Special Talks

2009 GSA Gold Medal Lectures

GSA medalsSunday, 18 Oct., 5–7 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 254

Continue the celebration! The GSA Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 17 Oct., is just the beginning — please join us on Sunday for the inaugural GSA Gold Medal Lectures, a special event hosted by GSA to honor its awardees.

Penrose Medalist B. Clark Burchfiel of MIT, a specialist in continental tectonics; Day Medalist T. Mark Harrison of UCLA, a specialist in dynamic thermochronology; and Donath Medalist Cin-Ty A. Lee of Rice University, a multidisciplinary geologist studying the formation and stability of continents, are scheduled to speak and reflect on their scientific careers, and questions from the audience are encouraged. GSA President Jean Bahr will chair the program. No reservations, tickets, or invitations required.

GSA Lunchtime Keynote Addresses

Sun.–Wed., 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Room D135/136

Bring your lunch, relax, and be informed at GSA’s new Lunchtime Keynote Lectures. Speakers will cover broad, overarching topics relevant to today’s world. Look for information on each speaker here and in the coming issues of GSA Today.

  • Sunday: GSA Geology and Society Division Distinguished Lecturer: Patricia A. Woertz
    Toward a Shared Energy Future: Carbon Sequestration and the Global Corporation
  • Monday: Halbouty Distinguished Lecturer: Sally Benson
    Can CO2 Sequestration Help Solve the Global Warming Problem?
  • Tuesday: USGS's Lucile M. Jones
    The Great Southern California ShakeOut: A Successful Experiment in Communicating Science and Policy
  • Wednesday: Cynthia Gardner (Cascades Volcano Observatory), Scott Burns (Portland State)
    The dynamic landscapes of volcanoes and vineyards in the Pacific Northwest
Subaru Outdoor Life Lecture
Yvon Chouinard
Photo courtesy of Patagonia.
Subaru of America, Inc.
This event sponsored by
Subaru of America, Inc.

Monday, 19 Oct., 6–7 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 252

Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard published Climbing Ice in 1978, and has been extraordinarily influential in ushering in the “clean climbing” movement in North America. Chouinard was one of the leading climbers of the Golden Age of Yosemite Climbing, participating in the second ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in 1960 and, using no fixed ropes, the ascent of the North American Wall in 1964.

Chouinard is founder and owner of Patagonia Inc., which followed from his initial interest in the 1950s in designing, manufacturing, and distributing high-quality rock-climbing equipment. As Patagonia gained popularity and expanded in the 1980s, Chouinard turned his vision toward finding solutions to environmental crises. In 1985, Patagonia instituted an “Earth Tax,” pledging 1% of sales to aid the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. Patagonia is also a leader in using pesticide-free cottons. Other environmental organizations supported by Chouinard and Patagonia include One Percent for the Planet, the Common Threads Garment Recycling Program, and the World Trout Initiative.

Chouinard is an inveterate outdoorsman, spending much of his time outdoors or, if he has to be indoors, talking about the outdoors with environmental groups and businesses around the world.


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