GSW meeting 1580: Draft of minutes for members to evaluate

The draft minutes of our last meeting, on 14 Sept 2022, are attached for members to evaluate. If you have any additions or corrections please email them to our meeting secretary, Beth Doyle, at edoyle[at]nvcc.edu.

Next GSW meeting (Sep 28) at the Cosmos Club will include a talk from the new US Geological Survey Director, Dr. David Applegate

We will have a full slate of three talks. Join us to learn about climate change & air pollution, solar geoengineering, and the role of the US Geological Survey from its new director. Abstracts for the talks are here. Non members are always welcome, and there is no formal dress code for the audience. Details of the talk, including the Zoom link, will be sent to members shortly. Contact Michael Ackerson (ackersonm[at]si.edu) for the Zoom link if you do not have it.

Announcement of UMD lecture

The University of Maryland Department of Geology cordially invites you to the ‘George and Rosalind Helz Distinguished Lecture in Geology’ on ‘How Fracking affects our Water’ given by Susan L. Brantley on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 6 PM at the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center (ESJ) Room 0202. If you have a question about this event, please contact Wenlu Zhu at wzhu@umd.edu or 301.405.1831. A pdf more fully describing the event is located here.

Our first Fall meeting (14 Sep) is at the Cosmos Club

We will have a full slate of three talks. Join us to learn about some of the oldest dated objects in the Solar System (refractory inclusions), biotic responses to climate change, and the role of the James Webb space telescope in planetary science. If you join us at the Cosmos Club, please remember to bring your Covid vaccination card. It will be checked. Non members are welcome. Details of the talk, including the Zoom link, will be sent to members shortly. Contact Michael Ackerson (ackersonm[at]si.edu] for the Zoom link if you do not have it.

Congratulations to Dr. David Applegate, the new director of the US Geological Survey

Dr. David Applegate was confirmed by the US Senate via a voice vote on 4 Aug 2022 to serve as the next Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Dr. Applegate’s appointment as Director builds upon his decades of experience in Earth Science policy and administration.

After receiving degrees in geology from Yale and MIT, including a PhD thesis focused on metamorphic rocks and the geologic evolution of Death Valley, Dr. Applegate switched tracks to a career in Washington DC, with a stint on the Energy and Natural Resources committee, initially as an AGU Congressional Science Fellow. He then worked as the director of government affairs for the American Geosciences Institute before joining the USGS in 2004 as the first Senior Science Advisor for Earthquakes and Geologic Hazards. He next served as Associate Director for Natural Hazards where he led the Coastal & Marine Geology, Earthquake Hazards, Global Seismographic Network, Geomagnetism, Landslide Hazards, and the Volcano Hazards Program. He has served as the interim director of the USGS since January of 2021. Dr. Applegate is also an adjunct professor at the University of Utah where he still occasionally teaches field courses to undergraduates.

Dr. Applegate was the president of the GSW in 2003, and he continues to be engaged in its mission of providing a forum for geological interchange through a program of regularly scheduled formal talks, informal communications, opportunities to meet colleagues, field trips, and public service. The GSW members represent a wide cross-section of the local geologic community.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Applegate!

Photos from Spring Fieldtrip 2022

GSW meeting 1579: Draft of minutes for members to evaluate

The draft minutes of our last meeting, on 11 May 2022, are attached for members to evaluate. If you have any additions or corrections please email them to our meeting secretary, Beth Doyle, at edoyle[at]nvcc.edu.

Announcement

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are looking for nominations for an ad hoc steering committee. The workshop will bring together experts to consider tipping points, cascading impacts, and interacting risks in the Earth system. Nominations from all fields are welcome with expertise in natural, physical, and social and behavioral sciences, including such disciplines as climate science, oceanography, environmental science, economics, engineering, computer modeling and data science, decision support, sociology, and anthropology.

We invite you to submit nominations for this committee by June 3, 2022.

GSW meeting 1578: Draft minutes of meeting for members to evaluate

Please find attached here the draft minutes of the April 27th meeting for members to evaluate. If you have any additions or corrections please email them to our meeting secretary, Beth Doyle, at edoyle[at]nvcc.edu.

Our final Spring meeting (11 May) will be a hybrid meeting, at the Cosmos Club and on Zoom

We will have a full slate of three talks. Join us to learn about the recent exploration of an enigmatic submarine province in the southern Ocean, exoplanets and how their atmospheric properties are revealed, and the rise of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere more than 2 Gy ago on the basis of new oxygen isotope studies. If you come to the Cosmos Club, please remember to bring your Covid vaccination card. It will be checked. Non-members are welcome! Details of the talks, including the Zoom link, will be sent to members shortly. Contact Michael Ackerson (ackersonm[at]si.edu) for the Zoom link if you do not have it.