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January 2014

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 12, no. 1

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Grants, Awards & Recognition
Education & Outreach
Meetings
Government Affairs & Public Policy
Publications News
Of Note
Calendar Close-Ups

International Affairs
GSA's Connected Community
Speaking of Geoscience
EarthCache
On the Wire…
GSA Geoscience Trivia
Membership Matters

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Check for February Deadlines Below!
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GRANTS, AWARDS & RECOGNITION
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medals
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Award Nomination Deadlines Fast Approaching
Deadline for most nominations: 1 February
GSA has a long tradition of bestowing awards on the best and brightest in the geoscience profession, and you can have a hand in making this happen.
[ learn more | read detailed PDF ]

Graduate Student Research Grants
Application deadline: 3 February

Research grants help geoscience students support their research. Last year, $582,340 was awarded to 307 graduate students (50% of those who applied) through the GSA Graduate Student Research Grant Program.
[ learn more ]
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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GeoCorps America
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GeoCorps™ America — Summer Jobs Now Available
Application deadline extended to 18 February
Geologic mapping by kayak in the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area; assisting with National Environmental Policy Act analyses at the BLM Taos Field Office — these are just two examples of the ~100 paid, short-term geoscience opportunities offered for summer 2014 through GSA's GeoCorps program.
[ learn more ]
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Mosaics In Science
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Mosaics in Science — Summer 2014
Apply by 18 February
The new National Park Service–GSA "Mosaics in Science" (MIS) program offers paid, short-term, multidisciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) positions at National Park sites across the United States. The goal of MIS is to provide youth who are typically underrepresented in science career fields with on-the-ground, science-based, work experiences.
[ learn more ]
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GeoVentures
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Field Opportunities with GSA's GeoVentures
Students: Looking for opportunities to get out into the field? Destinations for this year's trips that specifically designed for students include Hawaii, Moab, Colorado mining, and Dinosaur National Monument.
Teachers: GSA runs several GeoVentures and Field Camps for teachers. They are fantastic ways to earn CEUs and to learn more about geology & how to teach it in your classroom. This summer includes trips to Australia, Hawaii, the Illinois Basin, Colorado, and Mammoth Cave.
— This year's trips are filling up, so register now to secure your spot. Contact Gary Lewis, , for information about the Australia and Hawaii trips. Contact Davida Buehler, , with questions about trips to Illinois, Colorado, and Mammoth Cave.
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MEETINGS
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2014 Section Meetings
South-Central
17–18 March
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Early registration deadline: 10 February
[ register ]
Northeastern
23–25 March
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Early registration deadline: 18 February
[ register ]
Southeastern
10–11 April
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Early registration deadline 10 March
[ register ]
North-Central
24–25 April
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Registration opens in early February
[ learn more ]
Joint Meeting: Rocky Mountain & Cordilleran
19–21 May
Bozeman, Montana, USA
Abstracts due 11 February
[ submit abstract ]
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39th INHIGEO Symposium
International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences
6–10 July 2014
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, USA
Proposals due 24 January
Early registration deadline: 2 June
Limited space is available on the post-meeting field trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Don't wait — sign up now!
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY
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rare earths photo by Peggy Greb, USDA
Rare earth minerals; photo by Peggy Greb, USDA.
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Ensuring Critical Mineral Supplies for Defense and Domestic Applications
Congressional Actions and GSA's Position
Legislation currently being considered in the House and Senate address concerns about the availability of international supplies of critical minerals and the United States' capacity for domestic production.
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Hydraulic Fracturing
Looking for objective information on hydraulic fracturing? See GSA's new online critical issue resource for members, policy-makers, and the general public.

Be The Next GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow
Applications due 1 February
Spend a year working as a staff member for a Member of Congress or congressional committee. Learn about public policy on the Hill and help effect change!
[ learn more ]
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PUBLICATIONS NEWS
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New Editors for 2014
Shan de Silva (Geosphere), David Schofield (GSA Bulletin), Steve Whitmeyer (GSA Today), and Brendan Murphy (Geology) joined GSA editorial teams this month.
[ first press release | second press release ]

Seeking Science Editors for 2015
Applications due 15 February
GSA's internationally recognized publications, GSA Today, GSA Bulletin, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Lithosphere, and GSA books, invite applications and nominations for science editors, with terms to begin in January 2015 (July 2014 for E&EG).
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Lithoprobe
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From the Geological Association of Canada
Tectonic Styles in Canada: The LITHOPROBE Perspective
Edited by Fred Cook, John Percival, and Ron Clowes
LITHOPROBE's multidisciplinary earth science studies made waves in Canada for more than 20 years — Read all about it in this comprehensive volume published by the Geological Association of Canada.
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OF NOTE
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Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games
The National Science Foundation has partnered with NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News) to release the "Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games."
[ learn more ]
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ocean
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Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences
The National Research Council is conducting a Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences and wants to hear from you! Please go to the NSF's Virtual Town Hall website and contribute your comments by 15 March.
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Colorado floods
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USGS Science Features: Natural Hazards of 2013
To start the New Year, the USGS reflects on the natural hazards of 2013 as a reminder of the need for preparedness to save lives and property.
[ learn more ]
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CALENDAR CLOSE-UPS
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National Association for Geoscience Teachers
The National Association for Geoscience Teachers is offering numerous workshops with application deadlines in February and March 2014. These include the following:
[ NAGT–On the Cutting Edge | InTeGrate ]

Soil Science Society of America
6–9 March 2014 • Sacramento, California, USA
Specialty conference: "Soil's Role in Restoring Ecosystem Services"
[ learn more ]

View more upcoming meetings on our geoscience calendar page.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
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Looking Ahead:
35th International Geological Congress (IGC)

Cape Town, South Africa
27 Aug.–4 Sept. 2016
Now Accepting Session Proposals
[ learn more ]
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GSA's CONNECTED COMMUNITY
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Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration
Complete your profile in the new GSA member directory, and invite your colleagues to do the same. Search member profiles and build your GSA network. Post questions and comments to the Open Forum discussion. Read member-contributed posts on a variety of topics ranging from public policy to geo-tourism. Log in at community.geosociety.org to get started.

New IIG
GSA Council recently approved GSA's first Interdisciplinary Interest Group (IIG): Soils and Soil Processes. Contact Michael Young, , for information about this new community.
[ what are IIGs? ]
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SPEAKING OF GEOSCIENCE
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New Blog Posts
Mark Jessell:
Structural Geology and Tectonics Research for Development in Africa (28 Dec.)

Vince Matthews:
On the Shoulders of Giants (17 Dec.)

GSA Founders Series:
Newton Horace Winchell (27 Dec.)
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EARTHCACHE
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EarthCacheTM Turns 10!
Since the first EarthCache was placed in January 2004, an amazing four-million people have visited more than 16,200 EarthCache sites in 165 countries around the globe. On this past 10 Jan., the EarthCache community held more than 125 events around the world, visiting existing EarthCaches and creating new ones.
[ learn more | Geocaching blog | GSA press release ]

EarthCache Survey
Help GSA learn more about EarthCachers and EarthCaching by completing an online survey, which is part of a study to learn more about who participates in EarthCaching, why they participate, and what they learn. You need to be at least 18 years old and live in the United States to participate. The research team is seeking responses from a wide range of people, including EarthCache novices up to EarthCache Masters.
[ take survey ]
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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The Deepest
The January-February 2014 GSA Bulletin science article by N. Ross et al., "The Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands: Inception and retreat of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet," has received heavy coverage, including the following: The Longest
The January 2014 GSA Today science article by K.L. Pankow et al., "Massive landslide at Utah copper mine generates wealth of geophysical data," has also received heavy media coverage, including the following: The Most Electric
"Experimental generation of volcanic lightning" by C. Cimarelli et al., published in the January 2014 issue of Geology, received heavy media coverage as well, including the following: In Other News...
A 19 Dec. LiveScience article covers Geology science by C.E. Jones et al., "Bayou Corne, Louisiana, sinkhole: Precursory deformation measured by radar interferometry," which was posted online ahead of print on 13 Dec. 2013.

A 16 Jan. Business Standard article covers Geology science by S. Viehmann et al., "Decoupled Hf-Nd isotopes in Neoarchean seawater reveal weathering of emerged continents," which was posted online ahead of print on 13 Dec. 2013.

The GSA 125th Anniversary Antarctica trip is illustrated in a 2 Jan. online posting of AGI's EARTH magazine.

A 2013 GSA Annual Meeting talk by Vince Matthews is discussed in an 18 Jan. article in The Denver Post.
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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GSA GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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Northridge EQ
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1. Three major earthquakes are on record as having occurred in the month of January in past years. Can you name them?

2. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, the Burgess Shale is located in what country?

3. What country has the most GeoParks?

check your answers

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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Our GSA Community — Now 26,000+ Members Strong!
GSA is proud to serve, and we thank our members for their continued support and involvement. If you still need to renew your membership, please do so now.

Students and recent graduates: Find valuable information HERE on GSA programs, discounts, and opportunities.
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