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IT Skills Courses

Dec 16, 2014 5:00 pm

Information Services have provided a schedule for IT Skills Courses over the period covering 12/01/2015 to 25/06/2015 ( semester 2). Details can be access from here

“Antarctic Science”

Nov 18, 2014 1:00 am

December 2014’s issue of the journal “Antarctic Science” is a Special Issue in Honour of the Long-Standing Contributions of Professor David E. Sugden to Antarctic Geoscience. Commissioned after the announcement in 2012 of David’s award of the International Glaciological Society’s top honour, the Seligman Crystal, the special issue was edited by three of David’s former Edinburgh PhD students, Dr Chris Fogwill (now University of New South Wales), Dr. Andrew Mackintosh (now Victoria University of Wellington), and Professor David Marchant (Boston University), and current School of GeoSciences staff member Dr. Robert Bingham. The issue comprises 14 papers on Antarctic geomorphology, geology and glaciology, reflecting David’s multidisciplinary approach to Antarctic geoscience. In total 53 authors contributed to the issue, and 11 of them, who are now themselves highly active in current Antarctic research, were former Ph.D., M.Sc. and undergraduate students supervised or taught at Edinburgh by David during the last 25 years. The editorial team were also fortunate enough to persuade David to contribute a paper himself, which is devoted to evaluating the seminal contributions the 19th century University of Edinburgh scientist James Croll made to our understanding of ice ages and their causes. The Open-Access special issue can be accessed here: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=ANS&volumeId=26&issueId=06

Research on Royal Mail stamps

Nov 10, 2014 1:00 am

The NERC iSTAR Ice Sheet Stability Programme, as part of which the School of GeoSciences’ Dr. Robert Bingham and Ph.D. student Damon Davies participated in the UK’s first major-vehicle oversnow traverse in West Antarctica during November 2013 – January 2014, is being marked with a set of commemorative British Antarctic Territory stamps, expected to be issued from mid November 2014. The 75p stamp depicts Damon Davies and a surface radar used to investigate the internal properties of ice in Pine Island Glacier, making him possibly the first Edinburgh Ph.D. student to appear on a UK postage stamp! iSTAR is an ambitious scientific programme funded by NERC involving leading scientists from 11 UK universities and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The objective is to improve understanding of ice depletion processes in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, where the greatest rates of ice loss over the last decades have been observed. New knowledge about the stability of this ice sheet is critical for making better predictions on the response of the ocean and ice to environmental change, and their future sea levels. The six-year, 7.4 million programme involves four main research projects — each using state-of-the art technologies to make new discoveries about the ocean or the ice. The Edinburgh contribution to this work, led by Dr. Robert Bingham, is the deployment of radio-echo sounding systems to image bedforms and subglacial material beneath 2-km thick West Antarctic ice. As part of a team of 12 scientists and support staff taking part in the 2013/14 iSTAR traverse of Pine Island Glacier, Bingham and Davies towed an ice-penetrating radar >2000 km during the 2013/14 iSTAR traverse, and with iSTAR colleagues are currently working on the acquired data so as to better understand the influence of the basal forms and composition on West Antarctic ice flow. Davies has now returned to Antarctica for the second iSTAR traverse which takes place from November 2014 to January 2015. Link to further details about the stamps: http://www.pobjoystamps.com/contents/en-uk/d91_iStar.html

Niamh Shortt , ESRC Impact grant

Nov 10, 2014 1:00 am

Niamh Shortt, in partnership with Action on Smoking and Health in Scotland and Alcohol Focus Scotland, has been awarded an ESRC Impact Grant. The grant will be used to disseminate the findings of research that Niamh, along with colleagues in the Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH), have recently completed on alcohol and tobacco environments in Scotland. This research was covered by the media in October (alcohol) and November (tobacco) 2014 including interviews on the BBC and reporting in both national and international media. More information on the research can be found at the CRESH blog: http://cresh.org.uk/news/

Earth Observation (NCEO)

Nov 10, 2014 1:00 am

Paul Palmer and Mathew William are PIs in the new NERC 23m National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). A total of 2.5 FTEs will be funded on a rolling basis focused on the carbon cycle, atmospheric composition, and data assimilation. In addition, Mathew is a capability leader in land data assimilation and Paul is Chair of the NCEO Science Strategy Forum.

Schlumberger Award

Sep 29, 2014 1:00 am

Professor Simon Harley has been awarded the 2015 Mineralogical Society – Schlumberger Award, the Society’s highest honour. The Schlumberger Medal recognizes scientific excellence in mineralogy and its applications, in this case Simon’s ground-breaking research on ultra-high temperature metamorphism and its importance in mountain building and crustal evolution.

Royal honour for glaciologist

Sep 29, 2014 1:00 am

The School of GeoSciences’ Professor Geoffrey Boulton has been awarded a royal medal in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of glacial science. Professor Boulton, Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus and former Vice-Principal, received the Royal Geographical Society’s Founder’s Medal for the development and promotion of glaciology. Approved by Her Majesty the Queen, the Society’s Royal Medals are among the highest honours of their kind in the world.

Scotland’s Young Academy

Sep 29, 2014 1:00 am

Kate Saunders has become one of 43 new members of Scotland’s Young Academy when her application of membership to the Young Academy of Scotland was accepted in summer. The RSE Young Academy of Scotland fosters interdisciplinary activities among emerging leaders from the disciplines of science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society.

The Principal's Medal

Sep 29, 2014 1:00 am

The Principal's Medal for Service to the Community honours a staff member or student who plays a key role in a project or service that has been of benefit to the wider community. Nicholle Bell, a PhD student within the School of Chemistry (50 % School of GeoSciences), received the accolade for her innovation and practitioner skills in the field of public engagement and community outreach. In particular, she was acknowledged for setting up and delivering the Royal Society of Chemistry's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) initiative in Scotland, and for making an impact on teachers and pupils across the country. Both 2014 winners will be presented with their medals during the November graduation ceremonies.

Best Student Award

Sep 29, 2014 1:00 am

Ed Lewis, who just graduated with a BSc in Ecological Science (Forestry) was awarded the Institute of Chartered Foresters Best Student Award. Julia Adamson from ICF attached a photo of Ed receiving his award and also sent me this quote: "ICF would like to sincerely congratulate Ed Lewis on his well-deserved ICF Best Student Award. As part of our commitment to maintaining excellence in the profession, this award recognises the most promising graduates at the very start of their career. Ed has a bright career in forestry ahead and we wish him the very best of luck as he begins his professional journey." Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director, Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Green Gown Awards

Sep 29, 2014 1:00 am

The GeoSciences Outreach: A sustainable course for sustainable learning and enterprise has been selected under the category ‘Courses and Learning Finalists’ “It is fantastic to see more institutions than ever being finalists – the strength and quality of applications is truly inspiring. The breadth of activity within the sector shows that sustainability really does bring positive impacts, both on the institution, their staff and students and the wider community. These finalists are proof that where institutions take sustainability seriously they are reaping the benefits.” says Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC.

CCS speed dating

Sep 2, 2014 1:00 am

Look at the link below for details of an innovative event organised by Sara Brouwer, a GeoSciences Masters student.

CCS speed dating.

Low Carbon gets to work

Sep 2, 2014 1:00 am

The two-day workshop brought together scientists to look at climate monitoring, and at forests, marking the start of a continuing engagement between the University and the National Physical Laboratory, a collaboration that will involve many GeoSciences staff. See the link below for more information.

Joint NPL-UoE Workshop.

Dinosaurs victims of bad luck

Jul 28, 2014 1:00 am

An international study published in Biological Reviews results in new narrative on the demise of the dinosaurs.

See the University news story for more details. (Link will open a new window.)

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm.

Or the BBC Science site:

'Bad luck' ensured that asteroid impact wiped out dinosaurs

Obituary for Tom Crowley

Jul 3, 2014 1:00 am

The latest edition of Nature Geoscience contains an appreciation of the work of our late colleague Tom Crowley. It is written by a long-time associate of Tom's, Gerald North. Those within the university or who otherwise have online access to Nature Geoscience can view the article from the link below.

Article on Tom will open in a new window

3 Minute Thesis competition

May 14, 2014 1:00 am

Many congratulations to Andi Moring (2nd Year GeoSciences PhD student) who was one of the three winners in the College of Science and Engineering 3 Minute Thesis competition and was the Runner Up in the University final on 20 June. Her presentation was entitled 'The silence of the lambs: How do sheep and climate affect air pollution?'.

Andi is supervised by Ruth Doherty, Massimo Vieno (visiting fellow and at CEH) and Mark Sutton (CEH).

More information about the 3 Minute Thesis Competition can be found on Competition Website

Steve Brusatte in Nature Comms

May 7, 2014 1:00 am

In a paper published today in Nature Communications Steve and his Chinese colleagues report on the discovery of a nine-metre long new type of Tyrannosaur with a long and horny snout.

Read more about it on the BBC science and environment pages. BBC report here.

Award for Dan Swanton

Apr 24, 2014 1:00 am

The School is proud to congratulate Dr Dan Swanton for his award of the annual EUSA 'Best Feedback Award'.

See the announcement here.

Dan also received one the of the School's two Personal Tutor of the Year Awards - in his case for the second year running. Congratulations also to Dr Linda Kirstein, who received the other PT of the Year award.

Marine Systems and Policies

Apr 23, 2014 1:00 am

The School of GeoSciences is offering the first European MSc in Marine Systems and Policies. Focussing on three spheres: Marine Natural Systems; Marine Policy Systems and Marine Build Systems, the Programme will draw upon expertise from the Earth Sciences and beyond, including contributions from across the University and collaborators from external organisations.

This Programme promises to be an excellent addition to our growing suite of Taught Masters Programmes and is particularly ideal for students with backgrounds in natural sciences, social sciences or engineering seeking to expand and deepen these disciplinary foundations. The content of the Programme aims to provide a strong foundation for working at international, national or local levels for think-tanks, consulting firms, government and NGOs where an integrated understanding of marine ecosystems, policy and infrastructure is needed.

Dr. David Reay, Director of Postgraduate Teaching says: ‘This new, innovative and applied Programme is exactly what we (The School of GeoSciences) are all about - combining expertise and spanning the full spectrum of the GeoSciences fields to offer students a uniquely interdisciplinary opportunity for critical study and exploration. I’m not going to lie, I wish I could study Marine Systems and Policies!’

To find out more about MSc Marine Systems and Policies, please visit the programme website which includes links to the Application process.

For any questions relating to this new MSc, please e-mail olivia.eadie@ed.ac.uk

New badge for Guides!

Apr 21, 2014 1:00 am

Becky Coats designed a series of practical weather-related challenges whilst working on her 4th year Outreach project. This has since been taken up by Girlguiding Scotland and developed into one of their 'Go for it!' challenge badges.

See here for the news story on the University website.

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