Upcoming PSU Geology Seminars

Speakers for PSU Geology's winter seminar have been finalized. These are always very enjoyable lectures. Afterwards there are cookies and coffee and an opportunity to chat with the speaker. The seminar occurs Wednesday afternoons at 3:30pm in Cramer Hall S17.

March 1: Corina Forson – Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
Geothermal Resources in Washington State

March 15: Elizabeth Cassel – University of Idaho
Volcanic glass as a paleoclimate indicator

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Holiday Party Wrap-up

Holiday Party Wrap-up

Ho, ho, ho! This party rocks! 

It was 3 weeks before Christmas and all was joyous at the 2016 GSOC Holiday Party. A good selection of entrees and salads, and a vast array of desserts were gobbled up by the participants. Then our fine musicians led a selection of Christmas standards and provided a magical atmosphere. The eating and singing were followed by a slide show of this past year’s field trips.

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Post-Election Turmoil Disrupts GSOC Lecture

Post-Election Turmoil Disrupts GSOC Lecture

GSOC members coming to attend the November Friday night lecture were dismayed that the scheduled speaker, Harish Palani of Sunset High School, was unable to attend due to the nearby riots occurring in downtown Portland as a result of the recent national election. GSOC VP Rik Smoody quickly came up with the idea of holding a science bowl with the audience. That was followed by a discussion by GSOC President Bo Nonn about his September trip to the south Oregon coast. 

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Nominating Committee Results: Next Year's Slate of Officers

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

President ........................................................................... Rik Smoody
Vice President .................................................................. Sheila Alfsen
Secretary ........................................................................... Paul Edison-Lahm
Treasurer .............................................................................Dawn Juliano
Director, 3 years .............................................................. Carol Hasenberg
Director, 2 years ............................................................... Larry Purchase
Director, 1 year .................................................................. Martha Muncie

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 Bo Nonn, Larry Purchase, and Paul Edison-Lahm.  Our thanks to the selected members and members of the Nominating Committee! 

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Don’t Forget to Re-up Your Membership!

GSOC Dues are Due Soon

GSOC members and prospective members, please remember to renew your memberships for 2017. Your membership benefits include: 

  • Helping serve GSOC’s mission of promoting geology education in the Northwest, including PSU geology scholarships

  • Welcome to join in all GSOC functions, including field trips, Holiday Party, Annual Banquet and Picnic, and more!

  • A printed version of the GSOC newsletter if you choose

  • A great time with all your GSOC friends!
     

Renew online here. PS: If you joined the club after September 1, 2016, your dues are paid through 2017!!! 

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Dark Noon

Dark Noon

Dr. Richard Waitt, who arrived in Washington state from the USGS office in Menlo Park, California, shortly after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, stayed to study the volcano and built the bulk of his career at the Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) in Vancouver, Washington. Dr. Waitt came to promote his new book In the Path of Destruction: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens, Washington State University Press, 2015, to the GSOC audience and to describe the book’s origin and some of the stories it contains. He said that early in his research into the events of the volcanic eruption, he was focused more on the hard geology that people could describe. However, he became involved more in the stories that people told about their experiences and the process of determining the details of the event by analyzing the interviews of the witnesses. 

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Board Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order at the home of Rosemary Kenney. Board members attending were VP Rik Smoody, Director Larry Purchase, and Treasurer Dawn Juliano. Non board members were Barbara Smoody, Carol Hasenberg, Rosemary Kenney. Since quorum was not met, the members present used this meeting time to make plans for some of the upcoming GSOC events and table any discussions which required others to complete. 

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