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November 2009

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 7, no. 11

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Membership 2010
Meetings
Publications
Division News
Recognizing Excellence
Opportunities to Engage
Y.E.S. Congress

Especially for Students
Government Affairs
GeoCorps™ America News
Touchpoints
Fun with Geoscience Trivia
Archive

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A Message from GSA President Jean Bahr


Jean Bahr

On the heels of a great annual meeting in Portland, I thank all of you who have contributed your time, energy, science, and vision to our Society, particularly in light of the financial challenges that so many have faced this past year. I look forward to your continued participation in GSA's science, service, and stewardship activities as you renew your membership for 2010.
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Membership 2010

EARLY Membership Renewal Gets You Reduced Rates!
Renew your GSA membership by 15 Dec. 2009 to save 15% on 2010 dues. It's also time to subscribe to GSA's journals; join one or more specialty Divisions (including the new MGPV Division; see below); affiliate with additional Sections (including the International Section); and add to or increase your support of GSA programs through the GSA Foundation.

Do You Have Colleagues or Classmates Who Aren’t GSA Members?
Spread the word — Newcomers who join now get an extended membership through December 2010.
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Meetings

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2010 GSA Annual Meeting — Reaching New Peaks in Geoscience
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Call for Field Trip and Short Course Proposals
We'll be back in Denver in 2010. What field trips and short courses would you like to see? You can have a say — just submit your proposals by 1 December. Teach your colleagues and peers about groundbreaking research, provide new skills training, or create a not-to-be forgotten adventure.
[ propose a field trip | propose a short course ]

Are you a mountain-biking geologist?
GSA and Subaru are seeking an individual who is familiar with Front Range geology and is a mountain biker to help with a field trip during the 2010 Denver GSA Annual Meeting. Please contact Jack Hess, , if you're interested or need more information.

Call for Technical Session Proposals
Deadline: 12 January.
Make your research and the work of your colleagues part of the tech program for 2010. Generate buzz about your topic and share your knowledge and experience with thousands!
[ submit a technical session proposal ]
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2010 Section Meetings Schedule
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Northeastern / Southeastern
Joint Meeting, 13-16 March
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Abstract deadline: 8 December [ submit ]
North-Central / South-Central
Joint Meeting, 11-13 April
Branson, Missouri, USA
Abstract deadline: 19 January [ submit ]
Rocky Mountain, 21-23 April
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
Abstract deadline: 26 January [ submit ]
Cordilleran, 27-29 May
Anaheim, California, USA
Abstract deadline: 9 March [ submit ]
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FIELD FORUM Scheduled
Samos, Greece, 16-22 May

"Significance of along-strike variations for the 3-D architecture of orogens: The Hellenides and Anatolides in the eastern Mediterranean." Expressions of interest due 9 Dec.
[ learn more ]
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2009 Annual Meeting Wrap-Up
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By the Numbers...
18-21 October 2009
• 4,004 abstracts
• 6,480 attendees
• 233 exhibit booths
• 29 field trips
• >850 field trip participants
• 19 short courses
• 438 short course attendees
• 50 blogs
• 25 science writers on-site
• 67 graduate schools
Summary
Nearly 6,500 scientists, students, and guests from over 50 countries came to Portland, Oregon, USA, for the 2009 annual meeting. For the first time, social media played a role in the meeting, with 19 registered science bloggers and 17 tweeps (people using Twitter) logging on to our AM fusion page.
As always, a special emphasis of the meeting was the recognition of excellence. If you missed the awards receptions or want to learn more, you can read the citations and responses for the 2009 GSA Awards & Medals and the 2009 GSA Division named awards online.
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Science Pub
A big hit at the 2009 annual meeting was the Tuesday night Science Pub sponsored by OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), with ~310 people in attendance to hear Brian Atwater and Yumei Wang speak on "Serial Crimes of Subduction: Giant Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Oregon's Past and Future."
[ view photos of the event by D. Scott Frey ]

Lost & Found
Did you lose something at the 2009 Annual Meeting in Portland? Please e-mail GSA's Lost & Found, , and we'll let you know if we have it.
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Publications

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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
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Special Paper 459
Hydrothermal Processes above the Yellowstone Magma Chamber: Large Hydrothermal Systems and Large Hydrothermal Explosions
by Lisa A. Morgan, W.C. Pat Shanks III, and Kenneth L. Pierce

Special Paper 458
The ICDP-USGS Deep Drilling Project in the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure: Results from the Eyreville Core Holes
G.S. Gohn, C. Koeberl, K.G. Miller, and W.U. Reimold, editors

Field Guide 15
Volcanoes to Vineyards: Geologic Field Trips through the Dynamic Landscape of the Pacific Northwest
J.E. O'Connor, R.J. Dorsey, and I.P. Madin, editors

Geological Monitoring: A practical, nontechnical guide for land managers, educators, and the general public
R. Young and L. Norby, editors
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Division News

New GSA Division for Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology
This Division will promote the MGPV disciplines in partnership with several GSA Associated Societies by sponsoring meeting theme sessions, conferences, and symposia and serving as the voice for mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, and volcanology within GSA.
[ learn more ]
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Recognizing Excellence

GSA Medal & Award and GSA Fellow Nominations
Due 1 Feb. 2010
[ learn more & submit award nominations | nominate for GSA Fellowship ]
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Opportunities to Engage

EarthTrek Gravestone Project
Help collect data on the weathering rates of gravestones around the world through EarthTrek. GSA administers this exciting citizen science program with more than 20 partner societies and agencies worldwide. Learn simple data-collection protocols and assist scientists in their research.
[ learn more ]
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Y.E.S. Congress

GSA Attends First World Young Earth-Scientists Congress in Beijing
GSA Executive Director Jack Hess and GSA student member Mary Seid took part in the inaugural Y.E.S. Congress on 25–28 October, an event meant to connect young earth-scientists from around the globe and to identify crucial geoscience and policy issues.
[ learn more ]
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Especially for Students

2010 Research Grants
Applications will go live on 3 December and are due by 11:59 MST on 1 Feb. 2010.
[ learn more ]

Student Opportunities
See GSA's online classifieds for Fellowship, assistantship, research positions, and other placement opportunities.
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Government Affairs

Congressional Science Fellowship
Meet the 2009-2010 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow, Mark Gabriel Little.
Be the next Congressional Science Fellow!
Applications are now being accepted. Deadline: 1 Feb. 2010.
[ learn more ]

GSA Fellow Marcia McNutt New USGS Director
McNutt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 22 Oct. to serve as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey and Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior.
[ learn more ]
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GeoCorps™ America News

GSA Staff Recognized by National Park Service
Lisa Norby of the National Park Service's (NPS) Geologic Resources Division visited GSA Headquarters on 12 Nov. to recognize staff involved in the GeoCorps™ America program. GeoCorps, a major facet of GSA’s Education & Outreach Dept., forms a large part of the NPS Geoscientists-in-the-Parks program.
[ see photos | learn more about GeoCorps ]
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Touchpoints

A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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Annual Meeting Science Coverage
Dozens of annual meeting presentations received mainstream coverage, with reporting on planetary geoscience, hydrogeology, climate change, environmental geology, geology and health, geomorphology, paleontology, geoarchaeology, geochemistry, and more. Fifty blogs were also generated from & about the meeting.
[ see media coverage | view blogs ]

Journal News
The Oct. Geology article by Goodman-Tchernov et al., "Tsunami waves generated by the Santorini eruption reached Eastern Mediterranean shores," received extensive coverage, including a 2 Nov. New York Times article, which was picked up by Tehran Times (Iran) and FolhaOnline (Brazil) on 5 Nov., as well as a 9 Nov. article by MSNBC (via LiveScience).
[ abstract | New York Times article | LiveScience article ]

The Oct. GSA Today science article by Coogan and Cullen, "Did natural reactors form as a consequence of the emergence of oxygenic photosynthesis during the Archean?" made headlines on MSNBC.com, Discovery News, and NewsGuide.us.
[ science article | DiscoveryNews article ]

The Sept. GSA Today Groundwork article by Shennan et al., "Late Holocene relative land- and sea-level changes: Providing information for stakeholders," was covered by the UK's TimesOnline.
[ Groundwork article | TimesOnline article ]
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