PGI held it’s joint annual meeting with Indiana Geologists on November 8 at the 1911 Grill in Speedway. We had a great turnout at a great location. The go-karts in the building made for a unique background noise. Janet McCabe provided a great presentation on the current state of climate science research in the federal government.

PGI board said farewell to President Rob George, who was not elected for another term. Thanks for all the hard work, Rob! PGI board welcomed two new members, John Morris with ECC Horizon and Jeremy Kinman with Wilcox Environmental Engineering.

 

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PGI Board members Shane Schmidt and Stephen Brellenthin traveled to Milford Elementary (Milford, IN) to present geology to 3rd graders. Shane and Stephen brought plenty of rock specimens and common tools of the trade for the kids to get a hands-on experience and learn a little about what geologists do. Shane presented a slide show to the class on the geology of Indiana. Stephen also demonstrated the safe way to crack open geodes and a great way to ruin a carpet with a rock hammer.

PGI provides an opportunity for community outreach and volunteering to teach the public the importance of geosciences and the role it plays in the community. If you are interested in helping PGI, please contact us at profgeologistsofin@gmail.com

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PGI Board has begun a monthly Featured Board Member Profile in an effort for our membership to become more familiar with PGI Board Members. This month, the featured board member is Rachel Walker.

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Thank you to Wilcox Environmental Engineering, Inc. and Lynn-Douglas, Inc. for becoming corporate sponsors of PGI!

PGI’s 2016 field trip to the Indiana Dunes was a great success! We had over 55 attendees and was welcomed with great weather. Many thanks to Todd Thompson, Erin Argyilan and Bill Monaghan for leading an interesting and informative day, covering topics as coastal geology and relict shorelines. Thanks also to the National Park Service for the tour of Mt. Baldy.

Indiana Dunes Field Trip Photo Gallery

 

PGI Board has begun a monthly Featured Board Member Profile in an effort for our membership to become more familiar with PGI Board Members. This month, the featured board member is PGI President, Rob George.

 

PGI’s 2016 annual continuing education seminar was a great success! One of the speakers, Kim Foster of Active Environmental, presented a great talk on “Write like a Geoprofessional: Watch What You Say & How You Say It”. Below is a list of Kim’s “dirty words” that should be treated with caution during technical writing:
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Administer
Advice
All
Allowable
Always
Any
Appropriate
Approve
As required
Assure
Best
Certify/certification
Clean, pure
Cleanup
Complete
Control
Constant or continuous
Critical
Define
Detailed
Determine
Direct
Eliminate
Ensure
Equal
Essential
Estimate
Every
Exact
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Extremely
Final
Full
Guarantee
Immediately
Inevitably
Inspect
Instantly
Insure
Investigation
Likely
Maximize
Minimize
Most
Must
Necessary
Never
No
Non
None
Not less than
Obvious
Optimize
Or equal
Oversee
Perfect
Periodic
Possible
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Probable
Proper
Prove
Safe
Shall
Should
Significant
Sound
Stable
Study
Sufficient
Suitable
Supervise
Thorough
Unsafe
Warranty
Will
Worst-case
Zero
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PGI’s group of dedicated geologists make community outreach a priority in promoting geosciences in the community, especially with our young citizens. PGI’s geologists are available for school visits and group outings desiring a better understanding of the role geologists play in the community. From rocks and fossils to volcanoes and earthquakes, geologists can help a student better understand the natural world and the role we all play in protecting the earth. In addition to school visits, you can find a PGI booth and demonstrations at the annual Geofest rock and mineral show, held at the Indiana State Museum, and Indy Earth Day celebration.

Every year, PGI joins the Indiana State Museum in celebrating geoscience! The museum hosts an annual rock, mineral, fossil and jewelry show and invites local organizations to provide hands-on geoscience activities for the attendees. PGI hosts a display and activity area with local rock cores, a groundwater contamination model and local fossils. Geologists and geoscientists volunteer to answer questions on what do geologists actually do and how knowledge of geology is imperative for everything from infrastructure to environmental protection.

The event is held annually in February. Check the Indiana State Museum for event details (indianamuseum.org).

 

Check back soon for information on PGI’s annual projects!