In case you did not submit an abstract to the Northeastern / North-central GSA (20. – 22. March) meeting in Pittsburgh in March, the technical schedule has now been posted & emails were sent out. I enjoy NEGSA because its on a more intimate scale than either AGU or the national GSA meeting, the usual abundance of very good Appalachian tectonics / petrology / structure sessions, and the rows on rows of undergraduate research posters.
Callan has already started picking out a few talks that may be interesting. I’m more at the sessions that may be cool stage as I also consider when I’m going to fly out & back. Ones that have sparked my interest:
- Structural Geology / Tectonics session Sunday afternoon — the extent of Alleghanian deformation westward may impact one of my senior’s thesis
- Advances in defining the links between deformation & metamorphism session Monday afternoon
- Devonian orogensis in the Appalachian-Caledonian mountain belt–where, when, and what caused it? session Tuesday afternoon — oops, one of those abstracts directly relates to a senior thesis I’m advising
In addition, there are a number of public outreach and undergraduate education sessions that I’ll drift through.
Last year, I augmented by conference-fun by also participating in a two-day field trip across the Valley & Ridge (which Callan live-blogged starting here & summarized here [links to his old blog]). I considered doing the same this year, but having previously lived in western PA, nothing really struck my fancy from the list.
I am hoping to participate in a SERC Designing GIS and Remote Sensing course, modules, and activities for teaching geoscience students 1-day workshop pre-meeting, but won’t hear back till February from those guys. The application deadline for that workshop was just extended to 1. February, so please consider applying if GIS / Remote Sensing is your thing.
All in all, looks like I’m going for the whole meeting this year.