|1 August 2013
GSA Release No. 13-49
|For Immediate Release|
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
The Natural Environment & Health: Hidden Dangers, Unlimited Opportunities
Boulder, CO, USA – Cutting-edge research at the intersection of the Earth sciences and health will be showcased at the 5th International Conference on Medical Geology (MEDGEO2013), which is being held along with the 2nd Symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health, organized by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Working Group on Health.
This collaboration will bring together interdisciplinary researchers and decision makers from the physical and medical sciences who are interested in solving health problems caused by natural materials and processes.
The joint conference, under the auspices of the International Medical Geology Association, will take place over five days from 25–29 August 2013 at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, Virginia, USA. Members of the press are invited to attend and cover the scientific presentations. The Geological Society of America’s Geology and Health Division is the host for the event, which enjoys multi-level support and sponsors, including The University of Texas at Dallas, USGS, NASA, NSF, and the Institute for Integrative Health.
The technical session lineup includes:
- Arsenic and Other Toxic Oxyanions in the Environment
- Biogeochemical Biomarkers of Human Health
- Children’s Health and the Environment
- Climate Change and Human Health
- Environmental Exposure to Asbestos and Other Natural Fibers
- Energy Related Health Issues
- Soils and Medical Geology
- Urban Medical Geology
- Health Risks Assessment of Hydraulic Fracking For Gas Recovery
- See all at http://rock.geosociety.org/GeoHealth/MEDGEO_2013/technical-sessions.asp.
Daily Keynotes from Monday to Thursday (Sunday program is posters only) include talks by senior scientists or managers from GEO (Group on Earth Observations), USGS, OSTP, NOAA, NASA, UT Dallas, the American Public Health Association, and ESRI.
Sessions on remote sensing applications and geospatial technologies will be presented on Tuesday and Wednesday in the areas of:
- Infectious and Vector-Borne Disease
- Climate Variability and Health
- Air Pollution Modeling for Health Impact Studies
- Spatial Association of Diseases
- Environmental Public Health Surveillance
View the complete combined technical session schedule by day or search the program by keywords at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013MED/webprogram/start.html. Click on session titles for a list of presentations, and click on presentations for the individual abstracts.
Meeting registration is open now at https://rock.geosociety.org/registration?meetingID=13MEDGEO.
Conference Coordinating Committee Chair: Bob Finkelman,
ISPRS-Working Group on Health representative: Fazlay Faruque,
GSA liaison: William Cox,
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 2012 or 2013.
• PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.
Present media credentials onsite at the registration desk to obtain a badge for media access. Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay regular fees for any tours, ticketed events or workshops which they attend. 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.
For additional information and assistance, contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications, at the address above.
The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 25,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.