Technical Program


  1. Photon Physics—Principles of Portable XRF with Applications to Geology, Archaeology, and Art.
    Sat., 22 March, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Cost: US$25; includes workshop materials.
    Bruce Kaiser, Bruker Elemental GmbH;
    Aaron N. Shugar, Buffalo State College;
    Jennifer L. Mass, Winterthur Museum.
  2. Shale Gas Hydraulic Fracturing—What’s the Scoop? A Workshop Designed for Non-Specialists Involved in Education and Communication with the Public.
    Sat., 22 March, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: US$25; includes workshop materials.
    Neil M. Coleman, consulting geologist and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
  3. Digital Field Methods in Geology.
    Sat., 22 March, 9 a.m.–noon.
    Cost: US$25; includes workshop materials.
    Lawrence L. Malinconico, Lafayette College;
    David Sunderlin, Lafayette College;
    Steven J. Whitmeyer, James Madison University.

Student Workshops

  1. Integrated Basin Analysis: A Short Course for Students.
    Lori Summa, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.; Bob Stewart, ExxonMobil Exploration Co.
    Fri.–Sat., 21–22 March, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Limit: 30 participants.
    Cost: US$25; includes breakfast and lunch. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a US$25 coupon redeemable at the onsite GSA bookstore.
    This course will explore concepts, methods, and tools of petroleum geoscience used on a day-to-day basis in the energy industry. Day 1: review of fundamental stratigraphic and structural concepts. Day 2: focus on an applied problem in basin exploration. Students will make play maps, bid on prospective acreage, and analyze individual prospects within that acreage.
  2. GSA Geoscience Career Program Workshop.
    Sun., 23 March, 1:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. FREE.
    Cosponsored by the GSA Foundation.
    Jennifer Nocerino, Geological Society of America,
    Are you about to embark on the search for a job? Are you currently in the job market and want to increase your chances? Would you like feedback on your résumé and some pointers on approaching your interview? This new GSA workshop is designed to help you begin the process. We will discuss cover letters, CVs and résumés, job-hunting skills, and job market statistics.
  3. Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists.
    Sun., 23 March,8 a.m.–noon.



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