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GSA 2008

April 4, 2008

A couple of notes related to the upcoming annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.

One is that they have an arranged solution for on-site child care. Has anyone used the GSA child care? or other on-site child care at meetings?

The other is that there are 17 topical sessions sponsored by the planetary geology subdivision (#95-110 in this list). Of the 35 topical session organizers, 7 are women – that’s 20% (two of your WPSB contributors are session co-organizers). Did you know you can be involved in proposing and organizing a topical or special session for meetings that you attend, like LPSC, GSA, and AGU? It’s a great way to gain some visibility for you and your research field.

Usually there will be a call for session ideas associated with the conference. Then you need to take the initiative and come up with a session title and a paragraph describing what the session will address and why it is timely. You’ll usually coordinate your idea with the planetary representative to the society meeting and enlist the help of a co-convenor. If your session is accepted, then you need to make sure to get the community to submit abstracts to your session and maybe invite a keynote speaker. Of course, you’ll need to attend the meeting and chair the session as well. It’s not a herculean task and one that can be very rewarding. You’ll get to customize the session and in the best cases, get a lot out of it for yourself – it’s like all the contributors bring their newest work and ideas straight to you!

This is a good example of an opportunity you make yourself. So next time, don’t wait for someone to ask you to co-chair a special session – go out and make your own!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dianna McMenamin permalink
    April 14, 2008 9:21 pm

    My 12 year old went to GSA with her Dad this fall, and spent some time at the childcare place, so I asked her for the “insider view.” She says there were only a half a dozen kids there. There were some nice crafts and generic snacks. Some of the younger kids watched Dora the Explorer, while the rest played. She thought the children were well cared for, though there was very little for her, as an older child. I asked if she would recommend that someone leave their child there, and she shrugged and said “Yeah.”

  2. April 10, 2008 11:46 am

    We used the KiddieCorp childcare at AGU a couple years ago and found it to be satisfactory. I liked that it was REALLY onsite (off of the poster hall), so I could get there quickly if I needed to. They seemed to have plenty of staff and toys to keep the kids occupied. As with all childcare, nothing really seems “ideal”. My husband and I will probably both be going to GSA this fall and will likely bring the kids and use the daycare, now that it is offered.

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