NEW SCHEDULE for Saturday/Sunday Events
NEW!The following events are scheduled differently than years past …
Saturday, October 8
  • Presidential Awards Dinner (by invitation only)
Sunday, October 9
Technical Sessions will run normal hours on Sunday (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.).
Posters and GSIF are welcome to stay up until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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Special Events

2010 Winner3rd Annual Photo Exhibition

Minneapolis Convention Center, Mezzanine Level

Dont miss the 3rd Annual Geological Society of America Photo Exhibition (Supported in part by Earth Systems Imaging and Terranes LLC).

Annual Geoscience Educators Reception

Saturday, 8 Oct., 5-7 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, Seasons

The GSA Education Committee, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), the GSA Geoscience Education Division, Cutting Edge, the IRIS Consortium, the American Geological Institute (AGI), and UNAVCO would like to invite all educators to a relaxing forum for socializing, sharing ideas, and meeting other geoscience community members interested in education. Appetizers and cash bar provided.

GSA Student Icebreaker

Student IcebreakerMinnesota students host the world's students!
Saturday, 8 Oct., 6 p.m., Loring Theater, 1407 Nicollet Ave (1 block from the Convention Center)

All student attendees are invited to come enjoy good food, good drinks, good entertainment, and good company together at the Loring Theater. We'll have free food, free drinks (while they last!), games, music, and a bad geology movie clip montage running in the theater. Come get to know your future collaborators and colleagues, as the students of Minnesota host the geoscience students of the world!
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John Geissman
ExxonMobil President's Student Breakfast Reception

Sunday, 9 Oct., 7-8:30 a.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom B

GSA President John Geissman invites students to this free breakfast buffet sponsored by ExxonMobil Corporation. Each student registered for the meeting will receive a complimentary ticket to attend. Use this time to network, ask questions and bring up issues directly to GSA leadership and ExxonMobil staffers, meet fellow students, and warm up for the meeting!

Lunchtime Lectures

Sun.–Wed., 12:15-1:15 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 101DE

Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story
Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story

Sun., 9 Oct., 4–5 p.m. (film showing); Q&A session: 5–5:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 101FG

This film, by Bell Museum Productions, traces the development of America’s bountiful heartland and its effect on the legendary Mississippi River. Through beautiful photography and inspiring narrative, the film offers solutions to the river’s troubles through fresh ideas and concrete solutions. Please join Barb Coffin, Coordinator of Public Programs and Executive Producer of Bell Museum Productions, for a screening and discussion of this thought-provoking film. Coffin will be joined by local geologists who appear in the documentary, discussing their research approaches to untangling natural from anthropogenic agents of change to one of the world’s great rivers.

Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony
Sponsored in part by

Sunday, 9 Oct., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A

GSA President John Geissman will speak on “The importance of the global professoriate in the geosciences—the students we are teaching, and learn from, today may represent the last great hope.”

GSA Gold Medals

Following Geissman's talk, enjoy presentations to GSA's distinguished awardees. All are invited to the Awards and Welcome Reception immediately after (8:30-9:30 p.m.). No ticket required. Mingle with current and past GSA awardees, GSA Fellows, and GSA’s Executive Committee Enjoy snacks and a complimentary beverage while you catch up with your friends, colleagues, and students—a great way to kick off the meeting!

Gold Medal Lectures

Monday, 10 October, 1:30-3:30 p.m., MCC Room 101FG

Penrose Medalist Day Medalist Donath Medalist
Paul F. Hoffman
Harvard University
“How adolescent Earth made continents but messed up the carbon cycle”
Susan L. Brantley
Pennsylvania State University
“Back to the future as a geochemist”
Jasper A. Vrugt
University of California at Irvine
“Lost Between Two Shores”

Ann Bancroft Subaru Outdoor Life Lecture

Sponsored by SubaruMonday, 10 October, 6-7 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center

Ann Bancroft — Polar Explorer:  
“No Horizon Is So Far”

Green Space 5k Run

Monday 10 Oct.
Sorry. This event has been canceled.