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Geoscience Newsletter

No. 1/2017 - 20 January 2017

Read in Danish

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

Upcoming Events

See also the calendar on the Geoscience staff webpages

27 January, 10.30
Qualifications exam - PhD student Astrid Strunk

27 January, 14.00
Qualifications exam - PhD student Alexandra Fogtmann-Schulz

Research / Research Support

Women in research
Geoscience  has a specific challenge relating to the gender balance in the scientific personnel group.  By  the end of 2016 there were only 2 women out of 23 permanent employees. In comparison, the balance is much more egal among our PhD students.
We want, in future, to increase the number of female academic staff members at all career stages (assistant professor, associate professor and professor). As one of the first concrete steps in this direction, the Geoscience research committee has prepared an action plan (Danish) which is now on the website under the subject Strategy: http://geo.au.dk/fileadmin/www.geo.au.dk/01_Om_instituttet/Handlingsplan_for_kvinder_i_forskning_20160914_final.pdf

Support for synergistic projects
Synergy packages will be allocated to research collaboration in each of the three areas: general synergistic activities, collaboration with the business sector, and public sector consultancy. Application deadline is 3 March, 2017.
More information on: http://scitech.medarbejdere.au.dk/en/currently/news/show/artikel/call-for-proposals-for-synergistic-projects-at-science-and-technology/

Staff

Presentation of new employees and guests

John Jansen - Postdoc 
I am a geomorphologist, sedimentologist and Quaternary geologist who studies how climate and tectonics drive the evolution of landscapes over timescales of thousands to millions of years. My approach is primarily field-based alongside spatial analysis and numerical modelling, and I have extensively applied cosmogenic nuclides and luminescence dating to quantify erosion/sediment production, transport and deposition in rivers, lakes, dunes, and in glaciated terrain. Since gaining a PhD in 2001 from Macquarie University, Sydney, I have held postdoctoral positions in Australia, Scotland, Sweden, and Germany. In November 2016, I joined the group led by Professor David Lundbek Egholm in a project funded by the Danish Research Council that will investigate the evolution of North Atlantic continental margins.

Reza Sohbati - postdoc, NLL 
Reza is not really new to Aarhus University. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, he graduated with a BSc in Physics and a MSc in Geophysics. To pursue his ambition of exploring the world and following his education, he first moved to Denmark in 2009 after admission to the PhD program at then the Department of Earth Sciences. His research focused on the development of a new rock-surface dating technique based on luminescence. After his PhD, he set off to the UK and USA to explore the applications of the new dating technique in geology and archaeology through different postdoctoral projects, but he always kept his ties to AU and Denmark. Reza is now back at AU’s Geoscience Institute as a postdoc funded by FNU to expand the application of luminescence rock-surface dating technique to mass-movement deposits such as debris flows, rockfalls and landslides in Tibet, China and similar mountainous areas around the world.

Dr. Wang Yongbin - Guest researcher
Host: Thomas Ulrich.
I’m 31 years old. My background is a degree in Exploring Technology and Engineering from Northeastern University, China, followed by a doctor degree in Economic Geology from Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Since I graduated in 2014, I have worked as a Post-doctor at Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. My studies focus on porphyry Mo deposits and epithermal Au deposit.
From 1 December 2016 to 1 December 2017, I work as a guest researcher at Geoscience. I will mainly be involved in LA-ICP MS analysis of fluid inclusions and minerals from Zhilingtou polymetallic deposit, Zhejiang province, China.- You may find me on e-mail: wangyongbin@geo.au.dk

Pay Negotiations 2017

The overall time table and the financial framework for pay negotiations 2017 are ready and published on the AU homepage: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/en/administration/hr/payroll/paynegotiations/.  
Further to the common ST salary criteria, Geoscience has included "conscientious performance of routine tasks".

IT

Campaign against phishing mails
The ST Information Secutiry Committee currently runs a so-called Awareness campaign which with different measures should increase our attention and warn us against phishing mails ..
On http://www.au.dk/en/informationsecurity/phishing-en/ you can watch a video and learn more tips as how to spot the phishing mails and how to act. Also, notice the posters around the house.

Information Security

Bo Holm Jacobsen is our representative in the Faculty Information Secutiry Committee. Meetings are held approx. twice a year. More information about the information security organization:
http://www.au.dk/en/informationsecurity/organization/

Message from ST IT Support:
If you have waited too long for help with a problem, or if your ordered goods are not delivered within reasonable time: CALL 54010!
You can always be updated as to status of your case.

Geoscience in GEUS' Board

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) had a new board of directors from 1 January 2017.
By law the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, appoints one board member recommended by Aarhus University. Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Department for Geoscience, has been appointed as this new board member for the period 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2020.

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
- Thursday 08.30-12: ST HR, Charlotte Illum, charlotte@au.dk

- Friday 8-15: ST finance, Thomas Lund Hansen, thomaslhansen@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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