From Seafloor Mapping to Hammer Awards and AAAS Fellowships........
PRESS CONFERENCE WITH USGS SCIENTISTS: 2:30 p.m. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AAAS Press Room
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2:00-5:00 p.m. - Bradford Butman, USGS oceanographer at the Woods Hole Field Center in Woods Hole, Mass., speaks about Predicting the Fate of Contaminants in the New York Bight during a session on Dredging Harbors: What To Do With Toxic Waste. USGS studies involve the use of sophisticated seafloor mapping and sampling equipment to provide a new, detailed regional map of sea floor characteristics offshore of the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. Information from this USGS study provides a regional framework for predicting the movement and long-term fate of sediments and associated contaminants. The information can also be used to guide habitat and resource management and develop strategies for monitoring long-term environmental change.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
* 9:00 a.m.- Noon, Thomas Ahlbrandt, USGS geologist, Denver, Colo., has organized a symposium for the 150th Anniversary of AAAS entitled: "Petroleum: The Past, Present and Future of a Needed Resource". Philadelphia is an appropriate setting for the 150th AAAS meeting because it provides linkages to the early history of AAAS where earth sciences were emphasized, and to American petroleum, which was first discovered in Titusville, Penn. in 1859. Six speakers, representing universities, non-profit state and national organizations, and industry will address petroleum topics ranging from its American origin in Pennsylvania, responsiveness to environmental concerns, forthcoming dramatic changes and technological developments, and the linkage to societal issues.
* 3:00-6:00 p.m. - Gary Waggoner, a USGS biologist at the Center for
Biological Informatics in Denver, Colo., is the organizer of a session on
Systematic Biology for the
Contact: Catherine Haecker
United States Geological Survey