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Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Meeting News
Grants, Awards & Recognition
Especially for Students

Government Affairs
Publications News
GSA Foundation News
Membership Matters

Communicating the Value of Geoscience
International News
Fun with Geoscience Trivia

  Message from the President
Judy Parrish

GSA is a growing and vital community because of its members — the staff and volunteers are privileged to serve you.

We wish all of our scientific colleagues a prosperous and fulfilling 2009!

– Judy Parrish, GSA President

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  Upcoming Events & Deadlines
calendar

Ever wonder how to keep track of all that's happening at GSA?

GSA has loads of events, trips, meetings, and awards & grants deadlines coming up in the next few months. Many are highlighted below; for more, check GSA Connection's new calendar of upcoming deadlines & events.

  Meeting News
 

2009 SECTION MEETINGS
Submit your abstract, register, and be a part of the action!

Look for your meeting brochures to arrive by mail in the coming weeks.

Florida beach

Florida beach; courtesy
Visit St. Petersburg/
Clearwater.

SOUTHEASTERN
12–13 March 2009 — St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Dubbed "Florida's Beach," the St. Petersburg area of Florida features pristine and human-influenced coastlines, sinkholes, covered karst, natural springs, and fresh- and salt-water wetlands.

[ learn more ]

 

Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas;
courtesy Dallas
Convention and Visitors Bureau.

SOUTH-CENTRAL
16–17 March 2009 — Dallas, Texas, USA
You'll find several universities and high-tech businesses in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. It's also a central location for examining many geologic treasures, including the Woodbine Formation at Lake Grapevine; Mineral Wells, in the North Texas Hill Country; and Big Bend National Park.

[ learn more | register ]

 

Casco Bay

Casco Bay, Maine;
courtesy Convention
and Visitors Bureau
of Greater Portland.

NORTHEASTERN
22–24 March 2009 — Portland, Maine, USA
Portland — Maine's largest city — is located on a peninsula in Casco Bay off the Atlantic Ocean. The Portland area offers a variety of natural attractions, including the Fore River Sanctuary and Jewell Falls, the Baxter Woods Reserve, and extended lowlands where salt- and fresh-water marshes meet.

Abstracts deadline extended to 21 Dec. 2008
[ learn more | submit abstract ]

 

Rockford, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois;
courtesy Rockford Area
Convention & Visitors
Bureau.

NORTH-CENTRAL
2–3 April 2009 — Rockford, Illinois, USA
Rockford is so named because of its location at a rock outcrop popular for fording the Rock River, which runs through the city. Rockford is the home of juvenile T. rex, Jane, on display at the Burpee Museum of Natural History; just to the northeast of town is Rock Cut State Park.

Abstracts due: 30 Dec. 2008
[ learn more | submit abstract ]

 

Kelowna, B.C.

Kelowna, British Columbia,
and Okanagan Lake;
image from
Wikimedia.org.

CORDILLERAN
7–9 May 2009 — Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
With mountains, beaches, orchards, and vineyards, the Okanagan Valley is beautiful country for a geoscience meeting. Kelowna is on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, a long, narrow lake situated between two major mountain belts.

Abstracts due: 3 Feb. 2009
[ learn more | submit abstract ]

 

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National
Park at sunset; 2007
photo by B. Kowallis.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN
11–13 May 2009 — Orem, Utah, USA
About 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, Orem, Utah, is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake in the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. Nearby are the Wasatch Mountains and Uinta National Forest, and to the south are several national parks and recreation areas.

Abstracts due: 10 Feb. 2009
[ learn more | submit abstract ]



Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon, USA.

2009 GSA ANNUAL MEETING
"From Volcanoes to Vineyards: Living with Dynamic Landscapes"

18–21 October 2009 — Portland, Oregon, USA

This is your meeting!

Play a direct role in building the technical program for the 2009 GSA Annual Meeting:
red promptSubmit your technical session proposal by 6 January 2009.


2008 Lost & Found
Did you lose something at the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting in Houston? Items turned into the Lost & Found include a number of thumb drives. Please contact GSA at and we'll let you know if we have what you're looking for!

  Grants, Awards & Recognition
GSA medals

2009 GSA Award and Fellow Nominations

Now is the time to recognize your colleagues for their excellence and service!
The 2009 GSA award and Fellow nominations are due by 1 February 2009.

[ Awards | Fellows ]


Post-Doctoral Research Funding

Applications for these post-doctoral research awards for GSA members ages 30–65 are being accepted through 1 February 2009.

The W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award offers US$9,100 in support of research in invertebrate micropaleontology.
[ learn more ]

The Gladys W. Cole Memorial Research Award offers US$9,900 in support of research on the geomorphology of semiarid and arid terrains in the United States and Mexico.
[ learn more ]

  Especially for Students
students

2009 Research Grant Applications

GSA is now accepting research grant applications online. Applications and all supporting materials are due at GSA by 1 February 2009.
[ learn more ]


More Grant & Funding Opportunities

Farouk El-Baz Student Research Award: For students involved in desert research. Applications due 1 Feb. 2009.

Division Research Grants: Several GSA Divisions award grants for outstanding student research within the respective Division's field of interest.

Section Research Grants: These grants go to both undergraduate and graduate student members of GSA who are enrolled in institutions within the geographical boundaries of the respective Section.

  Government Affairs
U.S. Capitol

Work on Capitol Hill!
2009–2010 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow

Bring your earth-science experience to Washington, D.C., and work directly with leaders on Capitol Hill to influence science and technology decision making and policy.
Deadline to apply: 1 February 2009.
[ learn more ]

  Publications News
Special Paper 445

Hot off The Press

Special Paper 445
Deformation and Exhumation at Convergent Margins: The Franciscan Subduction Complex



Geology
GSA Bulletin
Geosphere

New Science Editors for GSA Journals

Five new science editors will begin four-year terms in January 2009 for Geology, GSA Bulletin, and Geosphere.

Geology welcomes Patience Cowie of the University of Edinburgh and Sandra Wyld of the University of Georgia. They join continuing editors Andy Barth (Indiana Univ.–Purdue Univ.) and Brad Opdyke (Australian National Univ.). Tina Niemi (Univ. of Missouri) completes her term in December 2008.

Joining Brendan Murphy (St. Francis Xavier University) as co-editors for GSA Bulletin are Christian Koeberl of the University of Vienna and Nancy Riggs of Northern Arizona University. Karl Karlstrom (Univ. of New Mexico) completes his term in December 2008.

Dennis Harry of Colorado State University in Fort Collins joins Randy Keller (Univ. of Oklahoma) as co-editor for Geosphere. Keller has been editing solo since the journal’s inception.

[ learn more about GSA's new editors ]

  GSA Foundation News
GSA Foundation logo

Year-End Giving
      May we suggest...

... the GSA Foundation's Greatest Needs Fund, which has been a source of support and funding for many GSA programs over the years. Without the usual parameters of a restricted fund, the Greatest Needs Fund can be used where it's needed most. Programs benefiting from this fund include research grants, education and outreach, student travel grants, electronic publications, and member services.

[ learn more | donate now! ]

red promptAll donations must be postmarked or received electronically at the GSA Foundation by 11:59 MST 31 December 2008 to qualify for 2008 tax deduction.

  Membership Matters
GSA members

It's not too late ...
    red promptRenew Your GSA Membership Today

Keep GSA vital and growing! GSA professional, student, K–12 teacher, and affiliate members make GSA a great Society for all geoscientists — and for Earth!

[ learn more | renew now ]


GSA’s Subaru VIP Program Delivers Savings AND Safety

Through the Subaru VIP program, GSA's members not only save up to US$3,300 on a new Subaru — they'll also be driving one of the safest cars on the road. Subaru has announced top safety awards in every vehicle class in which it competes.

[ learn more ]

  Communicating the Value of Geoscience
Fig. 6, Rohr and Blodgett SPE442

Medfracaulus turriformis (Chernyshev 1893) from
(1) Russia and (2) Alaska.
Fig. 6 from Rohr and
Blodgett, GSA Special
Paper 442.

A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS

Work by David Rohr and Robert Blodgett (Chap. 3 in GSA Special Paper 442) linking fossils found in the Heceta Limestone of Alaska with fossils previously found only in Eurasia was reported in National Geographic News.
[ abstract | National Geographic News article ]


Research by Maoyan Zhu et al. (Geology, November 2008) exposing an intriguing eight-armed Ediacara fossil preserved in ancient rocks in the Flinders Ranges received wide-ranging coverage in Australia, including in the Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald.
[ abstract | Sydney Morning Herald article ]


A new study by Karl Karlstrom et al. (Geology, November 2008) arguing that geological evidence still supports the long-standing age of the Grand Canyon at 6 million years was covered by LiveScience.com and AFP, and appeared on U.S. News & World Report and Yahoo! News.
[ abstract | U.S. News & World Report article ]


A paper by Christopher Herd et al. (Geology, December 2008) unveiling a new computer tool for locating hundreds more meteorite craters than are currently known received coverage in Cosmos Magazine and the Global Chinese Press.
[ abstract | Cosmos Magazine article ]


Work by Leah E. Morgan and Paul R. Renne (Geology, December 2008) suggesting that modern humans may have evolved 80,000 years earlier than previously thought was reported by National Geographic News.
[ abstract | National Geographic News article ]


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  International News
microbial mat

2.9-billion-year-old
"MISS" — see
N. Noffke, GSA Today v. 18, no 10, p. 4–9.



International Year of Planet Earth

South African Geoheritage Site Needs Assistance

The scenic Wit Mfolozi River Gorge in South Africa displays spectacularly preserved sedimentary structures caused by 3-billion-year-old microbial mats that colonized a sandy coastal area. Comparison to modern microbial mats suggests that these mat-constructing microbiota may have been cyanobacteria, possibly the oldest known life on Earth (Oct. 2008 GSA Today).

The Geological Society of South Africa, in collaboration with several societies, including GSA, is establishing the Wit Mfolozi River Gorge as a geological heritage site. This geoheritage site will serve scientists, students, and the general public interested in the Archean world and Earth’s earliest life.

[ learn more ]


International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE)

GSA continues to be a strong supporter of the IYPE; global IYPE science and outreach programs will run through 2009.

U.S. lecture series | IYPE newsletter | sign up for more IYPE news ]

  Fun with Geoscience Trivia

  1. Anhydrite, halite, and gypsum are all formed through what process?

  2. Lignite is a member of what sedimentary rock group?

  3. Which soft mineral is associated with low-grade metamorphic rocks which may have once been ultramafic in origin?