A Memorable Gathering of Geoscientists hosted by the GSA International Section

by Nazrul I. Khandaker

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“It was an incredible experience to see so many geologists from all over the world (USA-Madagascar-China) coming to Denver to present their research and celebrate GSA’s 125th anniversary. At this meeting was the first time I learned about the global role that the GSA is playing. I would especially like to thank the GSA International Section for offering me a travel award for this meeting and allowing me to have my dream come true. I am going back to Madagascar with a rich scientific flavor of the meeting and surely I am going to spread the word around to my friends in geology about this society, which many of us are not fully aware of it. The International reception was very cordial and welcoming and gave me a chance to meet my fellow travel grant recipients and share information. I felt I was a part of the connected global community where political boundaries have no meaning and made me believe that geology is global.”

Khandaker with Rocio Vargas (Chile) and Ramihangihajason Tolotra (Madagascar)
Khandaker with Rocio Vargas (Chile) and Ramihangihajason Tolotra (Madagascar)

The remarks above from Ramihangihajason, Tolotra N  (GSA International Section’s 2013 travel award recipient) were echoed  by Dr. Burchfiel, the GSA International Section (IS) 2013 Distinguished Career Award recipient who spent well-over five decades overseas conducting research on the origin of mountain belts in relation to their structure and plate-tectonic configuration. Dr. Burchfiel emphasized the need for allowing American geologists to get involved with research investigations overseas and in unfamiliar territory, and to work in close conjunction with a local counterpart in order to achieve optimum results. Dr. Burchfiel felt very concerned about a recent drastic reduction in research allocations and limited U.S. collaboration or involvement with foreign nations. He reminded all of us about the U.S. role in reaching out to overseas geologists in greater numbers, and encouraged such collaboration as part of the GSA’s global mission. Finally his remark “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other” left many participants talking about the new frontiers of the geosciences and how we can proceed to create a new generation of geologists to meet the demands of the global society.

Dr. Clark Burchfiel (center) receiving Distinguished Career Award from Dr. An Yin (GSA IS Chair). Dr. Anke Friedrich (incoming GSA IS Chair).
Dr. Clark Burchfiel (center) receiving Distinguished Career Award from Dr. An Yin (GSA IS Chair). Dr. Anke Friedrich (incoming GSA IS Chair).
Captive audience listening to Dr. Burchfiel's presentation
Captive audience listening to Dr. Burchfiel’s presentation

The reception truly represented Dr. Burchfiel‘s long-standing collaboration with overseas geoscientists and was highlighted by the presence of many highly-acclaimed and well-established geologists including Dr.  A.M. Celal ŞENGÖR, Dr. Roland Oberhänsli, President, International Union of Geological Sciences, and Dr. Shuwen Dong, Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, who brought prestige to this reception and greatly appreciated GSA International Section’s efforts to cement the professional relationships among the attending participants.

Dr. Ronald Oberhansli, IUGS President delivering his opening statements at the GSA IS Reception
Dr. Ronald Oberhansli, IUGS President delivering his opening statements at the GSA IS Reception
Dr. Clark Burchfiel (MIT) and Dr. Sengor (Turkey) exchanging notes at the reception.
Dr. Clark Burchfiel (MIT) and Dr. Sengor (Turkey) exchanging notes at the reception.

Dr. Suzanne Kay (GSA President), Dr. Jack Hess (executive Director, GSA), Dr. Victor Baker (GSA IS Inaugural Distinguished Lecturer), Dr. Greg Davis (USC), Dr. Ric Terman (GSA IS Treasurer and recipient of ISMB Distinguished Service Award), Dr. Juhn Liou (past GSA ISMB member and Chair of the Roof of the World meeting), and Dr. Paul Robinson (past GSA IS Chair) all attended this reception and mingled with the students awardees and encouraged them to get involved with collaborative research projects. Dr. Suzanne Kay informed the participants about the new initiatives and strategic plans the GSA is undertaking to make GSA International a highly visible entity within the GSA, thus allowing it to take additional responsibility and become quite prominent in the international geoscience arena.

GSA President Dr. Sue Kay chatting with travel grant awardees
GSA President Dr. Sue Kay chatting with travel grant awardees
Dr. Jack Hess, Mrs. Hess, and Wesley Hill enjoying some quality time at the GSA IS reception
Dr. Jack Hess, Mrs. Hess, and Wesley Hill enjoying some quality time at the GSA IS reception

Praising Dr. Ric Terman’s outstanding contributions to the GSA International Section, Dr. An Yin made these appropriate remarks, “As someone who has worked in Asia in the past three decades, I greatly appreciate it the central role Ric has played in our current understanding of Asian geology. Ric has been my hero, who was so far ahead of everyone in the West in the early days of exploring Asian geology. His insightful compilations of several influential regional geologic maps (most of them are out of prints!) were the only guides for westerners studying Asia geology until the very recent years.”

Dr. Ric Terman (left) received Outstanding GSA IS Service Award - a pleasant surprise!!
Dr. Ric Terman (left) received Outstanding GSA IS Service Award – a pleasant surprise!!
Dr. Ric Terman's Plaque
Dr. Ric Terman’s Plaque

The GSA International Section presented Honorary Fellow award to Dr. Shuwen Dong who played a key role hosting Roof of the World Meeting in Chengdu.  Dr. Shuwen Dong in his speech spoke about SinoProbe and a plethora of geological opportunities emerging including deep seismic profiling of the lower crust and associated high pressure-temperature conditions and new research scope dealing with ultra-high pressure metamorphism along the lower crust-mantle transition. SinoProbe , a mega geotectonic project, ever undertaken by the Chinese Government, already showing great potentials to understand Himalayan tectonics and evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. He also reiterated the need to engage geoscientists in order to understand globally complex geotectonic phenomenon as it pertains to Indo-China orogen. As part of the reciprocal arrangement, Chinese geologists will attend the 2015 Baltimore meeting and presently details are being worked out between the Geological Society of China and GSA International Section.

Dr. Shuwen Dong receiving Honorary Fellow Award from Dr. Sue Kay (GSA Awards Ceremony)
Dr. Shuwen Dong receiving Honorary Fellow Award from Dr. Sue Kay (GSA Awards Ceremony)
Dr. Shuwen Dong (2nd from the left) proudly displaying GSA IS Honorary Fellow Plaque
Dr. Shuwen Dong (2nd from the left) proudly displaying GSA IS Honorary Fellow Plaque
Khandaker (far right) with Dr. Shuwen Dong (3rd from the left) receiving Honorary Fellow
Khandaker (far right) with Dr. Shuwen Dong (4th from the left) receiving Honorary Fellow

Dr. Victor Baker, the GSA International Section’s Distinguished inaugural Lecturer was recognized by the GSA International Section for his superb role promoting GSA’s mission and vision through his tour to many European countries where he presented his well-established research on Martian geomorphology. It was a successful tour, and Dr. Baker set the bar to a very high level. The GSA IS Distinguished Lecturer tour was made possible from a generous grant made by Robbie Gries. GSA International Section is now ready to launch second Distinguished Lecture Tour with Dr. Marjorie Chan as the speaker. Dr. Marjorie Chan is from the University of Utah, and has distinguished record involving sedimentology and geomorphology of Martian debris. She plans to visit China, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand in 2014. Proposals were also suggested to bring an overseas lecturer to the United States and promote international collaboration as part of bilateral exchanges. Details regarding the GSA IS Lecture Tour can be found in October 2013 Newsletter.

Six out of the nine student travel grant awardees were present including Ramihangihajason, Tolotra N (Universite d’Antananarivo, Madagascar), Charlotte Brassey (University of Manchester, United Kingdom), Mohammed Hossain (Bangladesh, currently at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden),  Meryem Elmoulat (Faculté des Sciences de Rabat, Morocco), Rocio Vargas (Universidad de Chile), and Michal Ben (Edmond Safra Campus, Jerusalem, Israel), and expressed great appreciation for the GSA International Section’s support that enabled them to attend GSA’s 125th Anniversary Meeting in Denver. Rocio (Chile) was extremely delighted to notice enthusiasm and professionalism among the attendees and promised to assist the GSA International Section in realizing its global role. Rocio Vargas is currently conducting her economic geology research on sulfide mineralization in the Chilean Andes and landed her support to promote international collaboration between the two societies. GSA International Section Management members including Dr. Anke Friedrich, Dr. An Yin,  Dr. Ric Terman and Nazrul I. Khandaker coordinated this event with the help of Wesley Hill (GSA).  The GSA International Section-hosted reception drew a large number of participants (100 plus) and provided a common ground where GSA’s global mission was quite apparent and everyone seemed to enjoy, chat, and share experiences with each other over drinks and food.

Dr. Khandaker with GSA International Section Board Members
Dr. Khandaker with GSA International Section Board Members
Cheers! Dr. Paul Robinson (left), Juhn Louie (center), and Dr. An Yin (left)
Cheers! Dr. Paul Robinson (left), Juhn Liou (center), and Dr. An Yin (right)
Left to right Michal (Israel), Rocio (Chile), and Elmoulat (Morocco)
Left to right Michal (Israel), Rocio (Chile), and Elmoulat (Morocco)
Participants from China to Chile enjoying GSA IS Reception
Participants from China to Chile enjoying GSA IS Reception

309 thoughts on “A Memorable Gathering of Geoscientists hosted by the GSA International Section

  1. I love how people are being recognized for their breakthroughs in science. And to be honored for those breakthroughs has to be a dream come true. Working for most of your life to help the world. I like the GSA awards ceremony thank you for making fell like I was there.

  2. Hi all, i want to say congratulation to my amazing professors, Dr. Khandaker and Dr. Schleifer. It has been an honor to learn from you two and to read articles of your success at the GSA with students.

    Best,

    Marco Loureiro

  3. Dr.Khandaker
    I think that meeting different geologist from around the world is very important. each geologist brings something different to the table. such a gathering creates a sense of community.

  4. They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. It’s always nice to receive awards but to receive awards and being recognize for doing what you love is an achievement and I’m happy to see these wonderful people being recognize, I believe it’s a form of encouragement for which will bring about more advancement in science.

  5. I really enjoyed this article and its amazing on how geology can bring so many close together. This really gave me a better insight on a lot of geologists who are putting so much effort into geology. It really showed me how much people care about how the earth functions and continue to function for how long the human race will live. This award ceremony played a global role. Every geologist that attended or who are interested in geology came together and cannot be separated because geology is global and it cant be separated. Another amazing article. Please via email more.

  6. I find myself privileged to have two of the great minds of geology as professors, I hope that there impart of knowledge will create my presence among a crowd of professional international geologist crowd as such.

    Good Job

  7. I remember one of my professors on the first day of classes announced how becoming a geologist was growing high in demand now, and added onto that by mentioning some digits to the salary. It was Geology 101 and I knew he was trying to make a statement that geoscientists were absolutely needed now, now that we have entered a phase on Earth with depleting natural resources and climate change. Anyway, I hope many hop onto the same train and we have more promising members in the geological society. I know I am one. Happy 125th GSA and so glad many brave past geological revolutionists stood their ground and altered the way we perceive and treat Earth today

  8. After reading this article it was the first time I ever heard about the GSA ceremony awards. I knew that the GSA and GSC were two groups devoted to the study of geoscience and projects that would help make a difference however i didn’t know hat you could be awarded for it. This just go to show that these scientists hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and they are appreciated for the hard work that they do. In the article they also talked about the SinoProbe and a plethora of geological opportunities emerging including deep seismic profiling of the lower crust and associated high pressure-temperature conditions and new research scope dealing with ultra-high pressure metamorphism. This new technological development is able to study the himilyan tectonics and the Tibetan plateau which I found very interesting. Geo scientists have made great contributions to the study of geoscience and i appreciate reading this article because it showed me new information that I have never heard of before .

  9. I find this entire article to be very interesting. It’s mind blowing how just one topic can bring so many people together! Even though China & the U.S might have some political differences, it’s still amazing how people can put that aside for something that they love and care about. You have my support for any further studies and research.

  10. Allen-Michael Foster
    Geology110
    allenmichael.foster@yorkmail.cuny.edu
    GSA has been around for 125 years while GSC has only been around for 91 years. One would of think that USA would of been able to collaborate more with the other Nations involved. It is a shame that Geology is a field that does not get a lot of recognition. It is such a vital field can helps understand nature, natural resources and its impact on our lives. I had no idea how important, informative and interesting geology was until I took a college geology class and read these articles. I have a fascination with this field now and is so eager to advance my knowledge from novice to expert in the near future. Seminars, networking and lectures like these would allow this field to have a voice and a true chance of expanding and getting the next generation involved.

  11. Congratulations to a successful meeting where many were acknowledged for their outstanding work in contributing to the collective knowledge in the scientific community. The passion seen in the photographs show how enthusiastic these geologists are in having the chance to learn from each other and taste some of the delicious food. Hopefully these meetings continue!

  12. It is an amazing article, well done Dr. Khandaker! It is a wonderful feeling to be welcomed and connected by a community. Additionally, it was very informative and creative. It really astounded me about GSA more than it ever occurred to me before. It is very nice to know that the GSA is making strategic plans to make itself international and visible. It is mesmerizing that they are trying to see how they can proceed to create a new generation of geologists to meet the needs of the global society. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience and giving me the opportunity to read this Dr. Khandaker.

  13. I think being encouraged to combine research studies, like suggested in the opening reception is something that is following the belief of this geoscience meeting, with the main goal of everyone being on the same page and sharing the information that was collected. I think it’s awesome that the Sinoprobe exists, and has been used to understand plate tectonics in a different way. It is important to both share new information and acknowledge people for work they do in their fields, thank you for also sharing the celebration with the readers.

  14. This blog opened up my eyes to a lot of the efforts of geologists out there and the research they are doing. It is amazing how people take out their time and work hard and yet their efforts still may go unrecognized. Geology is a very interesting topic in which it gives a more earthly appreciation to life. When realizing the complexity behind the simplest of things around us, we value them more. I believe it is important for people today to educate themselves about the world and its geologic treasures that lie within. This was a great read, I appreciate the time and efforts all of the authors of this article contributed.

  15. It was at its 125th anniversary a lot was said about the GSA. One such, is that it play a global role. Also highlights of the reduction in research allocations and limited U.S. collaboration or involvement with foreign nations.

    In his closing remark, Dr. Burchfiel left the audience with a thought provoking statement, “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other.”

    Keep the candle burning and recruit more geologist to the fold.

  16. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of the GSA International Section Award Ceremony. Before being referred to the article. It is amazing to know that geologists are being honored for their hard work. It’s usually said that we as human beings learn from each other in day to day life but it is intriguing to know that geologists from all walks of life are able to conference and relate their findings to each and have the benefit of learning new things every time. GSA Award Ceremony is a wonderful thing and thank you for sharing your experience.

  17. Congratulations. Dr. Naz Khandaker is looking sharp in the pictures. Everyone looks like they had a great time at the reception. This looks like everyone getting very good feedback. I agree 100% that Geology is global. I believe people are learning more about geology everyday. This was good information on the GSA.

  18. Congratulations on your award. This article is very informative and I hope to see more of your great work.

    1. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of the GSA International Section Award Ceremony. Before being referred to the article. It is amazing to know that geologists are being honored for their hard work. It’s usually said that we as human beings learn from each other in day to day life but it is intriguing to know that geologists from all walks of life are able to conference and relate their findings to each and have the benefit of learning new things every time. GSA Award Ceremony is a wonderful thing and thank you for sharing your experience.

  19. Amazing pictures and great information. You have such a wealth of knowledge and I am truly amazed that you take the time and have chosen to teach students and share your love and knowledge of Geology which you are so well versed in.

  20. In Denver they celebrated GSA’s 125th anniversary and you were invited! I hope the trip to Madagascar went well and I’m pretty sure you saw some amazing creatures there. I also think you were a valuable member with the coordination of this event, it seems to be a wonderful experience to be apart of. Dr. Burchfiel was in this reflection discussing his research on Mountain Belts in relation to their structure and plate tectonics. I’m glade he’s showing his awareness on it and explaining that to others. A few of these topics were discussed in class. I would also like to note the award given to Dr. Shuwen Dong was well deserved.

  21. Dr. Nazrul
    I’ll be very honest with you; with all the work you’ve done on the field and the research you have done in geology, as well as being a wonderful professor who is passionate about Geology, it’s no surprise to me that you have received an award. Congratulations; you deserved it!

  22. I found this blog very interesting to read. It embraced my knowledge and understanding of Geo-science,Geology. It is a good idea for one to embrace the world we live in and all the natural resources provided to us also gaining more knowledge in geology as this is our world so why not be aware and up to date with the general knowledge of it. “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other” my favorite quote from the reading.

  23. It was enlightening to read this article. Professor Rajun informed me about this article and I’m glad that he did. The research work that all the doctors and professors in this article are doing will hopefully and eventually make this world a better place. Prior to reading this article I had never heard of the GSA but now I will certainly be on the look out for them in the future.

  24. It was very interesting read about Dr.Burchfiel’s experience and read how he promotes geosciences.This blog was very informative and increased my knowledge. Dr.Burchfiel said “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other” in which i found very interesting many more people should become engaged in the learning and understanding of our world. we only get one world and one chance at life so why not embrace our knowledge as soon as possible.while we have the chance

  25. It was very interesting read about Dr.Burchfiel’s experience and read how he promotes geosciences.This blog was very informative and increased my knowledge. Dr.Burchfiel said “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other” in which i found very interesting many more people should become engaged in the learning and understanding of our world. we only get one world and one chance at life so why not embrace our knowledge as soon as possible.

  26. Jean Dorlean: Geology 110
    Dr. Professor Khandaker, I really appreciate the fact you send me to visited this blog, I learned and found more about a geologist by coming to this blog and also I see the importance of this course, I’m so glad I had taken this class with you because you are very informative and without your experience you shared with us in the class i would have never thought that there was so much to know about geology itself. By taking this class I learned a lot about Earthquake, volcanic activity, etc… Also I get to know all the precautions that someone can take protect the world by avoid disaster or to make it less. Once Again thank you. It was “Jean Dorlean” from York College.

  27. This article was a pleasure to read because it shed some light on a growing problem that we as the people of Planet Earth are facing, and that problem is pollution from major industries and global warming. It’s good to read that there is a group of people trying to help fix and solve this problem.

  28. Ibrar Ahmed
    I am glad to have a geology course that cemented my information about the earth profoundly. Geoscience offers vital information of human existence, longevity and sustenance on earth. This is the science that provides us interior as well as exterior conditions of earth on which we live. Geoscience is not restricted on national borders; the political division of human societies. Rather it counts on the notion of the earth as a whole and emphasizes on the cooperation of nation. One such big historical cooperation and conference held in Chengdu, Sichuan, China on June 19, 2013 named “Roof of The World” organized by the Geological Society of China (GSC) where Geological Society of America (GSA) was present with significant participants or experts. The article reveals that representatives from many a countries also attended the meeting. The meeting was held in a place that is very unique for its formation; high mountains, river basins and low hills. Experts explored on different aspects; the evolution of the earth, geo-hazards, mineral deposit, basin and petroleum resources, earth’s history and foreland basin tectonics. All these helped me to understand how closely related economy and geology is. The article also reveals that in geoscience, the two greatest economies of the world are co-operating each other to examine and explore the geodiversity of the globe, and possibly they are also intending to extract the resources. In short, for our very existence, we must need more about the earth; its formation of interior as well as exterior. That’s why, geoscience has become more and more popular because of its formidable necessity of human growth, stability and continuity.

  29. It was interesting to see so many scientist come together even if their opinions are different, they still shared ideas on how to better our environment. The GSA must continue to inform and help environments all over the world, because at the end of the day these issues effect mankind and the earth. If we want the earth to continue to prosper we must inform those on how we can stop harming as the geologist in the article have done!

  30. This is such an intriguing article on the landscapes of china. As a spontaneous traveler and wanting to travel to china the learning that the Gsc-gsa went on a six day field trip to promote a “roof over the world”. to help the environment in china and the rest of the world. Congrats to Dr. Sengor and his other college and his team on making the earth a better place. it also shows the diversity within the world with professors and specialists that come together in the name of geology.

  31. While I read this article, I found it very interesting. I think the research and work that you guys are doing is great. It also made me aware of the different things that geologist are researching and finding different ways to help. I have never heard about the GSA before and I am glad that they have programs like the GSA to recognize the hard work of other geologist and the research that they are doing. This article was very specific about the things that you guys are doing which was very informative. Its amazing that people can come together for a better future and share their ideas.

  32. Before reading this article I had no idea what the GSA International Section Award Ceremony was. I learned that it is a conference that recognizes and awards geologists from all over the world for the work they are doing. It’s amazing that all of these geologists can meet at this ceremony and learn form each other. One of the speakers at the ceremony stated that geology is global and it can not be separated. So this ceremony gives all of the geologist who come the opportunity to learn and help one another. At this ceremony there are also travel grants given to geologists so they can further their studies, they are also encouraging others to start research projects and work with their peers on their future studies. This ceremony encourages geologists to continue their hard work and recognizes them for it.

  33. Congratulations on having your dream come true and being awarded the opportunity to attend the GSA’s 125th anniversary. I believe that these meetings are so important, us as humans function differently and our brains have their own thoughts and ideas. I believe that with all the many talented geologists gathering together in one room, they would come up with solutions for problems that seemed impossible to solve.

  34. Thank you for sharing your experience at the GSA International Section. I am glad the hard work of geologists are being rewarded. Geologist have a huge responsibility to provide society with knowledge and provide possible solutions to saving our resources and information about our environment. These meetings help promote new initiatives and strategic plans the GSA will be involved in. The work being done is fundamental.

  35. Progress is such a neat concept in regards to science, and it’s great to see such progress here. To see these geological scientists meet and contribute their ideas and research to reach that goal is an interesting read. In exchanging what they know, they work to seek ways of bettering society and the natural world, and with branching out to other individuals who share the same passion, they come closer to making these goals reality.
    To these men and women, I congratulate you for your hard work and the rewards you deserved.

  36. Congratulations on your award. This article is informative on the global effect of geology. The idea to meet many geologists from all over the world to present research and celebrate the 125th celebration was a great thought. Working together and sharing ideas is very good, it would help geologists obtain more information about the subject and on how to make a better world. I believe it is necessary for us to learn more about what’s going on around the world. Keep up the good work.

  37. It is very interesting to hear that so many geologists from different parts of the world come together to present their research. What really caught my attention was the statement that “Geology is global and cannot be separated from the other”, we are all affected by what happens in different parts of the world therefore world-wide participation would be very beneficial to research and improving the world.

  38. Dear Dr.Khandaker,
    This blog was very instructive and engaging. Its lovely how geologists from all around the world come to unite as one to help improve the world. Its nice how studying the history of our planet can help you see how the events of the past might influence the future. We need to know what our earth is going through at all times and how to use what it contains for energy. The collaboration that this meeting brought was nice in a way that they recognize ones work and giving out awards. Geology can affect our everyday life.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  39. This article is very informative. To know China and America is working together as a team and contributing ideas about what we care about, nature is definitely postive. It’s also great that twelve other countries got involved in this discussion regarding our environment.To have multiple geologists come together and share their research with everyone is exciting. This just goes to show how important unity is. It doesn’t take one country or one person to make something work, but it takes a team. I agree with Dr. Burchfiel remark “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other” because geology doesn’t just impact one state, but instead it impacts the world. We as individuals contribute to the environment. For example we litter and pollute the air, which is damaging to the environment. If we come together as one and stop polluting the environment, we are the ones in the end who would benefit from the outcome.

  40. It was interesting to read this article and learn about the GSA’s 125th anniversary. It’s amazing to see all geologist worldwide unite to improve the global society. I also admire how much knowledge, research, and effort goes into improving the societies environment.

  41. While reading this article, I thought that it was great that the geological society of America is celebrating their 125th anniversary. I also thought that it was great how Dr. Burchfiel encouraged American geologist to go overseas and conduct research investigations. Dr. Paul Robinson also encouraged students who won awards to take part in research projects. I thought that was great considering that students now are eventually going to have an impact on the world later. It amazes me how people from all over the world are contributing to geology to meet the demands of the global society. That is a small step forward to make the world better. Overall, I thought that the article was great and it contained a lot of information regarding the 125th anniversary celebration and how it is beneficial to the world.

  42. The city of Chengdu seems like the ideal place to live, the scenery and the activities to do in the city make you imagine a city straight out of a storybook, and the fact that these two completely different countries come together to discuss ideas and carry out goals for the environment really says something. The maintenance of our geological habitats – anywhere in the world – is important for future life to carry on since the population is only growing faster. The city is an ideal place to travel to, especially since it is surrounded by forests, citizens enjoy beautiful scenery on a daily basis and ride around on scooters , which isn’t something you see every day. Countries should continue to stress the importance of geoscience and the maintenance of the habitats around them- after all we need the Earth to live.

  43. I felt that the meeting was a great idea for geologist from all over the world to learn about other places they are not familiar with. GSA’s mission to get American geologists to reach out globally was inspiring to see that careers in geology can be global to different countries, not just their own. Gathering together to speak on each other’s research and ideas can help better the world and china itself with help of geologist from other countries including those from America

  44. Dear Dr. Khandaker,
    This is a wonderful article because it gives an insight and hope to our world that we can make it a better environment. Learning about a new group known as, GSA, they are helping our environment with the assistance from other countries. If I was you, I would feel like pretty good to know that I am apart of an organization that benefits the environment since it is a global issue. This is a good deed you are doing and a wonderful major to consider going towards. I appreciate learning from you and grasping every knowledgeable fact that I need to learn to do my part to make the environment a better place one day at a time.

  45. It is very interesting to me to see how geologist can come together as a whole and share an experience like this. Also, how geologist can conduct overseas research and then have events like these to interact and exchange ideas/their research. Honestly, geology isn’t something I am interested in but after reading this, I hope that my career field takes part in events like these. It would make me feel like I am really part of a team by doing events like these and it would also make me feel like my work is special or appreciated.

  46. I believe that by sharing this article with us, it helps us become aware of programs like the GSA that we were not aware of before. Honestly if it was not for this article I would not have known that there is an actually group of people coming together to come up with solutions to help make our planet a better place. I feel like with a program like GSA it will help spread the idea that we as humans have to start realizing the consequences of many of our industrial products and innovations that are harming our planet. Our actions are contributing to the increase in Pollution, Global Climate Change, and the extinction of many precious animal species since we are destroying their habitats. I strongly agree with Dr. Burchfiel that, “Geology is global” because most of us assume that since our country is not contributing to these issues and another country is that won’t affect us. However, in reality their contribution to these issues will affect us as a whole and in order to prevent it we have to work together to protect our planet.

  47. This is a great article, I believe that by sharing this article with us, it helps us become aware of programs like the GSA that we were not aware of before. Honestly if it was not for this article I would not have known that there is an actually group of people coming together to come up with solutions to help make our planet a better place. I feel like with a program like GSA it will help spread the idea that we as humans have to start realizing the consequences of many of our industrial products and innovations that are harming our planet. Our actions are contributing to the increase in Pollution, Global Climate Change, and the extinction of many precious animal species since we are destroying their habitats. I strongly agree with Dr. Burchfiel that, “Geology is global” because most of us assume that since our country is not contributing to these issues and another country is that won’t affect us. However, in reality their contribution to these issues will affect us as a whole and in order to prevent it we have to work together to protect our planet.

  48. Was incredible to know you had the opportunity to meet some many geologists from over the world in this meeting-celebration.
    Read your articles has motivated me to make some travels around the world like you.
    Great article !!! I think you should be proud of yourself:)

  49. I like this article cause the way it explain it to me personally, i really understand what they were talking. great article.

  50. The GSA program is impacting throught out alot of places from the help of many geologists teacher such as Mr. Khandaker it is a honor to have him as a teacher, something that caught my attention was the quote “geologists is global and one cannot be separated from the other”, in which lef new frontierd talk about the nee generationd and be prepare.

  51. I really enjoy reading this article. I liked how you spoke both about what GSC and GSA are doing, but you also gave some insight on the City of Chengdu. I also liked how you explained your time during your meeting in China. Maybe one day I would get to visit the city of Chengdu and hopefully to be as lucky as you were and visit Chengdu University of Technology. Thank you for sharing your experience which was very informative. Hope that you will be able to continue on going to different places and able to experience something so memorable.

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  52. I think it was an incredible idea to meet so many geologists from all over the world to to present their research and celebrate the 125th celebration. I had a very little knowledge regarding geology so far until this semester. I never thought Geology is such a big subject. The photos are really astonishing and they made me curious to visit China as soon as possible. I never thought that China and US would work together. Working together and sharing ideas is really a good idea, it would help the geologists to gather to more information about geology on how to make a better world.Thank you Professor for taking your time to share this blog. It actually made me curious to think about to be a geologists one day. I would also like to thank this blog for sharing such an amazing experience.

  53. Anthony Hernandez Geo 110

    I did not think that their was more to geology than just rocks. I see that there are many things you can do with geology. Travel the world, help aid environments, discover new fossils, and so much more. I enjoyed learning all i can in my class and to see these pictures made me want to learn more.

  54. The joint meeting between GSC and GSA was truly a success. It was great that China and the U.S could come together and brain storm ideas on solving geological issues. Hopefully this meeting will have a great influence on other countries, leading to a more positive outcome for our environment. Prior to reading this article, I had no clue GSC has gone through a history of 91 years. China’s recently focused on resource geology in order to meet the demand for increase supply of energy and industrial minerals, due to the rapid urbanization and manufacturing needs. It’s ironic to see that in such a big city, the main transportation for everyone is scooters; this also explains why the session about mineral had the most presenters.

  55. Professor Rajendra Persaud:

    I found all the articles to be very informative and fascinating; the way the geological society of China and the geological society of America came together to work and promote the different geological topics were quite amazing. It takes people from all over the world to do these kinds of things in order to work together for a better tomorrow. I didn’t know that the city of Chengdu is currently recognized as the focal point of science and technology, finance, trade and commerce in southwestern china. This information makes me want to go and get around this beautiful city. Another thing I would love to do there is take the tour to the Giant Panda Breeding Station, according to the article in which field trips are discussed, it seems like it is an exquisite experience, not only to see these animals but to learn about them. In the last article, Dr. Burchfiel emphasized in the need of American geologist to get involved and work with other investigations overseas so they can achieve optimum results. He also said “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other” a powerful statement indeed.

  56. Timothy Giral
    In the first article I found the part about the walk of the author by the Funan River the most interesting. The author explained the beauty of the river and its surroundings. Also the author talked about the cultural side of his journey. In the second article it had a piece on a tourist cite as well. Giant Panda Breeding Station and Wenchuan Earthquake Site is a place where they raise pandas from birth. This part was really interesting because I learned all about what a panda’s diet consist of and that’s bamboo trees. In the third article I was happy to hear that the U.S and Chinese governments are working together for the better good of the world and not just for capital gains.

  57. Everyone involved in the Geological Societies should be commended for all their hard work and dedication just to bring the world awareness of what’s surrounding us everyday. I’m glad that those members who were awarded we shown the appreciation they deserved and that those who attended were inspired to engage more and broadcast the potentials of the Geological Societies. I appreciate everyone who has had the chance to educate me as a student in the geological studies as well. Thanks for your hard work.

  58. Thank you Dr. Khandaker, It has become apparent to me that the U.S is not the only contributor to the Geosciences and if we are to stay relevant as geologists we must work along side the global community of geologist.

  59. I find it amazing that two of the worlds super powers can come together to solve problems and improve relationships at the same time. It is encouraging to see that there are people who still care about the well being of our planet and want to see a better world for our generations to come. i believe that more meetings between these type of organizations should happen and that the media should focus more on covering this.

  60. To Mr. Rajendra Persaud

    I find this blog to be enlightening. It shows how Chengdu and China have become very dependent on geological sciences. This dependency is because of how they use it for jobs, food and electricity. I think its important for China and America to work together on further understanding of geological sciences and the benefits of it.

  61. I could see that geology has led you on a lot of amazing adventures, And i’m considering taking my life on the same course as yours.

  62. Professor Khandaker,
    After reading all three articles I must say I understand your passion and appreciate the fact that you are sharing this with us to keep us informed of what is happening today. All of your article was very helpful to understand the Gsa and Gsc’s on what they are up to. Lastly congratulations on your award and all the very best in the future

  63. What grab my attention was the study of Dr. Shuwen Dong’s high pressure-temperature conditions and the new research scope dealing with ultra-high pressure metamorphism which may help understand the Himalayan tectonics and the evolution of the Tibetan Plateau.
    It is important because the processes that form and exhume ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks may strongly affect plate tectonics, the composition of Earth’s crust, and the evolution of Earth’s crust. Again when great minds come together great things are accomplished.

  64. Dear Professor Naz

    It is truly refreshing to see so many people from other places coming together for one interest. I really like Dr. Burshfiel said“Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other”. I agree to his remark and feel that he is correct that geology is global. Thank you for sharing your experience

  65. Great article Dr.Naz! It is so good to see all these hard working people have the opportunity to come together and be rewarded for all their hard work! Seemed like it was a nice ending to the amazing trip! Thanks For Sharing!

  66. I enjoy reading your article and you seem very passionate about your work. I know in class you talk about the significant impact of the San Andreas Fault that lie in Los Angeles and San Francisco. I recently read an article “ How Los Angeles plans to survive the Big One”, it states that Los Angeles was recently ranked the most vulnerable metropolis in the outside of Asia.. This past Tuesday during a meeting the mayor of Los Angeles called for an epicenter of seismic preparedness. The article also states that after a major San Andreas earthquakes , Los Angeles County would actually have contend with 1600 simultaneous fires.

  67. What this article shows to me is that people are willing to put aside whatever differences they may have in the quest for bettering ourselves for the future. I hope that this becomes a continuing trend in the right direction as people begin to work more collaboratively.

  68. I realized that the city of Chengdu is an important product of China, based on the fact that it is recognized for its science and technology, finance, trade and so on. All this impacts many aspects such as growth, and culture. Being ranked fourth in permanent resident population shows that the city impacts the economy as well especially being that its ranked the best tourism city of China. Its good to see that the GSC and GSA together for the greater good and helping to achieve accomplishments for something that everyone must care about, nature.

  69. It looks like it was a very enjoyable time at the gathering. Its good to know people from around the world to contribute in global matters.

  70. Dear Professor,
    Through all these articles up until this last one, I could see you had a lot of fun. I would love to experience something like this.

  71. Initially in opening this article, my first instinct was of course to scroll and view the pictures (who doesn’t like pictures, right? – I do) –– What I saw immediately was a collective gathering of people who have done what they love and contributed a great deal of their time to making this earth a better place through their intrigue, time, and gold crested knowledge. It is a wonderful thing to see the honored as well, to be amongst those who share the same passion and to openly be able to share that same interest amongst your peers. This is what I saw, and I am grateful for have seen it. Dr. Khandaker, your travels are truly amazing, and immensely inspiring!😀

  72. It is great to know as an undergraduate that the Geological community comes together to celebrate and collaborate. I look forward to participating in upcoming events and hearing of peoples active research and field work.

    GSA 2015 BALTIMORE!

  73. I feel really proud to see your picture with many other geologist. Feeling really proud to be your student. Thank you once again for doing hard work. And congratulations for success.

  74. Geology is truly global. It’s a pleasure to read and see so many geologists from all over the world come together and acknowledge each others hard work and dedication. Congrats to you professor on your accomplishments. Keep up the good work.

  75. Dear Professor Khandaker,
    I enjoyed reading this blog. It must have been astounding being around fellow geologists such as yourself and sharing experiences. A massive congratulations to you and your fellow geologists for their hard work which was recognized and acknowledged!

  76. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us Dr. Naz, these three blogs have opened my eyes to how Important the GSA is. It’s great that you are allowed to take part in all these great events. Geology is very important and we must not forsake it.

  77. I found it very interesting that geologist from different parts of the world made an effort to join together to celebrate one another s’ accomplishment. I truly appreciate to be your student and thank you for inspiring us to know about geology.I enjoyed reading your article and can’t wait to learn more about other future collaborations. Congratulation to you and your team professor.

  78. What a privilege to be around so many distinguished geologist.Different people coming from all corners of the world to meet up in one place to discuss geology inspiring the new generation of future geologist.

  79. Dear Dr. Nazrul I. Khandaker,

    It was really fascinating reading this blog about the Geologists all around the world getting together and presenting their research as well as receiving awards for their hard work. It must have been an exciting moment for you to see so many people with the same interests as you in the topic of Geology. And congratulations to you and all of those who attended the GSA international section and received an award.

  80. Dr. Khandaker,
    It is a pleasure reading your article because it is informative on the global effect of geology. I like how other geoscientists from different parts of the world contribute to the globally complex geotectonic phenomenon. The international collaboration between several societies is an evolution for not just geoscientists, but also future students who seek to develop solutions to the earth geologically, socially, and culturally.

  81. Prof. Dr. Khandaker
    This blog is also as interesting as your previous blogs. Congratulations on getting the travel award. I am sure the trip to Madagascar must have gone amazing. Prof. you are amazing with your teaching skills and the way of presenting the knowledge and education about geological and biological elements. I am proud to be a student of such a wonderful and amazing teacher.
    Amandeep Saini

  82. Dr. Khandaker
    The article is fine and the information about the international communities coming together is wonderful. With the help of other nations the field of geology will only expand at rates that could never be reached by one society alone. The travel grants also seem to be of interest to everyone who want to travel to these events. I am looking forward to more information about these events and they people who attend. The Martian geomorphology is also of some interest to me I will be exploring it at a later date.

  83. From Rahat Tashin,
    To, Dr.Khandakar, first of all congratulation to gsa member team for winning international team award. and this article will help me influence for my future goals. and those visualize picture on the site where the most prolific ones.

  84. Dear Dr.Khandaker,
    After reading this article, thank you for sharing this wonderful article. It was pleasant reading this article. I could feel your excitement through this article. I can grasp the thrill and passion you possess for Geology. I believe that American geologist should explore unfamiliar territories to learn more, to be more productive. I firmly agree with Dr. Burchfield that American geologist should go beyond our horizons and explore far more unfamiliar territories. Additionally, I appreciate you for sharing your experience and giving us an impression of attempting to help improve the current world.

  85. I really enjoyed reading this blog. It was very interesting, and I am really happy that i have the opportunity to be a student in your Geology class. You showed the class that geology is not only about simple rock formation, but that geology can open doors to many different sub disciplines. Geology is also a tool that I can now use to understand causes of natural disasters around the world. I also am much more engaged in conversation about our ecosystem thanks to Dr. Khandaker.

  86. Prof Naz,

    Thank you for sharing your experience in China and letting us explore what really went on through your words. I enjoyed reading your informative articles.

  87. Dear Prof Khandaker,
    Congratulations on your award!!! You deserve it, you’re an amazing professor and you thought me so much about geology just by being in your class! Keep up the great work!

  88. Dear Professor Khandaker,

    It is very interesting to read about your experience at this ceremony. You are very lucky to have experienced this amazing journey!

  89. Nothing beats the feeling of being rewarded for doing something you love. I love these geologists were brought together by the thing the love and they were being appreciated for their work. It’s a beautiful this what you’re doing Dr. Naz. I wish you long years to continue to impact the world with your contributions to geology.
    Jakotte

  90. I was very interested in reading this article and happy to know the work thats being done o studying the earth. Studying the plate tectonics and understanding the importance it has on earth helps us to predict the future.

    Thanks lamont profitt

  91. Congratulations on your award. It’s great that your and your colleagues can travel and explore the world in which we live. Because of people like you we are able to learn about our planet which is necessary. I believe it is necessary for us to learn more about what’s going on in our world. Keep up the good world.

  92. Congratulations on your award. It’s so great that as geologists you can travel around the world and study the planet in which we live. Keep up the good work!

    Jennifer Mora

  93. I liked the comment by Dr. Burchfiel where hr “emphasized the need for allowing American geologists to get involved with research investigations overseas and in unfamiliar territory”, i completely agree. It is if great importance for professionals, no matter the field to get a new perspective. In my opinion this meeting brought motivation for so many, not only those in the field but also the ones reading. The GSA international made it possible for many to share ideas, motivate and inspire.

  94. As someone that doesn’t generally have interest in any type of science, I was happy to read about the strides being made in this field. I believe that Geology is often forgotten or not as publicized as other fields. Its nice to see the field growing and being able to accomplish more work with the awards and funds being granted.

  95. I like the initiative to promote Geology, to a younger group for next generation. A lot of people think that this subject is an old matter but is the contrary. Geology can be fun and is a constant changing subject.

  96. Dr. Khandaker,

    Your continued experiences and travels pertaining to geology is exciting and one that intrigues an interest. Dr. Burchfiel’s accomplishments and efforts in bringing geology to people’s attention is inspiring. The increase in knowledge on the Himalayan tectonic movements and the Tibetan plateau particularly got my attention due to the fact that I am originally from around there. Thank you again for your thoughts and experiences and continued efforts in bringing geology to everyone’s attention,

  97. Its amazing that geologists from different cultures and communities were able to come together. The article stated that “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other”, I feel that this is such powerful statement. Hopefully others scientist from all over the world will come together like these geologist and help improve the globe.

  98. There were many things that stood out to me in this article. One being the collaboration that this meeting brought about. Geologist from all over the world came together to recognize ones work, giving awards and verbal recognition. What stood out to me the most was your leadership and enthusiasm, the fact that you want to share “the word” to your friends shows how devoted you are in what you do.

  99. Dear Dr. Nazrul I. Khandaker,
    CONGRATULATIONS on your recent achievement. You dedicated all your talents for this industry. Whether you are in Bangladesh or in the US, this was your passion, you lived with it. So, you deserve it. Thanks to the organizing body who selected you.
    Most importantly, thanks to Rajendra Persaud, for sharing this informative blog for the students.
    Nurul Haque
    Current student of Geo 120 at York.

  100. I didn’t know there was such a big community of geologists. Thanks to professor Persaud for giving the link to learn about this. Congrats to all the participants it must be an honor. I really like geology and the natural world so this was a treat.

    1. Its great that many geologists from all over the world can get together and discuss important things that our going on in the world with out the burden of politics as well.

  101. WOW! This was very informative. I did not know so many people were interested in geology on such a great scale. I was fascinated to know that this one individual spent fifty decades devoted to following a passion. Not only for himself, but for the greater good of society at that. A well spent education definitely. Congrats to the awardees on embarking upon great endeavors and a Happy Earth Day!

    Katrina T. Moise

  102. This was very interesting and very educational to read about. It’s great to see how many scientists can come together and share their words on geology. Thanks to Mr. Rajendra Persaud from York College, CUNY, New York to give his students the honor of reading such an exceptional discussion.

  103. Dear Dr. Khandaker,
    I am currently student of Professor Rajendra Persaud geology 120 class. It was great pleasure readying about “Gathering of Geoscientists.” Congratulations to you sir and all the others geologists who received awards for their outstanding work in the geology fielded. It was nice to see that other geologists can be hero for others by just exploring around the world. I will like to quote one thing that got to my attention from Dr. Burchfiel “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other.” It’s just like in the real world, we need to stick and help each other out in today world to make it a better place.

  104. This was very interesting and informative. I didnt know that there are so many geologist all ove rthe world who takes interest in the ocean floor and other interesting topics in geology.

  105. Congratulations to all those geologists who received awards.This article was very informative. It is interesting and exciting to see geology represented in so many parts of the world, and that they were all present in one room. Great article !

  106. Dear Professor Naz,
    It was a pleasure reading your blog, I found it very inspiring and informative.. I’m truly happy for you & the geology team at large. Geology is such an important topic to study especially in the world we are living in today.. & your knowledge and in the way you present this topic is in and of itself amazing. Keep up the good work, & continue doing what you do best. I am looking forward to many more big things from you. Continue making us proud at York College!

    Your former student,
    Abdur Lallmohamed

    1. Dear Abdur:
      Great to hear from you and thanks for keeping in touch. As you know, together we can make a difference and certainly your help is greatly appreciated.

  107. I think it is important for geologist to work together to make this world a better place to live .. thanks to Rajendra Persaud from York College for this knowledge..

  108. Dr Nazrul Khandaker,

    Thank you for sharing your experience at the GSA’s 125th anniversary gathering. It is wonderful to hear that many geologists unite and present their research just like you did. Your passion for geology has transmitted throughout this piece and I am really glad you experienced being in Madagascar. Geology is truly global and an international collaboration is necessary to create a better world. I am excited to hear about your future collaborations and of your success. It is nice to know that individuals still care for this geological system. Thank you for sharing this and keep making York College proud!

    Estefani

  109. Dear Dr. Khandaker,
    Reading about your wonderful and exciting experiences as you attended the GSA’s 125th anniversary was truly inspiring. As you talked about all the places you and the other geologist visited and the different research you all did was really interesting, knowing that many people around the world aren’t really aware of what geologist like you do. Traveling around the world like Madagascar and Asia is different to me personally and you inspired me if i ever visited these places to pay attention to the mountains and other things geologist do. Continue to keep researching and sharing your experiences with us here at York College I really enjoyed reading your narrative!

  110. Its amazing how geologists come from all over the world come together as one to help better the world. “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other,” this comment made by Dr. Burchfiel is so true. one part that got my attention is the SinoProbe mentioned by Dr. Shuwen Dong when he accepted the award. I found this to be most informative and genuine. Overall thanks very much for sharing the inspiring gathering of the GSA international reception with the world.

  111. Dr. Khandaker!
    I am so proud of your accomplishments are your humility in your work! you are truly an inspiration to your students and to others around the world globally. Keep up the great work and stay positive. Remember, it starts with one person!

  112. A big entity such as GSA, proves to the younger generation of geologist that hard work can be rewarded whithin the field. The most appealing part in this field is the strong professional relationships that can be formed through the collaboration of collegues toward a particular research.

  113. This is a great way to bring awareness to Geology and the importance of the the earth that we live on. Great read, very informative and interesting, Dr. Naz!

  114. Dear, Professor Nazrul I. Khandaker
    thanks for sharing this interesting blog as part of our homework assignment. well I don’t know anything about the GSA, but I think its awesome how geologist from all over the WORLD gathered to meet in Denver without seeing any differences in each other and just have one mind set and same interest and there is no lines to separate because its global its one earth. yeah it great students get to participate in this. American’s definitely need to get more in involved because there is more than just America there mars and Jupiter. I guess probably these things are expensive or there is not much thought put into it. I even told my mom I want to become a geologists because I want to travel the world and discover the undiscovered and see what is already been discovered, I want to go to the north pole……

  115. Dear Prof Khandaker,
    This was an interesting blog to read and I scroll further to read, I saw some of the great geologist and how the GSA recognize them because I feel that these Geologist aren’t acknowledge enough and I really liked professor represented our CUNY York and its shows how one man can make a difference and being in your class and the way you teach I am positive there are going to be a lot of more students that are going to be following your footstep. I like how these individuals travel to different countries to conduct their research. Not only travel, I also like how this is a very diverse community, you have people from all over the world, China, Madagascar, Chile. Even though my major is accounting, I feel that taking this class really widen my scope of learning and it is interesting to know how know about things that are occur in the world from Earthquake, to mudslide, to volcanic activity, by knowing Geology and taking precaution one can plan and avoid disaster.

    Thank You
    Muhammed Khan

  116. The blog that i read was quite informative. I would have never thought that there was so much to know about geology itself. i found it very interesting when i read about the SinoProbe project that was taken over by China, helping them understand more about the Himalayan.

  117. Dr. Naz,

    You have impressed me with your topics in relating to Geology. It’s great to see students coming from all around the world in focus of the GSA’s mission. If you look all around the world, Geology is all around us and effecting us each and everyday. I thank you for informing us which such great information and helping us see a clear view of Geology. It’s great to see students and geologists in one room who have one main focus.

  118. I had no idea that the GSA existed, I am very happy to learn some information about what they do and their future plans. Also I love that these geologist really seem to be passionate about their work.

  119. I don’t have enough adjectives to explain how is it but one think i feel after reading that its a source of knowing something new. Thanks Prof. Naz, for sharing such a nice blog.

  120. Professor Naz,
    Thank you for the great read. Since being your student, it has me made very interesting in geology because you make it relate to our daily lives. Having geology be international would help increase the awareness around the world about our global society,

  121. Professor Naz:

    This blog was very exciting, and informative. It was the 125th Anniversary of the GSA International Section Awards Ceremony in Denver, CO. More collaboration is necessary among the U.S. and other foreign countries. Geology is indeed “global.” You have set the example on capturing meaningful GSA events and activities. GSA’s future is intimately tied to truly becoming global in its reach in supporting individual geoscientists and cohorts of geoscientists in ways tightly connected to overall mission. Well done!

  122. Dear Pro. Khandaker

    It’s a great opportunity to read about the great minds in the geological field. The people who help us to make the world a safer and better environment to live in. I want to congratulate and thank everyone in the geological for their outstanding work. Thank you again professor for this opportunity.

  123. I’m proud to call you my professor , geologist khandaker, this is a really good blog its intresting and very eye opening . I didn’t know that the geological community was this large and prosperous . I really didn’t know that the GSA gives geologist the chance to explore the world .Thanks for sharing such an important blog with us

  124. I found it very interesting that geologist from different parts of the world made an effort to join together to celebrate one another s’ accomplishment. I truly appreciate to be your student and thank you for inspiring us to know about geology. Congratulation to you and your team professor.

  125. Hello Prof. Khandaker,

    I am very impressed to see that my Geology professor, someone I see every week is part of such a great and important society as it is the GSA. I am very proud to see how you are collaborating in the GSA to accomplish its mission, to keep our world a safer place according to your possibilities and to the extent human capability can reach. Awesome job writing this recap of what took place in Denver. Congratulations and thank you for making us part of your exiting journey. I certainly have learned things to which I was oblivious to but am glad that now my understanding is expanding and that Geology is not just another subject in my career curriculum but a matter that should concern everyone.

  126. Professor Naz,
    I think that everyone can agree with me on this one, that we are all very proud of you and extremely excited for you for what you have been doing outside of the classroom! This was a great article and makes me very appreciative of the class and of having you as a professor. Keep up the great work and so much luck to you in the future!

  127. Never knew GSA international section gives students the chance to be part of something important. I’m Glad that they got to see wise geologist from around the world gathering in one place, such as yourself professor. Like the fact that USA geologist should be going to explorer some other places besides the USA and maybe discover new things or help other geologist in other countries.

  128. Professor Nazrul I. Khandaker
    First of all I’m really grateful for being your student and thank you so much for sharing such a important and interesting blog with us. its really amazing how different geologist form different parts of the world work together to make the world a better place plus educating the new generation about; how valuable geology is.

  129. Dear prof. Dr, N Khandaker.

    At first i would like convey you thanks from my heart. This is the very first time i saw great blog, which included world gretest geologist contributing GSA association. i am great happy on you, you are one of them.you tought us lot of important things about the geology.

    Thank you
    MD.HOWLADER

  130. I honestly did not know much about the GSA until actually deciding to read up on it a bit. I found it interesting to learn about the SinoProbe mentioned by Dr. Shuwen Dong when he accepted the award. I found this to be most informative and genuine.

  131. This is indeed a positive step in the right direction. Geology is no doubt global. It is with this in mind that I’m hoping funding can be raised to cover the gaps left by the recent reduction in research allocations and also limited us collaboration or involvement with foreign nations.
    Hopefully, the generation of geologists will meet the demands of the global society.

  132. Dear professor Khandaker,
    First, thanks for showing us this excellent blog. It is a very meaningful geology anniversary. There were many great geologists from all over the world come together to communicate geographical culture. It is benefit for human to know more about geology to protect our earth. Geology is very vital for us. I hope the GSA can be more successful and the group of GSA can be bigger and bigger in the near future. Furthermore, we are very proud of you and feel lucky you are our geology teacher. I believe you can make more contribution for geology. Thank you!
    Qiuying Chen

  133. Dear Professor ,

    First, I want to thank you for sharing this incredible experience with us! While reading the article I felt as like I was personally there. I can see the thought and passion you have for geology. Its a honor to have you as a professor and for you to have represented York College . Over all, by reading this article I learned how important geology is and the difference it can make. I loved the fact how people from different places of the world came together and shared their passion for geology.

    Sincerely,

    Ashley Deaza

  134. Professor Naz,
    I think it is important for geologist to work together and study what is happening on Earth in different parts of the world.

  135. Dear Prof. Khandaker,
    It was very interesting to see that this organization is making a difference by rewarding others for their services as well as the diversity of different nations. It promotes the field of geology and makes events of the world more understanding. Its great to see people who love what they do go out of their way and travel to different places for meetings like these as well as going to other places to do studies. The information they provided were very interesting about our planet because not many have achieved what you guys have done. I am proud to say I am a your student who takes Geology at York College because my professor is an actual Geologist, who loves what he do and makes geology more interesting than what I thought it would be.

    This blog is very productive and makes me what to consider changing majors. This inspires me to travel the world and learn new things and about the environment of different places. To be able to under the world you must know about the causes of why things(earthquakes,volcanic activity,etc.) occur. I salute Geologists because they help others have a clear understanding of the world itself. It is nice to see people come together and celebrate one an-others accomplishments. It shows unity.

  136. This is excellent blog I have ever read. I feeling lucky that I am dealing with someone who participate this fuction. I don’t have enough adjective to expalin how it is. I wish they would keep carry on gathering like that ,discover something new which will enlarge our knowledge

  137. Its really amazing how something so simple to some can give such great opportunities for others. Geologist are the heroes we don’t hear about.

  138. Prof. Naz,
    Its incredible that all this research is happening. I am very happy that my professor gets to be a part of this as a whole. I like the fact that there are many people around the world, and not only in York College doing what they love even if it means going to other places around the world to do it. Queens is cool, however if one wanted a real and better opportunity to show others about some type of research, its best to go to other places, and shine bright. With that said, I’m happy this is going on in the world, and best of luck to my professor on his trip.

  139. Its incredible that all this research is happening. I am very happy that my professor gets to be a part of this as a whole. I like the fact that there are many people around the world, and not only in York College doing what they love even if it means going to other places around the world to do it. Queens is cool, however if one wanted a real and better opportunity to show others about some type of research, its best to go to other places, and shine bright. With that said, I’m happy this is going on in the world, and best of luck to my professor on his trip.

  140. Dear Professor Naz,
    Thanks for sharing this article with us. We are very proud with you. It is a interesting experience that makes me know more about geology and realize how important geology is! From here, I know many great geologists came together to share their ideas about global geology. It is very good. I hope the group of GSA can be bigger and bigger in the near future. I believe you can make more contribution for geology. Thank you!
    Qiuying Chen

  141. Dr Khandaker, I deeply appreciate your work and it’s really an honor to be taught by a personality with global standing and great understanding in Geology. Your devotion to Geology is admirable and I really hope that you’ll be able to see the fruit of your struggle for a better planet.

  142. Dear Naz,

    The article reminds me of other national or continental conferences I took part at. How much better an international conference must be!
    It is a great feeling to know that you are part of a global geologic community, where members can gather together and share rare moments and experiences. Thanks for sharing all these. Good work!

  143. Dear Dr Naz,

    Looking forward for similar future GSA events, thank you for invitation.

    Greetings from Serbia,

    Nenad

  144. Dr Naz, thank you very much for giving us all the details of the event, hope more will follow soon on similar events. Stay in touch and keep up with the good work.!

  145. I would like to present here as well all my gratitude to Dr. Samonds who helped me so much to make this trip a dream come true. See, how much geology can rely people from far away, and how it can allow us to share our love and passion.

  146. Hi Nazrul,
    Thank you for this Memorable Gathering. GSA’s meeting in Denver still a very great experience for me… I shared this experience to students in my Departement and I hope this year there will be more Malagasy student who will be there in Vancouver!

    Aina

  147. Dear Naz,
    it was such a very good experience! once again thank’s to all the geologists I saw there. Even now, fews months after I can’t imagine my chance to be there and to be able to share my research results!
    Thank you Nazrul for this Memorable gathering!

  148. Dr.Naz,

    I feel the tears in my eyes while reading “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other”
    It’s really a pleasure to discover such great work

    greetings from tunisia

  149. Naz
    Great job in documenting the event and making it memorable for all the participants. GSA is a great resource for the practicing geologists and engineeris in the US and around the world and such forum allows for very healthy and productive interactions and technical exchanges that leaves all parties with wealth of knowledge and allows for exchange of experinces that can save the owners and contractors a lot of money and greif.

    Hope to see you soon
    Jamal,
    Penn State Univ.

  150. Dear Naz, thank you for this excellent blog and report on the IS meeting at GSA Denver 2013. I always enjoy this event, and believe it is a vital part of GSA. Missed seeing everyone last October in Denver, but hope to see you in Vancouver this year!

    Warm regards and best wishes to all at GSA for 2014!,
    Monica

  151. DEAR Naz.
    Thanks to people like the teacher Nazrul in Spain can believe that Geology is global. Spain needs you.
    Great article!

  152. Dear Naz: you have set the example on capturing meaningful GSA events and activities. The timing of your summary is perfect as leadership in GSA soon meets in New York to consider with GSA International Leadership what are the next best meaningful steps to be taken. GSA’s future is intimately tied to truly becoming global in its reach in supporting individual geoscientists and cohorts of geoscientists in ways tightly connected to overall mission. Personally, when I speak to any undergraduate student, geoscientist or not, about future career plans, I don’t spend time talking about ‘majors’ but rather simply emphasize: whatever you decide to do, pursue it in ways that will engage you internationally!!

    Thanks for your contributions:

    George Davis
    Immediate Past President, GSA

  153. Naz,
    My compliments on your excellent coverage of the GSA International Section activities, events and awards at GSA’s125th Annual Meeting! Your summary impressed upon me the importance of supporting the travel grants that make these experiences available to emerging geoscientists. Nicely done!

  154. Dear Dr Naz,

    Thank you for sharing your experience in the GSA meetings. It reminds me to my very own experience where I did attend the GSA Northeastern Meeting at Philly in 2006 and presented my Grenville Orogeny project result. It was very nice to see a lot of geologists from various disciplines attended and listened to the talk with enthusiastic attitude. Very interesting to read your experience there.

  155. Dear Dr. Khandaker:
    As I said before in your prior post concerning your endeavors in the First Joint Scientific Meeting of Geological Society of China and Geological Society of America,I really like your blog,. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures of the people that attended the conference. You all seemed to have tons of fun. It must have been a great experience.

  156. Dr. Nazz, Congrats for the meeting! Its very important to study and integrate all geology around the world. I keep with some words “geology have not frontiers”. Most important, the participation of students in this events, they are the future of this great profession.

  157. Dear professor I have read your last two posts. After I read your posts I’m planing to change my major and I want to be a geologists. It’s one of the valuable career in my opinion.

  158. Dr. Naz,
    Great article! I was very impressed on the international students coming to join the conference. It really shows how respected the GSA is around the world. It was also nice to see awards given to the various geologists for their studies and research. Hope to be there next year.

  159. “geology is global” words from an madagascar geologist which shows the various area fromwhere some of these award winners came from . this article really shows how diverse geology is .

  160. Dr. Khandaker, I must say I am in complete agreement with the comments of Dr. Burchfiel. The Geo-sciences are so vast and demand to be interconnected with every country, that policy deterring from anything but a unified community would be hazardous to progress in these fields. So, I definitely clap my hands to any and all the individuals within the Geologic world who keep these strings together.

  161. This blog was very interesting and informative. it is great to see how young people like me are part of all of this is truly inspiring.

  162. Dr. Khandaker, I am proud of the job that you have been doing as a member of the GSA International Management Team. The event seemed to have been well attended.

    Great group pictures.

  163. If only people were more passionate about things they love doing ! You can just tell you love geology and not just doing it just to do it for money so inspiring Dr Naz .. Loved the article

  164. It was very interesting to read about the awards given to honor some of the geologist for doing such outstanding research. I especially enjoyed reading about Dr. Showen Dong who presented research on the Indo-China orogeny. His research on the Himalayan Mountain range and the Tibetan plateau sounds very interesting. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

  165. Its great to see that this organization is making a difference by rewarding others for their unselfish services as well as diversifying ourselves with different nations. It promotes the field of geology and thus making it a bigger field of work needed. Its great to see people who love what they do go out of their way and travel to different places for meetings like these. It broadens there information about our planet as well as exposing them to experiences some people might never achieve.

  166. Professor,

    It looks and sounds like you had a great time. It’s awesome to see so many great minds come together to collaborate and to celebrate the wondrous science that is geology. I definitely can’t wait to attend the GSA conference next year.

  167. I was truly impressed that Tolotra from Madagascar received an award, this made him felt welcomed. I am happy knowing that I’m part of a society that has no political boundaries. Thanks again Dr. Naz for for sharing the GSA International reception with us, it’s also encouraging to see that people are being recognized for their contribution to Geology.

  168. Dear Professor Khan,
    Once again this article is quiet intriguing.It is great to see young people attend this very important meeting. It shows that many have become quickly aware of the GSA.It is wonderful to see a successful event and well informative

  169. it is wonderful to see that the work done by these fine geologists has not gone to waste. Seeing them receive a reward for their hard work tells me that they are actually recognized for the work they have done. Congratulations to all those geologists who received a reward. Thank you professor Naz for taking the time to write about the event and actually post pictures from it.

  170. Professor Naz i am grateful for the opportunity to be able to read this article about your GSA meeting in Denver. It was very Informative and i look forward to read more blogs on your GSA meetings around the world.

  171. I’m always hearing about science research, or psychology, or sociology, but this research really stood out. I love seeing that there are people who are passionate about geological studies. Dr. Burchfiel is right, we need geologists to become involved in research overseas in unfamiliar territory. What’s better than being the one to find out more information about this world, the environment, surroundings, etc. Congrats to all the geologists who received the awards, they very much deserved it.

    1. Dear Zakariya:
      Great to hear from you and I thank you very much for echoing Dr. Burchfiel’s comments and supporting GSA International Section’s activities.

  172. Once again thank you Dr. Naz. for sharing your experience. I enjoyed every one of your lectures and it surprisingly sparked an interest in me. It was am honor and privilege getting to know you and the life you live. Keep on sharing your experience with us and supporting the geological society.

    1. Dear Bhupendra:
      Great to hear about your reflections concerning my geology class and I feel very happy that you enjoyed my class and I also felt that you were very courteous and thoughtful about the science of geology. It was indeed a pleasure to have you in my class. Now I know that I added one more individual who cares about geology and will promote this subject to others. This way you will help us reaching out many. Thanks

  173. This blog tells me a lot about it means to be a geoscientist. American scientists should be encouraged to travel overseas. I am so glad that you have received a travel award to go to Madagascar. You are very dedicated to your field.

    Margaly Maxime

  174. Dear Dr. Naz,
    While reading this article over again, one line stood out to me “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other”. This statement is very true. The more I have learned about geology, I more I realize how important it is and how it ties into everyday life. I thank you for educating me in that and I’m looking forward to learning more about geology.

    Kevin Cauvin

    1. As a classmate of yours I am happy to read that you have gained a greater appreciation and respect for geology. It is truly a useful and fascinating subject as is history, medicine, astronomy, and math. I hope you will continue to learn more about the world we live in and educate yourself beyond college and into your adult life!

  175. Cogratulations on the awards and special thanks to all those who collaborated! Very thankful for the interesting article.

  176. It is wonderful to get such a comprehensive recap of what occurs during these receptions. It is even better that links are provided to the various people and organizations present – it is little touches like this (not to say that this was little, putting in this many hyperlinks and doing the research must have been time-consuming) that help bring the geological community closer together.

    1. Thanks Benjamin for your nice comments and it was a pleasure to add these links in the blog post so that viewers can easily navigate and retrieve pertinent information and get a sense of overall understanding of the presented materials. I really appreciate your wonderful feedback.

  177. Dear khadhaker, thanks for sharing your blog with us. I’m glad to read your blog and hope you will put more interesting blog.

  178. Once again, thanks for sharing this post to everyone, Professor. It’s great to have a professor like you to take part in such a diverse group of people in the GSA. I had no idea that there are countries as far as Madagascar, Jerusalem, & Bangladesh participating in the organization. Even though I may not major in Geology I know at least what I can do to make a difference in society. Keep up the good work.

    1. Dear Jenelle:
      Yes you can make a difference in society by engaging yourself into societal affairs and using your knowledge as long as you are finding this to be interesting and worth doing.

  179. sir,its really an awesome experience for me.it gives me the feeling of creating something new that is so increadible.i am greatful to you.

  180. sir,it really an awesome experience for me.it gives me the feeling of creating something new that make us special like you.i am proud of you.

    1. Dear Maisa:
      Yes you can do and let us not forget that proper education and respect for each other can make us strong and enable us to build sustainable society..

  181. Thank you for sharing your experience of the GSA international awards ceremony in Denver. I too was unaware of the GSA and their contribution to the field of geology. It was especially nice to know that their are people out there like dr. Burchfiel who have a great interest in expanding geological research not only in the United States but other countries with their collaboration. I am glad that their continues to be research in geology that updates us on our planet and it’s ever changing form. Thank you Dr Naz

  182. I have read the blog for the second time and it is still very interesting to me. this ceremony gave honor to those who have collaborated in the geology and science area. I personally think that the GSA International section has done such a great job bringing all these scientists all over the world. one was even from Madagascar-China.

  183. This article had me at the edge of my seat. It was a rewal thril ride. Everyone working together, from adults and young adults. I see how people really do care for the environment and it’s surrounding. A few things that stood out to me were when Dr.Burchfiel said that it is important for American geologists to expand their horizons and investigate in unfamiliar territory”. It’s pretty cool to see how so many people are passionate about the same thing. Dr.Schuwen Dong did something pretty cool by reiterating the need to engage geoscientists in order to understand globally complex geotectonic phenomenon as it pertains to Indo-China orogen. In other words to expand their views into other things. This is a very interesting topic. I never knew that geologists were so important and they are all over the world.

    1. Dear Faridon:
      Yes you rightly pointed out about Dr. Shuwen Dong’s current initiatives and certainly it is going to bring lots of promises and potential for additional international collaboration.

  184. I think it’s very admirable that all of these representatives get together for one common goal. It makes me proud to know that a former professor at a seemingly small time school like York can be so influential in their field. The worldwide necessity for great minds to come together from across global boundaries, for we all know that the need for all peoples to come together is of upmost importance. Dr. Naz is both an inspiration and a maverick.

    1. Dear Crystal:
      Thank you so much for noticing this blog and your praise means a lot to us. Let us hope that all of us can work in harmony to make this world a better place.

  185. The blog was very exciting, wonderful and informative of what you are doing. The ceremony focused on encouraging the U.S. government to invest into overseas and travel explorations. Collaboration is necessary between the U.S. and other foreign countries to become a better world. Geology is indeed global. I am excited to see more international collaboration and its success. I wish you the best of luck.

    1. Dear Dechen:
      I am happy you liked it. Great to read your feedback and happy to notice that you concur with us on increasing US collaboration with respect to reaching out overseas geoscientists. It is certainly a win win situation.

  186. The GSA international award ceremony gave the honor to those who have collaborated in the geology and sciences area .I would had like to have the honored to be part and participate in it.It seems like it was interesting and informative but YORK had a representative Dr. Naz ,congratulations sharing your knowledge and experiences with students and people who wants to enrich our knowledge in geology .But also to all those participants who are sharing the knowledge with many of us.Who want to have and know the importances of thwe geology programs .

  187. Dear Dr. Khandaker,
    Thank you for sharing your experience at the GSA international Participants, Reception and GSA international section Awards ceremony. It’s nice to see that people are being recognized for their work in Geosciences.
    It’s sad to read that there has been a reduction in research fund and limited U.S involvement with foreign nations. I agree with Dr. Burchfiel that American geologists should get involved with research overseas and in unfamiliar territory, and to work with their local counterpart in order to share knowledge.. etc which will benefit everyone.

    1. You mentioned, “there has been a reduction research funding.” This is very sad and unfortunate indeed. As people, we need to nurture and support our quest for knowledge. Spending money for basic research is almost never a waste. Remember that civilization itself depends on basic knowledge, This in turn can lead to inventions and discoveries as basic and important as the wheel, writing, electricity, agriculture, etc. This is all crucial to civilization.
      Finally, remember this. The ONE thing that separates humans from all the other animals on this planet is the MIND with its great ability to LEARN and communicate. Never stop learning because the day you do will be the day you cease to be human.

  188. Dr Khandekar,
    You did a wonderful job in sharing in detail your experience in China, and now in Denver for this year’s GSA meeting. The people you have met and interacted with in Denver seem to be very influential and knowledgeable people to be among and learn from. In sharing your experiences and trip with us, we can all learn a little more on geology and appreciate those who establish their findings and knowledge.

  189. Dr Naz,
    Thanks for sharing your experience from GSA with us. Denver seemed to be a nice place for the 125th Anniversary due to all the rock formation located there. It’s wonderful to see the contribution you make to the Geological Society while also interacting and collaborating with other Geologists in China. Meeting with Geologists that study different aspects of Geology seems like a meaningful way to gather ideas and obtain more information about the different occurrences that happen in the different states, which discussing your learning and finds you have acquired. Keep up the great work!

    1. Dear Nabila:
      It was a great opportunity for me to represent GSA International Section at the annual meeting and the synergy associated with this meeting was astounding. I am delighted that you also noticed this. Thanks

  190. Hello Prof.
    It is fascinating to see how many people are interested in Geology. It has made me much more interested in finding out more about it. I never really thought about how things came to be, how the continents formed, etc but taking the class and reading these posts have made me see things in a different perspective.
    Thank you so much for all the information provided.

    Geology 110 CDD

    1. Dear Soraya:
      Glad to know that my blog post and geology class you are currently taking actually made a difference and thanks for taking the time to express your feelings.

  191. This blog was very exciting, and interesting. I agree Geology is Global.more scientific collaborations between cultures in spite of political differences.I am happy to see such synergy happening and hope to see it in other organizations around the world.

    1. Dear Marc:
      Glad that you noticed increased synergies involving GSA International Section’s recent activities and likewise I do anticipate similar get-together when it comes to building and strengthening international collaboration. Much appreciated.

  192. Great Work Dr. Naz !
    I’m pretty impress with the work and seeing people working together from different parts of countries for one cause. This will help us understand our environment better and bring changes to it.Congratulation to all the award recipients. Keep up the hard work and best of luck in future.

  193. Dr.Burchfiel said “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other” which i found very interesting, I like how everyone around the world gets together and discus each others work. I enjoyed this blog by Dr. Naz because it was like is if was there at the award ceremony. He spoked about who and what each award winner does in the field. I like how the representers of GSA go and talk to kids who are interested in Geology. Also the descriptions under each award winner helps understand a little of why they got their awards. Thank you Dr. Naz for giving us an inside look on the GSA awards.

    1. Dear Dianna:
      Wonderful response and I admire your candid assessment regarding award recipients. Communications and sincere efforts to reach out geoscientists across the Atlantic can only help us forming global community and I am happy that you also feel the same away. Thanks.

  194. “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other,” this comment made by Dr. Burchfiel is very true indeed. Advances in the field, the addressing of many geological problems and issues cannot be done without the cooperation of the entire global community. Hence, the need for American geologists to conduct research overseas in different territories would be essential. Also I am wondering to what places has Dr. Burchfiel’s research regarding the origins of mountain belts has taken him and what he has encountered. If this is all published, is there a place where I can get this information?
    Thank You Dr. Naz!

    1. Dear Namra:
      I am glad to see that Burchfiel’s research caught your eyes and indeed he is a living legend who dedicated well-over 50 years understanding the origin of mountain belts, particularly the Himalayas. It will be quite impossible to give you few paragraphs to describe him; however I took the liberty to add few links where you can learn lot about him and hopefully you can access additional information about Professor Burchfiel. Here are some of the links:
      http://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/09/science/himalayas-rise-overturns-ideas-about-peak-building.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

      http://shearsensibility.blogspot.com/2008/05/tectonics-of-may-12-sichuan-earthquake.html
      http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/03/02/0907531107.full.pdf
      http://staff.ustc.edu.cn/~hjyao/papers/PhDThesis_Yao_2009.pdf

      Thanks for your nice post.

  195. It is wonderful, and timely, to see such great participation and interest in the International Section at GSA. Not only do geologic features and processes know no political boundaries, geoscientists are working in a world where their collaborative efforts should also know no political or cultural boundaries. We once saw an “expanding earth” hypothesis come and go, but from a cultural point of view we are entering a “shrinking earth” era in terms of the importance of people from many nationalities having the chance to come together throughout their lives. For this reason it is especially critical that those of us who are teaching the next generation keep this in mind and take every opportunity to expose them to the geology and the geoscientists of the world. Kudos to the International Section!

    1. Dear Mary:
      Great to chat with you at the GSA annual meeting and knowing your passion towards geoscience outreach and I really liked your expression called “shrinking earth” in relation to narrowing down cultural and political differences through open dialogs and additional networking.Trust me, your participation will be sought.

  196. I felt that it great that the geologist are constantly forming bond and connecting .because in today’s society that what is need you have to have a wide network. and congrats to all geologist at the event who received an award for there work. i love geology and from reading these articles i am now consider geology as my major.n this was a great article it was very informative and i wish i could of attended the event discussed it looked like it was amazing.

    1. Dear Shawnee:
      Credit goes to Brown family who took great care of me during my stay at Univ. of Rochester and I greatly appreciate your time to read this blog.Your family truly represents international and I am glad to follow your path.

  197. It is great to see young people getting recognized and awarded for there strong efforts into research in the geological field all over the world. Something that stood out to me was Dr. Burchfiel emphaisizing that has decreased their role in helping geologist conduct their research outside the country and into unfamiliar territory. this is truly an issue because just as he stated remark “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other”. And especially in “unfamiliar territory” America should be looking to send more of its geologists to conduct and bring back more helpful information.

  198. This article is very interesting it is interesting to see everyone working together, from adults and young adults. I see how people really do care for the environment and it’s surrounding. A few things that stood out to me were when Dr.Burchfiel said that it is important for American geologists to expand their horizons and investigate in unfamiliar territory”. It’s pretty cool to see how so many people are passionate about the same thing. Dr.Schuwen Dong did something pretty cool by reiterating the need to engage geoscientists in order to understand globally complex geotectonic phenomenon as it pertains to Indo-China orogen. In other words to expand their views into other things. This is a very interesting topic. I never knew that geologists were so important and they are all over the world.

  199. think that the fact that this artical stresses the idea of making global the presence of geological collaboration more global is very interesting and necessary. i feel that having these collaborations can help contribute to further discoveries and succes amongst all the geological programs becomes it encourages more intense research amongst scientest with the same desire for geological discovery.I agree that the U.S should expand their presence to other foreign countries.

    1. Dear Mr. Clanton:
      Thanks so much for agreeing to the central thrust of this blog, which is globalization of the science of geology.

  200. The current research being done in the geological society is extremely interesting. To know that without geologist we would be more vulnerable and unaware of natural disasters makes me very thankful for the work geologist do. And for events like these that award geologist and encourages to continue to work hard on what they do is really great.

  201. It is extremely interesting to see the diversity within the geology community. The its nice to the GSA award people who are trying to change the world. I believe it encourages them to continue their research and use their creativity. Congrats Prof. Naz!!!

    Amina Alexander

  202. Dr. Naz this article shows how passionate you are about geology. It is nice how many geologists from all over the world presented their research during this event. This shows that cultural difference does not matter. All these geologist around the world sharing their research will helps us better understand our planet and how we should stop harming it. Also, i think places that have not been explored should be that way we will understand our planet better. Thank you professor for sharing this event.

  203. Hey first of I wasn’t aware that we had a association (GSA) that go around the world discovering and doing research about the work we live in. I think the government should fund this organization more because it is important to know about the world we live in and having these geologist doing the research on the plate tectonics is a blessing because we have to prepare for the worst. Without geologist we would never be prepared for a natural disaster and we would loose a lot of lives. I think this organization is excellent and hope you guys the best.

    1. Dear Noor:
      Glad that you became aware of the existence of Geological Society of America through this blog. Thanks for your response and you had great fascination and curiosity to learn about geology topics.

  204. Congratulations on your travel award and its good to hear of the fulfillment of one of your dreams coming true. I too had once had an experience such as this one. So this has definitely brought back memories. I can share the great feeling in how amazing it is to learn new things while enjoying your time talking among colleagues, peers, friends and others who share the same interest as you. I, myself, was not aware of the demands needed for our global society and the limited collaboration of the united states. Its amazing for such an organization to work hard in reaching these goals “Geology is global and one cannot be separated from the other”. That quote has definitely triggered my mind and made me realize of such the impact geology has on our world. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

  205. Great gesture by the GSA to have given Tolotra a travel award.

    Great suggestion put forward by Dr Burchfiel encouraging American Geologists to get involve in research outside of North America. Face it, geology is a global science and geological phenomenon does not happen in isolation; they are all interrelated one way or another. Hence, when the geologists do research in different regions they might find the missing link(s). t

    Dr Khandaker thank you for sharing the GSA convention with us. Wish we were there presenting our research.

  206. It is really amazing to see how much diversity, there is in the geological society. I enjoyed reading about the different lecturers, not only in the United States, but also from Chile, Morocco, China and even Madagascar. The current research being done in the geological society is extremely interesting, especially the research on sulfide mineralization in the Andes Mountain Range in Chile. This article really made me realize the wide range of careers in the geologic society.

  207. Thank you Dr Naz for allowing us to apart of the GSA reception through this blog. Very detailed and interesting, I am ever so motivated by your contribution to geology and for always keeping us up to date on what’s going on world wide in the geology arena. You represented us well.

  208. It never quite occurred to me how wide the GSA was after reading this article. From conducting research in Chile to China, a lot of the attendees really went out of there way in order to be around other people in their profession.This goes especially to Dr. Ann Yin who was in China for three decades. Dedicating so many years of service to your work is rewarding in itself but being presented awards for people noticing ones hard work is amazing. Hopefully one day the GSA can have its 130th anniversary in the Big Apple.

  209. This is awesome. I loved every bit of information that this blog had to share. I do agree with Dr. Burchfiel that it is important for american geologist to expand their horizons and investigate in unfamiliar territory. Who knows what such an extension may bring. Again congradulations to the award recipients. With GSA on a rise internationally I am excited to see what occurs next.

  210. Dr Naz, it’s great to see that our teacher is so passionate about the work he does. The article is very interesting and it gives me some hope that a large number of individuals care so much about our geological society from all around the world. Thanks for sharing and best of luck. God Bless.

  211. Awesome ! Congratulations on such a good turn out on the event ! It looks like such a great time & I really hope you guys continue on trying to enlighten others about the importance of geology best of luck Dr Naz

  212. Shining bright like a C (hope you get the reference)
    On another note, an interesting article indeed. Just finished posting it all over the interwebs for everyone to read. Stay fresh Dr. K!

  213. Dear Dr. Khandaker,
    First and foremost, I want to congratulate all the geologists who received awards for their outstanding work. I like that geologists from all over the world can come together to present their research at a forum such as this one. This sharing of information I feel is the only way we can fully understand the earth we live on. The exchange of information between geologists is very important because many universities lack sufficient resources, including funds and the technology to achieve their research objective. I want to thank you for sharing your experience. I have really enjoyed reading this article and I look forward to reading more of your articles.
    Again, thank you sharing your experience and keep up the good work.

    Best Regards,
    Arjun

    1. Dear Arjun:
      Your quote “The exchange of information between geologists is very important because many universities lack sufficient resources, including funds and the technology to achieve their research objective” certainly reinforced my central thrust of the narrative and this is where we need to work hard and generate much needed resources to enrich life one at a time. Thanks for your positive feedback.

  214. I am very glad that I chose you as my professor. You share your experiences and knowledge with your students. The article gave me a glance on what you experience and it was a great article. I hope you do very well in your future. Best of luck

  215. Wow ! Thanks Dr. Naz for this amazing article . It’s really great to see how all the geoscientist can come together for this celebration . Congrats

  216. It is a nice description of the great evening that you prepared. It was a great moment to meet people coming from all around the world, motivated just for the love to geology. For me, It was a beautiful experience to be for the first time in the US, I met nice people and had the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge that will help me in my research. Thanks to the GSA IS for giving me the opportunity to attend this meeting, and thanks to Nazrul for your patience and help with the preparation of my travel from the begining when I knew I had the travel grant, as you where the only contact at that time in the US. I´m waiting to attend the next meeting.
    Best Regards from Chile

    1. Dear Rocio:
      Great to see you in Denver and thanks for informing us about recent geological activities in Chile. I appreciate you volunteering to take part in GSA International Section’s initiatives and making it truly an international forum where geoscientists can learn from each other to further knowledge and promote friendship.

  217. This article is very well put together, it makes it seems like I was there watching from a distance. It is great to see people of all races such as students and geologist participants in one room to collaborate the field of geology and science. It is great to know that there are many well involved individuals around the globe that is concerned about our geological system. I enjoyed reading your article and can’t wait to learn more about other future collaborations. You are a great asset to our community. Keep up the good work.

  218. You were definitely looking sharp that day professor Khandaker. On a serious note however, I want to say that it is great to see citizens from all over the world collaborating to advance the field of geology and science. The GSA really should be doing as much as they can to work together with other countries. It is true. Geology does not stop at national borders. It affects everybody on Earth. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and discovering fossils or natural resources are just a few examples of challenges facing geologists all over the world. Indeed, geology has no political boundaries. It is global. And we can all learn from each other,
    I am very happy that you got the chance to be a part of the GSA’s 125th anniversary. I hope that it was a fun and enlightening experience. Doing what we can to advance knowledge of our world is the most noble thing anybody could do. Good luck in teaching and spreading awareness of this important field.

    Aaron

    1. Dear Aaron:
      Indeed it was a gathering that many of us will remember for long time and speaking of geosciences, this meeting surely opened the door for greater international collaboration. I liked the way you put it “Doing what we can to advance knowledge of our world is the most noble thing anybody could do.” It was great having you in my geology class.

      1. Thank you professor! It was great being your student! I had a lot of fun in your geology class. It was an honor to be in your class and learn about geology. I know I may have asked a lot of questions during class, but thank you for your patience and taking the time to answer them. The Earth is a very complex place. That is why we need more people like ourselves to be be inquisitive. The study of the Earth system will surely keep geologists around the world busy for many years to come. Again, Good luck in the future.

        1. Dear Aaron:
          Likewise, it was great to have you in my class and knowing your curiosity and passion for geology and our surroundings. I always believe in listening to students as one of the critical aspects of teaching pedagogy and your constant participation enabled me to be prepared and provide pertinent information. You made the class quite interesting and opened the door for others to follow your path. I hope you can respond to my blog again and surely I will include you as one of my friends who cares about the earth. Wish you all the best.

  219. Dr. Naz

    Thanks for sharing this important information. Congratulations! It is so exciting to see the collaborated efforts of geoscientist from all over the world. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors in this imperative area.

    Kim Montgomery

    1. Dear Kim:
      Wow! Great to read your response and I feel very honored to have this come from you whom I admire quite a lot when it comes to citing individuals who dedicate most of their precious times to uplift parents and students in terms of seeking knowledge and further their education, particularly representing minorities and women and financially disadvantaged groups in New York City. I am really glad to see your affirmative response. Thanks a lot.

  220. Thank you for sharing this with us Dr.Naz. This was extremely insightful and I’m glad to see such a thriving community of geologists collaborating on an international platform. The different projects beginning in Asia sound very interesting.

  221. Professor Khandaker, I really enjoyed reading this article. It was very interesting, and I’m really glad to have you as my professor in my Geology class. You showed the class that Geology is not only about Earth Science, but it is to also be aware of the causes of the natural disasters around us in the world, and what to do to prevent stronger and more devastating disasters from happening.

  222. Thanks for the share. I really enjoyed reading about this ceremony. Never attended a GSA ceremony but from this I know now what I missed. Thanks for sharing once again.

  223. I am honored to be a student of yours at York College.After taking your class i released how important the study of Geology is to each one of us in society today.Just having a little knowledge on this subject on a daily basis can help preserve our world to be a better place to live.Knowledge on how the earth works and how we can protect and benefit from its resources,like energy, water and its minerals, can help all of us.Its extremely important for us to be aware of natural disasters such as landslides,floods,earthquakes and volcanoes and how we can help prevent it and minimize human suffering from them.We must be aware of how human impact on the natural environment can cause detrimental consequences to our society. As an accounting major i was not so aware of how important this topic was for all society.
    Dr. Naz keep up that good work and its nice to see so many young people around the world getting involve.Please organize more of these events in our local area here in New York.

    1. Dear Nina:
      It was quite gratifying to read your observations based on this blog and you certainly helped us understand and raising awareness among the students about the significance of geology in relation to their surroundings. You noticed this as an Accounting student, which I find very gratifying and it talks highly about your openness to other sciences, particularly geology.

  224. Naz,thanks for your sharing,I am glad to see such a wonderful gathering by your description,and I am excited to see more and more international collaborations have been achieved,especially when seeing the faces from China.Hope the cooperative efforts can help progress geology and international friendships a lot.

  225. Naz, thanks for your sharing,I am really glad to see such a wonderful gathering by your description,and I am excited to know that more and more international collaborations have been achieved,especially when seeing the faces from China.Hope the cooperative efforts can help progress geology and international friendships a lot.

    1. Dear Jing:
      It is always a pleasure to read your response. I still remember your sincere help when GSA IS had Roof of the World Meeting in Chengdu. Let us hope your wish comes through and enable us to form partnership with each other in order to disseminate knowledge and learn from each other.

  226. Dr. Nazrul (and in our culture Nazrul Bhai):
    It was wonderful to read your blog and learn of what you are doing. I cannot believe that it has over 30 years since we last saw each other at the Dept. of Geology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. I believe you started teaching there as faculty just as we were graduating our Master’s program. I always remember how smart you were at the Department and your work to date proves that even more.
    Unfortunately, my career sidetracked somewhat and I now own an environmental consulting company. I do use my geology background in my profession very much, in fact much more than my Ph.D. specialization which was on Seismology. It just goes to show how you never know what which part of your education you end up really using in your profession.
    It is wonderful to see people like you and Ashrafuddin (who is also a professor in Geology) make such wonderful progress in the Geology world! Please keep it up and keep us all proud!
    Wallid Kazi, P.G., Ph.D.

    1. Dear Wallid:
      It was a surprise to hear from you and can’t believe that over three decades had passed since we saw each other. Your feedback really touched me and I congratulate you on your recent activities which I deep as important as any other geological career. We can contribute many ways to further knowledge and mitigate societal issues warranting geological intervention and I am happy to know you are taking steps to do so. Hope to see you sometime in the big apple. Thanks for reconnecting.

  227. Dr Nazrul Khandaker, who I met in Chengdu at the 1st Joint Meeting of the Geological Society of China & the Geological Society of America, invited me to say contribute to this blog. I’ve decided to contribute my own story and introduce some things that I have learned along the Way.

    In 2008, I sensed that the 25 years in my first discipline, Industrial Hygiene, which a branch discipline of Public Health and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), had reached something of a peak. In those 2.5 decades I had done occupational cancer epidemiological research, inspection of work-places and fatality investigations on behalf of the government inspectional agency in British Columbia Canada. Along the Way, I managed to publish a few papers in the peer-reviewed literature on diverse topics. Life experience told me that I needed some new academic credentials to continue satisfying my innate curiosity: in spite of my experience grant-funding agencies wanted advanced degrees.

    After thinking and researching the possibilities, I settled on an MA program in disaster and emergency management at a Canadian university. The title of the program was something of a misnomer, for none of the courses contained even so much as an ‘introduction to geology’ or the ‘natural events causing disasters.’ The academic program solely concerned itself with the social role of humans in disasters. Coming from the physical and traditional side of science, this supposed a quandary for me. Nevertheless there is no such thing as wasted knowledge or thinking, so I pursued my studies, ultimately ending up in the most advantageous of positions.

    Like all students, I was concerned with the thesis that I would write. Shortly after the first on-campus residency, and extraordinary event happened. On 2008-05-12, the 8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake occurred in Sichuan, China. Over 69,000 people died in that earthquake. Half of my extended family comes from Sichuan. At home, we fretted and we cried until we found out that grandma and grandpa were unharmed, and even though we had multiple friends even in the worst wrecked areas, all of them survived without a scratch to their bodies. In one of the frequent Internet conversations, we came across a family friend living in the mountains and the inspiration came to me: I would research her specific area. She told me, “we trust you, you can come to our area any time and we will help you.”

    But now I needed an entrée. In the past, China had been closed to foreign researchers when disasters hit. That was the case in one of the greatest disasters of the last 100 years, the 1976 Tangshan, China earthquake. But times have changed. China accepted and encouraged foreign aid and research immediately after the Wenchuan Earthquake. My university, however, had no relations with any counterpart in China. The earthquake zones, in spite of governmental openness, still required formalities to enter them. Part but not all of the rationale was to ensure the safety and protection of foreigners in the dangerous quake slackened mountains.

    Through extended discussions with Chinese friends, I obtained an introduction to the Chengdu University of Technology. I immediately flew to Chengdu and met with an extraordinarily well-published geologist. I explained that my academic program was not in the geological sciences, but I felt that combining social research with geological research and co-publishing the results in Chinese and international journals would be mutually beneficial.

    Within a week I was in the field with Chinese geology graduate students clambering over boulders and interviewing people who had lost their entire family and means of livelihood. Yet there was hope in the eyes and the voices of everyone I spoke to. Their grief was held inside as they fortified themselves to build for the future.

    Shortly thereafter we began publishing in presenting at international conferences and in international publications. As part of finding our way, we coined a phrase that hallmarks our mutual research. “Prevention of exposure to geohazards” stitches a seam between disciplines that some may think are mutually exclusive. My major research project examined China’s Earthquake Disaster Management Systems.

    I also began to discover what is common knowledge in geological circles but not in society as a whole: the network of collaboration and warning systems that cuts through the normal boundaries of social, cultural, and political institutions. Geologists can be as cantankerous as argumentative as any other set of scientists, as well we should be when it comes to hammering out the fundamental issues. Yet, as with my first discipline, I have found that geologists are among the most humanitarian of people, especially when it comes to training and nurturing the generations that will follow us. The conference that I attended in Chengdu gave me the opportunity to meet with people whose names up till then were abstract to me: I had only seen those names as published in journals. The living people themselves had smiles that complemented their seriousness of purpose in print.

    So I am not surprised to also see the smiles on the faces the in the photos that Dr. Nazrul Khandaker presents in this blog, from the international delegates to the veterans of the GSA. Nor am I surprised at Dr. Clark Burchfiel’s comments regarding getting “involved with research investigations overseas and in unfamiliar territory, and to work in close conjunction with a local counterpart in order to achieve optimum results.”

    I believe that is what ordinary people want from scientists: optimum results to make the world a better place. I am happy to be a new part of this international cohort. Thank you Dr. Nazrul Khandaker for asking me to make some comments. See you in Vancouver, 2015 or sooner.

    1. Dear Laurence:
      You are absolutely right when you said “I believe that is what ordinary people want from scientists: optimum results to make the world a better place.” You have seen China and eye witnessed many geological hazard in the past and informed us about the role of science and society in mitigating these disasters. You are making a great contribution being in China and I admire your candid reflections about geological hazards creating havoc in the past. Last thing, you should go for PhD and you have the passion which I closely observed.talking to you during the Roof of the World meeting.

  228. I really enjoyed reading about this ceremony. It opened my eyes for the GSA International Session. I stopped by the session in Denver, but too late for all the things that are described in this blog. Had I only known – I would have made an effort to be there from the start. Next time I attend GSA, for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Dear Dr. Fossen:
      Sorry that you weren’t able to listen or catch the excitement at the reception. Next time it happens, I will make sure telling you well-ahead of the show. Yes, it was quite thrilling and full of energy where participants mingled, shared knowledge, and bonded. By the way, I liked your new approach in connection with field geology instruction and emphasizing the need for incorporating insitu field sketches as part of understanding the overall first-order geological phenomenon.

  229. Dear Dr. Naz,
    This was a very interesting and information piece of work. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your world and thank you for your knowledge. It’s greatly appreciated

  230. This is great, Dr. Naz! Glad you were able to partake in this meeting and share it with your students. I agree with the point Dr. Burchfiel made in his speech, it is imperative that we partake and invest in geological studies because it affects the entire globe.

  231. Thank you very much for sharing this article. It is very informative. I agree Geology is Global. It is good to see so many enthusiastic individuals involved in such an important event and what it means.

    Soraya Rojas Gonzalez- Geology CDD York College Student

  232. Dear Professor Naz,
    This has be a very interesting reading. It was quiet informative and it was awesome to see so many geologists attending. Great to see your accomplishment of creating a wonderful event.

  233. Dr. Naz, seeing the many assortment of people at the event was something which really excited me. Looked like great fun, and wish I got a chance to hear Dr. Clark Burchfiel’s lecture.

  234. A wonderful and well written blog. Well done Dr. Naz! Glad to see geologists from all parts of the world collaborating to further the geoscience field. Congratulations to all those geologists who received awards. Your work is well appreciated.

  235. This blog was very exciting, and informative. It was the 125th Anniversary of the GSA International Section Awards Ceremony in Denver, CO. The ceremony focused on encouraging the U.S. government to invest into overseas travel explorations. More collaboration is necessary among the U.S. and other foreign countries. Geology is indeed “global.” The GSA presented awards to distinguished geoscientists who were there to also encourage students awardees to start their own research projects. I was so proud to see my professor, Dr. Nazrul I. Khandaker from York College, receive an award. He was also part of the team that coordinated the event.
    Congrats!
    Margaly Maxime

  236. very informative Dr.Naz looked very happy and excited because this was worldwide meeting. Thank you Dr. Naz for sharing your journey and excitement.

  237. Dr Naz,

    This article was very informative. It is interesting and exciting to see geology represented in so many parts of the world, and that they were all present in one room.

  238. Alas!! I could not attend the meeting… Can’t express what I’m feeling right now… Congratz Naz for this huge and successive event…

    1. Dear Iftikhar:
      Sorry that you missed it; however I am glad to know that through this blog you got some flavor of the meeting. Indeed it was wonderful and I do hope to chat with you next time in Vancouver 2014.

  239. Prof Naz, i feel so proud to have a teacher such as You. This is really cool to know that you coordinated this eveny with the help of Wesly Hills. It also amazes me to see all those excited people over there. Congrates

  240. Naz, this is awesome! Your passion for the sciences-specifically geological studies is outstanding! Keeo up the GOOD work!
    Jomill

    1. Dear Jomill:
      What a surprise? Being at NASA and keeping so busy, you were able to read this post and provide feedback as well. As you know we at York, tremendously appreciate your assistance and collegiality when it comes to supporting STEM outreach education through the NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA). You do appreciate what geologists do and practice in order to unravel the mystery of the Martian environment. Thanks again Jomill.

    1. Dear Zainul:
      Really nice to read your feedback and knowing what you do to promote geosciences in relation to the environment, weather and climate in Bangladesh. In a way, you are a great contributor to the global earth science community. Great job.

  241. We feel proud of you Dr Naz Khandaker ! We appreciate your kind gesture and courtesy.
    Azizul Huque, DU, Bangladesh

  242. This is great,more scientific collaborations between cultures in spite of political differences.I am happy to see such synergy happening and hope to see it in other organizations around the world. Hopefully it leads to a better tomorrow!

  243. Dr Naz it looks like you really had fun on this ceremony! This article was very descriptive and interesting. Also Dr Naz you are looking smart!

  244. Dear Naz, thanks very much for sharing the inspiring flair of the GSA international reception with the world. It was fun to see so many students and geology research stars in one room. I am looking forward to next year’s GSA International reception in Vancouver.

    1. Thanks Anke for your positive feedback and let us continue this tradition of building global geoscience community through the efforts rendered by the GSA International and promote GSA’s globalization mission.

    1. Dear Daniel:
      You always impressed me when it comes to relating geology topics with our surroundings and you certainly have a clear vision. Thanks for your reply.

    1. Dear Stan:
      As you know, you are one of the hard core field geologists I came across who seem to forget his bodily pain in the field and function like a young geologist with full of energy and excitement. It marvels me. Thanks for taking the time to read it and being part of the same team at York College. Let us hope to work as a team for many more years since your passion for field geology is unbeatable and quite natural as well.

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