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									Joint Meeting
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Plan your 2011 GSA Section Meeting attendance!

63th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section, GSA
107th Annual Meeting of the Cordilleran Section, GSA
Logan, Utah, USA
18–20 May 2011
                                               Joint Meeting
                                               63th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section, GSA
                                               107th Annual Meeting of the Cordilleran Section, GSA
                                               Logan, Utah, USA
                                               18–20 May 2011

                                                  The Department of Geology at Utah State University will serve as host for this joint meeting
                                               (cosponsored by Central Washington University) at the Riverwoods Conference Center in
                                               Logan, Utah, USA. Logan is situated at a nexus of western geology, with the Rocky Mountains
                                               to the east, the Basin and Range to the west, and the Snake River Plain to the north. Geologic
                                               formations near Logan range in age from paleo-Proterozoic to Quaternary and in character
                                               from crystalline to karst. Theme sessions and field trips reflect this range of exposure and offer
                                               something for all interests and disciplines, including one-day trips to local outcrops and multi-
                                               day trips to Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, and Utah.
                                                  The Riverwoods Conference Center, 615 S. Riverwoods Parkway, Logan, Utah 84321,
                                               USA, is located on the banks of the Logan River where it flows through downtown Logan,
                                               about two miles from the university campus.

                                               oPening ReCePtion
                                                 Tues., 17 May, 5–7 p.m., Riverwoods Conference Center. You’ll receive one free drink ticket
                                               with registration, and we’ll provide a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
                                               Hope to see you there!

                                               Early Registration Deadline: 18 April 2011
                                               Cancellation Deadline: 25 April 2011
                                               Register at

                                               RegiStRAtion FeeS (All Fees Are in U.S. Dollars)
                                                                                             Early Reg.                 Standard Reg.
                                                                                   Full Mtg.        One Day         Full Mtg.        One day
                                                Professional Member                   $160            $100            $190             $110
                                                Professional Nonmember                $180            $120            $210             $130
                                                Student Member                        $65              $50             $80             $60
                                                Student Nonmember                     $90              $65            $110             $80
                                                K–12 Professional                     $30              $20             $35             $25
                                                Guest or Spouse                       $50             n/a              $60             n/a
Front Cover/inset and above: Logan Canyon,      Short Course/Field Trip Only          $35             n/a              $45             n/a
in the scenic Bear River Mountains. Photo by
Donna Barry.
onsite Registration Hours
East entrance of the Riverwoods Conference Center:
Tues., 17 May: 4–7 p.m.
Wed.–Thurs.: 18–19 May: 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fri., 20 May: 7–9 a.m.
Cancellations, Changes, and Refunds
  Requests for cancellations must be received in writing at GSA Headquarters by 25 April
2011. No refunds will be made on cancellation notices received after this date. Refunds will
be mailed from GSA after the meeting; refunds for fees paid by credit card will be credited to
the card identified on the registration form. GSA cannot provide refunds for on-site registration,
Abstracts with Programs, or event ticket sales.

  The Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel, 635 South Riverwoods Parkway, Logan, Utah
84321, USA, +1-435-750-5180,, is attached to the conference
center and will serve as our headquarters hotel. The US$109 per night rate includes a
complimentary breakfast buffet, wireless Internet, gym and indoor pool, refrigerator and
microwave in every guest room, and a business center. GSA has obtained special rates at the
Marriott as well as block reservations at other local hotels. For more information, go to
                                                                                                     Wellsville Mountains, Utah, USA. Photo credit:
tRAVeL                                                                                               Becky Blankenship; courtesy U.S. Forest Service.
   Logan is in northern Utah, a 90-min. drive north of Salt Lake City on Interstate Hwy I-15
via U.S. Hwy 89/91. The most convenient airport is Salt Lake City International Airport;
shuttle service to Logan and the Riverwoods Conference Center is available using either Salt
Lake Express ( at US$45 roundtrip or Cache Valley Limo Airport
Shuttle ( at US$56 roundtrip.

Abstract deadline: 15 February 2011
  Please submit your abstract online at;
an abstract submission fee of US$10 will be charged. If you cannot submit the abstract online,
please contact Nancy Wright, +1-303-357-1061,
theme Sessions
1.   From Contraction to Extension: The Mesozoic to Cenozoic Tectonic Evolution
     of the Northern Great Basin. Joseph P. Colgan, USGS,; Chris Henry,
     Univ. of Nevada–Reno,; Victoria E. Langenheim,; Allen
     J. McGrew,; David M. Miller,
        This session focuses on the integrated Mesozoic-Cenozoic tectonic history of the Great
     Basin, especially the interplay of continental contraction, extension, and magmatism.
     The region is noted for its hinterland core complexes, magmatic history, thrust belts,
     extensional tectonics, and basins. New geologic mapping, structural analyses, geo- and
     thermochronology, and thermobarometry and petrology have introduced new ideas
     and controversies. Presentations on these new results, perspectives on advances in
     understanding, and topics related to the timing and causes of the change from contraction
     to extension are particularly encouraged.
2.   Interactions of Climate, Tectonics, and Sedimentation in Cenozoic Basins of
     the Basin and Range. Thomas Hickson, Univ. of St. Thomas,;
     Melissa Lamb, Univ. of St. Thomas,; Paul Umhoefer, Northern
     Arizona Univ.,
        Sedimentary basins provide perhaps the single best opportunity to develop an
     understanding of how extensional landscapes evolved over long timescales under
     conditions of changing climate and complex tectonic deformation patterns, yet—when
     compared to compressional settings—little work has been completed that addresses
     these interactions. New lithostratigraphic, chemostratigraphic, and stable isotopic data,
                                                                                                     Utah State University with the Bear River
     combined with high-resolution geochronology from extensional basins of the Basin
                                                                                                     Range and Logan Canyon in the background.
     and Range have begun to address this disparity. This session will focus on sedimentary          Photo by Donna Barry.
     basin research that addresses new hypotheses, techniques, or              and field geology in order to better understand their
     interpretations of landscape evolution throughout the Cenozoic.           development. The impact of new EarthScope-generated data
3.   Deep Crustal Perspectives on Cordilleran Orogenesis.                      will be especially important, and contributions that combine
     Chris G. Mattinson, Central Washington Univ., mattinson@                  data from multiple disciplines are encouraged.; Thomas D. Hoisch, Northern Arizona Univ.,           8.   Geochemistry of Igneous Rocks: From Small Scales to                                                    Big Pictures. Adam Kent, Oregon State Univ., adam.kent@
        Exhumed rocks of the Cordilleran orogen record deep crustal  
     processes associated with terrane accretion, crustal shortening,             Fine-scale geochemical measurements made by electron
     and extension during the growth of the North American                     and ion microprobes, LA-ICP-MS, FTIR, and other
     continent. New dating of mineral growth and cooling histories             techniques provide important information about igneous
     are changing our understanding of the timing and distribution of          rocks. A continuing challenge is to relate these small-scale
     orogenic belts, and of the tectonic processes that created them.          measurements to larger length scales relevant to field studies
     We invite contributions that use the rock record to constrain             of magmatic systems. We seek contributions from workers
     aspects of orogenesis.                                                    interested in applying small-scale measurements of minerals,
4.   Neoproterozoic–Early Paleozoic Tectonic and Climatic                      glasses, and inclusions to broader questions confronting
     Evolution of the Cordilleran Margin. Carol Dehler, Utah                   igneous petrology, including studies of magmatic fluxes and
     State Univ.,; Paul Link, Idaho State Univ.;          crustal evolution, and development of large igneous provinces
     Adolph Yonkee, Weber State Univ.                                          and batholith-scale intrusive complexes.
        Many questions remain about the timing and nature of the rift-    9.   The Mammalian Fossil Record of Utah. Beth Townsend,
     drift transition and related climate change of western Laurentia          Midwestern Univ.,; Paul Murphey,
     during Neoproterozoic time. This session encourages all pertinent         South Dakota Natural History Museum, pmurphey@sdnhm
     data sets with an emphasis on geochronology and stratigraphy.             .org; Anthony Friscia, Univ. of California–Los Angeles, tonyf@
5.   Assembling North America: Precambrian Basement                  
     Tectonic and Geochemical Evolution of Laurentia.                             From diminutive Mesozoic multituberculates to the awe-
     David A. Foster, Univ. of Florida,; Darrell J.           inspiring thunderbeasts of the Eocene, rock units in Utah
     Henry; David W. Mogk; Paul A. Mueller.                                    continue to yield critically important fossils that provide
        This session will focus on recent studies of the Archean and           scholars with the opportunity to shed light on crucial periods
     Proterozoic provinces and basins of southern Laurentia and                of mammalian evolution and ancient environments. This
     novel ways of studying ancient rocks. Our understanding of the            session will highlight current research on mammalian
     assembly and evolution of the North American basement over                paleontology in Utah that includes, but is not restricted to,
     the past decade has benefited from new mapping efforts                    aspects of paleobiology, biostratigraphy and biochronology,
     integrated with new structural, petrologic, geochemical and               systematics, taphonomy, and paleoecology.
     geochronological data, and geophysical studies, including those of   10. Lake Bonneville and Beyond: Glacial-Pluvial Records
     EarthScope. We welcome contributions from field-based studies            of the Great Basin. Paul W. Jewell, Univ. of Utah, paul.
     on basin evolution, crustal structure and composition, tectonics,; Benjamin J.C. Laabs, SUNY Geneseo, laabs@
     geochronology, and paleogeography/plate reconstruction.        ; Jeffrey S. Munroe, Middlebury College, jmunroe@
     Student presentations are especially welcome.                  ; Jack Oviatt, Kansas State Univ.,
6.   Geology and Hydraulic Properties of Reservoir-Seal                           The Quaternary record of the Great Basin has been studied
     Systems with Implications for CO2 Sequestration and                       for over a century, especially focusing on Lake Bonneville and
     Hydrogeology. Alvar Braathen, UNIS, Norway, and Utah State                other pluvial and glacial paleoclimate archives. This session
     Univ.,; Jim Evans, Utah State Univ., jim.evans@            will cover new and ongoing research on the geomorphology,; Elizabeth Petrie, Utah State Univ.                               stratigraphy, geochronology, and paleoclimatology of this
        Recent studies in a wide range of settings have revealed a rich        unique physiographic province. Presentations are particularly
     record of fluid flow and sealing related to CO2 and other fluids.         sought that bring new technologies and techniques to bear.
     We seek contributions from field, microstructural, geochemical, or   11. Geomorphic Evolution of Western U.S. Landscapes:
     numerical studies of fault zones and seals that shed light on            Processes and Controls. Lisa Ely, Central Washington Univ.,
     CO2-water-gas migration and their implications for CO2         ; P. Kyle House, USGS,;
     sequestration, hydrogeology, and structural geology.                     Joel Pederson, Utah State Univ.,; Cooper
7.   Petrologic and Geodynamic Perspectives on Non-Arc                        Brossy, Fugro William Lettis & Associates, Inc. (Fugro WLA),
     Volcanism in the Western United States. John Shervais,         ; Duane Champion, USGS,
     Utah State Univ.,; Tony Lowry, Utah                   This session will explore the roles of tectonics, climate,
     State Univ.,                                         volcanism, and catastrophic events in driving geomorphic
        Volcanic activity that cannot be directly related to a current        processes and in shaping the spectacular landscapes of the
     or former subduction system is common in the western United              western United States. We particularly encourage field or
     States. Such activity includes the Yellowstone–Snake River               modeling investigations involving drainage development, tectonic
     hotspot system, the High Lava plains of eastern Oregon, and              geomorphology, or the interaction of fluvial systems with hillslope
     volcanic activity within the Great Basin. This session seeks to          and volcanic processes.
     examine the petrologic and geodynamic roots of these volcanic        12. Reading Landscapes and Dirt: Understanding
     systems, integrating new data from geochemistry, geophysics,             Past Environmental Change. Tammy Rittenour, USU
      Luminescence Lab,; Shannon Mahan,                17. New Geologic Maps for a Changing World—Research,
      USGS,                                                       Methods, Products, and Interpretations (Posters). Grant
         Much information about past climates, environments, and                   Willis, Utah Geological Survey,; Bob Biek,
      geomorphic processes can be obtained by studying landforms                   Utah Geological Survey,
      and Quaternary deposits. Research presentations from a range                    Increasing focus on geologic hazards, a growing need for
      of geomorphic settings are invited and may include applications              traditional and nontraditional geologic resources, multi-
      of OSL, CRN and 14C dating. Undergraduate participation                      dimensional land-use plans, resource protections efforts, and
      is welcome.                                                                  growing geospatial electronic databases are fueling the demand
13.   Human Impacts to Fluvial Systems and Restoration                             for ever more detailed, accurate, and innovative printed and
      Approaches. Sara Rathburn, Colorado State Univ., rathburn@                   digital geologic maps. New imagery, improved digital topographic; Ellen Wohl, Colorado State Univ.                    databases, and a rapidly increasing arsenal of research tools are                                              helping mapping geologists meet those demands. This session will
         This session will focus on human impacts on and restoration of            focus on the new geologic maps, research in support of geologic
      fluvial systems. Emphasis will be placed on western water issues,            mapping, and innovative mapping tools, methods, and products.
      including flow regulation (diversion, dams, etc.), grazing, wildfires,   18. Undergraduate Research (Posters). Kathleen Surpless,
      beetle kill, and development associated with rapid population                Trinity Univ.,; K. Hannula, Fort
      growth in western watersheds.                                                Lewis College,
14.   Water Resources of the Densely Populated Alluvial                               Submissions to this session will highlight undergraduate student
      Valleys of the Western States—Processes. Erick R. Burns,                     research contributions to the varied geoscience subdisciplines.
      USGS Oregon Water Science Center,; Victor                    Research results from National Science Foundation–Research
      M. Heilweil, USGS Utah Water Science Center,              Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) and similar
         Most of the larger population centers in the western United               programs are welcome.
      States rely on water pumped from large alluvial valleys. These           19. Idea Blast: Sharing Incidental Findings (Posters).
      aquifers receive and store large amounts of water, but they are              Susanne Janecke, Utah State Univ.,
      under increasing pressure as population increases. Presentations             This evening session will be held in conjunction with the Map
      are encouraged that discuss physical processes and constraints               Blast, Wed., 18 May, 7–9:30 p.m., Riverwoods Conference
      that control recharge, transmission, and delivery of these waters.           Center. Note: You can submit a second abstract for the meeting
      Of particular interest are presentations describing the effect of            for this session only.
      geology on the availability and flow of water and issues such                   Most of us have stumbled across nifty relationships that seem
      as mountain front recharge, saline water encroachment, and                   important, could make a terrific research project, but are outside
      subsidence.                                                                  our personal area of expertise. Let’s get together to share some of
15.   Water Resources of the Densely Populated Alluvial                            these ideas in an evening poster session over beer. Please describe
      Valleys of the Western States—Water Budgets and                              the relationship, an analysis of what might be going on, why it is
      Water Management. Sue C. Kahle, USGS Washington                              important, and what work needs to be done. Graduate students:
      Water Science Center,; Erick R. Burns, USGS                 This could be a way to score a frontline thesis topic!
      Oregon Water Science Center,
         Most of the larger population centers in the western United           MAP BLASt
      States rely on water pumped from large alluvial valleys. These              Wed., 18 May, 7–9:30 p.m., Riverwoods Conference Center. You’re
      aquifers receive and store large amounts of water, but they are          invited to participate in this informal evening session—no abstract
      under increasing pressure as population increases. Presentations         needed! Bring your in-progress geologic map and post it for comments
      are encouraged that discuss water availability and the implications      and discussion. Maps should fit on poster boards (8 ft × 4 ft). Cash bar
      of likely future stresses to the aquifer system and the services         provided.
      provided. Of particular interest are presentations considering
      sustainable versus unsustainable practices, sustainable with a           FieLD tRiPS
      loss of some portion of environmental services, and strategies to        1.   Tectonomagmatic Evolution of Distinct Arc Terranes
      augment water supply from other sources and the perceived or                  within Blue Mountains Province, Oregon and Idaho. C.J.
      measured benefit.                                                             Northrup,; Mark Schmitz; Gene Kurz,
16.   When Water Conveyances Are Breached: Causes and                               Boise State Univ. Sun.–Tues., 15–17 May. US$395. This field
      Impacts. Jerome DeGraff, U.S. Forest Service, jdegraff@fs.fed                 trip begins and ends in Boise, Idaho. Participants planning
      .us; Richard Giraud, Utah Geological Survey, richardgiraud@                   to attend both the trip and the meeting will need to schedule a                                                                     three-leg itinerary, including travel from Boise to Logan on
         Many miles of canals, pipelines, penstocks, and other water                17 May. We will return to Boise no later than 1 p.m. on 17 May,
      conveyances exist throughout the western United States. These                 so participants can catch late afternoon or evening flights. The
      structures are built across a geologically diverse landscape,                 driving distance from Boise to Logan is ~300 miles (driving time
      making them vulnerable to breaching due to earthquakes,                       ~4.5 hours).
      landslides, and soil conditions, as well as design flaws and                     The Blue Mountains Province was constructed in Mesozoic
      lack of maintenance. This technical session will examine and                  time by the amalgamation and accretion of two volcanic arcs
      describe specific examples, the scope of this problem, and                    (Olds Ferry and Wallowa terranes), along with associated
      efforts to address its impacts.                                               accretionary prism sediments. This trip will examine key field
     relationships and discuss recent results of high-precision U-Pb                We will visit classic glacial and pluvial localities in northeastern
     geochronology and tracer isotope geochemistry that help to                  Nevada to examine records of the last glacial–interglacial
     illuminate and distinguish the tectonic history of these two                transition, starting at the recently dated type locality for the Angel
     arc terranes. We will compare and contrast their volcano-                   Lake Glaciation in the East Humboldt Range. The second day
     plutonic records, reconstruct their tectonic and paleogeographic            will feature stops at recently dated shoreline features of pluvial
     evolution from upper Paleozoic through early Cretaceous time,               Lakes Clover and Franklin, including a visit to the Ruby Lake
     and examine the interplay between intra-arc magmatic and                    National Wildlife Refuge. Day three stops will include the type
     deformational processes and tectonic controls on the temporal               locality for the Lamoille Glaciation in the Ruby Mountains, a
     patterns of plutonic and volcanic magmatism in both arc systems.            well-preserved set of Lamoille and Angel Lake-age end moraines,
2.   Karst Hydrogeology of the Bear River Range in the                           and evidence of neotectonic activity, and a drive through
     Logan Canyon Area, Northern Utah. Larry Spangler,                           spectacular Lamoille Canyon.
     USGS–Salt Lake City. Tues., 17 May. US$60.                             6.   Timing, Distribution, Amount, Style, and Causes of
         This trip will provide an overview of the hydrogeology of an            Cenozoic Extension, Northern Great Basin. Christopher
     alpine karst in the Logan Canyon area, east of Logan, Utah.                 D. Henry, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Univ. of
     We will focus on the major springs discharging along the Logan              Nevada–Reno,; Joseph P. Colgan, USGS; Allen
     River, the principal base-level stream in the northern part of              J. McGrew, Univ. of Dayton. Fri.–Mon., 20–23 May. US$325.
     the Bear River Range. Topics will include groundwater flow                     The trip will examine the evidence for the timing of extension
     paths and travel times, the influence of the Logan Peak Syncline            and uplift, emphasizing three different aspects of the regional
     on groundwater movement, karst and cave development, and                    geology: (1) the deeply exhumed metamorphic rocks and
     water chemistry. Snow permitting, we will visit Tony Grove Lake,            structures of the East Humboldt Range and evidence for their
     situated in the recharge area for much of the water discharging             P-T-t paths; (2) Eocene and Miocene volcanic and sedimentary
     from the karst springs.                                                     rocks deposited at the surface during interpreted cooling and
3.   Cryogenian (“Sturtian”) Diamictite, Cap Carbonate,                          uplift of the Ruby Mountains–East Humboldt Range; and
     and Volcanic Rocks of Southeastern Idaho. Josh Keeley;                      (3) Eocene and/or Miocene sedimentary deposits that record the
     Carol Dehler,; Paul Link; Adolph Yonkee;               unroofing of the core complex.
     Katie Kirkham. Tues., 17 May. US$60.                                   7.   New Insights into the Outlet of Lake Bonneville and
         Participants will explore metabasalt, diamictite, cap carbonate,        Deltas of the Bear River. Susanne Janecke, Utah State Univ.,
     and other facies of the Neoproterozoic Pocatello Formation        ; Bob Oaks, Utah State Univ. Sat.,
     between Logan, Utah, and Pocatello, Idaho. All stops will show              21 May. US$60.
     sampling sites of new geochronologic data, which has implications              Southeast Idaho contains three outlets of pluvial Lake
     for regional and global correlations and the timing of rifting and          Bonneville as well as nested deltas built there by the Bear River.
     glaciation along the western Laurentian margin. Driving time is             We will review new evidence about the Bonneville highstand and
     ~3 hours roundtrip, and hiking will include one ~800-foot steep             the Bonneville Flood and its aftermath.
     climb and an optional second similar climb.                            8.   Paleontology and Stratigraphy of Middle Eocene Rock
4.   Neogene Drainage Development of the Portneuf, Big                           Units in the Bridger and Uinta Basins, Wyoming and
     Lost, and Snake River Systems, Eastern Idaho. Paul K.                       Utah. Beth Townsend, Midwestern Univ., btowns@midwestern
     Link,; David W. Rodgers; Glenn T. Thackray,                .edu; Paul Murphey, South Dakota Natural History Museum;
     Idaho State Univ.; Mary K.V Hodges, USGS. Fri.–Sat.,                        Anthony Friscia, Univ. of California–Los Angeles. Sat.–Sun.,
     20–21 May. US$155.                                                          21–22 May. US$195.
         This trip will examine the Big Lost River from its headwaters              This field trip offers a comprehensive tour of the middle
     north of the Pioneer core complex above Sun Valley downstream               Eocene Bridgerian, Uintan, and Duchesnean North American
     across the central Idaho thrust belt and Eocene Challis volcanic            Land Mammal “Age” stratotype sequences. The volcaniclastic
     field. Our themes will be drainage capture and topographic                  Bridger Formation was deposited on floodplains and in shallow
     change documented by detrital zircon data on Recent and                     lakes in sub-tropical environments. The slightly younger Uinta
     Neogene fluvial deposits. Stops include the Pioneer Mountains               Formation was deposited in a different depositional environment:
     at the head of glaciated Trail Creek Canyon, part of the Big                deltaic floodplains and high-energy fluvial systems, preserving
     Lost River system until the Pleistocene; the Lost River normal              very different fossils. We will discuss the geologic history,
     fault and its 1983 earthquake features; Howe Point above the                paleontology, and history of paleontological work (worked during
     Big Lost River Sinks on the southern end of the Lemhi Range                 the nineteenth century by paleontologists O.C. Marsh, E.D. Cope,
     to examine Miocene rhyolites as old as 12 Ma; and the lower Big             W.D. Matthew, O.A. Peterson, and others) in these two classic
     Lost River, where interactions of drainage changes, basalt flows,           fossil-collecting areas.
     and climate changes controlled the Neogene history of the river
                                                                            WoRKSHoP: introduction to Coring
     and the subsurface architecture of the Big Lost Trough, a silled
                                                                              DOSECC (Drilling, Observation and Sampling of the Earth’s
     volcanosedimentary basin.
                                                                            Continental Crust) will be conducting a workshop for early career
5.   New Investigations of Pleistocene Glacial and Pluvial
                                                                            geologists in Salt Lake City before the 2011 Joint Section Meeting.
     Records in Northeastern Nevada. Jeffrey S. Munroe,
                                                                            Sponsored by DOSECC and ICDP (International Continental
     Middlebury College; Benjamin J.C. Laabs, SUNY Geneseo.
                                                                            Scientific Drilling Program), this workshop will introduce attendees to
     Sat.–Mon., 21–23 May. US$330.
                                                                            coring as a tool for scientific investigation and is a perfect primer for
                                                                            those new to the mining or drilling industry. Topics include the basics
of drilling and coring technology, sample handling, wireline                ContACt inFoRMAtion
geophysical logs, and project management. The workshop also                 Local Committee Co-Chair: John Shervais (Rocky Mountain),
includes a field trip to an operational drill rig. Participants are, Utah State Univ., 4505 Old Main Hill,
responsible for lodging and meals; for more information, contact            Logan, Utah 84322-4505, USA.
David Zur, DOSECC Education and Outreach Manager, dzur@
                                                                            Local Committee Co-Chair: Wendy Bohrson (Cordilleran),
                                                                  , Central Washington Univ., 400 E. Univ.
                                                                            Way, Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7418, USA.
oPPoRtUnitieS FoR StUDentS
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Presentation Awards                      Technical Program Co-Chair: Joel Pederson (Rocky Mountain),
   GSA encourages abstract submissions by student authors. To recognize, 4505 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322-
exceptional work, the Cordilleran and Rocky Mountain Sections will          4505, USA.
each offer daily outstanding poster awards to both graduate and             Technical Program Co-Chair: Lisa Ely (Cordilleran), ely@cwu
undergraduate students, as well as a single outstanding oral presentation   .edu, Central Washington Univ., 400 E. Univ. Way, Ellensburg,
award to both a graduate and an undergraduate student.                      Washington 98926-7418, USA.
Undergraduate Research Posters (Session 17)
Kathleen Surpless, Trinity Univ.,;
K. Hannula, Fort Lewis College.
   Submissions to this session will highlight undergraduate student
research contributions to the varied geoscience subdisciplines. Student
research results from National Science Foundation–Research
Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) and similar programs
are welcome.
Mentor Programs
Cosponsored by the GSA Foundation. Questions? Contact Jennifer Nocerino,
Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience
Wed., 18 May, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m., Riverwoods Conference Center,
Maple Room
   Shlemon Mentor Programs are designed to extend the mentoring
reach of professionals from applied geology to undergraduates and
graduate students attending GSA Section Meetings. Every student will
receive a free lunch ticket to the Shlemon Luncheon along with his/                             Logan Canyon. Photo by Donna Barry.
her badge; however, space is limited, so please arrive early. Learn more
John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program
Thurs., 19 May, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m., Riverwoods Conference
Center, Maple Room
   Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Programs present
opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent
graduates with a declared interest in applied hydrogeology as a career to
interact and network with practicing hydrogeology professionals. Every
student will receive a free lunch ticket to the Mann Luncheon along with
his/her badge; however, space is limited, so please arrive early. Learn
more at
travel grants
Deadline to apply: 18 April
   Funds from the GSA Foundation will be combined with Section
funds to help students attend the meeting. To qualify, (1) you must be a
GSA student member; (2) you must be registered for the meeting
before you can apply for a grant; and (3) you’ll need to complete the
online travel grant application form. Priority is given to students who                         Back cover and above: Spring blooms at Utah State
are Section members or who are enrolled in a college or university                              Univ. Photo by Donna Barry.
within Rocky Mountain or Cordilleran sectional regions, as well as
students who are presenting papers or posters. Grant recipients can
pick up their checks at the meeting (in person, with photo ID). Learn
more and access applications via links at
sections/rm/ (Rocky Mountain Section) and www.geosociety
.org/sections/cord/travelGrants.htm (Cordilleran Section).
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Joint Meeting
Rocky Mountain & Cordilleran

63th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section, GSA
107th Annual Meeting of the Cordilleran Section, GSA
Logan, Utah, USA
18–20 May 2011

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