2018 GSA South-Central Section

52nd Annual Meeting

Geology in the Natural State

12–13 March | Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock Marriott


W1. Earth and Space Sciences in the High School Integrated Approach.
Cosponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geo2YC Division; The International Association for Geoscience Diversity.
Saturday, 10 March, 8 a.m.–noon
Workshop will take place at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Fee: US$20 students/US$30 all others (includes snacks and course materials)
Principal Organizer: Keith Harris, Arkansas Partnership for STEM Education at Univ. of Arkansas–Little Rock, krharris@ualr.edu.
Co-organizer: Michele Snyder, Arkansas Department of Education, michele.synder@arkansas.gov; Wendi Williams, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas Community College, wwilliams@nwacc.edu, wjwilliams@ualr.edu.
Description: Geared toward pre-service and in-service teaching practitioners and higher education faculty. Lessons aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (or in the spirit of) for Earth and Space Sciences with Life Science, Chemistry, and Physics.
W2. High-Resolution Geophysical Imaging: An Aid for Geological Mapping.
Sunday, 11 March, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fee: US$100 students/US$250 all others (includes lunch, snacks, and course materials)
Principal Organizer: Ahmed Ismail, Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University, ahmed.ismail@okstate.edu.
Description: In this workshop, we will demonstrate the commonly used geophysical methods used for near-surface geological mapping/characterization. Geophysical methods presented will include P- and S-wave seismic reflection, active surface waves, resistivity tomography, and ground penetrating radar. The basic principles of each method, field operation, and advantages and limitations of each method will be presented. The last hour of the one-day workshop will be in the form of a geophysical clinic where the attendees can describe the geologic situation under investigation and we can discuss/subscribe the optimum geophysical method that resolves that situation.
W3. Basic Seismic Attributes.
Sunday, 11 March, 1–5 p.m.
Fee: US$50 (Includes snacks and course materials)
Principal Organizer: Robert Schneider, Texas A&M Univ.-Kingsville, robert.schneider@tamuk.edu.
Co-organizer: Gary Jones, Yosh Geophysical, gljones@sbcglobal.net.
Description: This class is designed to provide basic seismic attribute understanding to geologists, engineers, geotechs, and geophysicists.
W4. Gaming Engines and Geospatial Imaging: An Introduction to Unity as a Visualization Tool.
Sunday, 11 March, 1–4:30 p.m.
Fee: US$45
Principal Organizer: J. Aaron Baggett, Department of Earth Sciences, UA Little Rock, jabaggett@ualr.edu
Co-organizer: Dirk Reiners, Emerging Analytics Center, UA Little Rock, dpreiners@ualr.edu
Description: Unity, a powerful gaming engine, has become increasingly popular amongst geoscientists, who are using it as a tool for visualizing data. Unity’s flexibility makes it useful for creating interactive and immersive experiences of 3D models derived from sources including photogrammetry, 360-degree images and video, LiDAR and other geospatial data. This half-day course will provide attendees with an introduction to Unity as a real-world data visualization tool by using hands-on activities and demonstrations to outline the basic functionality of Unity in the context of the geosciences. Workshop includes a tour of the Emerging Analytics Center on the UA Little Rock campus.
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Abstracts Due:
5 December 2017

Early Registration Ends:
5 February 2018