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Deep Carbon Summer School

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DCO Summer School

Meeting Report: Deep Carbon Observatory Summer School 2014

The first Deep Carbon Observatory Summer School took place from 13-18 July 2014 at Big Sky Resort, MT, USA, with field trips into Yellowstone National Park, WY, USA. 

Alpha & Lomonosov Ridge Expedition 2014

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2014-08-Polarstern

Steaming into the wind

Dr Mike Kaminski is a shipboard scientist on the Alpha Ridge-Lomonosov Ridge Expedition (ALEX 2014) organized by the Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research to carry out geoscientific investigations in the central Arctic Ocean.  This 10 weeks long expedition, onboard the German icebreaker R/V Polarstern, aims to conduct geophysical site surveys and collect piston cores for future IODP drill sites that are already in the planning stage. 

Oxygen burrowed away

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2014-08-Shields

Multicellular animals probably evolved at the seafloor after a rise in oceanic oxygen levels. In 2013, Graham Shields-Zhou and his Chinese colleague Maoyan Zhu proposed that when these animals began to rework (bioturbate) the seafloor for the first time close to the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary, they triggered a negative feedback that reduced and stabilised global atmospheric and ocean oxygen levels. 

2014 Sino-UK Summer School

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Nanjing Summer School

The 2014 Sino-UK Coevolution of Life and the Planet Summer School, which was held in Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (NIGPAS), Chinese Academy of Sciences, from 5th July to 11th July, has ended successfully. More than 40 participants took part from Maryland University (USA), University College London (UK) and 12 Chinese institutions.

Nordic Noir: Secrets of the Ash.

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Nordic Noir: Secrets of the Ash

Listen to Dr Richard Wall discuss the use of geological information to set the scene for modern crime novels on the Nordic Noir Book Club podcast.

Micropaleontology - special edition.

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Micropaleontology

Mike Kaminski and Laia Alegret (a former postdoc at UCL, now a Professor at the University of Zaragosa) have published a thematic volume of "Micropaleontology", containing the results of papers presented at the Ninth International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera (IWAF-9).

Senior Promotions

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Senior Promotions

Warmest congratulations to Paul Upchurch and Ian Wood on their promotions to Professor of Palaeobiology & Professor of Crystallography respectively. We also would like to congratulate Dr  Pieter Vermeesch on his promotion to Reader in Geochronology.

Reef built by animals 550 million years ago discovered.

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new-fossil

The animals – called Cloudina – were the first in the world to have a hard shell and are believed to have built the reefs to protect themselves from predators, or to get a competitive advantage in acquiring food or living space.

Prof Ron Cohen receives international award

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Ron Cohen Award

Prof Cohen received the International Award of Ferroelectric Materials and Their Applications of 2014 in Kyoto, Japan at the 31st meeting on Ferroelectric Materials and Their Applications (FMA) “For contribution to the progress in knowledge of ferroelectric materials through first principles research”.Prof. Cohen has worked on ferroelectrics since the 1980’s, his 1992 cover article in Nature being critical work on why some perovskites are ferroelectric. During his trip Prof. Cohen presented at seminars and spoke with students at the University of Tokyo and at Waseda University, and met with scientists from Kyoto University.

IRDR Annual Conference

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2014-06-09

A day of thought-provoking discussions, talks by experts and presentations of the latest research in risk and disaster reduction, aimed at researchers and practitioners, NGOs and City professionals, and the interested public.

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