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March 2011


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Education & Outreach
GSA's 125th Anniversary Celebration
Grants, Awards & Recognition
Publications News

Government Affairs
Of Note
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia

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11 March 2011 Japan Earthquake
Japan Earthquake NASA image
The Geological Society of America joins the world community in expressing its sorrow at the terrible loss of life from the devastating earthquake and tsunami events that caused such destruction in Japan and elsewhere on 11 March 2011. We extend our condolences to the victims' families and friends and offer the hand of friendship to survivors struggling to rebuild in the aftermath of this crushing blow.
[ ABC News: Japan earthquake: before and after ]
Education & Outreach
GSA–ExxonMobil Field Awards
Bighorn Basin Field Award
Application deadline:
1 April
Come to the Bighorn Basin to learn more about multidisciplinary integrated basin analysis.
Field Camp Scholar Award
Application deadline:
15 April
Twelve undergraduate students will receive $2000 each to attend the summer field camp of their choice, based on diversity, economic/financial need, and merit.
Field Camp Excellence Award
Application deadline:
15 April
One field camp leader will be awarded $10,000 based on his or her safety awareness, technical excellence, and diversity.
[ learn more about these opportunities ]

Because the best geoscientists have seen the most rocks!
Two amazing trips for all levels of geoscience enthusiasts are offered this year — to Australia and the Colorado Plateau of eastern Utah, USA. GeoVentures is also planning a K–12 teacher trip to the Galápagos Islands this coming July. All trips require registration ASAP.
[ professionals & enthusiasts | teachers ]
Joint Meeting: Northeastern/North-Central
20–22 March, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Co-Chairs: Patrick Burkhart, Daniel Holm
[ register | tech program schedule ]
23–25 March, Wilmington, North Carolina
Chair: Richard Laws
[ register | tech program schedule ]
28–29 March, New Orleans, Louisiana
Chair: Mark Kulp
[ register | tech program schedule ]
Joint Meeting: Rocky Mountain/Cordilleran
18–20 May, Logan, Utah
Co-Chairs: John Shervais, Wendy Bohrson
Early registration deadline: 18 April
[ register | see website ]
Students: Attend a Mentor Program Luncheon at Your Spring Section Meeting
Receive advice, potential employment contacts, and a free lunch.
[ view schedule ]
Fragile Earth logo
FRAGILE EARTH: Geological Processes from Global to Local Scales, Associated Hazards & Resources
4–7 Sept. 2011, Munich, Germany
Abstract deadline: 15 April
[ conference details | view tech program & submit an abstract ]
GSA 2011 Meeting Logo
2011 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition
ARCHEAN TO ANTHROPOCENE: The Past is the Key to the Future
Place your space requests & plan your event (deadline: 7 June)
Now accepting abstracts! (deadline: 26 July)
New this year:
Digital posters can be used for three different topical sessions;
Petroleum geology is a new discipline category; and
Switches/connection for a Mac will be provided in technical session rooms for any presentation that cannot run on a PC.
GSA's 125th Anniversary Celebration (2013)
Explore Antarctica — Voyage to Celebrate GSA's 125th Anniversary
Join a uniquely in-depth voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctica Peninsula December 2012–January 2013. The trip will focus on geology, wildlife, natural history, exploration, and photography. Staff lecture geologists include Richard Alley, Rob Dunbar, Ian Dalziel, and Rudolph Trouw. Early sign-up discount!
[ learn more | GSA's 125th Anniversary celebration ]
Grants, Awards & Recognition
2011 John C. Frye Memorial Award
Nominations due: 31 March
This award recognizes excellence in a nominated environmental geology paper published in one of the three preceding calendar years either by GSA or by a state geological survey.
[ learn more ]

Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Research Award
Nominations due: 15 April
This award promotes research that combines structural geology and diagenesis and curriculum development in structural diagenesis.
[ learn more ]

2011 MGPV Distinguished Geologic Career Award
Nominations due: 15 April
GSA's new MGPV Division is offering a Distinguished Geologic Career Award to recognize an individual's distinguished contributions toward advancing geologic approaches in the fields encompassed by the Division.
[ learn more (PDF) ]

History and Philosophy of Geology Division Student Award
Nominations due: 1 May
GSA's HAPG Division sponsors a $500 award for the best student paper on the philosophy and history of geology.
[ learn more ]
Publications News
NEW in the GSA Bookstore
Special Paper 477
Recent Advances and Current Research Issues in Lunar Stratigraphy
Edited by William A. Ambrose and David A. Williams
Investigations in this volume address the major questions regarding the Moon’s origin and basin history.

Field Guide 19
Structural Geology and Tectonic Evolution of the Sognefjord Transect, Caledonian Orogen, Southern Norway — A Field Trip Guide
by Alan Geoffrey Milnes and Fernando Corfu
This nicely illustrated guide is based on an excursion from the 33rd International Geologic Congress held in Oslo.

Field Guide 20
From the Shield to the Sea: Geological Field Trips from the 2011 Joint Meeting of the GSA Northeastern and North-Central Sections
Edited by Richard M. Ruffolo and Charles N. Ciampaglio
Timely and topical trips highlight geology from eastern Ohio to the Central Appalachian Valley and Ridge.

Call for Abstracts
GSA Penrose Conference: Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research
Abstracts due: 31 March
Add your chapter to this proposed Special Paper inspired by last January's week-long exploration and discussion of the role of Google Earth in higher education and research. Even if you didn't attend the conference, your abstract is welcome!
Government Affairs

GSA Testifies in Support of Geoscience Funding
GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy, Craig Schiffries, testified before two congressional committees last week to convey GSA's support of geoscience research and education: on 9 March before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of the USGS (note: three other GSA members were also witnesses at this hearing: USGS Director Marcia McNutt, Richard Aster, and Jonathan Price) and on 11 March before the House Appropriations Committee in support of the U.S. National Science Foundation.
[ 9 March information & webcast | 11 March GSA testimony (PDF) ]

GSA Panel Seeks Input on DRAFT Geoheritage Position Statement
Comments and suggestions are due by 16 May 2011.
[ read position statement draft (PDF) | add your comments ]

Congressional Visits Days
GSA members at all levels (students welcome!) are invited to take part in Congressional Visits Day (CVD) 6–7 April (science-engineering-technology [SET]) and 20–21 September (geosciences [GEO]) in Washington DC.
[ April SETCVD | September GEO-CVD ]

GSA Selects New Congressional Science Fellow
Kelly Kryc has been selected as the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow for 2011–2012. She received a B.A. in geology and marine science from Middlebury College, an M.Sc. from the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, and a Ph.D. from Boston University.

Contact Craig Schiffries, GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy, if you have questions or need more information on any of these issues.

Of Note
President Obama's Great Outdoors Report
Barack Obama has announced the Administration's action plan, under the America's Great Outdoors initiative, for achieving "lasting conservation of the outdoor spaces that power our nation's economy, shape our culture, and build our outdoor traditions."
[ learn more ]

YES Network Activities at EGU this April
Among their other activities at the 2011 European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, this spring, the YES Network (early career earth-scientists) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) will host a Town Hall meeting on 4 April.
[ learn more ]
On the Wire …
The March Geology article by W.A. Elders et al., "Origin of a rhyolite that intruded a geothermal well while drilling at the Krafla volcano, Iceland," is discussed in a 21 Feb. Eruptions blog post, "Using magma as a power source? Not as simple as it seems," as well as a 13 Mar. Epoch Times article, "Iceland Volcano Could Become Source of High-Grade Energy."
[ abstract | Eruptions blog post | Epoch Times article ]

A March Geology paper by G.D. Cody et al., "Molecular signature of chitin-protein complex in Paleozoic arthropods," is covered by Scientific Computing in an article titled "Synchrotron Finds Big Surprise in Ancient Scorpion Fossil."
[ abstract | Scientific Computing article ]

A February Geosphere article, "Hydrodynamic mechanism for the Laramide orogeny," by C.H. Jones et al., received good media coverage, including a 28 Feb. online Science article, "How the Rocky Mountain Range Got its Midsection," and a 7 March Discovery News online article, "Rockies May have been Formed by Giant Sucking."
[ abstract | ScienceNow article | Discovery News article ]

A 12 March Telegraph-Journal post, "Waiting for the big one on the West Coast," draws on science from a November GSA Bulletin article, "Rupture area and displacement of past Cascadia great earthquakes from coastal coseismic subsidence," by L.J. Leonard et al.
[ abstract | Telegraph-Journal article ]

GSA's EarthTrek citizen science initiative is gaining traction with a 9 Jan. Welt Online (German) article, "Jeder kann Forscher sein." GSA's EarthCache program made a splash in the 24 Feb. KQED Quest Community blog post by Andrew Alden, "EarthCaches: Learning through Hide and Seek."
[ EarthTrek website | Welt Online post | EarthCache website | KQED Quest blog post ]
Geoscience Trivia
  1. What phenomena are often given the terms P, S, Ss, PP, and SKS, etc.?
  2. In what approximate direction is the Pacific Plate moving?
  3. Who came up with the term “seismology” for the study of a series of waves?

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