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America's Geoheritage II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America's Natural Legacy- proceedings published


America is endowed with places that embody a rich geoheritage, from sites where indigenous people subsisted for millennia, to mines that furnished the raw materials that built U.S. industry, to mountain ranges and river gorges with unparalleled recreational opportunities, to field sites where students can truly understand a geological process, to places of aesthetic or spiritual value, and many more across all states and territories. In order to assess the status of geoheritage and the activities of its practitioners in the United States in light of social, political, and environmental changes over the past ten years, the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine convened a series of virtual webinars and a workshop. From September to December 2020, a Distinguished Speakers Webinar Program composed of eight webinars provided an overview of geoheritage initiatives, as well as focused presentations on geoheritage related to federal and state lands, cultural heritage, education, research, and economic development and geotourism. In January 2021, 101 land managers, state geologists, educators, researchers, and members and staff of professional societies and nongovernmental organizations participated in a virtual writing workshop to aggregate and organize community input on strategies and best practices in developing geoheritage sites across the United States. The participants were divided into focus groups that roughly aligned with the topics explored in the fall 2020 workshops. The groups worked synchronously and asynchronously over the course of a week, then presented their ideas in a plenary session. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussion of the webinars and workshop.


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released the proceedings of the workshop America's Geoheritage II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America's Natural Legacy.  The publication, released on September 22, is now freely available on the National Academies Press website (https://nap.edu/26316).  Additionally, it is linked on the workshop webpage, https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/americas-geoheritage-ii-a-workshop.


Denise Gaudreau Award

This biennial award of $500 was established to support the early career development of women scientists in Quaternary studies. Female scientists in any field of Quaternary studies within two years prior to completing the Ph.D. (i.e., they have not yet finished their dissertation research) are encouraged to apply. Membership in AMQUA and citizenship in the United States are not required. Selection will be based on scientific accomplishments, promise, and demonstration of original thinking. Emphasis will be placed on the quality and carefulness of the work, rather than solely on quantity.
Applications should include:

  1. Curriculum vitae (no page limit)
  2. Summary of research interests, accomplishments, and goals (not to exceed two pages)
  3. Copy of graduate transcripts (signed by the Advisor). Photocopies of transcripts will suffice. For credits shown in transcripts under general titles, such as independent studies or seminars, briefly describe the subject(s) of the seminar or independent study on a separate page.
  4. Name, address, e-mail address, and phone number of two referees to contact after initial committee screening.

    Applications for the 2020 Award must be submitted by March 30, 2020. The award will be presented at the 2020 AMQUA Biennial Meeting and announced on the AMQUA Web site and listserve. The award will also include support to cover registration cost and up to $300 in travel expenses to attend the meeting. Gaudreau applicants are encouraged to present a poster at the meeting. Submit all materials Colin Long, AMQUA Secretary via email at: longco@uwosh.edu