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Short Courses and Workshops

Short Courses and Workshops sponsored or recognized by the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), the Geochemical Society (GS), the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG, The German Mineralogical Society), and the European Mineralogical Union (EMU).

Short Courses are 2-4 day in length and are in-depth reviews of a broad topic. Published proceedings of the MSA and GS short courses will appear as a volume in the Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry series. Workshops are 1/2 to 1 day instructions on a much more focused topic or technique. Workshops generally do not result in a publication available after the course. Both Short Courses and Workshops are held in conjunction with a major meeting at which there may be special sessions on the same topic.

Short Course(s) now open for enrollment

Workshop(s) now open for enrollment

Interested in organizing a short course or workshop?

(revised 08/06/2014)

Workshops(s) now open for enrollment:

Deep Carbon through Deep Time

Date: Saturday, 18 October, 2014 - 09:00 - 17:00, the day before the 2014 GSA Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Location: Harbour Centre, Studies Lab 2945, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cost: US$30. Includes lunch. (The cost is low due to a subsidy for this short course provided by the Deep Carbon Observatory.)
Instructor: Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institution of Washington and the Deep Carbon Observatory
Cosponsors: Mineralogical Society of America; Carnegie Institution; Deep Carbon Observatory
Confirmed invited speakers include: Barbara Sherwood Lollar (University of Toronto), Rajdeep Dasgupta (Rice University), Rick Colwell (Oregon State University)
CEU: 0.7 | Max. class size: 40

Short Course Description

Carbon plays an unparalleled role in human life. It is the element of life, providing the chemical backbone for all essential biomolecules. Carbon-based fuels supply most of society’s energy, while small carbon-bearing molecules in the atmosphere play a major role in Earth’s variable and uncertain climate. Yet in spite of carbon’s importance to geology, many aspects of the physical, chemical, and biological behavior of Earth’s subsurface carbon-bearing systems remain unresolved. How much carbon is stored in Earth’s interior? How do deep reservoirs form and evolve? How does carbon move from one deep repository to another? What is the nature and extent of deep microbial ecosystems, which by some estimates rival the total surface biomass?

These questions are the motivation for the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), which is a multidisciplinary, international, 10-year initiative begun in 2009 and now boasting 1000 collaborating scientists in 40 countries on 6 continents. With significant core funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the DCO is dedicated to achieving a transformational understanding of Earth’s deep carbon cycle, including its poorly-constrained reservoirs and fluxes, the unknown role of deep biology, and unexplored influences of the deep carbon cycle on critical societal concerns related to energy, environment, and climate. The objectives of the DCO closely align with those of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) and GSA’s Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division, many of whose officers and members are participants in DCO research projects.

The scientific interests and ambitions of DCO, GSA, and MSA extend to the enigmatic and little-explored changing character of deep carbon through 4.5 billion years of Earth history. Accordingly, we proposed to sponsor a GSA Workshop that will bring together seven leading experts from Europe and North America to explore “Deep Carbon in Deep Time.” The broad range of proposed topics in this GSA Workshop reflects MSA, DCO, and GSA’s diverse and expanding interests, as well. Presentations touch on geology, biology, chemistry, and physics, from Earth’s crust to its core.

MSA and DCO are especially committed to the active participation of early career researchers and scientists from under-represented groups.

Registration is through GSA, either online or paper form.

Interested in organizing a short course or workshop? Information for prospective organizers

If you are thinking of developing a MSA short course and RiMG volume to be held in the Fall of 2016, plan on submitting your original proposal to the Chair of the MSA Short Course Committee by December 1, 2014. This will give time for the committee to consider it and make their recomendations to the Spring 2015 MSA Council. If all goes well, your final proposal for approval by MSA Council in the Fall of 2015, leaving at least 12 months to organize the course and produce the RiMG volumes in time for the short course. For short courses taking place in the first half of 2016, you should plan on submitting your original proposal to the committee by June 1, 2015.

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