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GSA NSW Division Newsletter – 8/04/2016
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Dear <<First Name>> (Member Number: <<Id>>),

Please enjoy this newsletter from the Geological Society of Australia - NSW Division:

TALK
 Real-time Geochemistry & Mineralogy:
Mars Rover technologies landing on Earth

AGM minutes

New NSW division committee

Congratulations to the following members society members who now make up the Geological Society of Australia - NSW Division Committee
 
Chair: Kelsie Dadd, Macquarie University
 
Treasurer: Anthony Lanati, Macquarie University
 
Secretary: Carmen Braz, University of Sydney
 
Newsletter Editor: Mira van der Ley, UNSW

Paul Harvey, Macquarie University

Joanna Parr, CSIRO

Ly Lo, UNSW undergraduate student

Angela Lay, UNSW postgraduate student

Graham Carr, formerly of CSIRO
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the New South Wales Division of the Geological Society of Australia Incorporated.
 
Held at the Barbarian Room, NSW Rugby Club
Rugby Place, Sydney, NSW on Thursday 10th February 2016.
 
The meeting was opened at 6:05 pm by Ian Graham, outgoing Chair of the NSW Division.
 
Apologies: Dioni Cendon (outgoing NSW Division Secretary), Dane Burkett (outgoing NSW Division Treasurer) and Mira van der Ley (outgoing NSW Division Newsletter Editor).
 
Number of members in attendance:  35 (quorum was met)
 
Agenda
Chairman’s Report
Treasurers Report
Election of Office Bearers
Close of AGM
Presentation by Graham Carr, President of the Geological Society of Australia
 
 
Chairman’s Report (Ian Graham)
Ian Graham began his report by asking the audience to kindly inform the incoming committee of anyone whom they knew may be visiting Sydney and willing to give a talk to the society. He then outlined the division’s activities of the past year including 1) the annual JJ Frankel talk at UNSW in August; 2) the November Honours student night which he said was always the division’s highlight of the year as it gave the chance for our next generation of earth scientists to showcase their work; 3) sponsorship of students from all the earth science departments/schools across NSW to attend conferences, workshops and for undergraduate student prizes; 4) sponsorship of student geoscience societies; 5) sponsorship of Jade Pham (Sydney High School student) to attend the Earth Science Olympiad in Brazil; and 6) the work of the NSW Division Stratigraphic and Geoheritage subcommittees. He then suggested some possible future activities for the division including fieldtrips which were a great success in the past, production of fieldguides for areas of interest in NSW and especially the need for a fieldguide on the geology of Sydney and the possibility of making the divisional talks available online for our regional members who due to distance are unable to attend meetings in Sydney and Maitland (Hunter Valley Branch).
 
 
Treasurer’s Report (Ian Graham)
Ian Graham began by saying that the NSW divisional committee had forgone capitation fees from the Federal GSA as we are in a sound financial position at present compared to the Federal GSA. Due to this, our only income for the year has been from interest in bank held accounts.
 
 The current accounts are as follows:          
 
Main Account:                                   $39, 606.46
Term Deposit (4022):                        $  9, 148.17
Term Deposit (5031):                        $  2, 000.00
 
Total:                                                  $50, 754.63
 
Ian Graham also suggested to the incoming committee that it would be highly beneficial to transfer all funds to the same bank as the Federal GSA in order to reduce costs and streamline finances.
 
 
Election of Office Bearers
 
The following nominations were received for the respective roles:
 
Chair: Kelsie Dadd, Macquarie University
 
Treasurer: Anthony Lanati, Macquarie University
 
Secretary: Carmen Braz, University of Sydney
 
Newsletter Editor: Mira van der Ley, UNSW
 
As there were no further nominations for these roles, the nominees were elected unanimously by all in attendance.   
 
Additional committee members elected unanimously at the meeting are:
 
Paul Harvey, Macquarie University
Joanna Parr, CSIRO
Ly Lo, UNSW undergraduate student
Angela Lay, UNSW postgraduate student
Graham Carr, formerly of CSIRO
 
The outgoing Chair, Ian Graham, congratulated all the new committee members and the AGM was then officially closed.
 
Graham Carr, President of the Geological Society of Australia then gave a talk on:
 
‘Reflections on 35 years of mineral exploration research in Australia –my views on the Top 5 most influential research outputs’
 
The talk was well received by all present and was followed by a number of questions from the audience and then a vote of thanks was given by the audience.
 
The meeting then closed at 7:35pm.

These are a true record of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the New South Wales Division of the Geological Society of Australia held on Thursday 10th February 2016.
 Signed - 
  Ian Graham             Kelsie Dadd             Carmen Braz
(outgoing Chair)        (incoming Chair)      (incoming Secretary)

AESC student scholarships

Student Scholarships to Attend the Australian Earth Sciences Convention
 
Ten scholarships, each of $500, will be provided to students to help attend the upcoming Australian Earth Sciences Convention (26-30 June 2016). 

Requirements for Successful Application:
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled as a student at any university (or other educational institution) in NSW.
  • Preference will be given to applicants presenting either a poster or oral presentation (or both) at the convention. However, students who are not presenting may also apply but must be currently enrolled in an earth science degree.
  • If the applicant is already receiving financial assistance from a university or employer they won't be able to apply for the scholarship.
  • The applicant should be a member of the GSA. Student membership of the GSA is very cheap and an application can be made along with the scholarship application.

How to Apply:
Please email the following details to Carmen Braz at cbra4985@uni.sydney.edu.au:
  • Name
  • Institution
  • Supervisors (or relevant contact)
  • Title and abstract of talk (if not presenting, please provide a  description of <200 words of why you'd like to attend and why you should receive the scholarship)
  • Contact details

If successful the recipient will be asked to write a short article on their experience at the AESC 2016 for publication in tag and the NSW division newsletter.

If staff would like to advertise this scholarship to students at their institution, please feel free to forward this email.
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