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GSA encourages attendees to offset travel emissions via the Colorado Carbon Fund. All contributions to the fund support new clean energy projects in Colorado that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To participate, please check the box on your registration form, and we'll collect US$25 for the fund. If 10% of this year's 6,500 attendees donate, we could offset more than 800 tons of CO2 — that's equal to the emissions from burning nearly 90,000 gallons of gasoline.
Standing 40 feet high, the big blue bear peers through the lobby of the Colorado Convention Center. Photo used with permission from the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Ten Reasons to Attend the meeting

1. Location, location, location.
Centrally located just to the east of the U.S. Continental Divide and right on the edge of the Great Plains, Denver is easy to get to from just about anywhere. The city is familiar territory to those of you who have attended meetings here in the past, with just about everything you need within walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center.
Geoscientist Crossing
2. Opportunity.
GSA meetings provide opportunities for valuable face-toface interactions with mentors, colleagues, friends, and former students. GSA is also the perfect venue for meeting new people who can help advance your research—at Town Hall meetings, along NSF Street in the exhibit hall, and at the NSF booth, where you can meet with program officers as well as NSF Assistant Director for Geosciences, Timothy Killeen, who will be attending the Denver meeting.
3. Be inspired and hear from the best.
The 2010 Gold Medal Lectures will take place Sunday afternoon, 31 Oct. Learn more about the life and careers of these geoscience leaders:
Eric J. Essene, 2010 GSA Penrose Medalist
Essene was professor emeritus at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. His main focus of study was metamorphic petrology, and his interests spanned the fields of mineralogy, geochemistry, and general petrology.
George E. Gehrels, 2010 Arthur L. Day Medalist
As a professor of tectonics and geochronology at the University of Arizona, Gehrels has several research projects going, including stratigraphic, structural, and geochronologic analyses of Alaska's Coast Mountains, a detrital zircon provenance study of accreted terranes in the western U.S. and Canada, and analyses of the uplift and erosional history of the Tibet Plateau.
Dana L. Royer, 2010 Young Scientist Award–Donath Medalist
Dana Royer is an assistant professor at Wesleyan University who lists his general interests as "global change, paleoclimatology, carbon cycle, paleoecology, paleobotany, plant physiology, and light stable isotope geochemistry." His research explores how plants can be used to reconstruct ancient environments.
4. Live on the leading edge.
The Pardee Keynote Symposia, made possible by a grant from the Joseph T. Pardee Memorial Fund, are interdisciplinary sessions that address broad, fundamental issues in the geosciences. The following topics were selected on a competitive basis, and all speakers are invited.
  • Seeing the True Shape of Earth's Surface: Applications of Airborne and Terrestrial LiDAR in the Geosciences (session P6: Sun., 31 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon).
  • Why Aren't Our Ideas Getting Attention? Finding a More Convincing Voice on Controversial Issues (session P3: Sun., 31 Oct., 1:30–3:30 p.m.).
  • Mineral Evolution: The Coevolution of the Geo- and Biospheres (session P4: Mon., 1 Nov., 8 a.m.–noon).
  • Evolving Moon: Recent Advances in Understanding Our Planetary Neighbor from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Other Missions (session P2: Mon., 1 Nov., 1:30–5:30 p.m.).
  • Symbiosis as a Driver of Global Change in Ancient and Modern Earth Systems (session P1: Tues., 2 Nov., 8 a.m.–noon).
  • Exploring for Life in the Cosmos: Celebrating Five Decades of Astrobiology (session P8: Tues., 2 Nov., 1:30–5:30 p.m.).
  • Rapid Environmental/Climate Change in the Cretaceous Greenhouse World (session P5: Wed., 3 Nov., 8 a.m.–noon).
  • Impacts of Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Crisis (session P7: Wed., 3 Nov., 1:30–5:30 p.m.).
poster session
5. Share your expertise.
If you don't, who will? GSA meetings are designed to serve your needs, but only if you participate. Technical sessions are built from the ground up. What this means is that your colleagues have created topical sessions in order to provide you an opportunity to submit abstracts to these sessions and represent your scientific area of expertise. Review the list of topical sessions.
6. Field-Trip Opportunities.
Whether you want to tour the urban stream system of Boulder; trek Denver's foothills via Subaru, Trek mountain bikes, and on foot; visit Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks Amphitheatre; or venture farther afield into Utah, Montana, or New Mexico, GSA's dynamic field-trip program has you covered.
7. Inspiration.
Find it on Saturday at the Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony; Sunday at the Gold Medal Lectures; Monday during the Subaru Outdoor Life Lecture; and all meeting long at the Lunchtime Lectures, Pardee Symposia, and, the core of the meeting, the multifaceted technical program, which includes three new special sessions.
8. Mentoring & Networking.
Organized mentoring opportunities include the Geoscience Educators Social Reception on Saturday, the Women in Geology forum on Sunday, the three student mentor programs, and the Graduate School Information Forum. But that's just scratching the surface—you'll find a multitude of networking opportunities at the daily coffee and beer breaks, the employment service center, our first Diversity in Geosciences social, the President's Student Breakfast Reception, private and group alumni parties, and—OH yes—the full array of booths and exhibits in the Exhibit Hall.
9. Impress Your Guest.
Colorado is one of the nicest states in the lower 48 to visit, and our special tours and complimentary guest seminars will help show you why.
10. Professional Development.
Present your latest work, learn what your colleagues are doing, and discover fresh research ideas; pick up some continuing education credits through one of our 21 short courses, the field trips, or just through meeting attendance; and even meet with National Science Foundation representatives. One great strength of GSA's technical program is that it works to enhance current and future collaboration among students, those up & coming in the field, and established geoscientists in academia, government, industry, and private companies.


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