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Our 23 Feb meeting of GSW will be at the Cosmos Club!

It will also be available virtually, via Zoom. If you come to the Cosmos Club remember to bring your Covid vaccination card. It will be checked before admission. And don’t forget to save some room for the beer. We have a full program of three talks, including a talk about how water and other volatiles affects the behavior of silicic magmatic systems, then a behind-the-scenes look at the daily news process at National Geographic, and finally a presentation on the ‘original arms-race’ about how arms developed in the ancient forerunners of mammals. Contact Michael Ackerson (ackersonm[at]si.edu) for the Zoom link if you do not have it.

GSW meeting 1574: Draft minutes of meeting for members to evaluate

Please find attached here the draft minutes of the Feb 2 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 2 Feb meeting of GSW includes talks on recycling of halogens by subduction, glacier retreat estimated from cosmogenic nuclide variations, and P variability over geologic time.

The meeting will be in a virtual-only format, via Zoom. We have a full-schedule of three talks on 2 Feb beginning at 8 PM Eastern. Details, including the Zoom link, will be sent to members shortly. For non-members who wish to attend, please email Michael R. Ackerson (ackersonm[at]si.edu) for the Zoom link. Join us at 7:30 PM for socializing. The meeting will begin at 8 PM.

GSW meeting 1573: Draft of meeting for members to evaluate

Please find attached here a draft of the Jan 12 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.

GSW prize winners in 2021

The Bradley Prize for the best formal scientific talk went to Courtney L. Wagner of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for her talk of Oct 13, Navigating through environmental disasters with magneto fossils.

The prize for the second-best formal talk went to Cara M. Santelli of the University of Minnesota for her talk of April 21, First we should consider Manoomin: Decentering Western science through collaborative tribal-university research on wild rice.

The Great Dane award for the best informal communication to the Society of timely or newsworthy events went to Michael R. Ackerson of the Smithsonian for his information on Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences (URGE), an NSF-funded and geoscientist-led initiative.

The Sleeping Bear award for genuine good humor at meetings went to Karianne J. Bergen of Brown University.

First GSW meeting of 2022 on 12 Jan includes talks on alluvial diamonds from Indonesia, aeolian environments at Mars, and perspectives on the American Geosciences Institute from its new Director.

The meeting will be in a virtual-only format, via Zoom.  We have a full-schedule of three talks on 12 January beginning at 8 PM Eastern. Details, including the Zoom link, will be sent to members shortly. For non-members who wish to attend, please email Michael R Ackerson (ackersonm@si.edu) for the Zoom link. Join us at 7:30 PM for socializing. The meeting will begin at 8 PM. 

GSW meeting 1572 (Presidential Address): Draft of meeting for members to evaluate

Please find attached here a draft of the Dec 1 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

Jan 12 meeting now virtual only

because of the prevalence/surge of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, we have decided to change the Jan. 12 meeting to a virtual only affair. Details will follow.

Present & Past GSW presidents: Dec 1 dinner at Annabelle’s

GSW traditionally hosts a dinner for the current president prior to their presidential address. This year we also took the immediate past president to dinner because last year’s dinner was cancelled as a consequence of Covid-19. The number in parenthesis is the year they served GSW as president. L. to R. on the front row we have Linda Rowan (2011), Rosalind Helz (1994), Ester Sztein (2020), Liz Cottrell (2021), Karen Prestegaard (2018), Mary Horan (spouse), Jane Hammarstrom (2000), and Lynn Shirey (spouse). L. to R. on the back row we have Callan Bentley (2017), Bill Burton (2009), Richard Walker (2006), George Helz (1996), Tim Mock (2014), David Applegate (2003), Brooks Hanson (2005), Michael Purucker (2019), and Steve Shirey (1999).

129th ANNUAL MEETING & BUSINESS MEETING: 1 Dec 2021

Newly elected officers for 2022: President: Larry Meinert (Economic Geology & CSM); 1st VP: Kori Newman (STR); 2nd VP: Victor Zabielski (NVCC); Treasurer: Mark Fuhrmann (NRC retired); Council Secretary: Pat Carr (Dept of Defense); New Council Members: Mike Walter (Carnegie EPL), Megan Newcombe (Univ. of Maryland), Steve Mackwell (Rice University); Meeting Secretary: Beth Doyle (NVCC).