Climate change, evolution vs. Creationism in the classroom at GSA-NC in Akron

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Akron will host a regional earth science conference next Thursday and Friday, 20-21 April. Highlights include talks on global climate change, evolution vs. creationism in the classroom, water resources management, and the only Civil War battle fought in Ohio.

Approximately 400 geoscientists from around the country are expected to attend the 40th annual meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America. The meeting takes place at the University of Akron Student Center, Akron, OH.

Journalists are invited to attend sessions of interest, interview scientists, and visit the exhibit area. Information on complimentary media registration and procedures for arranging onsite and telephone interviews during the meeting follow the program highlights below.



"Monitoring Environmental Properties of Large Lakes"
8:00-11:40 a.m., University of Akron Student Center, Room 312

Talks examine environmental conditions of Lake Erie and other Great Lakes. View session abstracts at

"Dam Removals as a Tool for River Restoration"
1:00-6:00 p.m., University of Akron Student Center, Room 312

Presentations include the impact of dam removal on the Cuyahoga and Sandusky Rivers. Of particular interest is 'Environmental Restoration of the Cuyahoga River Through Dam Removal' by Steven A. Tuckerman, Division of Surface Water, Ohio EPA, 1:20-1:40 p.m. The abstract may be viewed at
View all session abstracts at

"Morgan's Raiders and the Battle of Buffington Island: Geology's Role in the Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat"
Gregory A. Schumacher, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey
5:20-5:40 p.m., University of Akron Student Center, Room 310
View abstract at

Keynote Address: "Seasons in the Sun: New Insights on Abrupt Climate Change from Terrestrial Records"
Dr. Richard Alley, Penn State University
6:00-7:00 p.m., Student Union Auditorium
Prior to the meeting, questions regarding global climate change may be addressed to Dr. John Peck at the University of Akron ([email protected]).


"Solid Waste Disposal and Geology"
10:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m., University of Akron Student Center, Ballroom D
Four talks address ground water monitoring, remediation, and other aspects of solid waste management in Ohio.
View abstracts at

"Countering Creationism in the Classroom"
1:00-5:00 p.m., University of Akron Theater

Thirteen 20-minute presentations will cover topics ranging from "young earth" and intelligent design to culturally-based nonscientific attitudes and biases and the challenges of advancing scientific literacy. Questions regarding the session may be addressed to Dr. Lisa Park at the University of Akron ([email protected]).
View abstracts of the talks at

General questions regarding the meeting may be directed to Dr. John Szabo, Chair, Department of Geology and Environmental Science,
University of Akron ([email protected]). To view the entire technical program for the meeting visit


Eligibility for complimentary media registration is as follows:

–Working press representing bona fide news media with a press card, letter, or business card from the publication.

–Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2005 or 2006.

–Public Information Officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Media must pay regular fees for paid luncheons, field trips, etc.

Media representatives may register at the main meeting registration desk located outside Ballroom C on the 3rd floor of the Student Union. Registration hours are: Wednesday, 19 April, from 4:30-8:00 p.m.; Thursday, 20 April, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Friday, 21 April, from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. All media registrants will receive a name badge and the program/abstract book upon arrival.

Media registrants may arrange on-site interviews after attending the session in which the talk is given or by leaving a note at the GSA Registration Desk requesting an interview before or after the talk. Interested media unable to attend may telephone the Registration Desk at +1-330-972-2163 and leave a message requesting a callback from the speaker.


For additional media relations information before 20 April, contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, at +1-303-357-1056. During the meeting, 20-21 April, contact the GSA Registration Desk at +1-330-972-2163.

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Apr 2016
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