2017 GSA Joint Section Meeting

Northeastern (52nd) and North-Central (51st)

Shale Gas Production: Views from the Energy Roller Coaster
19–21 March 2017 • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Omni William Penn Hotel

6:30–8:30 p.m., Saturday, 18 March 2017, Omni William Penn Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 17th Floor

SPECIAL PREMIERE: "Holocaust Escape Tunnel." Created for the PBS series Nova
7–9 p.m., Omni William Penn Hotel Allegheny Room (17th floor)
This film chronicles an international team of archaeologists and scientists trying to recover the lost world of World-War-II-era Vilnius, Lithuania. They excavate the remains of its Great Synagogue and uncover one of Vilnius's greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site. The public is invited.


Pittsburgh is a thriving city with a vibrant community, great restaurants, and many museums. The Omni William Penn is a grand hotel centrally located near dozens of bistros, eateries, and shops. The meeting area offers a variety of geologically interesting venues—excellent examples of the Allegheny Front separating the Valley and Ridge and Appalachian Plateaus Provinces, including terminal Laurentide moraines, as well as oil, gas, coal, aggregates, and a wealth of additional natural resources, overprinted with myriad geotechnical hazards.

Omni lobby
Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219, USA


Hotel registration deadline: 24 February 2017

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
Meeting rate: US$159/night single or double, with $10 extra for the third and the fourth occupants.

This convention rate is guaranteed until 24 February 2017. Parking in adjacent lots is US$9–US$15 per day. for self-park. Make your reservations at 1-800-THE-OMNI. Use Group Code: GSA2017.

Thank You, Sponsors

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2017 NE/NC GSA Program

2017 Northeastern Meeting Flyer


3 Jan.
Abstracts Submission

13 Feb.
Early Registration

24 Feb.
Hotel Convention Rate

Northeastern Section North-Central Section
Local Co-Chair Patrick Burkhart Local Co-Chair Timothy G. Fisher
Meeting Treasurer Patrick Burkhart Local Vice-Chair Jim Harrell
Technical Program Co-Chair Wendell Barner Technical Program Co-Chair Richard Becker
Field Trip Co-Chair Kyle Fredrick Field Trip Co-Chair Joe Hannibal
Workshops/Special Events Chair Maraina Miles    
Sponsorship Co-Chair Patrick Burkhart Sponsorship Co-Chair Mark Camp
Exhibits Co-Chair Sarah McGinness Exhibits Co-Chair Jamie Martin-Hayden
Student Volunteers Co-Chair Dan Harris Student Volunteers Co-Chair Don Stierman
K–12 Co-Chair Karen Rose Cercone  K–12 Co-Chair Polly Root Sturgeon
Student Mentoring Co-Chair Jonathan Warnock Student Mentoring Co-Chair Don Stierman