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* Trinity University - Assistant Professor of Geosciences
* Hunter College - CUNY - Assistant or Associate Professor
* Lehigh University - Environmental Initiative Director
* Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology - UNR - Postdoctoral Fellow -
Space Geodesy
* Nevada Bureau of Mines - UNR - Research Professor/Research
Scientist - Space Geodesy
* University of Manitoba - Assistant Professor in Geology/Geophysics
- Tenure Track

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* A Month Behind Schedule, No End In Sight?
* USGS Gets Boost in Interior Bill Sent to President Bush
* Yucca Mountain, Labor Provisions Hold Up Spending Bill
* US Sanctions Impact Scientific Societies
* Comprehensive Energy Legislation Struggling
* Climate Change Bill Defeated in Senate
* Interior Department Reverses Clinton-Era Mine Millsite Policy
* Leavitt Confirmed as New EPA Administrator
* GAO Reports on Oil and Gas Activities in Wildlife Refuges
* For Science Committee, It's All Space All the Time
* High Plains Aquifer Bill Gets House Hearing
* Nuclear Waste Disposal Gets Attention on Several Fronts
* President Bush Issues Earth Science Week Message
* Keep In Touch About the Evolution Debate in Your State
* New Fellows Settle into Capitol Hill Offices, Program Honored
* NRC Seeks Input on the Future of Geoengineering
* Input Sought to Improve Federal Research Grant Management
* List of Key Federal Register Notices
* New Material on Web Site

*** A Month Behind Schedule, No End In Sight? ***

So goes the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 appropriations process. The new
fiscal year went into effect on September 30th and since then the
government has been operating at last year's funding levels by virtue of
continuing resolutions (CR), the latest running until November 7th. This
year's process is mostly characterized by distraction. Like every year,
Members of Congress want to bring programs and projects, highway funding
and water treatment plants home to their districts, but this time they
are also battling over how much money should be spent to rebuild Iraq
as well as the final energy and Medicare bills. These other pieces of
legislation have taken center stage while appropriations bills are
debated late into the evening hours when policymakers are weary after
fighting other battles all day long. While the House has approved its
version of all 13 appropriations bills, the Senate has yet to approve the
Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-State, VA/HUD and DC appropriations bill
s. Negotiations continue on the Military Construction, Labor/HHS and
Energy and Water bills. Only four spending bills have gone to the
president for his signature, the Interior bill among them (see below for
details). The current target adjournment for the session is November
21st. More on the appropriations process at .

*** USGS Gets Boost in Interior Bill Sent to President Bush ***

One of the few bright spots in the FY 2004 appropriations process is
the Interior bill, which is finally on its way to President Bush after
surviving a close vote in the House (216-205) and a lopsided one in the
Senate (87-2). Opposition in the House centered on a legislative rider
added in conference to delay a federal judge's deadlines in Indian
Trust Fund litigation facing the Department of the Interior. The bill
provides the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with $950 million, $21 million
more than the Senate provided and $14 million more than the House
and $54 million more than the administration requested. All budget
figures appear to be subject to an across-the-bill 0.6% cut. Much of the
increase reflects congressionally directed spending (earmarks) as both
the House and Senate deferred to the other's projects in the final
bill. Geological programs were funded at $236 million ($1 million less
than the Senate but $5 million more than the House and $14 million more
than the budget request). Mapping programs are slated to receive $130
million. Water resource programs received a bump up to $217 million in
conference ($10 million more than last year, $17 million more than the
request). Biological programs also received a "plus-up" of $6 million
over the Senate allocation to bring it to $176 million. The conference
report commented on the need for increased federal users of Landsat 7
and supported USGS efforts to improve data management at the EROS Data

The final bill provided some additional restoration of funds for oil
and gas research programs in the Department of Energy (DOE), which were
slated for major reductions in the president's budget request. Oil
technology programs will receive $35 million, down $7 million from FY 2003
but $18.5 million more than the president's request. Natural gas
programs will get $39 million, down $8 million from FY 2003 but up $12
million from the request. Increases in the conference report reflect
directed spending on Arctic-related research.

More specific numbers for geoscience-related programs in the bill are
available at . AGI
sent an alert in mid-October encouraging geoscientists to press for
increases in these programs. The alert is at . At the
current stage, thank-you letters would be appropriate and much

*** Yucca Mountain, Labor Provisions Hold Up Spending Bill ***

The Energy and Water bill negotiations have run into multiple problems,
including funding for the Yucca Mountain high-level nuclear waste
disposal site. According to Environment and Energy Daily, House Energy and
Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David Hobson (R-OH) has
called Yucca Mountain his "top priority," allocating $765 million for the
planned high-level nuclear waste repository, an increase of $174 million
over President Bush's request and $308 million more than FY '03. The
extra money would help fund the development of a rail line in Nevada
that would avoid transporting waste through the Las Vegas area. In doing
so, Hobson has set up a clash with Senate Energy and Water
Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member Harry Reid (D-NV) who, along with the
rest of Nevada's congressional delegation, vigorously opposes Yucca
Mountain. The Senate funded the project at $425 million, $166 million less
than the request and $32 million lower than the FY '03 level. Pr
oponents of Yucca Mountain have expressed concern that inadequate
funding will further delay the project.

Differences abound over spending for nuclear weapons as well, but the
provision that has brought the entire process to "total meltdown,"
according to a Republican aide, involves a legislative provision that has
been attached to the bill. This "rider" would move responsibilities for
processing claims of injured nuclear workers from the Department of
Energy to the Labor Department, which may be better prepared to handle
sick worker claims. Because this issue is highly emotional, it may have
squelched hopes for a swift conference on the bill, but conferees are
meeting on November 5th to try again. For information on previous action
on the bill, see .

*** US Sanctions Impact Scientific Societies ***

Although U.S.-imposed economic sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Libya and Sudan
are nothing new, a recent Treasury Department ruling extends the
sanctions to many services provided by scientific and engineering societies
to members in those countries. Societies may not elevate such members
to a higher-grade membership, nominate or consider them for awards, edit
their submitted journal articles prior to publication or allow them to
use e-mail aliases and web accounts, access online job listings or
conduct conferences under the society name. Due to an exemption created in
1994, members in restricted countries can still receive "information
and informational material," which allows organizations to mail their own
journals and other publications to these individuals.

These sanctions and their effect on professional organizations and
scientific publishing began to come to light shortly before 9/11. The
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) tried to pay for
expenses related to a symposium that IEEE was cosponsoring in Tehran in
the summer of 2001. According to IEEE's President, Michael S. Adler,
as reported in IEEE Spectrum: "Our bank notified us -- 'Do you realize
this isn't allowed?' -- and we started looking at the regulations
carefully." Thus began negotiations between IEEE and the Treasury
Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), a powerful division charged
with enforcing U.S. sanctions on embargoed countries. Sanctions tend
to be overly broad by nature and OFAC has the ability to provide
exemptions on a case-by-case basis. Not heeding the sanctions or "working
around" the system can bring fines of up to $10 million and even prison
terms. On October 1, 2003, OFAC sent a letter to IEEE stating that
editing was a "service" and that IEEE must apply for a special license
in order to edit manuscripts prior to publication if the author (or one
of a group of authors) is from an embargoed country. IEEE has applied
for that license. Even if they are granted the exemption, that does
not mean that other scientific publishers will be granted an exemption
since OFAC reviews all licenses on a case-by-case basis and claims that
it does not typically take "precedent" into account.

Because of the increasingly global nature of scientific societies, the
Treasury ruling could have a major impact on how they do business. A
number of societies are seeking to engage the White House on this
matter, and AGI will attempt to keep the geoscience community informed as
developments occur. An on-line extra in IEEE Spectrum about the dispute
is at .
IEEE's web site has additional information at

*** Comprehensive Energy Legislation Struggling ***

House and Senate leaders have tried to intervene in the conference to
iron out differences between the two chambers' versions of energy
legislation. Vice President Cheney has also been involved with the
negotiations. On October 30th, President Bush made one of his strongest
statements to date while on a political fundraising swing through Ohio.
Energy and Environment Daily reported that his message to Congress was
"resolve your differences. Understand that if you're interested in people
finding a job, we need an energy policy. Get the bill done."

Unfortunately, that's easier said than done. In negotiations like
these, it helps when the principal negotiators have a good relationship
with each other. But Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley
(R-IA) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA),
who oversee negotiations on tax-related provisions, have a "prickly"
relationship at best. As negotiations have progressed, relations between
their respective staffs have become strained as well, further delaying
action on this legislation. Adding to the tension, Thomas and Grassley
are also negotiating the high-stakes Medicare prescription drug reform

Both of these bills need to be approved before Congress goes home for
the holidays. Doing so would secure two legislative wins for President
Bush, and these are politically hot-button issues that nobody wants to
address in an election year. Energy conferee and former Majority
Leader of the Senate, Trent Lott, was quoted earlier this week as saying
that House and Senate leaders should get aggressive about getting the two
sides to cooperate. According to Lott, that is best done when the
leaders "open the bazaar and say 'What do you need?” While not
substantively linked, rumors have been circulating throughout Washington that some
last-minute horse-trading may be done between these two bills and the
remaining appropriations bills to wrap up Congress's work for the year.

On a related front, with natural gas now accounting for a quarter of
U.S. energy consumption, this energy resource is becoming increasingly
important not just in heating homes and driving power plants but also in
the political arena. The economic effects of recent price volatility
have led to a flurry of legislative debate both within and outside the
context of congressional efforts to pass comprehensive energy
legislation. To enhance AGI's coverage of energy issues, we have added a new web
page providing the latest developments along with background
information and links to additional sources on natural gas policy at .

*** Climate Change Bill Defeated in Senate ***

On October 30th, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT)
finally received a long-promised opportunity for debate and a vote on
their bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions from a range of U.S.
industrial sectors. After five hours of debate on the Senate floor -- the first
time the Senate had addressed climate change in six years -- the
measure was voted down 43-55. Following the vote, McCain said that he was
encouraged by the strong Senate support for
S. 139, the Climate Stewardship Act of 2003: "We've lost a battle
today, but we'll win over time because climate change is real. And we will
overcome the influence of the special interests over time. You can
only win by marshaling public opinion." To that end, McCain and Lieberman
have vowed to continue pushing this issue through congressional
hearings, public outreach and pursuing additional floor time next spring.
More at .

*** Interior Department Reverses Clinton-Era Mine Millsite Policy ***

Reversing a strict interpretation of the Mining Law of 1872 adopted by
the Clinton administration, the Department of the Interior (DOI)
announced on October 10th that it would no longer limit mining companies to
one five-acre parcel per mineral claim. Industry leaders and Western
legislators have argued that the Clinton interpretation ignored
technological advances since 1872 that require more space for processing. The
new DOI interpretation continues to confine millsites
to five acres each, but places no limit on the number of such plots
permitted per 20-acre mineral claim. The decision was published in the
Federal Register without a public comment period and is final. For
additional information on this decision or other mining policy issues, see .

*** Leavitt Confirmed as New EPA Administrator ***

The Senate ended a two-month impasse over the nomination of Utah
Governor Mike Leavitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on
October 28th. Leavitt was approved with an 88-8 vote in which 36
Democrats and Vermont independent James Jeffords joined all 51 Senate
Republicans to confirm him. Leavitt is expected to resign as the Governor of
Utah very soon and arrive back in Washington around November 5th for his
swearing in ceremony. For additional information on the turbulent path
of Leavitt's nomination, his background and environmental philosophy
see .

*** GAO Reports on Oil and Gas Activities in Wildlife Refuges ***

The debate about opening up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to
petroleum exploration has been raging for several years, but drilling
is already taking place in a number of other federal wildlife refuges.
House Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subcommittee Chairman
Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), concerned that
information has been lacking about how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
currently monitors oil and gas activities within the refuge system, asked
the General Accounting Office (GAO) to do a study. GAO presented their
findings at an oversight hearing on October 30th, reporting that the
federal management and oversight of drilling activities varies widely
among the nation's refuges due to differences in authority to oversee
private mineral rights and a lack adequate guidance, resources and training
for refuge managers. More on the report and hearing at .

*** For Science Committee, It's All Space All the Time ***

The House Science Committee has spent this fall holding hearings about
the Columbia shuttle tragedy and attempting to plot a course for the
future of space travel. This past month, the committee examined whether
Mars should be the next objective of human space flight. Witnesses
brought a tremendous depth of expertise covering manned and unmanned space
science and exploration, military technology, and the history of
technology to the hearings. While the witnesses saw little value in the
current space shuttle and space station programs, there was not a clear
consensus on what NASA's goals for its human space flight should be. Not
everyone could agree that unmanned space flight should become the norm
for conducting space science experiments. Likewise, there was
disagreement about making Mars the next major new mission. Everyone did
agree, though, with Chairman Boehlert's final statement, "the primary reason
for human exploration is the impulse to explore, rather than a mo
re utilitarian goal that you can quantify or measure immediately,
although there can be collateral benefits." More on the hearing at .

The House Science Committee also took a new look at our local star.
The importance of accurate space weather forecasting was front-and-center
for the last week in October as solar flares shined a light on the
Space Environment Center (SEC). The SEC, located in Boulder, CO predicts
space weather, minimizing the risk to systems that rely heavily on
satellite performance, like air traffic control, the International Space
Station (and astronauts on it), electrical grids and cell phone users.
Targeted for elimination in the Senate version of the Commerce
appropriations bill, the center and recent events were the focus of a hearing by
the House Science Committee. For more on this issue, see .

*** High Plains Aquifer Bill Gets House Hearing ***

The House Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing on
October 30th on Senate-passed legislation (S. 212) that would improve
hydrogeologic characterization of the High Plains Aquifer. Underlying
all or part of eight states, the aquifer is -- according to Kansas State
Geologist Lee Allison, who testified on behalf of a coalition of state
geological surveys -- "the most intensely pumped aquifer in the United

The hearing was contentious with a number of groups, such as the
National Corn Growers Association, testifying against the bill, expressing
fear that it would be the "camel's nose under the tent" for federal
regulation of ground water. By the end, however, it appeared that members
of the subcommittee were willing to explore ways to allow the bill to
move forward. For background on this issue, see .

*** Nuclear Waste Disposal Gets Attention on Several Fronts ***

On October 16th the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation
and Public Lands heard testimony on H.R. 2909, the Utah Test and Training
Range Protection Act. The bill would subvert efforts by the Skull
Valley Band of Goshute Indians to build a high-level nuclear waste
repository on reservation land in Utah by creating a federal wilderness area
and restricting access to the proposed site. A good cross-section of the
stakeholders in this debate testified, including environmentalists, the
administration and the Air Force. Witnesses expressed concern for the
bill in its current form and criticized it as being too vague about
exactly which lands would be declared wilderness areas. More at .

At an October 23rd meeting of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste,
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) commissioner Edward
McGaffian said that Department of Energy (DOE) plans to open the Yucca Mountain
nuclear waste repository in 2010 were not realistic. "It's almost a
fact. 2010 is just about impossible." He added that 2015 was a more
achievable target. The USNRC must approve DOE's plan for Yucca Mountain
before the site can open. While conventional wisdom has long held that
opening the facility in seven years is nearly impossible, this was
widely viewed as the first time a high-level official engaged with the
discussions admitted as much.

Finally, Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced
legislation on Halloween that would free the Yucca Mountain project from
the whims of appropriators each year (see discussion of Energy and Water
appropriations above). The bill would change the Nuclear Waste Fund, a
$14 billion account created to pay for the waste repository, so that
funds would go directly to the Yucca Mountain project rather than into
the general treasury for subsequent distribution. Nuclear power users
contribute more than $750 million into the fund each year through fees
included in utility bills. With interest, the waste fund accumulates
about $1.4 billion annually. According to its proponents, the bill would
re-establish the link between consumer contribution and program

*** President Bush Issues Earth Science Week Message ***

Helping to celebrate this year's Earth Science Week on October
12th-18th, President Bush issued a message stating in part: "Earth Science Week
provides an opportunity to recognize our progress in conservation
through environmental stewardship and the contributions of geologists,
geophysicists, and other environmental scientists. These professionals help
preserve our natural resources, protect our health, keep us safe from
natural disasters, and increase our appreciation for the Earth's
beauty." The message joins proclamations issued by numerous state governors
and city mayors. The text of the message was sent as a special update
and is available on the web at .

*** New Fellows Settle into Capitol Hill Offices, Program Honored ***

Last month, a fresh crop of congressional science and engineering
fellows landed on Capitol Hill, five geoscientists among them. After a
three-week orientation run by the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS), which oversees the program, fellows interviewed with
a wide array of House and Senate offices before choosing the best fit
for them. Fellows are independent operators and receive no placement
guidance from their sponsoring society. In mid-October, AGI's 2003-2004
fellow, Eloise Kendy, a hydrologist from Montana, announced her
placement with Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. She expects to spend the year
focusing on public lands, natural resource management and waste disposal
issues for the senator. Other geoscientists include AGU fellow Kevin
Vranes, working for Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon; GSA/USGS fellow Michele
Koppes, working for Rep. Jay Inslee of Washington; and American Institute of
Physics fellow Lee Hirsch, working for Rep. Jim McDermott of Wash
ington. All chose to work for the minority. Soil Science Society of
America fellow Mike Schmidt will choose a placement when he starts this
coming January. For more on the fellowship program, past fellows, and
how to apply, please visit . The
deadline for next year's fellowship is February 1, 2004.

The AAAS fellowship program is marking its 30th anniversary this fall
and in honor of that, the House passed a resolution on October 28th
honoring the hundreds of science fellows who have served in Congress and
the Administration. In approving this measure (House Concurrent
Resolution 279), the Science Committee noted that over the past 30
years this program has provided more than 800 scientists the opportunity to
work in Congress. House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert
(R-NY) expounded on that point by saying, "The fellows program has also
been an entry point for many of the best staff we have on Capitol Hill.
We recognize the value of the AAAS program daily on the Science
Committee, where ten of our staff members began their careers on the Hill as
fellows." More on the overall AAAS program at .

*** Keep In Touch About the Evolution Debate in Your State ***

The American Institute of Biological Sciences and the National Center
for Science Education announced earlier this month that the AIBS/NCSE
Evolution List Server Network now has list serves in every state, Puerto
Rico, the District of Columbia, and Alberta and Ontario, Canada. New
list serves were recently launched in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware,
Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, and Washington DC.
According to AIBS, the network enables scientists, teachers, and other
supporters of evolution education to be in touch with each other
locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to serving as a
support system for educators teaching evolution in a difficult local
environment, the network facilitates rapid communication and grass-roots
activity when school boards or legislatures consider policies that promote
the teaching of anti-evolutionary ideas in science classes. For more
information or to sign up, visit

*** NRC Seeks Input on the Future of Geoengineering ***

In response to a request from the National Science Foundation (NSF),
the National Research Council (NRC) has formed a committee to identify
research areas in geoengineering likely to be of relevance over the next
10 to 30 years. Scientists and engineers can submit one-sentence
summaries that quickly convey their research ideas to a broad audience as
well as a longer narrative description of those ideas. The committee
will likely invite some respondents to future workshops on related topics.
Please submit comments to by
November 12, 2003. The web site also includes additional information
on the study.

*** Input Sought to Improve Federal Research Grant Management ***

The National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Research
Business Models is seeking input from research performers on a set of
nine questions published in the Federal Register on August 6th. This
input combined with three meetings to be held across the country over the
next two months marks the beginning phase of a process to revise the
science and technology research grant making and administration process.
These regional meetings and public comments will serve as input for a
two-day subcommittee meeting in Washington on December 9th and 10th,
2003. Details about the regional meetings and how to submit public
comments were published in the September 16th edition of the Federal
Register. To respond to the questions or get information about the meetings,
log on to . Comments must be received by December

*** List of Key Federal Register Notices ***

Below is a summary of Federal Register announcements regarding federal
regulations, agency meetings, and other notices of interest to the
geoscience community. Entries are listed in chronological order and show
the federal agency involved, the title, and the citation. The Federal
Register is available online at . Information on
submitting comments and reading announcements are also available online
at .

Department of Energy (DOE), Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee
Meeting Notice. October 20, 2003, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday,
October 21, 2003, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Open Session. Doubletree Hotel and
Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.
Volume 68, Number 191 (2 October, 2003): pp. 56824

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Request for Applications for
Essential Use Exemptions to the Production and Import Phaseout of Ozone
Depleting Substances Under the Montreal Protocol for the Years 2005 and
2006. File by November 1, 2003 with Scott Monroe, Global Programs
Division (6205J), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460. Volume 68, Number 198 (14 October,
2003): pp. 59170-59172

Department of Energy (DOE), Natural Gas Markets Conference,
Supplemental Notice of Public Conference and Agenda. October 14, 2003, 9:00 a.m.,
Commission Meeting Room, Room 2C, FERC Headquarters, 888 First St.
N.E., Washington, D.C. 20426. Volume 68, Number 199(15 October, 2003): p.

Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Fossil Energy, National Coal
Council Meeting Notice. December 4, 2003, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, Open Session.
Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. Volume 68, Number
200 (16 October, 2003): p. 59596

National Science Foundation (NSF), Earthscope Science and Education
Advisory Committee, Notice of Establishment. Volume 68, Number 200 (16
October, 2003): p. 59642

National Science Foundation (NSF), Advisory Committee for Geosciences,
Meeting Notice. 1:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2003; 8:30
a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2003; 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday,
November 14, 2003, Open Session. National Science Foundation, 4200
Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. Volume 68, Number 200
(16, October, 2003): p. 59642

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Science Advisory Board Staff
Office: Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Notification of
Advisory Committee Meeting of the CASAC Particulate Matter Review Panel
Notice. 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. November 12 and 13, 2003. Open Session.
Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, or the immediate
vicinity. Volume 68, Number 204 (22, October, 2003): p. 60363-60365

U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Morris K. Udall
Foundation. 8 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. on November 12, and from 8
a.m. to approximately noon on November 13. Westward Look Resort, 245
Ina Road, Tucson, Arizona 85704. Partly Open Session. Volume 68, Number
204 (22, October 2003): p. 60420-60421

NASA Earth Science Technology Subcommittee; Meeting Notice. Wednesday,
November 5, 2003, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415
New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20001. Volume 68, Number 206
(24, October 2003): p. 61018

Council on Environmental Quality National Environmental Policy Act Task
Force Meeting. November 13 and 14, 2003, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Southeast Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection, Lee Park (Suite 6010), 555 North Lane in Conshohocken
Pennsylvania, 19428-2233. Volume 68, Number 207 (27, October 2003): p. 61213

*** New Material on Web Site ***

The following updates and reports were added to the Government Affairs
portion of AGI's web site since the last
monthly update:

* Clean Air Issues: New Source Review (10-28-03)
* Nomination of Utah Governor Leavitt for EPA Administrator (10-28-03)
* Wetlands Policy (10-28-03)
* Action Alert: Support Geoscience Programs in Final FY 2004 Interior
Spending Bill (10-17-03)
* Natural Gas Policy (10-16-03)
* Mining Issues (10-15-03)
* Special Update: President Bush's Earth Science Week 2003 Message
* National Earthquake Hazards Reductions Program (10-6-03)
* Energy Policy Overview (10-3-03)
* Climate Change Policy Overview (10-3-03)
* Geotimes Political Scene: Endowing the AGI Congressional Fellowship
* Outer Continental Shelf Policy (9-22-03)

Monthly review prepared by Emily M. Lehr, AGI/AAPG Geoscience Policy
Intern Ashley M. Smith, and David Applegate.

Sources: American Institute of Biological Sciences, Department of the
Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control, Environment and Energy
Daily, Greenwire, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA,
Thomas: Library of Congress web site, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S.
Senate, The Washington Post.



AWG will exhibit again at the American Geophysical Union's Fall
conference in San Francisco. Members are encouraged to assist as greeters at
our booth for an hour or a half day, if they are registered and
attending the conference. If AWG attendees don't have time to spare, please at
least stop by and say hello! The volunteer schedule will be
coordinated by Phyl Halvorson (email: prior to the
meeting. Otherwise, stop by the booth (#926) and let us know when you are
available to help sit the booth and share AWG's mission with AGU

Booth set-up is on Dec. 8th. Exhibit hours are from 8:30am to 5:00pm,
Tuesday, Dec. 9th through Friday, Dec.12th. Hope to see you there!



Trinity University
Assistant Professor of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at Trinity University, a member of the
Keck Geology Consortium, invites applications for a tenure-track position
at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2004.
Candidates must be dedicated to excellence in undergraduate teaching and to an
active research program that includes the involvement of undergraduates.
Teaching responsibilities will include upper and lower division courses
in the major and introductory Geoscience courses in the University's
Common Curriculum. Participation in the development of field and
interdisciplinary courses is expected. Applicants should have a
specialization that includes a significant component of field work and that
complements the existing faculty specializations in igneous petrology,
structural geology, invertebrate paleontology, geomorphology/Quaternary
geology, and geophysics. Applications must include a letter of application,
curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a deta
iled description of teaching philosophy and research plans, and 3
letters of recommendation; sent to Dr. Glenn Kroeger, Department of
Geosciences, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas
78212-7200 (email: Further information about the
department and search can be found at Review of completed
applications will begin December 1, 2003. Women and minority candidates
are strongly encouraged to apply. Trinity University is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.

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Hunter College - CUNY
Assistant or Associate Professor

New York, NY 10021. Assistant or Associate Professor. The Department
of Geography at Hunter College-CUNY, the largest geography program in
New York City, seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position starting
August 2004, subject to financial ability. We seek a candidate with a
Ph.D. in geography or a related discipline with expertise in Geographic
Information Science. The successful candidate will teach a mix of
undergraduate and graduate level courses in geographic information science
to support existing and potential programs and conduct research in the
area of specialization. In addition, the person will take on an active
role in the Center for the Analysis and Research of Spatial Information
(CARSI), and manage the GIS Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program.
The position includes working with undergraduate, masters and doctoral
students, as well as participating in departmental and college affairs.

The Ph.D. degree is required at the time of appointment. A strong
record of, or potential for teaching, research, funding, and publication in
geographic information science/applied geography is required for
consideration. Good interpersonal skills and effective oral and written
communication skills are necessary.

To apply, send a cover letter that discusses teaching and research
agendas, curriculum vitae, a sample of recent publications, and full
contact information for at least three references before December 15, 2003
to: Prof. Charles Heatwole, Chair, Department of Geography, Hunter
College - CUNY, 695 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10021. E-mail: Hunter College is an EOE, ADA, AA, IRCA

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Lehigh University
Environmental Initiative Director

Environmental Initiative, Director. Lehigh University seeks a
distinguished senior faculty member to serve as Director of its Environmental
Initiative (EI). The EI is a multi-disciplinary effort to bring
scientists, engineers, social scientists, and humanists together to focus
their expertise on environmental research and education. The Director
provides synergistic leadership for a multi-disciplinary group of faculty
and staff across Lehigh’s colleges: Arts and Sciences, Engineering and
Applied Science, Business and Economics, and Education. Candidates must
possess a national and/or international scholarly reputation in a field
related to the environment; a commitment to excellence in graduate and
undergraduate education; a successful record of external fundraising;
familiarity with a university setting, preferably in an administrative
capacity; and outstanding communication and leadership skills.
Candidates must have the Ph.D., but the specific area is open and might i
nclude the environmental sciences, engineering, or the social sciences
and humanities. The position will be a joint appointment within the
Environmental Initiative and a department best suited to the successful
candidate’s field. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2004
and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a
curriculum vita, a statement of educational philosophy and
multi-disciplinary research opportunities in the area of the environment, and a list
of four references with complete contact information. Electronic
submission is preferred: For further information,
contact: Prof. Stephen Cutcliffe, Chair, EI Director Search, 31Williams
Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015, or go to:

Lehigh University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer
and committed to recruiting and retaining women and minorities.

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Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology - UNR
Postdoctoral Fellow - Space Geodesy

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno is
offering three post-doctoral fellowships to successful applicants to
conduct research on space geodesy and its geophysical applications,
beginning on or after January 15, 2004. Full funding, contingent on annual
federal appropriations, is guaranteed for appointments of 3 years,
subject to performance. The possibility of extension of either appointment
up to a maximum of 5 years is subject to performance and negotiation at
a later time. For complete position description and requirements,
contact Postdoctoral Search, NBMG, Mail Stop 178, UNR, Reno, NV 89557-0088
or view the position announcement at and Applications received by December 15, 2003 will
receive full consideration. EEO/AA

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Nevada Bureau of Mines - UNR
Research Professor/Research Scientist - Space Geodesy

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno,
seeks a research scientist (non-tenure track faculty position) to conduct
research on space geodesy and its applications, beginning on or after
January 1, 2004. Full funding, contingent on annual federal
appropriations, is guaranteed initially through September 2008. This position may
be placed on tenure track at a later time, should such a position
become available. No teaching duties are required, but opportunities exist
for supervision of Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral researchers. For
complete position description and requirements, contact Geodesy Search,
NBMG, Mail Stop 178, UNR, Reno, NV 89557-0088 or view the position
announcement at and
Applications received by November 30, 2003 will receive full consideration.

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Nevada Bureau of Mines - UNR
Publications Manager/Chief Cartographer (faculty position)

The University of Nevada, Reno seeks candidates for the full-time,
administrative faculty position of Publications Manager/Chief Cartographer
at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, the state geological survey,
beginning July 1, 2004. Duties include leading NBMG's team of
cartographers, graphic designers, and illustrators; staying attuned to
technological developments in cartography, drafting, publication design,
printing, and GIS; and contributing to production of geologic maps and
reports. For complete position description and requirements, contact
Publications Manager Search, NBMG, Mail Stop 178, UNR, Reno, NV 89557-0088 or
view the position announcement at and Applications received by January 15, 2004 will
receive full consideration. EEO/AA

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University of Manitoba
Assistant Professor in Geology/Geophysics - Tenure Track

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Manitoba
invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in
tectonics at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position, which is
subject to final budgetary approval, is to commence July 1st, 2004 or as
soon thereafter as is mutually agreeable. Minimum qualifications are a
Ph.D. in Geology or Geophysics and evidence of strong teaching and
research potential. The ideal candidate will have experience in
tectonics/crustal evolution; complementary experience in structural geology,
Precambrian geology, lithospheric geophysics or geodynamics would be
considered an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to teach
global tectonics, field school and other undergraduate and graduate courses
in geosciences and to develop an independent research program.

The Department of Geological Sciences currently has 12 full-time
tenure-track faculty offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate
programs in Geology and Geophysics. The Department has a well-established
national and international research reputation with strengths in
mineralogy, earth materials research and lithospheric geophysics. It has
world-class analytical facilities and is equipped with a range of
geophysical instrumentation. The Department is part of the new Faculty of
Environment which is responsible for teaching, research and outreach in the
broad areas of the Earth, environment, sustainable development and
resources. Further information about the Department and University of
Manitoba can be obtained from

Winnipeg is a cosmopolitan city with a population of 650,000. The city
offers all the facilities of a major city but with the atmosphere of a
smaller, friendly city. Winnipeg provides a high quality of life and a
rich cultural environment and offers access to some of the most
beautiful lake country and recreational facilities in North America. In
addition it boasts the lowest cost-of-living among major cities in Canada.
Learn more about Winnipeg at

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women
and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples
and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged
to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a summary of teaching
philosophy, interests and experience, a summary of research interests, a
description of proposed research and the names and addresses of three
referees to: Dr. Nancy Chow, Acting Head, Department of Geological
Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Tel. 204-474-6451, Fax
204-474-7623, Please specify position number
AKH900 in the application. Closing date for applications is January 19,
2004. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be
handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of
Privacy Act (Manitoba).



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