|HISTORY OF GEOLOGY|
|Volume 31, Number 2||
Table of Contents
TIME TO THINK OF DENVER - ABSTRACTS NEEDED
RECEPTION FOR STUDENTS AND FRIENDS
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE
OTHER NOTES FROM ACROSS THE POND
NOTICE OF INTEREST
MEETINGS OF INTEREST
CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS
2007 DIVISION OFFICERS
TIME TO THINK OF DENVER - ABSTRACTS NEEDED
DENVER GSA 28-31 October 2007 ABSTRACT DEADLINE JULY 10, 2007
Our Division Symposium is:
T147. Exemplars and Exceptions: Using Individual and Group Biography to Understand Critical Issues in the History of Geology. GSA History of Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; History of the Earth Sciences Society [HESS]. Julie R. Newell, Stephen M. Rowland. Biographical studies of individuals, groups, or institutions use the particular to make visible broader patterns such as the development of ideas, the practices of geology, and the cultural or political roles of geology. Oral.
And don't forget the General Discipline session if your paper does not seem to fit into T147. Please use this session to give us updates on your work in progress, a favorite idea you have, or even maybe something new and different.In addition to the two Division sessions, consider submitting an abstract for one of these sessions sponsored by the Hydrogeology and Geoscience Education Divisions:
T44. 50 Years of Hydrogeology in the Desert: A Tribute to Mahdi Hantush and his Legacy. GSA Hydrogeology Division. M. Bayani Cardenas, David Boutt. We celebrate Mahdi Hantushs contributions and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the program he chaired in New Mexico. Presentations on aquifer hydraulics, a field pioneered by Hantush, as well as semi-arid zone hydrogeology are welcome. Oral. Hydrogeology; History of Geology; Environmental GeoscienceT133. Innovative Approaches to Injecting Controversial Topics from the History of Geology into Today's Geoscience Education. GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division. James H. Wandersee, Renee M. Clary. Investigates potential and actual impacts on students geology learning resulting from innovative approaches to injecting controversial topics from the history of geology into todays geoscience educationacross all phases: Classroom, laboratory, field, and online. Oral.
REMEMBER THE ABSTRACT DEADLINE IS JULY 10 !!!! To submit your abstract, to register for the meeting, or to find more information, please go tohttp://rock.geosociety.org/meetings/2007. RECEPTION FOR STUDENTS AND FRIENDS:
And, also, while your remembering cap is on, begin checking your bookshelves for extra or unwanted copies of suitable book and papers to donate for the door prizes at our reception. This is always a great success, thanks to the generosity of our members. As you come across items you can donate, please let the Secretary- Treasurer know (firstname.lastname@example.org ) so he can keep a list of what is coming. Do not send him the item unless you will be unable to attend the Denver meeting. We would rather have you bring the item and attend the reception.
Mary C. Rabbitt History of Geology Award: We are pleased to congratulate Kenneth L. Taylor on being selected to receive the Rabbitt Award for 2007. Ken has been an active member of our Division for many years and is well known for his scholarly works and his contributions to the history of geology. There will be more details about Ken's work in a later issue.Gerald M. and Sue T. Friedman History of Geology Distinguished Service Award: For 2007, our Division is honoring Michele L. Aldrich and Alan E. Leviton for their many years of devoted service to the Division. Both have served as an officer and have served on numerous Division committees, and they were both active in the creation of the Division. Anytime something is needed, Michel and Alan will step forward, often without being asked, to see that the task was completed. Truly this duo has kept the Division humming along through their tireless effort and we are pleased to recognize their many and multiple contributions with the Friedman Distinguished Service Award for 2007.
Student Award: This was still pending when the newsletter went to press. Details will be forthcoming in the September issue.REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE: Hugh Torrens (England) would like to hear from anyone who knows what happened to William Perceval [also Percival] Hunter (1812-fl.- 1839): naturalist & geologist. Hunter is now a completely forgotten figure. Born in 1812 in Greenwich, Kent, a son of David Hunter (1752-1822) and Helen n�e Maclure (sister of the so-called "father of American Geology", the Scot, William Maclure (1763-1840)), he went to Charterhouse School in 1827 and soon, in 1829, started a long and enthusiastic correspondence in Loudon's Magazine of Natural History, on zoology, botany and geology, although by 1830 he 'preferred mammalogy'.
After matriculating at Cambridge University in 1830, he transferred to Oxford in 1832, but graduated from neither. He now became highly itinerant; Canterbury 1829, Walthamstow (the family home, 1830 - when he proposed to join James Silk Buckingham's soon-abandoned round the world voyage - see New ODNB), Leamington, Warwickshire 1833, where he compounded his subscription to the BAAS. In 1834 he travelled in France and Spain (and was rude about Spanish attitudes to naturalists!), Sandgate, Kent, and into Sussex, 1835, whence he published his Geological Notes, dedicated to Gideon Mantell. In 1835 he also joined the Soci�t� G�ologique de France (from whom only silence), described Dorset geology and visited Ireland.By 1836 he was living in London and was admitted to the Inner Temple (but, as he was never called to the Bar, that Temple has no further data on him) and joined its Geological Society and made several donations (but who also have no further data on him, removing him only in 1892 along with a man who would then have been 115 years old!) Hunter next joined the Zoological Society in 1837 (who again have no further news of him, removing him in 1864). In 1837 his "Selections and Translations" of the work of the Spanish zoologist Don F�lix de Azara (1746-1821), appeared in London 1837 and in 1838 in Edinburgh, where Hunter was then briefly based. By late 1838 he was back in London. Early in 1839 he was in Florence, where his (partial?) Examination of Lyell's Principles of Geology was published (in which he was rude about Florentine library facilities!) This he dedicated to "his friend - William Smith - to whose original discoveries towards the close of the last century the Science of Geology owes its rise and rank as a Science." He presented a copy, anonymously, to the Geological Society of London in September 1839, suggesting he had returned here. Thereafter he completely disappears. Any help in tracking down more on him, and what became of him, would be much appreciated. Thanks
Hugh Torrens, Lower Mill Cottage, Furnace Lane, MADELEY, Crewe, CW3 9EU, UK. email: email@example.com .
OTHER NOTES FROM ACROSS THE POND:
HOGG Newsletter: Dear All: I am pleased to inform you that Issue No 30 of the HOGG Newsletter is now available for downloading from the wonderful new HOGG web site:www.geolsoc.org.uk/hogg Please note, however, you have to scroll down the page somewhat to find it. Also, it is an even larger file than last time, so please be patient while it downloads. Well worth the wait though - this issue looks really great and has some fascinating content - don't miss the photo competition. Also, while you are on the web site, take a look at the Founding Fathers events. The field trip has just three places left on it, so hurry, hurry, hurry.... and I am sure you won't want to miss the international conference - we have some really top-class speakers coming - or dinner on the site of the Free Masons' Tavern where the Society was founded 200 years ago - a chance of a lifetime.
You can also download a registration form from the site, if you don't want to spoil your nice invitations.All the best, Cherry
Dr Cherry Lewis, Chairman, History of Geology Group
History of GSL now Available: The author of this new book received the History of Geology Division Award in 1996.Just a note to let everyone know that the Geological Society Bookshop is now mailing out the excellent bicentennial history of the Society: Gordon L Herries Davies, 2007. Whatever is Under the Earth. The Geological Society of London 1807 to 2007: (London: The Geological Society, 356pp., ISBN: 978-1-86239- 214-4, price #17.50). Copies can be ordered online from the Bookshop at http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/bookshop/ . [Don't forget about the GSL's big 200th birthday celebration to be held this November; the meeting notice is listed below.]
Proceedings Available On-line:The Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society is one of the country's oldest regional journals, published continuously since 1837. Its many thousands of pages contain a great deal of original research and other unique material relating to the earth sciences, especially in respect of Yorkshire and the north of England, both also with many national and international papers. There is quite a lot of material of significance in the history of geology - from the days of John Phillips onwards, as well as some important works on the history of geology.
Over the years the Society has published three cumulative indexes to the Proceedings but only that for 1970 - 1995 is still in print. Now, thanks to the sponsorship of Pinpoint Digital Systems, all three have now been scanned and converted to searchable PDF files, in order to help members and everyone else the possibility of searching and exploring the rich resources available in the Proceedings.These are now available, on line and free of charge, via the Yorkshire Geological Society website at: http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org/uk/ as follows:
Index to PYGS volumes 1 to 25 (1837-1946); Index to PYGS volumes 26 to 37
Hello JulieI am the Chair of the International Union of Soil Sciences' Commission on History, Philosophy and Sociology of Soil Science. In planning for the 2008 joint meeting of the Soil Sci Soc Amer with GSA, we would like to organize a session focused on historical links between soil science and geology. We are in the early planning stage and would like to enlist a counterpart from GSA ranks. Any suggestions most welcomed.
Edward R. Landa, U.S. Geological Survey,
NOTICE OF INTEREST:
Dear ColleaguesWould you please call [the following] to the attention of anyone you know who might be suitable? Many thanks, Naomi Oreskes
Post-doctoral Research Associate in History of Science/Science Studies - University of California, San Diego, and Princeton University, The Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy.The use of scientific assessment as a formalized process for evaluating knowledge for the specific purpose of informing government decision-making has expanded since the mid-1970s, but how well have these assessments worked? As part of the initial stage of a multi-year collaborative project between University of California, San Diego and The Woodrow Wilson Schools Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at Princeton University, we seek a post-doctoral fellow to examine the history of scientific assessments of the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its role in sea level rise caused by global warming. The ideal fellow will have a Ph.D. in history of science or a closely related field, and sufficient scientific background to understand the technical issues at stake in the scientific evaluations. The fellow will work under the joint supervision of Naomi Oreskes, University of California, San Diego, and Michael Oppenheimer, Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Geosciences, Princeton University.
The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will be based primarily at the University of California, San Diego campus but must be flexible enough to travel to the Princeton to conduct research there as needed. Research could begin anytime after July 1, 2007. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.The Postdoctoral Research Associates position is open to all regardless of citizenship, but requires a completed doctorate and does not support work towards the completion of a degree. The postdoctoral fellow will be eligible for salary and full employee benefits in accordance with Princeton University guidelines. Applicants should send a CV and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest via email to
Charles Crosby at
For more information about applying to Princeton please link to:
This book includes chapters devoted to spontaneous combustion, greenhouse gases, mineralogy and petrology of coal fires, geophysics of coal fires, and public policy. It will be available in November or December 2007. Order forms for the book will be available at the 2007 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver.A Note from L�o Laporte: Dear Friends: I have recently put my Darwin course on an educational web site that can be found athttp://campus.digication.com/darwin/Home/ . On the left of the Home Page, there is a menu of topics under "Discovering Darwin," followed by a series of images under "Evolution of Darwin. Simply click on individual items listed, as usual, to advance through the site. Some of this will be familiar to those who took the Jasper Ridge Darwin class in Fall, 2005, but there is additional material that I hope will also be of interest.
You'll be glad to know that this is my Swan Song with respect to my Darwinian pedagogical efforts. Hence, I won't pester you about this again. (Well, perhaps not.) Cordially, L�o.MEETINGS OF INTEREST:
BICENTENARY OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDONThe Geological Society, founded 13 November 1807, is the oldest national geological society in the world.The History of Geology Group (HOGG) will be holding an international two-day conference on 12-13 November 2007 to celebrate the Geological Societys bicentenary.
Conference: The conference will focus on the achievements of the Society, the founders, and some of its members and their activities over the past 200 years.
Dinners: On the evening of 12 November 2007 a dinner will be held in the Connaught Rooms, which now incorporates the Free Masons Tavern where the Geological Society was founded. A plaque commemorating the founding of the Society will be unveiled.On the evening of the 13 November, 2007, the Geological Society will be holding a dinner in the Natural History Museum.
Register your interest: Anyone wishing to go on the mailing list to receive further information about this event should firstname.lastname@example.org . Put HOGG bicentenary event in the subject line. For information on this and other HOGG events, go to: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/HOGG . NOMINATIONS
1) Division Officers: Please consider nominating someone, or doing a self-nomination, to be an officer in the Division. The commitment is for three years based on a sliding system where a person starts as Second Vice-Chair the first year, moves up to First Vice-Chair the second year, and in the third year becomes the Division Chair. The duties are varied, but basically the First and Second Vice-Chairs assist the Chair organizing and running our annual meeting activities. In this way a person gets to see how the system works and who to contact before having to do her/his own session. The Secretary-Treasurer-Editor position is a two-year (renewable) term. This person looks after the Division finances and prepares the Division Newsletter four times a year, with much able assistance from the current and past officers and Division members. Serving as an officer is a great way to get to know other members of the Division and to work with your colleagues to support and further our Divisions mission. Please consider serving as an officer or nominate someone to serve (with his/her knowledge and permission, of course) who you feel will make a good Division leader. Contact James Dawson, Nominating Committee Chair, at email@example.com by August 31 with your suggestions. For 2008, the Committee is seeking both a Second Vice-Chair and a Secretary-Treasurer-Editor.
2) History of Geology Student Award: The History of Geology Division is soliciting proposals for a student award for the amount of $500, and the selected paper will be given at the annual national GSA meeting for that year. This award, established in 2004, is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Mary C. Rabbitt. Consideration will be given to both undergraduate and graduate students, provided the person is a student in good standing at the time of application; the presentation at the GSA Annual Meeting may take place after graduation. While both oral and poster presentations are acceptable, but oral presentations are preferred. Faculty advisor(s) may be listed as second author(s), but not as the lead author of the paper. The proposed paper may be, but not limited to: (1) A paper in the history of geology; or (2) A literature review of ideas for a technical work or thesis/dissertation; or (3) Some imaginative aspect of the history of geology we have not thought of before.The award consists of $500 presented at the Division luncheon, and the student will present the winning paper in the History of Geology Division disciplinary session. It is open to all students regardless of discipline, provided the proposed paper is related to the history of a geological idea/person/etc. After the applications have been received and reviewed by the Award Committee, the winner will be notified. The winner should then register for the GSA Annual Meeting and present his or her paper at the History of Geology Division disciplinary session. A ticket to the History of Geology luncheon will be provided for the student and a guest. The $500 award will be presented at the time the paper is presented, and the student will also be recognized at the annual luncheon. If there are multiple authors, the cash award will be presented to the senior author, and further distribution is up to that person.
Proposal guidelines and application forms are available from the Division web site at http://www.gsahist.org , or if there are any questions about the award, please contact the Division Secretary-Treasurer. All applications and proposed abstracts should be forwarded to the Division Secretary-Treasurer, please see the address given in the Division Officers list.Due date for proposals and application is May 1 each year so that the proposal content can be reviewed and the selection made for the award in time to meet the official GSA deadline. Also in this way, the GSA abstract, perhaps, can be refined. The Division award committee will make the selection.
2004 Michael C. Rygel 2005 Lee J. Florea 2006 Alistair Sponsel 2007 ???3) Mary C. Rabbitt History of Geology Award: The Mary C. Rabbitt History of Geology Award is presented annually by the Geological Society of Americas History of Geology Division to an individual for exceptional scholarly contributions of fundamental importance to our understanding of the history of the geological sciences. Achievements deserving of the award include, but may not be limited to, publication of papers or books that contribute new and profound insights into the history of geology based on original research or a synthesis of existing knowledge. The award was established by the History of Geology Division in 1981 and renamed in memory of Mary C. Rabbitt in 2005. The award consists of an embossed certificate and a pewter Revere bowl. The deadline for receipt of nominations by the selection committee isFebruary 1 each year. Nominations should be sent to the Division Secretary-Treasurer; address is given in the Division Officers list on page 8 of this Newsletter.
PREVIOUS AWARDEES1982 George W. White 1983 Claude C. Albritton, Jr 1984 Mary C. Rabbitt
1985 Cecil J. Schneer 1986 Ursula B. Marvin 1987 Martin J. S. Rudwick
1988 Stephen Jay Gould 1989 Albert V. Carozzi 1990 Gordon Y. Craig
1991 William A. S. Sarjeant 1992 Michele L. Aldrich 1993 Martin Guntau
1994 Fran�ois Ellenberger 1995 Robert H. Dott, Jr. 1996 Gordon L Herries Davies
1997 Kennard B. Bork 1998 Hatten S. Yoder, Jr. 1999 David R. Oldroyd
2000 Hugh Torrens 2001 Walter O. Kupsch 2002 Dennis Dean
2003 Ellis Yochelson 2004 Stephen G. Brush 2005 Gerald M. Friedman
2006 Sandra Herbert 2007 Kenneth L. Taylor 2008 ??
4) The Gerald M. and Sue T. Friedman History of Geology Distinguished Service Award: TheFriedman Distinguished Service Award of the Geological Society of Americas History of Geology Division, created in 2005, may be given from time to time to an individual or individuals, for exceptional service to the advancement of our knowledge of the history of the geological sciences. This service may include, but not be limited to, the discovery of and making available rare source materials; comprehensive bibliographic surveys; organizing meetings and symposia in the history of geology; exceptional service to the Division. The deadline for receipt of nominations by the selection committee is February 1 each year. Nominations should be sent to the Division Secretary-Treasurer; address is given in the Division Officers list below.
PREVIOUS AWARDEES2006 Robert Ginsburg 2007 Michele L. Aldrich and Alan E. LevitonOFFICERS
CHAIR: Julie Newell, Social & International Studies, Southern Polytechnic State University, 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060-2896; (678) 915-7481; Fax (678) 915-4949; firstname.lastname@example.orgFIRST VICE-CHAIR: Steve Rowland, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154-4010; (702) 895-3625; email@example.com
SECOND VICE-CHAIR: Yildirim Dilek, Department of Geology, 116 Shideler Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056; 513-529-2212; Fax: 513-529-1542; firstname.lastname@example.orgSECRETARY-TREASURER-EDITOR: William R. Brice, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Geology & Planetary Science, Johnstown, PA 15904. (814) 269-3950; Fax (814) 269-2022; email@example.com
PAST CHAIR: Gary D. Rosenberg, Department of Geology, Indiana University-Purdue University, 723 W. Michigan Street, SL118, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 274-7468 (Office); (317) 274-7484 (Department); Fax (317) 274-7966); firstname.lastname@example.orgWEB MASTER: Hugh Rance, 4310 Kissena Blvd, 11 H, Flushing, NY 11355; email@example.com.