EVENTS

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BUSINESS MEETINGS

SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesday, 3 April

Keynote Speaker: Geologist Cliff Frohlich, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 204
Texas Earthquakes: Natural and/or Man Made?
Cliff Frohlich, Associate Director of and Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin. This special talk will center on the controversies surrounding the presence, nature and potential sources of earthquakes in the State of Texas.

Welcoming Reception, 6–9 p.m.
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Interior Courtyard and Tejas Dining Room.

Thursday, 4 April

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Dewey, 9–10 a.m.
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 204
The Ophiolite Enigma Resolved
This special talk focuses on origins of ophiolite, and suggests that none represent obducted sheets from the young oceanic crust and mantle of large oceans.
John Dewey received his doctorate from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, UK. He had a distinguished career at the University of Cambridge, the State University of New York at Albany, Durham University, The University of Oxford and the University of California, Davis. He has played, and continues to play a leading role in integrating the tectonics of ocean basins and continents throughout the history of the Earth. He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Luncheon for Two-Year College Educators and Interested Students
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. US$15 per person, limit 20.
Cosponsored by the Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education at Two-year Colleges (SAGE2YC) Project and SherpaLux.
Join your fellow two-year college educators and students interested in pursuing a career in teaching at a two-year college for a special networking lunch at a local Austin hotspot. Share ideas and experiences. For more information and to reserve your space, contact Bob Blodgett.

Keynote Speaker: Derek C. Briggs, 4–5 p.m.
The Limits of Fossilization
Jackson Geosciences Building Boyd Auditorium (JGB 2.324)
Derek C. Briggs is G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Geology & Geophysics at Yale University and Director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. His primary research interest is in the preservation and evolutionary significance of exceptionally preserved fossil biotas. This involves a range of approaches from experimental work on the factors controlling decay and fossilization, through studies of early diagenetic mineralization and organic preservation, to field work on a range of extraordinary fossil occurrences and their taxonomic description and analysis. The Thursday talk will be followed by a reception on the 6th floor of the Jackson Geosciences Building in the Dean’s suite and patio.

Educators' Social Hour & Share-A-Thon with a Focus of K–12 and Two-Year College
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Network with other educators and participate in demonstrations of education lesson plans. Pick up FREE lesson plans and materials. The materials are donated by formal and informal educators. If you have questions about the workshops, Educators’ Social Hour, or the Share-a-thon, or if you or your organization would like to donate educational materials for the Share-a-thon, please contact Michael R. Brunt, Eagle Pass Jr. High School, at . Cash bar provided.

Map Blast: Maps Through Time, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
All are invited to participate in this informal evening session—no abstract needed! Bring your in-progress geologic map, newly published geologic maps, and/or digital images and post them for comments and discussion. We are also interested in maps through time. Contributors display maps of their most interesting geologic areas and show how they have evolved over time. The best examples will be selected for display at the GSA Annual Meeting. Cash bar provided.

Friday, 5 April

Keynote Speaker: Derek C. Briggs, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
The Silurian Herefordshire Fauna—Soft–Bodied Fossils in Volcanic Ash
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 204
Derek C. Briggs is G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Geology & Geophysics at Yale University and Director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. His primary research interest is in the preservation and evolutionary significance of exceptionally preserved fossil biotas. This involves a range of approaches from experimental work on the factors controlling decay and fossilization, through studies of early diagenetic mineralization and organic preservation, to field work on a range of extraordinary fossil occurrences and their taxonomic description and analysis. The Thursday talk will be followed by a reception on the 6th floor of the Jackson Geosciences Building in the Dean’s suite and patio.

HydroDays!
The HydroDays Workshop will begin Friday afternoon, 5 April through 7 April, in the surrounding karst areas of Texas. We invite karst researchers, educators, students, policy makers, cavers, and karst lovers of all persuasions to join Hydrodays. We encourage you to take part in all of the activities that your schedule will permit. Contact Marcus Gary, Edwards Aquifer Authority, , for more information.

Guest Activities
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GUEST ACTIVITIES

Deadline to register for all SherpaLux events listed below is 20 March.

 

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