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SE GSA Comes to Knoxville

The UT Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will host the Southeast Section meeting of the Geological Society of America April 12-13, 2018, at the Knoxville Convention Center. Linda Kah, Annette Engel, Colin Sumrall, and Bob Hatcher are part of the committee planning the programs and field trips and have done a fantastic job soliciting proposals for topical sessions, symposia, and field excursions that will make this meeting one for the record books.

Theme sessions range from seismic hazards and chemostratigraphy to tectonics and planetary geology. Field trips associated with the meeting include trips to look at various tectonic settings, Ordovician stratigraphy and more. The keynote speaker is Robert Hazen, senior staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory and Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences at George Mason University.

Two symposia will honor the career of UT faculty. “Longstanding Problems and New Ideas About the Structure and Tectonic Evolution of the Southern Appalachians and Other Mountain Belts” will honor the career of Robert D. Hatcher Jr., and “From Diamonds to the Moon: Advances in the Understanding of Planet Formation” will honor the career of Lawrence August Taylor. The Flynn Creek Crater field trip will also be in Taylor’s honor.

Alumni and friends are invited to attend the symposia and an evening visit to tour the new Strong Hall facility. This will be a great opportunity to see our new setting as we look to the future to advance our teaching and scientific endeavors. Learn more at

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