News Archive 2014

15 December 2014

The Abstract submission tool for the Joint Assembly (this year’s GAC®-MAC) in Montreal, May 3-7, 2015 is now open.  The deadline to submit an Abstract for the meeting is January 14th.  Submit your abstract here: http://ja.agu.org/2015/scientific-program/abstracts/

Last chance!  If you haven’t yet renewed your GAC® membership for 2015 and would like to get a discount, you have until Monday, November 17th to do it!   Renew or Join now!


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14 November 2014

Acquittal of Italian seismologists

In October 2012, six Italian seismologists and one government official were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison as a consequence of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in L’Aquila, central Italy, on 6 April 2009. Learned scientific societies worldwide reacted to the court’s decision with astonishment and dismay. The Geological Association of Canada issued a formal ‘Statement on Conviction of Italian Geoscientists’ on 30 October 2012.

Our statement made the point that it will be counterproductive because experts will be afraid to offer scientific advice relating to natural hazards and other issues. It pointed out further that “The case itself indicates the growing gap between the sciences and the public to fully comprehend and appreciate both the benefits and limitations of our discipline which aims to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our society.”

The news has just been circulated that the six seismologists were acquitted by the appeals court. The story may not be over, however, if it is challenged at the next level, the supreme court.

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4 November 2014

GEOLOG – Fall issue 2014

The latest issue of GEOLOG is on the shelves:

  • Presidential Preamble by Brian Pratt and an update from vice-president Victoria Yehl
  • Passages: Yves Oscar Fortier, Bob Cathro
  • Geoscience Canada update
  • GAC Lecture tours

Join or Renew your 2015 GAC® membership before November 17th and get a discounted rate!    Renew or Join now!

30 September 2014

Renew/Join early and save! Renew your 2015 GAC® membership or Join before November 17th and get a discounted rate!

Renew or Join now!

Thank you for continuing to support the Geological Association of Canada

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02 October 2014

The latest issue of Geoscience Canada is now available online at the UNB website: (http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/GC/issue/archive).  The current issue requires subscription or purchase of individual articles at time of selection; abstract viewing is free. Online archives are open access from 1974 to 2012. GAC members receive four issues of Geoscience Canada per year for $40; non-members $50 (slightly higher in 2015).  To obtain institutional subscriptions, please contact Érudit (www.erudit.org)

Join or Renew your 2015 GAC® membership before November 17th and get a discounted rate!    Renew or Join now!

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21 August 2014

GEOLOG – Summer issue 2014

The latest issue of GEOLOG is on the shelves:

  • Brian Pratt’s first Presidential Preamble
  • Introduction to vice-president Victoria Yehl
  • Book Review of K.C. McTaggart (2000) – Golden Fleece: Mine-Finding and Adventure in the Pacific Northwest”
  • Passages: Jack Souther
  • GAC® Secretary-Treasurer’s Report
  • Medals and Awards from the Annual Meeting in Fredericton
  • Book Review of Atholl Sutherland Brown (2014) – Searching for the Origins of Haida Gwaii: Adventures While Mapping the Geology of the Islands, 1958-1962
  • Section update from Edmonton Geological Society
  • …and more

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5 May 2014

GEOLOG – Spring issue 2014

The latest issue of GEOLOG is on the shelves:

  • Profiles of GAC’s top Award winners – a sampling of the many awards to be presented at GAC-MAC
  • Richard (Dick) Wardle’s final Presidential Preamble before passing the torch to Brian Pratt
  • Book Review of “The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne”
  • Passages: Dr. Edward (Ted) Irving
  • GAC’s UNB Student Chapter provides details on a field trip to Gaspé
  • Scott Swinden reports on CFES’s activities
  • …and much more

Also: Check out all the educational and social activities planned for the not-to-be-missed GAC-MAC event at http://www.unb.ca/conferences/gacmac2014/

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16 April 2014
GAC-MAC REGISTRATION REMINDER – Early discounted registration has been extended toWednesday, April 23.

The early discounted registration has been extended to Wednesday, April 23, and online registration ends on Wednesday, May 7. After these dates you will be required to register on-site.  So to avoid lineups I would suggest that you register online.

Please note: Field trip registration deadline remains April 18.

To register, go to http://gac.esd.mun.ca/gac_2014/start.asp and follow the links.

If you have enquiries, please contact empenney@mun.ca , or 709-864-7660.

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26 March 2014

The notice of the GAC® Annual Business Meeting – including extensive changes to By-laws, and the list of potential new councillors – has gone to current members of GAC.

If you did not receive this notice, your  membership may have lapsed or your email settings may have prevented receipt of the email. To check your membership, login at www.gac.ca, and click on ‘My Information’.

If you believe you should have received the email, please contact us: gac@mun.ca; phone 709 864-7660 or fax 709 864-2532.

We hope to see you at GAC®-MAC 2014 in Fredericton, NB, from May 21-23!

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20 March 2014

Medals and Award winners

It’s one of the most exciting times of the year for GAC®!  It’s time to announce the winners of our prestigious medals in the earth sciences for 2014!  Come to the GAC®-MAC Annual Meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick from May 21-23 (http://www.unb.ca/conferences/gacmac2014/) and congratulate the winners as they receive their awards!


First, our National Medallists:

Ambrose Medal – for sustained dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community, will be awarded to Brendan Murphy of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Hutchison Medal – for recent exceptional advances in Canadian earth science research, will be awarded to Ali Polat of the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.

Neale Medal – for sustained outstanding efforts in sharing earth science with Canadians, will be awarded to Ben Gadd, naturalist, writer and interpretive guide with Verdant Pass Ltd.

Logan Medal – the highest award given by the GAC® for sustained distinguished achievement in Canadian earth science will be awarded to Andrew D. Miall of the University of Toronto.


Next, our National Awards:

Mountjoy Exchange Award – named after distinguished professor of geology at McGill University, Eric Mountjoy. The award is available to encourage the exchange of young geoscientists between Quebec and other parts of Canada.  It’s an annual award of up to $4,000 to be used to fund expenses related to an exchange in order to undertake scientific studies between a Quebec-based university/institution and a university/institution elsewhere in Canada.  The very first winner of the award is Antione Catéof the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, centre Eau Terre.

The Yves Fortier Earth Science Journalism Award is awarded for excellence in journalistic presentation of earth science in the newsprint media.  The 2014 winner  is Kate Lunau of the Macleans Magazine.

The Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences “Best Paper Award” is an annual award given jointly by the NRC Research Press and the Geological Association of Canada.  It will be awarded to the authors of the “Best” paper published in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences within the calendar year (volume year).  The winner for 2014, for the best paper published in 2013 is: Roger LeB. Hooke, Don I. Cummings, Jerome-Etienne Lesemann, and David R. Sharpe for their paper entitled “Genesis of dispersal plumes in till”. CJES 50(8), 847-855.

Also, the Mineral Deposits Division of GAC® is very proud to announce the recipients of their 2014 medals:

William Harvey Gross Medal is awarded to a geoscientist who has made a significant contribution to the field of economic geology in a Canadian context.  This year’s winner is Sean McClenaghan, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

Duncan R. Derry Medal is the highest award bestowed by the Mineral Deposits Division (MDD).  It is awarded annually to the outstanding economic geologist who has made significant contributions to the science of economic geology in Canada.  The 2014 winner is Barbara H. Scott Smith of Scott-Smith Petrology Inc., North Vancouver, BC.

Other awards of the GAC® and its Divisions, will be announced as the winners are chosen.

We would love to see you in Fredericton!

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19 March 2014

The Canadian Geological Foundation invites all interested parties to submit grant proposals for the next round of grants selection. The Foundation is dedicated to assist in the development of geological sciences in Canada. Grants are made to support activities of national interest and broad significance, with emphasis on those of long-term importance. Grants are made on the basis of written applications giving a summary and detailed budget of the proposed project. The Foundation disburses more than $150,000 annually. Note that grants are paid upon completion of the project.

Application forms and detailed instructions are available on the CGF website atwww.canadiangeologicalfoundation.org.  Please submit applications electronically as a PDF file to the Secretary by March 31, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be returned for correction.

Queries about the Canadian Geological Foundation should be addressed to the Secretary:

Jane Wynne
B 9561 Canora Road
Sidney, BC
V8L 1P4

Tel: (250)-656-6681

Email: jane.wynne@shaw.ca

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10 March 2014

On behalf of the Geological Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Atlantic Geoscience Society and the University of New Brunswick, the Fredericton 2014 Organizing Committee invites you to attend the Joint Annual Meeting, May 21-23 2014, on the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick.

http://www.unb.ca/conferences/gacmac2014/

Book your flights early, as you won’t want to miss this conference!

Fredericton, the Provincial capital of New Brunswick, is within easy reach of major centres in eastern Canada and the northeast U.S. and a short hop from Halifax Nova Scotia.  The region has a long history of earth science education and exploration, beginning with Abraham Gesner, who was appointed the government geologist for New Brunswick from 1838 to 1842, the first such position in Canada.  The 2014 GAC®-MAC slogan reflects in part the 175 years of geoscience in the region inspired by Gesner and his discoveries.

We are centrally located only a short distance from the world’s richest Pb-Zn-Ag deposits in the Bathurst Mining Camp, rare-metal intrusion-related deposits such as Sisson Brook and Mt. Pleasant, and spectacular exposures of hydrocarbon-bearing Carboniferous Maritime Basin sedimentary rocks.  A variety of pre- and post-conference field trips will examine Appalachian collisional processes, exquisitely-preserved Devonian volcanic sequences and fossil beds, a range of ore deposits and hydrocarbon reservoirs, as well as Quaternary and coastal geology of the province.

Join us in Fredericton to celebrate 175 years of geoscience discovery from May 21 to 23, 2014.

Important dates

Conference registration opened Friday, March 7, 2014

Early-bird registration deadline: Midnight Friday, April 18, 2014

Français:

Au nom de l’Association géologique du Canada, l’Association minéralogique du Canada, la Société géoscientifique de l’Atlantique et de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick, le comité d’organisation Fredericton 2014 vous invite à participer à la réunion annuelle conjointe, 21 au 23 mai, 2014, sur le campus de Fredericton de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick.

http://www.unb.ca/conferences/gacmac2014/

Réservez vos vols bientôt, vous ne voulez pas manquer cette conférence!

Fredericton, la capitale provinciale du Nouveau-Brunswick, se trouve à proximité des principaux centres de l’est du Canada et le nord des États-Unis.  La région a une longue histoire de l’éducation et de l’exploration minière, à commencer par Abraham Gesner, qui a été nommé le géologue du gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick de 1838 à 1842, le premier poste du genre au Canada.  Le logo et le slogan GAC®-MAC 2014 reflète en partie les 175 ans de géosciences dans la région inspiré par Gesner et ses découvertes.

Nous sommes situés à une courte distance des gisements Pb-Zn-Ag dans le camp minier de Bathurst, les dépôts associés à des intrusions de métaux rares tels que Sisson Brook et Mount Pleasant, et des expositions spectaculaires de sédiments riches en hydrocarbures dans le bassin maritime Carbonifère.  Une variété d’excursions de terrain pré-et post-conférence examinera les processus de collision des Appalaches, des séquences volcaniques du Dévonien extraordinairement préservés et des lieux de fossiles, une une variété de gisements de minerai et des réservoirs d’hydrocarbures, ainsi que la géologie quaternaire et côtière de la province.

dates importantes

Inscription pour la conférence a commencé vendredi le 07 Mars, 2014

Préinscription sera disponible jusqu’au minuit, le 18 avril, 2014

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24 February 2014

2014 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award Winner

This year’s winner of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is Diane Skipton, a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa, whose thesis is entitled “Paleoproterozoic metamorphism and deformation on Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island, Nunavut”.

Diane will receive her award at the 2014 GAC®-MAC annual meeting, to be held in Fredericton, NB, May 21-23, 2014.

The award, comprising $5,000 and a certificate, is given annually and honours the memory of Mary-Claire Ward who died in 2004. At the time of her death Mrs. Ward was the chair of the PDAC’s geoscience committee, chairman of Watts Griffis McOuat Ltd., and a past president of the Geological Association of Canada. She was a passionate advocate for the geosciences in Canada.

The intent of the award is to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis contributes to our knowledge about the geological history of Canada. Mapping is a significant component of the winning thesis.

The award is administered by the Geological Association of Canada (GAC®), Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the National Geological Surveys Committee, the Canadian Geological Foundation, and Watts, Griffis and McOuat Ltd.

Application details are posted at gac.ca and pdac.ca and the deadline for applications is December 15.

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10 February 2014

The Abstract Deadline for the Fredericton 2014 GAC®-MAC has been extended to February 17, 2014 at midnight (PT).  Please submit your abstract before the  new deadline at:http://www.unb.ca/conferences/gacmac2014/

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4 February 2014

1)     The volunteer Local Organizing Committee in Fredericton has a dynamic program providing an interest to a wide spectrum of geoscientists.  Join us in Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 21-23!

2)      If you have not yet paid your 2014 membership, there’s still time to do it.  That way, when registration for the GAC®-MAC meeting opens in March, you can take advantage of the member rate.  Go to http://www.gac.ca/wp/?page_id=2590 and renew!

3)      Did you know that GAC® has a Facebook page? “Like” us at http://www.facebook.com/gac.agcto keep up to date on all our activities!

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17 Jan 2014

The Final Circular is now available for the GAC-MAC Fredericton 2014 meeting.  Check out the excellent program and join us in Fredericton in May!  http://www.unb.ca/conferences/gacmac2014/

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09 Jan 2014

Call for Abstracts / Soumission des résumés

English (French below):

On behalf of the Geological Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Atlantic Geoscience Society and the University of New Brunswick, the Fredericton 2014 Organizing Committee invites you to attend the Joint Annual Meeting, May 21-23 2014, on the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick.

http://www.unb.ca/conferences/gacmac2014/

Submit your abstract now, and beat the rush. This year we are introducing a $20 abstract fee, in keeping with current practices.

Fredericton, the Provincial capital of New Brunswick, is within easy reach of major centres in eastern Canada and the northeast U.S. and a short hop from Halifax Nova Scotia. The region has a long history of earth science education and exploration, beginning with Abraham Gesner, who was appointed the government geologist for New Brunswick from 1838 to 1842, the first such position in Canada. The 2014 GAC-MAC slogan reflects in part the 175 years of geoscience in the region inspired by Gesner and his discoveries.

We are centrally located only a short distance from the world’s richest Pb-Zn-Ag deposits in the Bathurst Mining Camp, rare-metal intrusion-related deposits such as Sisson Brook and Mt. Pleasant, and spectacular exposures of hydrocarbon-bearing Carboniferous maritime basin sediments. A variety of pre- and post-conference field trips will examine Appalachian collisional processes, exquisitely-preserved Devonian volcanic sequences and fossil beds, a range of ore deposits and hydrocarbon reservoirs, as well as quaternary and coastal geology of the Province.

Join us in Fredericton to celebrate 175 years of geoscience discovery from May 21 to 23, 2014.

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline: February 10th, 2014

Conference registration opens March 2014

Early-bird registration deadline: April 15th, 2014


Français:

Au nom de l’Association géologique du Canada, l’Association minéralogique du Canada, la Société géoscientifique de l’Atlantique et de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick, le comité d’organisation Fredericton 2014 vous invite à participer à la réunion annuelle conjointe, 21 au 23 mai, 2014, sur le campus de Fredericton de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick.

http://www.unb.ca/conferences/gacmac2014/

Fredericton, la capitale provinciale du Nouveau-Brunswick, se trouve à proximité des principaux centres de l’est du Canada et le nord des États-Unis. La région a une longue histoire de l’éducation et de l’exploration minière, à commencer par Abraham Gesner, qui a été nommé le géologue du gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick de 1838 à 1842, le premier poste du genre au Canada. Le logo et le slogan GAC-MAC 2014 reflète en partie les 175 ans de géosciences dans la région inspiré par Gesner et ses découvertes.

Nous sommes situés à une courte distance des gisements Pb-Zn-Ag dans le camp minier de Bathurst, les dépôts associés à des intrusions de métaux rares tels que Sisson Brook et Mount Pleasant, et des expositions spectaculaires de sédiments riches en hydrocarbures dans le bassin maritime Carbonifère. Une variété d’excursions de terrain pré-et post-conférence examinera les processus de collision des Appalaches, des séquences volcaniques du Dévonien extraordinairement préservés et des lieux de fossiles, une une variété de gisements de minerai et des réservoirs d’hydrocarbures, ainsi que la géologie quaternaire et côtière de la province.

Dates Importantes:

10 février: date limite de soumission des résumés

mars 2014: ouverture des inscriptions

Préinscription sera disponible jusqu’au 15 Avril, 2014

Dave Lentz (GAC Chair) & Chris McFarlane (MAC Co-chair)

Department of Earth Sciences
University of New Brunswick
dlentz@unb.ca

http://www2.unb.ca/earthsciences


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06 Jan 2014

Abstract submission for Fredericton 2014 DELAYED OPENING

The opening of abstract submission for the GAC-MAC annual meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been delayed due to the closure of Memorial University of Newfoundland, where GAC headquarters is located. The university has been closed as a conservation measure in response to the recent extreme
weather and continuing power outages. We hope that the university will re-open on Wednesday, January 8, and we will send out an email as soon as the abstract submission site is available.

For details on the Annual Meeting, see the official website at

http://www.unb.ca/conferences/gacmac2014/

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