NOVA Science Seminar: Means on global warming

Science Seminar

Friday, March 21, 2014, CE Theater

 12 noon – 1pm

Title: “Why Earth is (Still) Getting Warmer”


 Dr. Robert C.Means, International Consultant and Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University Energy and Climate Policy Program and University of Maryland Environmental Legal Studies Program

11:30 – 11:55  Light Refreshments and Meet & Greet the Speaker in the Lower Gallery

Abstract: Average global temperature probably now is higher than at any time in the past 1000 years.  The explanation rests on 19th century science and post-1950 measurements:  CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and its current atmospheric concentration is the highest in millions of years.  The dominant cause of the recent pause in surface temperature measurements notwithstanding the continued increase in CO2 concentration appears to be the increased upwelling of deep ocean water.

Robert C. Means is an internationally recognized expert in energy policy and regulation, with more than thirty years of experience in dealing with energy issues as an academic, consultant and regulator. He has a B.S. in history and mathematics from the Iowa State University and an LL.B.  magna cum laude and an S.J.D. (doctorate in law) from the Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard, he served as Supreme Court Note and Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Dr. Means teaches courses in energy and climate policy in the Johns Hopkins Energy and Climate Policy program and in the University of Maryland Environmental Legal Studies Program.  He also has developed and taught courses in energy policy and regulation at the University of Texas.  He has taught a course in economic policy for developing countries at Haile Sellassie I University in Ethiopia and a course in comparative corporate law at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.  At Haile Sellassie I University, he also served as editor of the Journal of Ethiopian Law.
From 1981 to 1984, Dr. Means was director of the policy office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). From 1984 to present Dr. Means has advised clients on regulatory issues and served as an expert witness in more than ninety proceedings before the courts and before federal and state regulatory agencies in the United States and the National Energy Board of Canada.  Issues analyzed in his testimony have included access to transportation, market power, and the proper determination of rates for electric utilities and natural gas and oil pipelines.  The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relied on his testimony and analysis in adopting its current rate making methodology for oil pipelines.

From 2006 to 2011 Dr. Means served as electricity advisor for the State Department’s Iraq desk, where he was responsible for monitoring the development of the Iraq electricity system and for assessing policy options relating to that development.  Previously he served as chief of party or member of teams advising governments in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America on issues of energy policy and regulation.

Presented by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science & Engineering Division, and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA

Spring MicroMount Symposium

April 4th & 5th 2014    Fri. 6-9pm & Sat. 8am-9pm

   Spring MicroMount Symposium

Conference Center, Spring Hill Suites by Marriott

 6065 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

       for hotel call (571) 481-4441(571) 481-4441

We invite you to attend the 41st Annual Atlantic Micromounters’ Conference.  Enjoy geology lectures, as well as fellowship with rock collecting hobbyists, mineralogists and micromounters.

This is not your typical mineral show –   

This event is not opened to the General Public –  ,

This conference is more a scientific symposium and lecture series.  The event is just for interested rock collecting hobbyists, mineralogists, academics, geologists and micromounters.


    Interested parties should pre-register.

Our featured speaker will be Joe Marty from Salt Lake City, Utah.  He has collected & named new minerals, including ‘postite’, named for Dr. Jeffrey Post, Gem & Mineral Curator at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

$30.00   best to pre-register – as there are a limited number of attendees.


 The registration form can found on-line at

or call Kathy Hrechka at (703) 407-5393(703) 407-5393

Sponsored by – Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area, Inc.

UMD Geology: Noe on floodplains

There will be a University of Maryland Geology departmental colloquium this week on Friday at 3:00pm in room PLS 1140 (Plant Science building).

The speaker will be Dr. Greg Noe ( from USGS.  He will present: “”The role of floodplains in mediating sediment and nutrient transport and biogeochemistry: implications for watershed restoration and of climate change.”

The department will host a reception in the Geology Lounge immediately following the seminar.  We hope to see you all there!

GSW: Snowmastodon, Gulf Coast zircons, and sand dunes


Meeting Number 1482

John Wesley Powell Auditorium, Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Ave NW Wednesday, March 12, 2014; Refreshments 7:30 pm; Meeting 8:00 pm


Kirk Johnson, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies.

Bill Craddock, USGS – Reston – Insights into Petroleum Geology and North American Landscape Evolution from U.S. Gulf Coast Detrital Zircon Ages.

Ralf Lorenz, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab – Dune Worlds: How windblown sand shapes planetary landscapes.


Future Meetings: 2014: Apr 2, 23, May 14.

GSW website: <>

Wikipedia page <>

GSW attendees cannot use Cosmos Club parking unless they are a Cosmos Club member or guest of a member.  Attendees must never give “GSW meeting” as a reason for parking at the Cosmos Club.

PGS: Lyle Mars on ASTER-mapping

Title: Hydrothermal alteration mapped using ASTER data, and how the hydrothermal alteration maps are applied to define potential economic deposit targets and to assess volcano debris flow hazards.

Speaker: John Carlyle Mars (Nickname Lyle) was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. Lyle has worked for the last 16 years at the U.S. Geological Survey in the Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center in Reston, Virginia. Lyle’s primary focus is the spectroscopic study and mapping of rocks and minerals associated with economic mineral deposits using multispectral and hyperspectral imaging instruments.


Abstract: Hydrothermally altered rocks contain clays and hydrous silica that exhibited diagnostic Al-OH and O-H spectral absorption features in the short wave infrared region (SWIR). Hydrothermally altered rocks are typically associated with economic deposits of copper, gold, silver, and molybdenum. In addition, hydrothermal alteration weakens volcanic slopes on volcanoes and increases the potential for debris flows and avalanches. Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) data and Interactive Data Language (IDL) logical operator algorithms have been used to map hydrothermal alteration on volcanic edifices and to regionally map volcanic and magmatic arcs in order to identify targets of potential economic deposits in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and the central and southern parts of the U.S. Basin and Range. Mineral map units of hydrothermal alteration features include hydrothermal silica, calcite-dolomite and epidote-chlorite (propylitic), alunite-pyrophyllite-kaolinite (argilllic), sericite-muscovite (phyllic) and jarosite. This talk will show how hydrothermal alteration is mapped using ASTER data, and how the hydrothermal alteration maps are applied to define potential economic deposit targets and to assess volcano debris flow hazards.

Meeting Room and Dining Arrangements: We now meet in the glassed-in room at the back of the main dining room—The Fife and Drum. We order individually from the Club menu, which has a nice variety of dinner offerings. We pay a single bill (I pay it with my Officers Club credit card), so we collect at least $25 from each diner with the agreement, that if one orders more than $20 in food and drink, he adds the amount over $20 to his contribution. The $5 overcharge goes to the Room Fee, Tax, Gratuity, and the Speaker’s Dinner. We collect on the Honor System. We did this throughout the last year, and it worked well. This room change and use of the menu have greatly reduced the loss that we have incurred in the past for having fewer than 20 people dining, and the change has preserved the viability of using the Officers Club for our meetings.

Reception at 6:00. Order Dinner at 7:00. Talk at 8:30 PM. Please note that the meal orders will be taken at 7:00. Allow 15 minutes for security entering Ft. Myer as all civilian vehicles are searched. To ensure access to and from Fort Myer use the Hatfield Gate, open 24 hours a day ( Reservations are not necessary, however, we need a head count, so, if you wish to attend dinner ($25), please inform Bob Fraser at 540-888-3001540-888-3001 or via E-mail at If you wish, please feel free to attend the talk without dinner. Non-members and guests are welcome. Visit the PGS web site at for new meeting announcements, etc. Please send changes of address or email to

Saturday, March 1, Wine and Geology

A Taste of Science at Doukenie
Tours at 11 AM and 3 PM
Doukenie Winery, 14727 Mountain Rd., Hillsboro, VA
Contact: 540-668-6464540-668-6464

Join geologist Leanne Wiberg for an overview how wine grapes are grown and how wine is made in the context of Virginia’s particular geology. Tour includes a technically oriented tasting. Event is free for Heritage Club members and $18 for the public. Advance registration is recommended.

from Loudoun News,, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, p. 33

March 11, 2014, SME Meeting, Crystalline Silica Rulemakings

March 11, 2014 MEETING
SME, Washington DC Section

RESERVATIONS: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979703-648-4979 or
_lbray@usgs.gov_ (

“Department of Labor Crystalline Silica Rulemakings: An Industry Perspective”

SPEAKER: Mark Ellis

Crystalline silica is ubiquitous in the environment (it makes up about 12% of the Earth’s crust) and is present in a multitude of products and processes that we often take for granted. The Department of Labor has embarked on comprehensive new occupational health standards for crystalline silica . . . ongoing at OSHA and anticipated at MSHA. According to OSHA, its proposal could impact as many as 2.2 million workers and MSHA’s proposal could impact the entire domestic mining industry. SME DC Chapter Member Mark Ellis (President of the Industrial Minerals Association – North America) is active in the rulemakings and will offer an overview of the major elements of the DOL rulemakings, including general background, regulatory history, and principal regulatory issues.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
11:30 – Social 12:00 – Lunch 12:30 – Speaker

Pier 7 Restaurant, 650 Water Street, SW, Washington, DC (within walking
distance of the Waterfront Metro on the Green Line) Free parking with
validation from Pier 7 Restaurant.

Meeting cost: $23.00 for Washington, DC Section members
$28.00 for non-members

Please send your RSVP and entrée choice before 5:00 pm, Friday, March 7.
Contact: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979703-648-4979 or

Remember that we will bill ”no-shows!”

–Lunch provided–
Entree (choose one): 1) Breast of Chicken; 2) Broiled Filet of Sole with
Scallops; 3) Medallions of New York Sirloin; 4) Seafood Newburg with Rice
Pilaf; or 5) Vegetarian (no seafood).

Served with: Mixed Green Salad; Potato du Jour; Fresh Rolls; Coffee, Tea,
or Milk;
and Ice Cream Log with Strawberry Sauce.

Posted by:
Steve Stokowski
Vice-Chairman, SME- DC