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May 2012

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 10, no. 5

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Education & Outreach

Of Note
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia

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MEETINGS
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2012 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition:
Geosciences: Investing in the Future

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA • 4–7 November 2012
Please encourage your colleagues & students to submit abstracts and come to the meeting — Use this handy e-letter to get the word out and help make this GSA's most dynamic meeting ever.
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GSA Sends a BIG Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in this Year's Section Meetings
The GSA Section Meetings are an ideal setting for the exchange of fresh science, and it couldn't have happened without your involvement — from local committee organizers to attendees — everyone has a part in these meetings.

Town Halls: There's still time for you to comment regarding GSA's 5-year strategic plan as discussed at the Section Town Hall meetings.
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Would you like to see a meeting in your city? GSA's Sections are looking for places of interest to host meetings in 2014 and beyond.
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SECTION NEWS
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GSA International Distinguished Lecture Tour 2012
GSA Distinguished International Lecturer: Victor R. Baker
GSA is proud to announce the inaugural International Distinguished Lecture Tour, arranged under the auspices of GSA's International Section. Former GSA President (1998) and University of Arizona Regents' Professor Victor R. Baker will be presenting talks on two different themes: "Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond" and "Geological History of Water on an Earth-Like Planet."
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PUBLICATIONS
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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
Special Paper 486
Earth and Mind II: A Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences
Edited by Kim A. Kastens and Cathryn A. Manduca
Explore the ways in which geoscientists use the human senses and mind to perceive, analyze, and explain the workings of the Earth system in this volume that examines the thought processes used in the geosciences.

Field Guide 26
Neoproterozoic Glacial and Associated Facies in the Tanafjord-Varangerfjord Area, Finnmark, North Norway
By A.H.N. Rice, Marc B. Edwards, and T.A. Hansen
Neoproterozoic glacial deposits of north Norway are superbly documented and illustrated in this comprehensive eight-day field guide.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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GeoCorps™ America Fall/Winter 2012–2013 Positions Now Open
Application deadline: 2 July (noon MDT)
We've posted thirteen fall/winter 2012–2013 GeoCorps positions online. GSA's GeoCorps program provides paid, short-term geoscience jobs on public lands managed by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management as well as positions with the State of California Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Unit. All levels of geologists — students, educators, professionals, and retirees — are encouraged to apply.
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OF NOTE
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SWITCH
New Documentary on The Future of Energy by GSA Fellow Scott Tinker

Scott Tinker, state geologist of Texas, GSA Fellow, and former AAPG president, has put together a compelling, pragmatic documentary about global energy solutions. Switch highlights visits to the world's leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, and investigates the challenge of transitioning to alternative sources of energy. The film is part of the Switch Energy Project, an effort to lead a balanced national energy conversation, which focuses on education at the primary and university levels.
[ website | KTLA feature (YouTube video) ]

AGI: U.S. Geoscience Enrollments and Degrees Slip Slightly in 2010–2011
After several years of strong growth, general enrollments and degrees awarded during the 2010–2011 academic year slipped back to numbers comparable to those in 2008–2009 at all degree levels.
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DOE Releases Atlas of North American Geologic Sequestration Sites
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has posted an online "North American Carbon Storage Atlas" displaying the locations of potential geologic carbon sequestration sites, their estimated sequestration capacity, and their proximity to major carbon sources.
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CALENDAR CLOSEUPS: ASSOCIATED SOCIETY EVENTS
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View Geoscience Calendar American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
15–25 November 2012, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference — Abstract deadline extended to 25 May.
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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A 6 May SunLive article, "Academics solve cold case," covers Geology science by Aidan S.R. Allan et al., "The invisible hand: Tectonic triggering and modulation of a rhyolitic supereruption" (posted online ahead of print 10 April).
[ Allan et al. abstract | SunLive ]

Geology science by William C. Hammond et al., "Contemporary uplift of the Sierra Nevada, western United States, from GPS and InSAR measurements," is detailed in a 5 May Huff Post Science article, which was originally published (4 May) by OurAmazingPlanet ("Space Radar Helps Solve Mystery of Sierra Nevada Age") and picked up by the Associated Press on 7 May. The San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) also published an article on this study on 8 May.
[ Hammond et al. abstract | Huffington Post | Associated Press | SF Gate ]
Note: The San Francisco Chronicle article about this Geology paper received coverage itself by Knight Science Journalism Tracker.

A 2 May Our Amazing Planet article covers new Geology findings by Shanan E. Peters and Dylan P. Loss on "Storm and fair-weather wave base: A relevant distinction?" (posted online ahead of print 10 April 2012). This story was also picked up by Yahoo! News via LiveScience.
[ Peters and Loss abstract | Our Amazing Planet ]

The Geology study, "Widespread weathered glass on the surface of Mars," by Briony Horgan and James F. Bell III (posted online ahead of print 26 Mar.) is highlighted in a 15 April New Scientist post and a 26 April Astrobiology Magazine article (which was picked up on Yahoo! News 1 May).
[ Horgan and Bell abstract | New Scientist | Astrobiology ]

The 2012 GSA North-Central Section Meeting in Dayton, Ohio, on 23–24 April made news when local amateur geologist Ron Fine, a member of the local group "Dry Dredgers," brought his large fossil find to the meeting, hoping GSA scientists could help identify it. The story was first picked up by Fox News on 24 April, and more than a dozen news outlets followed. Descriptions of the fossil (which was discovered in elliptical pieces) range from "mystery sea beast" to "Godzillus."
[ Fox News | EarthSky | Durango Herald | MSNBC | Huffington Post ]

Student science at the GSA Southeastern Section Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina, on 1–2 April also made news. Concord University undergraduate student Joseph J. Pritt presented a study titled, "Better understanding the early eruptive history of Mt. St. Helens through improved microanalysis of tephra glasses." His work, supported by his advisor Stephen C. Kuehn, was highlighted by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on 30 April.
[ Pritt and Kuehn abstract | Bluefield Daily Telegraph ]
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GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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  1. The Great Chilean Earthquake (M9.5) occurred on 22 May in what year?
  2. Specimen Ridge, which features fossil tree stumps, is located in what U.S. National Park?
  3. What is the name of the mud volcano that began erupting in East Java, Indonesia, on 29 May 2006?

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