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 fouind starting on page 9 of the September 2013 TSOP Newsletter.
September Newsletter Now AvailableThe Newsletter page now includes the September 2013 issue which contains reports and photographs from the recent 30th Annual Meeting in Sosnowiec, Poland; the first President's Letter from Judith Potter as her term begins; research outlines of the two 2013 Spackman Award recipients' projects; news about our members; reports of other coal petrology news and meetings; and much more. The December issue will soon be in preparation. Please provide any materials for publication in the next Newsletter to Editor Rachel Walker by December 10, 2013.
Gray and Swaine Best Paper Awards AnnouncedThe 2013 winners (for papers published in 2012) of the Ralph J. Gray Award for Best Refereed Paper in Coal and Organic Petrology, and the Dalway J. Swaine Award for the Best Refereed Paper in Organic or Inorganic Geochemistry or Mineralogy of Coals and Source Rocks, may now be seen on those pages.
In Memoriam: Dalway J. Swaine, 1920 - 2013We regret that we must report the death of coal scientist Dal Swaine, on January 22, 2013. He spent the greater part of his very distinguished career with CSIRO of Australia, retiring as Chief Research Scientist in 1985. He was best known for comprehensive studies of the trace element geochemistry of coals. These include the extensively-cited reference books Trace Elements in Coal (1990) and Environmental Aspects of Trace Elements in Coal (with F. Goodarzi, 1995), as well as the wider-ranging Biogeochemical Cycling of Mineral-forming Elements (with P.A. Trudinger, 1979). His contributions also include more than 30 scientific papers, dealing mainly with different aspects of coal analysis and trace element determination, the geological and environmental significance of trace elements in coal, and the behaviour of trace elements in coal utilisation.
In recognition of his work, in 2010 TSOP inaugurated the Swaine Award for the best refereed paper in inorganic or organic geochemistry and/or mineralogy of coal or hydrocarbon source rocks. He received many other honors, including the Peter H. Given Award for Coal Science from The Pennsylvania State University (1998) and the Research Excellence Award from the University of North Dakota (2000).
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a Mass of Christian Burial will be held Jan. 29, 2013.
In Memoriam: Coleman R. Robison, 1940 - 2012It is with great sadness that TSOP Council receives the news of the death of one of our founding members, Coleman Robison. Cole was a supporter and energetic worker for TSOP and its scientific goals. In 1984, while working for Texaco (later Chevron), he was one of a small group in the Houston area who took the initiative to form TSOP which grew into an international society for those working in the field of organic petrology. Throughout its development, Cole continued to play key roles in the Society. He served as chair of various committees, was elected Councillor and finally served the Society as Vice-President and then President from 1998 to 2000. He chaired one of our most challenging Annual Meetings that was scheduled for September 16th 2001 but unfortunately world events caused it to be delayed. Cole's important scientific contributions as well as his friendship will be a loss to the TSOP family. While we are truly saddened at this great loss, we celebrate Cole's great academic achievements that he so unselfishly shared with those with a common interest on this field.
President Isabel Suarez-Ruiz, Council members of The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) as well as his many friends from the general membership send condolences to the family. Services will be held Jan. 8, 2013.
TSOP on Facebook
A Facebook page for TSOP has been created by
Secretary Jackie Holt. All are invited to "like" the page and participate; a link is now on the TSOP pages' menu bar.
Literature References Updated
The Reference lists were updated in December, 2011, and Coal Chemistry and Coal Geology categories were added.
Conversion of the references added in 2010 and 2011 to EndNote format is planned.
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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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