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Geoscientists meet next week in Saratoga Springs

Public forum on Hudson river clean-up Monday evening

Geological Society of America

Approximately 700 scientists, students, and K-12 educators will gather 14-16 March for the 40th annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. The meeting takes place at the Prime Hotel and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. Hosts for the meeting are the Geology Departments of Union College, Schenectady, New York, and Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs.

The meeting covers a wide variety of geoscience topics, with a total of 358 presentations of ongoing research centered largely in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada.

A free public forum titled "Dredging PCBs from the Hudson River: Progress and Prospects" takes place Monday evening, 14 March, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Alabama Ballroom. Media and the general public are encouraged to attend. Featured speakers are Richard Bopp, Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI); John G. Haggard, Engineering Project Manager at the General Electric Company; and David H. King, Director of the Albany EPA Field Office. The forum will be moderated by Jean Neubeck of Alpha Geoscience.

Also on Monday evening, an informal "map blast" session takes place from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in the Whitney Ballroom. New geologic maps of all sorts are posted and informally discussed by the geologists and students who made them. Journalists and others are welcome to view the maps and ask questions.

Journalists are also invited to attend scientific sessions of interest, interview scientists, and visit the exhibit area.

Information on complimentary media registration and procedures for arranging onsite and telephone interviews during the meeting follows. (Note: Registration is NOT required for the public forum only.)


Eligibility for complimentary media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bona fide news media with a press card, letter, or business card from the publication.

  • Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2004 or 2005.

  • Public Information Officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

    Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Media must pay regular fees for paid luncheons, field trips, etc.

    Media representatives may register at the main meeting registration desk located in the Gallery, adjacent to the lobby of the Prime Hotel and Conference Center. Registration will be open Sunday, 13 March, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, 14-15 March, from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, 16 March, from 7:00 -11:00 a.m. All media registrants will receive a name badge and the program/abstract book upon arrival.

    Media registrants may arrange on-site interviews after attending the session in which the talk is given or by leaving a note at the GSA Registration Desk requesting an interview before or after the talk. Interested media unable to attend may telephone the Registration Desk at 518-693-1023 ext. 27108 and leave a message requesting a callback from the speaker.

    For additional information before 14 March, contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, at 303-357-1056. During the meeting, 14-16 March, contact the GSA Registration Desk at 518-693-1023 ext. 27108.


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