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    • August 29, 2022
    • December 31, 2029

    Barbara J. Dunst, P.G., C.P.G. Memorial Fund

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    Dear PCPG Community,

    Barb passed away unexpectedly at Akron General Hospital on August 29, 2022.

    PCPG extends its deepest condolences to her husband Brian, their four children, her professional colleagues at Musser Engineering, Inc., where she was employed as Senior Regional Director, and all in the geologic community who had the privilege and honor to know and work with Barb throughout her career.

    With her husband’s support and guidance, PCPG plans to establish a memorial initiative honoring Barb’s boundless energy and passion both for PCPG, and geology.

    A champion of PCPG’s mission, Barb was currently serving as Communications Committee co-chair and past president. She spent nearly a decade sharing her passion through service to PCPG. While winding down her term this year, she continued to be a dedicated participant preparing for PCPG’s November strategic planning session and recently delivered the Economic Geology-Mining component of the PCPG PG Review Course webinar series. Barb served two 3-year terms as an elected board member (2013-2018), five years as Membership Services chair (2014-2018), President Elect (2019), and two 1-year terms PCPG President (2020, 2021).

    Barb will be dearly missed by the PCPG community and will be remembered in many ways, but perhaps most notably by our members as a friendly, well-respected Professional Geologist who was a continuous source of wonderful ideas – ideas that greatly strengthened and advanced our organization.

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    • October 31, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 193
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    Forensic Geophysical Methods Used to Assist Law Enforcement Agencies with Locating Clandestine Graves

    (Note: This webinar is scheduled on a Monday.)


    Level: Introductory to Intermediate

    Presenter

    Tom Jordan, Ph.D., P.G.

    Supervising Geologist

    KEY Environmental, Inc.

    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: Introductory to Intermediate

    Who should attend:  Engineers, hydrologists, geologists, and anyone who enjoys forensic investigation themed media.

    Webinar Overview:  Youngstown State University (YSU) has initiated a forensic geophysics and clandestine grave research project with the intent of providing a better understanding of long-term and seasonal relationship between organic decomposition and geophysical signatures from human proxies buried in shallow graves in northeastern Ohio. This presentation will include a discussion of how monitoring the volatile organic compounds released during various stages of decomposition and collecting soil spectral analysis data will be correlated to the geophysical responses in an effort to refine the outcomes of this research.

    Locating clandestine graves through the use of geophysics and cadaver dogs is expensive (~$100,000 per case) and problematic with reported success rate of approximately 30%. The outcomes from the YSU clandestine grave research project will be used to optimize the approach and methodologies based on inputs such as elapsed time since burial and responses due to seasonality in an effort to improve success rates and reduce government agency costs. This webinar will include a discussion of new technologies with applications beyond forensic investigations such as stepped frequency continuous wave (SFCW) ground penetrating radar (GPR) and high sensitivity potassium vapor gradiometers as well as old standbys that include electromagnetic induction (EMI) methods.  This talk will also provide an overview of our recent award winning criminal investigation work with various law enforcement agencies in support of their efforts to solve current and cold case murders. Background information including some rather grisly details involving research completed by others along with interesting details on our clandestine grave research facility that is located in rural northeastern Ohio will also be discussed.

    About our presenter:  Dr. Tom Jordan is part-time teaching and graduate school research faculty at Youngstown State University and a Supervising Geologist / Geophysicist with Key Environmental, Inc. located in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. He has a B.A. in geology from Alfred University, an MS in geology from SUNY at Fredonia, and a Ph.D. in geology / geophysics from the University at Buffalo.  Dr. Jordan, his co-principal investigator Dr. Jeffrey Dick, and the Physics, Astronomy, Geology, and Environmental Sciences (PAGES) department at YSU were recently awarded the FBI Directors Community Leadership award for providing their expertise to various law enforcement entities including the FBI’s Evidence Response Team. 

    Dr. Jordan currently serves as the education chair for PCPG and is a past member of the Board of Directors.  He is a licensed PG in 10 states by ASBOG examination or reciprocity and has 35 years of professional experience working on geophysical projects for clients in the environmental, engineering, and resource exploration sectors.  Dr. Jordan also serves on the Board of Directors for a local community water authority and In his spare time enjoys researching and presenting talks on obscure and very interesting local historical characters, is active in various fraternal and community organizations, and is constantly testing and developing new approaches for teaching dry topics.

    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; ask IT to release the Email; if you use Gmail, our system workflow emails are received into some other Gmail folder.  Please white-list all @pcpg.org emails.

    • January 12, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 265

    Save the date. Registration will soon open.


    Presenter

    Russell Losco, P.G., C.P.S.S.

    Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc.


    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.

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    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; or ask IT to release the Email.  If you use Gmail, our system workflow emails are received into some other Gmail folder.  Please white-list all @pcpg.org emails.


    • February 28, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Best Western Central Hotel & Conference Center 800 East Park Drive Harrisburg, PA
    • 150

    Save the date!

    Registration will open when program agenda is finalized.

    PCPG Annual Meeting

    The Best Western Central Hotel & Conference Center

    800 East Park Drive
    Harrisburg, PA  17111

    Overview 

    8:00-9:00 AM:  Doors open.  Registration, Networking and Morning Refreshments

    9:00-4:30: Program


    4:30-6:00 PM: Announcements, Adjournment, Door Prizes, Continental Drifters Reception



    Hotel Room Block:  Best Western is offering a PCPG-rate of $99.95++ for the nights of Monday, February 27 and/or Tuesday, February 28.  Check-in is 3 PM and check-out is 11 AM. This rate does not include breakfast, and the rate expires January 16 or when sold-out.  To make your reservation online, visit the PCPG-only web link, or telephone Best Western by dialing (717) 561-2800 and asking for the PA Council of Professional Geologists room rate. The rate has a 72-hour cancellation policy.



    • September 30, 2023
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    To order a replacement certificate for a previously attended PCPG event, please complete the order form and remit payment.

    Replacement will occur only if attendee initialed the sign-in/sign-out sheet.

    During busy periods, certificate replacement may take 7-10 days.

    Questions? Contact Rose Jeffries by phoning (717) 730-9745.





 

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