NCGS 2011-2012 Calendar

(Please click on the available links to view the abstract and speaker biographies; for previous yearly calendar of events see bottom of page)



The Start of the NCGS Year!!


Wednesday September 28, 2011

Dr. William E. Motzer, Todd Engineers, Inc

California’s Gold: History, Geology, and Geochemistry

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Teacher’s Workshop - Earth Science Week Field Trip for K-12 Teachers

A Geological Walk in Downtown San Francisco

(For Application - See Below)


October 26, 2011

Dr. Richard Allen, University of California Berkeley

Delivering Earthquake Warning to California

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


November 16, 2011

Michelle Newcomer, Student Manager, NASA Ames DEVELOP Program, San Francisco State University

A comparison of groundwater storage using GRACE data, groundwater levels, and a hydrological model in California’s Central Valley

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


December 2011 – Our Usual Holiday Break


January 25, 2012

Dr. Kevin Padian,  Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Curator of Paleontology, University of California Museum of Paleontology and President of the National Center for Science Education

What Darwin Said (and Didn’t Say): Evolution, “Intelligent Design,” and Education


Additional Reading: Darwin, Dover, ‘Intelligent Design’ and textbooks

(Kevin Padianand Nicholas Matzke; Biochem. J.; 2009; 417, 29–42)

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


February 29, 2012

Dr. John Karachewski, DTSC

An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - “Free Software and Data for Recreational, Educational, and Geologic Investigations

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


March 28, 2012

Dr. Gerhard Neuhuber, GallZeidler Consultants, LLC

Caldecott Tunnel Construction 4th Bore / NATM Tunnel in San Francisco SH 24 California; After Three Tunnel Constructions and Investigation Programs – Are There No Surprises Anymore?

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


April 25, 2012

Dr. Ray Sullivan, Emeritus, San Francisco State University

Ocean Floor to Shelf, The Lower Tertiary Sequences in the Sacramento Basin

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


May 30, 2012

Dinner Meeting!    Please Note The Early Time!

Dr. Goeff Marcy, UC Berkeley

The Hunt for Another Earth (and Reservation Form)

6:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


June 27, 2012

Dr. Donald L Gautier, US Geological Survey

Volumes, Uncertainty and Costs of Undiscovered Arctic Petroleum

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge



2011 - 2012 NCGS Events and Field Trips

(When available, click on the following links to download field trip applications)



Saturday October 15, 2011

Earth Science Field Trip For K - 12 Teachers

(Announcement & Application)


June 2, 2012

Ocean Floor to the Shelf; The Lower Tertiary Sequences on the Flanks of Mt. Diablo

Dr. Ray Sullivan, Emeritus San Francisco State University


July 14, 2012

Stroll to Subduction: Geology of Sunol Regional Wilderness, California 

John Wakabayashi, Professor, California State University, Fresno