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Spring Meeting Notes – Thanks to U Maine

Many thanks to the University of Maine for hosting a successful spring meeting. The meeting was very well attended, and we recognize Dan Belknap for his organizational efforts. Chris Gerbi was the keynote speaker, drawing everyone’s interest to the connections between rheology and a host of geologic processes with his aesthetic and intriguing pictures of Canadian shield outcrops.

The quality of the undergraduate poster and oral presentations was outstanding, making the task of choosing this year’s award winners challenging. The Walter Anderson award for an outstanding poster presentation went to Carlos Castro from Bates College for his presentation titled “Paleostress analysis of Mesozoic fractures and basalt dikes in Tuckerman Ravine, New Hampshire”. The Walter Anderson award for outstanding oral presentation went to Caleb Boucher from the University of Maine for his presentation titled “Magma Mixing in Composite Dikes of Jetteau Point, Gouldsboro, ME”. Thanks to all of the presenters for updating us on the research that is going on at Maine schools.

Thanks to everyone who participated! We hope to see many of you on the summer field trip, details to be shared soon.

Julia Daly, President

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Other quick notes from the meeting:

  • Summer field trip is still in the planning stages. Check back soon for details.
  • The fall meeting will be held at USM, Gorham, on October 15th, 2010.
  • A nominating committee has been formed for fall GSM elections.
  • “Biogeomon” – If you haven’t heard of it you will soon. Maine will be the location of this international biological and geological monitoring conference in July 2012. More details coming soon. GSM has endorsed the conference. More info is available here: Biogeomon Info.
  • GSM has pledged to support this fall’s New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference (NEIGC) with a $500 contribution. The meeting and field trips are to be hosted by University of Maine, Orono this fall, October 1-3.

Stay tuned for additional details on all of the above.

Martha Mixon, Secretary