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A non-profit membership organization dedicated to the scientific study of caves and karst; protecting caves and their natural contents through conservation, ownership, stewardship, and public education; and promoting responsible cave exploration and fellowship among those interested in caves.    

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The Executive Search Committee is looking for candidates to run for NSS Secretary/Treasurer. If you are interested in running or can suggest a good candidate, please send a note to the committee at execsearch@caves.org
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Julie Meachen, a vertebrate paleontologist and the principal investigator of the Natural Trap Cave research, is hiring a postdoc for the Natural Trap Cave project. She would like the someone who can start as soon as possible, but no later than early January. You must have a Ph.D. in hand at that time. Here is the job ad: https://dmu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=353&job=postdoctoral-researcher-in-paleobiology
Welcome. Des Moines University is a health sciences university with a great community of friendly and knowledgeable people. We offer excellent benefits and perks and are located in one of the most highly rated cities in the U.S. for cost of living and families. We hope you consider joining us.
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Coming down off of a summer of great caving and caver camaraderie? Dreaming of another great summer adventure next year? Register now for the 2017 NSS Convention in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Online registration is now available at http://nss2017.caves.org. See you there!
Registration 2017 Video Area Info & Links White Nose Syndrome.
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At the 2016 Awards Banquet in Ely, NV in July, Tim Atkinson, of the United Kingdom, was awarded an Honorary Membership.

Congratulations Tim!
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Certificates of Merit were awarded to the following members at the 2016 Awards Banquet:

- Peter Johnson & Derek Bristol, for completion of the bolt climb up Perseverance Dome in Hellhole Cave

- Ron DeLane & Donald Davis, for the publication of the Lechuguilla Trilogy

- Dr. Ronald J. Lipinski, for development of the Fort Stanton Cave simulation program

Photos courtesy of Bill Frantz http://ow.ly/i/m8Vhs http://ow.ly/i/m8Vif
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At the 2016 Awards Ceremony in Ely, NV last month, NSS President Wm Shrewsbury presented the following people with Certificates of Appreciation for their service to the Society:

- Allen Padgett & Bruce Smith, for their work on the best selling book, On Rope
- Dave Bunnell, for 20 years as the NSS News editor
- Cynthia Norris, for serving as a director
- Dean Wiseman, for serving as a director
- Amos Mincin, for serving as a director
- Geary Schindel, for serving as administrative vice-president
- Mike Hood, for serving as a director http://ow.ly/i/m8TUg http://ow.ly/i/m8TUu http://ow.ly/i/m8TUC http://ow.ly/i/m8TUQ http://ow.ly/i/m8TVp http://ow.ly/i/m8TYt
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It is time to nominate that deserving member of your grotto, section, or region for an NSS award, to be presented at the 2017 Convention in Rio Rancho, New Mexico!

Award information can be found at http://ow.ly/z30Z304rCFK. Know a caver doing great work? Nominate them for an award in areas such as outstanding service, mapping, science, arts & letters, conservation, history, and many others.

Nominations are due by December 10, 2016.
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Mark your calendars! Join our webinar October 6th at 9 PM EDT for "Underground Cave Cities of Central Turkey" presented by Trevor Parker.

Turkey, the area bridging Asia and Europe, has a long and amazing history. It has seen wars, peace, swelling empires, and crumbling governments.

One chapter from its long history was the creation of “cave cities”. For many years, people actually dug their homes underground. Entire cities were formed that branched off to create a sprawling underground civilization. This wasn't just one city, or even just a few in an area, this is hundreds if not thousands of cities that thrived underground. The numbers of these ancient cities were so numerous that more cities are still being discovered to this day.

In this webinar Trevor Parker will take you to Turkey on a trip through the country experiencing culture, history, geology, and exploring several of these cities.

Register now at http://ow.ly/n6yD3042E55
Turkey, the area bridging Asia and Europe, has a long and amazing history. It has seen wars, peace, swelling empires, and crumbling governments. One chapter from its long history was the creation of “cave cities”. For many years, people actually dug their homes underground. Entire cities were formed that branched off to create a sprawling underground civilization. This wasn’t just one city, or even just a few in an area, this is hundreds if not...
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This year's William J. Stephenson Award for Outstanding Service was presented to Dave Irving.

Thank you Dave, for all of your contributions to the NSS - your work is appreciated!
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Congratulations to Diane Cousineau, winner of the first Steve Hudson Cave Rescue Award, as chosen by the Cave Rescue Section!
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Conservation Division Group Awards were presented to Birmingham Grotto, for their preservation of Manitou Cave, Alabama, and the Lehman Cave Lint and Restoration Camp, Great Basin National Park. http://ow.ly/i/m8VCy
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At the 2016 Awards Ceremony in Ely, NV last month, NSS President Wm Shrewsbury presented the following people with Certificates of Appreciation for their service to the Society:

- Allen Padgett & Bruce Smith, for their work on the best selling book, On Rope
- Dave Bunnell, for 20 years as the NSS News editor
- Cynthia Norris, for serving as a director
- Dean Wiseman, for serving as a director
- Amos Mincin, for serving as a director
- Geary Schindel, for serving as administrative vice-president
- Mike Hood, for serving as a director
- Bill Putnam (not pictured), for serving as a director
- William Mixon (not pictured), for significant assistance to the IT Committee in creating an archive of NSS publications
- Tom Rea (not pictured), for decades of commitment to the Special Publications Committee
- Louis Towles (not pictured), for exceptional service in migrating our recurring donation accounts and creating a dedicates caves.org search engine. http://ow.ly/i/mb6ap http://ow.ly/i/mb6aD http://ow.ly/i/mb6aW http://ow.ly/i/mb6bb http://ow.ly/i/mb6bq http://ow.ly/i/mb6c1
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