51st Annual Meeting of the Association of Earth Science Editors
Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
September 6 to 9, 2017

Plans are under way for the 51st annual meeting of the Association of Earth Science Editors in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Meeting headquarters will be the Explorer Hotel located in downtown Yellowknife. Technical talks and a field trip will be held September 6 to 9. We invite AESE members and other interested persons to submit an abstract for any of the session topics described below (general contributions are also welcomed), chair a session, or sit on a panel discussion.

The deadline for abstract submission is July 15, 2017.

Please refer to the Call for Abstracts document on AESE’s Web site (www.aese.org) for more information on proposed session topics and talks, abstract guidelines and submission information.

Send abstracts to: jkeith@usgs.gov , with the words “AESE” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please contact John Keith, AESE president/technical program chair, at jkeith@usgs.gov, or Marg Rutka, AESE past-president, at marg.rutka@ontario.ca.

Information about the Yellowknife meeting will be updated on a regular basis on the AESE Web site (http://www.aese.org/shell.html?page=home&menu=l). Please also follow AESE on Twitter (@AESErocks), LinkedIn , Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Association-of-Earth-Science-Editors/105615002834833?fref=ts) or join our closed Facebook group “AESE Yellowknife 2017” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/328745170853970/) for meeting updates.

Autumn in oldtown Yellowknife. Photo credit Allin Kayley.

AESE will be heading to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories for it’s annual meeting from September 6 to 9, 2017.

Erin Palmer of the Northwest Territories Geological Survey will be our meeting host and John Keith will Chair our Technical Session. There will be 2 days of technical sessions including topics on trends in publishing, editing techniques, graphic design, and much more. Day 3 will involve a field trip to look at the local geology and history.

Hope you can make the journey north.

AESE will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in 2016 and we are headed to Boulder, Colorado.

John Keith, AESE vice president will be working on the technical sessions and Sara Pratt, AESE board member, will be our host.

We will keep you posted on dates and events as planning progresses.


The Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) has released new guidelines for authors, editors, and publishers of geologic field trip guidebooks. The document is available for free downloading on the Society’s website at http://www.geoinfo.org/guidebooks.html.

The Association of Earth Science Editors is having its 49th annual meeting in Lawrence, Kansas, October 6 to 9, 2015. Meeting central will be the charming, historic, recently renovated—and reportedly haunted!—Eldridge Hotel, located on Massachusetts Street, right in the heart of great shopping and restaurants.

So far, confirmed talks include journal apps for mobile devices, editing a posthumous work, Cross Check’s plagiarism solutions, principles of graphic design for effective communication, challenges facing societies—possible solutions. As more talks are confirmed, they will be posted on the AESE web site at http://www.aese.org.

AESE Award winners 2014

The following publications received awards at our annual meeting in Lexington, Kentucky:

Outstanding Publication

PRINT: Ohio’s Geology in Core and Outcrop: A Field Guide for Citizens and Environmental and Geotechnical Investigators, 2013, Gregory A. Schumacher, Brian E. Mott, and Michael P. Angle. Published by the State of Ohio Division of Geological Survey. Ohio Geological Survey Information Circular 63.
The Novarupta-Katmai Eruption of 1912 — Largest Eruption of the Twentieth Century: Centennial Perspectives, 2012, Wes Hildreth and Judy Fierstein. Published by the U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif. USGS Professional Paper 1791.

Call to the Post for the 2014 AESE annual meeting

Wednesday, October 8
Wednesday morning we will hear from Mike Lynch and Charles Taylor of the Kentucky Geological Survey. Mike will talk about his involvement in creating an earthquake occurrence and mitigation pamphlet and Charles will talk about the geology of sinkholes and their ability to swallow up Corvette museums. We will also hear from Dan Phelps, a Kentucky geologist; he will discuss Kentucky’s Creationist “museum” and Ark Park.

Wednesday afternoon we will head to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill for a tour of the historic grounds, and a paddle boat cruise on the Kentucky River.

Thursday, October 9
We will spend Thursday in a series of workshop-styled presentations.
Thursday morning: Dr. Rick Weisburd will discuss reader expectation as a tool for effective earth science editing; Dr. Joshua Abboud, a lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies department at the University of Kentucky will present a short workshop on multimedia writing; and Drs. Beth Connors-Manke and Brandy Scalise, both lecturers in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies department at the University of Kentucky, will present on style and editing.
Thursday afternoon we will spend our time with Ruth Bryan and colleagues from the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center and Becky Ryder, Director of the Library at Keeneland Race Course, discussing preservation management.

Friday, October 10
Our field trip will take us to Camp Nelson Heritage Park and Perryville Battlefield State Historic Park.

The icebreaker will be held October 7 and the awards banquet on the evening of October 9.

Hope to see you in Lexington.