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ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

23rd Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association: August 7-10 in Seattle, WA
The 23rd Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA 2014) was held August 7-10, 2014 in Seattle, WA. The meeting focused on the Quaternary geological and environmental processes that shaped the Pacific Northwest region, the animals that lived in it, and the late intrusion by humans. The meeting was hosted by the Quaternary Research Center, College of the Environment at the University of Washington. For more details, please consult the AMQUA 2014 website.


2014 AAAS Symposium - “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes” - February 15, 2014

This symposium examined high-latitude changes linked to mid-latitude weather and the effect of these complex phenomena on freshwater resources, food availability, and national security. This event was spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and co-sponsored by the U.S. National Committees for INQUA, Soil Sciences, and Geological Sciences. More details can be found on the 2014 Santa’s Revenge archive page.


2015 INQUA Congress: "Quaternary Perspectives on Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Civilization" in Nagoya, Japan
Once every four years, Quaternary researchers from all over the world meet at the INQUA Congress to exchange the latest research results and develop agendas for the years to come. In 2015, the Congress will take place in Nagoya, Japan from July 27 to August 2. The Congress program will address the themes of the Commissions during six days of oral and poster sessions, plenary presentations, and side meetings. The scientific program will be garnished with social events at scenic spots and field trips. More details can be found on the XIX INQUA Congress website.


TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOPS

This series of workshops has been sponsored by the USNC/INQUA, the American Quaternary Association, and On the Cutting Edge, a professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty. These workshops have been held in conjunction with the AMQUA Biennial Meeting. Information and the materials used at the most recent workshops can be seen below.  

Teaching Climate Change using Large Lakes
This June 2012 workshop introduced participants to an array of data that can be gathered from large lakes and used to study past climates and predict future climate changes. The workshop provided hands-on opportunities to examine cores and historic images and use public-domain databases to develop classroom teaching exercises. It also included an optional field trip that combined a tour of working core and research labs with a cruise on Lake Superior on the research vessel Blue Heron. Read the workshop overview | View the workshop program 

Workshop Conveners:

  • Steve Colman, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
  • Rolfe Mandel, University of Kansas
    USNC/INQUA Chair
  • Alison Smith, Kent State University
    USNC/INQUA Vice Chair
  • Ester Sztein, Board on International Scientific Organizations, National Academy of Sciences
  • Katryn Wiese, Department of Earth Sciences, City College of San Francisco
  • Greg Wiles, The College of Wooster
    USNC/INQUA member

Teaching Climate Change from the Geological Record 
This August 2010 workshop introduced participants to a variety of paleoclimate records and examined how they are collected, analyzed, and interpreted. The workshop provided hands-on opportunities to examine fossils and use public-domain databases to develop classroom teaching exercises. Read the workshop overview | View the workshop program 


OTHER PAST ACTIVITIES

INQUA Early Career Researcher 2013 Inter-Congress Meeting in Wollongong University, Australia
This meeting provided an avenue for MSc/PhD candidates, Post-Doctoral Researchers, and research-active academics in the early stage of their careers (within 5 years of obtaining their PhD) to attend valuable workshops designed to assist ECRs with career development, to present their science, and to gain invaluable mentoring from more senior scientists. More details can be found on the INQUA Early Career Researcher Inter-Congress Meeting website.

Mentoring Event for Early Career Scientists at the 2012 AMQUA Meeting in Duluth, Minnesota
The USNC/INQUA organized a lunch hour mentoring event on June 23rd, 2012 during the American Quaternary Association Meeting in Duluth, MN. The event was open to students and early-career scientists, and began with a panel of senior scientists describing research opportunities and ways for the participants to get their careers started. The participants then broke into groups according to their area of interest for roundtable discussions led by members of the USNC/INQUA and other senior scientists. This allowed the early career scientists to network with others with similar interests. Rolfe Mandel (USNC Chair), Art Bettis (USNC member and AMQUA President), and Ester Sztein (The National Academies) organized this event.
                                                 

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SYMPOSIA AND PRESENTATIONS
February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”

December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”

February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"

December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”

February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"

February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"

February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”

February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"

December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”

February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"

September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"

February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ICER-1312037. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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