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SRTM University, Nanded, Maharash- tra, India – AIPG’s First International Student Chapter

Professor Vasant M. Wagh SRTM University, Nanded, India

The first AIPG International Student Section is SRTM University. Through the magic of video and the internet, Steve Baker had several participants (professor and students) from the Earth Sciences Department at SRTM University in Nanded, India listen in to our April 4, 2018 meeting. Professor Vasant M. Wagh was involved, and we later spoke to him in a two- way discussion after the meeting. Dr. Wagh had visited SSU in November 2016.

Interest in India continued

well after our Facetime Live event with friend requests that included students and professors at SRTM University. We will continue scheduling Facetime Live broadcasts at future meetings as long as internet speed is fast enough.

We continue to encourage all AIPG students at UC Davis and Sonoma State to engage with Indian students as we pres- ent opportunities for interaction. We are already thinking about our interactive scenarios for the next academic year. Students are encouraged to share their student experiences, hesitations, frustrations and successes with each other and India students.

News Brief on Operation Unite® Mentor Program

Operation Unite® continues to encourage AIPG student members in India and the U.S. to visit the Operation Unite website ( and listen to the “Meet Your Mentor” program podcasts of both Mentor Robert Trousil and Mentor Robert Campbell. Each mentor has recorded nine shows on a variety of topics. Listeners with questions for the mentor can engage in the blog page of the mentor.

AIPG members (student and professional levels) can also suggest the next water related profession and a possible mentor. Operation Unite® will contact suggested future men- tors and request an application be filled out and returned to Operation Unite® for consideration.



The following reports are extracted from the respective sections’ Newsletters. If you would like (which we hope is the case) to write your own Section Report for AIPG, please send it to The Editor at The California and Colorado reports include reports by AIPG judges at State Science Fairs. These are included for two reasons: one, they show the incredibly high level of some of the student projects and, two, your editor feels that these are extremely important events – ones that AIPG should routinely have members judging.

California Section The AIPG California Section

Judges at the 2018 California State Science & Engineering Fair

By Dave Sadoff, AIPG California Section Vice President

For the 18th consecutive year, the AIPG California Section judged geoscience projects at the California State Fair at Exposition Park in Los Angeles on April 25th. As in years past, there were excellent projects presented by Middle and High School students. In order to be accepted at the State Fair, projects had to place at two previous local

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science fairs – such as a school science fair and a county science fair.

The First Place Excellence in Geology Award went to Christina Moon, for her project “Sordid Sediment” (pictured on page 29). Christina wanted to determine the effect of sediment on water qual- ity in lakes and the marine organisms which inhabit the lakes. She collected sediment from three Monterey County lakes, mixed them with spring water in a container to simulate rainwater run- off, and used a sediment-free container with spring water as a control. She then placed 15 adult Daphnia magna (a

small planktonic crustacean) into each of the four containers and counted the number in each container every 8 hours and observed the heart rates using a microscope every 16 hours. She found that the sediment-infused water had a lower reproduction rate compared to the control; and the heart rate of the Daphnia magna was much faster than the control group. She concluded that run-off sediment from man-made struc- tures around the lakes was the cause of water pollution and the decrease in vitality of marine organisms; and that there were correlations between the

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