SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation.  The SEED program provides a limited amount of funding (not to exceed $250,000) for projects up to approximately one year in duration to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept.  For FY 2022, Munitions Response SEED proposals are requested in response to the following SONs:

  • Detection, Localization, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater

All SEED proposals are due by March 4, 2021 by 2:00 p.m. ET. Detailed instructions for both Federal and non-Federal proposers are available on the SERDP website.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FUNDING AVAILABLE THROUGH SERDP!

Participate in the webinar “SERDP Funding Opportunities” conducted by SERDP Executive Director Dr. Herb Nelson, Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson, and the SERDP Program Managers on November 10, 2020, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET. This briefing will offer valuable information for those who are interested in new funding opportunities with SERDP. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current SERDP solicitation, and the proposal submission process. Pre-registration for this webinar is required. If you have difficulty registering, please contact the SERDP Support Office at [email protected] or by telephone at 571-372-6565.  


Reflections on Picture a Scientist Screening and Happy Hour with the EEGS’ DEI Task Force

For the inaugural event of the EEGS’ DEI Task Force, we hosted a virtual screening of the film Picture a Scientist on October 1-2, 2020. We had over 150 registrants from 13 countries participate in the screening. Our post even happy hour focused on exploring the devastating themes from the film and how we can all best be allies for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our panelists, Dr. Kisa Mwakanyamale, Dr. German Y Ojeda, Cian Dawson, and Emily Hart each provided unique perspectives of their own experiences in near-surface geophysics and how they related to the film. We shared a moderated discussion and moved into breakout rooms to discuss the film and share experiences among all participants. The production company graciously agreed to set up a screening room for attendees. There was a small fee associated with that platform. To cover this cost, the Task Force solicited donations to cover the cost of the screening room. Moreover, all additional funds from this fundraiser will go to the EEGS DEI Task Force specifically for the implementation of the following goals:

  • Diversity and equity education, promotion, and dialogue within our profession for greater understanding and inclusion within and among our profession
  • Community outreach to future generations of geoscientists and engineers at SAGEEP meetings
  • Growing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our membership and leadership

The EEGS DEI Task Force is looking forward to using these funds to bring you more engaging events!

SAGEEP 2021 and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting Will Be Online!

SAGEEP 2021 and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting will be a 100% online experience this coming March. Conducting the meetings online is the most appropriate mode to safeguard personal safety while providing expanded opportunities to involve registrants from around the globe. The meetings will be held the week of March 14th, 2021 as planned, although the timing will vary from the intended in-person meeting to accommodate registrants in a wide number of time-zones.

While an online event is not what we anticipated a year ago, we are excited to capitalize on the format’s advantages. For example, the potential to see presentations without timing conflicts, the expanded opportunities for people to attend who wouldn’t typically be able to travel to the physical venue, greater time for interaction and questions with the authors are just a few.  

The organizing committee is busy working on details and will provide them as soon as possible. We are committed to making regular contact with participants through direct mailing in the weeks to come. In the meantime, here are some big-picture items:

  • A call for additional abstracts will be published soon, followed by multiple announcements. Keep an eye on the SAGEEP website as well because the acceptance period will be shorter than previous years. This is necessary given the timeframe needed to complete the technical program preparations.
  • All accepted SAGEEP 2020 abstracts will remain valid for the 2021 online conference. We will be contacting presenters by email to provide additional information in the coming days.
  • All persons who registered for 2020 will be pre-registered for the online event. All existing registrants will receive an email with detailed information on their registration in the coming days as well.

More information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website and information will be added as it is available. Thanks for your patience as we establish the fine details.

We look forward to seeing you online in March 2021!


Join an EEGS Student Chapter "Brown Bag" Talk Hosted by the Wyoming Geophysical Society!

The Wyoming Geophysical Society is hosting a series of brown bag talks via Zoom (here's the link) and invites you join one of the remaining fall events.  The events are held on Fridays from 12 to 1 pm (MST).  The fall lecture series will feature:

10/9:  Dr. John Louie - strengths and pitfalls of the refraction microtremor seismic method (near surface seismic)
10:16:  Jared Abraham - airborne electromagnetics and groundwater exploration
10/23:  Dr. David Lumley - time lapse seismic reflection
10/30:  Dr. Lyndsay Ball - hydrogeophysics
11/6:  Dr. Rob Anthony - his duties at the Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory
11/13:  Dr. Louise Pellerin - magnetotellurics/deep electromagnetic imaging
11/20:  Phil Sirles - using geophysics to solve hydrogeological problems; case studies from projects he's worked on at Collier

To print the fall schedule, click here.


 

Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Announces Event - Registration Open

The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society invites you to join the virtual screening of the film Picture a Scientist on October 1st and 2nd, 2020. The screening will serve as a community engagement event and a venue for dialogue on inclusion within the geoscience community. We are excited to discuss challenges and solutions to diversity, equity, and inclusion within our profession as we strive to create a welcoming space for all.  Click here to register for the event.

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/405966332 

As part of the screening we will host a happy hour to reflect and discuss the screening on October 2nd at 4:30pm PST. Though Picture a Scientist centers on the voices of women in the sciences, the conversation is one that affects all members of the community: either as diverse representatives of the sciences or as allies and advocates. Registration is now open - tickets are limited. For more information please contact [email protected] or visit our website https://www.eegs.org/diversity-equity-and-inclusion


 

The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) Issues Statement on Social Injustice

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors and key personnel discussed and adopted the following statement:

Acknowledging our duty and ethical commitment to protect public welfare and provide equitable treatment, EEGS fully supports movements that denounce racism in all forms that permeate society today. We acknowledge the pain and trauma that communities of color are experiencing and stand with them in solidarity. As such, EEGS affirms its commitment to serve communities, the profession and our members with the highest standards of integrity, fairness, dignity and respect. Together, we can make a difference.

The Board also named several members to a task force, which will develop policies and initiatives to further the intent of the statement.


Update on SAGEEP 2020 / 1st Munitions Response Meeting

The Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting have been rescheduled for March 14-18, 2021 at the Hilton Denver City Center hotel in downtown Denver.  We thank and extend our appreciation to all those involved and everyone who intended to join us at SAGEEP this past March.  We look forward to seeing you in 2021.  Questions and answers about the rescheduled meetings can be viewed here .


JEEG Editor Reports Highest Impact Factor in Publication's History

Editor Dale Rucker, Ph.D., recently announced that according to Scopus, the Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics (JEEG) has achieved a Scopus Cite Score of 2.17, the highest rating since the inception of the publication in 2003.  Rucker said the 2019 rating will rise further when the December, 2019 issue (24.4) is published and cited. Scopus is a source-neutral abstract and citation database curated by independent subject matter experts.  


JEEG's Alan Witten Best Paper Award Recipient Named

G. Didem Beskardes, Geophysics Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM has been named as the 2019 Alan Witten Best Paper Award for "Power Density Distribution in Subsurface Fractures Due to an Energized Steel Well-casing Source."  The award ceremony for the 2019 Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics' (JEEG) best paper is typically held at SAGEEP; however, SAGEEP 2020 was postponed and will be rescheduled to March, 2021.  Ms. Beskardes will receive her award at that time.  For more information on EEGS awards, click here


Free Webinar:  "Near Surface Geophysical Consulting

Title of webinar: How to Become the Best and Well-Paid Geophysical Consultant in the Environmental Industry!"
Webinar Date and Time: 28 April 2020 at 10:00 AM Central U.S. time
Please click on the link for registration: https://lnkd.in/eQ9-7Sz


Newly Elected EEGS Board Meetings Begin 2020/21 Term April 23

Customarily, newly elected EEGS Board members assume their roles at the conclusion of SAGEEP each spring. Since SAGEEP 2020 could not be held, those new to the Board will join continuing members at the next Board meeting scheduled for April 23.

Newly elected members are:
Bart Hoekstra, President Elect
Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, VP Pre Elect - SAGEEP
Katherine Grote, VP Elect - Committees
Dan R. Glaser, At-Large Member
Moira Poje, At-Large Member

They will join returning EEGS Board members:

Dale D. Werkema Immediate Past President
Barry Allred, President
David Valintine, Vice President - Committees
Elliot Grunewald, Vice President – SAGEEP
Darren Mortimer, Vice President Elect - SAGEEP
Judith Robinson, At-Large Member
Lia Martinez, At-Large Member
Robert Garfield, At-Large Member

Take a moment to view the new Board roster at www.eegs.org/Board of Directors and the Committee Chairs at www.eegs.org.


President's Message
UPDATE:  SAGEEP 
2020 / 1st Munitions Response Meeting 3/17/2020

After careful consideration of the global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) Board of Directors and SAGEEP 2020 Planning Committee have decided not to hold SAGEEP and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting in Denver, Colorado from March 29 to April 2, 2020.

SAGEEP 2020 / 1st Munitions Response Meeting Planners and our partners, EAGE and NAOC, have worked diligently to monitor the coronavirus situation with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees in mind. Holding our conference is now impossible in light of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s March 16th order prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or greater in Denver, Colorado, through May 11.

Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to address questions arising from this recent announcement. We are working with our stakeholders and venue to address the many details as we move forward.

We will provide additional information via email and on the SAGEEP 2020 web site and ask that you please refrain from calling the EEGS business office at this time as we investigate alternatives and formulated plans relevant to this latest development. In the meantime, we urge those who were planning to attend the conference to modify their travel and accommodation arrangements accordingly.

Respectfully,

Dale Werkema
EEGS President


Special Issue on Near-Surface Geophysical Software

FastTIMES Volume 24, 5 Special Issue on Geohysics for Geological Mapping (Co-Edited by Bruce Smith) is available for download as a single document (https://www.eegs.org/latest-issue).  Shortly we will be moving to segmenting the document to enable better tracking of reader’s interest and to provide improved exposure and value to advertisers. We will update you when that new publishing mode is ready for you to access and to trial.

Coming to the theme of Geophysics for Geological Mapping, with a Foreword from AASG President Richard Ortt, the perspective on this important use of near-surface geophysics for geological and resource mapping, is given contributions from US Geological Survey, Geological Surveys of Canada, Ireland, Iowa and Alaska, Geoscience Australia and from a North Dakota State Water Commission project. Various mapping approaches are also discussed in the Government Geophysics, Hydrogeophysics and Environmental Geophysics, Agricultural Geophysics, Infrastructure and Geotechnical Geophysics, and the Archaeological and Forensic Geophysics regular columns. Industry News, the geoDRONE Report, UXO Community News and updated news on SAGEEP 2020 are also featured.


JEEG Editor Reports Highest Impact Factor in Publication's History

Editor Dale Rucker, Ph.D., recently announced that according to Scopus, the Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics (JEEG) has achieved a Scopus Cite Score of 2.17, the highest rating since the inception of the publication in 2003.  Rucker said the 2019 rating will rise further when the December, 2019 issue (24.4) is published and cited. Scopus is a source-neutral abstract and citation database curated by independent subject matter experts.  


2020 EEGS Membership Renewal Underway

Attention EEGS Members & Students:  If your email address on file is out of date, please take a moment to update your profile - membership renewal forms are being prepared for emailing.  To quickly update your email address, click My Profile, then My Profile/Edit Profile) sign in and enter your information.  If you've forgotten your log in information, please follow the online instructions to retrieve.  If you have any issues with updating your membership information, please let us know: staff@eegs.org


Latest issue of the FastTIMES Published -  US Infrastructure Geophysics

FastTIMES Vol 24, 3: Special Issue is available for download from FastTIMESLatest Issue page.  This issue focuses on examples of how near-surface geophysical and non-destructive testing methods can help in addressing both new and existing infrastructure site investigation, condition assessment and monitoring challenges, with case histories from the US, Norway, UK and Italy.  Associate Editor Professor Nigel Cassidy, Professor of Professor of Geotechnical Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Birmingham, School of Engineering who is a passionate advocate for infrastructure geophysics and engineering and who gave a Keynote address as SAGEEP 2018 on the future of infrastructure is the Guest Editor for this Special Issue.


Latest issue of the Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics Published

The September, 2019 issue (Vol. 24.3) of the JEEG has been published  According to Editor Dale Rucker "From my perspective, one of the largest accomplishments of my tenure over the past three years is the growth of the journal. When I talk of growth, I not only mean the number of submissions and articles published, but also in terms of maturity."  Click on the September, 2019 issue link to read more from the editor and to check out the current issue!


Call for Short Course Topics or Offers to Present

Here's your chance to recommend a Short Course or Workshop topic - or volunteer to present a Short Course or Workshop at SAGEEP and its parallel conferences.  The SAGEEP 20/20 Organizing Committee seeks your valuable input on topics or offers to present at SAGEEP or the parallel conference, 1st Munitions Response Meeting (click here for detailed information). This is your chance to influence what happens at the meeting.  If you have topics for future Short Courses/ Workshops, or would like to express interest in presenting a Short Course or Workshop, click here to complete and submit your topics. 


Latest issue of the FastTIMES Published - Managed and Natural Aquifer Recharge Geophysics

FastTIMES Vol 24, 2 (July, 2019): Managed and Natural Aquifer Recharge Geophysics is available for download from FastTIMESLatest Issue page. 


EEGS and EAGE Collaborate to Produce SAGEEP

Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) representatives signed a joint agreement at SAGEEP 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee outlining the collaborative efforts which will be used to produce SAGEEP, beginning with SAGEEP 2019 in Portland, Oregon March 17-21, 2019. With a shared intent to provide the near surface geophysics community with the highest quality and most timely solutions possible to geophysical engineering and environmental problems and cutting edge research, the two groups have already begun to target topics and areas of interest across multiple disciplines. The architects of the agreement believe combined efforts will result in an enhanced SAGEEP experience, a wider audience and the growth necessary to sustain this important, unique educational offering in the near surface geophysical marketplace.