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GSA Fall 2012 Charlotte Meeting - Geoscience Education Sessions

published Apr 23, 2012 4:23pm
Dear Geoscience Education Colleagues,

Greetings! We wanted to update you on the progress made in reforming the session proposal process for the GSA annual meeting. As you may recall, we received 39, often similar and competing oral session proposals for the 2011 meeting in Minneapolis. With so many proposed sessions, many failed to meet the abstract minimum forcing us to build 10 combined sessions late in the summer, straining Division and GSA officers and meeting space. By contrast, we have received 16 oral session proposals for the 2012 meeting in Charlotte. It is clear that you as a community were successful in collaborating to produce a smaller number of broadly defined sessions that have a high probability of attracting enough abstracts to secure a room in the tight meeting space we must work with in Charlotte. We want to thank you for your efforts in this regard and ask that you continue to support us in this work as you look towards the August 14 abstract submission deadline.

Given the space constraints in Charlotte, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate any additional general sessions during the 2012 meeting. As such, we ask all our colleagues to give very serious consideration to submitting abstracts directly to one of the established sessions. If you are unsure if your abstract fits a particular session, please contact the session advocates directly and inquire, preferably long before the summer deadline. Similarly, we ask that all session advocates please look at proposed abstracts with a broad and inclusive approach. This is especially important as only those sessions which meet the 12 abstract minimum will be guaranteed space for an oral session in Charlotte. Sessions failing to meet the minimum abstract number and abstracts not fitting into any oral session will almost certainly be assigned as posters as we simply will not have the rooms to create new oral sessions. The oral sessions sponsored by GED and NAGT in 2012 include:
Contact information and further details on these sessions can be found on the GSA website at: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2012AM/top/index_2012am.epl

Please remember the August 14 abstract deadline! Thank you for your efforts on behalf of geoscience education.
Sincerely yours,

Aida Awad, NAGT 2nd VP ----- Sadredin Moosavi, Chair Geoscience Education Division

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