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October 2012

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

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Membership Matters
2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Education & Outreach
Speaking of Geoscience
Of Note
Publications


Geology & Public Policy
GSA Sections
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia
125th Anniversary Celebrations

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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Renew Early & Receive a Reduced Rate!
Renew your 2013 membership by 15 December and save 15%. This discount applies to members from high-income countries; those from non–high income countries already qualify for reduced dues.

When you renew for 2013, you'll have the opportunity to

  • Subscribe to GSA's premier journals;
  • Join any number of GSA's 17 specialty Divisions;
  • Affiliate with another of GSA's seven regional Sections; and
  • Support students, research, and education by making a contribution to the GSA Foundation.
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2012 ANNUAL MEETING & EXPOSITION • 4–7 November
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GSA's Connected Communities
Facebook
Blog Roll
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(#GEO2012)

Program Book
Info & Extras
Exhibits
Maps
Sessions/Index
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Still trying to decide if you're going to the Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA? Maybe we can tempt you with these sessions and special events. You can even download the Annual Meeting Program.

It's never too late to register for the meeting — up until the last day! Register online now and your name badge will be available for pick up at the Advanced Registration Desk in the Charlotte Convention Center.

Arrive on Friday or Saturday before the meeting, and sharpen your skills with one or more of GSA's Short Courses. Space is still available in several classes.

Students: Looking for a job in government or industry? Want to interact with a potential mentor for career advice? Check out the meeting mentor programs and enter your résumé into our Employment Service Center.

Last but not least... loads of exhibitors are looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte this year! What swag will you grab?
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SPEAKING OF GEOSCIENCE
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New Guest Blog Post
GSA Sierra Nevada Field Forum
Posted by Erik Klemetti
The Sierra Nevada of California is one of the most fascinating geologic provinces in North America (and Iím just not saying this because Iím a petrologist) ...
[ read more ]
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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GeoCorps™ America
BREAKING NEWS! NEW Winter 2012 GeoCorps positions available!
Three new positions are now open. (1) The NPS Conservation and Outdoor Recreation (COR) Division is seeking a GIS specialist in Washington, D.C.; (2) the BLM's Royal Gorge Field Office in Colorado is seeking a GIS/geology intern; and (3) California's Redwood National and State Parks has an opening for a hydrological technician.
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Summer 2012 GeoCorps participants worked on more than 70 different public lands throughout the United States. To see the kind of work they did, check out the new GeoCorps Facebook photo album. GeoCorps updates will continue to be posted to Facebook over the next few weeks, leading up to the 1 Dec. 2012 announcement of summer 2013 positions.
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OF NOTE
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New NSF Funding Opportunity for Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology: Earth-Life Transitions (ELT)
The NSF Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology program is pleased to announce a NEW funding opportunity for the SGP community! The "Earth-Life Transitions" program is a direct response to some of the grand challenges posed by the community through a number of workshops and National Academy reports. This program is Track 2 of the newly revised SGP solicitation 12-608.
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Geoscience Job Opportunities Abound!
Classified ads have been rolling in to the GSA online recruitment forum and GSA Today over the past couple of months, offering jobs and other opportunities in the geosciences.
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PUBLICATIONS
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Seeking Science Editors
Terms begin January 2014
GSA's internationally recognized journals Geology, Geosphere, GSA Bulletin, and GSA Today invite applications and nominations for science editors.
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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
Field Guide 28
Deformation, Fluid Flow, and Mass Transfer in the Forearc of Convergent Margins: Field Guides to the Northern Apennines in Emilia and in the Apuan Alps (Italy)
Edited by Paola Vannucchi and Donald Fisher
This volume, created for a March 2012 GSA Penrose conference, includes two field trips: one in the Ligurides and the other in the Alpi Apuane. Together, they address convergent margin processes at a variety of depths within the subduction system.
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GEOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY

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Congressional Visits Days
Geoscientists Ask Congress for Continued Science Funding
Last month, GSA members were part of a contingent of 50 geoscientists in Washington, D.C., for the 5th Annual Geoscience Congressional Visits Day. At more than 100 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff, participants highlighted the benefits to the U.S. of scientific research and asked for continued, sustained funding for the geosciences.
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Position Statement DRAFT
GSA members are invited to comment on the Position Statement draft, "Promoting Earth Science Literacy for Public Decision Making," by 15 November.
[ read draft | comment ]

GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship
Put your expertise to work helping shape science and technology policy on Capitol Hill — Work on staff for a Member of Congress or a congressional committee. If you are an earth scientist with a broad geologic background, experience in applying scientific knowledge to societal challenges, and a passion for helping shape the future of the geoscience profession, GSA invites your application for this one-year fellowship. Deadline to apply: 1 Feb. 2013.
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SWITCH Film Screening in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 25 Oct., 5:30 p.m.
GSA announces a special screening of Switch, an acclaimed film embraced by both environmental groups and the energy industry that provides a balanced and pragmatic solution for our energy future. The documentary, from Arcos Films, will be shown at AAAS headquarters in Washington D.C. Director Harry Lynch will introduce the film and lead a Q&A. Tickets are free and can be obtained via e-mail.
[ get tickets | download flyer | find a screening in your area ]
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GSA SECTIONS
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2013 Section Meetings — Call for Papers
Abstracts due 11 December

NORTHEASTERN
18–20 March • Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, USA
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SOUTHEASTERN
20–21 March • San Juan, Puerto Rico
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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The Sept. 2012 GSA Today science article by G. Girard and J. Stix, "Future volcanism at Yellowstone caldera: Insights from geochemistry of young volcanic units and monitoring of volcanic unrest," continued to receive media coverage (see last month's GSA Connection), this time by National Geographic news on 20 Sept., in both Spanish and English.
[ Girard & Stix abstract | NatGeo en español | NatGeo in English ]

The Aug. 2012 Geology article, "Biosignatures link microorganisms to iron mineralization in a paleoaquifer," by K.A. Weber et al., was covered by Examiner.com and the online magazine This View of Life.
[ Weber et al. abstract | Examiner.com | This View of Life ]

The Geology article by W.J. D'Andrea et al., "Mild Little Ice Age and unprecedented recent warmth in an 1800 year lake sediment record from Svalbard," first published online 18 Sept. 2012, was covered by Science 2.0 on 1 Oct., Huff Post Green on 2 Oct., and Cutting Edge News on 10 Oct.
[ D'Andrea et al. abstract | Science 2.0 | Huff Post | Cutting Edge ]

The Geology article by B.B. Perren et al., "Twentieth-century warming revives the world's northernmost lake," published ahead of print on 18 Sept. 2012, was covered by New Scientist on 4 Oct.
[ Perren et al. abstract | New Scientist ]

The Geology article, "Revised conceptual model for maar-diatremes: Subsurface processes, energetics, and eruptive products," by J.A. Valentine and J.D.L. White, published online 18 Sept. 2012, was covered by LiveScience, with stories in Mother Nature Network on 6 Oct. and Huff Post Science on 7 Oct.
[ Valentine and White abstract | Mother Nature Network | Huff Post ]
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA

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GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA

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  1. What 1989 M7.1 earthquake is also known as "the World Series earthquake"? (Note: 7.1 refers to the surface-wave magnitude; the USGS also reports it as M6.9.)

  2. What is the name given for the period of rapid cooling in Earth's northern hemisphere from ~12,900 to ~11,600 years ago?

  3. What is D-double prime? (D′′)

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Watch our 125th Anniversary website grow, and click on the icon to the left to view the events we already have planned for next year.
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