cc: "Andy Buddington" <ABuddingtonatXYZxyz.spokane.edu>
date: Mon, 03 Dec 2007 20:00:29 -0600
from: "George Stone" <StoneGatXYZxyzc.edu>
subject: Invited paper for 2008 GSA symposium (Houston)
to: "Phil Jones" <p.jonesatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
Dear Dr. Jones,
Andy Buddington and I have organized a proposal for a symposium at the Houston GSA next
October (5-9). The title of the proposed session is Global Warming Science: Implications
for Geoscientists, Educators, and Policy Makers (please see attachment). You were highly
recommended to us by Joe Koch.
As noted in the proposal rationale, the principal goal of this session is to provide
geoscientists and geoscience educators reviews of hard science that document global warming
and its current and projected impacts, and clarify policy implications for mitigation and
adaptation. Through its program of authoritative papers, the session will tacitly
emphasize the importance of rigorous standards of scientific objectivity. (An unstated
purpose is to counter presentations of disinformation and contrarian non-science that have
been foisted on GSA -- and, frankly, detracted from the Society' reputation -- the past
two annual meetings!)
We are greatly heartened by the enthusiastic response of our invited sponsors. Confirmed
sponsors to date are the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), and GSAs Geology and
Health, Geoscience Education, and Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology divisions.
Additional invited sponsors are GSAs Geology and Society Division and the National
Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). Jim Hansen has agreed to keynote the symposium.
Because of your stature and the relevance of your research, we respectfully request that
you consider giving an invited paper in the proposed session. We are confident that you
recognize the importance and urgency of communicating current global warming science
throughout our diverse geoscience community, particularly to researchers, educators,
students, and policy makers.
Please let us know your initial response to our invitation at your very earliest
convenience. Of course, we will be delighted if you can confirm your intention to
participate, or if you can indicate tentative confirmation. We apologize for this short
notice. (GSAs earlier-than-usual proposal deadline, Tuesday, December 4 -- tomorrow! --
did creep up with a rush after this years recent Denver meeting!) If you feel that you
will be unable to commit at this time, we will be disappointed but certainly
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Yours for the betterment of GSA and the geosciences, and for a highly successful Houston
George Stone and Andy Buddington
George T. Stone, Ph.D.
Instructor of Natural Science
Milwaukee Area Technical College
700 West State Street, Rm. C472
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1443
FAX (414) 297-6329
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