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GSA Connection

October 2010

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 8, no. 10


In this issue …

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Annual Meeting Highlights
Government Affairs
Membership
GSA Foundation
Publications News
Education & Outreach

Calendar Closeups
Of Note
Touchpoints
Geoscience Trivia
GSA Connection Archive
GSA Events & Deadlines Calendar

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2010 GSA Annual Meeting
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Annual Meeting Buzz — Just a Few More Days!
The Joint Technical Program Committee, Annual Program Committee, GSA Officers and Councilors, GSA staff, Divisions, Associated Societies, sponsors, presenters, and short course and field trip leaders are anticipating a great meeting this year. We've put together a few items of interest for those of you getting ready to head to Denver:
1. Late-Breaking Session:
An Update on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Where Is the Oil Now?

The biggest oil spill in U.S. history leaves many questions unanswered: What happened to the oil? Who is looking for it? How much oil is still out there? What may be some of the long-term impacts? Dawn Lavoie, USGS Gulf Coast Science Coordinator, will speak to these questions, with an introduction by Rob Young of Western Carolina University.

2. Use our Personal Scheduler to browse and select meeting events, create your own schedule, check it for conflicts, record notes, and download it to your PDA or smart phone.

3. Download a PDF of the Annual Meeting Program
(sectioned for smaller file sizes):
[ logistical information | technical sessions | index of authors ]

4. Have a look at this issue's second meeting highlights page, which includes new information for presenters, GSA Foundation's Gold for Gold and Silent Auction events, GSA diverse Education & Outreach programs, and how you can be a part of the action through social media.

5. Speaking of social media: Even if you're not coming to the meeting, you can follow it via Twitter, our Facebook page, the blog roll, and more — all outlined on the AM Fusion page.

6. The Exhibit Hall is SOLD OUT this year! Visit your old friends and get to know the many new exhibitors. Exhibits will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday for our annual welcome party and then throughout the meeting.

7. Thanks to everyone who has already made this meeting a great success! A special shout out goes to our meeting sponsors, whose investment in the growth of current & future leaders in the geosciences in invaluable.
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Government Affairs

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Communicating with Congress
Tues., 2 Nov., 12:15–1:15 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 104/106
Geologist Allyson Anderson of the Senate Committee on Energy Resources will discuss how to communicate effectively about science with elected representatives. This workshop will cover what to do and — just as important — what not to do.

Congressional Science Fellows Panel Discussion and Reception
Tues., 2 Nov. 5:30–7 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 104/106
You are invited to meet current and former GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellows and discuss their experience working at the interface between geoscience and public policy on Capitol Hill.

Learn more about government affairs and public policy events at the Annual Meeting.

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Membership
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It's Time! Renew Your Membership Early for Reduced Rates
Renew by 15 Dec. 2010 and save 15% on your 2011 membership. This discount applies to all members from high income countries.
It's also that time of year to update your membership by
• Subscribing to GSA's premier journals;
• Joining any number of GSA's 17 specialty Divisions; and
• Affiliating with additional Sections; as well as
• Include support for the GSA Foundation with your renewal.

Renew online or onsite at the GSA Membership Booth the GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver 31 Oct.–3 Nov. 2010.
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GSA Foundation
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GSA Foundation: Advancing the Geosciences
The GSA Foundation exists to promote the science of geology and to provide funds for GSA programs that are consistent with the Society's mission.
[ learn more ]

GeoTales: Real-Life Adventures of Your Fellow Geoscientists
GeoTales is now up to its fourth volume. Each 100-page book is filled with amazing stories of adventure and discovery by GSA members and is complimentary with your minimum donation of $50 to any GSA Foundation–supported program.
[ learn more ]

See what's happening at the Foundation Booth during the Annual Meeting.
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Publications News
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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
Field Guide 18
Through the Generations: Geologic and Anthropogenic Field Excursions in the Rocky Mountains from Modern to Ancient
edited by Lisa A. Morgan and Steven L. Quane
Field trips to be held in conjunction with the 2010 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver, Colorado, USA. On sale at the Colorado Convention Center bookstore 31 Oct.–3 Nov., while supplies last.

2011 Calendar: Visions of the Dynamic Landscape
Stunning Earth images make this 2011 calendar a real page-turner. Coupled with notes on important dates and moments in geoscience history, this new calendar from GSA will keep you informed and intrigued throughout the coming year. All images were originally submitted to the 2009 GSA Annual Meeting photo contest & exhibition.
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Education & Outreach
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EarthCache Gains More Ground
GSA's EarthCache program celebrated 10,000 sites on 10-10-10. The unique caching experience invites participants to explore the Earth's wonders through GPS and educational information. Wendy Almeida writes in a 13 Oct. blog post that her family has been caching for years and is coming close to gold level, which is 12 EarthCaches in four states. "This is the GSA's way to encourage goal-oriented types (children and adults) to learn about geology."

Researchers: What's Your Take on Citizen Science?
The Geological Society of America and partners around the globe have developed a citizen science project called EarthTrek. This program helps scientists collect data with the help of volunteer fieldwork by students and other members of the general public. Our plan is to deliver: (a) enthusiastic citizen scientists; and (b) an easy system for planning and setting up projects, collecting data, and interacting with participants. As part of our ongoing evaluation and planning for the future, we are asking researchers for feedback on their experiences and opinions regarding citizen science programs.
[ take short survey ]
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GSA Associated Societies Calendar Closeups
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Convención Nacional Geológica — 2010 Geological Society of Mexico National Convention
16–18 November, World Trade Center, Mexico City, México
The Geological Society of Mexico has been serving a growing community of Mexican geoscientists and students since 1903.
[ learn more ]

2010 NGWA Ground Water Expo and Annual Meeting
7–10 December, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) specializes in the advancement of groundwater awareness. The association is celebrating its 62nd anniversary this year and brings together groundwater professionals from all sectors — water well contractors/drillers, scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers — "to work together to advance today's, and tomorrow's, groundwater industry."
[ learn more ]

View complete geoscience calendar
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Of Note
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LaserFest
Celebrating 50 Years of Laser Innovation
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Laser-heated diamonds?
What would it be like to be at Earth's core, where temperatures and pressures are almost beyond imagination? Earth scientists, in an effort to better understand the physics of minerals under these conditions, are turning to laser-heated diamond anvil cells (DAC) for answers. A DAC consists of two "opposing" diamonds with a known calibrant material, such as ruby, between them, which is then subjected to high pressures and temperatures and its reactions noted and analyzed.
[ Lawrence Livermore National Lab | MIT Mineral Physics Lab ]
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2011 NSF National Science Board Public Service Award
Nomination deadline: 3 Nov. 2010
The Public Service Award of the U.S. National Science Foundation's National Science Board honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States.
[ view nomination flyer (PDF) ]

Amazing Opportunity! Be the Next GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow
Deadline to apply: 1 Feb. 2011
Put your expertise and experience to work helping shape science and technology policy on Capitol Hill in concert with national and international leaders.
[ learn more ]

The Why? Files: Busting Rock
Why do some rocks break so easily once an earthquake begins?
[ learn more ]
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Touchpoints
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A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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The Sept. Geology article by S.O. Akçiz et al., "Century-long average time intervals between earthquake ruptures of the San Andreas fault in the Carrizo Plain, California," has attracted steady media attention since it was first reported in last month's GSA Connection. On 11 Oct., second author Lucy Grant Ludwig was interviewed by Fox News, and the story was also picked up by WNEP News and SentinelSource.com.
[ abstract | Fox News video | WNEP News article ]

The Oct. Geology article by S.J. Davis et al., "The Paleogene California River: Evidence of Mojave-Uinta paleodrainage from U-Pb ages of detrital zircons," also received a good deal of media attention, including a 5 Oct. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (JSOnline) report, "Geologists say Colorado River flowed in reverse direction millions of years ago," and a 7 Oct. Discovery News article, "Colorado River Once Flowed in Opposite Direction."
[ abstract | JSOnline article | Discovery News article ]

The Oct. Geology article by S. Kiel and S.N. Nielsen, "Quaternary origin of the inverse latitudinal diversity gradient among southern Chilean mollusks," was covered on 5 Oct. by both Innovations Report and Softpedia ("Retreating glaciers made room for biodiversity").
[ abstract | Softpedia article ]

A 17 Oct. post by the Mountain Beltway blog, "Birthing a litter of drumlins," details science uncovered by M.D. Johnson et al. in their Oct. Geology article, "Active drumlin field revealed at the margin of Múlajökull, Iceland: A surge-type glacier."
[ abstract | Mountain Beltway post ]

"Uncovering the Secrets of the Greatest Holes on Earth" (7 Oct., Discovery News) highlights K.A. Howard's Oct. GSA Today science article, "Caldera collapse: Perspectives from comparing Galápagos volcanoes, nuclear-test sinks, sandbox models, and volcanoes on Mars."
[ full GSA Today article | Discovery News article ]
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SELECTED PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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Geoscience Trivia
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  1. 17 October 1989 is the date of what major (M 6.9) U.S. earthquake?

  2. What is the name given to "elliptical hills of glacial till"?

  3. Who is the mountaineer who discovered George Mallory's body on Everest?
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