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Government Affairs

GSA is pleased to announce that David Szymanski has been selected as the 2008-2009 GSA/USGS Congressional Science Fellow.

Former GSA President Mary Lou Zoback and GSA Councilor John Geissman were among four scientists and engineers who spoke at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol with Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Il), Co-Chairs of the Congressional R&D Caucus, to to address the severe repercussions of recent underfunding of key science agencies. The press conference was convened in conjunction with the 13th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day, held 4-5 March 2008, in Washington, D.C.
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GSA co-sponsored a Congressional briefing on "Improving Tsunami Warnings Nationwide" in the U.S. Capitol on 14 March. This briefing, which was moderated by former GSA President Mary Lou Zoback, summarized improvements to tsunami warning and the role and status of the observatory networks and warning centers.
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Meeting News

2008 Section Meetings

For your convenience, the Southeastern Section hotel registration deadline has been extended to 25 March. Rooms are still available at the Hilton Charlotte University Place!

The North-Central Section deadlines are fast approaching — register now to take advantage of discounted prices! Don’t forget to book your hotel stay through the GSA block and take advantage of great discounted rates. Space is limited so don’t delay!

27-29 March, Buffalo, NY
[ register ]

30 March-1 April, Hot Springs, AR
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10-11 April, Charlotte, NC
[ register | hotels ]
Hotel reg deadline: 25 March

24-25 April, Evansville, IN
[ register | hotels ]
Early reg deadline: 24 March
Hotel reg deadline: 21 March

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2008 Joint Annual Meeting Home page

Joint Annual Meeting

Celebrating the International Year of Planet Earth

Important Dates and Deadlines

Reserve space now if you're planning a meeting or event. 20 May is the submission deadline. Requests received after that date cannot be listed in the program, and will not have first assignment priority.
[ event planning guide ]

2 June: Housing Goes Live! Mark this date on your calendar and make your reservation early!

Like everything in Texas,
the technical program is bigger this year!
In addition to submitting an abstract to GSA, you have the option of submitting one to a Joint Session, an ASA-CSSA-SSSA session, or a Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies session. You can submit up to two abstracts (total) – as long as one is a poster. Learn what the differences are, find out how to submit, and follow the links!
[ read the abstracts FAQs ]

Invite a Colleague. Download a draft e-mail message with live links, written for people unfamiliar with GSA and its annual meeting, and tailor it for your use.
[ invite a colleague ]

Geoinformatics 2008

Data to Knowledge (Sponsored by GSA Geoinformatics Division)
11-13 June 2008, GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, Germany
Abstracts deadline is 30 April.
[ meeting info | submit abstracts | register ]

Field Forum Annoucement

Late Archean Crust: Magmatism and Tectonics of the Abitibi Subprovince, Canadian Shield
19–25 July 2008, Ontario and Québec, Canada
Please convey interest by 24 March to Keith Benn, . Some financial assistance will be available for eligible students.
[ complete details ]

Penrose Conference Announcement

Plumes and Their Role in Whole Mantle Convection and Recycling
17– 21 September 2008, Pico, Azores
[ complete details ]

Communicating the Value of Geoscience

A Sampling of GSA in the News

Research by Johnson et al. on accelerated thinning of West Antarctica's glaciers (GEOLOGY, March 2008) was reported by Reuters and received worldwide coverage. A sampling of outlets includes Nature, Yahoo!News, NASA Earth Observatory, The Independent (UK), and Science Daily.
[ abstract | Independent article ]

A study by Pelletier et al. of recently observed bright gulley deposits on Mars and their possible cause (GEOLOGY, March 2008) received coverage in Nature, National, and other outlets.
[ abstract | ABC News Science Blog ]

Research by Lear et al. on Antarctic ice growth at the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition (GEOLOGY, March 2008) was reported by Reuters and received international coverage.
[ abstract | The Australian article ]

Research by Moser et al. on formation of North American lithosphere as recorded in a zircon microcrystal was reported by CanWest News Service and received wide coverage in Canada. Outlets included Ottawa Citizen, Windsor Star, Calgary Herald.
[ abstract | Can West article ]

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