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Especially for Students
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National Research Council Seeks Input
Communicating the Value of Geoscience
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Meeting News

Joint Annual Meeting

Celebrating the International Year of Planet Earth

Planning is in full swing—watch the Web for exciting program updates like …

2008 Joint Annual Meeting Home page

>> The All-Convention Luncheon on Monday, 6 October. Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. Senator Harrison "Jack"' Schmitt will give the keynote address at this event. This lecture by the only geologist to walk on the moon is brought to you by the U.S. National Committee for the International Year of Planet Earth.

Abstract Deadline: 3 June

[ submit an abstract | abstracts FAQs ]

Space Request Reminder
Reserve space for your events at the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting by 20 May.
[ Reserve now! ]

Hotel accommodations have been reserved at reduced rates for the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting. Early reservations are strongly encouraged! Visit the meeting site the first week of June for housing updates and to make your reservation online.

Make sure this year’s exhibit hall represents your interests. Invite your company or one you do business with to showcase their products at the Annual Meeting.
[ see who's signed up | exhibitor information ]

Short Courses
Register for one or more of our 38 Short Courses. There's something for everybody!
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Geoinformatics 2008

Data to Knowledge
(sponsored by the GSA Geoinformatics Division)
11-13 June 2008, GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, Germany.
[ Register today! ]

Penrose Conference Update

Plumes and Their Role in Whole Mantle Convection and Recycling
17-21 September 2008 in the Azores.
Application deadline: 25 June.

GSA GeoVentures

New Late-Summer GeoVentures—Register Today!

Geology of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
29 August–4 September 2008 (7 days)
Join this fully outfitted expedition down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho, through the Impassable Canyon in the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. Experience the thrill of river rafting while learning about the geomorphology and hydrology of the area as they relate to historical and current geologic events.

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GeoHostel 2008: Canadian Rockies, Badlands, and Foothills
30 August–6 September 2008 (7 days)
From Calgary through Banff National Park—explore some of Canada's best scenery and geology! Reserve your spot; the trip is filling up fast!

Government Affairs

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day
GSA is cosponsoring the first Geosciences Congressional Visits Day on 9-10 September 2008 in Washington, D.C. Activities will include briefings and training sessions as well as meetings with House and Senate offices. This event will provide an opportunity for GSA members, including students, to communicate the value of the geosciences to policymakers. Please contact Craig Schiffries for more information or to volunteer to participate.

Especially for Students

The 2008 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous of Geoscience Students and Employers (RMR) is coming to the University of Wyoming—Laramie on 19-22 September. Activities include free short courses and field trips, cash prizes for the top three posters as well as honorable mention presenters, lots of food and socializing.

National Research Council Seeks Input

The National Research Council Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes is asking for your input. Comments received by 15 June will be considered at the committee's next meeting, 24-26 June 2008. However, the committee welcomes any ideas until August 2008. The final report will be released in February 2009.
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Communicating the Value of Geoscience

A Sampling of GSA in the News

Research by Harvey et al. showing combustion of fossil organic matter near the K-P boundary (GEOLOGY, May 2008) received coverage in Science, New Scientist, Discovery Channel, Cosmos, New Zealand Herald, and other outlets.
[ abstract | Cosmos Magazine article ]

Research by Dickson et al. suggesting Mars may have undergone multiple ice ages (GEOLOGY, May 2008) was reported by MSNBC and Universe Today.
[ abstract | MSNBC article ]

Evidence by Carlson et al. suggesting that melting of Greenland ice sheets does not lag behind global warming (GEOLOGY, May 2008) received coverage from Discovery Channel.
[ abstract | Discovery Channel article ]

A synthesis by Kohn supporting critical taper and repudiating large-scale channel flow of the Greater Himalayan Sequence (GSA BULLETIN, March-April 2008) was reported by Science.
[ abstract ]

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