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Geoscience Newsletter

No. 10/2017 - 15 December 2017

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

It will probably be very quiet at Geoscience around Christmas and New Year. Consequently

  • all exterior doors will be locked 27 - 29 December. 
  • all mail, external as well as internal, will be collected by AU mail service and delivered at the department on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Upcoming Events

See also the calendar on the Geoscience staff webpages

  • 22 December
    Last working day before CHRISTMAS!

Presentation of new employees and guests

Hamed Sanei - professor
Hamed Sanei started his position as Mærsk Oil Chair at the Department of Geoscience on 1 November 2917.
Hamed received his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria (British Colombia, Canada) and worked as a senior research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada (Calgary, Alberta). He is an organic petrologist and geochemist who has led a diverse range of multidisciplinary projects in both energy and environment. His motto is “organic matter matters” and hope to establish a niche research program which investigates organic matter as not only the source of hydrocarbon-based  energy but also as an important constituent of sedimentary rocks, soil, recent sediments, permafrost, and other natural and synthetic solid mediums. His envisioned establishment of an international Lithospheric Organic Carbon Labortory (LOCL) will cater to a wide range of on-going research on petroleum systems, renewable biomass energy, climate change, paleo-environmental reconstruction, global carbon budget studies, and contaminants (metals and organic pollutants). This will place Aarhus University in the forefront of international research in the wide area of lithospheric organic carbon. 
Hamed is also an adjunct professor with the University of Calgary and technical member of its Tight Oil Consortium and he will bring extensive collaborations with geoscince research authorities in Canada, USA, China, Japan, and South Korea. He has published extensively in the area of organic petrology and geochemistry. He is currently the President of the Canadian Society for Organic Petrology. He is also an editor of International Journal of Coal Geology and the Energy Exploration & Exploitation.
Hamed is very excited about potential internal and external collaborations, and can be contacted by email (Sanei@geo.au.dk).

Marianne Lyngholm Nielsen - Laboratory Technician

My name is Marianne Lyngholm Nielsen, and in the past I was laboratory-trainee at Geomorphology. Afterwards I also worked here one year as project employee.
Since Geomorphology I have worked with chemical and physical analyzes at West Pharmaceutical, which produces rubber products for medical purposes, and at Carpenter in Højbjerg, which manufactures polyurethane foam for mattresses and disposal wash wipes.

Katrine Elnegaard Hansen, PhD student
I finished my Master’s degree at this institute in June 2017. My Master’s thesis project dealt with reconstruction of the climate, environment, oceanography and sea ice distribution in the Baffin Bay (northwestern Greenland) during the late Holocene. The reconstructions were based on benthic foraminiferal analysis, sedimentological and geochemical variations in a marine sediment core.
My PhD project with Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz as my main supervisor has the working title: ”The role of ocean circulation for sea-ice variability around Greenland”. The focus of the project is to establish longer time series of sea-ice over recent centuries and millennia of the Greenland area which will be linked to modern and past ocean and atmospheric conditions. This will be done by investigating marine sediment cores from the seas of Greenland using a combination of benthic foraminiferal analysis, sedimentology and geochemistry. The overall purpose of this research project is to improve the basic understanding of processes determining sea-ice cover and variability, which is needed for a better prediction of the fate of Arctic sea ice in a future warmer climate.

Teaching / Exam

Exam / Digitisation of hand-written material
With effect from winter exams 2017/2018, it is decided that, if a student, in connection with a written digital exam, wants to have some hand-written material attached to his/her exam paper, the student is personally responsible for both digitising the material and attaching it to his/her exam paper.
For relevant courses having a digital exam in January 2018, both teachers and students have been informed.
See more information on: http://studerende.au.dk/en/studies/subject-portals/geoscience/examination/important-information-about-exams/


Underground Channel
In 2015 Geocenter Danmark launched the Underground Channel, as the world's first online video channel focused on geoscience. The idea is that UC should follow the work of geo-researchers and in an understandable manner give answers to complicated questions about the challenges of the planet.
Watch videos at http://www.undergroundchannel.dk/videos
UC is perhaps also a medium which you could use in your project? Contact person at Geoscience is Bo Holm Jacobsen. (Bo@geo.au.dk).

IT Helpdesk during the exam period

As previously IT Helpdesk must be ready with support in connection with digital exams.
Therefore, in January 2018, all onsite-agreements are cancelled in weeks 1-4, and case handling must be expected to take more time.


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