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Postgraduate Taught Prize Winner 2014

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Lara Smale was awarded MAPS Faculty prize for impressive work in her MSc in Geophysical Hazards.

In her response to being awarded the MAPS Faculty prize, Lara stated: “I am both thrilled and stunned to receive this prize. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the UCL Hazard Centre and would like to express my gratitude to the staff and fellow students for making it such a great experience. My MSc research project was centred on risk communication during a volcanic emergency and how interdisciplinary methods can be applied to increase the likelihood of successful translation of physical science into an effective emergency response. This is a critical area of applied volcanology as misunderstandings between scientists, emergency managers and the media can transform an emergency into disaster. I would especially like to thank my supervisors for all of their time, guidance and support. I’m excited to be collaborating with them on a paper in the future.”

Prof Tom Barnard

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Professor Tom Barnard, who died earlier this year (26th Jan. 2015), was a UCL graduate, and after service in World War II was appointed in 1946 as an Assistant Lecturer in Micropalaeontology at UCL. He was promoted to Professor in 1963, and retired from UCL in 1982.

NERC: The Long-term Co-Evolution of Life and the Planet

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2011-2015 Programme summary at the 2014 Conference: Future perspectives in Earth System Science

ERC grant: Dr Anjali Goswami for research in evolution and vertebrate diversity

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1.5m Euros research grant to fund quantitative study of the deep-time evolution and diversity of vertebrates.

2015 Careers Fair - 29th January 

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2015 Careers Fair icons

The annual Careers Forum takes place in the Garwood Lecture Theatre, from 6 – 7.30 and is followed by wine etc. in the Rock Room, where you are able to meet the speakers, and also Andy Walsh, the Careers Consultant within the UCL Careers Service who is responsible for Earth Sciences.

Geophysics Price Medal awarded to Prof Brodholt

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The Price Medal (G)

On Friday 9 January the Royal Astronomical Society announced the Society’s medals and awards for 2015. The prizes honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to astronomy and geophysics. The recipients will be invited to receive their awards at the 2015 National Astronomy Meeting, which will be held in Llandudno during July.

World's Biggest Landslide Floated Like a Hovercraft

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The Heart Mountain landslide of northwest Wyoming is the largest known sub-aerial landslide on Earth. During its emplacement more than 2000 km3 of Paleozoic sedimentary and Eocene volcanic rocks slid >45 km on a basal detachment surface dipping 2°, leading to 100 yr of debate regarding the emplacement mechanisms. "Even I have a hard time visualizing a mountain moving 50 kilometers, but you can move it if the friction is low enough," said lead study author Tom Mitchell.

Arctic sea ice level recovery in 2014

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 Despite a well-documented ~40% decline in summer Arctic sea ice extent since the late 1970’s, it has been difficult to estimate trends in sea ice volume because thickness observations have been spatially incomplete and temporally sporadic. While numerical models suggest that the decline in extent has been accompanied by a reduction in volume, there is considerable disagreement over the rate at which this has occurred.

NERC funded PhD Opportunities

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3 PhD studentships available in the area of “Volatiles, Geodynamics and Solid Earth Controls on the Habitable Planet”

MSci students join international research project in Chile.

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As part of their independent research project two MSci students, Joe Potten and Rebecca Pearce are taking part in a larger 4-year Chilean-funded project involving Tom Mitchell (UCL), Jose Cembrano and Gonzalo Yanez ,both from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  This project aims to focus on the nature and tectono-magmatic significance of transverse crustal structures in the Andes, with some selected case studies from the Southern Volcanic Zone.

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