Due to unforeseen circumstances the Clay Minerals Society (CMS) welcomed new faces into their executive committee ahead of schedule at their Annual Meeting earlier this month. Chevron scientist Douglas McCarty became Vice-President, and Lydia Williams became Vice President-Elect, and the Council Nomination Committee approved Andrei Kalinichev to step into Williams' recently vacant role.
From faultines to karst topography, to whiskey and Corvettes, attendees of this year's American Institute of Professional Geologists meeting are bound to explore some exciting locales. In the recently published list of field trips, geoscientists have the opportunity to explore the Tennessee-Kentucky area including the Harpeth River and Stones River Fault Zones, Mammoth Caves, a Native American burial mound, or and underground zinc mine.
The International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology (ICFS) is being held in Calgary from July 17‑21, 2017. The 11th ICFS will bring together a diverse group of researchers interested in the processes and deposits across all scales of fluvial systems.
The Geological Association of Canada (GAC) hosts a roadshow each year for their Hutchison Medal Winner. The 2016 awardee, Stephen Piercy, toured the entirety of Canada to share his work on volcanic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits. Over the course of the tour he gave 12 lectures, and traveld by trains, planes and automobiles to share his work in the geosciences with his country.
While inspecting caves in Alabama, researchers have positively identified White Nose Syndrome (WNS) in a bat. The USGS published a press release indicating that the fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans was detected in a bat in the Corkscrew Cave in Shelby County, Alabama. WNS is particularly lethal, reducing affected populations by up to 90%.
Terry Morse has been selected as the incoming chief executive officer of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). He will succeed Kevin McCray, CAE, who, after 22 years as CEO and 35 years in the groundwater industry, will retire on December 31, 2017. "Terry brings experience and skills necessary as NGWA moves forward in dealing with the ever-changing business climates of our membership, as well as the Association itself," said David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, the incoming NGWA board president and a member of the search task group.