Special Events

Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, 17 October, 7–9 p.m., Oregon Convention Center

Join us Saturday evening when President Jean M. Bahr gives her Presidential Address and presents the 2009 Awards and Medals.

GSA Medals
GSA's top awards:
Donath, Day, and Penrose Medals.
Read citations & responses for:
GSA Awards | Division Awards
All awardees will be also be honored through the display in the Hall of Fame.
Recipients of these medals & awards will be honored:
  • Penrose Medal
  • Arthur L. Day Medal
  • Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal)
  • GSA Public Service Award
  • GSA President’s Medal
  • Bromery Award for the Minorities
  • GSA Distinguished Service Award
  • American Geological Institute (AGI) Medal
    in Memory of Ian Campbell
  • Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award

The newly elected Honorary Fellows, the GSA Divisions Awardees, and the newly elected GSA Fellows will also be honored.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

President's Student Breakfast Reception
Sponsored by
Hosted by GSA

Sunday, 18 Oct., 7–8:30 a.m. Location TBA.

Jean Bahr

GSA President Jean M. Bahr invites all students to a free breakfast buffet sponsored by ExxonMobil Corp. Bahr and members of GSA’s leadership, along with ExxonMobil staff members, will be on hand to answer questions and address student issues. This is one of the most popular student events at the annual meeting, and each student registered for the meeting will receive a complimentary ticket to attend.

This is a wonderful opportunity to network and honor student award recipients. We hope to see you there!

Darwin Day

Monday, 19 October

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

A day-long celebration of Charles Darwin
brought to you by GSA and The Paleontological Society.

Activities include:

  • Special Session T92. In the Footsteps of Darwin the Geologist: Celebrating Darwin’s 200th Birthday
  • Panel Discussion: Overcoming Resistance to the Reality of Evolutionary Change in Nature, with Jeremy Jackson, Judge Jones, Randy Olson, Kevin Padian, and Ray Troll.
  • Special Session T120. Darwin, Geology and Evolution: Impact of Darwinian Views on Scientific Theory-Making
  • Showing of Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus
  • L.A. Theatre Works presents: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial
    Newmark Theater, $25, open to the public. All attendees at The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial will receive a free pass to the GSA Exhibit Hall. Sponsored by Subaru of America, Inc.

GSA Town Hall Meeting

Tue., 20 Oct., 6:00–7:30 p.m., OCC B116

Chairs: Edmund Nickless (Geological Society of London) and Jack Hess (Geological Society of America)


  • Suzette Kimball (US Geological Survey) – TBD
  • Murray Hitzman (Colorado School of Mines)–Critical Research Challenges in Natural Resource Geosciences for the Early 21st Century
  • John Ludden (British Geological Survey) - Applied Geosciences for planet Earth

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Science Pub - Mission Theater
Serial Crimes of Subduction:
Giant Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Oregon’s Past and Future

with Brian Atwater and Yumei Wang

Tues., 20 Oct., 7-9 p.m., Mission Theater & Pub, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland 

Learn about cutting-edge topics in science and technology from leading researchers and scientists, all while enjoying food and drinks. Don't expect a remote speaker behind a distant podium. Instead, experience an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and where there are no silly questions. No scientific background is required; just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!

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The Mount St. Helens Institute Presents Volcano Views and Brews
The Mount St. Helens Institute is a non-profit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, dedicated to the promotion of scientific and environmental understanding among citizens of all ages. Our purpose is to provide high quality science and environmental education and interpretive services through alliances among public and private organizations, schools, municipalities and government agencies; and to aid in the promotion of general stewardship and the enrichment of the experience of visitors to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and surrounding area.
Darwin Rocks: Geology and Biodiversity in the Galapagos

with Dr. Dennis Geist (Idaho State) and Dr. Karen Harpp (Colgate University)

Tues., 20 Oct., doors open at 5:00 p.m., speaker begins at 7:00 p.m.

Sit, nurse a pint and learn something new every month at Volcano Views and Brews! This popular monthly speaker series, held at the Lucky Labrador Pub (1945 NW Quimby, Portland), targets a curious adult audience with engaging presentations focusing on science, related to Mount St. Helens and other Pacific Northwest volcanic landscapes. It features engaging and knowledgeable experts in a fun, interactive and casual setting where people eat, drink, meet and take away a greater understanding for the natural world surrounding them. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Food and beverages are available separately for purchase. All ages are welcome. Space is limited so arrive early. Contact: Laura Kerr.

Photo Contest & Exhibit

Theme — Visions of the Dynamic Landscape:
How Geology Tells the Stories of Planetary Change

Final submission of juried selections: 15 September 2009
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Movie Theater

Oregon Convention Center, Room D132

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the annual meeting? Be sure to visit the movie theater, kick back, and enjoy the videos we’ll have running throughout the day.

Coffee & Beer Breaks

Oregon Convention Center


Sunday, Poster Hall A (please check back for times)
Monday–Wednesday, Poster Hall A and Exhibit Hall CD


Monday–Wednesday, Poster Hall A and Exhibit Hall CD (please check back for times)
All registered attendees will receive a complimentary drink ticket for each day.


OMSIThe Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) welcomes the 2009 GSA Annual Meeting to Portland!

GSA meeting attendees and their families receive $3 off regular museum admission and $2.50 off OMNIMAX theater admission by just mentioning the annual meeting when purchasing tickets at the museum admission desk anytime between 16–25 October. It’s that simple!

Plus, our giant screen OMNIMAX theater has added three special shows in celebration of the event. On Tuesday, 20 October at noon, see Journey Into Amazing Caves. On Wednesday, enjoy a special 10 a.m. screening of The Alps and/or a noon encore presentation of Journey Into Amazing Caves.  With the GSA discount, show tickets are only $6 Adult, $4 Youth/Senior.  For more information about the museum,  please visit us online at omsi.edu.

Oregon Sesquicentennial Celebrations at the GSA Annual Meeting

Oregon’s official 150th birthday as U.S. state was on 14 February 2009, but the celebrations continue throughout the year. GSA will help commemorate this event with several displays — including a new Oregon geological map — throughout the Oregon Convention Center.


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