Letter from LA: Drought seems far away

USA TODAY published an article by William M. Welch about public perceptions of the drought.

Excerpt: University of California-Irvine earth sciences professor Jay Famiglietti sounds the alarm about vanishing natural groundwater. But he knows to bring along Leo, his handsome red Golden Retriever, when he wants to draw a crowd to a campus conservation event. Just talking drought won't do it.

Sprinklers running in the rain? Students are watching

In response to Governor Jerry Brown’s drought emergency declaration for California, UC Irvine students are taking matters into their own hands. Those enrolled in Regional Environmental Issues are using their collective voice to make the water shortage an everyday concern on campus. “Above all, we want our fellow Anteaters to understand the severity of the situation and to ingrain it into their lifestyles,” said George Atalla, a senior environmental science major.

Geoscience Currents #86: U.S. Female Geoscience Degrees Continues to Increase

"The total number of women receiving degrees in the geosciences continues to follow its long-term growth trend. There was a slight decrease in the number of women receiving master's degrees, but this decline was substantially lower than the decline in men receiving master's degrees. The decline at the master's level appears to be a slight correction following the 46% increase in total master's degrees in 2011-2012. Of particular note though, is that the degree level with the highest percentage of female recipients is the doctorate at 43.5%.