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October 2013

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 11, no. 10

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125th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Exposition
Education & Outreach
Publications
Government Affairs & Public Policy
International Affairs
Penrose Conference Announcement

STEPPE
Employment Opportunities
GSA's Connected Community
Speaking of Geoscience
On the Wire…
GSA Geoscience Trivia • 125th Anniversary Edition
Membership Matters

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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

• If you have already registered for the meeting, thank you! If not, it's not too late to register NOW and sign up for short courses, field trips, and other events at the same time.
If you haven't made your hotel reservation, space is limited, but rooms are still available. Contact the Visit Denver housing bureau for more information and to make a reservation.
For the 125th anniversary celebration, in addition to our technical sessions, we have a wide array of non-technical events.
Short courses just before the meeting offer helpful information, dynamic classroom interactions, and CEUs. Sign up while classes are still open!
• This year we have more exciting science than ever beforebrowse the technical program to discover which presentations you want to see.
• Want to see what the meeting has to offer on the go? Download the mobile app.
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Jamestown flood
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2013 Colorado Floods: Late-Breaking Field Trip & Technical Session
Saturday Field Trip: Effects of the 2013 Front Range flood on low-order streams and alluvial terraces near Boulder, Colorado, USA.
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Tuesday Session: The 2013 Colorado Flood Event: A Perfect Storm Hits a Dynamic Landscape — Causes, Processes, and Effects.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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Two-Year College Faculty Stipend
Two-year college faculty (teaching at least half time): You're eligible for a $100 stipend if you're registered for the meeting and attend a GSA Short Course! Thanks to Subaru of America, up to 45 faculty will receive this reimbursement.
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PUBLICATIONS
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Special Paper 496
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NEW in the GSA Store
Special Paper 496
The Volcanic Geology of the Mid-Arc Island of Dominica, Lesser Antilles—The Surface Expression of an Island-Arc Batholith
By A.L. Smith, M.J. Roobol, G.S. Mattioli, J.E. Fryxell, G.E. Daly, and L.A. Fernandez
Using results from geological mapping, detailed stratigraphy, mineral chemistry, and geochemistry, the authors have developed a model to explain characteristics of Dominica not seen on many island-arcs worldwide. The model suggests that during the Pleistocene partial melting of the island-arc crust generated a single magma body of batholithic proportions beneath the island.
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Special Papers 500, 501, and 502
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125th Anniversary Special Papers
The following three books were produced for GSA's 125th Anniversary:
Special Paper 500
Edited by Marion E. Bickford
The Web of Geological Sciences: Advances, Impacts, and Interactions
This volume covers many of the important advances in the geological sciences from 1963 to 2013, including plate tectonics, exploration of the Moon and Mars, new computing and analytical technologies, and understanding of the role of microbiology in geologic processes.

Special Paper 501
Edited by Marion E. Bickford
The Impact of the Geological Sciences on Society
Preeminent applied scientists address the impact of the geological sciences, from 1963 to 2013, on such areas as geologic hazards, mineral and soil resources, energy resources, water resources, geology and health, geoscience education, and public policy.

Special Paper 502
Edited by Victor R. Baker
Rethinking the Fabric of Geology
Philosophy of science is a more nuanced subject than it was in 1963 when C.C. Albritton Jr.'s Fabric of Geology was published. This updated volume explores a number of philosophical issues in geology, ranging from its nature as a historical science to implications for geoscience education.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY
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helium
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Helium Bill Floats into Law
In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress approved legislation to provide continued access to the Federal Helium Reserve. President Obama signed The Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 (S. 527) into law on 2 Oct.
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Geoscientists Shake Up Capitol Hill
17–18 Sept.: More than 70 geoscientists from 12 societies, including representatives from GSA's Executive Committee and Geology & Society Division, came to Washington, D.C., to advocate for geoscience funding as part of Geosciences Congressional Visits Day. Participants held about 150 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss the importance to the nation of geoscience education research.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
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Global Geoparks
Ten sites in nine countries added to Global Geoparks Network
UNESCO's Global Geoparks Network links geological heritage sites of international importance, rarity, or beauty that serve to promote sustainable development for local communities.
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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
Applications due 1 Dec.
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STEPPE
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Call for STEPPE Workshop Proposals
STEPPE = "Sedimentary Geology, Time, Environment, Paleontology, Paleoclimate, and Energy"
STEPPE is a new office funded by the Geological Society of America, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), the Paleontological Society, and the U.S. National Science Foundation to facilitate communication and collaboration for researchers and educators studying the deep-time sedimentary crust and the history of life. Organizers are seeking workshop proposals on deep-time sedimentary crust and fossil record research — due by 15 Nov. 2013.
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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:
Online Communications Manager — STEPPE (posted 8 Oct.)
Meetings Manager (posted 24 Sept.)
Education & Outreach Assistant (posted 2 Aug)

Classified Advertising
Each month, GSA Today publishes numerous ads for job postings, and even more job opportunities are posted online!
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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. If you're coming to the meeting, you could win a $125 gift card just for having your photo taken (FREE) and adding it to your profile on the Connected Community!
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SPEAKING OF GEOSCIENCE
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New Blog Posts
Sarah Titus:
My liberal arts life (28 Sept.)

GSA Founders Series:
Henry Bradford Nason (4 Oct.)
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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Annual Meeting News: Media coverage of GSA's upcoming Annual Meeting has already started. Read articles and blog posts HERE.

October 2013 GSA Today science by G.M. Young, "Evolution of Earth's climatic system: Evidence from ice ages, isotopes, and impacts," is illustrated in a 14 Oct. Astrobiology Magazine post.

The Sept. 2013 GSA Today science article by N. Noffke and S. Awramik, "Stromatolites and MISS — Differences between relatives," is detailed in a 26 Sept. Astrobiology Magazine post.

Geology science by A.A. Klompmaker and colleagues, "The influence of reefs on the rise of Mesozoic marine crustaceans," first posted online 6 Sept. 2013, is detailed in a 25 Sept. National Geographic "Phenonema" blog post (written by Brian Switek).

An article for LiveScience about the Geology study by A.R. van Eaton and colleagues, "High-flying diatoms: Widespread dispersal of microorganisms in an explosive volcanic eruption," was picked up by NBC News on 23 Sept.

A 19 Sept. Discovery Earth News article covers Geology science by J.E. Podgorski and colleagues, "Paleo-megalake and paleo-megafan in southern Africa," which was posted online ahead of print on 6 Sept. 2013.

A 1 Oct. Los Angeles Times article covers October 2013 Geology science, "A stable and hot Turonian without glacial δ18O excursions is indicated by exquisitely preserved Tanzanian foraminifera," by K.G. MacLeod and colleagues. The study was also covered by Astrobiology Magazine on 26 Sept.

A 3 Oct. Billings Outpost article, "Rocky professors win major research award," highlights the GSA/ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Camp awards.

A 13 Oct. About.com: Geology blog post, ""EarthCaches: Lessons in Your GPS Unit," discusses GSA's EarthCache program.
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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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Boulder flooding
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1. The 1995 GSA Presidential Address, "If geologists went on strike, would anybody notice?" was written by what former GSA Executive Director?

2. What was the average rainfall for Boulder County, Colorado, during the week of catastrophic flooding from 9 Sept. to 15 Sept. 2013?

3. GSA has 17 specialty Divisions. Which one will host the Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecture "The Mountains Are Falling Apart …" at this year's annual meeting?

check your answers
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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Renew by 15 Dec. to save 15% on your 2014 membership. This discount applies to members from high income countries. Those from non-high income countries qualify for reduced dues.

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