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July 2012

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 10, no. 7

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Message from GSA President George H. Davis
Meetings
Awards & Recognition
Publications
Geology & Public Policy

Education & Outreach
Of Note
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia

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Message from GSA President George H. Davis
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New Strategic Plan (DRAFT)
I am delighted and honored to be serving as GSA President. A year ago, as GSA Vice President, I became involved in the process that has resulted in the DRAFT 2013–2017 Strategic Plan. The development of this draft benefitted from input & discourse by attendees at the six spring 2012 Town Hall (Section) Meetings, but it now needs a solid critical inspection by the GSA community at large. I urge you to comment on this draft. We in the GSA leadership group want this Strategic Plan to be one that truly clarifies GSA's vision and makes it more effective and productive in achieving our mission.
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MEETINGS
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2012 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition:
Geosciences: Investing in the Future

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA • 4–7 November 2012

LAST CALL!
Abstracts for the 2012 meeting are due no later than 14 August.
[ submit an abstract ]

Please encourage your colleagues & students to submit abstracts and come to the meeting: Use this preformatted e-letter to get the word out!
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AWARDS & RECOGNITION
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2012 GSA Awardees Announced
Congratulations to GSA's 2012 medalists, awardees, new Fellows, 50-year anniversary members, Division awardees, Research Grant recipients, and more. For details, see the July 2012 issue of GSA Today or the GSA Awards Web pages. Awardees will be honored at the upcoming GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition.
  • GSA Presidential Address & President's Medal Presentation (Sun., 4 Nov., 12:15–1:15 p.m.): GSA President George H. Davis will deliver his address, "Where Our Deepest Passions Intersect the World's Compelling Needs." Past-President John W. Geissman will present the 2012 President's Medal.
  • Awards Presentations (Mon., 5 Nov., 12:15–1:15 p.m.): This ceremony will include brief citations and responses. Newly elected Fellows and Division awardees will also be recognized.
  • Gold Medal Lectures (Mon., 5 Nov.:, 2–3:30 p.m.): GSA continues the celebration with up-close and personal lectures presented by the three medalists (Penrose, Donath, and Day).
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PUBLICATIONS
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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
2013 Calendar Now Available!
Earth's Beauty Captured — GSA 125th Anniversary Commemorative Calendar
This 12-month, 11 × 14-inch calendar celebrates the beauty of nature with photographs selected from award-winning submissions to the 2011 GSA Annual Meeting Photo Exhibition in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Enjoy this special 125th Anniversary Edition and its bonus GSA timeline.

Special Paper 488
Impossible Journey: The Story of the Victoria Land Traverse 19591960, Antarctica
By John G. Weihaupt, Alfred W. Stuart, Frans G. Van der Hoeven, Claude Lorius, and William M. Smith
Antarctica in 1959: The ultimate field work "war story."
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GEOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY
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GSA Position Statements
GSA has recently approved several new and revised Position Statements. You can read new statements on Geoheritage and Supporting Planetary Exploration and revised versions of Water Resources, The Value of Geologic Mapping, and Geoscience and Natural Hazards Policy online. In addition, GSA endorsed the Association of American Universities document on Visa Problems Harming America's Scientific, Economic & Security Interests. Contact GSA Director for Geoscience Policy Kasey White if you have any questions.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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Learn & Explore New Skills with GSA's Annual Meeting Short Courses
Early registration deadline: 1 October (you save money if you sign up early).
[ learn more ]

Mega-EarthCache Event!
The 1st International EarthCache Event, coming up in Maine, USA, on 2 Sept. 2012, now has more than 500 registered participants — officially rating the prestigious classification of "Mega" event from the folks at geocaching.com.
[ learn more ]
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OF NOTE
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NPR: Man-Made Earthquakes Get Geologists' Attention
GSA Fellows Murray Hitzman and Mark Zoback testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on 19 June regarding induced seismicity potential in energy technologies. Hitzman and Zoback also participated in a 20 June NPR Morning Edition interview on the topic.
[ Committee testimony | NPR interview ]
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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The July 2012 GSA Today science article, "Buckling an orogen: The Cantabrian Orocline," by G. Gutiérrez-Alonso et al., was highlighted in U.S. and Spanish media — on the Our Amazing Planet website (and redistributed by Yahoo! News) and in a Salamanca24horas.com post, both on 5 July 2012.
[ Gutiérrez-Alonso et al. article | Our Amazing Planet | Salamanca24horas.com ]

The Geosphere article by E. Cowgill et al., "Interactive terrain visualization enables virtual field work during rapid scientific response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake," posted online 26 June 2012 was covered by LiveScience and picked up by Yahoo! News and MSNBC.
[ Cowgill et al. abstract | Yahoo! News | MSNBC ]

The July 2012 Geology article, "Microbial nucleation of Mg-rich dolomite in exopolymeric substances under anoxic modern seawater salinity: New insight into an old enigma," by S. Krause et al., was discussed in a 28 June Rapid Uplift blog post.
[ Krause et al. abstract | Rapid Uplift blog ]

The July 2012 open-access Geology article, "Green rust formation controls nutrient availability in a ferruginous water column," by A. Zegeye et al., received heavy media coverage, with articles in The Siasat Daily (27 June); Examiner.com (27 June); Yahoo! News (28 June); and Fox News (28 June) (via LiveScience syndication).
[ Zegeye et al. article | Examiner.com | Fox News ]

The Geology article, "Tristan da Cunha: Constraining eruptive behavior using the 40Ar/39Ar dating technique," by A. Hicks et al., which was posted online ahead of print on 15 June 2012, was covered by a 26 June Scotsman.com post.
[ A. Hicks et al. abstract | Scotsman.com ]

The July 2012 GSA Bulletin article by A.D. Nelson and M. Church, "Placer mining along the Fraser River, British Columbia: The geomorphic impact," was picked up by Canada.com, with articles featured by several news outlets, including the Vancouver Sun (23 June).
[ Nelson and Church abstract | Vancouver Sun ]

The Geology article, "Hydrous melting of the martian mantle produced both depleted and enriched shergottites," by F.M. McCubbin et al., which was published online ahead of print on 15 June 2012, was covered by several media organizations, including Huff Post Science, Christian Science Monitor, and CBS.com, all via a Space.com syndicated article.
[ McCubbin et al. abstract | Christian Science Monitor ]

The Geology article "Heavy metal, sex and granites: Crustal differentiation and bioavailability in the mid-Proterozoic," by J. Parnell et al., which was posted online ahead of print on 8 June 2012, was discussed in a 19 June New Scientist article.
[ Parnell et al. abstract | New Scientist article ]

The June 2012 Geology article, "No causal link between terrestrial ecosystem change and methane release during the end-Triassic mass extinction," by S. Lindström et al., received detailed coverage in a 17 July ScienceNordic post.
[ Lindström et al. abstract | ScienceNordic ]
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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. The northern edge of Canada's Bay of Fundy is famous for what UNESCO World Heritage Site?
  2. What is the name of the longest river in Antarctica?
  3. In geology, to what do the terms jelly sandwich and crème brûlée refer?

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