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March 2014

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 12, no. 3

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Meetings
Education & Outreach
Publications News
Government Affairs & Public Policy
GSA Leadership
GSA Foundation News

Of Note
Associated Society Calendar Close-Ups
GSA's Connected Community
GSA Guest Blog: "Speaking of Geoscience"
On the Wire…
GSA Geoscience Trivia

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MEETINGS
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GSA Sections
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2014 Section Meetings
Northeastern
23–25 March
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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Southeastern
10–11 April
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
[ register ]

North-Central
24–25 April
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Early registration deadline: 24 March
[ register ]
Rocky Mountain & Cordilleran Sections Joint Meeting
19–21 May • Bozeman, Montana, USA
Early registration deadline: 14 April
[ register ]
Mentor the Next Generation of Geoscientists
Applied geoscientists:
Pass your experience and knowledge
of applied geology or applied hydrogeology
to student attendees at an upcoming Section Meeting.
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2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver
Action Items:
• Passports and Visas
• Reserve space or a booth in the Exhibit Hall
• Sponsor the meeting
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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On To the Future
Students: Attend Your First GSA Annual Meeting
Application deadline: 11 April
GSA invites your applicaton for our On To the Future Program (OTF). OTF provides travel support to diverse students to attend their first GSA Annual Meeting, where they will gain insight into geoscience research, networking opportunities, and career support. GSA encourages low-income, minority, first-generation, women, veterans, and students with disabilities to apply.
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Bighorn Basin Field Camp
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Get into the Field with GSA and ExxonMobil!
Application deadline: 18 April
Apply now for the GSA/ExxonMobil Field Awards — You may receive a $2,000 scholarship toward your field camp, a $10,000 award to help operate your field camp, or a one-week, all-expenses-paid field seminar in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin.
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PUBLICATIONS NEWS
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Sawtooth Ridge Valley
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NEW in the GSA Store
Field Guide 34
Formation of the Sierra Nevada Batholith: Magmatic and Tectonic Processes and Their Tempos
Edited by Vali Memeti, Scott R. Paterson, and Keith D. Putirka
Follow the path of the 2012 Field Forum of the same title on this six-day geologic journey across the Mesozoic magmatic arc of the central Sierra Nevada in California.
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Geofacets
GSA members can now subscribe to the GSA Millennium Edition of Geofacets, a web-based research tool that offers access to an extensive database of georeferenced geological maps.
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Alerts Keep You Updated
Sign up for table-of-contents e-mail alerts to GSA journals and books. It's free, and you don't have to be a current subscriber.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY
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Mixed Bag for Geoscience in FY2015 Request
The Obama administration released its fiscal year 2015 (FY2015) budget request on 4 March. Overall, R&D would increase 1.2% to $135.4 billion in the request, but results for various geoscience agencies are mixed.
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Follow this link to learn more news and information about GSA's public policy work.
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GSA LEADERSHIP
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Help Shape the Future of Geoscience
1. Volunteer for Committee Service
Deadline to apply or submit nominations: 15 July
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2. GSA Members: Vote now for Tomorrow's Society Leaders
Deadline to vote for your 2014 Officers and Councilors: 6 April
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GSA FOUNDATION NEWS
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Visit the GSA Foundation at Section Meetings
Will you or your students attend a section meeting this spring? Be sure to visit the GSA Foundation table in the exhibit area. We are promoting many great programs and would enjoy seeing you and meeting students! Ask us about these terrific programs supported by GSA members, corporate sponsors, and foundations:
• On To the Future
• Career Development and Mentor Programs
• GeoCorpsTM America
• Research Grants
• Teacher Advocate Program
• Earthcache
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OF NOTE
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Call For Nominations: 2014 SSSA Awards & Scholarships
First deadline: 27 March
The Soil Science Society of America, one of GSA's Associated Societies, is accepting award and scholarship nominations.
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Scotland geology students
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Edinburgh University Students Discover Scotland
Take a trip along with these students to begin your exploration of the geologic features of northwest Scotland.
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Mars
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Viking Preservation Project
The Viking Mars Missions Preservation and Education Project is focused on preserving the history, artifacts, original documents, and data from the Viking Missions, to inspire current and future leaders and thinkers, and to instill collaboration and equity into missions of tomorrow.
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ASSOCIATED SOCIETY CALENDAR CLOSE-UPS
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2014 Joint Meeting of the Geological Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, and the Atlantic Geoscience Society
Illuminating the Past for 175 Years
21–23 May 2014 • Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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View more upcoming meetings on our geoscience calendar page.
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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 to the community to get started.
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GSA GUEST BLOG: "SPEAKING OF GEOSCIENCE"
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2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecturer Blog Series
GSA's 2014 International Lecturer is Marjorie A. Chan of the University of Utah, USA. In the coming months, "Speaking of Geoscience" will feature a series of dispatches from Chan as she travels to Singapore, India, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, and Korea.
• 15 Mar.: Arriving Australia
• 11 Mar.: Update from Christchurch
• 9 Mar.: Greetings from Wellington
• 5 Mar.: Arriving in Auckland
• 28 Feb.: Departing Dehli
• 27 Feb.: Greetings from Dehli
• 25 Feb.: Field Dispatch from the Deccan Traps, Western Ghats
• 22 Feb.: Dispatch from Hyderabad
• 19 Feb.: Greetings From Kolkata
• 17 Feb.: Dispatch from Kharagpur
• 16 Feb.: Greetings from Singapore

Other New Posts
Don Duggan-Haas:
• 17 Mar.: The 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy (Part 2)
• 12 Mar.: The 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy (Part 1)

Want to write for "Speaking of Geoscience"?
Follow this link to learn more.
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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Hardcopy Round-up
The following journal articles were highlighted in hard-copy magazines this quarter:
Geology: The July 2013 paper by S.E. Gelman et al., "On the longevity of large upper crustal silicic magma reservoirs," was highlighted in a 22 Feb. NewScientist article, p. 16.
Geology: The paper by T.T. Barrows et al., "A White Nile megalake during the last interglacial period," published online on 6 Jan. 2014, was covered in a 25 Jan. NewScientist article, p. 11.
Geology: The paper by N.R. McKenzie et al., "Plate tectonic influences on Neoproterozoic–early Paleozoic climate and animal evolution," published online on 6 Jan. 2014, was featured in an 18 Jan. NewScientist article, p. 6–7.

Also hard-copy only: Work by GSA members has recently been highlighted in SN (formerly Science News):
• 25 Jan.: "The Storied Colorado: Tracing the history of the river that carved the West," p. 22–26 (A. Aslan, R. Dorsey, J. Flowers, K. Karlstrom, W. Ranney, K. Whipple).
• 8 Feb.: "Life's Early Traces: New finds help push microbe origins beyond 3.5 billion years ago," p. 16–19 (N. Noffke).

The Feb. 2014 GSA Today science article, "Boulders of the Vastitas Borealis Formation: Potential origin and implications for an ancient martian ocean," by L. Moscardelli, is covered in a 15 Feb. Astrobiology Magazine post and a 17 Feb. Daily Galaxy post.

The Geology article, "Late Holocene fluctuations of Qori Kalis outlet glacier, Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peruvian Andes," by J.S. Stroup et al. (published online 25 Feb. 2014), received heavy media coverage, including the following:
• 25 Feb. Science 2.0
• 25 Feb. Bloomberg News
• 26 Feb. New York Times (which was picked up by the Anchorage Daily News)
• 26 Feb. Summit County Citizens Voice
• 26 Feb. International Business Times
• 26 Feb. Christian Science Monitor (which was picked up by the Alaska Dispatch)
• 27 Feb. Open Democracy
• 2 Mar. Huffington Post

The Geology article, "Abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon in northwest India ~4100 yr ago," by Y. Dixit et al. (published online 24 Feb. 2014), also received heavy media coverage, including the following:
• 27 Feb. Times of India
• 28 Feb. Business Standard
• 3 Mar. The Independent
• 4 Mar. The New Zealand Herald
• 13 Mar. New Scientist online

An 11 Mar. LiveScience/Our Amazing Planet article, which was picked up by Yahoo! News Canada, covers a March 2014 Geology (published online 10 Jan. 2014) article, "Oblique rifting of the Equatorial Atlantic: Why there is no Saharan Atlantic Ocean," by C. Heine and S. Brune.

A February 2014 Geology article, "Bayou Corne, Louisiana, sinkhole: Precursory deformation measured by radar interferometry," by C.E. Jones and R.G. Blom (first published online on 13 Dec. 2013) is discussed in 7 Mar. stories by My Fox Orlando and Wired.com UK.

A 7 Mar. LiveScience/Our Amazing Planet article, which was picked up by Scientific American online and Mother Nature Network covers a Jan. 2014 Geology article by J.L. Smellie et al., "Glaciovolcanic evidence for a polythermal Neogene East Antarctic Ice Sheet" (first published online 22 Nov. 2013).

A 2013 Geology article (published online 26 Mar. 2013) by K.M. Keranen et al., "Potentially induced earthquakes in Oklahoma, USA: Links between wastewater injection and the 2011 Mw 5.7 earthquake sequence," was the subject of a 7 Mar. LiveScience article, which was picked up by Yahoo! News on 7 Mar. and the Weather Channel on 9 Mar.
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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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Earth
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1. The first 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption occurred on what date?

2. What is "geest"?

3. The 50th anniversary of the largest recorded earthquake in North America is 27 March. Where did this earthquake occur?

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