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 has been extended to 22 June 2015 and early registration prices are available until 31 July 2015. See the meeting website http://tsop2015.ugm.ac.id for more information.
   TSOP offers Student Travel Awards, which are designed to support international student attendance at the meeting. The Student Travel Award is open to students who have submitted an abstract for presentation (either an oral or poster) at this year's annual TSOP meeting. You must be travelling to the meeting from OUTSIDE Indonesia to be eligible to apply for this award. Read the Award Information and instructions and download the application form. Completed applications must be e-mailed by July 8, 2015.

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.

June Newsletter Now Available

Our 39-page June issue is now available on the Newsletter page. It contains extensive information and illustrations for attendees of TSOP's 32nd annual meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (abstract submission deadline extended to June 22) and information on the Student Travel Awards for that meeting (the file has been updated on June 15 to show the field trip extending to September 27); news on ASTM, ICCP and postdoc positions; a detailed article by Robert Cluff on "Our two-year quest to build a vitrinite reflectance microscope on a micro-budget" and a TSOP survey for those having a working vitrinite reflectance microscope; a report from the 6th Ohio Valley Organic Petrographers’ Meeting; the first circular for the joint meeting of TSOP - AASP - ICCP in Houston, Texas USA, September 18-23, 2016; and other coal petrology news. Please provide any materials for publication in the next Newsletter to Editor Rachel Walker by September 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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