Special AM Edition
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From GSA President George Davis and Executive Director Jack Hess:
In the wake of the destructive impact of Hurricane Sandy along the East Coast and inland, we send our thoughts to those who are suffering, those who have lost loved ones, and to citizens, emergency relief professionals, and officials starting the process of recovery. For those who are heading to Charlotte, we wish safe travels. If you are looking for a way to help out, you might consider a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in the name of GSA.
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Travel Options from the Airport & Around Town
Things to See & Do
Program & Presenter Information
Short Courses
GSA's Connected Communities


Especially for Students
Housekeeping
Buzz about the Meeting
Membership Matters

Read the premeeting issue (29 Oct.)

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SAFE TRAVELS TO CHARLOTTE! — Saturday, 3 November 2012
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weather
Downtown Charlotte Weather Forecast

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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Travel From the Airport & Around Town
Google Maps

From the airport:
Airport Ground Transportation Info
Sprinter Bus

Around town:
Lynx Blue Line Light Rail
Gold Rush Trollies
Sprinter Bus
Charlotte Area Bus Routes
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THINGS TO SEE & DO
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Charlotte Convention Center

Charlotte Guide QR code
Geologists' Guide to Charlotte


Self-Guided Field Trip
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TONIGHT—Charlotte Icebreaker
Charlotte Convention Center, Crown Ballroom
5–7 p.m.
Everyone is invited to this meeting kickoff party — Enjoy a beer, enter drawings for great prizes, and meet with friends, old and new.

Charlotte's Got a Lot!
Arriving early in Charlotte or looking for things to do during the meeting?
GSA attendees are being offered some great discounts at local establishments.
[ learn more ]

Geologists' Guide to Charlotte
Your colleagues have put together this handy guide to Charlotte with their favorite locales and activities.
[ download guide (PDF) ]

Take a Self-Guided Field Trip
Building Stone Walking Tour
We invite you to enjoy this walking tour to learn about the stones used in uptown Charlotte for building and infrastructure.
[ learn more | download guide (PDF) | Google map ]
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PROGRAM & PRESENTER INFORMATION
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program book Download a PDF of
the Program Book


Keep it green!
The program book and Abstracts with Programs are printed with 50% total recovered fiber.
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Registration
Get Your Badges & Program Books Here!
Advanced Registration Desk
Charlotte Convention Center, Concourse A
Hours today: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Presenter Information
Speaker Ready Room
Charlotte Convention Center, Room 216AB
Hours today: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The best way to remember to prep your talk at the Speaker Ready Room is to stop there right after you pick up your badge!
[ learn more ]

Poster Presentations
If you have questions, stop by the Poster Information Desk, Exhibit Hall B, in the Charlotte Convention Center.
[ digital & poster presentations ]
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SHORT COURSES
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Short Courses
All GSA Short Courses Will be Held at UNC Charlotte–Center City
[ directions (PDF) | parking map (PDF) ]
An information desk will be staffed on the first floor when you arrive. You do NOT need to visit GSA registration at the Charlotte Convention Center for your meeting badge prior to your course.

Paleontological Society Short Course
Reconstructing Earth's Deep-Time Climate—The State of the Art in 2012
Charlotte Convention Center, Ballroom B
Today, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. No registration necessary.
[ learn more ]
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GSA's CONNECTED COMMUNITIES
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Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Connect on LinkedIn
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Communicate with Each Other!
Participate in the Meeting from Anywhere via Twitter
Follow @geosociety and meeting hashtag #GEO2012. Let folks know you're Tweeting the Meeting by adding your info to our Twitter Roll.

Add Your Blog to Our Blog Roll
We'll be checking blogs throughout the meeting and will post links to your content in our online media center.

Use the secure GSA Annual Meeting Bulletin Board to communicate directly with fellow GSA members regarding travel, room sharing, and more.
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ESPECIALLY FOR STUDENTS
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Student Volunteers
Thank you for helping us put on this meeting!
Student Volunteer Office
Charlotte Convention Center, VIP Suite Room 102
Hours today: 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Before your first job, please pick up your name badge, work schedule, meeting program, etc., in the Student Volunteer Office.

Note: The office will likely be very busy this afternoon before the Icebreaker party (5–7 p.m.).
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HOUSEKEEPING NOTES
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Keep it green!
Before you leave home: Unplug all phantom power vampires (power strips and the like) and turn down your water heater.
RECYCLE your badges, badge holders, and program books in the registration area after the meeting.
At your hotel: Keep maid service to a minimum, reuse your towels, and turn off the lights when you head out for the Convention Center.

Travel Grant Checks
Please Pick Up Your Checks at the Annual Meeting Office
Charlotte Convention Center, VIP Suite Room 104
Fri.–Wed., 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Any checks not picked up by the end of the meeting will be voided. Photo ID required.

Lost & Found
Don't let this happen to you! Every year, GSA takes home things that aren't ours. If you misplace something while at the Convention Center, pleases check the Lost & Found Desk on Concourse A.
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BUZZ ABOUT THE MEETING
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Blogs
Let us know about your blog! Add it to the meeting blog roll or e-mail your post directly to Kea Giles, .
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New GSA Press Releases
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New Press Releases Received
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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Renew Today!

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Renew Early & Receive a Reduced Rate!
Renew your 2013 membership by 15 December and save 15%. This discount applies to members from high-income countries; those from non–high income countries already qualify for reduced dues.

When you renew for 2013, you'll have the opportunity to

  • Subscribe to GSA's premier journals;
  • Join any number of GSA's 17 specialty Divisions;
  • Affiliate with another of GSA's seven regional Sections; and
  • Support students, research, and education by making a contribution to the GSA Foundation.
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Stop by the Membership booth in the Exhibit Hall during the meeting to meet with GSA staff and renew in person!
QR Get the Mobile Meeting App!

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time change
Turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight! Sunday marks the beginning of daylight savings time in the U.S.
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U.S. Election Day
6 Nov. 2012

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