AESE 1997 Annual Meeting in Boulder

Boulder, Colorado, is the venue for the 1997 Annual Meeting. It will be held at The Broker Inn near the University of Colorado campus from Saturday, 20 September, to Tuesday, 23 September. Marla Adkins-Heljeson is putting together an exciting program with something for everyone. Session topics ranging from electronic journals to earth science and education are planned for Sunday morning, all day Monday, and Tuesday morning. If there is sufficient interest, a concurrent World Wide Web workshop will be held at the Computing Center of the University of Colorado on Tuesday morning (there will be an additional fee for the workshop). The business lunch will be held on Monday. Details of the program are given in the Schedule of Events on this page.

Social activities and the field trip are highlights of AESE's annual meetings. The opening reception will be at the Mesa Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which is a spectacular building designed in the 1960s by I.M. Pei. The lab is situated beneath the Flatiron (uplifted flabs of the sedimentary Fountain Formation) overlooking Boulder and the plains. To the west the Rockies rise precipitously. There will be opportunity to wander around the public areas of the building to view the current art and scientific display and to walk on the short, wheelchair-accessible nature trail through ponderosa pine close to the building. Numerous mule deer (and occasionally bears and mountain lions) inhabit this area.

The field trip will take us to Rocky Mountain National Park to view the geology, glacial geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology. In late September the aspens should be turning in the high country. We return to The Broker for the annual awards banquet. Pete Palmer of the Cambrian Institute will be the banquet speaker; his topic will be the concept of ecological footprints.

Boulder is situated at 5400 feet, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Denver and about 55 miles from Denver International Airport (DIA). The airport is well served by major airlines, and transportation from the airport to Boulder is good. Public buses to Boulder and limousine service directly to The Broker run every hour and take approximately one hour. Taxis from DIA are expensive and not recommended.

Boulder is home to not only the University of Colorado and NCAR but also other major government and private research facilities and high-tech and biomedical industries. It is also a year-round vacation town, so come prepared to spend a bit of extra time to enjoy the many restaurants, coffee houses, galleries, and shops on the Pearl Street Mall in historic downtown Boulder, which is accessible by city bus from our hotel.

Lodging at The Broker will be $94 for double rooms, $84 for singles (conference rate), plus 9.65% tax. We anticipate a registration fee of about $175 to $200. Accompanying persons may register separately for the field trip and banquet.

In September Boulder generally has warm days and cool nights (snow is possible, however). You will need warm clothes for the field trip because we will be going up to about 9000 feet.

Registration materials will be sent in July giving details about cost and how to reach The Broker by car. For further information contact: Kathleen Salzberg, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, 303-492-3765, or Faith Rogers, Geological Society of America, 303-447-2020,

Further information on Boulder, with links to Denver International Airport, is available at