Final Announcement — March 2001

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Hosted by
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Geochemical Society
Mineralogical Society of America
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
European Association of Geochemistry
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Corporate Sponsor
Finnigan MAT

Corporate Contributor

Robert J. Bodnar
Department of Geological Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg VA 24061-0420, USA
Phone:  540-231-7455
Fax:  540-231-3386

Michael F. Hochella Jr.
Department of Geological Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg VA 24061-0420, USA
Phone:  540-231-6227
Fax:  540-231-3386

Additional Contacts
Ellen Mathena, conference secretary (
LeBecca Simmons, LPI meeting coordinator (

On behalf of the Geochemical Society, the Mineralogical Society of America, and the European Association of Geochemistry, we are pleased to announce the final program of the Eleventh Annual V. M. Goldschmidt Conference, to be held from Sunday morning, May 20, through mid-day Thursday, May 24, 2001, at The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia, USA.

We are delighted to report that this will be the largest and most diverse Goldschmidt Conference ever in North America. Well over 900 abstracts were received for oral and poster presentation. The conference program and abstracts are now available for viewing on this Web site.

The Eleventh Annual V. M. Goldschmidt Conference will be held at
The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, USA. The Homestead is a world-renowned, five-star resort located on 23 square miles of land in the scenic and peaceful Appalachian Mountains of western Virginia. Founded in 1766, 13 U.S. presidents have been entertained there. The resort is 70 miles from the closest commercial airport in Roanoke, Virginia, and is 210 miles from Washington, DC. Details on traveling to The Homestead are given in the next section.

Meeting sessions will take place in the mornings, ending around noon, and start again in the late afternoons so that participants may take advantage of the many recreational and educational activities that The Homestead offers. These activities include golf (including three championship courses, one of which is ranked as the fourth best public course in the United States), tennis, swimming (including natural hot springs), a spa and salon, hiking, cycling and mountain biking, bowling, fly fishing, horseback riding, falconry lessons, and shooting (sporting clays, trap, skeet, and fixed-target). Please check The Homestead Web site for prices and other details for these activities.

Additional information on activities and points of interest in the region can be obtained from the Web site of Bath County, Virginia.

The Homestead is located in the town of Hot Springs, Virginia, on US 220 about 20 miles north of Covington, Virginia.

Roanoke Regional Airport, the closest commercial airport, offers 47 incoming flights daily and is served by US Airways, United, Delta, and Northwest. Direct flights are available from a number of major hubs in the United States, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington (Dulles and Ronald Reagan National Airport). Car rental companies represented at the Roanoke airport include Avis, Hertz, National, and Dollar.

For those flying into Roanoke, we strongly recommend that you use The Homestead transportation service. For $80, The Homestead will provide you with ground transportation to and from the Roanoke Airport no matter when your flight arrives or departs. Vans and buses leave every hour around the clock, so if your flight is late in arriving or departs at 6:00 a.m., for example, there is no problem. You can sign up for this service by submitting a ground transportation reservation form. Rental cars are not necessary at the conference site because the local shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance from The Homestead.

If you are driving to The Homestead in your personal or rental car, go to The Homestead's Web site for detailed driving directions.

Please note that participants are responsible for their own hotel reservations. For your convenience, a
hotel reservation form is provided. The number of rooms in our block at The Homestead is limited to 400. Most (but not all) rooms had been reserved as of mid-March.

The room rate is fixed at $171.00 per night, plus 15% service charge, plus 4.5% Virginia sales tax, and is the same for both single or double occupancy. For students, a number of rooms have been made available at $120.00 per night, with an occupancy of up to four.

The 15% service charge pays for exceptional personal service for all hotel guests. It also means that no tipping is expected for any service, including dining, during the entire length of your stay.

In addition to The Homestead, there are accommodations in and near the town of Hot Springs. For information on these accommodations, please send an e-mail to Ellen Mathena, conference secretary ( Note, however, that most of these accommodations are not within walking distance of the conference site, and will require a rental car to travel to the conference site as no public transportation is available in the Hot Springs area.

Some Goldschmidt participants may choose to stay in Covington, Virginia, about 20 miles south of Hot Springs. However, please note that Route 220 between the two towns is a relatively slow mountain road. One should use great care, especially when traveling in adverse weather or at night. Deer on the road, as well as fog, are common along this highway after dark.

If you have a personal car, parking is free at The Homestead whether you are lodging there or not. No permit is required. Small guest parking lots can be found to the left and right of the main access lane that leads to The Homestead front entrance.

The weather in the mountains of Virginia in late May is variable. Days are often quite comfortable, with low humidity and temperatures around 75°C (24°C). However, rain and colder temperatures are possible. Daytime highs can be as low as about 55°F (13°C). Nighttime temperatures typically range between 40° and 60°F (4° to 16°C). You may wish to check the weather on the Web just before coming to the conference by going to and entering the postal code for Hot Springs (24445). You will be able to obtain a forecast for the entire week of the conference.

Oral Presentations:  Oral presentations will be given in seven to nine parallel sessions starting on Sunday morning, May 20, and continuing through Thursday morning, May 24. Talks will be 15 minutes total (12-minute talks, 3 minutes for discussion). Keynote talks will be 30 minutes total (25-minute talks, 5 minutes for discussion). Projection equipment will include two 35-mm slide projectors and one overhead projector in each room.

Forty-two topical sessions have been arranged. The complete program of all sessions, including talks and posters, is now available for viewing at this Web site. In addition, an overview of the sessions and conference-related activities, including times and locations, is also available.

Poster Presentations:  All poster presentations can be displayed for the entire length of the conference. The times of 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. and 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. have been set aside in the schedule most days specifically for poster presentations. Poster authors will be able to mark a posted check sheet next to their poster in order to indicate the exact times that they expect to be present at their posters.

If you are preparing a poster for the conference, the maximum poster size allowed is 44" × 44" (112 cm × 112 cm).

Three plenary sessions are planned and all will be held in the Grand Ballroom. Plenary I will start at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday, the first morning of the conference. It will be a very brief (10-minute) orientation to the conference, facilities, and activities during the week.

Plenary II will be from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. on Sunday. Don DePaolo will present the Gast Lecture, given each Goldschmidt conference in memory of Paul Gast, the first recipient of the Goldschmidt Medal. Professor DePaolo also won the Urey Medal of the EAG last year.

Plenary III will be from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday. GS and EAG medals will be presented, new Fellows of the Societies will be recognized, and two scientific lectures will be given by 2001 Goldschmidt Medal recipient Ike Kushiro and current GS President Mike Hochella.

There will be a coffee break near the middle of each morning session. Just before the late afternoon sessions begin, starting at 3:30 p.m., there will be an afternoon high tea in the main, formal dining room of The Homestead. Tea and traditional hors d'oeuvres will be served for all conference participants who wish to attend. High tea will continue until 5:00 p.m., although afternoon sessions will begin at 3:55 p.m.

Each evening after dinner, Sunday through Tuesday, in the main theatre of The Homestead, a Hollywood movie will be shown that has a geology theme (e.g., the classic "Journey to the Center of the Earth"). The theatre capacity is 270, and tickets will be available, free of charge, each day at the registration desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Public computer access/services will NOT be provided at this meeting. Personal laptops with modems will be necessary for e-mail and Internet access during your stay. At The Homestead, there is no charge for toll-free telephone calls from your room. Therefore, when connecting to a server, we strongly recommend that you set up your computer to use a prepaid calling card number or otherwise access your long distance carrier using a toll-free number.

A number of exhibitors will be at this conference, including (in alphabetical order) CETAC Technologies, Elsevier, Finnigan MAT, Geochemical Society, Micromass, Mineralogical Society of America, New Wave Research/Merchantek Products, Picotrace, Royal Society of Chemistry (Geochemical Transactions), and Thermo-Calc Software AB. It is likely that other exhibitors will sign up to attend as the conference approaches.

The conference banquet will take place in the Grand Ballroom at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. All conference registrants are welcome to attend the banquet at no additional charge. Wine will be provided with a gourmet dinner and music will be provided by Stairwell, a well-known bluegrass band from Roanoke, Virginia.

The cost of registration pays for the following:
    * Meeting facilities
    * Audio-visual equipment and poster display boards
    * Catered welcoming reception on Saturday night
    * Continental breakfast each morning, Sunday through Thursday
    * Dinner each evening, Sunday through Wednesday
    * Printed meeting program with brief abstract summaries
    * Abstract volume in CD-ROM format
    * Coffee breaks in the mornings
    * High tea in the late afternoon

If you are a member of the Geochemical Society, Mineralogical Society of America, or European Association of Geochemistry, a fee of $390 ($250 for guests) will be assessed each participant to cover these costs. If you are not a member, the registration fee is $440 ($250 for guests). You can avoid the non-member rate by joining one of these Societies. Membership information is readily available from the Geochemical Society ( or any recent issue of GCA) and the Mineralogical Society of America (

Please note!: Registration fees are based on the average cost per participant or guest and cannot be prorated by individual attendance at events or meals, by facility usage, or by other line items. Guest fees do include meals, but do not include abstract volumes, coffee breaks, and meeting facility costs. Guests must be registered and accompanied by a professional or student participant.

Participants registering by credit card may preregister and prepay using the electronic registration form. If you cannot pay by credit card, you can preregister and prepay using the downloadable registration form. For questions regarding registration, contact LeBecca Simmons at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, USA, via e-mail at or by fax (fax number 281-486-2125).

You must preregister AND prepay by April 1, 2001, to avoid a $100 late fee. Non-U.S. participants who state on the registration form that they have a currency exchange problem may pay in cash at the meeting and avoid the $100 late fee IF they return the form by April 1, 2001.

Refund Policy:  Registration fees for this meeting are NOT refundable, regardless of the date of cancellation.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, May 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Garden Room at The Homestead. Preregistered attendees may check in and collect their badges, conference program, etc., and registration will be available at that time for those who did not register in advance. The registration desk will be open again in the same location at 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, and will also be open each morning and afternoon of the conference at the times noted in the
overview of sessions and activities.

Note:  All meeting registrants must display their badges to gain admission to talks, poster sessions, and meals.

The mailing address and general telephone number to the conference (suitable for courier delivery, for example, or emergencies) is:

Your name
c/o Ms. Tonya Kincaid
The Homestead
Goldschmidt Conference
US Route 220 North
Hot Springs VA 24445, USA

A message board will be maintained at the registration desk located in the Garden Room of The Homestead during the entire conference.

The Geochemical Society and the Mineralogical Society of America are co-sponsoring a short course in molecular modeling before the Goldschmidt Conference. The short course will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The short course begins with a welcoming party on Friday evening, May 18, 2001, and continues through the morning of Sunday, May 20. Complete information for this short course can be found by visiting the
short course Web site or by sending a request for information to Dr. Randall Cygan (

THERMOCALC Workshop — Calculating Metamorphic Phase Equilibria
Roger Powell (with assistance from Chris Carson, Yale University) will give a 2.5-day THERMOCALC Workshop immediately prior to the Goldschmidt Conference. You do not have to attend the Goldschmidt Conference to participate in this informal workshop. The workshop will run all day on May 17 and 18, and on the morning of May 19, 2001, on the campus at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Following the workshop, transportation from the Virginia Tech campus to The Homestead will be arranged for Goldschmidt attendees as necessary (contact Bob Tracy,, before the workshop). The course will likely be limited to 25 participants due to available computer lab space. The fee for the workshop will be $100 (accommodations and meals will be at the expense of the participants). A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Red Lion Inn in Blacksburg, Virginia (~1 mile from campus; phone:  540-552-7770).

For further information, contact Michael Brown at the University of Maryland (

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