A robust geoscience program will draw thousands of curious minds to the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA, for the 122nd Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Geological Society of America, 31 October November 2010. More than 3700 technical presentations, in oral and poster formats, will illuminate geological and integrative science research of international, national, and regional interest.
Representatives of the media and public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions, are cordially invited to attend and participate (details under III below).
To identify presentations in specific areas of interest, search topical sessions by discipline categories or sponsors using the drop-down menus at http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2010/sessions/topical.asp, or use your browser’s “find” feature to search for keywords or convener names. Link to abstracts from each of 156 sessions from this page.
The complete technical program schedule by day is available online at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2010AM/finalprogram/.
I. SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
An Update on the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill: It was The Big One… Where is it now?
Monday, 1 November, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 2/3.
It was the biggest oil spill in U.S. History, so what happened to the oil? The Gulf disaster has all but disappeared from the news. How much oil is still out there? Where is it? Who is looking for it? What are the long-term impacts likely to be?
Dawn Lavoie, U.S. Geological Survey Science Coordinator for the Gulf of Mexico, brings new information to bear on these and other questions as scientists and policy makers seek to understand the complexities of the situation and assess the damages. Moderator Rob Young,
Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University, will give an introduction and preside during questions from the audience.
Pardee Keynote Symposia
Eight interdisciplinary, invited-speaker sessions addressing broad, fundamental issues of interest to the geoscience community comprise the Pardee Keynote Symposia, which are an essential component of the GSA meeting program each year.
- The latest from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
- Modern to ancient symbiotic associations in an interdisciplinary context of biological, geological, and geochemical earth systems evolution
- More effective advocacy of geoscience in public policy
- Studies of Earth’s changing near-surface mineralogy
- Rapid environmental changes in the Cretaceous greenhouse world
- How high-resolution LiDAR data are providing unprecedented opportunities for Earth analysis
- The CO2 crises of ocean acidification
- How astrobiology is highlighting key discoveries that bear on life’s origin and existence beyond Earth
See complete descriptions, schedules, speakers, photos, and session abstracts at http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2010/sessions/pardee.htm.
Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology (MGVP) Division Special Session
Sunday, 31 October, 1:30:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 203
GSA’s new MGPV Division will present its first Distinguished Geologic Career Award to GSA Fellow Peter W. Lipman, who will present his 45-minute keynote talk, “Southern Rocky Mountain cookbook for the making of large ignimbrite eruptions.” An international roster of speakers will present 30-minute geologic overviews of some of Earth’s major volcanic belts, including the Chilean Andes, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, the Basin and Range, the Sierra Madre Occidental, the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the Kamchatka Peninsula, and the Columbia River Basalt Group.
View abstracts in this session at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2010AM/finalprogram/session_26669.htm
Cutting-Edge Geoscience Exploration: The Best of AAPG
Tuesday, 2 November, 1:30:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 103/105
Three-dimensional seismic visuals, innovative structural geological applications, amazing application of the newest stratigraphic thinking-these concepts and more have captured presentation awards from a cadre of peers at the annual meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). This session is designed to expose GSA attendees to the latest in applied geoscience for the advancement of resource development.
View abstracts in this session here
Structural Geology and Tectonics 30th Anniversary Symposium
Tuesday, 2 November, 1:30:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 704/706
This special symposium is convened to honor the 30th anniversary of GSA’s Structural Geology and Tectonics Division (SG&T) Division, one of GSA’s largest.Keynote lectures will include Gary Axen of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology speaking at 1:45 p.m. on “The weak-fault paradox and slip on low-angle normal faults”, and Kate Huntington of the University of Washington, speaking at 4:00 p.m. on “Plateaus to paleosols: clumped isotope thermometry of terrestrial carbonate.”
View this session at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2010AM/finalprogram/session_26637.htm
II. SPECIAL EVENTS
Subaru Outdoor Life Lecture: World-famous mountaineer Conrad Ankar will share his unique experiences on Mount Everest.
Monday, 1 November, 6 p.m., Colorado Convention Center
Lunchtime Lectures: This popular series presents experts speaking on contemporary topics in a more informal “bring your own lunch” setting.
Colorado Convention Center, Room 103/105, each day from 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Sunday: Marcia Kemper McNutt, Director of the United States Geological Survey.
Monday: Timothy Killeen, Assistant Director for the Geosciences, National Science Foundation.
Tuesday: Thomas Ahlbrandt (2010 Halbouty Lecturer), Vice President of Exploration, Falcon Oil and Gas Ltd.
Wednesday: Discussion forum:
Haiti’s Catastrophic Earthquake of 12 January 2010: Lessons Learned
Moderator: Timothy Dixon, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Professor and Director of the Space Geodesy Laboratory.
Panelists: Roger Bilham, University of Colorado; Eric Calais, Purdue University; Carol Prentice, U.S. Geological Survey.
Learn more at http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2010/eventsLL.htm#sun.
Gold Medal Lectures: GSA President Joaquin Ruiz will chair this event for 2010 award winners to reflect on their extraordinary careers and take questions from the audience.
Sunday, 31 October, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Colorado Convention Center, Room 605
- Penrose Medalist, Eric J. Essene (deceased 20 May 2010), University of Michigan
John W. Valley of the University of Wisconsin will give the Penrose Gold Medal Lecture in Essene’s honor.
- Arthur L. Day Medalist, George E. Gehrels, University of Arizona.
- Donath Medalist (Young Scientist Award), Dana L. Royer, Wesleyan University.
III. MEDIA PARTICIPATION
Representatives of the media and public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions, are cordially invited to attend and participate in technical sessions, field trips, and other special events. Eligible media personnel will receive complimentary registration and are invited to use GSA’s newsroom facilities while at the meeting.
For more information on media eligibility and registration please visit http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2009/rMedia.htm.
The pre-registration deadline for media is Tuesday, 26 October 2010. After that date, media may register onsite in the GSA Newsroom.
GSA will operate a full-service Newsroom in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 206. Computers with internet and printer access, outgoing telephone lines, and space for interviews will be available. Continental breakfast and lunch are complimentary each day for journalists attending the meeting.
Newsroom hours of operation (Mountain Daylight Time) are:
- Saturday, 30 October, 2:00:00 p.m.
- Sunday through Tuesday, 31 October November, 7:30 a.m.:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, 3 November, 7:30 a.m.:00 p.m.
Beginning Saturday, 30 October, the newsroom telephone number for incoming calls will be