Chapter Leader: Dr. Saugata Datta, Chair, Geology & Health Division, Geological Society of America
The IMGA created a new category – Honorary Chapter - to accommodate the Geological Society of America’s Geology and Health Division. The Division was established in 2006 with objectives and goals similar to that of the IMGA. Like the IMGA, the Division is concerned with the intersection of geology with the health of humans, animals and plants. And like the IMGA, the Division strives to: bring together an interdisciplinary range of scientists and practitioners; facilitate the presentation and discussion of relevant problems and ideas; promote research and publication of relevant studies; foster recognition of significant contributions and achievements; and encourage and mentor interested students in these interdisciplinary related issues. The Division is now a vibrant and growing organization with some 250 members, primarily from North America. The management of both organizations felt that affiliation of the like-minded organizations would be mutually beneficial.
As an Honorary Chapter the Division will remain fully independent but will abide by the IMGA rules governing Chapters. The Division will maintain at least five members who are also members in good standing of the IMGA. The Division will advertise and promote all IMGA events and activities and will encourage its membership to join the IMGA. The Division will provide a contribution describing Division activities to all future IMGA Newsletters.
In return, the IMGA will recognize the Division as an Honorary Chapter and offer Division members a discount in IMGA membership dues and discounts to attend IMGA activities and events and for IMGA products. The IMGA will advertise and promote all Division events and activities. The IMGA will provide a summary of its activities for the Division Newsletter. The Honorary Chapter demonstrated its enthusiasm for this relationship by submitting a proposal to host the 2013 IMGA conference.
The Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Geology and Health Division is proud to be accepted as the first Honorary Chapter of the IMGA. It is clear that our goals are fully consistent with and complimentary to those of the IMGA and we look forward to productive interactions as an active participant and as a supportive associate of the Association.
Purpose. The Geology and Health Division is concerned with the intersection of geological conditions, whether natural or anthropogenic in origin, with health, disease, pathology and death in modern and fossil humans, animals and plants. The interests of the Geology and Health Division focus on geology and its interdisciplinary relationship to medicine, biology, chemistry, and other sciences.
The Geology and Health Division
a) brings together an interdisciplinary range of scientists and practitioners interested in these issues;
b) facilitates the presentation and discussion of relevant problems and ideas;
c) promotes research and publication of relevant studies;
d) cooperates with other divisions and the sections of the Society and with other scientific organizations in fostering, aiding, furthering, and promoting research in relevant areas;
e) fosters recognition of significant contributions and achievements;
f) encourages and mentors interested students in these interdisciplinary related issues; and
g) advises and assists the officers and committees of the Society in matters pertaining to the interests of the members of the Geology and Health Division.
GSA meetings see http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2013/
Other Division News
An annual newsletter and periodic blast e-mails are sent to members via GSA Wesley Hill. (contact Wesley “WHill@Geosociety.org” for copies if required)
Officers and Management Board (2010-2011)
Chair: Syed E. Hasan
First Vice-Chair: Robert B. Finkelman
Second Vice-Chair: Saugata Datta
Secretary-Treasurer: Kevin E. Nick
Immediate Past Chair: H. Catherine W. Skinner
Currently we have 225 members, down about 10% from last year. About 90% of our membership is from the U.S. and Canada. We recently started a Geology and Health Division Endowment Fund.
Much of our effort is focused on developing and stimulating sessions at regional and national scientific meetings devoted to medical geology issues. At the GSA meeting in Minneapolis, MN the Division proposed and/or co-sponsored eleven sessions.
The Geology and Health Division (IMGA Honorary Chapter) is honored and excited to be chosen as the host for the 5th IMGA International Conference in 2013 (GEOMED 2013). Our preliminary plans call for the conference to be held in northern Virginia near the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) headquarters probably in early to mid-September 2013. The USGS will be an active partner in this venture as will be the GSA and the American Geologic Institute. We anticipate collaboration from a number of other organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Public Health Association, the National Science Foundation, and others.
The GSA Honorary Chapter is organizing the MEDGEO2013 Conference in Washington, DC.