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U.S. Opening Ceremony
for International Polar Year 2007-2008

Monday, 26 February 2007
10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Hosted by the National Academies and the National Science Foundation.

Speakers include:
Dr. Ralph Cicerone, National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Arden Bement, National Science Foundation
Dr. Robin Bell, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Dr. Robert Bindschadler, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Mr. James L. Connaughton, The White House Council on Environmental Quality
Dr. Mark Myers, U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Konrad Steffen, University of Colorado

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In This Issue:
Hot Off The Press
Visualization Challenge
Especially for Students
China’s Feathered Dinosaurs
Polar Year Invitation
View Archive
Meeting News
Membership Matters
Communicating the Value of Geoscience
Classified Ads & GeoMart
Fun with Geoscience Trivia


Would some form of academic programs accreditation benefit the geosciences?

Read the pros and cons derived from the recent survey, from volunteered correspondence, and from committee discussions.
[ Bill Thomas invites your comments ]

GSA Welcomes New Associated Society

The Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) is GSA’s newest Associated Society! GRA’s mission is to protect and improve groundwater through seminars, publications, meetings, and legislative advocacy.

Call for Nominations

The deadline (9 March) is nearing for nominations to the International Geoscience Program (IGCP) Scientific Board.
[ information | nomination form ]

National Ground Water Awareness Week
11-17 March

National Ground Water Association, a GSA Associated Society, spotlights the critical importance of ground water as a source of water supply and resource vital to the environment.
[ learn more ]

Especially For Students

The multidisciplinary Biosphere-Atmosphere Research and Training (BART) Program for doctoral students is designed to create a new generation of scientists capable of conducting research at the interface of biospheric and atmospheric sciences The deadline for Summer 2007 fellowship applications is 1 March.
[ learn more ]

China’s Feathered Dinosaurs —
Paleo Expedition with GSA GeoVentures

Shenzhouraptor20-29 July 2007
The discovery and study of numerous specimens of feathered dinosaurs in the western Liaoning Province in northeastern China has greatly advanced understanding of the relationship between dinosaurs and birds. Geoventure travelers will have a rare opportunity to search and dig dinosaurs with Hailu You, preeminent paleontologist with the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.
[ complete details | read about feathered dinosaurs ]

Meeting News

Geoinformatics 2007 - Data To Knowledge

The conference, co-sponsored by the GSA Geoinformatics Division, convenes 17-18 May in San Diego, California.
[ learn more ]

Second National Conference on USGS Health-related Research: Earth Science and Public Health

27 February to 1 March, USGS, Reston, Virginia. GSA is a partner organization. Registration is free.
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Communicating the Value of Geoscience


Communicate with Congress. Join other scientists for Congressional Visits Day 1-2 May 2007. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jack Hess, GSA Executive Director, by 1 April.
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Research by Davies et al. detailing the birth of a mud volcano in Java (February GSA Today) received global coverage in both the science and general press.
[ GSA Today article | National Geographic News Online article ]

A 12,000-year temperature record of America's Great Plains based on stable isotopic composition of buried soils by Nordt et al. (February GEOLOGY) was reported by United Press International and picked up by a variety of outlets.
[ abstract | Science Daily article ]

Research by MacFadden et al. (February GEOLOGY) revising the age of dispersal and extinction of North America's late Neogene terror bird (Titanis) received global coverage.
[ full text of this featured article | BBC News Online Article ]

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