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September 2013

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 11, no. 9

In this issue …

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Colorado Floods
125th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Exposition
Membership Matters
Penrose Conference Announcement
Publications
Education & Outreach
Government Affairs & Public Policy

Of Note
Employment Opportunities
GSA's Connected Community
Speaking of Geoscience
Associated Societies
On the Wire…
GSA Geoscience Trivia • 125th Anniversary Edition

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COLORADO FLOODS
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Boulder flooding
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GSA Status & Red Cross Efforts
Many of you know that GSA is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and you are likely aware of the extraordinarily heavy rains that have recently caused flooding of historic proportions in our area. The GSA HQ property is undamaged and our staff is safe (if not completely unscathed), but throughout the area, homes, property, and lives have been lost, for which we are deeply saddened. Therefore, we are supporting the local Red Cross chapter in their disaster relief efforts. If you would like to make a contribution on behalf of The Geological Society of America, please click here. We thank you for your support, and we look forward to welcoming you to Denver in October!

Late-Breaking Session
Colorado Convention Center, Tuesday, 29 Oct.
GSA technical session organizers are bringing together a late-breaking session covering the devastation of the recent flooding along the Colorado Front Range. More details will be posted online as they become available.
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125th ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL MEETING & EXPOSITION
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don't be left out
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Celebrating Advances in Geoscience: Our science, our societal impact, and our unique thought processes
27–30 October • Denver, Colorado, USA

Annual Meeting Housing: Don't delay — book now! Rooms are being reserved quickly, and we continue to add inventory to keep up with the booking pace. The longer you wait, the more limited the selection.
[ Make your hotel reservation today ]

Come celebrate the 125th Anniversary with your colleagues!
• Listen to fantastic science;
• Experience outstanding lectures;
• Hear live music;
• Enjoy our special label Field Assistant Ale;
Register in advance to save time & have your badge waiting for you when you arrive;
• Students: Attend one or more of GSA's popular Mentor Programs for advice, free food, and networking opportunities;
• Boost your skills with GSA's Annual Meeting Short Courses;
• Pick up something nice at the GSA Foundation's Silent Auction.
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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Renew Today!
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Renew Your Membership NOW at a Reduced Rate!
Discount applies through 15 December — Don't wait and chance missing the lower rate!
Renew by 15 Dec. to save 15% on your 2014 membership. Discount applies to members from high income countries. Those from non-high income countries qualify for reduced dues.

When you renew for 2014, you'll have the opportunity to:
  • Subscribe to GSA's premier journals;
  • Join any number of GSA's 17 specialty Divisions and 7 regional Sections; and
  • Support students, research, and education by making a voluntary contribution to the GSA Foundation.
[ renew my membership ]
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PENROSE CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
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Penrose Conference
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Linkages and Feedbacks in Orogenic Processes — A Conference Honoring the Career of Robert D. Hatcher Jr.
30 March–4 April 2014 • Asheville, North Carolina, USA
This conference will be a balance of three days of field excursions and three days of talks and poster presentations. Field trips transect the southern Appalachian Valley and Ridge, Blue Ridge, and Inner Piedmont (two days) and examine the multiply reactivated Brevard fault zone and the extensive deformation and metamorphism in the Neoacadian core of the southern Appalachians (one day). Applications due by 1 Dec.
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PUBLICATIONS
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Special Paper 497
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NEW in the GSA Store
Special Paper 497
The Columbia River Flood Basalt Province
Edited by Stephen P. Reidel, Victor E. Camp, Martin E. Ross, John A. Wolff, Barton S. Martin, Terry L. Tolan, and Ray E. Wells, this comprehensive, 17-chapter book exposes further the already well-exposed Columbia River flood basalt province.

Seeking Science Editors
GSA's internationally recognized publications, GSA Today, GSA Bulletin, Lithosphere, and GSA books, invite applications and nominations for science editors, with terms to begin in January 2015.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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geoscience careers
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New! Geoscience Career Program — Connecting Industry and Students
Sat.–Sun., 26–27 Oct. • Denver, Colorado, USA
Highlight your research and begin a dialogue with representatives from a variety of companies. This program is free, but advance registration is required.
[ learn more ]
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2nd International EarthCache Mega Event
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2nd Annual EarthCacheTM Event a Success
The 2nd International EarthCache Event (2IEE) on 7 Sept. in St. George, Utah, USA, was a big success. Attendees — more than 350 of them — had a wonderful opportunity to learn about the local geology as well as share ideas and information about EarthCaches around the world. The next event — 3IEE — will be held on 11 Oct. 2014 in Duncan, Vancouver Island, Canada, the week before GSA's Annual Meeting in Vancouver.
[ learn more | EarthCache on Facebook ]
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY
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helium
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GSA Calls on Congress to Approve Legislation to Secure Helium Supply
GSA joined a coalition of industry, universities, and scientific societies to ask Congress to urgently approve legislation to secure the helium supply. Helium is an essential component of a large number of manufacturing processes and a key material for the scientific research community. Without congressional action, the Federal Helium Reserve — a federal facility that provides approx. 50% of domestic supplies of helium — will no longer be authorized to sell helium to private entities after 7 Oct. 2013.
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OF NOTE
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USGS
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September is National Preparedness Month
The U.S. Geological Survey notes that September is National Preparedness Month, a time to highlight the threats posed by natural hazards and the importance for individuals and communities to be prepared.
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Golden Spike Dedication Ceremony
Cenomanian-Turonian Boundary • Lake Pueblo State Park, Colorado, USA
You are invited to take part in the dedication ceremony for signage marking the Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary at Lake Pueblo State Park in Pueblo, Colorado, USA, on 25 Oct. 2013 at 10:30 a.m. This event occurs just before the start of GSA's Annual Meeting in Denver (27–30 Oct.).
[ learn more ]
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NAGT Geo2YC Division News
Geoscience Resources for Today's Two-Year College Instructors & More
The Sept. 2013 edition of NAGT's Foundations newsletter is now online with several interesting articles, including coverage of GSA's On To the Future program by Marjorie Chan (p. 3) and an opinion piece on NSF STEM stimulation by Jill Karsten (p. 10).
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GSA's Executive Director Honored for Distinguished Service
GSA Executive Director Jack Hess was recently selected to receive the "Distinguished Eagle Scout Award" from the Boy Scouts of America, for which he is an active long-time volunteer. The award honors distinguished service in his profession and to his community for a period of at least 25 years after attaining the level of Eagle Scout.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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GSA Headquarters
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Work at GSA HQ in Boulder, Colorado, USA!
Current openings:
Meetings Manager (posted 24 Sept.)
Manager, Membership Recruitment and Programs (posted 6 Sept.)
Editorial Assistant (posted 5 Aug.)
Education & Outreach Assistant (posted 2 Aug)
Executive Director of STEPPE (posted 15 May)

Classified Advertising
Each month, GSA Today publishes numerous ads for job postings, and even more job opportunities are posted online!
[ find geoscience jobs ]
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GSA's CONNECTED COMMUNITY
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Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration
Join your colleagues in GSA's Connected Community — a place for members to build relationships and share knowledge. Log in to community.geosociety.org to get started.
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SPEAKING OF GEOSCIENCE
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New Blog Posts
Micah J Jessup, University of Tennessee–Knoxville:
Mid-crustal processes in the Himalaya (28 Aug.)

GSA Founders Series:
William John McGee (13 Sept.)
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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.
[ monthly Associated Society highlights ]
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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Formations Symphony
The Formations Symphony, written by Jeffrey Nytch in honor of GSA's 125th Aniversary, made its debut in Boulder on 8 Sept. Several articles were written in advance of the event, including a 30 Aug. Boulder Daily Camera article, "Boulder Philharmonic feels rock solid about geology tie"; a 4 Sept. Boulder Weekly article, "Interview: Jeffrey Nytch: Composer explains interplay between geology and his music"; and a 5 Sept. Boulder Weekly article, "Inspired by the earth: Boulder Phil kicks off season with geologic symphony."

Geology science by A.R. van Eaton and colleagues, "High-flying diatoms: Widespread dispersal of microorganisms in an explosive volcanic eruption," is covered by LiveScience in a well-illustrated 23 Sept. Discovery News (beta) article.

The Geology article by K.A. Lang and colleagues, "Erosion of the Tsangpo Gorge by megafloods, Eastern Himalaya," which was first published online on 22 July 2013, is highlighted in the 23 August Science "Editor's Choice" section.

A 23 Aug. LiveScience article covers Geology science by D. Loope and colleagues, "Jurassic earthquake sequence recorded by multiple generations of sand blows, Zion National Park, Utah, which was published ahead of print on 12 August 2013.

September 2013 Geology science by G. Robert and colleagues, "Rheological controls on the emplacement of extremely high-grade ignimbrites," is highlighted in a 29 Aug. Yahoo! News article.

A 9 Sept. Midwest Energy News article covers Geology science by I.D. Clark and colleagues, "Paleozoic-aged brine and authigenic helium preserved in an Ordovician shale aquiclude," which was posted online ahead of print on 11 July 2013.
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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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Denver layers
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1. GSA's 2000 Presidential Address, "Grand Challenges in Earth and Environmental Sciences: Science, Stewardship, and Service for the Twenty-First Century," was delivered by which GSA Fellow?

2. How many feet of layers underlie the Denver basin?

3. GSA has 17 specialty Divisions — how many of them can you join?

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