GSA Meeting

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  October 31, 2003

Margie Yu
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Cal State L.A. 
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For immediate release:
Cal State L.A. Geoscientists to
Present Research at Seattle Meeting

Los Angeles, CA -- Research by geoscientists from California State University, Los Angeles will be presented at an annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA). The meeting will be held November 2-5, 2003, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. More than 7,000 geoscientists are expected to attend, making this the largest annual meeting in GSA history.

Presenting at the annual meeting will be Kim M. Bishop (Glendale resident) on “A Miocene Long-Runout Rock Avalanche Deposit, Southeastern California, Containing A Large ‘Clot’ of Semi-Coherent Source Rock: An Analog for Some Recent Landslide Masses?” and Barry J. Hibbs (South Pasadena resident) on “New Insights on Salinization and Predevelopment Recharge of the Rio Grande Aquifer, El Paso/Juarez Area.”

Engineering geologist Kim Bishop, graduate advisor and associate professor of geology at Cal State L.A., is an expert on landslides and related mass wasting phenomena. Prior to joining the Cal State L.A. faculty, Bishop worked nine years in the engineering geology consulting field. He has lectured on “Engineering Geology in Southern California” and “Miocene Mega-Avalanche Deposits of the Eastern Mojave Desert Area.”

Barry Hibbs, undergraduate advisor and associate professor of geology at Cal State L.A., is a hydrologist with research interests that include watershed and wetlands hydrology, contamination issues associated with agricultural and urban runoff, numerical groundwater flow and solute transport modeling, and water resources and environmental assessment along the United States-Mexican border.

The Geological Society of America, established in 1888, provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry.

California State University, Los Angeles, is a comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 21,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. The CSU: A leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education.

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