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In this issue …

Hot Off The Press
Meeting News
Membership Matters
Employment Service Center

Government Affairs
Classified Ads & GeoMart
Calendar Close-Ups

Seismology Science Plan
Communicating the Value of Geoscience
Fun with Geoscience Trivia
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  Hot Off The Press

CALL FOR PAPERS: Lithosphere

GSA’s new journal, Lithosphere, to be launched in early 2009, is now accepting manuscripts.
[ information | submit manuscript ]


Memoir 201:
The African Erosion Surface: A Continental-Scale Synthesis of Geomorphology, Tectonics, and Environmental Change over the Past 180 Million Years

Special Paper 442:
The Terrane Puzzle: New Perspectives on Paleontology and Stratigraphy from the North American Cordillera

Field Guide 13:
Field Trip Guides to the Backbone of the Americas in the Southern and Central Andes: Ridge Collision, Shallow Subduction, and Plateau Uplift

  Meeting News


Dates for Plumes and Their Role in Whole Mantle Convection and Recycling have changed. Please note the new dates: 11-15 May 2009.
[ apply now ]


"Celebrating the International Year of Planet Earth"

Here are some quick links to information you need for this year's joint meeting in Houston.

  • Technical Program Now online! - The Houston Technical Program schedule is now posted (this does not include the SSSA-ASA-CSSA sessions).
  • Field Trips - Explore classic field locations and learn about ground-breaking research in the region. Sign up for one of the 33 field trips offered this year.
  • Short Courses - Don’t forget to register for a short course or two at this years’ Joint Annual Meeting. Sign up before 2 Sept. and save $$!
  • Registration - Events are filling fast! Register now to take advantage of discounted fees. The Standard Registration deadline is 2 Sept.
  • Housing - Hotels are filling up quickly so don't delay in making your reservation! We encourage you to make your reservation online prior to the 2 Sept. deadline.
  • Student Volunteers - Calling all students! Volunteer at the Joint Annual Meeting and earn a complimentary meeting registration.
  • Guest Program - We have an exciting guest program for Houston, with many interesting tours available. View all the activities 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!
  Membership Matters

July is GSA Member Appreciation Month!

GSA Members are building the future of the geosciences. We sincerely thank all of our members for making this a great Society! See the GSA home page for listings of our 2008 awardees, newly elected Fellows, new 25- and 50-year Fellows and Members, and GSA graduate student research grant recipients, or check out July GSA Today. Also see the Memorials page for tributes honoring deceased GSA members.

GSA members save up to $3300 on a new Subaru through the Subaru V.I.P. program.
[ learn more ]

  Employment Service Center

Looking for employment in the geosciences?

Posting a résumé with the GSA Employment Service Center is FREE for all GSA Members.

  • Year-round online applicant database
  • Job postings
  • Interview services at the GSA Joint Annual Meeting in Houston, 5-9 Oct. 2008
  Government Affairs

GSA Highlights Earth Science Research at Congressional Exhibition

GSA co-sponsored the Coalition for National Science Funding’s 14th Annual Congressional Exhibition and Reception on 25 June 2008. Geoscientists discussed their National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research with Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.), Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), NSF Director Arden Bement, and numerous congressional staffers who visited the earth science exhibits hosted by GSA, AGI, and AGU.


GeoMart — Your Geosciences Directory

Looking for a Job?


Learn how scientists use geology to aid in criminal and civil investigations. This is a Webcast of the 2007 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition Public Forum: "CSI: Forensic Geology Gets the Dirt on Crime."

The UNEP Year Book 2008 (formerly the GEO Year Book) - the fifth annual report on the changing environment produced by the United Nations Environment Programme in collaboration with many world environmental experts. SCOPE contributed the Emerging Challenges section “Methane from the Arctic: Global Warming Wildcard.”

  Calendar Close-Ups

Highlighting upcoming meetings of GSA's Associated Societies.

21-24 September, Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE), Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

24-27 September, NABGG (National Association of Black Geologists & Geophysicists) 2008, 27th Annual Technology Conference, "Advancing the Geosciences–The Next Generation," Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


Long-Range Science Plan for Seismology

The National Science Foundation has directed the IRIS Consortium to assist the seismological research community in preparing a Long-Range Science Plan for Seismology (LRSPS). A workshop has been scheduled in Denver on 18–19 September.
[ apply by 1 August ]

  Communicating the Value of Geoscience


The July GSA Today article by Burchfiel et al. on the 12 May 2008 China earthquake received coverage in ScienceDaily, e! Science News, PHYSORG.COM, and China's People's Daily Online.
[ abstract | ScienceDaily article | People's Daily Online article | physorg.com article ]

Research by Andrés Mora et al. looking at interactions between tectonics and climate, and how the interplay may have fundamentally influenced the evolution of individual mountain ranges (GSA Bulletin, July/August 2008) was reported on the Discovery Channel Web site, Discovery News.
[ abstract | Discovery News article ]

Findings by R.M. Hough et al. confirming the existence of naturally occurring gold nanoparticles (GEOLOGY, June 2008) were reported in The Economic Times, The Times of India, Cambodian Times, and the Malaysian Sun.
[ abstract | Economic Times article ]



  Fun With Geoscience Trivia

  1. What term is used for a chain of islands that are arranged in a great curve?
  2. What erosional force erodes away through ablation?
  3. What general term is given for igneous rocks that contain more than 66% SiO2?