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						Earth Sciences alumni</td>
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					Earth Sciences Alumni Day 2015</div>
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				We were delighted to welcome more than 180 alumni and their guests 
				to the Department for our biennial Alumni Day and Dinner on 9 May. 
				We have had some wonderful feedback; a brief summary of the day 
				is available
				<a href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-events" style="color: #333333; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">here</a>; 
				some of the many photos are available on
				<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/earthscicam/albums" style="font-weight: bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">Flickr</a> 
				including William Smith&#39;s map in sections; other treasures exhibited 
				in the Library are available on
				<a href="http://issuu.com/libraryhelp/docs" style="font-weight: bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">Issuu</a>. Sarah, our 
				Librarian, has also put together a video of pictures on
				<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB25ujCFUcg" style="font-weight: bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">YouTube</a>.<br>
				<br>Following on from the success of this year&#39;s event, we plan 
				to hold an experimental, scaled down version of Alumni Day on 7 
				May 2016, in the intervening year until the next biennial event. 
				There will be a particular focus on those that graduated in 1966, 
				76, 86, 96 and 2006, but all alumni will be welcome. Numbers will 
				be limited so we recommend saving the date and booking early. We 
				plan a series of talks and events in the Department from 2pm followed 
				by a drinks reception in the Sedgwick Museum and dinner in Clare 
				College. Do let us know your views as we shape and develop the programme.<br>
				<br>One of the highlights of this year&#39;s event was the presentations 
				of Mapping Projects by four of our undergraduates. Our extensive 
				fieldwork programme has always been central to our teaching and 
				posts covering our latest fieldtrips are available on our
				<a href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/escfieldwork/" style="font-weight: bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">Fieldwork blog</a>. 
				The
				<a href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/alumni/support-the-department/ESC-fieldwork-fund" style="font-weight: bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">
				Fieldwork Fund</a> exists to ensure we can continue to make geology 
				fieldwork an exceptional experience for our Cambridge undergraduates 
				and give them the opportunities we had ourselves. Those who expressed an 
				interest in making a financial contribution can
				<a href="https://www.philanthropy.cam.ac.uk/give-to-cambridge/earth-sciences-fieldwork-fund" style="font-weight: bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">
				donate online</a>. Thank you to those who are already supporting 
				our fieldwork programme in this way. <br><br>We look forward to 
				welcoming you to future alumni events.<br><br>James Jackson<br>
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							Earthquakes Without Frontiers</a> </div>
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						James Jackson attended an Earthquake Without Frontiers Partnership 
						meeting in Kathmandu in the week preceding the devastating 
						Gorkha earthquake. The problems highlighted by events in 
						Nepal are common to most countries in the Alpine-Himalayan-central 
						Asian earthquake belt. <br />
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							Did asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?</a></div>
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						The asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico 66 million 
						years ago and killed off the dinosaurs probably rang the 
						Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around 
						the globe, according to a team of scientists that includes 
						Dr Sally Gibson. <br />
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							Clues contained in 500 million-year-old brain </a>&nbsp;</div>
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						A new study, authored by Dr Javier Ortega-Hern&aacute;ndez, has 
						identified one of the oldest fossil brains ever discovered 
						&ndash; more than 500 million years old &ndash; and used it to help 
						determine how heads first evolved in early animals.
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							Compiling a &#8216;dentist&#8217;s handbook&#8217; for priapulids</a>
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						A new and detailed study of teeth belonging to a particularly 
						phallic-looking creature has led to the compilation of a 
						prehistoric &#39;dentist&#39;s handbook&#39; which may aid in the identification 
						of previously unrecognised specimens from the Cambrian period.
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							Alumni Events, 25 September</a> </div>
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						All Earth Sciences alumni are warmly invited to join us 
						for two events on Friday 25 September: learn more about 
						the Sedgwick Museum&#39;s collections and a talk by Professor 
						David Hodell, &#39;Ancient Civilisations and Climate Change&#39;, 
						followed by a drinks reception in the Sedgwick Museum.
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						The
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						Wollaston Medal</a>, the most prestigious award of the Geological 
						Society, was presented to James at the Geological Society 
						President&#39;s Day on the 3 June. <br><br>
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						We are also delighted that James has been awarded a CBE 
						for services to environmental science, recently announced 
						in the Queen&#39;s Birthday Honours List.<br />
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						Professor Stephen Sparks, of the University of Bristol, 
						taught in the department from 1978 to 1989, publishing a series 
						of influential papers with mathematician Herbert Huppert 
						on the physics of magma chambers beneath volcanoes. Steve&#39;s 
						research has improved the understanding of how volcanoes 
						work and the ability to forecast deadly volcanic eruptions.
						<br><br>The Vetlesen Prize, administered by Columbia University&#39;s 
						Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is considered to be the 
						Nobel Prize of Earth Sciences. <br />
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						His Excellency Mr Ranjan Mathai, Indian High Commissioner, 
						visited the department following an invitation extended 
						by Dr Alan Smith. Alan introduced the High Commissioner 
						to staff and post-doctoral students who gave short presentations 
						outlining their research links with India. <br />
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								&#39;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoEBu2Q8ia_OJey8wqE7pyczqsQ8BFrx3" style="font-weight: bold; color: #ffffff; text-decoration: underline;">Novel 
								Thoughts</a>&#39; explores the literary reading habits 
								of Cambridge scientists, including Earth Sciences&#39; 
								Simon Redfern. The series takes a look at what fiction 
								has meant to each of the scientists and peaks inside 
								the covers of the books that have played a role 
								in their lives. <br />
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								Simon discusses</a> Chingiz Aitmatov&#39;s Jamila.
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								Adventures in Antarctica</a> <br />
								Kathryn Gunn, PhD student, was lucky enough to participate 
								in a research cruise off the west coast of the Antarctic 
								Peninsula earlier this year. Kathryn details her 
								recent adventures on our Fieldwork blog. <br />
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								Automated sample cleaning system for geological 
								samples</a> <br />
								A new automated cleaning system for geological samples 
								simplifies their preparation and improves reliability. 
								The fOrracle machine, designed and created at the 
								Godwin Laboratory for Palaeoclimate Research, is 
								primarily designed for cleaning the shells of tiny 
								organisms such as foraminifera and ostracoda, but 
								can be customised for other applications. <br />
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								some of the main rocks used for building and roofing 
								medieval to modern Cambridge as part of the Open 
								Cambridge weekend. Includes a tour of the Watson 
								Collection of building stones.<br />
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								of William Smith&#39;s famous &#39;Delineation of the strata 
								of England and Wales etc&#39;, the
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								Sedgwick Museum</a> is putting on a temporary exhibition 
								of historic maps. Opening on 1 August, it will include 
								one of its 3 copies of Smith&#39;s map, which has recently 
								been restored. This map will remain on permanent 
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Climate change: a view from the past

Nov 22, 2016

The Geological Society, London

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Clare Donaldson details the adventures of the Part III students on their final field trip to Spain in April 2016

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Matthew Kemp & Greg Palmer (both Part II) give their perspective of the latest field trip to Greece, December 2015

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