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MSA Centennial Symposium

As MSA approaches its 100th birthday, we invite you attend the MSA Centennial Symposium in the beautifully restored Carnegie Institution Building in Washington, DC on June 20-21, 2019.  This Symposium will feature 44 speakers who will address topics ranging from minerals and sustainability to everything you wanted to know about diamonds to the evolution of Earth’s crust and mantle to mineral health hazards.  Over the two days of the celebration, 14 theme colloquia will each feature two 20-minute presentations followed by 15 minutes of moderated audience participation.  This once-in-a-century symposium is an opportunity for our community to celebrate MSA’s major contributions to the Earth sciences and to look ahead to the next hundred years.

The MSA Centennial web page is now live! You can find full program and registration details at:

The registration includes box lunches and refreshments for both days of the symposium and a private evening reception in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, & Minerals in the National Museum of Natural History with heavy hors d’oeuvres.  This reception is generously sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Seats are limited, so don’t delay in registering for this celebration at:

We thank our sponsors:

  • Diamond ($20,000+): Gemological Institute of America
  • Ruby ($12,000-$19,999): Deep Carbon Observatory
  • Emerald ($7,000-$11,999): C2/m Mineralogy and Rob Lavinsky of The Arkenstone
  • Platinum ($3,000-$6,999): COMPRES-An NSF-supported Consortium
    Gold ($1,000-$2,999): Geochemical Society
  • Silver and Gold ($1,500): University of Idaho
  • Silver ($500-$999): CrystalMaker

Additional sponsors are welcome (contact Peter Heaney at!

Come join us in toasting MSA!  See you all there!

Peter Heaney

Steve Shirey


AGU Public Lecture: Station ALOHA: A Proving Ground for Microbial Oceanography

The AGU-ASM-GoMRI Colloquium will close on 10 April with a public lecture. The lecture, “Station ALOHA: A Proving Ground for Microbial Oceanography,” will be presented by David M. Karl. You can read the abstract description below the events itinerary. The lecture, including Q&A, will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Please be sure to register for this free event.


David M. Karl
Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

Microbial oceanography is a relatively new discipline that integrates the principles of marine microbiology, microbial ecology and oceanography to study the role of microorganisms in the biogeochemical dynamics of natural marine ecosystems. A general goal of microbial oceanography is to observe and understand microbial life in the sea well enough to make accurate ecological predictions, for example, of the impact of climate variability on microbial processes in the global ocean. Since Oct 1988, interdisciplinary teams of scientists from the University of Hawaii and around the world have conducted research at Station ALOHA (22.75 N, 158 W), a site chosen to be representative of the expansive North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Numerous scientific discoveries from Station ALOHA, including novel microorganisms, unprecedented metabolic pathways and complex interactions, have transformed our understanding of microbial life in the sea. The uncertain nature of future climate change and the potential impacts on the structure and function of marine ecosystems demands a comprehensive description and understanding of the sea around us. Sustained research of marine microbes is vital, so continued field observations and experimentation at Station ALOHA, and at selected locations elsewhere including the Gulf of Mexico, is both timely and important. After three decades of intensive study at Station ALOHA, we now have a new view of an old ocean, with revised paradigms built on the strength of high-quality time-series data, insights from the application of –omics techniques and observations from autonomous gliders. The pace of new discovery, and the importance of integrating this new understanding into predictive models is an enormous contemporary challenge with great scientific and societal relevance.


AGU Headquarters
2000 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009

PGS: Goodling on Oroville dam rumbling

Please join us for the March 14, 2019 meeting of the Potomac Geophysical Society at 7:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton McLean Tysons, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, 22102.  If you plan on attending, please RSVP to by noon Monday, March 11.  As always, guests are welcomed and we encourage you to spread the word about our meetings to your colleagues and students (a flyer is attached).  We hope to see you there!

This month’s program:

Jay Pulli will give a short presentation on observing teleseismic earthquakes on a Raspberry Shake network.  These are small seismometers run off a Raspberry Pi computer (; our March speaker is also using one to monitor a river.
Feel the River Rumble: An Introduction to Fluvial Seismology, with a case study from the 2017 Oroville Dam Crisis 
by Phillip Goodling, USGS
The goal of this talk is to introduce the field of fluvial seismology, describe the information we can extract from rivers, highlight recent theoretical and observational advances, and identify challenges and limitations in applying the method. Fluvial transport processes are difficult to observe directly during times when the river is most active in catastrophic flood events, during short-lived events (i.e. flash floods), and in remote regions. In addition, in-stream instrumentation may be subject to fouling or damaged during these events. Over the past decade, a growing number of studies seek to monitor fluvial processes (including flow turbulence and bedload transport) using passive seismology in gravel and boulder rivers. The Oroville Dam spillway erosion crisis (Feb. 2017) will be discussed as a natural experiment in fluvial seismology, where water turbulence created by the spillway failure is monitored seismically throughout the event.
Phillip Goodling is a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist based at the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware Water Science Center in Catonsville, Maryland. He is interested in the nexus of near-surface geophysics and hydrology. Originally hailing from Chapel Hill, N.C., he has a B.S. from the College of William and Mary and a newly-minted (Dec. 2018) M.S. degree in geology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Phillip’s varied background includes: hydroarchaeology of the early (1607-1625) Jamestown Colony, Virginia; assessing soil and groundwater contamination as an environmental consultant; performing ecohydrologic research at a high-elevation wetland for the US Forest Service; and using seismometers to observe fluvial processes.
The PGS meeting location is within one-half mile of the Tysons Corner Metro station, near I-495, and has free parking available.  Our private meeting room is located on the second floor of the hotel.  The optional dinner cost will be discounted to $30 for members in good standing (have paid dues), $10 for students, and $40 for non-members, and is inclusive of coffee, tax and gratuity.  Drinks may also be purchased in the private meeting room on a cash basis.  Members and guests may attend the presentation after dinner for no charge; we estimate that the presentation will begin at 8:15 p.m.  For attendees who arrive early, social time will be held in the temporary pub at the rear of the Orchard Cafe on the second floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

In summary:
Social Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m., temporary pub, Orchard Cafe, second floor DoubleTree by Hilton
Dinner: 7:00-8:15 p.m., Dogwood Room*, second floor DoubleTree by Hilton

Meeting & Presentation: 8:15-9:30 p.m., Dogwood Room*, second floor DoubleTree by Hilton
*Not our usual meeting room — this room is located near the elevators; please see the map on the meeting flyer.
Future meeting dates: Apr. 11, May 16 (joint w/AEG)

UMD: Gunderson on ethics & harassment

2019 Geology Colloquium Series

Friday, March 1st 2019 at 3:10 pm
in PLS 1140

Watch live at

Linda Gundersen

Scientific Integrity, Ethics, Diversity, and Sexual Harassment: Why Should You Care?

Understanding the values each person brings to the table is key to understanding how ethics, integrity, diversity, and  harassment are connected. Values are critical, they determine decisions we make such as falsifying data or consciously discriminating to out-compete someone. Values also determine our implicit and explicit biases, both scientific and personal. Through these biases we may systematically exclude ideas, people, and practices; weakening the very framework of science. This presentation explores these concepts interactively with the audience through learning, scenarios, and discussion.

GSW 1540: magnetic rocks, Everglades management, space resources


IOAN LASCU, Smithsonian Institution
Magnetic Trek Into Vortex: The Nature of Magnetic Carriers in Rocks Revealed

G. LYNN WINGARD, U.S. Geological Survey
The Application of Holocene Records to Resource Management: An Example from the Everglades

LAWRENCE D. MEINERT, Meinert Consulting, LLC
Space Resources – the Hype versus Reality


Meeting flyer to print & post at your institution – help spread the word!

Free & open to the public
Refreshments at 7:30 p.m. Formal program at 8:00 p.m.
John Wesley Powell Auditorium
2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC

October 17, 2019 Paleontological Society of Washington meeting

The Paleontological Society of Washington

7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 17

National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Ave. entrance

From Filter-Feeding Plesiosaurs to Miocene Megalodon (a double-header)

Stephen Godfrey

Curator of Paleontology, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, MD

I will first describe the aristonectine elasmosaur Morturneria seymourensis from the upper Maastrichtian of Seymour Island, Antarctica. The cranial anatomy of Morturneria is derived relative to all other plesiosaurs, possessing a novel suite of dental and oral cavity adaptions. It is thought that this highly derived suite of adaptations is convergent with extant gray whales and archaic mysticetes and that it functioned similarly in sieve feeding following suction. The second half of the presentation will focus on trophic interactions between Neogene cetaceans and the mega-tooth shark Carcharocles megalodon (Otodontidae). Trophic interactions between this apex Neogene marine predator and contemporary cetaceans, such as Carcharocles-bitten cetacean bone, will be reviewed

Non-Smithsonian visitors will be escorted from the Constitution Ave. entrance of the NMNH to the Q?rius theatre at 6:50 and 6:55 p.m. Society members will host the speaker for dinner at the Elephant & Castle (1201 Pennsylvania Ave.) prior to the meeting. Members may meet at the restaurant or inside the Constitution Ave. entrance of the NMNH at 5:00 and walk to the restaurant as a group. Parking is available in the west side parking lot of the NMNH.

NOVA Green Festival

NVCC Green Festival 2018

Towards Environmental Resiliency in a Changing World

Thursday, April 26, 2018 ● 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Annandale Campus

CE Building, Forum, Gym, and Theatre

Free and Open to the Public

Festival Highlights:

  •  Screening of the 2016 Film The Age of Consequences
  • Keynote Address by Michelle Wyman
  • Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment
  • Free Gifts
  • Lunch for first 200 Pre-Registered Attendees
  • Drawings for a Chance to Win a Kayak or a Bicycle
  • Information Booths for Environmental Organizations

 Information at