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April 2011

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 9, no. 4

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Meetings
GSA's 125th Anniversary Celebration
Education & Outreach
Grants, Awards & Recognition
Publications News

Government Affairs
Of Note
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia

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2011 Membership Survey
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Since the founding of the Society in 1888, GSA members have defined the programs that are important to them, and dollars have been allocated in pursuit of GSA's mission according to members' strategic priorities. Your strategic plan is slated for update in 2011, an update that will set the direction of the Society for the next three years. Members, please watch your e-mail for the 2011 survey, scheduled to arrive before the end of the month, and make your voice heard.
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Meetings
Logan, Utah, USA Joint Section Meeting: Rocky Mountain/Cordilleran
18–20 May 2011 • Logan, Utah, USA
Co-Chairs: John Shervais, Wendy Bohrson
[ learn more | register ]

Students: Free Food & Great Opportunities for Networking
Shlemon Mentor Program Luncheon: Wed., 18 May, noon–1:30
Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Luncheon: Thurs., 19 May, noon–1:30
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Fragile Earth - Munich Meeting
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International Conference
FRAGILE EARTH: Geological Processes from Global to Local Scales, Associated Hazards & Resources
4–7 Sept. 2011 • Munich, Germany
Abstracts deadline extended! Now 25 May
[ submit abstract | learn more ]
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GSA 2011 Annual Meeting
Download this Poster!
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2011 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition
ARCHEAN TO ANTHROPOCENE: The Past is the Key to the Future
We're looking forward to seeing YOU in Minneapolis 9–12 October!
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GSA's Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica Voyage
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Explore Antarctica!
27 Dec. 2012–20 Jan. 2013
Voyage to celebrate GSA's 125th Anniversary in 2013. Travel onboard the Akademik Ioffe for an exciting Antarctic experience. An early registration discount is still in effect. Voyage lecturer highlight: Geoscientist Richard Alley recently hosted the PBS special, Earth—The Operators' Manual, which can be watched online if you missed its original 10 April broadcast.
[ voyage update | PBS special ]
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Education & Outreach
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GeoCorps™ America
Fall/Winter Season: Sept. 2011–May 2012
Application deadline: 1 July

All fall/winter 2011–2012 GeoCorps positions will be posted on the GeoCorps website and open for applications starting 1 May. GSA's GeoCorps program provides paid, short-term geoscience jobs on public lands managed by the U.S. National Park Service, Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management. All levels of geologists are encouraged to apply.

EarthCache™ Video
Geocaching.com has created a three-minute video about GSA's highly successful EarthCache program, featuring GSA Education & Outreach Director Gary Lewis and Ojai, Calif., USA, geoscientist Terry Baker.
[ watch video on YouTube | learn more ]
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Grants, Awards & Recognition
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Limnogeology Division Israel C. Russell Award
Nominations due: 21 April
The Israel C. Russell Award recognizes major achievements in limnogeology through contributions in research, teaching and service.
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History and Philosophy of Geology Division Student Award
Nominations due: 1 May
GSA's HAPG Division sponsors a $1000 award (increased from $500!) for the best student paper on the philosophy and history of geology.
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Publications News
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GSA Bookstore
Geological Association of Canada GEOText 6
Facies Models 4 (2010 edition)
Edited by Noel P. James and Robert W. Dalrymple
This updated edition of the original, highly popular textbook Facies Models from the Geological Association of Canada incorporates the enormous advances in our understanding of depositional environments since the last edition was issued in 1992.

New: GSA's e-Books are Google Books!
GSA's e-books are now available via Google Books — some for as little as US$7.99.
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Geology and GSA Today Earn Top Rankings
The latest report from SCImago Journal & Country Rank shows that GSA's premiere science journal, Geology, and GSA's science & news magazine, GSA Today, were the top two most influential geology journals for 2009 (the last year a full set of data was available for analysis).
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Government Affairs

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GSA Testifies in Support of USGS Budget Increase
GSA was the only scientific society invited to testify about funding for the U.S. Geological Survey at a 15 April congressional hearing convened by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Chair Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Ranking Member Jim Moran (D-VA) agreed with GSA's Craig Schiffries that the transfer of new Landsat responsibilities from NASA to USGS without an accompanying transfer of budget authority is cause for concern.
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Help Shape the Future of USGS Science
GSA members can help shape the future of USGS science by providing input on the 10-year strategic plans for each of the USGS mission areas.
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Geoscience R&D in Budget Compromise for FY 2011
Many science agencies were spared from the largest budget cuts when Congress averted a government shut-down by passing a continuing resolution that includes $38.5 billion in spending reductions for the remainder of FY 2011. Budgets for the NSF, the DOE's Office of Science, NASA, the USGS, and NOAA received cuts ranging from 0.4% to 5%. These budgets fall below the levels of President Obama's FY 2011 budget request but above the levels in H.R. 1, a House bill that would have cut $100 billion.
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Your Input Wanted! Position Statement DRAFT: Geoheritage
Please submit your comments and suggestions by 16 May 2011.
[ read position statement draft (PDF) | add your comments ]

Geoscientists Participate in Congressional Visits Day
Geoscientists from across the U.S. participated in the 6–7 April Science-Engineering-Technology (SET) Congressional Visits Day (CVD). GSA cosponsored an IRIS exhibit that featured data from the 11 March M9.0 Japan earthquake and tsunami. GSA also nominated Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) for the George E. Brown Jr. Award for science-engineering-technology leadership and invited Reps. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) to speak at the SET-CVD Congressional Breakfast.
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Contact Craig Schiffries, GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy, if you have questions or need more information about any facet of GSA's work in Washington, DC.

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Of Note
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AGU Exec. Director Christine McEntee: "Science ÷ by politics = a loss for everyone"
Writing for the "The Hill's Congress Blog," the American Geophysical Union's executive director, Christine McEntee, examines the intersection of climate change science, politics, and policy.
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Scientific American Guest Blog: Social media for science: The geologic perspective
GSA's managing editor for communications, Kea Giles, provides background, references, and analysis of the current state of geoscience participation in social media.
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On the Wire …
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A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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The Apr.-May 2011 GSA Today science article by P. Kapp et al., "Wind erosion in the Qaidam basin, central Asia: Implications for tectonics, paleoclimate, and the source of the Loess Plateau," generated a good deal of media coverage, including a 29 Mar. LiveScience article, "Surprise Force: Wind Blew Mountains Away"; a 29 Mar. MSNBC Today Tech/Our Amazing Planet article, "How powerful winds blew the mountains away"; and a 30 Mar. U.S. News & World Report article, "Winds can keep mountains from growing."
[ GSA Today article | LiveScience | MSNBC | U.S. News & World Report ]

The 1 Apr. 2011 Science magazine "Editor's Choice" section includes an article ("Records in the River," p. 15) about the Apr. 2011 Geology paper by G.E. Stinchcomb et al., "Pre-colonial (A.D. 11001600) sedimentation related to prehistoric maize agriculture and climate change in eastern North America."
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The Apr. 2011 Geology article by B.K. Sell and S.D. Samson, "Apatite phenocryst compositions demonstrate a miscorrelation between the Millbrig and Kinnekulle K-bentonites of North America and Scandinavia," is discussed in Callan Bentley's 21 Mar. Mountain Beltway blog post, "The Big Bentonite just got smaller."
[ abstract | Mountain Beltway blog post ]

The 26 Mar. 2011 Canada.com article, "Geological record mirrors borders: The divide between Canada and the U.S. similar to a line more than 100 million years old," discusses Apr. 2011 Geology science by A.L. Leier and G.E. Gehrels, "Continental-scale detrital zircon provenance signatures in Lower Cretaceous strata, western North America." The article was picked up by major news outlets across Canada, including the Nanaimo Daily News and the Windsor Star. It was also covered by Palaeoblog in a 30 Mar. post, "The geological boundary at the Canada-US border."
[ abstract | Canada.com | Palaeoblog post ]

The Feb. 2011 Geology article by J.E. Fassett et al., "Direct U-Pb dating of Cretaceous and Paleocene dinosaur bones, San Juan Basin, New Mexico," was covered by Washington Post reporter Brian Vashtag in an article titled, "Geologist claims a few dinosaurs survived extinction event" (29 Jan.).
[ abstract | Washington Post ]

Jan. 2011 GSA Today science by T.K. Lowenstein et al., "Microbial communities in fluid inclusions and long-term survival in halite," is the subject of a 10-page full-color feature in the April 2011 issue of EARTH magazine (p. 36–45).
[ GSA Today article | EARTH April TOC (PDF) ]

An article in the Dec. 2010 issue of Geology by S. Sahney et al., "Rainforest collapse triggered Carboniferous tetrapod diversification in Euramerica," was featured in the Feb. 2011 issue of Geoscientist in an article by Sarah Day titled "Reptile recovery after climate change."
[ abstract | Geoscientist ]

Geoscience from Africa, presented at the 2010 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo., USA, was detailed in two articles in the March 2011 issue of EARTH magazine: A.S. Cohen et al.'s work on Lake Taganyika (p. 12–13) and G.M. Ashley's work on Olduvai Gorge (p. 18–19).
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Geoscience Trivia
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  1. What gemstone is a type of beryl that has been colored by the presence of chromium?
  2. What is the term used to describe the luster of diamonds?
  3. What is the common name for a chatoyant, ornamental variety of quartz that is included with asbestiform fibers?

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