2019 GSA Cordilleran Section

115th Annual Meeting

15–17 May 2019 | Portland, Oregon USA

Oregon Convention Center

Social Activities and Special Events

Tuesday, 14 May

Welcome Reception, 5–7 p.m., OCC Exhibit Hall B.
Enjoy complimentary light snacks and beverages while connecting with your colleagues.

Wednesday, 15 May

GSA Cordilleran Section Management Board Meeting, 7–8 a.m., OCC B112.

Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience, noon–1:30 p.m., OCC B112.
Students and early career professionals will have the opportunity to discuss career prospects and challenges with applied geoscientists from various sectors over a free lunch.

Posters/Exhibits Reception, 4–6 p.m., OCC Exhibit Hall B.
Enjoy complimentary light snacks and beverages while visiting the poster/exhibit hall.

Self-Guided Brewpub Bonanza 6–9 p.m., local pubs.
Pick up a local brewery map from registration for a self-guided tour.

Thursday, 16 May

GSA Campus Representative Appreciation Breakfast, 7–8 a.m., OCC B112.

John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology, noon–1:30 p.m., OCC B112.
Students and early career professionals interested in applied hydrogeology or hydrology as a career will have the opportunity to network with professionals in these fields over a free lunch.

Posters/Exhibits Reception, 4–6 p.m., OCC Exhibit Hall B.
Enjoy complimentary light snacks and beverages while visiting the poster/exhibit hall.

GSA Cordilleran Section Business Meeting, 5–6 p.m. room OCC B112.

Recognition Banquet, 7–10 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, Oregon Room.
Join the celebrations of the careers of Rick Blakely, Marshall Gannett, Ken Lite, Elizabeth Miller, Ray Weldon, and Ray Wells. Dinner and some beverages included. Fee: $55.

Brewpub Bonanza, 6–9 p.m., OCC Pre-Function Lobby C.
Pick up a local brewery map from registration or follow a student guide. The guides will be leaving from the registration desk at 6 PM, 6:15 PM, and 6:30 PM to different pubs. The Lucky Labrador Brewpub will be hosting a forum on GSA Public Policy, and all are invited to attend.  Whether you’re a policy maven, have a little interest, want to know what you can do where you live, or just want to see what’s all about, join GSA Geoscience Policy Director Kasey White and few others with a range of science policy experiences for informal conversation.

Friday, 17 May

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Networking Breakfast, 7–8 a.m., OCC B112.
This informal breakfast provides opportunities for students and professionals in academia, government, and industry to meet and learn about AWG. Fee: $15 Student/$35 all others.

GSA Town Hall Meeting, 12:15–1:15 p.m., OCC C123.
This is a Town Hall session to discuss the state of GSA strategic planning and the next steps leading up to and after the Council acts in early May.

Geology Club Meet-Up, 12:15–1:15 p.m., OCC B112.
Chat with other representatives about their activities, goals, and accomplishments.

Book signing event, 2–3:30 p.m., OCC Exhibit Hall B.

Hero on Mt. St. Helens

Author Melanie Holmes will be on hand with copies of a brand new book–David Johnston’s biography. With permission from his family, the book tells the story of Johnston’s journey from a nature-loving Boy Scout in Illinois to the Cascades where an eruption would take his life. Much has been written about his death in 1980; this book is about the thirty years that preceded that May day. The book’s release date will be approximately 16 May 2019; the publisher is University of Illinois Press. Endorsement quotes can be found here.

Voice of This Stone

Meet GSA member and field geologist Kevin Scott as he signs copies of his new book, The Voice of This Stone: Learning from Volcanic Disasters Around the World. More than ever, volcanologists and emergency responders around the world have greater insight about how to prevent certain death for those who live near volcanoes, active or “sleeping.” History has shown that when Mother Earth shrugs, people often die. Among those concerned volcanologists is author Kevin Scott, who is equipped with fifty years of global, boots-on-the-ground experiences and an extensive USGS publishing history. In this collection of volcanic disaster case histories, Scott shares the wisdom gained by scientific inquiry and observation of his own—and that of his renowned colleagues—that he hopes will save lives.
“So many of the classic case histories in one place! Scientists want to read The Voice of This Stone to better understand these geohazards. Emergency managers will want to read it to understand the conditions that lead to these natural disasters. Kevin wrote this book to save lives – I believe it will.” – Scott Burns, Emeritus Professor of Engineering Geology, Portland State University


Marli Miller (University of Oregon) and Darrel Cowan (University of Washington) will be on hand to chat and sign copies of their books on the Roadside Geology of Oregon and Washington, published by Mountain Press in Missoula, Montana. Both books were multiyear projects involving thousands of miles of travel, diving into the Pacific Northwest's wide-ranging geologic literature, and working with other geologists.

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5 February
Abstracts Submission

8 April
Early Registration

15 April