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Geology and Society Division

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2012 GSA Annual Meeting

Sessions | Events


T79. Uncertainty in Earth and Climate Science: Communicating Uncertainty to the Public
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA International Section
David W. Szymanski, J.E. Fryxell, Tamara Shapiro Ledley
The term "uncertainty" carries a dramatically different meaning in the public realm compared to the way it is used by scientists. This session will cover pitfalls and strategies in communicating uncertainty in scientific data.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience Education | Public Policy

T83. Issues in Geology and Public Policy: A Clash of Cultures/An Intersection of Interests
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; American Geosciences Institute
Michael A. Phillips, David W. Szymanski
This session will present examples of when geologists have worked with federal, state, and local leaders to ensure the geologic perspective was a valuable component in public decision making or the development of public policy.
Public Policy | Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Information/Communication


T7. Progress in Forensic Geochemistry
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC); Geochemical Society; GSA Geology and Society Division
Russell Harmon Harmon, Jose R. Almirall
The scope of forensic geochemistry has expanded due to rapid development of analytical tools for elemental and isotope ratio analyses. This session covers geochemical approaches to tracing environmental contaminants, materials provenancing, and other forensic applications.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience

T24. Geomorphology of the Anthropocene: The Surficial Legacy of Past and Present Human Activities
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division
Anne J. Jefferson, Karl W. Wegmann, Anne Chin
This session explores the legacy of human activities and land use on earth surface processes and landforms. Studies on the impacts of agriculture, mining, urbanization, and forestry in prehistoric, historic, and modern times are welcome.
Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology | Archaeological Geology

T35. Consequences of a 21st-Century Paradigm Shift in Natural Resource Exploration, along with a Parallel Shift in Exploring for, and Developing a Diverse, Highly Qualified Workforce
American Association of Petroleum Geologists; Association for Women Geoscientists; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Ann Vasko Givan
A paradigm shift occurred in the last millennia, dramatically altering the way business is done. Technological advances changed how energy resources are produced and rapid information transfer altered the face of the workplace and workforce.
Economic Geology | History and Philosophy of Geology | Geoscience Information/Communication

T40. Practical Applications of Environmental and Engineering Geology
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists—Carolinas Section; GSA Geology and Society Division
Paul Weaver
This session will focus on applied geology projects in order to provide insight into how geology is currently being used to investigate and provide practical solutions to geological issues.
Engineering Geology | Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology

T42. Characterizing and Quantifying Hazardous Natural Processes: Beyond Inventory Maps
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Commission #1: Internat. Assoc. for Engineering Geology & the Environment; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists; GSA Geology and Society Division
Jeffrey R. Keaton, Norman S. Levine, Bruce R. Hilton, Samantha E. Hansen
Hazardous processes characterized by simple inventories do not provide location, magnitude, and frequency of future events needed for mitigation decisions and response planning. This session will focus on challenges to society and opportunities for geologists.
Engineering Geology | Environmental Geoscience | Public Policy

T51. Geology and Health: Getting the Word Out
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Geoscience Information Society
Julia Linnaea Wise, Robert B. Finkelman
This session will highlight examples of how to successfully communicate the value of geoscience input in health to the health/biomedical communities, decision makers, and to the public.
Geology and Health | Geoscience Education | Public Policy

T57. Building a Professional Portfolio through Hands-On Research Activities in the Geosciences: Focusing on Early Involvement of Undergraduate and K–12 Students (Posters)
GSA Geology and Society Division; Council on Undergraduate Research; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Nazrul I. Khandaker, Stanley Schleifer
This session is open to faculty mentors and students interested in general geology and environmental topics that warrant field, computational, and laboratory-based data as part of their research tools. Domestic and international geoscience-related issues are highly welcome.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Environmental Geoscience

T71. Climate Literacy: Research and Evaluation Outcomes from Informal and Formal Climate Education Efforts
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Climate Literacy Network; GSA Geology and Society Division
Susan Buhr, Karen S. McNeal
This session encourages abstracts which provide evidence-based knowledge and guidance for the climate education community from a variety of formal and informal educational contexts.
Geoscience Education

T75. Climate Literacy: Formal and Informal Educational Activities and Community Outreach to Support an Informed Society
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Climate Literacy Network; GSA Geology and Society Division
Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Jeffrey Ryan
This session will focus on descriptions of efforts for pre-college (students & teachers), higher education, informal education audiences and community outreach, including materials, activities, curriculum, capstone projects, service learning, professional development programs, and community activities.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Public Policy

T78. Citizen Science, Mobile Applications, and Geoscience (Posters)
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Christopher Lowry, Michael N. Fienen
The focus of this session will be to demonstrate the use and applications of both citizen science projects and mobile applications within the geosciences.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience

T87. Building Capacity for Hydrologic Science in Water-Stressed Regions of the World (Posters)
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists, U.S. National Chapter; National Ground Water Association; Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc.; GSA Limnogeology Division
Alan E. Fryar, Adam Milewski, Mohamed I. Sultan
The development and prudent management of water resources depends upon the appropriate training of hydrologists. We seek posters on integrating hydrologic education with research and practice in water-stressed regions, especially in Africa and Asia.
Hydrogeology | Geoscience Education

T102. Hydraulic Fracturing for Resource Development or Remediation: Methods, Results, and Industry-Regulatory Response to Environmental Impacts on Ground and Surface Waters
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA International Section
Gerry V. Winter, Neil Coleman
Hydraulic fracturing is important for developing oil, gas, and water in low-permeability formations and is used in remediation of contaminated sites, but the process can result in unintended consequences that adversely affect the environment.
Hydrogeology | Economic Geology | Environmental Geoscience

T106. Arsenic: Fate and Transport in Natural Waters and Aquifers from Basin to Pore-Space Scale
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA International Section; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; Geochemical Society; International Society for Groundwater for Sustainable Development; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Prosun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Mukherjee, Ratan Dhar, Karen H. Johannesson, Lois Ongley
All aspects of earth and anthropogenic systems that may impact the occurrence, fate, transport, biogeochemical cycling, and sustainable mitigation of arsenic in water, rocks, and biological organisms will be discussed.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience

T119. The Role of Microfossils in Environmental Monitoring
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Elizabeth A. Nesbitt, Ruth A. Martin
This session focuses on the use of micro-organisms, living or fossil, as indicators of environmental stress, including pollution, hypoxia, acidification, and climate change in coastal and estuarine settings.
Marine/Coastal Science | Environmental Geoscience | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography

T120. Coastal Hazards — Common Themes of Storm and Tsunami Processes and Impacts
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Robert Weiss, Joanne Bourgeois, Jonathan D. Woodruff
We highlight projects that study storms and tsunamis from different perspectives (e.g., science, engineering, education) to develop priorities for interdisciplinary research and for how such research can increase awareness of and preparedness for coastal hazards.
Marine/Coastal Science | Quaternary Geology | Public Policy

T121. Rapid Sea-Level Rise and Its Impacts: Past, Present, and Future
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA International Section
George T. Stone, Michael E. Mann, Stanley R. Riggs, Andrew M. Buddington
This session convenes leading scientists from diverse disciplines to present current research on one of the most compelling issues in the geosciences: rapid sea-level rise and the attendant threat to coastlines worldwide.
Marine/Coastal Science | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Environmental Geoscience


Energy And Global Sustainability
Dr. El-Ashry is a Senior Fellow at the U.N. Foundation, and former CEO and Chair of the Global Environment Facility

Geology and Public Policy Committee Meeting
Interested GSA members are invited to attend the committee meeting.

Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists Short Course
Take this GSA Short Course to learn how to better communicate your science with your neighbor, the media, and policymakers. This interactive workshop will address message development, identifying opportunities for engaging the public, and practice with public presentations.

Networking with Policy Fellows Reception. Refreshments provided.
Come meet Congressional Science Fellows and discuss their experience working at the interface between science and policy and network with others interested in policy at this informal reception.

Ad hoc rocks and hops, the GSA GeoSocioPolicy Soiree
The members of the Geology and Society Division and Geology and Public Policy Committee encourage you to drop by, have some food and hops, and engage in collegial discussions of geology, philosophy, policy, and all the things that make us passionate about geology and earth science.

Geology & Society (G&S) Division Management Board Meeting
Interested G&S Division members are invited to attend the Division Management Board meeting.

Geology and Society Distinguished Lecture: Energy and Global Sustainability
Mohamed El-Ashry, Senior Fellow, UN Foundation and Former CEO & Chairman, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The main driver of sustainable development is sustainable energy. There is broad consensus that the current path of global energy development is not sustainable. The world's energy needs continue to grow and will be almost 60% higher in 2030 than they are now and CO2 emissions will increase at about the same rate. We are already facing global climate disruptions, rising sea levels, acidifying oceans, large-scale societal dislocations, and collapsing ecosystems. A transition to energy systems driven by clean, renewable sources, with natural gas as a "bridge" fuel, would pave the way towards global sustainability and a more secure future.

G&S Division Awards and Geoscience Haiku reception with food and beverages. All are welcome!
All GSA members are invited to join members of G&S Division for a reception to celebrate the winners of our Student Awards and Geology Haiku competitions followed by a brief business meeting

Election Night Returns Viewing Event
Watch the election results roll in with other geoscientists and discuss their implications.

Lunchtime Lecture #4: What Do the Election Results Mean for Science?
This distinguished panel will examine how the election results will shape federal funding for geoscience research, environmental and energy policy, minerals, and more.

Geology & Public Policy Committee and Geology & Society Division Exhibition Booths
To learn more about these events, policy activities, and how you can help society effectively manage issues such as climate change, natural hazards, water resources, and teaching evolution.

2010 GSA Annual Meeting

1. Symposium
Why Aren't Our Ideas Getting Attention? Finding a More Convincing Voice on Controversial Issues
James Davis, Jon Goodwin, Craig Cooper, Presiding
Sun., 31 Oct., 1:30 PM-4:30 PM, CCC Four Seasons Ballroom 4
Want to see more effective nonpartisan use of our geoscience insights in local to national public policies? Join us in the discussion.
Pardee Keynote Symposium P3
2. Special Session sponsored by the Geology and Society Division
Reaching New Peaks in Geoscience: Geoscience in the Service of a Sustainable Future
D. Craig Cooper and Jonathan H. Goodwin, Presiding
Tue., 2 Nov., 1:30 PM-5:30 PM, CCC Room 107/109
Topical Session T18
3. Topical Sessions cosponsored by Geology and Society Division
    Cosponsorship has been arranged either by a request of the session conveners to our Division representatives (Jim Davis, Chair and Karen McCurdy, Past-Chair) on the Joint Technical Program Committee (JTPC); or by a request from our Division representatives on the JTPC to the conveners of a session that our Division feels would be desirable to cosponsor.
    Consider attending these sessions at the Annual Meeting.
View Topical Sessions cosponsored by the Division.
4. Division Reception
Tue., 2 Nov., 6:00-7:00 PM, CCC Rooms 107/109
    The reception is for Geology and Society Division members and for other interested in improving public policies through the use of geoscience insights.
    This is an opportunity for interested parties to enjoy refreshments and interact with others who have similar interests. It takes place in the same room as the T18 Oral Session (item #3) that takes place from 1:20-5:30 p.m. The reception will be followed by the Distinguished Lecturer (item #5) event in the same rooms.
5. 2010 GSA Geology and Society Division Distinguished Lecturer
Bruce F. Molnia, U.S. Geological Survey
Tue., 2 Nov., immediately following reception (item #4), 7-8 PM.
"Communication of Important Geoscience Insights to 2010 Public Policy Makers from the Personal Perspective of Having Been a Research Investigator, a Government Regulator, a Policy Maker, a Science Advisor, and a Congressional Staffer"
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Annually the Division invites a noted scientist who has valuable insights about the use of science in public policies to share their experience and understanding at the GSA Annual Meeting. The presentation is followed by an opportunity for the audience to interact with the speaker in a question/comment discussion format.

The presentation begins at 9 p.m. immediately following the Division Reception (item #4 above).

This year the Division has selected Dr. Bruce F. Molnia to describe his perceptions gained during his career in which he has served as a scientist in an amazing number of diverse roles that in one way or another all relate to using his scientific understanding in public policy.

Dr. Molnia shares this overview of his remarks: "In my Distinguished Lecturer address I will describe and share some of the insights and understandings that I have gleaned and gathered from the numerous career roles that I have played that let to the evolution and maturation of this philosophy. I believe that I have identified enough useful kernels to produce an information-rich presentation that will both inform and challenge my audience. It is crucial that all of us learn how to share our relevant scientific knowledge with nonscientists confronted with the challenges of creating policies that rely on scientific understanding to successfully accomplish their intended purposes. I hope to see you there."

For more information, see Bruce Molnia's article about his lecture in the September Newsletter (upper right corner of page).

6. Annual Division Membership Meeting
Tue., 2 Nov., 8:00-9:00 PM, CCC Rooms 107/109
    The Annual Membership Meeting provides member and other GSA meeting attendees interested in the application of geoscience insights to public policies with an opportunity to interact with their elected officers on the Division management board. The officers summarize the activities of the Division during the past year and plans for the future, and there will be time for membership discussion and feedback. The agenda for the meeting will be added to the Division Web site during the next few weeks. You will have time to make suggestions for topics after the agenda is posted.
    From the point of view of the officers, this is a very important event. We look forward to seeing you there.
7. Visit the Geology & Society Booth at the Annual Meeting — Opportunity to Volunteer
31 Oct. - 3 Nov., Booth 136-138, CCC Exhibit Hall
    The Division booth outreach and communication activities at the GSA Section Meetings and the GSA Annual Meeting are important opportunities to meet our colleagues interested in science and public policy issues. These booths are operated in collaboration with the GSA Geology & Public Policy Committee.
    Jon Goodwin, our Secretary-Treasurer, has a lead role in coordinating the efforts to arrange space for the booths to assure that they are set up and populated by Division members at each meeting.
    Three principal goals of the Division's outreach are to acquaint booth visitors with the activities of our Division, to make them aware of the consensus-based Position Statements on public policy that have been drafted by the GSA Public Policy Committee and adopted by GSA Council and to interest those who are not currently members of our Division to consider joining.
    We invite you to volunteer to participate in our Division's booth outreach at the GSA Annual Meeting. Jon Goodwin will be delighted to coordinate your effort. You may reach Jon by e-mail at .