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Final Announcement

North-Central Section, GSA

40th Annual Meeting

20-21 April 2006 • University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

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The Department of Geology and the Office for Terrestrial Records of Environmental Change of the University of Akron, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological Survey, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Northern Ohio Geological Society, will host the 2006 Annual Meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America. The meeting will be held Thurs.-Fri., 20-21 April, at the Student Union on the campus of the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

The meeting's theme is terrestrial records of change. Our technical program emphasizes both the human impact on the environment and the record of natural change that can be extracted from terrestrial records. Join your colleagues for a diverse, illuminating meeting on these and other topics.


The University of Akron is one of the most wired campuses in the nation; service is available throughout campus. The campus system supports the following wireless cards: Cisco Aironet 340 & 350 series, Dell True Mobile 1300 or higher, Broadcom, Intel Proset 2100's and 2200's b/g, and Atheros. Additional information will be available in your information packet. Stand-alone kiosks are available in the Student Union; instructions for accessing these will be available on-site.


Akron, Ohio, is located on a continental divide about 30 miles south of Lake Erie. The high upland, from which Akron derives its name, separates drainage that eventually flows to the St. Lawrence River from drainage that empties into the Mississippi River. The city is built on the Sharon Formation, the basal unit of the Pennsylvanian strata in the area, and is situated on the northwestern edge of the Allegheny Plateau, east of the Central Lowlands.

Akron played an important role in transportation and manufacturing during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Ohio & Erie Canal, employing a sequence of many locks, crossed the divide at Akron. As a consequence, the city was a major stopping point for travelers as canal boats transited the locks. Agricultural implement manufacturers took advantage of available transportation links and set up factories in the city. Quaker Oats located a major processing facility in Akron; some of you may reserve a room in one of their former grain silos, now part of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The canal competed with the railroads during the latter half of the nineteenth century until many of its locks were blown up to release waters from a powerful 1913 flood. At the turn of the century, several local entrepreneurs (Firestone, Goodyear, others) took advantage of the advent of the automobile and began manufacturing tires. This prompted a wave of immigrants, causing tremendous growth and a need for water that resulted in the creation of a large surface-water reservoir system on the upper Cuyahoga River. The rubber industry moved south and overseas during the last quarter of the twentieth century and was succeeded by smaller polymer-based industries. The southern part of downtown has become a major restaurant and nightclub area, with restored segments of the Ohio & Erie Canal. We hope that you take advantage of your stay to visit this area.

The valley of the lower Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland remained rural until the mid-1970s when the National Park Service created what is now known as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This area had remained rural because of low-yield aquifers, steep topography, and low-permeability soils that defied septic system designs. The national park contains over 30,000 acres of wooded ravines and overgrown farmland, and was the third most visited national park in the nation in 2004. Hiking trails abound; the crown jewel is the towpath trail that runs from the city limits of Cleveland, south through Akron, eventually ending near Zoar, Ohio, 30 miles south of Akron.


Early Registration Deadline: 20 March 2006
Cancellation Deadline: 27 March 2006

Online registration is now closed but will re-open on site (click here for on-site hours).

Registration Fees Early Standard One-Day
Professional Member $140 $160 $  95
Professional Nonmember $175 $195 $100
Student Member $40 $55 NA
Student Nonmember $55 $65 NA
K-12 Professional $30 $30 NA
Guest $30 $30 NA
Field Trip/Short Course Only $20 $25 NA
Fees are shown in US dollars.

On-site registration will be available during the meeting at the Student Union on the University of Akron campus.

On-Site Registration Schedule
Wednesday, 19 April 4:30-8 p.m.
Thursday, 20 April 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 21 April 7:30 a.m.-noon


GSA is committed to making its meetings accessible to all people interested in attending. Please indicate special requirements (wheelchair accessibility, etc.) on the registration form. The Student Union is only about two years old and is ADA compliant.


The Crowne Plaza Hotel is the official meeting hotel; a block of rooms has been reserved there for the meeting. It's location in the former Quaker Oats processing plant will provide a unique experience during your stay in Akron. Rooms are located in the former grain silos, and shops and restaurants occupy the remaining space. The Crowne Plaza is about three blocks from the Student Union and five blocks from the south-side restaurant and club district. The special GSA rate (tax excluded) is US$70 for a single and US$10 for each additional person. To ensure that you receive the GSA discount, call the Crowne Plaza Hotel directly at +1-330-253-5970.

We've also got a block of rooms at the Radisson Hotel Akron City Centre, with a $79 Flat Room Rate ( For
reservations, call +1-330-384-1500. Other hotels are also available in downtown Akron, adjacent to I-77 in the Montrose area west of Akron, and off State Route 8, north of Akron.

Save $$ on Travel and Housing — Use the GSA Meetings Bulletin Board to arrange carpools and/or roomates.


Akron is linked to the interstate system and can be reached via I-77 and I-76, which connect to I-71, I-80, and I-90. Both Cleveland Hopkins airport (CLE; 40 miles away) and Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK; 14 miles away) are close to Akron. Most major airlines service Cleveland Hopkins, and limousine service is available to Akron. We recommend Akron-Canton airport because of its proximity to Akron (15 min.), easy check through, and direct access to the interstate system. Akron-Canton is served by AirTran, Delta, Frontier, Northwest Airlink, United Express, and US Airways Express. The recommended shuttle company for transportation to and from the airport is SOS (+1-330-494-5800). Their rate is US$35 for the first customer and US$5 for each additional customer, and they can accommodate 10 passengers and luggage. Please e-mail Elaine at with your arrival time at CAK, and she will make sure that SOS is waiting. The major car rental agencies have offices at or near the airport.


The Student Union is less than a 10-min.walk from the Crowne Plaza, but limited van shuttle service will also be available between the south entrance of the Student Union and the Crowne Plaza, as scheduled:
  Wed., 19 Apr., 4:30-9:30 p.m.
  Thurs., 20 Apr., 7-9 a.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  Fri., 21 Apr., 7-9 a.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.


As with many urban campuses, parking is tight. Please make sure that your e-mail address is up-to-date in GSA records; we will attempt to e-mail you a parking permit useable in any lot or ramp. This is to be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle, including Wed. and Sat. for those of you attending field trips. Remember that there are a large number of students on campus 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Save $$ on Travel and Housing — Use the GSA Meetings Bulletin Board to arrange carpools and/or roomates.


If you would like more information on these symposia and sessions, please contact one of the individuals responsible for the specific symposium or session. An individual may be a presenter for only one volunteered paper in either a theme or general discipline session (symposia papers are excepted) but may co-author any number of abstracts. The deadline for submitting abstracts (1/25/06) has passed. I you have questions about your abstract, contact Nancy Carlson, +1-303-357-1061.

Oral presentations in most technical sessions will be 15 min. long with 5 min. for questions. All oral sessions will use a single digital projector and PowerPoint software running on Gateway laptop computers. Please embed all links in your PowerPoint presentation. Presentations prepared using MacOS should be saved through a Windows machine to assure compatibility. Computers will be available in the speaker ready-room for this purpose.

Use of overhead projectors and 35 mm slides is discouraged and can only be accommodated by special arrangement with the session chair. Poster space will be 4' 8', and authors must be present at their poster for at least two hours. Authors with posters requiring an electrical connection must make arrangements with the technical program chair in advance, and a fee may be charged.

 top Symposia

Technical Program Schedule1. Carboniferous Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Sponsored by Great Lakes Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch, Ohio University; Ronald Martino, Marshall University.
This symposium is devoted to new work on unraveling the sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Mississippian and Pennsylvanian in North America, including paleoenvironmental analysis, sedimentation patterns, and sequence stratigraphy.
2. A Tribute to the Life and Work of Barry Miller.
Rodney Feldmann, Kent State University; Michael Tevesz, Cleveland State University.
Barry B. Miller, Professor Emeritus at Kent State University, enjoyed a long career as a researcher on nonmarine mollusks of the United States and published numerous articles on the subject. He is known as a ranking expert in this area, although his knowledge of paleontology, Pleistocene stratigraphy, and glacial geology was almost equally as extensive. This symposium honors Barry and acknowledges his considerable contribution to paleontology and glacial geology.
3. Cultural Geology: Building Stones, Gravestones, Cement, Gemstones, and Terrain. Sponsored by GSA Geology and Society Division.
Joe Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
This symposium will include talks dealing with the interaction of geology and culture. Possible topics are stone used for buildings, monuments, and gravestones; the terroir of fermented and distilled drinks; geology and warfare; gemstones; historic concrete; and the relationship of the geological landscape to cities.
4. Fractures in Ohio's Glacial Tills.
Julie Weatherington-Rice, Ohio State University.
This symposium has been convened to highlight research on "Fractures in Ohio's Glacial Tills" conducted by members of the Ohio Fracture Flow Working Group. Building on 13 years of collective research, the members will present the "who, what, when, where, why, how, and how long" of fracture formations in fine-grained unlithified glacial materials and that relationship to groundwater and contaminant recharge issues. Ohio scientists and engineers, working collectively, are now able to predict conditions where fractures will form and persist, thereby making it possible to factor their presence into regional and site planning, evaluation, and remediation. The program will stress not only the Ohio research accomplishments but will link with research beyond our borders in North America and Europe.
5. Glacial Geology: Sediment, Landforms, and Chronology.
Timothy Fisher, University of Toledo; Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, Kent State University.
This symposium will include presentations on glacial processes and signatures of deglaciation; for example, the origin of glacial sediments, glacial lake reconstructions, and the role of meltwater in the glacial system. We also encourage talks that explore deglacial chronology, styles, and their relationship to glacial lakes and the Great Lakes. Examples from the Midwest and beyond are welcome.
6. The World Encompassed: New and Collaborative Research in Cenozoic Processes at University of Akron and Kent State University
Alison Smith, Kent State University; Lisa Park, University of Akron.
The Cenozoic Processes Working Group (CPWG) at Kent State and the University of Akron conduct interdisciplinary research in the areas of paleoclimate, hydrogeology and hydrology, geomorphology, and tectonics with a focus on the Cenozoic (past 65 m.y.). New and collaborative research on such subjects as paleoclimate, paleoceanography, paleolimnology, coastal processes, karst, and mountain building shed new light on the interlinked mechanisms driving Cenozoic processes. Collaborative and individual research activities by members of the CPWG provide research and coursework opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students at both institutions.

 top Theme Sessions

Technical Program Schedule1. Biophysical Forcing of Water Quality in Large Lakes.
Joseph Ortiz, Kent State University; Donna Witter, Kent State University.
The Laurentian Great Lakes represent one of the largest sources of fresh water on the planet. They serve as the primary source of fresh water for both diverse ecosystems and dense population centers in both the United States and Canada. Considerable strides have been made in recent decades to improve water quality in the Great Lakes-most notably with respect to controls on point-source pollution. Despite this, biophysically forced water quality issues (e.g. sediment loading and eutrophication) arising from non-point-source pollution remains a significant challenge. In this theme session, we welcome contributions that discuss monitoring, remediation, and the development of new methods to track changes in water quality in large lake systems, with particular emphasis placed on work in the Laurentian Great Lakes.
2. Biological Lake Proxies of Paleoenvironmental and Climate Change.
Julie Wolin, Cleveland State University; Jeffrey Snyder, Bowling Green Sate University.
Terrestrial changes in landscapes caused by climate, natural processes, and human activities are found in the geologic record of lakes. Both long-term processes and episodic events are recorded. Biological materials (e.g. charcoal, diatoms, pollen, ostracodes) archive many of these terrestrial and aquatic environmental changes. This session is devoted to these biological proxies of change.
3. Lakes: A Reflection of Their Watersheds.
Dana Oleskiewicz, Ohio State University; Greg Nageotte, Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Lakes are valued natural resources. The quality of their water reflects development pressures and land use changes over time. To manage lakes and reservoirs successfully, practitioners use in-lake techniques and, more importantly, watershed approaches for protection, with strong community-based efforts.
4. Lakes and Rivers: Environmental Concerns.
Dina L. Lopez, Ohio University; Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch, Ohio University.
Surface water and groundwater pollution are affecting our environment. Processes need to be analyzed, and solutions need to be found. Environmental problems include acid mine drainage, point and multiple source contamination (e.g. agriculture, septic tanks, industry), acid rain, over-development, and municipal dumps.
5. Technology for Water Resource Management.
Mike Angle, Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Wayne Jones, Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
This session will focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer modeling, and other innovative technologies in water resources research. Computer technology has changed the way hydrologists and hydrogeologists approach their jobs. GIS and computer modeling has allowed scientists to work with large sets of data and evaluate complex environments. The sharing of data through GIS portals has allowed access to baseline information that in the past was only available to large agencies. We are interested in presentations that show how these new technologies have changed the way you work. We encourage those who have data available to share to present information on how your colleagues can access those data.
6. Dam Removals as a Tool for River Restoration. Sponsored by GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee.
James E. Evans, Bowling Green State University.
The past two decades have seen a remarkable paradigm shift in the scientific and public perception of dams. Over 500 dams have been removed in the United States for reasons including public safety, legal liability issues, economic obsolescence, restoration of fisheries, pollution abatement, and a holistic approach to river restoration. The Midwest, with thousands of aging low-head dams, has been at the forefront of the emerging science of dam removals because of the historical convergence of when this region was settled and the era of hydropower in the early-1800s (an important early step in the Industrial Revolution). This session will look at scientific and policy issues related to the use of dam removals as a tool in the river restoration process.
7. Fate and Transport of Nitrate in Hydrologic Systems of Agricultural Watersheds.
Mohammad Iqbal, University of Northern Iowa; Shafiul Chowdhury, State University of New York-New Paltz.
Contamination of groundwater with nitrate is a growing concern in areas of agricultural watersheds. Such contamination is commonly intensified by fertilization of fields with nitrogen-based chemicals in excess of plant requirements. Besides, nitrogen plays an important role in eutrophication of surface water bodies, leading to anoxic conditions in the aquatic ecosystems. In order to protect our hydrologic environment, we must address the related water quality issues effectively and adequately. Appropriate management models should be developed through participation of multi-state governments and their citizens.
8. Karst in Glaciated Regions.
C. Pius Weibel, Illinois State Geological Survey; Patrick Mills, U.S. Geological Survey.
Presented research should provide improved understanding of karst systems that are overlain by glaciated deposits (glaciokarst). Research may address, but is not limited to, development or evaluation of data-collection methods unique to exhumed and buried karst systems; characterization of the hydrogeology or water quality of these systems; and improved methods for delineating areas contributing recharge to wells in these systems. Research on karst systems in nonglaciated regions will be considered for presentation, should the research also improve understanding of systems in glaciated regions.
9. Slope Stability Considerations in the Appalachian Region: Investigation, Design, and Remediation.
Abdul Shakoor, Kent State University; Brian Greene, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District.
This session will focus on slope stability problems in our region.
10. Solid Waste Disposal and Geology.
Lynn Chyi, University of Akron; Jerry Ross, American Landfill, Inc.
The session will include oral presentations on the mineralogical aspect of liner and covering materials of solid waste disposal sites, chemical and physical characteristics of leachate, interaction of leachate with precipitation, and the impact of leachate on hydrological systems. Presentations of data management on the above subjects will also be accepted.
11. Multi-Proxy Investigations of Black Shales: What Can They Tell Us?
Sue Rimmer, University of Kentucky; Harry Rowe, University of Kentucky.
Black shales represent a powerful geological archive for understanding paleoceanographic conditions during key episodes in earth history. The goals of the session are (1) to collectively explore the various paleoenvironmental records from black shale sequences, including geochemical, petrographic, paleontological, and sedimentological approaches; and (2) to synthesize a more comprehensive view of the environments of black shale formation and the overarching significance of black shale occurrence. We encourage participants to evaluate proxies used in these studies and to participate in a discussion of the use of commonly or not so commonly used proxies.
12. Geoarchaeology Studies of Mounds and Earthworks in the Ohio Valley.
David Cremeens, GAI Consultants, Inc..
Geoarchaeology studies at mounds and earthworks in the Ohio valley provide clues as to the mechanisms and time frames of construction and utilization of these important sites. Many of these sites are protected and remain a critical laboratory for limited studies. Other, less well-known sites, can be studied more vigorously due to impending development. Investigations at mound and earthwork sites also provide an important laboratory to monitor geomorphic and pedologic changes to the land surface in a precise chronologic framework. These studies may have important implications for larger questions of climatic variability and carbon sequestration.
13. Teaching and Practicing Geophysical Prospecting in Archaeology.
Timothy Matney, University of Akron; Mark Schurr, University of Notre Dame.
This session addresses recent innovations in the use of near-surface geophysical prospecting techniques in archaeology (e.g., electrical resistivity, magnetic gradiometry, ground penetrating radar) and in the teaching of these techniques. A number of universities now offer undergraduate and graduate training in geophysical survey techniques, often involving students in research at actual archaeological sites. This session addresses the successes and challenges of these technologies from the perspectives of university researchers, teachers, and practicing cultural resource management (CRM) archaeologists.
14. Evaluating Student Learning in Geoscience Courses. Sponsored by Central Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
David Steer, University of Akron; David McConnell, University of Akron.
This session is intended as a forum for reporting on the effectiveness of innovative methods, exercises, or learning environments designed to promote learning in the geosciences. Papers that report on assessment instruments or assessment data are encouraged.
15. Issues in Geoscience Education. Sponsored by Central Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Annabelle Foos, University of Akron; Cinzia Cervato, Iowa State University.
This session will present innovative ideas that promote K-16 geoscience education, in-service teacher training, and public outreach. Authors are encouraged to submit examples of inquiry based learning, field experiences, workshops, and curriculum development.
16. Climate Change, Natural Hazards, and the Teaching of Earth System Science.
Sandra Rutherford, Eastern Michigan University.
Students need to be informed about practical issues surrounding science if we are to prepare them for the community. Therefore, teachers need to bridge the gap between applied and theoretical science and show the "why" when we teach science concepts. Climate change and natural hazards can be used to reinforce earth system science concepts. How do teachers and professors use current events and real world examples to teach earth system science concepts? How do they "bridge the gap"?
18. Countering Creationism in the Classroom. Sponsored by Central Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Patricia Princehouse, Case Western Reserve University.
Across the country, creationists are getting more militant, attempting to wedge "intelligent-design" creationism or fraudulent "critical analysis," or so-called "evidences against" evolution into curricula. This results in impoverished earth science and biology education and students who are deeply confused or misinformed about the nature and methods of science. This thematic session will discuss scientific, philosophical, historical, pedagogic, and legal dimensions of creationism in the K-12 and college classroom, with emphasis on practical solutions.
19. Recent Advances in Systematics, Evolution, and Paleobiology of Fossil Vertebrates.
Darin Croft, Case Western Reserve University; Michael Ryan, Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
This session will highlight current research in vertebrate paleontology, with an emphasis on evolution, systematics, and paleobiology of dinosaurs and Cenozoic mammals.
20. Fossils of Ohio: A Century after Newberry.
Lisa Park, University of Akron.
This session will highlight the recent advances in understanding the diversity dynamics, preservational potential, and paleoecology of fossil faunas from the mid-continent. Students are particularly encouraged to submit to this session.
21. Using Biogeochemistry to Solve Paleontologic and Geologic Problems.
David Goodwin, Denison University.
High-resolution isotopic and elemental variation archived in modern and fossil organisms has become a primary source of environmental information. This theme session will highlight the application of biogeochemical archives to a wide variety of biological, climatological, and geological issues.
22. Carbon Dioxide Sequestration: From the Atmosphere to Subsurface and All Points in-between: Terrestrial, Geologic, and Applications.
Ernie R. Slucher, Ohio Geological Survey; Erik Venteris, Ohio Geological Survey.
Is anthropogenic carbon dioxide influencing earth systems? If so, what do we do? Presentations of research related to CO2 in past, present, and future earth systems are encouraged.
23. Undergraduate Research Poster Session. Sponsored by Council on Undergraduate Research, Geoscience Division.
Robert D. Shuster, University of Nebraska-Omaha; David J. Matty, Central Michigan University; Karen Fryer, Ohio Wesleyan University; Joseph Ortiz, Kent State University.
These are posters written and presented by undergraduate students on their research projects, activities, techniques, and/or preliminary results. Co-authored papers for which the student is senior author will be considered. Any field in the geosciences is acceptable.
24. Phytoremediation.
Alison L. Spongberg, University of Toledo.
Phytoremediation is the use of plants in reducing the concentrations of contaminants in water, sediment. or soil. Innovative research on the use of plants and their associated soils to accumulate or metabolize heavy metals and/or organic compounds will be presented.


For further information regarding these field trips, please contact the field trip leader(s) indicated below, or the field trip czar, Joe Hannibal, +1-216-231-4600 ext. 3233, All trips will leave from the University of Akron's Gardner Student Center at 8 a.m. and return to the Student Center at 6 p.m. on the day indicated. All trips, except the trip along Lake Erie, will be one day. Trips are limited to 44 people.

 top Premeeting

1. Geologic Setting and Processes along Lake Erie from Fairport to Sandusky, Ohio. (Two-day trip)
Tues.-Wed., 18-19 Apr. Donald Guy, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Division of Geological Survey, +1-419-626-4296; Laura Moore, Oberlin College.
We will examine the geologic setting and processes of the Lake Erie shore from the 15-m-high bluffs of Ohio's eastern lakeshore to the low lake plain and wetlands of the western lakeshore. Stops will provide access to glaciolacustrine sediments and tills and to Devonian shale and limestone. We will also consider the impacts of urbanization on lakeshore processes and geologic resources. Access to some stops will involve walking across irregular terrain and exposure to the elements, including winds off the lake. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing. Overnight in Vermilion, Ohio. Cost: US$140, includes coffee and donuts first morning, box lunch the first day, breakfast second day, transportation, overnight accommodation (double occupancy), and field guide.
2. The Geology and Hydrology of Gorge Metro Park, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. (One-day trip)
Wed., 19 Apr. Annabelle Foos, University of Akron, +1-330-972-7991.
Classic exposures of the Pennsylvanian Sharon Formation and underlying Mississippian Cuyahoga Formation at Gorge Metro Park in Cuyahoga Falls will be visited. We will have a unique glimpse into the Sharon Aquifer where it has been recently dissected by downcutting of the Cuyahoga River at the Cuyahoga Falls Gorge. The chemistry of natural springs and seeps at this location has yielded information about the heterogeneous flow through the aquifer. Early settlers built dams and associated mills where the rivers flowed over resistant layers such as the Sharon Formation. We will discuss the history of power generation at the site and controversy over the removal of dams along the Cuyahoga River. Sample collection is prohibited within the park. Field trip will involve ~3 miles of hiking on groomed trails. Cost: US$45, includes morning coffee and donuts, box lunch, transportation, and field guide.
3. Guide to the Building Stones and Cultural Geology of Akron. Sponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Central Section. (One-day trip)
Wed., 19 Apr. Joe Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, +1-216-231-4600 ext. 3233.
This trip will explore the relationship between the setting of Akron on a major divide underlain chiefly by the Sharon Formation and its development as a city. It will pay special attention to the use of building stone, including the Sharon, in constructing the city. Individual stops, chosen for their geological, cultural, and historical importance, will include the Portage Path, historic stone buildings, canal locks, the John Brown Monument, a garden-style cemetery with a large Civil War memorial, stone fences and bridges, and modern buildings clad in limestone and granite. This trip is open to guests as well as professionals. Cost: US$50, includes morning coffee and donuts, lunch (sandwich and fruit), transportation, and field guide.
4. Hydrogeologic Setting and Design of a Sanitary Landfill: American Landfill, Stark County, Ohio. (One-day trip)
Wed., 19 Apr.

 top Postmeeting

5. Quaternary Geology of the Interlobate Area between the Cuyahoga and Grand River Lobes, Northeastern Ohio. (One-day trip)
Sat., 22 Apr.; John P. Szabo, University of Akron, +1-330-972-8039; Mike Angle, Ohio Geological Survey; Julie Weatherington-Rice, Bennett and Williams Environmental Consultants, Inc.; Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, Kent State University.
This trip will examine the topography and stratigraphy of the interlobate area formed during the topographically controlled late Wisconsinan glaciation in northeastern Ohio. This area directed meltwater from both the Cuyahoga and Grand River lobes into the Ohio River drainage system. It includes a large and poorly understood area of ice-contact features deposited during the advance of Kent ice and an area of kames along the eastern margin of the Cuyahoga lobe that was overridden by younger advances. One stop will illustrate the complex interaction of glacial stratigraphy and local hydrology in maintaining wetlands, whereas another may illustrate possible thrust-stacking of Illinoian till sheets. One stop may include a dye test in fractured till. Access to some stops will involve walking across irregular terrain and exposure to the elements. Some wading of streams may be expected; bring your own knee boots. Cost: US$75, includes morning coffee and donuts, box lunch, afternoon snack, transportation, and field guide.
6. Surface Water Hydrology of The Wilds, a Reclaimed Surface Mine, Southeastern Ohio. (One-day trip)
Sat., 22 Apr. Stephen Van Horn, Muskingum College, +1-740-826-8306.
This trip will examine the hydrology and water chemistry of lakes, streams, and springs on a reclaimed surface mine. We will examine changes in reclamation practices and the effect these practices have had on the topography, soil, and hydrology across The Wilds. We will also examine the water chemistry of flow-through versus non-flow-through lakes. One stop will focus on the influence of groundwater and springs in the water chemistry of the lakes. The last stop of the trip will visit Big Muskie's bucket at the Miner's Memorial Park in Reinersville, Ohio. There will be moderate hiking involved to reach some of the lakes. Please bring appropriate footwear, clothing, and bug spray as ticks can be a problem. Cost: US$50, includes morning coffee and donuts, box lunch, transportation, and handouts.
7. Classic Cleveland Shale Localities in the Cleveland, Ohio Area. (One-day trip)
Sat., 22 Apr. Joe Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, +1-216-231-4600 ext. 3233; Susan M. Rimmer, University of Kentucky; Robert K. Carr, Ohio University; Philip O. Banks, Case Western Reserve University.
Classic localities of the Cleveland Shale Member of the Ohio Shale, including outcrops along the Rocky River to the west of Cleveland, the type area along Doan Brook, and Euclid Creek to the east of Cleveland, will provide a close look at the Cleveland Shale and its components, including the Skinners Run pyrite bed, a prominent basal lag deposit. Long-term collecting from this sparsely fossiliferous Famennian rock unit has yielded a rich, world-famous fauna of fossil fish as well as fossil invertebrates and plants. There will be some walking in streams: wear nonslip shoes that can get wet. Cost: US$55, includes morning coffee and donuts, lunch (sandwich and fruit), transportation, and field guide.
8. Geology of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (One-day trip)
Sat., 22 Apr. David Hacker, Kent State University, +1-330-675-8831; Neil A. Wells, Kent State University; Tom Nash, National Park Service.
We will explore the unique geologic and cultural beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and see what inspired its formation in the year 2000, thus making it one of our newest National Parks. The park has been sculpted over time by running water, glaciers, and mass wasting; we will view many of its diverse landscape features, including meandering streams, deep gorges, ravines, towering rock ledges, and numerous waterfalls, and discuss the geologic processes of their formation. We will also see examples of ancient streams and shallow marine environments preserved in the exposed Upper Paleozoic bedrock, as well as glacial features left by retreating Pleistocene glaciers. Early human occupation of the valley is well preserved within the park. Historic towns boomed with the establishment of the Ohio & Erie Canal in the early 1820s; many of the locks, canal houses, and mills associated with the canal industry remain. The old farms, canal structures, and small towns within the park maintain a distinct New England look in the valley. We will stop at a number of these culturally important historic sites that have ties to the local geology. This field trip will involve ~3 miles of hiking on well maintained park trails. Sample collecting is prohibited within the national park. This trip is open to guests as well as professionals. Cost: US$50, includes morning coffee and donuts, box lunch, transportation, and written materials.


Student Travel Grants

The North-Central Section and the GSA Foundation have made travel assistance grants available for GSA Student Members and Associates to attend the North-Central Section Meeting. Assistance is offered with priority given to students presenting oral or poster papers.

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Student Awards

Awards will be given for the best student (undergraduate and graduate) oral and poster presentations. To be eligible, a student must be the lead author and the presenter, and she or he should be capable of answering detailed questions about the research project.


1. Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Thurs.-Fri., 20-21 Apr., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Union, Room 335. Karlon Blythe, GSA. Lunch provided.
This interactive and informative program for undergraduate and graduate students, led by professional geoscientists, will cover real life issues including professional opportunities and challenges that await students after graduation. Plan to attend both free luncheons to hear different presenters each day. Students will receive FREE LUNCH tickets in their registration packet to attend both Shlemon Programs, but space is limited: first come, first served.
2. The John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Thurs., 20 Apr., 5-6:30 p.m. Student Union, Room 335. Karlon Blythe, GSA.
This early evening event presents mentoring opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates with interest in applied hydrogeology or hydrology as a career to interact and network with practicing hydrogeologic professionals. This program is a focused, small-scale event that features free pizza for participants. Every student will receive a FREE PIZZA DINNER ticket in his or her registration packet to attend the Mann Program, but space is limited: first come, first served.
3. Teaching Evolution in the K-12 Classroom. Sponsored by Central Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Sat., 22 Apr., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Pamela Keiper, Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Classroom techniques for teaching the basic concepts of evolution and the diversity of life throughout the K-12 curriculum. Fee: US$5, includes resource packet and continental breakfast.
4. Measurement of Indoor Radon in Geologically Diverse Terrains.
Tue.-Wed., 18-19 Apr., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Crouse Hall, Room 119.
5. Using the Paleobiology Database (PBDB).
Sat., 22 Apr., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Location TBA. Instruction team from PDPB; Arnie Miller, Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati.
Learn how to use the Paleobiology Database with this hands-on workshop. Computer terminals will be available for participants who will learn how to utilize the PBDB to answer paleobiological questions. Free, but registration is required.



The Akron-Cleveland area offers a variety of cultural venues. These range from tours of Amish country to the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame. Northeastern Ohio supported the abolitionist movement before the Civil War and was an important stopping point on the Underground Railroad. John Brown lived both in Hudson, 10 miles northeast of Akron, and in west Akron. The following guest activities are scheduled and will run based on sufficient interest.

  1. Tour of Stan Hywet, a Tudor-style mansion formerly owned by the Seiberling family who made their fortune in the rubber industry, and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
    Thurs., 20 Apr., 10 a.m. Depart from the south entrance of the Student Union. Lunch stop will be made. Cost including admission: US$30. Min.: 8; registration deadline 11 Apr.
  2. Tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland.You saw it on the Drew Carey show and are only a short trip away.
    Fri., 21 Apr., 9:30 a.m. Depart from the south entrance of the Student Union. Lunch may be purchased at the Rock Hall. Cost including admission: US$40. Min.: 8; registration deadline 11 Apr.


Booth and table space will be available in Ballrooms A & B of the Student Union adjacent to the poster sessions. Contact John Peck, Department of Geology, University of Akron, +1-330-972-7659,


Requests for additional information should be addressed to the general chair, John Szabo.
Technical program questions should be addressed to Lisa Park or Ira Sasowsky.

General Chair Technical Program Chairs
John Szabo
jpszabo at uakron dot edu
Lisa Park
lepark at uakron dot edu
Ira Sasowsky
ids at uakron dot edu
Department of Geology, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-4101, USA