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Aarhus University

Geoscience Newsletter

No. 2/2015 - 23 January 2015

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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

The light railway
The preparation work for the future light railway outside Geoscience will influence the traffic situation in Nørrebrogade. Check www.letbanen.dk (Danish).

Upcoming Events

(see also the calendar on Geoscience staff pages)   

26 January, 14-16
Final examination for Master's degree - Anna Egilsdottir

28 January, 15:15
Geoscience Seminar - Dr. Ann Rowan, Sheffield

The problem analysis - Solutions at Geoscience

Are you interested in following the process, check the timetable and process plan (Danish only) on the staff website:

Parking problems

As known, the reconstruction work causes many problems on our parking lot. Consequently, 4 department cars are now parked elsewhere:
- TD: at our premises at Kringelled 4, Egå
- UB, VB and ST: Storcenter Nord (shopping center in Finlandsgade)

For more information, see mail from Per Trinhammer on 14 January.
Only the Opel (SZ) is still in Høegh-Guldbergs Gade.
This arrangement is an attempt to ease the situation a little, however, we must all be prepared to show flexibility and understanding since the situation cannot be solved to everyone’s satisfaction.


Thorsten Nagel, new associate professor from 1 October 2014
Thorsten presents himself:
I use field geology, petrology, geochemistry, and thermodynamic modeling to study tectonic processes. My core interests are collision orogens and subduction zones at depth, i.e. the petrology and tectonic history of high-pressure and ultra-high-pressure metamorphic rocks. Recently, I have also become interested in partial melting and the formation of continental crust. My major field areas have been the respective units in the Alps and the Rhodopes. Being now in Aarhus, I would like to begin working in the Caledonides and older orogens in Greenland. I am also still interested in the mechanics of extensional faulting and rifting, a subject on which I have worked for several years.
I come from Germany. I am married to Natalie, and we have 4 children: Luise (19), Laurin (15), Janik (13), and Almut (9). I play the violin and chess.


Astrid Strunk new PhD student from 1 February 2015
Astrid presents herself:
I am 25 years old and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Department of Geoscience, AU in 2013. I did the first year of my master’s degree partly at Dept. of Earth & Climate Sciences, San Francisco State University and partly at Dept. of Geoscience, AU.
I love outdoor adventures and I am truly excited about the fieldwork that my project requires. We will investigate fluctuations of the North East Greenland ice sheet through the last 12000 years. This will be done with lake sediment coring and surface exposure dating.

Research / Research Support

ERC Starting Grant for luminescence dating

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant amounting to EUR 1.3 million (approximately DKK 9.8 million) to Postdoctoral Fellow Jan-Pieter Buylaert, Department of Geoscience and Technical University of Denmark (DTU), to develop luminescence dating.
More information - see Latest News on Geoscience website http://geo.au.dk/en/.

In spring 2015 the AU research Support office will hold the following arrangements:


Purchasing agreement - books
A new purchasing agreement for libraries and other AU book buyers gives attractive discount rates and favourable delivery conditions. For more information, go to: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/en/administration/au-finance-and-planning/procurement/purchasing-agreements/books/


Starting with Q3 2015, Blackboard will be the new learning AU platform for teachers and students at Geoscience. Aula will still be open for a transitional period during which it will be possible to get material from previous courses, if necessary.
Access: bb.au.dk


We have problems with mildew and molds in the cold rooms in buildings 1120, 1670 and 1674. Please review your samples in these rooms, and mind the following rules for use of the 2 degree C facilities:

- The cold room is only for short-time storage of geological samples.
- Keep order on shelves and floor, keep the entrance free.    
- Use plastic boxes for small samples, no small loose samples.
- Mark large samples and storage boxes with date, owner's name and contact information.
Also external boxes shall be marked with name and contact information of responsible, permanent employed at Geoscience.
- Avoid wooden, cardboard and paper boxes – a breeding ground for mold growth!
- To avoid contamination of your own samples and those of others, use airtight containers / packaging.
Samples without abovementioned information or proper wrapping will be thrown out without further notice.


AU-wide elections to the occupational health and safety organisation February 2015
The election will start on 2 February 2015, and new representatives will start as from 28 February.
More information here: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/en/administration/hr/workingenvironment/the-occupational-health-and-safety-organisation/valgprocessen/

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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