Pardee Keynote Symposia

Pardee Keynote Symposia are named in honor of GSA Fellow and benefactor Joseph Thomas Pardee (1871–1960) via a bequest from Mary Pardee Kelly. Pardee is perhaps best known for his work on Glacial Lake Missoula. These symposia consist of invited presentations covering a broad range of topics.

P1. Earth As a Big Data Puzzle: Advancing Information Frontiers in Geoscience

GSA Geoinformatics Division

Sunday, 4 November 2018: 1:30–5:30 PM, Indiana Convention Center, Hall JK

Anders Noren, Leslie Hsu

What new discoveries would you make if you could easily access any geoscience data and vastly reduce time spent on data manipulations? This grand vision requires a diverse range of steps to build the software, practices, linkages, culture, and other resources that together form the ecosystem for data-driven geoscience. This session will be a forum for conversation on active projects addressing community data priorities. Learn about new tools, meet researchers and developers, forge new collaborations, and look toward the information frontier in geoscience.

Geoinformatics | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience Education


P2. Women Rising: Removing Barriers and Achieving Parity in the Geosciences

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GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; Association for Women Geoscientists; Earth Science Women's Network

Monday, 5 November 2018: 1:30–5:30 PM, Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 5

Susan Stover, Kelly Kryc

Efforts are underway to change conditions that have left women in the geosciences underrepresented, with disproportionately less advancement than male colleagues. Recognize barriers and get tools that can be implemented by individuals and institutions. Talks include the challenges of multiple barriers, actions GSA is taking, and programs shown to be effective in enacting change. Interactive exercises provide scenarios of implicit bias and bystander intervention. Discuss work/life issues, negotiations, and confronting barriers. Dr. Jane Willenbring, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, provides "Advice from a Woman Geopioneer." She broke open the discussion of harassment in the geosciences and brings a story of perseverance.

Geoscience and Public Policy | Geoscience Education


P3. Plate Tectonics Paradigm 50 Years after the Seminal Work of Morgan, Mckenzie, and Le Pichon

GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; GSA Geophysics and Geodynamics Division; American Geophysical Union

Tuesday, 6 November 2018: 8 AM–noon, Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 5

Yildirim Dilek, Eldridge M. Moores

This Keynote Symposium marks the 50th anniversary of three landmark papers on the plate tectonics theory, published independently by J. Morgan, D. McKenzie, and X. Le Pichon in 1968, and is aimed at discussing the nature and significance of scientific developments in the earth sciences within the framework of the plate tectonics paradigm since then. It will also provide an interdisciplinary forum to examine the future directions of research and discovery in plate tectonics.

Tectonics/Tectonophysics | History and Philosophy of Geology | Geophysics/Geodynamics


P4. Human Evolution and Environmental History in Africa: 25 Years of Transformative Research

GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Continental Scientific Drilling Interdisciplinary Interest Group; EarthRates

Wednesday, 7 November 2018: 8 AM–noon, Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 5

Andrew S. Cohen, Gail M. Ashley

This session will highlight exciting new advances in our understanding of the connection between human evolution and environmental change, drawing from studies of key paleoanthropological sites, drill core investigations, and associated modeling experiments.

Limnogeology | Sediments, Clastic | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography