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SAVE THE DATE: 2022 GSW Spring Fieldtrip, first announcement

Proterozoic and Paleozoic evolution of the Blue Ridge geologic province in northern Virginia

Bill Burton and Steve Schindler, USGS

Saturday, May 14

[Details will be provided at a future date]

Questions?  Contact Bill Burton at

(To download this announcement as a Word doc, click here: GSW fieldtrip 2022)

GSW Meeting 1562 on 17 Feb 2021: Sulfur in arcs, volcanic degassing, & Kilauea caldera collapse.

Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021

Michelle Muth, University of Oregon, “The origin of sulfur in volcanic arcs

Yan Zhan, Carnegie Science, “An instant pot model for volcanic degassing

Kyle Anderson, US Geological Survey, “Geophysical insights from the world’s best-documented caldera collapse: Kilauea Volcano, 2018

Talks will be 20 minutes with questions to follow. The Zoom link opens at 7:30 PM for socializing. Formal program begins at 8 PM Eastern time.

To insure that our speakers are able to present their talks without any distractions or disruptions, the meeting will be locked 15 minutes after the formal program begins, after which time new attendees will only be allowed into the meeting room between talks (the waiting room will be enabled for anyone trying to enter the meeting during a talk). Further details, including the Zoom link to the talk, will be sent to members shortly. For non-members, please e-mail Mong-Han Huang (mhhuang [at] for the Zoom link.

AGU location survey

Dear GSW members,

I hope you and yours are faring well in these difficult times.

As you know, our next GSW meeting (on March 25) is a virtual meeting using Zoom technology.

Here is a link to a short survey about the March 11 GSW meeting we held at AGU headquarters:

To complete this short survey you will need to provide your email address, but rest assured that your answer will be completely anonymized before GSW officers see the aggregate answers. Please respond by March 27.

Thank you, and hope to see you virtually on March 25!

Ester Sztein, PhD
Geological Society of Washington

Next GSW meeting will be at AGU headquarters

We will have our next meeting in a new location, the American Geophysical Union’s headquarters at 2000 Florida Ave., NW, Washington,DC 20009. If you would like to participate in the 7pm tour of AGU’s newly-renovated LEEDS-certified, net-zero building, you must sign up in advance, with this Google form.

If you only plan to attend the 8pm meeting, then you do not need to sign up.

AGU is located at 2000 Florida Ave, N.W. AGU strongly encourages the use of public transportation and ride sharing/carpooling. The nearest metro stop is Dupont Circle, on the Red Line; we are just about 3 blocks north of the station. The most convenient parking garage is located in the Universal Building and is accessible from two points: (1) Universal North, accessed from T Street, NW, across from the side entrance of the Hilton Washington, and (2) Universal South, accessed from Florida Avenue, NW, across from the front entrance of AGU. (best access for evening activities). There is some street parking for those who are resourceful; most is metered and/or has residential restrictions. Attached is a map showing the metro & parking locations.

2019 award winners

The Bradley Award, for best paper, goes to Deborah Green, for ‘You Don’t Look like a Geologist – Why are the Geosciences the least diverse of the STEM fields?’

The Bradley Award for 2nd best paper goes to Larry C. Peterson of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami for ‘Ice Cores and Ocean Mud: Records of Abrupt Climate Change and Implications for Tropical Hydrology’

The Great Dane Award, for the best informal communication to the society of timely or newsworthy events, goes to James W Head of Brown University, Dept of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, for ‘Chang’E 4 Mission to the Lunar Farside and the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP)’

The Sleeping Bear Award, for the person who displays the most memorable act of genuine good humor, goes to Bill Burton of the US Geological Survey.

Congratulations to all four of the awardees!

Slate of officer candidates for 2020

The proposed slate of GSW officers for next year is:
President: Ester Sztein (National Academy of Sciences)
1st VP: Liz Cottrell (National Museum of Natural History ,Smithsonian Institution)
2nd VP: Larry Meinert (Independent consultant & Editor, Economic Geology)
Treasurer: Carl-Henry Geschwind (Independent researcher)
Council Secretary: Pat Carr (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)
Council Members: Pranoti Asher (American Geophysical Union)
        Julia Nord (George Mason University)
        Bill Craddock (United States Geological Survey)
Meeting Secretary: Beth Doyle (Northern Virginia Community College)
The Society will vote on this slate at the 127th annual meeting, on December 4th, following the 2019 Presidential address.

GSW venue survey: relocate or stay?

Since its founding in 1893, the Geological Society of Washington has held its meetings at the Cosmos Club, which had been founded as a social club with John Wesley Powell and several other noted geologists among its initial members. The Cosmos Club charges us both a rental fee and a per-drink charge; in 2018/19 the average cost per meeting was about $1,115. The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has now made a proposal to host our meetings at its facility (about a 7-minute walk north of the Dupont Circle metro station, with a parking deck directly across the street) at a flat cost of $900 per meeting (including all drinks). Details of their offer can be viewed here.

AGU is offering us this significantly lower rate for a period of 3 years. The AGU facility is a carbon net-zero building with many sustainability amenities, has more modern projection and recording technology, and would associate GSW with the largest organization of Earth science professionals in the world. However, it is not yet known how relations with an organization so much larger than the Cosmos Club might impact GSW’s routine and membership. The GSW Council had hoped that we could have at least one “trial” meeting at the AGU facility this fall for the Bradley Lecture on Nov. 13 so we booked their large conference room, and AGU confirmed that reservation. Subsequently, AGU had a higher priority group that they wanted to host in their conference room, so they asked us to move. AGU has offered to reimburse the GSW for the rental of the Powell auditorium at the Cosmos Club, and we were able to secure that room again for the Bradley lecture on Nov. 13.

This poll is a nonbinding referendum to get the GSW membership’s initial reactions to the proposed move to AGU as our venue. The issue will be discussed by the GSW Council at its meeting on 23 October. There will be no final decision on a move until spring 2020, after we have had an opportunity for at least one “trial” meeting at the AGU building.

The options under consideration are:

(1) move all GSW meetings to the AGU facility
(2) keep all GSW meetings at the Cosmos Club
(3) split GSW meetings between AGU and Cosmos Club

This poll will be open for about a week. Please complete the poll by Sunday, October 20th.

You must enter your email address to ensure that each member only completes this survey once. The email identification information will be removed by the pollster before the results are shared with Council. (In other words, all comments will be “anonymized” before any GSW officer sees them.)

Proposal from AGU to host GSW meetings

Here is the proposal from AGU to host future GSW meetings at AGU headquarters (a few blocks away from the Cosmos Club, near the intersection of Florida Avenue and Connecticut Avenue NW).

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.

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.