"We are especially pleased that so many of our students will be making presentations at this year's GSA meeting," says Arnie Miller, head of the Department of Geology. "Needless to say, the presentations provide our students with chances to gain the experience of showcasing their expertise to broad audiences, but the meeting also gives them opportunities to meet and chat with people they've never met previously, but whose names they've become familiar with through the literature. The students quickly come to appreciate that the most important aspects of these meetings are not the formal presentations, but the informal discussions that take place in the hallways outside meeting rooms and over meals."
The Geological Society of America was established in 1888 to promote sharing of knowledge in the earth sciences among researchers at all levels and in all areas: academic, business and government. The annual meeting provides an unbeatable setting for the exchange of ideas and a fantastic opportunity for students to test their presenting skills.
"As the newest member of the faculty, it is really encouraging to see so many of my colleagues and our students actively involved in this important meeting. This is particularly impressive given the modest size of our department," says UC geology's colloquium coordinator Lewis Owen. "Clearly it shows quality and quantity of the research that is being undertaken by our department. I am looking forward to hearing these talks and the debates that I am sure they will stimulate among both the academic and applied communities."
"The entire experience of meeting preparation, arranging logistics, and running around for four days at the speed of light from venue to venue,
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University of Cincinnati