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Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Location: Steven’s Steak House, 5332 Stevens Place, Commerce, California
Time: 6:00 p.m.-Social Hour; 7:00 p.m.-Dinner; 7:45 p.m.-Presentation

Cost: $30 per person with reservations, $35 at the door, $15 for students with a valid Student ID
Reservations: Call (949) 253-5924 ex 564, or email Brian Villalobos,
By noon, Monday, May 9, 2005

PRESENTER: Dr. Joyce Blueford
TOPIC: AEG-CCGO joint meeting and CCGO Fundraiser & Earthquake History Preserved in Tyson Lagoon: A New Environmental Wetland Center that Happens to be Right on the Hayward Fault!


AEG-CCGO joint meeting and CCGO Fundraiser

The California Council of Geoscience Organization's (CCGO’s) motto says it all; "An Advocate for the Profession in the Public Interest." Membership dues, donations, and fundraisers are the means for funding CCGO’s expenses for the year. CCGO is YOUR organization, representing YOU in Sacramento. CCGO represents both professional organizations like AEG, AAPG, CGEA, and AWG, GRA and businesses employing engineering geologists, hydrogeologists, geophysicists, and other geoscientists. Charles Nestle, CCGO vice president, will present a brief talk about CCGO and its recent activities and accomplishments. The main presentation of the evening will follow.

Earthquake History Preserved in Tyson Lagoon: A New Environmental Wetland Center that Happens to be Right on the Hayward Fault!

Tyson Lagoon, a sag pond, outlines the trace of the Hayward fault zone in this area. Observations of brittle deformation and liquefaction features in trenches just north of this area indicate there may have been 6-8 large earthquakes during the last 2000 years. New data compiled by Lienkaemper et al indicate that since the late 1300's there were probably four large earthquakes (of magnitude 6.8-7.0) In trenches in the South Pond they found evidence of the 1868 earthquake. The earthquake destroyed most of the Mission Adobe structure and devastated the homes of many of the residents. Using detailed stratigraphy and carbon dating they arrived at dates of 1730, 1630, and 1470 (?90 years) for the other earthquake occurrences. The Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon Wetland Center under the guidance of the Math Science Nucleus and Alameda County Flood Control District, has opened this 14-acre facility to celebrate not only its rich geologic past but to act as a facility that shows how urban life can coexist with nature areas. This is one of several sites that the Math/Science Nucleus is developing in the Fremont area. More information on the Tyson Lagoon site and others in the east bay can be found at:


Dr. Joyce Blueford received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Cruz. She worked 14 years at U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. As a geologist, Dr. Joyce Blueford distinguished herself in the field of radiolarian micropaleontology and sedimentology in California, Alaska, the Russian Far East, and Siberian Platform. She has written over 30 papers and edited eight scientific books, and as an educator she has designed numerous classes in geology and science education. She has been the lead researcher on several projects including the integration of pen computers into schools and the use of Internet technology to create a new medium of electronic textbooks. She currently is working on establishing the Integrating Science, Math, and Technology Program in the African country of Eritrea. She founded and is President of the Math/Science Nucleus, a non profit science research and education organization devoted to bringing science education to children throughout the world.