GEON Participates in SACNAS Conference
Members of the GEON team recently attended the annual SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) meeting, held in Denver, CO, September 29-October 1. The mission of SACNAS is to encourage Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels.
This was GEON's first presence at the SACNAS annual meeting, and it was deemed valuable by those from the project who attended. Attendees of the opening reception for the "Geosciences" were pleased with a large increase in the number present, as the conference had a representation from the full range of scientific disciplines. Randy Keller (PI, UTEP), Ann Gates (Co-PI, UTEP), and Chaitan Baru (PI, SDSC) all served on a panel entitled "Cyberinfrastructure, What Is It?". The slide presentations given at this session can be accessed from the GEON website, at
GEON also hosted a booth in the exhibit hall and, as always, distributed brochures, outreach items, and offered demos on some of the tools being developed by project members. Margaret Banton ran the booth, including managing all of the logistics for setting up the booth itself. Chuck Meertens provided the computer through which booth visitors were able to access the GEON portal and also see demonstrations of the capabilities offered by the GEON IDV software that Dr. Meertens and his team have been developing
GEON at the Geological Society of America Fall Meeting
There will be an array of options to learn about GEON at the GSA Fall Meeting, to be held in Salt Lake City, October 16-19, 2005. As in recent years past, GEON will host a booth (#1030) in the Exhibition Hall. A number of GEON team members will be on-hand at the booth to discuss the project and provide demonstrations of some of the tools and capabilities that have been developed. The recently released 2005 GEON Annual Report will also be available, along with other informational and outreach items. A (tentative) list and schedule of GEON booth demos can be found at:
GEON and the EarthScope project will be co-hosting a reception. Please plan to join us at this event on Monday evening, October 17th, from 5-7 p.m, at the Alpine West Ballroom of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel.
GEON PIs Profs. Randy Keller (UTEP) and A.K. Sinha (VA Tech), in collaboration with Professor Robert Hatcher (UT, Knoxville) are co-chairing a session entitled "4-D evolution of Continents: Integrated Solutions through Cyberinfrastructure ". This will be held on Tuesday afternoon, 10/18, beginning at 1 p.m. (Session T125, please check your meeting program for location and details).
Prof. Sinha will also lead the first business meeting for the proposed DIVISION OF GEOINFORMATICS within the GSA, at this year's annual meeting Salt Lake City. This business meeting will be held Tuesday, October 18th, at 5:45 p.m. in the Salt Palace Convention Center. Please check the meeting program for exact location details.
GEON Fall PI Meeting before GSA
GEON Principal Investigators will come together for their semi-annual meeting at the University of Utah Conference Center, on Saturday, October 15th. This meeting is being hosted by Dr. Paul Sikora, GEON PI located at the University of Utah's Energy & Geoscience Institute, and will be held at the "Commander's Quarters" on the Utah campus. Agenda items include defining specific science goals for the upcoming year; discussing workshops to be held by GEON PIs in the coming year; further planning for the GEON 4th Annual Meeting (to be held May 10-12, 2006), and a general discussion of the future directions for GEON.
Allister Rees leads deployment of DINO database, using GEON Service Oriented
Dr. Allister Rees (GEON Co-PI, University of Arizona) visited the San Diego Supercomputer Center in September to give a presentation on his work with the DINO (Dinosauria Distributions), at the weekly GEON project meeting, and to meet with IT colleagues. The discussions on hosting the DINO database as a portlet in the GEON portal, led to a return visit within a few weeks to finalize implementation details, along with U of Arizona graduate student Javier Espinoza, who is working with Dr. Rees on this project By the end of this second meeting an implementation plan had been developed and the U of A team was able to return home with a detailed list of requirements for creating a portlet that would enable the querying and map-based rendering of the DINO database from the GEON portal.
Such interactions among IT and science colleagues are an essential aspect of GEON. The project encourages and supports such visits, which play a critical role in helping to develop and implement a plan for scientists to deploy their work in the GEON portal for community access.