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									<td class="newsletter-date" style="text-align: right; font-size: 20px; line-height: 28px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: #333; font-weight: bold">Michaelmas 2015</td>
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									<td bgcolor="#006071" class="mobileBlock" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 16px;">Dear alumni</span><br />
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									Welcome to the Michaelmas alumni newsletter.<br />
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									Towards the end of the Michaelmas term, on the evening of 26 November, we are holding our first <a href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-events" style="font-weight: bold; color: #ffffff; text-decoration: underline;">Earth Sciences Alumni Panel Discussion</a> at the Geological Society in London. Dr Chris Smith, one of the Naked Scientists, will chair a panel of Cambridge Earth Scientists that includes Professor James Jackson, and lead the discussion on earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. There will be the opportunity to meet the panel at the drinks reception that follows.<br />
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									The Geological Society&rsquo;s William Smith map is one of a small number surviving, another of which is currently on display in the <a href="http://www.sedgwickmuseum.org/" style="font-weight: bold; color: #ffffff; text-decoration: underline;">Sedgwick Museum</a> (see below). For those interested in viewing the Geological Society&rsquo;s William Smith map at this evening event, Douglas Palmer from the Sedgwick Museum will be on hand to offer his expert guidance.<br />
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									We hope that you will consider joining us.<br />
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									Nigel Woodcock<br />
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						<div class="hero-heading-small" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: #68ace5; font-weight: bold; font-size: 30px; line-height: 34px;">Williams Smith&rsquo;s 1815 Geological Map</div>

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						On 1 August, exactly 200 years since its first publication, an original copy of Smith&rsquo;s map &ndash; rediscovered after more than a century in a museum box &ndash; went on public display at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. One of the most significant pioneering geological maps of the UK ever made &ndash; described as the &lsquo;Magna Carta of geology&rsquo;, William Smith&rsquo;s 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales, which measures 8.5ft x 6ft, depicted for the first time the distribution and succession of the strata of England, Wales and part of Scotland and was the culmination of years of work by Smith.<br />
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						The iconic map, which formed a basis for subsequent geological maps of Britain, had a huge influence on the science of geology, inspiring generations of amateur and professional geologists to establish the subject as a coherent, robust and important science.<br />
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						<a href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/news/geological-mapping-stripping-the-land-bare" style="font-weight: bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">Read more </a><br />
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									<div class="heading" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-weight: bold; font-size: 30px; line-height: 38px;"><a class="headline-link" href="http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/new-insights-into-the-dynamics-of-past-climate-change#sthash.9l71yt4d.dpuf" style="color: #ffffff; text-decoration: none;">New insights into dynamics of past climate change</a></div>
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									A new study of the relationship between ocean currents and climate change has found that they are tightly linked, and that changes in the polar regions can affect the ocean and climate on the opposite side of the world within one to two hundred years, far quicker than previously thought.&nbsp;<br />
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									<div class="heading" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-size: 30px; line-height: 38px;"><a class="headline-link" href="http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/earliest-evidence-of-reproduction-in-a-complex-organism#sthash.h1KYFXBk.dpufAn" style="color: #ffffff; text-decoration: none;">Earliest evidence of complex organism reproduction </a></div>
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									A new study of 565 million-year-old fossils, authored by Dr Emily Mitchell, has identified how some of the first complex organisms on Earth reproduced, revealing the origins of our modern marine environment.<br />
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									<div class="heading" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-size: 30px; line-height: 38px;"><a class="headline-link" href="http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/chinese-cave-graffiti-tells-a-500-year-story-of-climate-change-and-impact-on-society#sthash.IcVOcdvN.dpuf" style="color: #ffffff; text-decoration: none;">500-year story of climate change in cave &#39;graffiti&#39;</a></div>
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									An international team of researchers, that includes Research Associate Dr Sebastian Breitenbach, has discovered unique &lsquo;graffiti&rsquo; on the walls of a cave in central China, which describes the effects drought had on the local population over the past 500 years.<br />
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									<div class="heading" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-weight: bold; font-size: 30px; line-height: 38px;"><a class="headline-link" href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-events" style="color: #ffffff; text-decoration: none;">How the Earth is trying to kill us</a>: a panel discussion</div>
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									You are warmly invited to join us at 6.30pm on the 26 November at The Geological Society, London, to hear short talks by our expert panel and to question them on the range of geological hazards. Afterwards there will be drinks and canap&eacute;s in the Lower Library, and a chance to meet the panel informally.<br />
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									Professor Ekhard, Head of Department 1998-2008 and President of Clare Hall 2001-2008, formally retired at the end of September. One of the world leaders in the field of mineralogy and mineral physics, he plans to continue with his research in the department.<br />
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									Prof. Simon Conway Morris, best known for his Burgess Shale studies, coordinates the Map of Life, a project aiming to raise the profile of convergent evolution among students and researchers. New information on convergence is regularly added to the <a href="http://www.mapoflife.org/" style="font-weight: bold; color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">site</a>, <a href="https://mapoflifeblog.wordpress.com/" style="font-weight: bold; color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">blog </a>and social media (<a href="https://twitter.com/themapoflife" style="font-weight: bold; color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mapoflife" style="font-weight: bold; color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Facebook</a>).<br />
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									Dr John Spencer (Sidney Sussex 1978), a co-investigator on the New Horizons mission that completed the flyby of Pluto in July, returned to the department to give a seminar: &lsquo;A first look at the Pluto system from the New Horizons mission&rsquo;. John is deputy leader of the Geology and Geophysics team on the project and has played a pivotal role in the search for Kuiper Belt objects to observe now that the spacecraft has flown past Pluto.<br />
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									Anna Watkins, n&eacute;e Bebington (Newnham 2001), London Olympic Gold medallist, formally announced her return to rowing earlier this year, with a view to making the GB Olympic team. Anna partnered Katherine Grainger to double sculls gold in 2012, and has since become a mother to two sons. We wish her the best of luck.<br />
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												<a class="headline-link" href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/escfieldwork/" style="color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: none;">DTP field trip to Newfoundland</a><br />
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												On our Fieldwork blog, Dr Sarah-Jane Kelland (Selwyn 1987), a geologist in the oil industry, gives an industry perspective on the recent NERC DTP fieldtrip to Newfoundland and Labrador.<br />
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												<a class="headline-link" href="http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/naked-scientists/show/20150915/" style="color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: none;">Unpicking ancient climates</a><br />
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												In a Naked Scientist episode, Dr Julia Gottschalk delves into the past to explore the effects climate change can have on the oceans and how that, in turn can impact on climate.<br />
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												Dr Sanne Cottaar, Research Associate recently appointed to a University Lectureship, has been awarded the 2015 Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award. The award recognises the scientific accomplishments of a young scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of seismology.<br />
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												<a class="headline-link" href="http://issuu.com/libraryhelp/docs/issue_31_october_2015" style="color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: none;">Trilobite Issue 31, Autumn 2015</a><br />
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												The <a href="http://www.sedgwickmuseum.org/index.php?page=friends-of-sedgwick" style="font-weight: bold; color: #ffffff; text-decoration: underline;">Friends of the Sedgwick Museum</a> newsletter, containing reports on recent Museum activities, and including details of upcoming events and trips, is now available.<br />
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												<a class="headline-link" href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/alumni/support-the-department" style="color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: none;">Supporting Earth Sciences </a><br />
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												We are seeking support for all aspects of the Department&#39;s activities.<br />
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Upcoming events

2017 Alumni Day and Dinner

May 13, 2017

Department of Earth Sciences

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Sarah Humbert, Earth Sciences Librarian, gives her impressions - as a non-geologist - from the Dorset leg of the SW fieldtrip 2016

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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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