By Jay Merrill, GSA 2016 Student Organizing Committee Firstly, a big thanks to all for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of GSA 2016. This year’s Annual Meeting and Exposition has quite a bit to offer, and I am excited to be involved in what should be a spectacular string of events. My name… Read More Welcome Students to GSA 2016!
Mentorship is one of the most critical yet under-compensated aspects of the physical sciences. I came from the world of small oil and gas companies where the transfer of institutional knowledge and norms will be critical for continued safety and success through the “Great Shift Change,” but often becomes secondary to the pressing needs of… Read More Be a Mentor at GSA 2016: Supporting Future Leaders in the Geosciences
By Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University This the fourth of four blogs written in advance of a meeting at the ETH conference facility in Ascona, Switzerland, to discuss four related questions about the evolution of the solid Earth: “When did Plate Tectonics Begin on Earth?”;… Read More Why is it important to know when and how plate tectonics began, and what was Earth’s tectonic style before plate tectonics?
Washington, D.C. – The federal government must robustly fund academia and engage with private industry to boost the nation’s economic competitiveness in science and technology, experts told policymakers during a congressional hearing. The hearing was an opportunity for members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to fine-tune policies for the long-awaited reauthorization… Read More Policymakers and Scientists Discuss Federal Funding
David Bercovici, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University Impatient person’s summary: To understand how plate tectonics began we have to first figure out why we have plate tectonics at all, and how to identify a plate tectonic planet if it were passing by. The uniqueness of plate tectonic is mostly tied up in its odd boundaries,… Read More How did plate tectonics begin?
Washington, D.C. – Scientists from across the country gathered on Capitol Hill for two separate events promoting science research and education. The events, hosted by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group (SETWG) and the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), were widely attended – both events included visits with congressional members and a reception with lively chatter… Read More Scientists Connect with Policymakers on Capitol Hill
By Sandra Hardy, University of Texas at El Paso About the Scientist As a PhD Geophysics student, this year I was given the opportunity to participate in two of the most imperative scientific conferences in the nation, the 2015 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and… Read More On To the Future: SACNAS and GSA