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Archive of: 2017

  • OSU Student Chapter Field Trip to Caesar Creek

    OSU Student Chapter Field Trip to Caesar Creek

    by Becky Anderson, OSU Student Chapter President

    On Saturday November 4, 2017, the Ohio State University (OSU) Student Chapter of AIPG held a field trip to Caesar Creek State Park near Waynesville, Ohio. Eight students braved the temperamental Ohio weather to go on a fun fossil collecting trip.  The trip started off with a visit to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center to learn about the dam and other features of the area.  The students then obtained the free collector's permits and proceeded to the spillway to search for select paleontological treasures. A park ranger informed the group that when creating the dam, fossil-bearing limestone and mudstone were exposed and that the beds were deposited in a shallow marine environment during the Ordovician. The risk of getting dirty didn't stop the students from laying down on the wet, muddy ground to search for fossils. There were abundant brachiopods, crinoids, and horn corrals, and even a few students were lucky enough to find a trilobite. This trip was the first fossil hunting experience for many of the students, and it did not disappoint.

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  • Elementary School Earth Science Week Presentation

    Brent R. Smith, AIPG Ohio Section President

    As part of Earth Science Week 2017 I had the pleasure of teaching my son Gavin’s 1st grade class at Chapman Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio on Friday, October 13.  For my big presentation, I gave the inquisitive first graders an overview of the Earth Sciences and what it means to all of us.  I then let them watch a couple of videos excellently produced teh American Geoscinces Institute that can be found on YouTube, including an overview of what Earth Science week is, and a summary of Earth Sciences in general.  This was followed by a summary of my particular career in the geosciences, and a hands-on review of various types of rocks and fossils.  Please click on the title for the full article and photos.  

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  • AIPG National Conference Recap

    AIPG National Conference Recap

    By Brent Smith, AIPG Ohio Section President and Colin Flaherty, AIPG Ohio Section President Elect

    Last month we had the pleasure of attending the 2017 National AIPG Conference, which was held at the Airport Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee.   Surprisingly enough, the drive down set an excellent tone for the Conference; as we traveled south along I-71 and I-65, we noticed the numerous road cuts reminding us of our place along the Cincinnati arch, and later its southern counterpart the Nashville Basin.   With geology on the mind we entered the Cumberland River valley, home to Nashville and our first real exposure to AIPG on a National Level.  Overall the Conference was extremely positive, and left us encouraged to bring back new contacts and ideas to advance the Ohio Section.  While intimidating at first, the National Executive Committee members and other people we met were just like us, a great group of friendly individuals with a shared interest in supporting and furthering the geosciences.  Please click on the blog title for the full recap and photos.

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  • Remediation Workshop

    The Ohio Section of AIPG would like to make you aware of an upcoming Remediation Workshop in Columbus, OH, on Wednesday, October 11th.  Over 10,000 environmental professionals have attended a Remediation Workshop on 4 continents, and there is no charge to attend.  These half-day, technical workshops cover a range of soil & groundwater remediation topics, and they include a hot lunch and 4 CEUs.   

    Columbus Workshop Location – The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center - 2110 Tuttle Park Pl. 



    • 11:15 - Registration, hot buffet lunch is served, and networking with exhibitors
    • 11:45 - Welcome from a Workshop Representative
    • 12:00 – Opening Remarks
    • 12:15 – Casey Brown – “Incorporating Molecular Biological Tools into Site Management”
    • 12:55 – Brian Newgent - “Remote Monitoring Made Real Time”
    • 1:35 - BREAK
    • 2:00 – John Valkenburg - “Klozur® KP - extended release persulfate ISCO reagent”
    • 2:40 – Rich Cartwright – “Innovative Petroleum Remediation Solutions”
    • 3:20 - BREAK
    • 3:35 – Allan Blanchard – “The Top 10 Mistakes Made by Environmental Consultants — And How New Technology Can Prevent Those Mistakes”
    • 4:15 – Bo LeRoy - “Using Drone Technologies for Visualization and 3D Modeling”
    • 5:00 - After-hours networking hosted by Microbial Insights



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  • Autumn 2017 Dinner Presentation Recap

    Autumn 2017 Dinner Presentation Recap

    Brent Smith, Ohio Section President

    On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Ohio Section of AIPG held its autumn meeting at La Scala Italian Bistro in Dublin, Ohio. The event was sponsored by ALS Environmental, and In-Situ. Guests enjoyed a social hour followed by their choice of Italian dishes.  Guests included a variety of professionals, sponsor representatives from ALS and In-Situ, and members of the Ohio State University (OSU) and Wright State University (WSU) Student Chapters. Prior to dinner, AIPG Ohio Section president Brent Smith welcomed the attendees and gave an update on upcoming AIPG Ohio events for 2017.  Future events discussed included potential field trips with the OSU and WSU Student Sections, the AIPG National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the AIPG Ohio Section Vapor Intrusion Short-Course scheduled for late-October 2017, and the Ohio Section Annual Meeting scheduled for November 16.  Following dinner, Brent Smith introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Mr. Sam Stowe, PG., General Manager of Ranney Collector Wells, a division of the Layne Christiansen Company.  Sam's presentation, Riverbank Filtration – Successes and Failures – Case Studies, summarized the basic design, investigation, and installation concepts of riverbank filtration (RBF) RBF water supply systems.  Sam presented four case studies of RBF installations, including facilities in Kansas City, Kansas, Sibu, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, Manchester New Hampshire, and right here in Columbus, Ohio.  Sam focused on discussing the contributing factors that lead to the success or failure of each installed system.  

    Thanks to Sam for the excellent presentation and thanks to all that attended!  Click on the title or here for the full article and photos.

    For more information on Ranney Collector Wells please visit their website at:

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  • ODNR Accepting Grant Applications for Geologic Research

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is accepting applications for the Ohio Geology License Plate Fund grant program. Now in its third academic year, this program through ODNR’s Division of Geological Survey supports graduate students researching the state’s geology.

    The deadline for application submission is Friday, Oct. 20. The application and complete submission guidelines can be found on the division’s website at

    Please click on the title or here to see the full article

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  • AIPG Ohio Section Donation to the AIPG Foundation

    AIPG Ohio Section Donation to the AIPG Foundation

    By Brent R. Smith, Ohio Section President

    As part of the activities at this year’s National Conference, the AIPG Foundation will hold a silent auction at the Welcome Reception function on Sunday, September 24th starting at 6 pm at the conference headquarters hotel in Nashville. Winning bids will be determined at the end of the evening function, at about 8:30 pm. Donations to the silent auction will be used to raise funds in support of the Foundation for AIPG programs, scholarships, internships, and various initiatives. Ohio Section member Brent Huntsman contacted me in June 2017 with an interesting idea.  The Foundation, of which Mr. Huntsman is a trustee, was reaching out to each AIPG Section with the goal of obtaining either the representative state fossil, or a fossil collected in the Section territory.  For several years, the Ohio Section of AIPG has been giving out awards to guest speakers that featured a cast of an Isotelus collected in southeast Ohio.  These casts were obtained from renowned fossil hunter Tom Johnson, owner and proprietor of The House of Phacops in Peebles, Ohio.  Over the summer I reached out to Mr. Johnson and was able to obtain a recently collected specimen to donate to the Foundation.  This isotelus  maximus specimen was recently collected by Mr. Johnson from the Waynesville Formation in Adams County, Ohio. 

    In addition, during our February 2017 Dinner Meeting at Wright State University (WSU), the AIPG Ohio Section obtained two specimens of an ornamented ammonite (mortoniceras equidistans) collected from an area southwest of Houston, Texas from the student-run silent auction.  We also be donating the larger of the two specimens to the AIPG Foundation Silent Auction.  The ammonite was collected by WSU PhD candidate David Peterman from the Duck Creek Formation near Lake Texana and dates back to the Cenomanian age of the late Cretaceous. 

    Please click on the title for the full story and more photos!


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  • New Ohio Fact Sheet from The American Geosciences Institute

    From AGI, August 21, 2017:

    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the completion of fifty new factsheets, which quantify the tangible contributions of geoscience (earth science) to the economy, environment, public health and safety of every U.S. state.

    "As geoscientists, we study the Earth system in every corner of the country," said Maeve Boland, Director of Geoscience Policy at AGI. "But it has been difficult to compare the value and contribution of our science to individual states."

    Recognizing this need, AGI has gathered information from nationwide sources to generate this comprehensive, standardized set of factsheets. Unlike a lengthy report, these factsheets allow federal and state decision-makers to glean important facts about the role of geoscience and the government agencies that fund geoscience in their states as quickly as possible. 

    "The factsheets are each thoughtfully divided into ten sections with identical line items that can be compared apples-to-apples across all fifty states," said Boland.

    Perhaps most importantly, the factsheets frame geoscience as a discipline that brings benefits to every state. Water, minerals, and petroleum - all natural resources that many of us take for granted - would not be safely available without geoscience. Furthermore, geoscience brings jobs, attracts students and faculty to universities, and spurs research and innovation, while helping mitigate the risks of public health emergencies and natural hazards like earthquakes, hurricanes, and droughts.

    These factsheets can also inform government policies and budget decisions on geoscience topics. When geoscientists arrive on Capitol Hill in September for in-person visits with their state representatives as part of the 10th annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Days, they will be bringing these factsheets with them. Allyson Anderson Book, AGI's Executive Director, believes that is important.

    "Here at AGI we work to make earth science accessible - regardless of whether you are a geoscientist or not. With these factsheets, scientists can more easily communicate how geoscience is vital to society at the state and local level."

    Find the factsheet for your state at

    About the American Geosciences Institute

     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.
    The American Geosciences Institute represents and serves the geoscience community by providing collaborative leadership and information to connect Earth, science, and people.

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  • AIPG Ohio Section Spring 2017 Dinner Meeting Recap

    On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the Ohio Section of AIPG held its spring meeting at La Scala Italian Bistro in Dublin, Ohio. The event was sponsored by EA Group, ALS Environmental, and In-Situ. Guests enjoyed a social hour followed by an excellent dinner.  Guests included a variety of professionals and representatives of the Ohio State University (OSU) and Wright State University (WSU) Student Chapters. 

    Following dinner, AIPG Ohio Section president, Brent Smith, welcomed the attendees and gave an update on AIPG Ohio events, both past and future, for 2017.  This included the student-run Winter Dinner Meeting at WSU, and the recent OSU Student Chapter Field Trip to Shale Hollow.  Future events discussed included the September 2017 dinner meeting, the AIPG National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, and the AIPG Ohio Section Vapor Intrusion Short-Course scheduled for late-October 2017. Brent also took the opportunity to recognize student Chapter Presidents Emily Warren of WSU and Shelby Brewster of OSU, for all of their efforts in leading their organizations. Following the President’s message, Brent Smith introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Barry Allred, PhD, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Ohio State Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering Department.  Please click on the title for the full article and photos.


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  • April 15, 2016 Field Trip Recap

    April 15, 2016 Field Trip Recap

    by Shelby Brewster, AIPG OSU Student Chapter President

    On April 15th, 2017, the Ohio section of AIPG had a joint field trip with students from Ohio State and Wright State University. The temperamental Ohio weather decided to be cooperative and granted us with ideal hiking weather. The tour was led by former AIPG Ohio section president, Curtis Coe, and OSU sedimentologist, Dr. Larry Krissek.

    Shale Hollow Park boasts some of the biggest Devonian carbonaceous concretions found in the Ohio Shale. During the Devonian, otherwise known as the “Age of Fishes”, Ohio was flooded by seas and teemed with aquatic life including trilobites, brachiopods, and massive fish such as the famous Dunkleosteus. As these ancient fish hit the sea bed, concretions began to form around the organic mass. The Ohio Shale concretions are interpreted to have been formed after the deposition of the thinly bedded shales due to the nature of the shale bending around the concretion as a result of stress from the growing mass.

    Click on the title for the full post and photos!

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