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January 2010

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 8, no. 1

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In this issue …

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Education & Outreach
Publications News
Especially for Students
Meetings
Government Affairs

Global Geoscience Initiative
Touchpoints
Fun with Geoscience Trivia
Archive

What was that date? Find it fast with our upcoming GSA deadlines & events calendar.

GSA Wishes You a Happy, Prosperous, and Productive 2010!


Jean Bahr

1 February 2010 — A Day Full of Deadlines!
So many of GSA's important deadlines land on the same day, we've added a page to this issue for easy reference. Some of the not-to-miss opportunities include the 2010–2011 Congressional Science Fellowship, this summer's GeoCorps™ America jobs, Post-Doctoral Awards, and the popular Student Research Grants. The window for getting nominations in for GSA Awards & Medals, GSA Division Awards, and GSA Fellowship is closing quickly as well.

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Education & Outreach

Mentors Needed!
Mentors are needed for the Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Programs in Applied Geology and the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program for each of the 2010 GSA Section Meetings.
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Publications News

Caribbean Earthquake Science — The 12 Jan. 2010 Haitian Disaster
To support study of the recent earthquakes in Haiti, GSA has made several GSA Bulletin and GSA Special Paper articles about the Caribbean plate and the Enriquillo-Plaintain fault line open access (available at no charge).
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Call for Papers:
Peninsular Ranges Batholith
, edited by Morton et al.
Deadline for manuscript submission: June 2010
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Science Editor News
GSA Bulletin science editor and GSA Member Christian Koeberl has been appointed as new director general of the Natural History Museum in Vienna by the Austrian Minister of Culture and Education. Koeberl is head of the Department of Lithospheric Research at the University of Vienna.
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New in the GSA Bookstore
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Special Paper 460
America's Most Vulnerable Coastal Communities

Edited by Joseph T. Kelley, Orrin H. Pilkey, and J. Andrew G. Cooper
The impending rise of sea level calls for action. This volume outlines both the potential problems and the required response.

Special Paper 461
Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches

Edited by Steven J. Whitmeyer, David W. Mogk, and Eric J. Pyle
The field experience & how to share it with today's students using diverse approaches to teaching in the field across many geo-disciplines.
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Especially for Students

Here's a quick reminder of upcoming student research funding opportunities:

GSA Grants and Awards Get You Going!
University of Cincinnati VIDEO: Geology Students Win Top Awards at Annual Conference
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Meetings

Penrose Conference Scheduled:
Origin and Uplift of the Sierra Nevada, California

16–20 August 2010 • Bridgeport, California, USA
Keynote talks and poster sessions will be organized around the following geologic themes:
the nature and origin of bedrock geology;
geophysical observations of the crust and lithosphere;
observations and models related to range uplift; and
volcanism and potential links to tectonic events.
Letters of interest are due by 26 April 2010.
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2010 Section Meetings Schedule
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Northeastern / Southeastern
Joint Meeting, 14-16 March
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Early registration deadline: 8 February
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North-Central / South-Central
Joint Meeting, 11-13 April
Branson, Missouri, USA
Early registration deadline: 8 March
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Rocky Mountain, 21-23 April
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
Abstract deadline: 26 January
[ submit abstract ]
Cordilleran, 27-29 May
Anaheim, California, USA
Abstract deadline: 9 March
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Lost & Found
We still have several items from the 2009 Annual Meeting in Portland in our lost & found. Please e-mail us at for more information.
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Government Affairs

Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day
28–29 April 2010, Washington, D.C.: GSA members are invited to take part in the 15th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day. Students welcome! Participate in meetings with House and Senate offices, briefings from federal science agencies, training sessions, and a congressional reception. Please contact GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy, Craig Schiffries, for more information and to participate.
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Get involved on Capitol Hill — Apply to be the 2010–2011 GSA-USGS Congressional Geoscience Fellow! Applications due 1 Feb. 2010.
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Global Geoscience Initiative

IYPE Ends, GGI Begins
As activities associated with the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) come to an end, GSA, AGI, the Geological Society of London, and the British Geological Survey, along with other members of the IYPE board and several earth science institutions, are exploring the idea of a Global Geoscience Initiative (GGI) in order to extend the success and spirit of the IYPE. The proposed GGI will have global scientific significance and clear societal goals.
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Touchpoints

A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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The Nov. 2009 GSA Today science article by Cady and Noffke, "Geobiology: Evidence for early life on Earth and the search for life on other planets," was highlighted in a 17 Dec. Space.com article.
[ abstract | Space.com article ]

The Jan.-Feb. 2010 issue of American Scientist includes an article on Mazzotti et al.'s Sept. 2009 Geology paper, "Impact of anthropogenic subsidence on relative sea-level rise in the Fraser River delta."
[ abstract | American Scientist article ]

Coverage of the Dec. 2009 Geology article by Ries et al., "Marine calcifiers exhibit mixed responses to CO2-induced ocean acidification," includes a National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast and a mention on MinnPost.com's 15 Dec. coverage of the Copenhagen Summit on climate change.
[ abstract | NPR report | MinnPost.com article ]

The Dec. 2009 Geology article, "How do prokaryotes survive in fluid inclusions in halite for 30 k.y.?," by Schubert et al. received coverage on both MSNBC.com and DiscoveryNews (14 Dec.).
[ abstract | DiscoveryNews article ]

Horton and Shennan's Dec. 2009 Geology article, "Compaction of Holocene strata and the implications for relative sea-level change on the east coast of England," captured the attention of United Press International (UPI) and the Philadelphia Inquirer (29 Dec.).
[ abstract | UPI article | Philadelphia Inquirer article ]

A second Dec. 2009 Geology article on sea-level rise, "Spatial variability of late Holocene and 20th century sea-level rise along the Atlantic coast of the United States," by Engelhart et al. received coverage in the same Philadelphia Inquirer article (see Horton and Shennan, above) and was picked up by the Associated Press (AP) and NewsroomJersey (29 Dec.).
[ abstract | NewsroomJersey article ]

The Dec. 2009 Geology article "Self-shielding of thermal radiation by Chicxulub impact ejecta: Firestorm or fizzle?" by Goldin and Melosh sparked the attention of MSNBC.com, FoxNews.com, LiveScience, and Space.com (28 Dec.).
[ abstract | Space.com article ]

Warner et al.'s Jan. 2010 Geology paper, "Hesperian equatorial thermokarst lakes in Ares Vallis as evidence for transient warm conditions on Mars," generated a great deal of media coverage, including articles by BBC News, MSNBC.com, Space.com, Mars Daily, and the Discover Magazine blog "80beats" (5 Jan.).
[ abstract | BBC News article | Discover "80beats" blog article ]

The Jan. Geology article, "Biomarker reconstruction of the early Eocene paleotopography and paleoclimate of the northern Sierra Nevada," by Hren et al. received attention by several media outlets, including a write-up at Physorg.com (6 Jan.).
[ abstract | Physorg.com article ]

Davies and Gibling's Jan. Geology paper, "Paleozoic vegetation and the Siluro-Devonian rise of fluvial lateral accretion sets," was highlighted by Global Montreal (11 Jan.).
[ abstract | Global Montreal article ]
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Fun with Geoscience Trivia

  1. Whose rule states "warm-blooded animals generally have shorter legs, tails, and ears in cold than in warm regions"?
  2. What is the name for a fault where the crust on each side moves horizontally relative to the other side?
  3. What three-letter word is used to name a drowned river valley?

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