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April 2014

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 12, no. 4

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Meetings
Especially for Students
Of Note
NEW in the GSA Store
Education & Outreach
Government Affairs & Public Policy

Membership Matters
GSA's Connected Community
GSA Guest Blog: "Speaking of Geoscience"
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MEETINGS
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GSA Sections
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Rocky Mountain–Cordilleran
Joint Section Meeting

19–21 May
Bozeman, Montana, USA
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39th INHIGEO Symposium
International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences
6–10 July
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, USA
Early registration deadline: 2 June
There are only a few spaces available on the meeting field trips to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and the Sierra Nevada. Don't wait — sign up now to ensure your participation.
Note: Priority for spots on the post-meeting field trip is for those registered for the INHIGEO conference. If vacancies remain after 1 May, non-registrants may apply.
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GSA 2014
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ESPECIALLY FOR STUDENTS
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AM students
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Check Out the Annual Meeting Community Page Built Just for You!
Learn about volunteering, visas, the map competition, and more.
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Student Research Grants — Results Now In
Notifications regarding the results of this year's GSA Research Grants Program have been e-mailed. If your grant application was approved, your check will be mailed by the end of this month.
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OF NOTE
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Young Earth Scientists YES logo
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Third Young Earth-Scientists (YES) Congress
11–14 August 2014 • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Travel grant deadline: 30 May
Registration deadline: 30 June
This meeting is being held in conjunction with the 25th Colloquium of African Geology (CAG 25).
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USGS Science Feature: Landslide in Washington State
The massive landslide occurred in northwest Washington State, USA, at about 10:37 am PDT on Saturday, 22 March 2014.
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U.S. Postal Service Unveils New Earth Day Stamp Celebrating NOAA Climate Science
22 April: In celebration of Earth Day, the U.S. Postal Service has released a new "Forever" international rate stamp inspired by a simulation of sea surface temperatures based on the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) model of Earth's climate.
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NEW IN THE GSA STORE
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Memoir 211 Peninsular Ranges batholith
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Memoir 211
Peninsular Ranges Batholith, Baja California and Southern California
Edited by Douglas M. Morton and Fred K. Miller
The PRB exposed: petrology; geochronology; geophysical, chemical, and isotopic based interpretations of the genesis and evolution of the batholith; regional aspects of individual plutons; plus a DVD of maps and chemical, isotopic, mineralogic, and physical properties data.
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Field Guide 35 Elevating Geoscience in the Southeastern U.S.
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Field Guide 35
Elevating Geoscience in the Southeastern United States: New Ideas about Old Terranes — Field Guides for the GSA Southeastern Section Meeting, Blacksburg, Virginia, 2014
Edited by Christopher M. Bailey and Lorrie V. Coiner
Read papers on the region's Marcellus and Millsboro shales, the 2011 M5.8 Mineral, Virginia, earthquake, the world-class Lagerstätte fauna in the Dan River basin, and more.
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Field Guide 36 Central Lowlands Great Plains
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Field Guide 36
Geologic Field Trips along the Boundary between the Central Lowlands and Great Plains: 2014 Meeting of the GSA North-Central Section
Edited by Jesse T. Korus
Learn more about the geology and paleontology of Ashfall Fossil Beds; the building and decorative stones of Nebraska's State Capitol; and one of the most complete records of North American glaciation.
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GSA Map and Chart 105 Inner Piedmont and Carolina superterrane
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Map and Chart 105
Detailed geologic map of the Inner Piedmont and Carolina superterrane at the northeast end of the Pine Mountain window, Georgia
Compiled by Matthew T. Huebner, Justin R. Rehrer, Robert D. Hatcher, Jr., and Andrew L. Wunderlich
Make room on your wall for this oversized (41 × 74 inch) geologic compilation of several detailed mapping projects centered at the northeast end of the Pine Mountain window in central Georgia.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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GeoCorps™ America
Fall/Winter 2014–2015 Positions to Be Posted 1 May
Deadline for applications: 1 July
Coronado National Monument, Arizona; Dominguez-Escalante and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Areas, Colorado; Zion National Park, Utah — These are just a few of the locations where you can apply your geoscience knowledge and enthusiasm this fall/winter.
[ learn more | purchase GeoCorps gear | GeoCorps on Facebook ]
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3rd International EarthCache Mega Event
Let Earth be your teacher!
Sat., 11 Oct. 2014 • Duncan (Vancouver Island), B.C., Canada
EarthCache gets people out in the field to learn about their planet first-hand. This event takes place a week before the GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, so join us, explore the great geology of British Columbia, then attend the Annual Meeting!
[ event info | purchase EarthCache gear | EarthCache program ]
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY
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House Republicans Target the NSF Geosciences Directorate for Reduced Funding in Fiscal Year 2015
The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act, which would reauthorize funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, passed by a voice vote in the research panel of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on 13 March.
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House Passes Bill to Restore and Prioritize NOAA Weather Funding
On 1 April, the House passed a much-revamped version of the "Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014." The bill is intended to prioritize the forecasting and timely prediction of high impact weather events and authorizes $383 million for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather R&D over the next four years.
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Be the Next GSA Science Policy Fellow
GSA is seeking applicants for its one-year Science Policy Fellowship. This is a great opportunity for recent M.S. or Ph.D. recipients to work in the geoscience policy arena at GSA's Washington, D.C., office.
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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Help Shape the Future of Geoscience:
Volunteer for Committee Service

Deadline to apply or submit nominations: 15 July
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GSA Today Readership Survey
Deadline: 15 May
GSA Members: If you haven't already done so, please complete our short online survey about GSA Today. You will be able to enter a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card once you have completed the survey.
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GSA's CONNECTED COMMUNITY
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Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration
Come join us!
Complete your profile in the new GSA member directory, invite your colleagues to do the same, and build your GSA network! Post questions and comments to the Open Forum, and read member-contributed posts on topics ranging from public policy to geo-tourism. Log in to the community to get started.
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GSA GUEST BLOG: "SPEAKING OF GEOSCIENCE"
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2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecturer Blog Series
GSA's 2014 International Lecturer is Marjorie A. Chan of the University of Utah, USA. "Speaking of Geoscience" is featuring a series of dispatches from Chan as she travels.
• 7 Apr.: Posting from Perth
• 1 Apr.: Adelaide
• 30 Mar.: Visiting Victoria
• 26 Mar.: Dispatch from Queensland
• 21 Mar.: Hello from Hobart
• 18 Mar.: Cable from Canberra

Other New Posts
Don Duggan-Haas:
• 18 Mar.: The 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy (Part 3)

Want to write for "Speaking of Geoscience"?
Follow this link to learn more.
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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Geology science by H.M Sapers et al., "Enigmatic tubular features in impact glass," which was published online on 10 Apr. 2014, is discussed in a 16 Apr. Universe Today post and an 18 Apr. The Londoner (Canada) article.

Geology science, "Preserved flora and organics in impact melt breccias," by P.H. Schultz et al., which was published online on 15 Apr. 2014, is covered BBC News (17 Apr.), The Christian Science Monitor (21 Apr.), and Discovery News (22 Apr.). It was also picked up by United Press International (UPI).

Both Geology studies (by Schultz et al. and Hughes et al. [see above]) are detailed in a 22 Apr. Wired science article, "How Asteroid Strikes Preserved Signs of Ancient Life."

The April/May GSA Today science article by E.H. Parker Jr., "Crustal magnetism, tectonic inheritance, and continental rifting in the southeastern United States," was covered in a 4 Apr. LiveScience article and picked up & redistributed by Yahoo! News on 7 Apr. LaRed 21 Mundo (Uruguay) also covered the article in a 7 Apr. post.

A 14 Apr. LiveScience article (which was picked up by Mother Nature Network on 15 Apr.) covers GSA Bulletin science, "Catastrophic rock avalanches in a glaciated valley of the High Atlas, Morocco: 10Be exposure ages reveal a 4.5 ka seismic event," by P.D. Hughes et al., which was published online ahead of print on 20 Mar. 2014. The article is also discussed in a 16 Apr. "The Landslide Blog" post.

April 2014 Geology science by S.W. Ruff et al., "Evidence for a Noachian-aged ephemeral lake in Gusev crater, Mars," is covered in a 10 Apr. Daily Galaxy post.

A 25 Mar. Astrobiology Magazine article covers April 2014 Geology science by R. Tartèse et al., "Apatites in lunar KREEP basalts: The missing link to understanding the H isotope systematics of the Moon."

GSA's EarthCache™ program is discussed in a 14 Apr. Yahoo! Voices post.
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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GSA GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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trivia
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1. 18 April marks the date of what infamous North American earthquake?

2. To what does the word "chatoyancy" refer?

3. What famous paleobotanist pioneered the study of coal (including "coal balls")?

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