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News Release

6 April 2007
GSA Release No. 07-14

Contact: Christa Stratton

Water Resources, Geoarcheology, and More on Agenda as Geologists Meet in Lawrence Next Week

Boulder, Colorado, USA - Approximately 600 geoscientists will gather 11-13 April for the 41st annual meetings of the North-Central and South-Central Sections of the Geological Society of America. Their joint meeting takes place at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Hosting the meeting are geoscientists from the Kansas Geological Survey and the University of Kansas departments of Geology and Geography.

Journalists are invited to attend sessions of interest, interview scientists, and visit the exhibit area. Information on complimentary media registration and procedures for arranging onsite and telephone interviews during the meeting are provided below.


Roger L. Kaesler - Scientist and Editor: His Contributions to Paleontology through Research and the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology
Thursday, 12 April, 1:20-5:00 p.m., Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
This session honors Roger Kaesler of the University of Kansas and his legacy in the science of paleontology. Talks address his research, his influence on students, and his contributions as editor of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology.
> View session abstracts

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: James Kirkland, Utah state paleontologist, will discuss evolutionary patterns and Asian-North American connections during the early Cretaceous period in "Utah's Early Cretaceous Dinosaur Assemblages: The China Connection." The keynote address takes place Thursday evening, 12 April, 6:00 p.m., in the KU Museum of Natural History.

Neogene Depositional Environments, Paleoclimatology and Stratigraphic Architecture of the Succession Forming the High Plain Aquifer
Friday, 13 April, 8:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Kansas Union, Jayhawk Room
This session addresses formation and management of the High Plains Aquifer, an important regional ground water resource. In a talk titled "Doomed Reservoirs on the High Plains? Climate Change and Groundwater Mining Lead to Profoundly Inefficient Surface Water Storage" (11:25 a.m.) Tom Brikowski, University of Texas at Dallas, focuses on a number of Kansas reservoirs with evaporation rates of 50% or more and future possibilities for subsurface storage of water.
> View session schedule and abstracts
> View Brikowski abstract

Mysteries and controversies regarding the first people in the High Plains are the subjects of a talk Friday afternoon, 2:40 p.m., Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium. "The Unsatisfied Quest for the First Americans: A Great Plains Perspective," presented by anthropologist Jack Hofman, University of Kansas, outlines current evidence and future research directions.
> View abstract

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Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter, or business card from the publication.
  • Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2006 or 2007.
  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to participate.

Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Media must pay regular fees for paid luncheons, field trips, etc.

Media representatives may register onsite at in the Parlors Room on the 5th floor of the Kansas Union except for Tuesday evening, when it will be located in the lobby on the 4th floor. Registration will be open Tuesday, 10 April, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 11-12 April, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Friday, 13 April, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. All media registrants will receive a name badge and the program/abstract book upon arrival. Journalists who wish to pre-register may contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, at 303-357-1056 or for assistance.

Media registrants may arrange on-site interviews after attending the session in which the talk is given or by leaving a note at the GSA Registration Desk requesting an interview before or after the talk. Beginning Wednesday, 11 April, interested media unable to attend may telephone the GSA Registration Desk at +1-785-864-4643 and leave a message requesting a callback from the speaker.

For additional information before 11 April, contact Ann Cairns. During the meeting, 11-13 April, contact the GSA Registration Desk at +1-785-864-4643.

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