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 This issue sponsored by
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Do Your Hot Topic Homework


Alumni Receptions

Fun Facility Tour

Foundation to Host Planned Giving Seminar

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Subaru of America - Title Sponsor of the 2004 GSA Annual Meeting
Title Sponsor of the
2004 Annual Meeting

You can still register online for the meeting. Or if you'd like to add one or more items to your existing registration, e-mail GSA Sales and Service at or call (toll-free) 1-888-443-4472. To streamline the process, let Sales and Service know if you'd like them to charge the same credit card you used online or specify a different one. View ongoing Annual Meeting updates on the Event & Program Updates Web page.

Housing Deadline Extended

Make your annual meeting hotel reservations through GSA's housing bureau this week! The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, 12 October 2004. Rates at the Westin Hotel have been reduced. Rooms are also available at the Marriott, where alumni receptions and many other events will take place. Help keep annual meeting registration fees down for everyone by staying in official meeting hotels!
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Hot Hot Topics

Sunday through Wednesday, 12:15-1:15 p.m.,
Colorado Convention Center Room 705/707

This year's lunchtime fare:

  1. Earth's Ice on the Rocks - The Meltdown of Permafrost, Ice Sheets, and Glaciers
  2. Feeling the Heat - The Fallout from the 1999-20xx Western US Drought
  3. Face or Fiction? Earth Sciences in Popular Films and Literature
  4. Earth Sciences in Homeland Security

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Follow the Crowd To....

What: Book Signing
Where: GSA Bookstore, Exhibit Hall
When: Welcoming Party, Sunday, Nov. 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Meet a record number of guest authors (12 this year!) and get your copies of their books signed.
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Also browse the GSA Bookstore to find:
GSA's newest titles, expanded educational area, special products and gifts (chocolate rock candy, soap rocks, GSA t-shirts and hats), books of interest from other publishers, Members' Book Corner, and more!

Visit the Members' Corner / Combined Publishers Display, featuring books from a wide variety of publishers.

Sharpen Your Communication with Media, Colleagues, and NSF Funders

Three workshops will help hone your skills in three important areas: speaking with the media, giving effective scientific presentations, and obtaining NSF funding for your research.

Media Relations Workshop
With Sarah Simpson, Scientific American
Sat., 6 Nov., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

$40 professionals (Event #650A);
$15 students (Event #650B)

Give Effective Presentations
Sat., 6 Nov., 2-5 p.m.

$40 professionals (Event #651A);
$15 students (Event #651B)

Get a discount! Sign up for both Media Relations & Effective Presentations.
$65.00 professionals (Event #652A); $20.00 students (Event #652B)

Fund Your Science - with Barbara Ransom, Program Director, National Science Foundation
Wed., 10 Nov., 8 a.m.-12 noon.

$40.00 professionals (Event #653A); $15.00 students (Event #653B)

GSA Foundation Silent Auction

Support the Geosciences and Become Famous!

Make it a priority to stop by the Foundation booth on the exhibit floor of the convention center to participate in the Silent Auction. With more than 200 items, the Auction is a great place to purchase meal certificates, Holiday gifts, vacation packages, rock and mineral specimens, and other fun items donated by Foundation supporters.

Your participation in the Auction supports a number of GSA needs. Last year the Foundation Auction raised about $13,000 that was used to support student travel grants to GSA meetings, both domestic and international, and student research grants. Help us make the Auction even more successful in 2004.

Special Tuesday Evening Sessions Related to Pardee Keynote Symposia

(No registration required)

Cosponsored by Subaru of America, Inc.Public Forum on Mars: "The Latest (Red) Dirt from the Mission Makers"
Tuesday, November 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Colorado Convention Center Ballroom 4
Hosted by the GSA Planetary Division, co-sponsored by Subaru of America, Inc.

This event is free and open to the public. Speakers From Pardee Keynote Symposium #7, "Seeing Mars with New Eyes: Active Missions, Science Results and Geoscience Education," include: Steven W. Squyres, Cornell University; Daniel J. McCleese, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Michael C. Malin, Malin Space Science Systems; and others!

Discussion Forum: "The Role of Impacts on Evolution"
Tuesday, November 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Colorado Convention Center Room 207
Quiz speakers from Pardee Keynote Symposium #6, "Pre-Mesozoic Impacts: Their Effect on Ocean Geochemistry, Magnetic Polarity, Climate Change, and Organic Evolution," as well as poster presenters. Join in a lively discussion of impacts as a driving mechanism in early evolution of life on Earth.


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