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Geological Society of America

Geoscientists to meet in Austin, Texas, to discuss groundwater, petroleum, and Texas geology

The Geological Society of America South-Central Section Meeting, April 4-5, 2013

Boulder, Colorado, USA - Geoscientists from the south-central U.S. and beyond will convene in Austin, Texas, USA, on 4-5 April to celebrate GSA's 125th Anniversary and discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic and historic features of the region. Topics discussed include water sustainability and groundwater management, petroleum potential in the Gulf of Mexico, engaging the next generation of geoscientists, and climate change and human impacts on Earth's landscapes.

Each day of the meeting will feature special keynote talks, beginning Wednesday evening, 3 April, with Cliff Frohlich, Associate Director of and Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin, speaking on "Texas Earthquakes: Natural and/or Man Made?"

Thursday morning's keynote, "The Ophiolite Enigma Resolved," will be delivered by John Dewey, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. Thursday afternoon's keynote by Derek C. Briggs of Yale University and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will cover the preservation and evolutionary significance of fossil biotas with a talk titled "The Limits of Fossilization." Briggs will also present the Friday keynote, "The Silurian Herefordshire Fauna—Soft–Bodied Fossils in Volcanic Ash."

Friday's events include the start of the popular HydroDays Workshop, which will run through 7 April, in the surrounding karst areas of Texas. Karst researchers, educators, students, policy makers, cavers, and karst lovers of all persuasions are invited.

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Selected Highlights of the Scientific Program

The scientific program is composed of oral and poster presentations organized into 21 themed sessions plus an array of research in general discipline areas. Go to http://www.geosociety.org/Sections/sc/2013mtg/ to learn more. Two Plenary Sessions on careers in geoscience are also planned (one for academic and one for industry careers): http://www.geosociety.org/Sections/sc/2013mtg/students.htm#plenary.

THURSDAY, 4 APRIL

The Role of the Geosciences in Water Sustainability I: Examples, Challenges, and Societal Impacts

David M. Borrok of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Durga D. Poudel of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Johnathan R. Bumgarner of the U.S. Geological Survey, presiding, 8 a.m. to noon (session 4).

Abstracts: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Session32132.html

Paper 4-8: Sustainability on the U.S./Mexico Border: 1. Water, Climate, And Social Change in a Fragile Landscape. Lead author: William Hargrove of The University of Texas at El Paso: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Paper217075.html (10:40 a.m.).


The Role of the Geosciences in Water Sustainability II: Examples, Challenges, and Societal Impacts

David M. Borrok of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Durga D. Poudel of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Johnathan R. Bumgarner of the U.S. Geological Survey, presiding, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (session 14).

Abstracts: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Session33344.html

Paper 14-6: Sediments, Nutrients, and Fecal Matters Impair Surface Water Quality in a Coastal Agricultural Watershed. Lead author: Durga D. Poudel of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Session33344.html (3:30 p.m.).


New Ideas about the Geologic Evolution and Petroleum Potential of the Gulf of Mexico

Robert Stern of The University of Texas at Dallas and Peter Clift of Louisiana State University, presiding, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (session 13).

Abstracts: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Session32126.html

Paper 13-5: Multidisciplinary Investigation of Surface Deformation in Houston, Texas. Lead author: Shuhab Khan of the University of Houston: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Session32126.html (3:10 p.m.).


Engaging the Next Generation of Geoscientists

Katherine K. Ellins of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin and Laura F. Serpa of The University of Texas at El Paso, presiding, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (sessions 16).

Abstracts: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Session32145.html

Paper 16-10: Serious Gaming as an Educational Approach: Initiatives Designed to Engage At-Risk Students with Geosciences and Hands-On Computational Skills. Lead author: David Conover, Video Game Design Instructor at Connally High School, Austin, Texas, USA: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Paper217791.html (4:50 p.m.).

FRIDAY, 5 APRIL

Geology of Texas

John Snedden of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin and Pamela A. Speciale of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, presiding, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (session 20).

Abstracts: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Session33332.html

Paper 20-2: Natural Fracture Characterization in the Haynesville Shale, East Texas. Lead author: Frank Morgan of Louisiana State University: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Paper217161.html (8:20 a.m.).

Paper 20-3: Thermal Energy in Place in Texas: A Novel Method for Estimating Accessible Geothermal Power with Existing Oil and Gas Wells Using ArcGIS. Lead author: Daniel S. Zafar of the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Paper217271.html (8:40 a.m.).

Paper 20-4: The 1928 Cline, Texas, Meteorite. Lead author: Robert A. Graham of The Tome Group: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Paper217388.html (9 a.m.).


Desired Future Conditions and Modeled Available Groundwater: The New Groundwater Management Paradigm in Texas

WF (Kirk) Holland of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and John Dupnik of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, presiding, 8 a.m. to noon (session 23).

Paper 23-10: A Policy Proposal for Regional Aquifer-Scale Management of Groundwater in Texas. Lead author: John Dupnik of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Paper217344.html (11:25 a.m.).


Climate Change, Earth Process, and Human Impacts on Determining Earth's Landscapes

Rong Fu of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin and Suzanne A. Pierce of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, presiding, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (session 35).

Abstracts: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Session32134.html

Paper 35-2: Modeling the Impact of Afforestation on Global Climate. Lead author: Craig Jackson of Ohio Wesleyan University: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013SC/webprogram/Paper217554.html (11 a.m.)

View the complete session schedule by day or search the program by keywords at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013NE/webprogram/start.html. Click on session titles for a list of presentations, and click on presentations for the individual abstracts.

Find complete meeting information at http://www.geosociety.org/Sections/ne/2013mtg/index.htm.

Find local contact information at http://www.geosociety.org/Sections/ne/2013mtg/contact.htm.

MEDIA REGISTRATION

Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

Present media credentials to William Cox onsite at the GSA registration desk to obtain a badge for media access. Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay regular fees for paid luncheons and any short courses or field trips in which they participate. Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

For additional information and assistance, contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications, at the address above.

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The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 25,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.



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