ISGS Members Speak at Several Meetings

Illinois State Geological Survey scientists presented eight talks, were co-authors on an additional four talks, and led a workshop in geologic mapping at the Geological Society of America meeting in Portland, Oregon, in October 2009.

Yevgeniy Kontar presented the poster "EarthScope Wabash Valley Geophysical Experiment in Illinois" and discussed optimizing an experimental design for the combined seismic/magnetotelluric experiment in Illinois during the Workshop for an EarthScope Science Plan (WESP) on October 7, 2009, at Snowbird, Utah. The presentation concerned testing a novel geophysical framework and scientific concept as a part of a collaborative NSF project proposal led by the Illinois State Geological Survey.

Keith Hackley and Samuel Panno attended the Central-Eastern U.S. Earthquake Hazards meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, October 28-29, 2009. Panno gave a PowerPoint presentation, and Hackley and Panno presented a poster titled "Holocene-Age New Madrid Seismic Zone Earthquakes: New Data from the Initiation/Regrowth of Speleothems in Midwestern U.S. Caves."

Zakaria Lasemi gave two talks on Illinois industrial minerals at the Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals in Delaware, Ohio, on October 5, 2009.

Pius Weibel led 25 participants in the Great Lakes Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology Annual Field Conference in far southern Illinois. The trip was titled "Ancient Landscapes of the Shawnee Hills, Southern Illinois." Participants visited numerous sites on the western half of the Shawnee Hills and the Cache River valley on October 3, 2009.

Hong Wang attended the Sixth New World OSL [Optically Stimulated Luminescence] and Dosimetry Workshop in Seattle, Washington, October 22-24, 2009, and presented the paper "OSL Dating of Glaciofluvial Sand in Minnesota and Illinois."

Scott Elrick presented two talks on the Danville, Illinois, Coal Fossil Forest to the Midwest Environmental Conference held at the Forbes Natural History Building at the University of Illinois.

Xiaodong Miao gave a talk at the Illinois Soil Classifiers Association Fall Tour on October 23, 2009, held at Petersburg, Illinois. The talk, "Understanding the Loess and Sand Dunes along the Middle Illinois River," reviewed the Wisconsin and Illinois Episode glaciations, the coupled system of loess and sand dunes, and the application of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating on loess and sand dunes in that area. Miao also helped run the Illinois Soil Classifiers Association Fall Tour, organized by soil scientist Jim Hornickel, National Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Springfield. The tour area is located in Mason and Menard Counties along the Middle Illinois River, where sand dunes are located upwind of the thick loess table. Approximately 30 people, including soil scientists, geologists, and a natural resource conservationist, participated in this tour.

Zakaria Lasemi presented a talk at the Illinois-Indiana Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologist's fall meeting titled "Current Activities at the ISGS" in Lisle, Illinois, on October 21, 2009.

Sheena Beaverson presented a paper at the Illinois GIS Association's 2009 fall conference, held in Naperville, Illinois, October 6, 2009. The talk was titled "Illinois Height Modernization Program, Providing Access to High-Resolution Elevation Data."