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February 2010

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 8, no. 2

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In this issue …

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Meetings
Especially for Students
Division and Section Awards
Education & Outreach
Government Affairs

Publications News
Touchpoints
Fun with Geoscience Trivia
Archive

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New International Travel Requirements
Beginning Jan. 2010, visitors to the U.S. from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program must register in the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before entering the country.
[ learn more ]

International Travel Visas — The Time to Apply Is Now
Most travelers to the U.S. must hold both a valid passport (valid for six months past your travel dates) and a visa. GSA recommends that as soon as you have decided to attend a GSA meeting you also begin the process of applying for a visa. The wait time may be as long as three months, with processing taking an additional month or more.
[ learn more (U.S. State Dept. Web site) ]
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Meetings

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Turkey Specialty Meeting
Tectonic Crossroads: Evolving Orogens of Eurasia-Africa-Arabia

4–8 October 2010
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
This global geoscience meeting, brought to you by GSA and GSA's International Section, will be a forum for geoscientists to compare and contrast extraordinary regional geology and plate boundary processes together in one of the world's greatest natural geological laboratories.
[ learn more | submit abstract ]
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Penrose Conference: Origin and Uplift of the Sierra Nevada, California
16–20 August 2010 — Bridgeport, California, USA
Deadline for letters of interest: 26 April
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.
[ learn more ]
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2010 Section Meetings Schedule
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Northeastern / Southeastern
Joint Meeting, 14-16 March
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Linking North and South: Exploring the Connections between Continent and Sea
[ learn more ]
North-Central / South-Central
Joint Meeting, 11-13 April
Branson, Missouri, USA
Springtime in the Ozarks
Early registration deadline: 8 March
[ register ]
Rocky Mountain, 21-23 April
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
From Ancient Rocks to New Knowledge of the Universe: Exploring the Geologic Diversity of the Black Hills and Rocky Mountain Region
Early registration deadline: 22 March
[ register ]
Cordilleran
27-29 May (with Pacific Section, AAPG)
Anaheim, California, USA
From Mountains to Main Street
Abstract deadline: 9 March
[ submit abstract ]
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Especially for Students

What's in a GSA Section Meeting for You?
  • Mentor Programs: Receive great advice, networking opportunities, potential employment contacts, and a FREE lunch;
  • Gain experience by presenting a talk or poster at this focused venue;
  • Learn about the latest, cutting-edge science in your region and field; and
  • Find travel grants to help you get there!
[ GSA Section Meetings | GSA student membership ]

GeoVentures Trip to Hawaii: Geology on an Active Hot Spot!
30 July–8 August 2010
Join other students for this week-long adventure on Hawaii's "Big Island," and learn about volcanic activity first hand. Fee for GSA student members: $985 (not including airfare).
[ learn more ]
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Division and Section Awards

Limnogeology Division
New Lifetime Achievement Award: The Israel C. Russell Award for Limnogeology

Now the highest honor of this Division, the Israel C. Russell Award recognizes major achievements in limnogeology through research, teaching, and service. Nominations will be accepted through 1 March.
[ learn more ]

Sedimentary Geology Division
Nominations for the Laurence L. Sloss Award, which recognizes accomplishments in sedimentary geology and contributions to GSA, will be accepted through 1 March.
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Engineering Geology Division
Applications for the Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Awards, for graduate students with the best research proposals within the broad field of engineering geology, are due 15 March.
[ learn more ]

International Section
Nominations for the International Section's Distinguished Career Award, given to a geologist who has made numerous, distinguished, and significant contributions that have clearly advanced the international geological sciences through service and or scientific activities, are due by 1 March.
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Education & Outreach

EarthTrek — Calling Earth Scientists!
EarthTrek is a global citizen science program developed by GSA in partnership with organizations across America and around the world. We are seeking research projects that could use data-collection help from the general public. These projects need to have good scientific protocols that a layperson can follow using basic equipment and GPS. If you would like to see your research be part of EarthTrek, contact GSA's Education & Outreach director, Gary Lewis, at .
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Do You Work in Applied Geology?
Here's your chance to impact geoscience students...

Volunteer to serve as a mentor for the Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Programs in Applied Geology and/or the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program at any of our four 2010 GSA Section Meetings.
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GSA-ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Award
Undergraduate students and professors — Don't miss this opportunity!
The Bighorn Basin Field Program seeks to energize and enhance the education of geology students and faculty by introducing them to the breadth and challenges of integrated basin and petroleum systems analysis. Applications for this all-expense-paid field camp, to run 1–6 August 2010, will be accepted through 1 April.
[ learn more ]
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Government Affairs

GSA Panel Seeks Input on DRAFT Diversity of the Geoscience Community
Position Statement

Comments and suggestions are due by 22 March.

Second Call: Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day
28–29 April 2010, Washington, D.C.: Join more than 300 scientists for workshops, receptions, and meetings with House and Senate offices and raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Students welcome! Please contact GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy, Craig Schiffries, for more information and to participate.
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Science Emerges as Winner in Obama's 2011 Budget Request
Despite an overall freeze in most domestic discretionary spending, President Obama placed a high priority on federal investments in research.
[ learn more | read White House R&D summary (PDF) ]
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Publications News

Great Deals on Maps and Charts!
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Call for Science Editors
Nominations and expressions of interest due by 19 February
GSA’s internationally recognized journals and books rely on the expertise of dedicated science editors who ensure stringent peer review, maintain excellent content, and provide leadership in determining the future course of GSA publications.
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Touchpoints

A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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The Aug. 2009 GSA Today science article by D.G. Froese et al., "The Klondike goldfields and Pleistocene environments of Beringia," was noted in the 25 Jan. 2010 Calgary Herald.
[ abstract | Calgary Herald article ]

The 22 Jan. issue of The Christian Science Monitor included this amusing headline, "California mountain range missing several (million) candles on its birthday cake," in reference to M.T. Hren et al.'s Jan. Geology article, "Biomarker reconstruction of the early Eocene paleotopography and paleoclimate of the northern Sierra Nevada."
[ abstract | Christian Science Monitor article ]

The Feb. Geology article by A.G. Liu et al., "First evidence for locomotion in the Ediacara biota from the 565 Ma Mistaken Point Formation, Newfoundland," received quite a bit of media attention, including articles in New Scientist and on Canada.com, as well as the "Highly Allochthonous" blog.
[ abstract | New Scientist article | Canada.com article | Highly Allochthonous blog ]

GSA Special Paper 459, Hydrothermal Processes above the Yellowstone Magma Chamber: Large Hydrothermal Systems and Large Hydrothermal Explosions, edited by L.A. Morgan et al., was highlighted in a 29 Jan. Billings Gazette article.
[ abstract | Billings Gazette article ]

And from the archives...
The classic May 1958 GSA Bulletin article, "Chemical data on desert varnish," by C.G. Engel and R.P. Sharp, was cited in a 12 Feb. New Scientist article titled "Martian sheen."
[ abstract | New Scientist article ]
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Fun with Geoscience Trivia

  1. Geyserite, fiorite, tufa, and travertine are all examples of what materials?
  2. How many points are there on a standard compass needle?
  3. What is the common name for Limulidae?

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