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Joint Annual Meeting

Celebrating the International Year of Planet Earth

Check out all the exciting programs at this year's joint meeting in Houston:

2008 Joint Annual Meeting Home page
Registration is open! Events are filling fast, so register before midnight EST on 14 July to take advantage of discounted fees.
[ Register now! ]
Note from GSA's Meetings Director
GSA regrets that scheduling conflicts associated with changing the meeting venue (from Chicago to Houston) resulted in meeting dates overlapping with Yom Kippur on 9 October 2008. We hope those who observe the holiday will still be able to attend most of the meeting.

Reservations are now being accepted, and early reservations are strongly encouraged!
Reserve your room online for quickest results. We have plenty of rooms available, but due to the joint meeting agenda, we expect hotels near the convention center to fill up quickly.
Tranquility Park, Houston
Make sure your favorite company is exhibiting at this year's annual meeting or learn how to become an exhibitor.
[ See who's signed up | Exhibitor how-to ]
Guest Program
We have an exciting guest program for Houston, with many interesting tours available. View all the acitvities on the Guests & Companions page.
Children's Program
Children can enjoy games, story time, arts and crafts, and other fun-filled activities while you're at the meeting in Houston. Learn more about childcare at the annual meeting and register early!
[ Childcare ]
Field Trips
The Houston area offers unique opportunities to explore classic field locations and learn about ground-breaking research.
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Houston Bay Area

Penrose Conference

Plumes and their Role in Whole Mantle Convection and Recycling: Application deadline: 25 June. Visit the Azores for this one-of-a-kind conference, 17-21 September 2008.

GSA GeoVentures

Late-Summer GeoVentures—Registration is Still Open!

Peyto Lake, Canada

GeoHostel 2008: Canadian Rockies, Badlands, and Foothills
30 August–6 September 2008 (7 days)
From Calgary to Banff National Park—
explore some of Canada's best scenery and geology. This trip is filling up fast: sign up today & ensure your spot!

Geology of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
29 August–4 September 2008 (7 days)
Join this fully outfitted expedition into the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states, through Impassable Canyon, down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho, USA. Feel the thrill of river rafting while learning the area's geomorphology and hydrology.

Government Affairs

GSA Panel Seeks Input on Public Investment in Earth Science Research Position Statement
We invite you to review the draft and submit your comments and suggestions to Richard Berg by 11 August 2008.
[ View draft | Read more ]

U.S. Capitol Geosciences Congressional Visits Day
9-10 September 2008, Washington, D.C.:
Attend briefings and training sessions, as well as meetings with House and Senate offices. Students welcome! GSA is pleased to offer student travel grants for partial support of eligible students to take part in Geosciences Congressional Visits Day. Please contact Craig Schiffries for more information, to participate, or to apply for a student travel grant.

Especially for Students

Volunteer at the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting and Save!
*No upfront meeting registration fee required!
*FREE registration if you volunteer just 10 hours of your time.
*FREE Abstracts with Programs volume for 15 volunteer hours.
*Earn a US$25 stipend for every 5 hours you volunteer.
[ Learn more ]

Communicating the Value of Geoscience

A Sampling of GSA in the News

Research by Hurwitz et al. suggesting that several years of drought may have added a minute or two to the eruption cycle of Old Faithful geyser (GEOLOGY, June 2008) was picked up by AP, receiving coverage across the U.S., including in USA Today and Newsday and on Fox News and Discovery Channel.
[ Abstract | Fox News article ]

A study by Ghent et al. using Earth-based radar to examine ejecta material from the moon's Orientale impact basin (GEOLOGY, May 2008) was reported by and Astrobiology Magazine.
[ Abstract | article ]

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