Geology & Public Policy Events

Hyatt CCC =
Hyatt Regency Denver at
Colorado Convention Center

Stop by the Geology & Public Policy Committee and Geology & Society Division booths in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about these events, policy activities, and how you can help implement GSA Position Statements on such topics as climate change, natural hazards, water resources, and teaching evolution.

Geology and Public Policy Committee (GPPC) Meeting

Sat., 26 Oct., noon–4:30 p.m. and Sun., 27 Oct., 7:30–11:30 a.m.
Hyatt CCC, Room Centennial C
Interested GSA members are invited to attend.

Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists Short Course

Sat., 26 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
Hyatt CCC, Mineral Hall G
This short course will teach you how to better communicate your science with your neighbor, the media, and policymakers. Designed as an interactive workshop, participants will address message development, identify opportunities for engaging the public, and practice with public presentations.

Rocks and Hops Soiree

Sun., 27 Oct., 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake Street, Denver
The members of the Geology and Society Division and Geology and Public Policy Committee encourage you to drop by, have some food and hops at this hosted event, and engage in discussions of geology, philosophy, and policy. Refreshments provided.

Geology and Society (G&S) Division Management Board Meeting

Mon., 28 Oct., 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
CCC, Room 604
Interested G&S Division members are invited to attend the Division Management Board meeting.

Congressional Science Fellowship and Public Policy Reception

Mon., 28 Oct., 6–7:30 p.m.
Hyatt CCC, Room Granite A
Come learn about the Congressional Science Fellowship and meet others interested in policy at this informal reception. Refreshments provided.

Conducting Congressional Visits at Home Workshop

Tues., 29 Oct., 1–2 p.m.
CCC, Room 205
Learn how to set up and conduct effective meetings with members of Congress while they are home in your area. Andy Schultheiss, District Director/Colorado Spokesperson for Representative Jared Polis, and Todd Bianco, the 2012-2013 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow, will share their expertise and suggestions for making the most of these opportunities.

Geology and Society Distinguished Lecture by Richard Harris, National Public Radio
Why People Trust Scientists but Not Science: Climate Denial in Context

Tues., 29 Oct., 4:45–6 p.m.
CCC, Room 401
Scientists are highly regarded by the public in opinion surveys. But many people don’t accept the broadly held findings about climate change. NPR science correspondent Richard Harris examines this paradox and looks at how it plays out in other areas of earth science.

G&S Division Awards and Business Meeting

Tues., 29 Oct., 6–7 p.m.
CCC, Room 401
All GSA members are invited to join members of G&S Division for a presentation to celebrate the winners of our Student Awards competitions followed by a brief business meeting.