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Contact: Geoff Camphire (gac@agiweb.org)

For Immediate Release

Earth Science Week 2014 Contests Announced

Alexandria, VA - In celebration of Earth Science Week 2014, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring three national contests honoring this year's theme, "Earth's Connected Systems." This year's competitions will feature a photography contest, a visual arts contest, and an essay contest.

Students, geoscientists, and the general public are invited to participate in this year's photography contest, "Connections in My Community." Entries must be composed of original, unpublished material, and show where you observe the dynamic interactions of earth systems in your community.

This year's visual arts contest, "Earth's Connected Systems and Me" is open to students in grades K-5. Scientists study, for example, how water shapes the land, how living things use air, and how air and water act on each other. How do such connected systems affect you? Use artwork to show how land, water, air, and living things are connected in the world around you.

Finally, students in grades 6 through 9 may participate in the essay contest.
This year's essays must address the idea of "Earth System Science in Today's World."

Submissions will be judged by a panel of geoscientists on creativity, relevance, and incorporation of the topic at hand. Selected winners will be awarded for their submissions.

For details, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/


Earth Science Week 2014 will be celebrated October 12-18. To learn more, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/. To order your Toolkits, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials/. You may also call AGI Publications to place your order at 703-379-2480.

Contact: Geoff Camphire (gac@agiweb.org)

For Immediate Release

Webcast on Earth Science Week 'Focus Days' Now Available

Alexandria, VA - Each day during Earth Science Week 2014 (October 12-18), science teachers, students, and the public are invited to focus on a different area of Earth science. Go online today to view a new webcast about "Focus Days"
of this year's celebration:

* International EarthCache Day (October 12)
* Earth Science Literacy Day (October 13)
* No Child Left Inside Day (October 14)
* National Fossil Day (October 15)
* Geoscience for Everyone Day (October 16)
* Geologic Map Day (October 17)

This free webcast, narrated by AGI Outreach Assistant Katelyn Murtha, provides an overview of opportunities, activities, and resources available. The roughly four-minute tutorial includes a wealth of online links, which viewers can click during the presentation to review available resources.

To view the "Focus Days" webcast, visit
http://www.earthsciweek.org/webcasts/. To learn more about Focus Days, go to http://www.earthsciweek.org/focusdays.html.


Earth Science Week 2014 will be celebrated October 12-18. To learn more, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/. To order your Toolkits, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials/. You may also call AGI Publications to place your order at 703-379-2480.

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 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.


October 4, 2005

I send greetings to those celebrating Earth Science Week 2005, sponsored by the American Geological Institute.

The desire to explore and understand is part of our Nation's character, and we have a rich history of scientific achievement. Across our country, geologists, geophysicists, and other earth and environmental scientists are expanding our knowledge of the world around us and showing us innovative ways to care for the environment. Their curiosity and passion for discovery reflect the spirit of America.

I salute the geoscience community for helping us appreciate the wonders of our natural surroundings. I also appreciate parents and teachers for working together to educate our Nation's young people about the Earth.
Your efforts inspire future generations of scientists and remind us of our responsibility to be good stewards of the environment.

Laura and I send our best wishes.

George W. Bush


October 10, 2003

I send greetings to those celebrating Earth Science Week 2003, sponsored by the American Geological Institute. 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.

This year's theme, "Eyes on Planet Earth," highlights the importance of monitoring the environment and caring for it wisely. On July 31, 2003, the United States hosted the first-ever Earth Observation Summit in Washington, D.C., where participants discussed a 10-year goal of creating an international, integrated, comprehensive, and coordinated Earth observation system.

I applaud dedicated scientists and students in Earth science and technology for their efforts to learn more about this important field. I also commend educators, parents, and all those who help raise awareness about our planet. Your efforts help us become better stewards of our precious natural resources.

Laura joins me in sending our best wishes.

George W. Bush

Earth Science Week Proclaimed Across the Nation

On October 6, 2000, President Clinton issued a message recognizing Earth Science Week and the contributions geoscientists make toward "stewardship of Earth's fragile and precious environment" and "on such present concerns as global climate patterns, natural disasters, and the conservation of our natural resources." The President's message joins more than 25 proclamations from state governors and city mayors across the nation. Earth Science Week is celebrated annually during the second week of October to increase public awareness and understanding of the earth sciences and to give people of all ages the opportunity to discover the connection between their lives and the Earth.


Join the US Geological Survey in Celebrating Earth Science Week

The US Geological Survey is sponsoring many Earth Science Week activities in locations throughout the US. Find out what's happening in your area by visiting the USGS Earth Science Week web site.

Earth Science Week, the second full week in October, is an annual celebration of the contribution geoscience makes to society. The resolution to establish Earth Science Week was initiated by the Association of American State Geologists and was read into the Congressional Record in July 1998 by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. President Clinton followed this proclamation in October with a message encouraging all Americans to participate in Earth Science Week activities. The promotion of Earth Science Week is one of the 50th anniversary initiatives of the American Geological Institute (AGI), of which AIPG is a member.

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Other sites that are participating in Earth Science Week:


The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.