Welcome GSOC's New Public Outreach Coordinator Sheila Alfsen!

Welcome GSOC's New Public Outreach Coordinator Sheila Alfsen!

The GSOC board has created at new Public Outreach Coordinator position to address our objective of supporting and promoting geologic study and research, Outgoing GSOC President Prof. Sheila Alfsen has volunteered to staff the position in keeping with her love of public education. She has given numerous public talks to civic groups and schools throughout her term as president — and looks forward to keeping the public’s interest and curiosity for Geology alive. Contact her for speaking engagements!

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Charter GSOC member Lon Hancock was first to discover vertebrate fossils in the Oregon's Clarno Formation

Charter GSOC member Lon Hancock was first to discover vertebrate fossils in the Oregon's Clarno Formation

BY VIOLA L. OBERSON
GSOC PRESIDENT 1984

Reprinted with permission from Oregon Geology, Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries, December 1979.

Paleontologistthe world over know of the work of Alonzo Wesley "Lon" Hancock (1884-1961). Professional men from the universities and museums of the world came to hidoor to study the fossils he found. He considered himself an amateur, attained no college degrees, and published no scientific papers, but the fossils his persistence enabled him to find have been the subjects of numeroupapers, master's theses, and doctoral dissertations. And part of the geologic history of ancient Oregon has had to be rewritten because of hidiscoveries.

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Evolutionary Flight Paths (Dr Orr: "There were many")

Evolutionary Flight Paths (Dr Orr: "There were many")

January Lecture Given by Prof. William Orr

Over 100 of us gathered in Cramer Hall 53 – a big upgrade from the smaller classroom – to hear a former aeronautical engineering student now turned paleontologist share the geologic evidence on how the ability to fly has come to evolve.  He described the various modes of flight and the thresholds between what humans might define as “true flight” and all the ways evolution has developed gliding, falling, and powered flight.  The idea of flight is a major part of American culture, along with automobiles.  The idea of flight goes back to ancient times.  How did the wing evolve?  Unlike a simple airfoil, a bird-wing is a complex venetian-blind like structure and with an opening-and-closing folding motion. 

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Rhyolites, CRBs & the Yellowstone Hot Spot — Research by Dr. Martin Streck

Rhyolites, CRBs & the Yellowstone Hot Spot — Research by Dr. Martin Streck

Martin Streck spoke to a standing room only GSOC crowd about the work that he and a number of his graduate students have done in advancing our knowledge of the Columbia River Basalt (CRB) flows of the Miocene. His team has focused upon the rhyolite flows that occurred as a result of heating by the basalt magma that produced the CRB.

Miocene rhyolite flows in eastern Oregon have long been studied by geologists. The relationship between the rhyolitic magma and the massive amounts of CRB basaltic magma is not precisely known, although they are spatially close so infer that the rhyolite is a result either of partial melting of the crust by or fractional crystallization of the CRB magma. In fact, the spatial distribution over time of the rhyolite can give geologists ideas about the origin of the CRB magma itself.

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Nominating Committee Results

The following slate of officers has been selected by this year’s nominating committee:

President ............................... Janet Rasmussen

Vice President ......................................Bo Nonn

Secretary ............................ Paul Edison-Lahm

Treasurer .................................... Dawn Juliano

Director, 3 years ......................Larry Purchase

Director, 2 years ......................Martha Muncie

Director, 1 year........................Kirben Smoody

Nominations will be closed for this year’s slate of officers after the January meeting of the society. The slate of officers will be voted on and approved at the February monthly meeting.

The Nominating Committee members were Richard Bartels, Janet Rasmussen and Sheila Alfsen. Our thanks to the selected members and members of the Nominating Committee!

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