Technical Program

Technical Program

Oral Sessions

Oral sessions have 20 minutes per presentation (17 minutes, presentation; 3 minutes, questions and discussion). Presentations must be prepared using PowerPoint or PDF formats. One laptop with Windows 7 (no Macs available) with Power Point 2010 or Power Point 2013, one LCD projector and one screen is provided for all oral sessions. In addition, each room is equipped with a lectern, PowerPoint advancer, and a speaker timer. Speakers may not use their own laptops for presentation.

The Speaker Ready Room (Boca Raton Room)

All oral session presenters must visit the Speaker Ready Room before their scheduled presentation to ensure their PowerPoint or PDF file is properly configured and operating and load it on one of the laptops. Failure to do so may result in presentations being omitted from session sequences. The Speaker Ready Room is open for program checking and speaker assistance as follows:

Wednesday, 23 April 3 p.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday, 24 April 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday, 25 April 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Each speaker must bring his or her PowerPoint or PDF presentation on a USB compatible flash drive (a.k.a. thumb drive or memory stick) or a CD-ROM disk to the Speaker Ready Room for checking and uploading to their session’s folder according to the deadlines below:

For presentation on:

Upload no later than:

Thursday, 24 April, AM

8 p.m., Wednesday, 23 April

Thursday, 24 April, PM

10 a.m., Thursday, 24 April

Friday, 25 April, AM

5:30 p.m., Thursday, 24 April

Friday, 25 April, PM

10 a.m., Friday, 25 April


Session Chair Orientations

Each Session Chair is requested to attend the 15-minute “Session Chairs Orientation” held in the Boca Raton Room at 7:15–7:30 a.m. on the morning of the day on which your session is to take place. This meeting will include a review of session time management, AV procedures, and other information affecting the conduct of the day’s sessions.

Session chairs are asked to strictly adhere to the technical program schedule and to limit speakers to their allotted time (20 minutes total, including questions). If a speaker does not appear for an assigned time slot, session chairs should call for a break or discussion period and begin the following presentation at its scheduled time.

Session chairs are asked to meet with any assigned student volunteer(s) before the start of the session. Volunteers are there to help the sessions run smoothly and to contact designated audiovisual and information technology personnel in the event of technical problems.

Poster Sessions

All Poster Sessions are in the Lancaster Ballroom of the Cornhusker Marriott, on the hotel’s lower level. Please check the program for specific times and topics. Poster presenters have one 4' by 8' horizontal (landscape) poster display surface. Numbers on these display surfaces correspond to the poster booth numbers listed in the Program. Poster presenters should bring “T” pins with which to mount their posters on padded, fabric-covered walls and boards.


  1. Rivers, Past and Present: Sediments, Stratigraphy, and Geomorphology.
    Chris Fielding, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Jim Best, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
  2. Cenozoic Stratigraphy of the Great Plains.
    Greg Ludvigson, University of Kansas; Jon Smith, University of Kansas; Robert M. Joeckel, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  3. Vertebrate Paleontology from the Appalachians to the Rockies.
    Shane Tucker, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; George Corner, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Robert M. Joeckel, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  4. Structure, Tectonics, and Geologic Evolution of the North American Interior.
    Caroline M. Burberry, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Robert M. Joeckel, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Jesse T. Korus, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  5. Carbonatites and Other Alkalic Rocks.
    Richard M. Kettler, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Philip Verplanck, USGS; Benjamin Drenth, USGS.
  6. New Insights into the White River Chronofauna.
    Clint Boyd, South Dakota School of Mines.
  7. Quaternary Time Machine: Methods and Analyses of Soils and Sediments to Reveal Secrets of Past Environments.
    Maija Sipola, University of Iowa; M. Kathryn Rocheford, University of Iowa.
  1. Applications of Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating in Quaternary Studies.
    Joel Q. Spencer, Kansas State University; Paul R. Hanson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  2. The Midcontinent Rift System and Beyond: New Developments in Central North American Precambrian Geology.
    Benjamin J. Drenth, USGS; G. Randy Keller, University of Oklahoma; Joshua M. Feinburg, University of Minnesota.
  3. Applied Geology: Environmental, Engineering, Hydrogeology, Geotechnical, and Exploration Geophysics.
    Terry West, Purdue University.
  4. Cultural Geology: Capitol Buildings, Heritage Stone, Parks, and More.
    Joe Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Nelson R. Shaffer, Indiana Geological Survey.
  5. Undergraduate Research (Posters).
    Cosponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research Geoscience Division.
    Robert Shuster, University of Nebraska–Omaha.
  6. Pennsylvanian Cyclothems and Stratigraphy of the Midcontinent and Illinois Basins.
    John P. Pope, Northwest Missouri State University.
  7. Geoscience Education for K–16: Novel Approaches and Current Research.
    Katie Lewandowski, Eastern Illinois University; Mindi Searls, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  8. Frontiers in Geomicrobiology and Biogeochemistry.
    Karrie A. Weber, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  9. Public Outreach Beyond the Classroom: Geological Surveys, Museums, and Parks. Walter Gray, Indiana Geological Survey.



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