Burkhart heads Geological Society of America committee

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, has been appointed chair of the joint technical program committee for the 2015 Geological Society of America annual meeting Nov. 1-4 in Baltimore.

Scientists from colleges and universities, NASA, the National Science Foundation and United States Geological Survey will participate. 

Burkhart said he has completed the task of organizing 4,706 abstracts for publication and presentation and 250 technical sessions. 

The technical program will include discussions on retreating glaciers, Appalachian landscape and the 200th anniversary of the William "Strata" Smith map. Smith, an English geologist, created the first nationwide geological map. 

"At that meeting, I will convene a special Pardee Session entitled Savor the Cryosphere, which will be the premier global colloquium for 2015 that will examine the retreat of glaciers on earth," Burkhart said. 

The Geological Society of American is a non-profit organization working to advance geosciences in the service of humankind.