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    • April 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 221
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    Students and Young Geologists: Free Career Support

    Join PCPG on April 20th between 12:00 and 1:30 pm to have a Career Question and Answer Session designed just for you.  A panel of leading geologists from across the state will answer your questions and provide their experience to help guide your transition from school to professional work or to “erupt” careers for young GITs and professionals.

    Our panel of leading experts represent a diverse sampling of geoscience backgrounds including oil/gas, environmental, and regulatory/government and will answer your questions and provide insights to their experiences in both education and their transfer into professional work, and some of their experiences (good and bad) along the way--all to help guide you to a successful career.

    • What will help me get a good geoscience job?

    • How do I take my job to the next level? 
    • What opportunities are there for GITs? 

    • What “soft skills” will help improve my career?

    • What salaries and job potential can I expect? 

    • Should I get my graduate degree now or get a job first?

    Our panel is ready to answer all of these questions and more at our Student and Young Professional Virtual Session.

    Panelists:

    •  Kristin M. Carter, P.G., C.P.G., Assistant State Geologist (Pennsylvania Geological Survey)

    •  David Crotsley, P.G., Senior Geologist (HDR Engineering, Inc.)


    •  Emily V. Glick, P.G., Senior Hydrogeologist (Tetra Tech, Inc.)


    •  Tom Wagner, P.G., C.P.G., Geologist (Cabot Oil and Gas)

    Moderator:

    Vincent Carbone, P.G., Professional Associate (HDR Engineering, Inc.)

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    Flash Flash Flash: Submit your questions ahead of time to ensure we cover any unique situations or questions.

    This program only benefits those who are engaged, we will start the conversation but be prepared to come with questions. The more you put into the session for your needs the more you will get out of it!

    Please read:  After registering on our site you'll receive a PCPG confirmation email indicating Action Required in the subject line. Your registration is not complete until you click through the unique link in that email directing you to the GoToWebinar web site, where you'll enter your name, email address, consent to terms and conditions, and click the Register button.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' mail within 60 seconds of registering, here.

    A post-webinar recording will not be available.

    Our usual and customary cancellation policy applies and cancellation must be requested five business days prior to webinar date.  Refund will not be made for a missed webinar.

    • April 27, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 194
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    Sample Collection and How to Maximize the Value of your Lab Data


    Presenter

    Rich Stump, President

    Lab Director

    Suburban Testing Labs



    Please read:  After registering on our site you'll receive a PCPG confirmation email indicating Action Required in the subject line. Your registration is not complete until you click through the unique link in that email directing you to the GoToWebinar web site, enter your name, email address, consent to terms and conditions, and click the Register button.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' email within 60 seconds of registering, here.

    PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 60 minutes, within 72 hours of the conclusion of the webinar.

    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Who should attend:  Anyone that regularly conducts field sampling to anyone looking to gain more knowledge about sample collection and how to maximize your lab data will find this webinar useful.

    Webinar Overview:  Best practices for obtaining representative samples of soils, water and other matrices including VOA sampling and preservation techniques will be covered. Attendees will also learn how to use and interpret field QC to support the validity of the sample collection process.

    About our presenter:  Rich is the Laboratory Director and President of Suburban Testing Labs where he leads team of 90+ Laboratory Staff, including the Microbiologists, Chemists, Environmental Scientists, Field Scientists and Client Services team members since 2001.  Their 25,500 square foot state of the art laboratory, located in Reading, PA, serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and many other states. 

    Rich holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Kutztown University.  In addition, he is involved in various professional organizations and has received numerous awards and accolades from the professional community; Rich regularly serves as a go-to technical presenter for laboratory analysis and regulatory topics related to the environmental industry.

     



    • June 15, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 202
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    Dam that Muddy Creek!  Lake Arthur dam siting, design, and construction story


    Presenter

    Gary Fleeger, P.G.

    Glacial Geologist - Retired (Pennsylvania Geological Survey)



    Please read:  After registering on our site you'll receive a PCPG confirmation email indicating Action Required in the subject line. Your registration is not complete until you click through the unique link in that email directing you to the GoToWebinar web site, enter your name, email address, consent to terms and conditions, and click the Register button.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' email within 60 seconds of registering, here.

    PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 60 minutes, within 72 hours of the conclusion of the webinar.

    Level: Basic

    Who should attend:   Geologists, geotechnical engineers, park enthusiasts

    Webinar Overview:  The dam that forms Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park was built from 1965 to 1968, and the 3225-acre lake was initially filled in 11 months from May, 1969 to April, 1970.  The lake lies in the site of a former glacier-dammed lake of 140,000 years ago. 

    The location of the dam was particularly difficult to select because of the geology of the area.  Much of the valley is underlain by more than 100 feet of compressible lacustrine clay deposited in the glacial lake, which is unfavorable as a dam foundation.  Cavernous Vanport Limestone crops out at the western end of the lake, adding additional complication for dam site selection.  The Vanport threatened leakage around the initially-favored damsite, and also potentially affected the ability of the reservoir to hold water.  As a result, 15 sites were evaluated before selecting a final site with the precise combination of thin lacustrine sediment over bedrock.

    Design and construction of the dam were likewise complicated by the presence of the lacustrine clays and limestone.  Details of the design were revised during the course of construction.

    After being lost from DCNR files for many years, the documents specifying these details of damsite selection, design, and construction were found in the Ralph Peck Library at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo, Norway.

    About our presenter:  Gary Fleeger - Retired glacial geologist (BS- Bucknell Univ, MS- Univ of Illinois) with the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, where I wrote the geologic guide to Moraine and McConnells Mill State Parks.  Grew up near Moraine State Park when it was under construction in the 1960s, where I developed my interest in geology as a career.  While at the Survey, I sited the park's 2 million gallon per day water supply well, which went online in February, 2021, and have conducted shoreline erosion studies for 15 years.  Since retirement in 2018, have been a volunteer working on an erosion and sedimentation map of Lake Arthur, done an inventory of bench marks within the park, scanned the park's historical collection of about 2000 plans (including dam design plans) and maps and 3000 photographs, compiled a history of the evolution of their water systems, including recovering 10 of the 12 original water wells drilled in the park in 1966, assisted in the development of their Park Management Plan, and work on the education committee of the Moraine Preservation Fund.

     



    • June 29, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 203
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    Mars sample return science: Transferring geo-skills from Earth to Mars

    Presenter

    Kathleen Counter Benison, Ph.D., Professor of Geology

    Department of Geology and Geography 

    West Virginia University


    Please read:  After registering on our site you'll receive a PCPG confirmation email indicating Action Required in the subject line. Your registration is not complete until you click through the unique link in that email directing you to the GoToWebinar web site, enter your name, email address, consent to terms and conditions, and click the Register button.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' email within 60 seconds of registering, here.

    PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 60 minutes, within 72 hours of the conclusion of the webinar.

    Level: Intermediate

    Who should attend:  Geologists making decisions to sample in inhospitable and unknown environments––be them on Earth or on Mars. Anyone interested in Mars and geology.

    Webinar Overview:  The question of whether there was ever life outside of Earth has intrigued humankind for hundreds of years. Mars, as a close neighbor of Earth, has a long history of an evolving lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere, suggesting that it may also have had a biosphere. Therefore, Mars is a good place to test the question about extraterrestrial life. Mars sample return science includes a search for rocks and sediments with evidence of past habitability and the potential for biosignatures. Sampling, caching, and returning those martian samples to Earth will allow for them to be analyzed in labs on Earth with instruments and techniques beyond rover capabilities.

         Knowledge of extreme environments on Earth that host life provide a foundation for searching for any past life on Mars.  For example, acid saline lakes in Western Australian and Chile host diverse and highly unusual microbial communities. These microorganisms and associated organic compounds are trapped in halite and gypsum as they grow in these lakes.  Studies of ancient acid saline lake deposits show that these microfossils can be preserved for hundreds of millions of years.  A top priority for Mars return samples is that they have potential for long-term preservation of biosignatures such as these.

    Mars is both similar to and different from Earth. Both knowledge of Earth systems, as well as skills inherent to geologists, are used to understand the history of Mars. Geological skills, such as temporal and spatial reasoning and evaluation of multiple working hypotheses, are necessary for understanding other planets and addressing the question about life on Mars.

    About our presenter:  Kathleen Benison is a professor of geology at West Virginia University, where she teaches an introductory geology course called Planet Earth, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in sedimentology and stratigraphy, sedimentary petrology, chemical sediments, and fluid inclusions.  She earned her BS in geology and chemistry at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, her M.A. in geology at Binghamton University in New York, and her Ph.D. in geology at the University of Kansas. Kathy is fellow of both GSA and the Explorers Club.  She is a science editor for the journal GEOLOGY, chair for the Limnogeology Division of GSA, and a return sample participating scientist for the Mars 2020 mission.

     



    • September 30, 2021
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