The Geological Society of America's 2014 Annual Meeting will be in the beautiful, dynamic, Great White North metropolis of Vancouver, BC, Canada, 19-22 October. It's a spectacular venue for a conference and it would be great to see you there. But I have an ulterior motive - I would love for you to submit an abstract for a session in which I'm involved.
Dr. Peter Wampler (Oregon State MS & PhD) of Grand Valley State University, Dr. Peter Knappett (University of Waterloo and University of Tennessee) of Texas A&M and I will be convening an oral Topical Session (T116) titled, Water Contamination and Treatment in Developing Countries.
This session focuses on natural or anthropogenic water contamination in developing countries, including contamination pathways and transmission; water treatment, sanitation, and land-use interventions; monitoring and evaluation; education and outreach; capacity-building; experiential learning; and community initiatives.
This session will provide a valuable venue for researchers and practitioners to share experiences and data related to the complicated process of using geoscience knowledge to help provide safer water in developing countries. All of the chairs have worked in developing countries and have contacts with researchers and NGOs seeking to provide safe water in developing countries. A web site related to water sustainability in Haiti is maintained by one of the conveners, Dr. Peter Wampler. Michael Campana runs the nonprofit Ann Campana Judge Foundation that funds and undertakes water and sanitation projects in Central America. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hydrogeologists Without Borders.
There are plenty of topics from which to choose - you have no excuse. Besides, there is plenty of time left: abstracts are due on 29 July. Visit the T116 abstract submission page. The session is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday PM, 21 October, but this is not yet definitive.
Please note that neither we nor the GSA can provide travel funds.
We will see you there!
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein, 1879-1955 (thanks to Peter Wampler)