TSOP - Sydney, Australia, 2014 MeetingThe TSOP 2014 Annual Meeting, Organic Matter Down Under II, is being planned for Saturday, 27 September to Friday, 3 October, 2014, in Sydney, Australia. See the meeting web site for more information. Abstract submissions and meeting registration are now open.
TSOP - Sosnowiec, Poland, 2013 MeetingTSOP held a successful 30th Annual Meeting, in Sosnowiec, Poland, August 31 - September 4, 2013, following ICCP's 65th meeting and joint field trips. Reports and photographs may be found starting on page 9 of the September 2013 TSOP Newsletter.
December Newsletter Now AvailableAn extensive, 20-page December issue is now available on the Newsletter page. It contains the President's letter; news of our 31st annual meeting to be held in Sydney, Australia (abstracts and registration forms can now be submitted); a memorial to Prof. Aureal T. Cross; introductions of eight new members; technical reports; announcements of awards; reports of other coal petrology news and meetings; and more photographs and news in our field. The March issue will soon be in preparation. Please provide any materials for publication in the next Newsletter to Editor Rachel Walker by March 5, 2014.
In Memoriam: Aureal T. Cross, 1916 - 2013We 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. MurchisonIn 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, 2013.
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.
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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.
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