2018 GSA North-Central Section

52nd Annual Meeting

Geoscience Returns to the Heartland
16–17 April | Ames, Iowa
Iowa State University


Questions about short courses and workshops should be directed to Yuyu Zhou and Chris Harding.

W1. Geologic Mapping Using GIS.
Sita Karki, GIS Coordinator, Michigan Geological Survey.
Sun., 15 April, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost $30; includes materials and refreshments.
The short course will focus on making professional geological maps using the ArcGIS software. The course will be targeted foe geologists (students, professionals, regulators) who have little or no GIS skills. Desktop computers, tutorials, GIS data, and lecture notes provided. Location: Durham Center, ISU campus. Limit: 18.
W2. 3D Printing of Terrain Models.
Chris Harding, Iowa State Univ.; Franciszek Hasiuk, Iowa State Univ.
Sun., 15 April,1 p.m.-5 p.m. Cost $30; includes materials and refreshments.
This short course will provide hands-on instruction for creating 3D terrain models suitable for 3D printing from public DEM raster data. Participants should bring a laptop with these free software tools installed: QGIS, Meshmixer, MeshLab and MakerWare. Practical examples will be provided to demonstrate use of 3D printed terrain models in the classroom and the field. Location: Howe Hall, ISU campus. Limit: 12.
W3. Collecting Geological Field Data Using the StraboSpot Data System.
Doug Walker, Univ. of Kansas.
Sun., 15 April, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost $50; includes workshop book, box lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments.
The aim of the short course is to introduce new users to StraboSpot Data System, which is designed to help collect data in the field and to integrate field data with laboratory measurements. Participants will help design and build projects for both research and teaching. Lectures and field data collection will be combined throughout the day. Location: 208 Scheman.
W4. Effective Science Communication for Geoscientists.
Carol McCartney, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Michael Dahlstrom, Iowa State University; Dara Wald, Iowa State University.
Mon, 16 April, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost $30; includes box lunch.
This workshop will provide a forum where geoscientists can learn about and discuss techniques of effective science communication with the public, peers, and policymakers. The facilitators are all involved in science communication. Carol McCartney is the Outreach Manager for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. Professors Dahlstrom and Wald are faculty members in the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University. Location: Scheman Building. Location: 208 Scheman.
W5. NSF’s Portal to the Public: Partnering Researchers with Science Centers to Create Interactive Demonstrations to Bring Research to the Public.
Renee Harmon, Science Center of Iowa.
Tues, 17 April, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost $30; includes box lunch.
Are you interested in connecting your current research to public audiences? Join the staff of the Science Center of Iowa to experience and explore tools and strategies to engage your local community with your current science research. Location: 208 Scheman.
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Abstracts Due:
16 January

Early Registration Ends:
5 March


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