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Aarhus University

Geoscience Newsletter

No. 5/2017 - 11 May. 2017

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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

  • 16 May, 14.15
    Geoscience Seminar - Susanne Buiter, Geological Survey of Norway
  • 24 May 
    Geoscience Day 2017

Research / Research Support

Sabbatical Grants

The ST Research Committee has awarded three of our employees sabbatical grants for a period of stay at universities abroad.

  • David Lundbek Egholm:
    University of Colorado Boulder, USA - 01.04. - 01.07.2017    
  • Nicolaj Krog Larsen:
    Oregon State University, USA - 15.07. - 15.10.2017
  • Christian Tegner:
    University of Padua, Italien - 01.11.2017 - 31.03.2018

Information about sabbatical grants and how to apply is available on http://scitech.medarbejdere.au.dk/en/boards-and-committees/st-research-committee/sabbatical-grants/

ST grants

The ST Faculty management has granted DKK 4.5 mio for joint research projects with special focus on synergy-creating activities at ST.  Two projects with participation of Geoscience employees have got a share of the funds:
- Geoscience from space – DKK  500,000 (Christoffer Karoff)
- Annual growth ring studies of climate and pollution changes in Greenland
  DKK 496,000 (Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz)

FNU grants

Grants to Geoscience employees from FNU (the Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences):

  • Jan Piotrowski: DKK 1,766,014
    Project: Enigmatic glacial landsystems: Deciphering ice-marginal processes of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet (EGSys)
  • Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz: DKK 5,460,606
    Project:  Sea-ice variability around Greenland (G-ICE)


Anne Sofie Søndergaard - PhD student
Supervisor: Nicolaj Krog Larsen

I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and I finished my master’s degree in geology in August 2017 at the Department for Geology, Aarhus.
This April, I started as a Ph.D. student and Nicolaj Krog Larsen will be my supervisor on the project: “The Hiawatha Structure – a New Young Impact Crater in Northern Greenland?”.
Through the next three years I will start investigating the Hiawatha structure in northern Greenland using different geomorphological and geophysical approaches. Furthermore, I will also be constraining the glaciation history for the north-western and northern part of Greenland, using cosmogenic exposure dating.

Line Meldgaard Madsen - PhD student
Supervisors: Gianluca Fiandaca and Esben Auken

During the last year, I have worked as a research assistant at the HydroGeophysics Group (HGG)m AU, where I focused on the Induced Polarization (IP) method, a geoelectric method which is frequently applied in environmental surveys for mapping of subsurface geological structures and contamination. During my PhD studies II will continue my work on the IP method and also study the link between IP and hydraulic permeability, which can be used to assess sensitivity and vulnerability of groundwater aquifers. The aim of the PhD project is to develop a 3D IP forward and inversion algorithm and apply the code to field data to retrieve 3D models of subsurface geology, hydraulic permeability distributions and possible contamination in areas with special groundwater interests.

Márton Major - PhD student
Supervisor: Niels Balling

My name is Márton Major, I am 25 years old and I come from Hungary. I did my BSc degree in Earth Sciences at Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Budapest and my MSc in Geophysics at Aarhus University. Right now I am starting my PhD studies here from the 1st of May.

My research is part of project GEOTHERM, which is a Danish collaboration lead by GEUS, meant to help future utilization of geothermal energy, especially relating to the conditions in Denmark. I have the task of running numerical model simulations of combined heat extraction and reinjection on different borehole arrangements and reservoir geologies. Part of the project will also focus on seasonal heat energy storage in deep sedimentary reservoirs.

Thomas Ljungberg
Research assistent from 01.04.2017

I completed the Master's degree program in groundwater modelling here at Geoscience in november 2016.
Until end of October 2017 (maybe longer) I will work for Søren Munch Kristiansen on various geoarchaeological projects.

A major part of my work will be statistical analyses of the chemistry in soil samples collected from various places in Denmark, in an attempt to reveal details about how the areas have been used in earlier times.
Beside this I will also try to use a 3D-model of the soil to determine the original architecture of the Viking Age fortress Borgring near Køge, and hereby also assess whether or not it was finished before it was abandoned.

As part of a rotation for the purpose of making room for future new employees at Geoscience, Ann Eg Mølhave has moed to room 1672-121, partners office.


New HR ST structure
From 1 May 2017, HR ST has changed its team structure. The previous four teams are reduced to two, which should ensure better resource utilization and reduce vulnerability in the absence of employees.
If you have questions, please contact HR using the common team mailbox 4.hr.st@list.au.dk.

Child Care Days
Be aware that child care days have to be held and registered within the same calendar year. It is therefore important that you inform the secretariat (sekretariat@geo.au.dk), before end of December each year, of the child care days you want, so they can be registered in time - otherwise they will be lost.
Learn more about Child Care Days here:   http://medarbejdere.au.dk/en/administration/hr/parentalleave/child-care-days/

Electronics workshop

Need a battery? - Mind new system!

To better overview consumption and purchase of batteries, the electronics workshop introduces a new system:  
When picking up new batteries you must write on a list which types and amount of batteries you pick up from the stock.
The list includes also a check box to be used if you take the last battery - so that new ones can be purchased as soon as possible - for the benefit of all of us!

Department Cars

Handing out keys
In order to keep control and overview of our car reservations, the keys are locked up and must always be handed over by Grethe in the secretariat - in her absence either Lone or Lene.
If you plan an early morning departure and possibly want to have the car the previous evening, you should mention it when you book the car, so that the reservation can start earlier.

Phasing out old computers through AU

Since risks for hacking and espionage in research communities are estimated high, the AU management has decided to move all machines to an overall integrated DK-system (Active Directory).
In this connection, it was also decided that in future AU-IT will only support computers that
• are not older than 4 years
• run Windows 10 as operating system
• use an AU-IT managed and supervised antivirus program
• have an SSD hard drive of at least 256 GB

There are special guidelines for handling XP machines. Further information will follow where relevant.

Individual agreements will be made during 2017. IT will make a list of the machines they know need to be updated and / or replaced.  To ensure that all machines are reviewed and evaluated, a message will be sent to all employees when the process starts.

So, don’t do anything yet - unless a replacement cannot wait!
Machines to replace old ones will in most cases be accompanied by co-financing from the faculty. .

AU purchasing agreements

From 1 February, 2017 AU has a discount agreement for driving with DanTaxi (4x48) in the Copenhagen area and in East Jutland.
It includes all drives by the taxi company, both prearranged and booked trips or hired in the street.
Details of discount rates and how to use the agreement can be found at: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/administration/oekonomi/indkoeb/indkoebsaftaler/taxa-koersel/ (not translated into English).

GEUS in AU campus

GEUS – Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland – has now moved their department of marine geology to Aarhus, AU campus building 1110. The move was marked with a symposium on 4 May.
To contact both new and "old" GEUS staff members in Aarhus, we can use these two mailing lists:
- GEUSGrundvandskortlaegning@geus.dk
- GEUSMaringeologi@geus.dk

Partners office 1672-121

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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