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December 2011

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 9, no. 12

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Membership Matters
Government Affairs
Meetings
Research Grants
Publications

International News
Of Note
2012 GeoVentures
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia

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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Renew your GSA Membership

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Reduced Rate only thru 15 December!
Renew by 15 Dec. to save 15% on your 2012 membership. Discount applies to members from high income countries. Those from non-high income countries qualify for reduced dues.

When you renew, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Subscribe to GSA's premier journals;
  • Join any number of GSA's 17 special interest Divisions; and
  • Support students, research and education by making a voluntary contribution to the GSA Foundation.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
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GSA Welcomes Kasey White as New Director for Geoscience Policy
In welcoming White to GSA, Executive Director Jack Hess comments, “Her accomplishments in the fields of science policy and science communication are notable, and we are honored to have someone of this caliber working with GSA to help realize our vision and fulfill our mission in support of the geosciences.”
[ more about Kasey White ]

Be the 2012–2013 Congressional Science Fellow!
Application deadline: 1 Feb. 2012.
Put your expertise and experience to work helping shape science and technology policy on Capitol Hill in concert with national and international leaders.
[ learn more ]
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MEETINGS
2012 Section Meetings
South-Central
8-9 March, Alpine, Texas
Chair: Kevin Urbanczyk
Registration opens in January.
Northeastern
18-20 March, Hartford, Connecticut
Chair: Jean Crespi
[ register ]
Cordilleran
29-31 March, Queretaro, Mexico
Chair: Luca Ferrari
Abstracts Deadline: 10 Jan 2012
[ submit an abstract ]
Southeastern
1-2 April, Asheville, North Carolina
Co-chairs: Blair Tormey, Cheryl Waters-Tormey
Abstracts Deadline: 17 Jan 2012
[ submit an abstract ]
North-Central
23-24 April, Dayton, Ohio
Chair: Charles Ciampaglio
Abstracts Deadline: 24 Jan 2012
[ submit an abstract ]
Rocky Mountain
9-11 May, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Chair: Laura Crossey
Abstracts Deadline: 14 Feb 2012
[ submit an abstract ]
ATTEND A SECTION MEETING—SAVE MONEY
Use the GSA Meetings Bulletin Board to connect with your colleagues for roommates, rides, to arrange get-togethers—whatever! The service is free, but you must register to use it.

2012 Annual Meeting - GEOSCIENCES: INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
4–7 November 2012 • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Call for Proposals
   • Technical Sessions (deadline: 10 Jan.)
   • Short courses (deadline: 1 Feb.)

Make your research and your colleagues’ work part of the program for 2012. Generate interest in your topic and share your knowledge and experience with thousands.

Back by Overwhelming Demand—Digital Posters: Do you have an idea for a digital poster session? If so, be sure to indicate this when you submit your technical session proposal. Additional abstract submission fees will apply for use of a digital poster display.

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RESEARCH GRANTS
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Graduate Student Members!
Apply for a $2500 student research grant. Deadline is 1 February 2012.
[ details and application form ]
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PUBLICATIONS

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Seeking Science Editors
GSA’s internationally recognized journals Geology, Geosphere, and Lithosphere invite applications and nominations for science editors, with terms to begin in January 2013.
Learn more about [ Geology | Geosphere | Lithosphere | download flyer (PDF) ]

New Books
Analogs for Planetary Exploration
Special Paper 483 - Edited by W. Brent Garry and Jacob E. Bleacher
This volume provides historical accounts of astronaut geology training, overviews of planetary geology research on Mars, educational field trips to analog sites, plus concepts for future Moon missions. With contributions by Farouk El-Baz, Ronald Greeley, Harrison H. Schmitt, and David A. Williams.

The 2 ka Eruption of Misti Volcano, Southern Peru—The Most Recent Plinian Eruption of Arequipa’s Iconic Volcano
Special Paper 484 - By Christopher J. Harpel, Shanaka de Silva, and Guido Salas
More than 800,000 people live in Arequipa, located at the foot of Misti volcano. This volume will help in understanding the volcano’s past Plinian eruption and in planning for a future one.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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OneGeology is an international initiative by geologists who are working together to create surveys that will make up dynamic, digital, geological map data for the world. OneGeology has just launched the new OneGeology Best Application Competition. This competition aims to demonstrate the wide range of potential uses and applications provided by the geological data and services of the OneGeology Portal, particularly in the areas of easy discoverability, access, and usage. It is open to all geoscientists under the age of 35, and the winner will receive free registration for the 34th IGC in Australia and the opportunity to present his or her new and innovative application during the Geoinformation Symposium/OneGeology Session at the conference. Deadline for entering the competition is May 2012.
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OF NOTE
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Major Initiative in Sedimentary Geology and Paleontology
A summary from a recent National Science Foundation workshop, “TRANSITIONS: The Changing Earth-Life System—Critical Information for Society from the Deep Past” is now available. [ view PDF ]
NOTE: A corrected version of this PDF is now posted as of 16 Dec. at 10am MST (the steering committee listing was incomplete).
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GEOVENTURES
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Geoscience Travel & Tours
Join GSA on one of its wonderful GeoVenture field trips in 2012 — Utah, Colorado, Hawai'i, and Iceland. See the GeoVentures website for more information.
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ON THE WIRE …
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A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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The 17 Nov. MSNBC article, “NASA orbiter watches sand dunes on the move on Mars,” highlights Geology science by N.T. Bridges et al., “Planet-wide sand motion on Mars” (published online 14 Nov.). This article was also highlighted by LiveScience (23 Nov.) and COSMOS, and Australian science magazine, in a 21 Nov. article, “Mars sand dunes caught in motion.” More fantastic images of these dunes are posted on EarthSky.
[ MSNBC article | COSMOS article | EarthSky | Abstract ]

The November GSA Today science article by P.J. Umhoefer, “Why did the Southern Gulf of California rupture so rapidly?—Oblique divergence across hot, weak lithosphere along a tectonically active margin,” received coverage in Our Amazing Planet on 16 Nov. and LiveScience on 17 Nov. in an article titled “How Did the Gulf of California Form So Quickly?” A similar article was published online by Yahoo! News on 17 Nov.
[ Our Amazing Planet | Yahoo! | Full-text GSA Today ]

A 21 Nov. Vancouver Sun article, “Canadian study casts doubt on seabed mining prospects,” details Dec. 2011 Geology science by M. Hannington et al., “The abundance of seafloor massive sulfide deposits.” The Sun article was picked up by several Canadian news outlets, including the Montreal Gazette and the Windsor Star.
[ Abstract | Vancouver Sun ]

The 26 Nov. Live Science article, “Oldest hairy microbe fossils discovered,” details Geology science by T. Bosak et al., “Putative Cryogenian ciliates from Mongolia.”
[ Abstract | LiveScience ]
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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SELECTED PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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  1. What term is given to crystals that have grown in two or more different lattice orientations?
  2. What term is given to the finer crystalline zone found at the edge of a dike or the bottom of a lava flow?
  3. What mineral is often referred to as “dog-tooth spar” because of the shape of its crystals?

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