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Geoscience Newsletter

No. 13/2015 - 11 December 2015

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

Upcoming Events

See also the calendar on the Geoscience staff webpagesDen

16 December, 10.00
Geoscience seminar - Jan Simpson, University of Stirling, Scotland

16 December 11.15
Final examination for Master's Degree - Lene Brix

16 December, 13.15
PhD defence - Niels Emil Søe

18 December, 13.00
Final Examination for Master's Degree - Ole Skursch


Presentation of new employees and guests
A number of new employees and guests have started at Geoscience recently. Some of them are presented below.

Stephane Bodin - New associate professor from 01.11.2015
Stephane is our new Associate Professor for Sedimentary Geology. He earned his BSc and MSc in Geology from the University of Strasbourg (France), before moving to Switzerland and completing in 2006 a PhD in Sedimentary Geology at the University of Neuchâtel under the supervision of Prof. Karl Föllmi. His PhD thesis was about the link between environmental changes and the evolution of northern Tethyan shallow-water carbonate systems during the Early Cretaceous. Stéphane subsequently went to the University of Manchester (UK) were he did a 3-years post-doc within the North Africa Research Group, looking at various Phanerozoic mixed carbonate-siliciclastic deposits from the Sahara and surrounding regions. In 2010, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) where he continued his work on Early Cretaceous environmental changes. He also developed a research program dedicated to the understanding of Jurassic environmental changes and their impact on neritic settings, notably in the High Atlas Basin of Morocco. In the mean time, he started collaborations with the Peruvian Geological Survey, looking at middle Cretaceous deposits from the Andean regions.
Stéphane’s research focuses on the impact of secular and transient climate changes on shallow-water carbonate ecosystem during the Mesozoic. He is combining extensive field-work and multi-proxy geochemical analyses to unravel the mechanisms that drive these sensible ecosystems and addresses questions that are relevant to a wider scientific community concerned with ocean acidification, seawater eutrophication, and climate amplification mechanisms via methane hydrate release.

Gülnur Dogan - Research manager for DHRTC, Danish Hydrocarbon Research & Technology Centre,  from 01.12.2015
After getting my master degree in Physics/Astrophysics in Ankara, Turkey, I moved to Denmark in 2007 for a PhD study at Aarhus University (AU). I received my PhD degree in Astronomy in 2010 from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and then worked for several years as a postdoctoral researcher both in the USA and Denmark.
For the next three years, I am happy to take a new and exciting position at the Department of Geoscience, as the Research Manager for Aarhus University in the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC).  The position is in relation to a project that aims at increasing the Danish oil production in the North Sea. I will be responsible for the coordination and management of the AU-based DHRTC activities, and function as the local contact point for the rest of the partner institutions in the project.

Nuo Li - visiting postdoc for 2 year from November 2015
Host: Thoms Ulrich

Nuo Li is a post doctor in economic geology. She obtained a Ph.D degree in economic geology from Peking University in 2012. She worked as post doctor at Peking University, research professor at Xinjiang Research Centre for Mineral Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, before joining the department of Geoscience at Aarhus University in 2015.
Nuo’s principle research interest is using fluid inclusion as a probe to reconstruct the fluid evolution and thus study ore forming processes in different geological settings. Current studies mainly focus on porphyry Cu-Mo, epithermal and orogenic Au systems.

Anlu Liu - Guest PhD student for 1 year from November 2015
Host: Thomas Ulrich

Anlu Liu is a PhD student from China University of Geosciences. His PhD work focuses on the ore genesis and exploration targeting of orogenic gold deposits in southeastern Guizhou Province, China.  He will perform LA-ICP-MS analysis of individual fluid inclusions in quartz and trace elements in sulfides during his one-year stay. Apart from orogenic type, he has also visited several other types of deposits, like MVT, BIF, and porphyry type.


Danish-Israeli Oil & Gas Symposium
Katrine Juul Andresen and Ole Rønø Clausen went to Israel 16-18 November to participate in the above symposium in Tel Aviv. Here, researchers from both countries discussed opportunities for a research collaboration between Denmark and Israel within the oil and gas sector, which in Israel just started up recently after some large commercial gas finds 6-7 years ago (Tamar, Leviathan). One of the main purposes was sharing the good experience we have in Denmark from our many years of research and development collaboration between universities and the industry. A similar collaboration is currently non-existing in Israel and therefore an item of great interest.

The symposium included a day in the field.
Among other places the trip went to a very large and impressive erosion crater Hatira Makhtesh.
Here are some of the participants with a view of the crater in the background.

See all the pictures here.

Research - grants

Co-funding from Dean's office for acquisition of "PCable system"
Amount: Dkr. 2,600,000. Application: Ole Rønø Clausen and Per Trinhammer.
Criteria for allocation of funds include:
- In the case of advanced major equipment, priority is given to equipment with a large user group and equipment that is made available for internal /external users.
- The equipment will support the already strong research groups or is expected to contribute to research groups becoming stronger.

Business cooperation

Last chance to complete Form
To get an overview of our collaboration partners in business life, an email was sent recently with a link to a questionnaire on Webshop: "Hvem samarbejder du med?"
By mistake no deadline was set, however, in case you cooperate with private companies, it is now about the last chance to fill the form.
Go to https://auws.au.dk/virksomhedssamarbejde and fill/submit the questionnaire by 16 December at the latest


New contact librarian
Morten Hjorth Gad has been employed by AU Library to replace Tine Legarth Iversen, and he will thus also be our contact librarian.
We do not yet know which weekday he will be in our partners office.
We hope to meet Morten in the very near future.


Road tax in Norway
When driving on toll roads in Norway, payment is automatically charged based on the car's registration number.
If the car is rented, it is important when you pick up the car to inform that the car is rented by Aarhus University. Otherwise it will not appear from the invoice, and AU cannot pay, which causes difficulty in handling the matter.

IT Support

Many of you already know Dan Guldberg from IT support who every Thursday between 9 and 12 is in the house to solve IT problems. His support is much needed, and we really appreciate it.
A few tips when you need help:

  • Write to aarhus.st.it@au.dk (not to Dan directly).
    In this way we better illustrate our total need for IT assistance at Geoscience, and it is less vulnerable when Dan is absent.
    It is, of course OK to contact Dan directly, if he is already in the process of solving a problem for you.
  • Start writing GEO in the subject field of your email. Then Dan will seeks out the emails from us, meaning faster support.

Work Environment Authorities

The Danish Working Environment Authorisy will come on inspection in building in 1120 on 5th January 2016 at 11.00.
The inspection will be performed by Leif Robert Kjær Holm Nielsen, who knows ST really well.


Time schedule for the new labs
The construction of the mass spectrometer laboratory and cleanroom laboratories progresses.

  • The air handling of the laboratories will be completed before Christmas.
  • Likewise, the mass spectrometer laboratory will be finished by Christmas, so it is ready for the arrival of the multi-collector mass spectrometer from Nu Instruments in Wales in early January.
  • The cleanroom laboratories will be finished as the last part of the laboratory construction in January.

Within the past month the quadrupole ICP-MS and the laser for laser ablation analysis have been installed. Photos from the installations can be seen here:

Committees / Minutes of Meetings

Geoscience Work environment committee
Charlotte Rasmussen, work environment leader, is now appointed chairman of the local work environment committee, replacing Søren Bom Nielsen who in future will be an ordinary committee member.

On the staff website > committees and meetings
the following minutes of meetings are now avilable:

  • Work environment committee, meeting 6 October (Danish)
  • Steering Committee, meeting 17 November (English)

Partners office 1672-232

ST and AU partners/office hours:

  • Monday 8-16: AU Library (may change)
  • Tuesday 9-11: ST studies, Tina Veirup, tina.veirup@science.au.dk 
  • Wednesday 9-11.30: ST finance, Thomas Lund Hansen, thomaslhansen@au.dk
  • Wednesday 9-11.30: ST finance, Rana Elahmad, rana@au.dk
  • Thursday 9-11: ST HR, Steen Nielsen, steen@au.dk
  • Thursday 9-12: ST IT, Dan Guldberg, dangu@au.dk / 93508294

Bo Holm Jacobsen/office hours for students:

  • Tuesday 10-12
  • Thursday 16.15-18

Above information is available also on staff website entry page.

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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