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Presidential Politics


Penn State Alumni Achievement AwardGSA Executive Director Jack Hess Receives Alumni Achievement Award from Penn State.
[ read more ]

Outreach Opportunity

Poll of the Month

Results tallied instantly.
Final results reported in October.

In your opinion, which of these is the worst "special effect" you have seen used in a PowerPoint presentation?

Results of August Poll

How do you keep track of your schedule?

GSA Connection respondents said:

On a paper calendar 54%
With my computer 20%
With my PDA 5%
In my head 20%
Someone else does it for me 0%
Other 1%

See What's New in GeoMartSee new product press releases.

Check the Classified Ads...and check the classifieds if you need a job (or have an opening).

In This Issue:
Annual Meeting
Soon to be ...
Hot Off The Press
Presidential Politics
Communicating the Value of Geoscience
View Archive
Especially for Students
Calendar Closeups
Fun with Geoscience Trivia
Poll of the Month

2004 Annual Meeting

Register Now!The Standard Registration deadline is just over a week away! Take advantage of discounted Standard Registration prices by registering before 30 September, Cancellation Deadline: 7 October.

Online registration will continue to be open through 5 Nov. (at on-site prices) so you can avoid waiting in line on site.

Personal SchedulerThe Personal Scheduler is now live — a great way to organize your time! View and create a personal daily itinerary of technical sessions, events, short courses, and field trips.

Attention Students!
Undergraduate AND graduate students can volunteer at the meeting and have their registration fees waived. Looking for Job Information? Join the Careers Rountable Discussions. There are travel grants and registration grants (teachers too) available.

Have you checked out these links yet?

Annual Meeting Buttons

Communicating the Value of Geoscience

Government Affairs

There is also time to comment on the other current position statements if you act quickly.
The Evaluation of Scientific Information
Geoscientists and Natural Hazard Policy
Open Access to Data

The final of four GSA position statements in progress is now online. The panel requests your comments on the proposed statement on "Visas for Foreign Scientists and Students" as soon as possible.
[ view statement ]

GSA In The News

Geotimes reported on research by Douglas Robertson, et al., published in the May/June issue of GSA Bulletin, describing who survived the K/T boundary mass extinction and why.
[ GSA BULLETIN abstract | GEOTIMES article ]

A proposal by Ray Weldon, et al., that a long period of earthquake calm doesn't necessarily mean the "big one" is coming, published in the September issue of GSA TODAY, received coverage in SCIENCE NOW, an online publication of AAAS.
[ GSA TODAY article | SCIENCE NOW article ]

Press Releases Issued by GSA

Selected Press Releases Received by GSA

Especially for Students

Spend New Year's at the End of the World!
An exciting Student GeoTrip has been developed for travel to Southern Patagonia in December 2004.
[ see details ]
Watch the GeoVentures Web site for upcoming information on another trip to Southeastern Australia in June 2005. Join the GeoVentures E-News list to stay up-to-date on all of the GSA GeoVentures.

Job fair sponsored by GSA Associated Societies
Plan to attend the AAPG/SEG Student Expo, 17–18 October, 2004, at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas.
[ more info ]


New Spanish translation of USGS Water Science Website for Schools offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center.
[ view site ]

Crystal Structures Database includes every structure published in the American Mineralogist, The Canadian Mineralogist, and the European Journal of Mineralogy.
[ check it out ]

International Tsunami Information Center - See vivid descriptions of tsunamis from the past 60 years and the gallery of devastation.
[ visit site ]

Calendar Closeups

Meetings of GSA's Associated & Allied Societies.

View Entire Geoscience CalendarSAGEEP 2005 (Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society), 3-7 April 2005, Atlanta, Georgia. Abstracts deadline extended to 24 September 2004.

Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils (SEPM),
6-11 March 2005, Houston TX. Abstract deadline 14 October 2004.

Fun with Geoscience Trivia

  1. Check your answersWhat rock type is found between the metamorphic grades of phyllite and schist?
  2. What native occurring element has an atomic number of 79?
  3. What is the name of the current (2003) active vent of Kilauea volcano?

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