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Geoscience Newsletter

No. 13/2014 - 3 October 2014

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Some information in the Danish version of this newsletter refers to pages on AU or Geoscience staff websites which are unfortunately not yet available in English

Upcoming Events

(from the calendar on Geoscience staff pages)   

9 October 2014, 10:15
Geoscience Seminar - by Olle Selinius, Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden

9 October 2014, 13:15
PhD defence - Denitza Voutchkova

Printer News

New shared printer for the 1670 complex!

  • Already next week – on Tuesday 7 October - a new shared printer will be delivered to replace the old one in 1672-135 - unfortunately with a very short notice, but due to the many printer problems recently, it was necessary to find an alternative soon. The new printer will be installed in room 1672-129, which will be rearranged to be a workroom for employees including mail boxes, office supplies etc. when the library moves out.
  • A similar machine for the students has already been installed in 1671-036. This room was also furnished to serve as a work room for students when printing and copying.

Instructions for setting up the two new printers will follow as soon as possible - when our printing expert (Grethe Storgaard) is back from vacation!

The overall printer plan
It has been decided that ...

  • from 1 October the department will no longer pay for toner cartridges to the employees' local printers, but it is of course possible for you to order and pay directly from "Atea". However, in room 1671-229a, there are still many toner cartridges left, so check there before you buy.
    Excepted from this rule are some printers connected to laboratory equipment.
  • the two shared printers in 1671-229 and 1672-227 will be removed, probably soon after 7 October.


It's time for the annual SDD – Staff Development Dialogues - which will take place from 22.10. to 14.12.  The system to be used this time is AUHRA, the university’s own system, and there will be a short introduction to the system for leaders on 22.10. All employees should have been given access to the system in January 2014 (AUHRA logon), however, if you are new after that time or have problems, please feel free to contact Lene Kjeldsteen for help.

Notice that also postdocs and PhD students are offered a dialogue.

  • Postdocs: by nearest supervisor
  • PhD students:  by Steen Christensen,
    PhD program chairman for Geoscience.


Presentation of research projects
Our external website geo.au.dk is our showcase to the outside world, and it is important that we use it for presentation of the excellent research carried out at Geoscience.  However, we could do better, and our ST communications partner strongly encourages the scientific staff to deliver "the good stories" from here.
Consider your contribution - and contact Christina Troelsen, AU communication.

Mentor scheme
The mentor scheme “Empower Talent!" matches staff at assistant professor level with more experienced colleagues at associate professor level or above. The purpose of the scheme is to contribute to supporting and developing the professional and personal career potential of the academic staff.
Next deadline for registration - for both mentors and mentees - will be October 23, 2014.
Read more at www.au.dk/en/empowertalent).

Award of Science 2015
We are invited to nominate good candidates for this award. Deadline is 12 December 2014.
See details at: http://www.consejoculturalmundial.org/index.php
If you intend to nominate a colleague, please inform  Dean's Office (Birgitte So-Young, bsa@au.dk).


Grethe Storgaard moved her office to 1672-130 some time ago, and from 1 October she is officially part of the administrative staff.  For your information, she has so far taken over the following job areas:
- Cars
- Keys / Key Cards
- Settlement of Travel  expenses
- Events
- Printers
- Purchasing of supplies

Reconstruction in building 1674

Søren Munch Kristiansen about the status:.
Once again the timetable has changed, and date for the construction start / mobilization is now set to be about 1. November – one month later than previously promised.
As agreed with the engineers, we shall be constantly informed of inconveniences to the staff, e.g. power or ventilation interruptions. Probably only 2nd and 3rd floors will be affected.


New instrument
In September, we got an instrument for DTA / TG (differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetry) from the German company NETZSCH. The instrument detects sequential sample weight, sample temperature, a reference sample temperature and the oven temperature. It is is bouht in connection with a project in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute and Danish brickworks. The aim of the project is to optimize production of bricks. The instrument can perform burning of e.g. clay or crushed materials, approximately 0.2 grams at a time. The temperature is up to 1550 degrees C. Combustion can take place in normal atmosphere or an inert gas (e.g. nitrogen or nitrous oxide).:
Contact: Ole Bjørslev Nielsen.
Below are a couple of examples of graphs.

Purchase of equipment for use in laboratories within 2014
If you know by now which instruments and/or laboratory equipment you will need to buy and have delivered (exceeding Dkr. 50,000) before the end of the year, it is a good idea to contact the purchasing department already now.
Please feel free to use Charlotte’s experience in describing instruments etc. for tender text.

AIAS - Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

Fellow Seminar 6 oktober 2014
Toke T. Høyer presents his research: Arctic ecological change – species and community responses to climate change. If interested, go to:

Use of AIAS' premises
AIAS is located close to us (Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6b). It is possible to use some of their premises for various events. If interested, you are welcome to inspect the premises / facilities and discuss the possibilities. Contact the department secretary Marie Bugge Madsen mbm@aias.au.dk

Newsletters on the web.
This and all previous newsletters are available also on the Geoscience staff webpages http://geo.medarbejdere.au.dk/en/ - There is a direct link from the entry page.

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