Nuclear Regulators Tout Geoscience Careers Online

American Geosciences Institute - October 2012

Young people often don’t realize where Earth science careers might take them. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) employs more than 120 staff members who hold Earth science degrees or work in geoscience-related jobs - and the agency wants students to know about these exciting career opportunities.

In keeping with the Earth Science Week 2012 theme of “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences,” the NRC is developing a series of brief videos on geoscience careers for the NRC YouTube channel, “NRC Q&A Series: Three Minutes With NRC” (

The first video in the series, posted earlier this month, is “Three Minutes With an NRC Meteorologist” (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb2naxFcnVQ&feature=plcp). The second video, posted this week, is “Three Minutes With an NRC Hydrologist” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGyzn2DQo00&list=SPEA958CAD9D2C854B&index=6&feature=plpp_video). Upcoming videos are tentatively planned to cover structural and field geologists, seismologists and geophysicists, geotechnical engineers, geochemists, hydrogeologists, and other geoscientists.

In addition, the new NRC blog emphasizes the major disciplines of Earth science that are used in overseeing nuclear power - geology, geochemistry, geophysics, seismology, hydrology, engineering geology, marine science, atmospheric science, environmental science, and soil science. To learn more, view the NRC blog (
http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2012/10/16/nrc-earth-scientists-celebrate-earth-science-week-oct-14-20/) and watch the NRC chairman’s video about her experiences as an Earth scientist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7-iLTQBidU&list=UU9FZGPhjQXkmcDbFgoomsDw&index=1&feature=plcp).

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 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, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contactus/index.html.

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History – How it all began

BirdNote began in 2004 as a project under the auspices of Seattle Audubon. To bring BirdNote to life, Chris Peterson, Executive Director of Seattle Audubon, gathered a team. Writers began to craft compelling stories about the intriguing ways of birds, ornithological advisors ensured scientific accuracy, and dedicated staff, volunteers, and contractors helped form the final professional product. 

Advisors from Western Washington NPR affiliate KPLU 88.5FM, along with Seattle-area benefactors, helped make the idea a reality and brought BirdNote to the airwaves in February 2005.

Expansion – Spreading our wings, and our reach

With its success in the Puget Sound region, BirdNote explored the possibility of expanding throughout the western flyway and beyond. In 2006, Seattle Audubon made the decision to fledge BirdNote as a separate organization, free to pursue a focused creative effort. That nonprofit is known as Tune In to Nature.org. On its seventh anniversary in February, 2012, BirdNote had expanded to nearly 200 public radio stations across the country.

BirdNote.org – The website

BirdNote.org, companion to the radio series, offers resources to dig deeper into the world of birds, birding, and conservation. We encourage you to learn more, share what you know, and what you’ve seen. Get in touch!

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After 50 Years Silent Spring is More Relevant than Ever

Carl Zichella’s Blog

Posted October 11, 2012 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environmen
The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves. -- Rachel Carson (1907-1964)  
Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, one of the most influential books of the 20th century and one of the most passionate pleas for the conservation of nature and restraint in tampering with the processes that govern life ever written.  As a recent New York Times magazine piece illustrated, Carson’s reward was a leading place in the pantheon of environmental leaders and the undying and hysterical hatred of the chemical industry’s mouthpieces and apologists.

Read more: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/czichella/after_50_years_silent_spring_i.html


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The legacy of Rachel Carson


It has been 50 years since Rachel Carson’s seminal book “Silent Spring” was first published. It has sold more than 6 million copies in the United States and been translated into more than 30 languages. The book was an immediate bestseller, an inspiration for the environmental movement and a lightning rod for critics of her conclusions about the harmful effects of the indiscriminate use of industrial synthetic pesticides, particularly DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), on the environment and all creatures who live in it, including humans.
Read More: The legacy of Rachel Carson, Idaho Mountain Express, 10/10/2012


October 18 at Connecticut College in New London, CT: "Five Decades after Silent Spring." The series of events is free and open to the public, and features a panel discussion, a reception and exhibit entitled "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring: Rumblings of an Avalanche," and an evening talk by Sandra Steingraber. 
Please join us on October 18, 2012 for a series of events commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's landmark work, Silent Spring and a half century of environmental awareness. All events will take place on the campus of Connectictut College and will be free and open to the public. Events will include a panel discussion reflecting on Rachel Carson and her legacy, held in Ernst Common Room of Blaustein Hall from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The panel will be chaired by Linda Lear, author of the award-winning biography Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature and will include:
Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History and Social Science at the University of California, San Diego and author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming
Peter Siver, Professor of Botany and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Connecticut College
Helen Rozwadowski, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut
Wendy Blake-Coleman, Office of Environmental Information, Environmental Protection Agency
Following the panel until 6:00 PM, there will be a reception in the Charles E. Shain Library and viewing of the exhibit Rachel Carson's Silent Spring: Rumblings of an Avalanche. The exhibit draws on material from the Rachel Carson Collection in the Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives illustrating the growing concern around DDT in the 1950s, Carson's plans for a book on the overuse of pesticides, the publication of Silent Spring, and the response to the book by the federal government, the pesticide industry, and the general public.

The day's events will conclude with a lecture at 7:30 PM in the Ernst Common Room, by ecologist, author, and environmental advocate Sandra Steingraber. A cancer survivor, Dr. Steingraber has written extensively on the intersection of the environment and public health first in 1997 with Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment and later with Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood. Steingraber's most recent book, Raising Elijah is a call to action for what she calls the greatest moral crisis of our time: the environmental crisis. 

Sandra Steingraber has been heralded as "the new Rachel Carson" for her ability to translate current scientific research for the general public. She has participated in briefings of the United States Congress, the United Nations, and the President's Cancer Panel and has been a guest on The Today Show and Good Morning America.

Five Decades after Silent Spring is being made possible by the Sound Lab Foundation, the Friends of the Connecticut College Library, Connecticut College Information Services, the Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives, the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, and Dr. Linda Lear.

For more information about the day's events or the Rachel Carson Collection at Connecticut College, please contact Benjamin Panciera at benjamin.panciera@conncoll.edu or by telephone at 860-439-2654.


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Boston Globe
If Rachel Carson were alive to mark the 50th anniversary of her book “Silent Spring,” her head would spin in both wonder and anger.


by Peter Dreier
Barry Commoner, a pioneering environmental scientist and activist, died Sunday at age 95.Described in 1970 by Time magazine as the "Paul Revere of ecology," Commoner followed Rachel Carson as America's most prominent modern environmentalist. He viewed the environmental crisis as a symptom of a fundamentally flawed economic and social system...