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Arctic Matters Day Held at NAS Building
The Polar Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held its “Arctic Matters Day” on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in the NAS Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC.  The event was part of a larger initiative to raise awareness about rapid change in the Arctic and how it affects us all, including our coastlines, weather, ecosystems, and more.  The agenda featured lively “TED-like” talks from top experts who study Arctic change, artistic displays, and interactive exhibits. Please take a look at our free Arctic Matters educator resources, including a booklet, classroom poster, and interactive web tool on the Arctic Matters website

USNC/INQUA Committee Member Publishes Research in Nature Climate Change Journal
A USNC/INQUA member since 2012, Professor Feng Sheng Hu of the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign has published an article in the journal Nature Climate Change. Professor Hu, along with five other scientists, closely examined the Yukon Flats region of Alaska. Their study concludes that the recent fires plaguing the Yukon Flats and other boreal forests around the world are sending an unprecedented amount of carbon into the atmosphere. Mass amounts of carbon in the atmosphere accelerate warming temperatures, which in turn lead to an increase in forest fires. 

Dr. Hu's research has been cited in a recent article for The Washington Post, as well as a University of Illinois press release. To read the full study, click here.

American Allan Ashworth Elected INQUA President; Three U.S. Scientists Elected as INQUA Commission Officers
Dr. Allan C. Ashworth (pictured on the right), research professor and distinguished professor emeritus in North Dakota State University's Department of Geosciences, was elected the new INQUA President at the 2015 Congress in Nagoya. Professor Ashworth is a paleoecologist specializing in fossil insects, with a long record of excellence in teaching and geology.

In addition to Dr. Ashworth's election, three Americans now hold positions of leadership in three of the five INQUA commissions. Dr. Anders Carlson (Oregon State University) is the new Vice-President of the Coastal and Marine Processes Commission (CMP). Dr. Jennifer Marlon (Yale University) was elected Vice-President of the Paleoclimate Commission (PALCOMM), and Dr. Lewis Owen (University of Cincinnati) was elected Vice-President of the Commission on Stratigraphy and Chronology (SACCOM).

The USNC/INQUA extends its warmest congratulations to the U.S. representatives.
The USNC/INQUA proudly hosted an oral session and a poster session titled Interdisciplinary Quaternary Research: Past, Present, and Future at the 2015 Congress in Nagoya, Japan on Saturday, August 1. The presentations included previous and ongoing research from very complex projects to relatively small endeavors, with a focus on those involving international collaboration. New directions in interdisciplinary research were also addressed.

23rd Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association
The 23rd Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA 2014) was held August 7-10, 2014 in Seattle, WA. The meeting focused on the Quaternary geological and environmental processes that shaped the Pacific Northwest region, the animals that lived in it, and the late intrusion by humans. The meeting was hosted by the Quaternary Research Center, College of the Environment at the University of Washington. For more details, please consult the AMQUA 2014 website.

USNC/INQUA Mentoring Session for Students and Early Career Scientists: A mentoring event for early career scientists at the AMQUA meeting was held in Seattle on August 9, 2014. AMQUA generously provided the space and the lunch. This event, led by Rolfe Mandel (USNC/INQUA Chair), provided an opportunity for mentors to discuss their various career paths in different Quaternary disciplines and answer questions from early career scientists.

U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.K. Royal Society Release Joint Publication on Climate Change

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the U.K., released a joint publication that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science. For more details and a link to the full report, please consult the Climate Change: Evidence and Causes press release

2014 AAAS Symposium - “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes” - February 15, 2014

This symposium examined high-latitude changes linked to mid-latitude weather and the effect of these complex phenomena on freshwater resources, food availability, and national security. This event was spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and co-sponsored by the U.S. National Committees for INQUA, Soil Sciences, and Geological Sciences. More details can be found on the 2014 Santa’s Revenge archive page.


This series of workshops has been sponsored by the USNC/INQUA, the American Quaternary Association, and On the Cutting Edge, a professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty. These workshops have been held in conjunction with the AMQUA Biennial Meeting. Information and the materials used at the most recent workshops can be seen below.  

Teaching Climate Change using Large Lakes
This June 2012 workshop introduced participants to an array of data that can be gathered from large lakes and used to study past climates and predict future climate changes. The workshop provided hands-on opportunities to examine cores and historic images and use public-domain databases to develop classroom teaching exercises. It also included an optional field trip that combined a tour of working core and research labs with a cruise on Lake Superior on the research vessel Blue Heron. Read the workshop overview | View the workshop program 

Workshop Conveners:

  • Steve Colman, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
  • Rolfe Mandel, University of Kansas
    USNC/INQUA Chair
  • Alison Smith, Kent State University
    USNC/INQUA Vice Chair
  • Ester Sztein, Board on International Scientific Organizations, National Academy of Sciences
  • Katryn Wiese, Department of Earth Sciences, City College of San Francisco
  • Greg Wiles, The College of Wooster
    USNC/INQUA member

Teaching Climate Change from the Geological Record 
This August 2010 workshop introduced participants to a variety of paleoclimate records and examined how they are collected, analyzed, and interpreted. The workshop provided hands-on opportunities to examine fossils and use public-domain databases to develop classroom teaching exercises. Read the workshop overview | View the workshop program 

INQUA Early Career Researcher 2013 Inter-Congress Meeting in Wollongong University, Australia
This meeting provided an avenue for MSc/PhD candidates, Post-Doctoral Researchers, and research-active academics in the early stage of their careers (within 5 years of obtaining their PhD) to attend valuable workshops designed to assist ECRs with career development, to present their science, and to gain invaluable mentoring from more senior scientists. More details can be found on the INQUA Early Career Researcher Inter-Congress Meeting website.

Mentoring Event for Early Career Scientists at the 2012 AMQUA Meeting in Duluth, Minnesota

The USNC/INQUA organized a lunch hour mentoring event on June 23rd, 2012 during the American Quaternary Association Meeting in Duluth, MN. The event was open to students and early-career scientists, and began with a panel of senior scientists describing research opportunities and ways for the participants to get their careers started. The participants then broke into groups according to their area of interest for roundtable discussions led by members of the USNC/INQUA and other senior scientists. This allowed the early career scientists to network with others with similar interests. Rolfe Mandel (USNC Chair), Art Bettis (USNC member and AMQUA President), and Ester Sztein (The National Academies) organized this event.




Activities and Events
Resource Links
INQUA International Webpage

February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”

December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”

February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"

December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”

February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"

February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"

February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”

February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"

December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”

February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"

September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"

February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ICER-1312037. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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