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Aarhus University

Geoscience Newsletter

No. 6/2016 - 3 June 2016

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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

Other GEO-news here:
Centre of Earth System Petrology: volcano.au.dk | HGG:  hgg.au.dk

And the Winners are .....
On Geoscience Day 13 May, the best presentations were awarded.
1st prize: Szabolcs Osváth, 2nd and 3rd: Jesper Bjergsted and Jane Lund Andersen.
(at the award ceremony Jesper was represented by Pradip Kumar (photo).
The jury: Søren Bom Nielsen, Lene Kjeldsteen and Jan Danisch.

Upcoming Events

See also the calendar on the Geoscience staff webpages

14 June
Staff excursion to NLL Risø

17 June, xx.00
Last examination for Master's Degree - Anne Charlotte Klith

Update your calendar before summer holidays!

REMEMBER to update your Outlook calendar to inform your colleagues when you are away on holidays!


Hi Geoscience
My name is Rikke Brok Jensen. I am the new laboratory technician from 1 May. Before this position I worked at Department of Bioscience, Center for Geomicrobiology, AU, making water and sediment analysis, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and isotope work. Prior to this I have worked at other AU departments: Public Health, Section for Sport Science, and Biomedicine. Most of this work was tissue and blood samples, mammalian cells and their biochemistry. Having trained at Novo Nordisk A/S I graduated in 2008 from the Laboratory school in Aarhus. I also have a bachelor in biology from AU.  I live in Hasselager, Aarhus, with my husband Michael and our children Signe 5 years and Lasse 2 yers. I look forward to working with you.


Jan Danisch, new PhD student from 1 May 2016
Born and raised in the Ruhr-distriktet in western Germany, I developed an early love for Pizza and the colour green. I subsequently stayed there, in Bochum, for my studies of Geoscience. In my bachelor thesis I investigated the spatio-temporal evolution of a Miocene mixed volcanoclastic-carbonate deposit of south-eastern Spain and continued my Master in sediment- and isotope geology / palaeontology. My master thesis was then later about a giant carbonate bioconstruction of the lower Jurassic located in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. With field-work, carbon isotope and extensive microfacies analyses, I was able to put the evolution of this bioconstruction into a in a global context of evolving climate, sea-level and carbon cycle. In my PhD thesis with the help of my supervisor Stephane Bodin, I will further explore environmental changes of lower and middle Jurassic timeframes and its impact on shallow and deep neritic carbonate factories. This is based also in the High Atlas of Morocco, where I will do extensive field work combined with chemostratigraphy, microfacies and trace element / phosphorous analyses. I am very much honored and thrilled to be here in Aarhus and hope to have a great and successful time!

PhD award to geologist
Anders Damsgaard, PhD from Department of Geoscience in 2015, has been awarded the Aarhus University Research Foundation PhD award.
Unfortunately, Anders could not be present at the award ceremony taking place at AU on 25 May, as after he is now employed in a postdoctoral position at the University of California, San Diego.

Visit to AAU premises in Esbjerg

On initiative of the Local Focal Point (LFP) from Aarhus University (AU), Gülnur Dogan and LFP from Aalborg University (AAU), Jens Muff, a group of scientists and students from the Department of Geoscience, on 17 May, visited AAU’s premises in Esbjerg, where focus is on engineering in energy and chemistry. The purpose was to be better acquainted and explore possibilities for cooperation in research and education with relevance to the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre. The program of the day included short presentations, visit to laboratories, a harbor cruise and inspection of wind turbines and oil rigs.
A fruitful visit where many options and ideas were discussed, including organization of a joint Summer School in 2017.


New instrument
For quick element determination (eg during field work), we now have a handheld XRF instrument: Bruker S1 Titan 800th
Due to the applied X-ray technology, it is required that all users MUST be certified to handle the instrument properly. The certificate is your proof that you have been trained in the two key topics:
1) Handling of the instrument and 2) general X-ray security.

Contact Charlotte charlotte.rasmussen@geo.au.dk to book the instrument and be certified.


HR cases summer 2016
Please inform HR-ST of any employments/extensions as early as possible before the holidays start.
For employments/extensions starting August 1
- Non-EU citizens: deadline passed
- EU citizens: no later than June 15 2016
- Danish citizens: no later than June 20 2016


New AU credit cards
By 30 June a large number of AU's credit cards will expire and must be replaced.If you have one of these cards, note the following:
In the period 20 May - 20 June you will receive a new credit card directly from SEB by ordinary mail to your home address. You probably already received an email from AU Finance with information about replacing the credit card.
Your new card has the same number and PIN as the previous one, but the expiration date and the three digit security code on the back changed. It is not necessary to activate the card.
AU Finance will update the individual travel profiles in Carlson Wagonlit with the new credit card information.
If you have other current payments associated with the card (eg. Brobizz or subscriptions), you have to change the credit card information yourself. Remember: Destroy the old credit card.


No onsite support in week 23

ST exams will require assistance from many staff members at ST IT-support. The situation will be:
Week 23: No onsite support.
Week 24: Hopefully OK again.

IT partner - changed office hours at Geoscience
Dan Guldborg changed his office hours at Geoscience. In future he will be here on Mondays from 9 to 12.

Practical information

Exercise Equipment for staff
Some exercise equipment is now available at Geoscience, free to use for staff. (photo).
It is stored in room 1672-114, but if you want to use it elsewhere, feel free to take it with you (but don’t forget to return!). We also have 2 Steppies.

AURORA Annual Report 2015
A copy is available from the magazine shelves in the staff canteen.

Partners office 1672-232

ST and AU partners/Office hours:
- Monday 8-16: AU Library, Morten Hjorth Gad, mhg@au.dk
- Monday  9-12: Dan Guldborg, ST IT, aarhus.st.it@au.dk
- Tuesday 10-12: ST studies, Tina Veirup, tina.veirup@science.au.dk 
- Wednesday 9-15: ST finance, Thomas Lund Hansen, thomaslhansen@au.dk
- Wednesday 9-11.30: ST finance, Rana Elahmad, rana@au.dk

Bo Holm Jacobsen office hours for students
- Tuesday 10-12
- Thursday 16.15-18
Above information is available also on geo.medarbejdere.au.dk, 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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