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July 2011

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 9, no. 7

In this issue …

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Meetings
Education & Outreach
Grants, Awards & Recognition
Publications
Government Affairs

Calendar Closeups: Associated Society Events
Of Note
On the Wire…
125th Anniversary Expedition
Geoscience Trivia

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MEETINGS
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Annual Meeting Poster
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2011 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition
ARCHEAN TO ANTHROPOCENE: The Past is the Key to the Future
9–12 October • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


LAST CALL!
Abstracts for the 2011 meeting are due no later than 26 July.
[ submit abstract | technical program ]

Early registration deadline: 6 September.

Plan your travel & find discounts.

Enjoy your Monday morning run with GSA colleagues and friends — Join the 5K race around Loring Park. Sign up when you register for the meeting.

International Section Members: Apply for the International Section Travel Grant for the meeting by 1 August.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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Employment Service Center
GSA hosts a year-round online applicant data base (GSA members may post résumés for FREE) with job postings and interview services at the 2011 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 9–12 Oct.
[ learn more ]

Annual Meeting Short Courses
Add new skills, earn continuing education credits, and increase your professional potential: Enroll in a short course at this year's Annual Meeting. Save money by signing up before the 6 Sept. early registration deadline.
[ view courses ]

GeoCorps™ America
Attention GeoCorps Alumni and Current Participants!
• Please join us at the GeoCorps Alumni Reception on Mon., 10 Oct., 5–6:30 p.m., at the GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.
• We're also seeking GeoCorps alumni to volunteer at the GeoCorps booths during the meeting. Contact Matt Dawson, , for more information.
• Finally, please consider presenting your work at the meeting; the abstract deadline is 26 July.

GeoCorps™ America Diversity & American Indian Internships Aid NPS Youth Internship Program
GeoCorps and the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) are working together to foster diversity in the geosciences. A recent NPS article reports, "Twelve youth interns from under-represented groups recently received Diversity Internships through the NPS Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program to work on a variety of park earth science and natural resource projects."
[ NPS article | American Indian Internships | Diversity Internships ]

GSA & EarthCache™ Make News
GSA's Education & Outreach Director Gary Lewis was recently interviewed by The Online Geocacher regarding GSA's EarthCache Program.
[ read article ]
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GRANTS, AWARDS & RECOGNITION
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2011 GSA Medals & Awards
The 2011 GSA Medals & Awards have been announced; awardees will be honored during the Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony on Sunday, 9 Oct., 6:30–8:30 p.m., at the GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. We hope you'll be there to congratulate your esteemed colleagues!
[ award recipients ]

Call for Division Award Nominations
Kerry Kelts Student Research Award of GSA's Limnogeology Division
Nomination deadline: 1 August
[ learn more ]
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PUBLICATIONS
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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
2012 Calendar
A Vibrant Earth: Through the Lens, 2012
Enjoy colorful images at all scales — from aerial views to photomicrographs — in this stunningly beautiful calendar.

SPE478
Volcanism and Evolution of the African Lithosphere
edited by Luigi Beccaluva, Gianluca Bianchini, and Marjorie Wilson
Processes involving interaction between the lithosphere and the underlying convective mantle have at times been poorly understood—until now. Learn how the African Rift system provides a unique natural laboratory to study the transition from continental breakup to seafloor spreading.

Special Paper 481
A new geological map of the Island of Syros (Aegean Sea, Greece): Implications for lithostratigraphy and structural history of the Cycladic Blueschist Unit
by Mark Keiter, Chris Ballhaus, and Frank Tomaschek
A new, highly detailed geological map of Syros Island (on CD-ROM) accompanies this review of the current state of research concerning this interesting island.

GEOLOGY Seeks Science Co-Editor
GSA's internationally recognized journal, Geology, invites applications and nominations for a co-science editor with a term beginning as early as January 2012.
[ learn more ]
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
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GSA Panel Seeks Input on Position Statement DRAFT:
Expanding and Improving Geoscience in Higher Education

Please submit your comments and suggestions by 15 August.
[ read DRAFT (PDF) | add your comments ]

Congressional Briefings
21 June: GSA cosponsored and moderated a congressional briefing on "Landslide Hazards: A Stealth Threat to the Nation."
24 June: GSA hosted a USGS Congressional briefing on "Unconventional Oil and Gas — Fueling the Future."

USGS Budget Advances in House of Representatives
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved legislation that would restore proposed budget cuts for many USGS programs, reduce funding for several programs, and increase funding for selected programs. Overall, the bill would appropriate $1.054 billion for the USGS in FY 2012, down $30 million from the FY 2011 enacted level and $64 million below the President's budget request for FY 2012.
[ learn more ]

NSF Budget Remains Flat but NASA Budget Cut by $1.6 Billion in House Appropriations Bill
The NSF's FY 2012 budget would remain flat at $6.9 billion under legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee on 13 July (President Obama proposed a $907 million increase for NSF in FY 2012). The bill would cut NASA's budget to $16.8 billion in FY 2012. It would also terminate the James Webb Space Telescope, which the committee said is "billions of dollars over budget and plagued by poor management."
[ more info on NSF budget | more info on NASA budget ]
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CALENDAR CLOSEUPS: ASSOCIATED SOCIETY EVENTS
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North American V.M. Goldschmidt 2012: Earth in Evolution
24–29 June 2012 • Montréal, Québec, Canada
Deadline for session proposals: 12 Sept. 2011.
Plus: Visit the 2012 V.M. Goldschmidt information booth at this year's Goldschmidt Conference in Prague, Czech Republic: Earth, Life and Fire (14–19 Aug.).
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Karst Waters Institute: Carbonate Geochemistry Conference, 6–9 Aug., Billings, Montana, USA.

FRAGILE EARTH: Geological Processes from Global to Local Scales and Associated Hazards, 4–7 Sept., Munich, Germany. Joint meeting of GSA with Geologische Vereinigung e.V. and Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft.

Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists: 54th Annual Meeting: North to the Future, 19–24 Sept., Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
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OF NOTE
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Call for Entries: International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge: NSF and AAAS Foster Spirit of Competition for Communicating Science.
Entry deadline: 30 Sept. Learn more.

New York Times: "Ethics Office Moves to Let Federal Employees Serve on Nonprofit Boards"
[ New York Times article | position letter from GSA ]

Free 3-D Map Info from ISGS & BGS
The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) and British Geological Survey (BGS) announce the release of the jointly published ISGS Circular 578, Synopsis of Current Three-Dimensional Geological Mapping and Modeling in Geological Survey Organizations. Go to the IUGS site, select "circulars" on the roll-down "search by series" menu, click "submit query," and then click on C578 in the circulars series page.
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ON THE WIRE …
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A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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The 3 June Our Amazing Planet article, "New cross-section reveals what's beneath North America," covers June 2011 GSA Today science by P.T.C. Hammer et al., "The big picture: A lithospheric cross section of the North American continent."
[ Hammer et al. article | Our Amazing Planet ]

The Geology science article by C.R. Keating-Bitonti et al. posted online 1 July (ahead of print), "Warm, not super-hot, temperatures in the early Eocene subtropics," has received a good deal of media coverage, including an 8 July Live Science article, "Ancient Earth not as hot as previously thought"; a 7 July Earth Times article "Looking for the climate's future in the distant past"; and a 6 July Albuquerque Express article, "Scientists reveal how hot the Earth was 50 million yrs ago."
[ C.R. Keating-Bitonti et al. abstract | Live Science | Earth Times ]

A 29 June Through the Sandglass blog post, "Martian floods of tears – are the TSIs ESRs? Or is it just the total drag?" and a 21 June Wired Science post,"Streamlined Islands Could Mean Ancient Oceans on Mars" report on the July Geology article (posted online ahead of print on 24 May) by L. Moscardelli and L. Wood, "Deep-water erosional remnants in eastern offshore Trinidad as terrestrial analogs for teardrop-shaped islands on Mars: Implications for outflow channel formation."
[ Moscardelli and Wood abstract | Through the Sandglass | Wired Science ]

The July Geology article (posted online ahead of print on 24 May) by E.P. Sonnenburg et al., "Quartz flakes in lakes: Microdebitage evidence for submerged Great Lakes prehistoric (Late Paleoindian–Early Archaic) tool-making sites," is covered in a 17 July Columbus Dispatch article, "Debris points to lost lake sites."
[ Sonnenburg et al. abstract | Columbus Dispatch ]
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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SELECTED PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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125th Anniversary Expedition
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Antarctica!
27 Dec. 2012–20 Jan. 2013
Celebrate GSA's 125th Anniversary (2013): Voyage onboard the Akademik Ioffe to the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic.
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GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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  1. What term is given to the distorted twiglike lateral formation of calcium carbonate found in areas of some caves?
  2. What depth defines the neritic zone of the sea floor?
  3. What term is given for faulted overturned folds?

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