As the new term 2013-14 begins for NSFG, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the many NS members that have dedicated time and effort to support Near Surface Geophysics at AGU (OPSA judges, conference session organizers, committee members, donors …). Under the leadership of Louise Pellerin (past Chair) the Focus
Group actively engaged in the new governance of AGU and held its first elections. NS continued to engage its student members, formed a new committee for early career members, lead collaborations with the SEG and the EEGS including joint conference sessions and workshops, and expanded fundraising efforts for the benefit of student members, just to list a few of Lu’s many contributions to NSFG.
A special acknowledgement and thanks goes to two outgoing committee members that have supported critical functions of the focus group: Chet Weiss has served as the NSFG Fall Meeting Program Representative since 2007! Chet has done an outstanding job of handling numerous session proposals and abstract submissions every year, managing scheduling conflicts and negotiating the best possible times for our sessions and presentations. Hundreds of Fall AGU presenters and thousands of attendees have benefited by Chet’s work over the last six meetings. Xavier Comas has been responsible for getting the newsletter out to NSFG members (about 3,500 primary and secondary) since January of 2010. As the NS Letter editor he produced 36 monthly newsletters keeping us up to date with upcoming events, conferences, sessions and other critical communication to the community. Xavier did exceptional work making sure the newsletter was ready to go by the first of each month, regardless of holiday or travel, or even the addition of a new family member!
Last but not least, a special thanks goes to Lee Slater (outgoing past Chair) and Rhett Herman (outgoing secretary) for years of support to NSFG. I look forward to serving the NSFG community for the next couple of years and working with continuing and new NSFG Officers and many of our members. In the upcoming months we will be looking for volunteers to join us in the various functions of the focus group. If you are interested in participating please contact me or any of the executive committee members, or look for calls for volunteers in the newsletter. (For a list of NSFG officers click here.)