GSA Cancels Joint Section Meeting
Meeting of the Geological Society of America's Southeastern and
Northeastern Geographic Sections
Boulder, Colo., USA: In light of evolving circumstances surrounding the
spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Geological
Society of America announced today that the 2020 Joint Southeastern and
Northeastern Section Meeting has been canceled in Reston, Virginia 20-22
March 2020. More than 1,100 geoscientists were slated to attend.
“The health and safety of event attendees is our highest priority,” said
Executive Director Vicki McConnell. “With the growing number of travel
restrictions, university closures, and heightened calls for “social
distancing” by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and health officials in
multiple states, GSA has determined that it is not advisable at this time
to continue with the meeting.”
The local committee and officers of the Southeastern and Northeastern
Sections did not make the decision lightly, and regret the necessity to
take this action. The joint meeting was being hosted by representatives of
the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Geography, Geology, and the
Environment at the Slippery Rock University, the Department of Geology at
William & Mary, Barner Consulting, the Department of Geology at
Allegheny College, and the Department of Earth Sciences at California
University of Pennsylvania.
Attendees will receive full registration refunds.
The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society
with more than 20,000 members around the world from academia, government,
and industry. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA
enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the
geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder,
Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary,
and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and
supports all levels of earth science education.
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