For Immediate Release
GSA Welcomes Continental Scientific Drilling Community
Boulder, CO, USA: The Geological Society of America is pleased to announce the formation of a new Interdisciplinary Interest Group (IIG) to serve as an intellectual hub for scientists who use continental scientific drilling to understand fundamental geological processes.
The new IIG aims to (1) promote research using continental scientific drilling, (2) foster collaboration among scientists in continental scientific drilling projects from all divisions of GSA, (3) present and publish continental scientific drilling project results, and (4) involve students and early career scientists in continental scientific drilling projects.
These goals will be met through cooperation with other Divisions, IIGs, Sections, and officers and committees of the Society in promoting research pertaining to continental scientific drilling. The IIG will help to facilitate presentation, discussion, education, and public outreach of the results of continental scientific drilling and coring projects.
"GSA is very excited to provide a home for the continental drilling sciences and researchers. This interdisciplinary group is an excellent fit with GSA's Divisions and mission," said GSA Executive Director, Vicki McConnell.
Dr. James Russell, from the Dept. of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University, is the Designated Chair, serving an initial term of 1 year (until 2018) until elections for the full slate of officers can be held at a meeting of the membership at a GSA Annual Meeting.
"Continental scientific drilling is rapidly growing and diversifying," said Russell. "We look forward to working with the Society to continue this growth."
The IIG will be seeking a member to be appointed to the GSA Joint Technical Program Committee (JTPC) — the body that helps shape the GSA Annual Meeting technical program — to ensure the science is well represented.
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