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January 2011

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 9, no. 1

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Education & Outreach
Government Affairs
Meetings
Publications News
Of Note

From the Executive Director
Touchpoints
Geoscience Trivia
GSA Connection Archive
GSA Events & Deadlines Calendar

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Education & Outreach
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GeoCorps™ America
Application deadline: 1 February
The summer 2011 program features ~90 positions, including 5 Guest Scientist positions, 6 GeoCorps Diversity Internships, and 2 GeoCorps American Indian Internships. GeoCorps provides paid, short-term geoscience opportunities on public lands managed by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. All levels of geologists — students, educators, professionals, retirees, and others — are encouraged to apply.
[ learn more ]

Research Grants
2011 GSA Graduate Student Research Grants are due 1 February.
[ finalize your application ]

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Government Affairs
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2011-2012 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship
Application Deadline: 1 Feb. 2011.
Put your expertise and experience to work helping shape science and technology policy on Capitol Hill in concert with national and international leaders.
[ learn more ]

NOTE: The office of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is host to the current GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow, Larry Meinert. GSA, along with all of Giffords' friends and colleagues in the geoscience community, wish her and everyone affected by the horrible event of 8 Jan. a fast and complete recovery. Our condolences extend to the families of the victims.

Climate Science Day
GSA is participating in the first Climate Science Day on 16-17 February, in advance of the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington DC. This is a non-partisan opportunity for scientists from many disciplines to inform Members of Congress on the view of climate science held by the sponsoring scientific societies. Contact Craig Schiffries for more information.

Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day
GSA members are invited to take part in the 16th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day on 6-7 April in Washington DC. Students welcome! Participate in meetings with House and Senate offices, briefings about federal science agencies, training sessions, and a congressional reception. Please contact GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy, Craig Schiffries, for more information and to participate.
[ CVD Web page ]

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Student Volunteer Program
Application deadlines: 31 January for Summer 2011 and 18 March for Fall 2011.
This is a great opportunity for qualified candidates, so please send in your application!
[ learn more ]
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Meetings
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SHORT COURSES
Teach your colleagues and peers about groundbreaking research or provide new skills training by running a GSA Short Course at the 2011 GSA Annual Meeting.
Submit the following by 1 February:
   • a two page proposal outlining the scientific/technical content of the course,
   • a resume/CV for each of the course faculty, and
   • a copy of the online Short Course Proposal Budget form.
[ more info ]

GET INVOLVED WITH THE 2011 SECTION MEETINGS
Registration is now open for the Northeastern/North-Central, Southeastern, and South-Central Section Meetings. Save money on fees and register before the standard registration deadline.
Northeastern / North-Central
(Joint Meeting)
20-22 March, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Co-Chairs: Patrick Burkhart, Daniel Holm
Early registration ends 14 Feb.
[ register | tech program schedule ]
Southeastern
23-25 March, Wilmington, North Carolina
Chair: Richard Laws
Early registration ends 22 Feb.
[ register | tech program schedule ]
South-Central
28-29 March, New Orleans, Louisiana
Co-Chairs: Mike Miner, Brad Rosenheim
Early registration ends 22 Feb
[ register ]
Rocky Mountain / Cordilleran
(Joint Meeting)
18-20 May, Logan, Utah
Co-Chairs: John Shervais, Wendy Bohrson
Abstracts deadline: 15 Feb.
[ submit abstract ]
Space at the meeting hotels is filling quickly, so make your reservations now.
Mentors Needed
Mentors are needed for the Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Programs in Applied Geology and the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program for each of the GSA Section Meetings.
[ view schedule ]

PENROSE CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Deformation Localization in Rocks: New Advances
27 June-2 July 2011, Cadaqués & Cap de Creus Peninsula, Catalona, Spain
Application deadline: 25 February 2011
[ conference details ]

Comparative evolution of past and present accretionary orogens: Central Asia and the Circum-Pacific
4-10 September, 2011, Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China
Application deadline: 1 June 2011
[ conference details ]

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Publications News
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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
Special Paper 473
Geology and Geoarchaeology of the Black Sea Region: Beyond the Flood Hypothesis
Edited by I.V. Buynevich, V. Yanko-Hombach, A.S. Gilbert, and R.E. Martin
A timely reference for continuing research in a region harboring a number of newly independent states that are now faced with population pressure and a variety of environmental issues.

Special Paper 475
High Geologic Slip Rates since Early Pleistocene Initiation of the San Jacinto and San Felipe Fault Zones in the San Andreas Fault System, Southern California, USA
By S.U. Janecke, R.J. Dorsey, D. Forand, A.N. Steely, S.M. Kirby, A.T. Lutz, B.A. Housen, B. Belgarde, V.E. Langenheim, and T.M. Rittenour
The age of the San Jacinto fault zone is controversial—this volume synthesizes prior and new detailed studies to give southern California the answers it needs.

Seeking Science Editors
GSA's internationally recognized journals Geology and Lithosphere invite applications and nominations for science editors, with terms to begin in January 2012 (or earlier if desired).
[ learn more about Geology | learn more about Lithosphere | download flyer (PDF) ]
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Of Note
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EarthTrek's Gravestone Project is named #3 Citizen Science project of 2010.
[ read article ]

The Geological Surveys of Europe — The first issue of the EuroGeoSurveys Newsletter is out! [ view newsletter ]

The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation invites participation in 2011 Awards Program. [ more about RNRF ]
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From the Executive Director
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GSA Welcomes New Associated Society
On 15 Dec. 2010, the GSA Executive Committee approved the Minnesota Ground Water Association's (MGWA) request to become a GSA Associated Society, making it the 57th GSA Associated Society. Visit the GSA Web site for a full list and for information about how your organization can become an Associated Society.


GSA Elections Start 10 March 2011
GSA's success depends on you and the work of the officers serving on GSA's Executive Committee and Council. In early March, you will receive a postcard with instructions for accessing your electronic ballot via our secure Web site, and biographical information on the nominees will be online for you to review at that time. Paper versions of both the ballot and candidate information will also be available.
[ learn more ]
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Touchpoints
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A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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An obituary for former GSA President Jack Oliver appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Oliver's earthquake studies provide convincing proof of continental drift.
[ Wall Street Journal ]

5 Jan. 2011 Mountain Beltway blog: 2007 GSA Today article by David Montgomery, "Is agriculture undermining civilization's foundation?"
[ GSA Today article (pdf) | Mountain Beltway blog ]

6 Jan. 2011 OurAmazingPlanet.com article "34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive!": Based on Jan. 2011 GSA Today article by T.K. Lowenstein et al.: The story also made the front page of Yahoo! News on 13 January.
[ GSA Today article | OurAmazingPlanet ]

Research by G.T. Koteas et al. from the November 2010 issue of Geology was covered by Canada's PostMedia News service in an article appearing on 11 January titled, "Saskatchewan outcrop offers glimpse into formation of Earth's crust."
[ Geology abstract | PostMedia ]

GeoCorps™ America work at Yellowstone was published in the journal, Yellowstone Science. "It's Not Drying Up, Just Changing - Mapping Change at Mammoth Hot Springs Using Aerial Photographs and Visual Observations". The research was initiated by Brett Carr during his GeoCorps project in the summer of 2009. (See the acknowledgments on p. 22)
[ Yellowstone Science ]

A study by Sarah Gabbott et al., published in the December issue of Geology, was covered by Wired Science in an article titled "Glacial Silt Encased Some of Earth's Best-Preserved Fossils."
[ Geology abstract | Wired Science article ]

The San Francisco Chronicle picked up a Geology paper from the "online ahead of print" posting on 3 December. "How Sierra Nevada rose from the jungle," by Hari T. Mix et al., appeared on 16 January.
[ Geology abstract | San Francisco Chronicle ]
 
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Geoscience Trivia
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  1. What term is given for a spot where water or oil oozes from the ground, often forming a small stream?
  2. In what environment are paludal sediments deposited?
  3. What term is given for a stream that flows all year from its source to its mouth?

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