Monthly Archives: September 2019

Draft minutes of the 1544th meeting of GSW, for review by members

Members of the Society,

Please take 3.1 minutes to read through this draft set of minutes from our Sept. 11 meeting, and email any omissions or corrections or additions to Meeting Secretary Megan Holycross at

Thanks for your attention to this brief but important process.

GSW 1545: 2 landslides + 1 crustal evolution

The Geological Society of Washington
founded 1893

WEDNESDAY, October 2, 2019
MEETING # 1545

DALIA KIRSCHBAUM, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Finding the Slippery Slope: Opportunities to Investigate Landslides from Space

MONG-HAN HUANG, University of Maryland
Monitoring seasonal slow-moving landslide and hazard in Aizawl, India from space

TAMARA CARLEY, Lafayette College
Investigating proto-continental crust construction using very young (Icelandic) and very old (Hadean) zircon



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Refreshments at 7:30 p.m. Formal program at 8:00 p.m.

John Wesley Powell Auditorium
2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Two opportunities for funding to attend IGC in Delhi, India (March 2020)

At our most recent meeting, Ester Sztein noted two funding opportunities for young geoscientists who are keen to travel to Delhi for the 36th International Geological Congress next year.

  1. “GEOHOST” from the National Academy of Science
  2. IGC travel grants from a consortium of institutions including the Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of America Foundation, and the U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences

Please share with those who are eligible.

Job Alert: Cataloging technician with the Smithsonian’s NMNH

This post describes a job opportunity that may be of interest to members of the GSW community:

Contract Position: Cataloging technician – David Clague Collection

Contractor shall provide professional, technical, non-personal services to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Department of Mineral Sciences, Division of Petrology and Volcanology, National Rock and Ore Collections. Contractor will organize, catalog and capture specimen data for one half of the research collections of Dr. David Clague, a gift from the Monterey Bay Aquatic Research Institute (MBARI). The collection currently resides in 138 drawers at MSC, and consists of approximately 3860 specimen lots of volcanic submarine rock samples collected either as dredge samples or dive samples from Hawaii, the Hawaiian Ridge and Emperor Seamounts, Juan de Fuca Ridge, Gorda Ridge, Blanco Facture Zone, California Seamounts, Iceland, Reunion Island, Socorro Island, and the Gulf of Alaska, and includes not only hand samples but grain mounts, thin sections, and other associated preparations. The work to complete 69 drawers (the first half of the collection) is estimated to take 10 months to complete.

Desirable qualifications include:

  • a bachelor’s degree in earth science or a related physical science
  • experience working with museum specimens
  • experience working with Axiell EMu or similar collection management software
  • experience working with Microsoft Excel

The work will take place at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland. The contractor will have access to the facility between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The contract will require an estimated 10 months of work, and the period of the contract shall not exceed one year. Liability insurance through the Smithsonian Institution is required.

A copy of this announcement, including the Request For Quote, Statement Of Work, and any updates related to the announcement, is available at To apply for this contract, please send your bid, along with a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for two references, to Leslie Hale ( before September 30, 2019.

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

AAPG Eastern Section meeting in Columbus, Ohio

Registration is open for the Eastern Section AAPG 2019 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in Columbus, Ohio, October 12-16, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbus – Worthington (
There are over 100 talks and posters that will be presented in the following sessions:
  • Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development from Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Utilizing Technology in Modern Exploration and Production
  • Horizontal Wells: Design, Drilling, Completion, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Production Techniques
  • Reservoir Characterization, Case Studies/Histories
  • Recent Advances and Case Studies in Enhanced Recovery of Oil and Gas
  • Conventional Petroleum Exploration and Production in the Eastern USA
  • Energy Sustainability and the Environment
  • Regional Geology of the Eastern USA
  • Environmental Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing, Wastewater Disposal, and Minerals Extraction
  • Historical Perspectives on Energy Development in the Eastern USA
In addition, there are three pre-meeting field trips, two short courses, two luncheons, and the Student Job Expo.
Early Bird Registration deadline is September 30th.
GSW is an AAPG affiliate society.