TSOP - Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2015 Meeting
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Traditional sailing vessels in a Javanese port (© Tim A. Moore, 2009)
Traditional sailing vessels in a Javanese port (© Tim A. Moore, 2009)
The TSOP 2015 Annual Meeting, On the Edge: Hydrocarbons in the Tropics, will be held from Sunday, the 20th of September to Wednesday, the 23rd of September 2015 in the historic city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A post-conference field trip to the Mahakam River Delta will be held from the 24th to the 27th of September. Abstract submission is open until 29 May 2015 and early registration prices are available until 31 July 2015. See the meeting website http://tsop2015.ugm.ac.id for more information.

TSOP - Sydney, Australia, 2014 Meeting

The abstracts volume for the TSOP 2014 Annual Meeting, Organic Matter Down Under II, is now available for download in the members-only section.

March Newsletter Now Available

Our big March issue is now available on the Newsletter page (updated on 25 March with application information for the 2015 Spackman Award for graduate student research, on page 26). It contains extensive information for attendees of TSOP's 32nd annual meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; a call for nominations for the John Castaño Honorary Membership Award; an obituary/memorial on founding member Harvey Zeiss; introductions of six new TSOP members; an article on coal used on and recovered from the Titanic; a book review of Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed; lithium in Chinese coal; the first circular for the joint meeting of TSOP - AASP - ICCP in Houston in 2016; and other coal petrology news. Last chance to submit items for the June issue: Please provide any materials for publication in the next Newsletter to Editor Rachel Walker by June 5, 2015.

In Memoriam: William Spackman, 1919 - 2014

We are saddened by the news that Professor William Spackman, TSOP's first President elected by the membership, passed away in North Carolina, USA, on March 13, 2014. Dr. Spackman founded the Coal Research Section at Penn State and participated, with his many students, in a wide variety of coal petrology research. Among many other awards, he received ICCP's Theissen Medal, AIST's Becker Award, GSA Coal Division's Cady Award, TSOP's Honorary Membership (in the first year it was awarded, later the Castaño Award), and was honored with the naming of the Spackman Award, TSOP's graduate student reserach grant. In addition to TSOP, he was active in the North American Coal Petrographers group (prior to TSOP's founding) and the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology, and was the founding editor of the International Journal of Coal Geology. See more at:
TSOP Newsletter June 2014 (PDF; pages 9-10)
The Spackman Award
Obituary at legacy.com

In Memoriam: Aureal T. Cross, 1916 - 2013

We are saddened to report that Professor Aureal T. Cross passed away in East Lansing, Michigan, on December 1st, 2013. Prof. Cross was a widely known figure in the world of organic petrology and will be greatly missed. In 2005, he was awarded TSOP's John Castaño Honorary Membership Award for his significant contributions to teaching, coal geology, and paleobotany. Further articles about Aureal T. Cross and his life can be found at the following links:
TSOP Newsletter 30:4, p. 11-12
Michigan State University Memoriam to Aureal T. Cross
Canadian Association of Palynologists: Conversations with Aureal T. Cross

In Memoriam: Duncan G. Murchison

In November, we received the sad news that Duncan Murchison, 2002 recipient of TSOP's John Castaño Honorary Membership Award, had died. He founded the Organic Geochemistry and Coal Petrology Research Unit of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; many of his students there have become active members of TSOP. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, one of the stalwarts of the ICCP, and formerly Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Watch this web site and the TSOP Newsletter for memorials.

Literature References Updated

The Reference lists were updated in November, 2014. One new list, Sequestration in Shales, was added. Conversion of the references added since 2009 to EndNote format is planned.

TSOP on Facebook

A Facebook page for TSOP has been created by former Secretary Jackie Holt. All are invited to "like" the page and participate; a link is now on the TSOP pages' menu bar.

Special thanks to TSOP's Corporate Supporters
Industrial Sustainers
Chevron
The Discovery Group, Inc
Core Laboratories
Institutional Members
Asbury Graphite Mills
(Albert V. Tamashausky)
Canadian Discovery Ltd
(Kaush Rakhit)

TSOP is...

a Society for scientists and engineers involved with coal petrology, kerogen petrology, organic geochemistry and related disciplines. We have over 200 members in 30 countries. If you are part of the organic petrology community, we invite you to join TSOP.

Website includes Members-Only section

TSOP Members! Set up your account in our members-only section (with the user ID which you received in e-mail) to check your membership data, use the new Membership Directory, and more. Members don't need an account to pay dues online.

TSOP Provides Graduate Student Grants

The Spackman Award supports graduate student research in organic petrology. Applications for the 2015 award must be postmarked, faxed or e-mailed by May 31, 2015.

Help develop this TSOP web site

Volunteers are wanted, for example to work with image galleries, administer sections on links, the calendar, and others. Please contact the webmaster.

Ask An Organic Petrologist

Have a question about organic petrology? See this new feature to ask a TSOP expert for the answer to your question.

TSOP: 501(c)(3) status in the U.S.

We incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Virginia, USA, in 2008. Following application in June, 2009, the US Internal Revenue Service granted recognition of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status on February 9, 2010. See the article on page 6 of the March Newsletter.


TSOP is a Member Society of AGI (publishers of Earth, formerly Geotimes; see evolution statement), and an AAPG Associated Society.

Other organizations of organic petrologists include ICCP and CSCOP.

Elsevier's International Journal of Coal Geology publishes the proceedings of TSOP Annual Meetings.

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