Special Premeeting Edition
Editor's note: You are receiving this e-newsletter because you have registered for the annual meeting. We have put together the most up-to-date information and highlights below. To keep you informed, and to share photos and stories from each day's events, you will also receive a daily version of this e-newsletter, beginning on Saturday. Look for it in your in-box each morning! Click here for a Web version.
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Travel Options
Hotels & Lodging
Registration & Presenter Information
2013 Colorado Floods
Short Courses
Scientific Field Trips
Things to See & Do


GSA's Connected Community
Especially for Students
Exhibits
Geology & Public Policy
Housekeeping
Jobs & Mentor Programs
Buzz about the Meeting
Membership Matters

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COUNTING DOWN TO DENVER
Longs Peak by ProfPete
Longs Peak, Colo. — elev. 14,259 ft (4346 m). Photo by ProfPete, Wikimedia Commons.
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High-Altitude Tips
At 5,280 feet above sea level, Denver truly is the "Mile-High City." For those folks not accustomed to higher altitudes, we have the following tips:
• Drink plenty of water as you travel & while you're here;
• Take it easy & limit your physical exertion on your first day;
• Remember that alcoholic beverages have a stronger impact the higher you go;
• Dress in layers — Colorado weather can change in an instant;
• Protect your skin from Colorado's higher UVs.
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Downtown Denver Weather Forecast
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Travel from the Airport
[ Denver International Airport (DIA) | DIA ground trans. info ]

Getting Around Town
[ find your links here | Denver map (PDF) | see it in pictures ]

Learn more on the Denver Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

Need a Safe Place to Stow Your Coat & Luggage?
Convention Center Luggage Check
Location: Lobby F
Hours: Sun.–Wed., 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fees: $3 per item
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HOTELS & LODGING
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Hotel Information
[ hotel details | downtown/hotel map (PDF) ]

To change or cancel a reservation please contact your hotel directly. It's very important that you notify your hotel if you will not be arriving on the day originally planned; this is the only way they will know to hold your room for you.
[ learn more ]

Still haven't made a reservation? Please call the hotels directly. If you have difficulty finding a hotel with availability, you can e-mail the Visit Denver/GSA Housing Bureau, .
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REGISTRATION & PRESENTER INFORMATION
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Info & Extras
Exhibits
Maps
Sessions/Index
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Registration
On-Site Registration/Advanced Registration Desk Hours
Colorado Convention Center, Lobby F (near the blue bear)
Sat., 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sun., 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Mon.–Tues., 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wed., 7 a.m.–11 a.m.
Please note: All speakers must register for the meeting.

Get Your Badges & Program Books Here!
You can pick up your badge and program book at the Advanced Registration desk, beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Desks will be labeled alphabetically by last name.

Speaker Ready Room
Colorado Convention Center, Room 210/212
Sat., 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sun.–Tues., 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Wed., 6:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
The best way to remember to run through your talk in the Speaker Ready Room is to stop there right after you pick up your badge.
[ learn more | digital & poster presentations ]
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2013 COLORADO FLOODS
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2013 Jamestown CO flood
Damage from flooding in Jamestown, Colo. Photo courtesy FEMA.
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Late-Breaking Field Trip & Technical Session
Pre-Meeting Scientific Field Trip
Learn about the effects of the 2013 Front Range flood on low-order streams and alluvial terraces near Boulder, Colorado, USA.
[ learn more ]

Tuesday Morning Session
The 2013 Colorado Flood Event: A Perfect Storm Hits a Dynamic Landscape — Causes, Processes, and Effects.
[ learn more ]
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SHORT COURSES
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Short Courses
Courses run on Friday and Saturday, 25–26 Oct. Check the meeting website for descriptions and availability.
If you did not sign up for a course when you registered for the meeting, please call GSA Sales & Service (+1-303-357-1000, option 3), and we will be happy to add a Short Course to your meeting program. Course locations include the Colorado Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Colorado Convention Center, the Auraria Campus, and Boulder. Please bring your laptop fully charged; we will not have power cords.
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SCIENTIFIC FIELD TRIPS
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Field Trips May Still Be Open
Want to go on a trip but forgot to add it to your registration? There's still time!
Please call GSA's Sales & Service team at 1-888-443-4472, option 3, to check for availability and to sign up. Once you're at the meeting, you can check with folks at the on-site registration desk in the Colorado Convention Center, Lobby F.
[ learn more ]

Even if you don't go on a trip, you won't want to miss this field guide! Pick up a copy of Classic Concepts and New Directions: Exploring 125 Years of GSA Discoveries in the Rocky Mountain Region, edited by Lon Abbott and Gregory S. Hancock, in the Exhibit Hall at the GSA Bookstore while you're onsite. And check out the late-breaking field trip being led by Lon Abbott and others right before the meeting.
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THINGS TO SEE & DO
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The Mile-High City — A Site Just for Geologists
Find noteworthy restaurants; get discount coupons for area attractions including the Morrison Natural History Museum, Denver B-Cycle, and the Downtown Aquarium; and use the travel carbon calculator.
[ GSA's Visit Denver site ]

Public Lecture: Scott Sampson of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
For the Love of Nature: Bridging the Human-Nature Divide in the 21st Century
Saturday, 26 Oct., 2–3:30 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 2AB/3AB
In this presentation brought to you by the Geological Society of America and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Scott Sampson charts a pathway toward a nature-rich future. This free lecture is open to everyone; no registration required.

Icebreaker
Saturday, 26 Oct., 5–7 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 1A-F
You don't need a ticket for this meeting kickoff party — just come on down! Have a beer, meet with friends, and enjoy live music with Redline Radio, a Denver top-40 cover band ('50s to current).
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Golden Spike Dedication Ceremony
Cenomanian-Turonian Boundary
Lake Pueblo State Park, Colorado, USA

Friday, 25 Oct., 10:30 a.m.
You are invited to the dedication ceremony for signage marking the Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary right here in Colorado just before the annual meeting. Note: Pueblo is about a 2-hr drive south of Denver.
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GSA's CONNECTED COMMUNITY
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GSA Connected Community
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Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Connect on LinkedIn
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Connect with Each Other!
New this year: Your meeting registration automatically enrolls you in GSA's attendee-only community, where you can connect with others, participate in discussions, promote your session, ask questions about Denver, organize meetups — whatever you wish. Be sure to update your subscription preferences so you can receive e-mail notifications about community activity. If you've never logged in to the community before, you will need to activate your profile. Here's how. Oh, and one more thing … You could win $125 just for uploading your photo!

Participate in the Meeting from Anywhere via Twitter. Follow @geosociety and meeting hashtag #GSA125. Let folks know you're Tweeting the Meeting by adding your info to our Twitter Roll.
Look for Updates & Post Your Meeting Photos on Facebook.
Add Your Blog to Our Blog Roll.

Read our policy statement about tweeting & blogging at the meeting.
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ESPECIALLY FOR STUDENTS
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volunteers
YOU make the meeting!
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Student Volunteers
Thank you for helping to support this meeting!
Student Volunteer Office
Colorado Convention Center, Room 204
Fri., 7 a.m.–5 p.m. • Sat.–Wed., 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: Saturday afternoon will be very busy before the Icebreaker party (5–7 p.m.). E-mail questions and concerns to Heather Clark, .
[ find room 204 ]

Travel Grant Checks
Please Pick Up Your Checks at the Annual Meeting Office
Colorado Convention Center, Room 206
Fri.–Wed., 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Any checks not picked up by the end of the meeting will be voided. If you applied for a travel grant and are unsure if you were awarded one, please stop by and we will check our master list. Photo ID required.

A Student Conference within A Conference
You'll find a variety of events created to enrich your experience in Denver and to provide opportunities to engage with other young geoscientists.
[ learn more ]
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EXHIBITS
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Before We Say Anything Else ...
THANKS to all of this year's fantastic exhibitors!
[ exhibitors | interactive Exhibit Hall map ]

Campus Connection
Looking for the graduate school information forum? It's still here, but better! Save time & money and come interview with the best geoscience graduate programs in the country, all in one place!
[ learn more ]

A Silent Auction People are Buzzing About
Find treasures at the GSA Foundation's silent auction that you won't see anywhere else. All proceeds go to GSA's On To the Future program.
[ learn more ]
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GEOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY
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Geology and Society Distinguished Lecture:
"Why People Trust Scientists but Not Science: Climate Denial in Context"
Richard F. Harris
NPR Science Correspondent
Colorado Convention Center, Room 401
Tues., 29 Oct., 4:45–5:45 p.m.
While scientists are highly respected by the public, many people don't accept broadly held scientific findings regarding climate change. Harris will examine this paradox.
[ more G&PP meeting news ]
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HOUSEKEEPING
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Keep it green!
• The Annual Meeting program and Abstracts with Programs books are printed with 50% total recovered fiber (10% post-consumer).
Before you leave home: Unplug all phantom power vampires (power strips and the like) and turn down your water heater.
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.
• You can RECYCLE your badges, badge holders, and program books in the registration area after the meeting.

Lost & Found
Every year, GSA takes home things that don't belong to us. The Lost & Found Desk is in Lobby F of the Colorado Convention Center — please be sure to check there if you lose something during the meeting.
[ find Lobby F ]
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JOBS & MENTOR PROGRAMS
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Employment Service Center
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Employment Service Center
More than 30 employers will be interviewing through the Employment Service Center (ESC) in Colorado this year. Post your résumé online (free for GSA members) and stop on by the ESC in the Exhibit Hall starting on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Plan Ahead to Make the Most of These Mentor Programs
[ learn more about the following mentor programs | find my event ]
• Geology in Industry
Sun., 27 Oct., 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
CCC, Mile High Ballroom 1
• Women in Geology
Sun., 27 Oct., 5–6:30 p.m.
Hyatt CCC, Centennial Ballroom F
This year's speaker list makes this a DO NOT MISS event: Marilyn Suiter, Whitney Behr, Sarah Andrews, and Elizabeth Catlos.
• Geology in Government
Mon., 28 Oct., 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
CCC, Four Seasons Ballroom 1
• Geoscience Careers Student Networking Lunch
Tues., 29 Oct., 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Hyatt CCC, Centennial Ballroom D
In order to attend this event, you must take our survey and pre-register.
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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 and/or e-mail a link to your post directly to Kea Giles, .
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Pre-Meeting News Coverage
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GSA Press Releases
  • New Rocky Mountain Field Guide Demonstrates the Area's Dynamic, Enigmatic Nature
    Release no. 13-65, 18 Oct. 2013
  • Museum Participates in Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
    Dr. Scott Sampson to Deliver Free Public Lecture
    GSA release no. 13-62, 15 Oct. 2013
  • Three New Special Papers Produced for The Geological Society of America's 125th Anniversary
    Books to Be Discussed by Authors at 27 Oct. 2013 Special Session in Denver
    Release no. 13-61, 15 Oct. 2013
  • Geoscience Topics in the Spotlight — Media Advisory 2
    GSA release no. 13-58, 1 Oct. 2013
  • 2013 Medals and Awards of The Geological Society of America
    Honors to be Bestowed at GSA's 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Exposition
    GSA release no. 13-44, 16 July 2013
  • Media Registration Now Open for GSA’s 125th Anniversary Meeting
    Pivotal Earth Science presented in Denver 27-30 October 2013
    GSA release no. 13-41, 28 June 2013
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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Renew your 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 2014, 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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