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June 2013

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 11, no. 6

In this issue …

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Celebrating GSA's 125th Anniversary
Meetings
Education & Outreach
Publications
Geology & Public Policy

Associated Societies
Of Note
Calendar Closeups
Speaking of Geoscience
On the Wire…
GSA Geoscience Trivia • 125th Anniversary Edition

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CELEBRATING GSA's 125th ANNIVERSARY
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On To the Future
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On To the Future
Application deadline: 31 July
GSA and the GSA Diversity in the Geosciences Committee are delighted to announce this grassroots initiative! "On To the Future" (OTF) will provide support for up to 125 students from underrepresented groups to attend their first GSA Annual Meeting in honor of the Society's 125th anniversary. OTF scholars will have opportunities to network with geoscientists, attend cutting-edge talks, and participate in a variety of annual meeting activities. GSA contacts: Divya Puri, Gary Lewis, and Marjorie Chan.
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MEETINGS
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Convention Center
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VISIT DENVER.
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125th Anniversary Annual Meeting
27–30 October • Denver, Colorado, USA
Celebrating Advances in Geoscience:
Our science, our societal impact, and our unique thought processes

Abstracts (deadline: 6 August)
Registration is now open!
Hotels
Childcare
Student Volunteers
Travel Grants (International Travel Grant deadline: 5 July)
Short Courses
Space Requests (submit by 8 July and have your event listed in the program book)
NEW:
Announcing GSA Conference TV
The Annual Meeting is on the GSA Connected Community
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MEDGEO Conference
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MEDGEO 2013
5th International Conference on Medical Geology
25–29 August • Arlington, Virginia, USA
Register now to take advantage of lower rates and ensure your spot in workshops and on tours. Rooms are still available at the meeting venue (Hilton Crystal City Hotel). Make your reservation today before all the rooms are taken.
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GSA's North American Sections
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Section Meetings
GSA sends a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the 2013 Section Meetings! The GSA Section Meetings are ideal settings for the exchange of fresh science, and they couldn't succeed without your involvement — from local committee organizers to attendees — everyone has a part in these meetings.

2014 Section Meetings are already in the planning stages. Have a look!

Would you like to see a meeting in your city? GSA's Sections are looking for places of interest to host meetings in 2016 and beyond.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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NPS Mojave GeoCorps
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GeoCorpsTM America
Fall/Winter 2013–2014 Positions Now Open!
Deadline for applications: 1 July
Developing geoscience education materials for Kenai Fjords National Park; inventorying springs and other hydrological features at Colorado National Monument; developing GIS and cartographic products for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area — these are just a few examples of the paid short-term geoscience projects planned for the upcoming fall/winter season. Geoscientists of all levels are invited to apply.
[ learn more | GeoCorps on Facebook | GeoCorps on Twitter ]
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2nd Annual EarthCache Event
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2nd Annual EarthCacheTM Mega Event
Saturday, 7 September • St. George, Utah, USA
Join this annual event to get out in the field and learn about EarthCaching, interact with EarthCachers from around the globe, meet EarthCache developers and reviewers, find local EarthCaches, and engage in many other exciting and educational activities. Let Earth be your teacher!
[ registration is now open | EarthCache on Facebook ]
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Emerging Workforce Trends report
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NEW NRC Report
Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action
Download the report and/or log in to view GSA's 23 May webinar with Leigh Freeman and Jerry Ventre (cosponsored by GSA and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration).
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PUBLICATIONS
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Books
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Expanded Special Paper Archive
GSA recently digitized the remainder of its Special Paper e-book archive back to 1934, volume 1. Browse the complete history at http://specialpapers.gsapubs.org/content/by/year. These titles are available through institutional subscription, Bloc of Docs, and pay per view. Bloc of Doc prices can be as low as $4 per chapter or book, depending on whether it is an edited volume.

What's Your Problem; What's Your Point?
An Early Career Workshop on Writing Scholarly Papers
Recent PhDs and graduate students: Learn how to best prepare your scholarly papers for publication at this workshop to be held at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Denver.
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GEOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY
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New GSA Position Statement DRAFT — Managing U.S. Coastal Hazards
Comments due 15 July
This position statement summarizes the main geologic hazards along U.S. coasts and urges scientists and policy makers to collaborate toward integrating geoscience information into policy and management actions in order to reduce the nation's vulnerability.
[ read the draft (PDF) | comment ]

GSA Science Policy Fellowship — Work in Washington D.C.!
GSA is seeking applicants for its Science Policy Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides a recent M.S. or Ph.D. degree recipient the opportunity to work in GSA's Washington D.C. office for one year.
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GSA Supports NSF Merit Review Process
In a letter sent to members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, GSA joined with a coalition of 110 scientific organizations to advocate that "NSF's system of support for basic research be based upon excellence, competitive scientific merit, and peer-review."
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ASSOCIATED SOCIETIES
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Associated Societies
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125 Years of Collaboration
GSA has a long tradition of collaborating with partners in pursuit of our mutual goals of advancing the geosciences, enhancing the professional growth of Society members, and promoting the geosciences in the service of humanity. Our Associated Societies are a major part of this collaboration — so we are highlighting a few each month.
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OF NOTE
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trilobite from May 2011 Geology cover
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Molting Trilobites
An animated reconstruction of the infaunal molting in trilobites, which was published as supplementary material to a May 2011 Geology paper by by Juan J. Rustán and colleagues, "Infaunal molting in Trilobita and escalatory responses against predation," will be featured in an upcoming National Geographic TV special, "Alien Crab."
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CALENDAR CLOSEUPS
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Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) & SEG Canada Foundation
Whistler 2013: Geoscience for Discovery
2427 Sept.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
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SPEAKING OF GEOSCIENCE
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New Blog Posts
Matt Hudson:
What Will Happen to References? (14 June)

Mark C. Quigley:
Earthquake clustering, complex fault ruptures, and the geologic record (28 May)

GSA Founders Series:
John Strong Newberry (31 May)
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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Pretty Rocks = Violent Collisions
The Geology study by R.J. Stern and colleagues, "Plate tectonic gemstones," posted online ahead of print on 9 May 2013, is detailed in a 13 June New York Times article. The paper also received attention on LiveScience on 28 May (and this story was picked up by Yahoo! News, Fox News, and Mother Nature Network).

The Strain near Spain
A 13 June LiveScience article covers Geology science by J.C. Duarte and colleagues, "Are subduction zones invading the Atlantic? Evidence from the southwest Iberia margin," which was posted online on 6 June 2013. The study is also detailed in 17 June Christian Science Monitor and NewScientist articles.

Cordilleran Highlights
Science presented at GSA's 2013 Cordilleran Section Meeting was covered by a 22 May Fresno Bee article as well as three About.com:Geology blog posts: 20 May, 22 May, and 23 May.

Tools for Scientists — Beyond the Rock Hammer
Scientist-communicators who can present messages clearly and foster respect between science and the lay public are essential for true public engagement with critical scientific issues. GSA is presenting Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists, an Annual Meeting workshop from the AAAS, with guidance on how to hone your public communication and outreach skills and the opportunity to practice in a safe and comfortable setting.
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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GSA GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA • 125th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
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1992 GSA President
1992 GSA President
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1. Who said, in his 1992 GSA Presidential Address, "Science is too important to be left to the scientists"?

2. What and when was Colorado's "long neck meadow"?

3. GSA has 17 specialty Divisions. Which one has the broadest study area?

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