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                                    <span style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 16px;">Dear alumni</span>
                                    <br>
                                    <br>
                                    Welcome to our first alumni e-newsletter. I
                                    hope you will enjoy the articles below
                                    covering research, new appointments, news of
                                    department members, alumni events and ways
                                    for you to be involved. We have a newly
                                    formed Alumni Relations team of Alison
                                    Holroyd, the Alumni Co-ordinator, and
                                    myself. We are keen to answer any of your
                                    questions and to hear your own news. We
                                    particularly look forward to welcoming many
                                    of you back to the department over the
                                    coming years.
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                                    Nigel Woodcock, Teaching staff: 1973-present</td>
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                        Cambridge scientists and PhD students at the
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                        Monitoring B&aacute;r&eth;arbunga</div>
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                        in Iceland
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                        A team of researchers, led by Professor Bob White, have
                        recently returned from Iceland where, thanks to good
                        planning and even better luck, they have gathered the most extensive dataset ever
                        from a volcanic eruption. This data will yield new insights into how molten rock moves
                        underground, and whether or not it erupts.<br>
                        <br>
                        In a short video, <em>Luck and Lava</em>, Bob and PhD
                        student Tim Greenfield discuss their work and what it's
                        like to be up close to such a spectacular eruption.<br>
                        <br>
                        <a href="http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/luck-and-lava?sid=esan" style="font-weight:bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">Read more</a>
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                                    An unusual new fossil discovery of one of
                                    the earliest animals on earth may also
                                    provide the oldest evidence of muscle tissue
                                    &ndash; the bundles of cells that make movement in
                                    animals possible. The fossil, dating from
                                    560 million years ago, was discovered in
                                    Newfoundland, Canada.
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                                    Deep sea sediment cores are revealing 30,000
                                    years of climate history. PhD student, Julia
                                    Gottschalk, reports from her voyage last
                                    summer aboard the <em>James Cook</em>, the British
                                    Royal Research Ship operated by the Natural
                                    Environment Research Council.
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                                    <img alt="Jean-Philippe Avouac, BP-McKenzie chair in Earth Sciences" style="" src="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/alumni/michaelmas14-images/jean-philippe_avouac.jpg" height="260" width="385"></td>
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                                    <a href="http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/bp-gift-endows-new-professorship-in-earth-sciences?sid=esan" class="headline-link" style="color: #ffffff; text-decoration:none;">BP-McKenzie chair</a>
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                                    We welcome Professor Jean-Philippe Avouac as
                                    the first holder of the new BP-McKenzie
                                    chair in Earth Sciences. Jean-Philippe
                                    joins us from Caltech where he held the post
                                    of Earle C Anthony Professor of Geology and
                                    Director of the Tectonics Observatory.                                    <br>
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                                    <a href="http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/bp-gift-endows-new-professorship-in-earth-sciences?sid=esan" style="font-weight:bold; color: #ffffff; text-decoration: underline;">Read more
                                    about the BP-McKenzie chair</a>
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                                    New QEMSCAN
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                                    The Department has taken delivery of a new
                                    QEMSCAN &ndash; (Quantitative Evaluation of
                                    Minerals by Scanning electron microscopy).
                                    Due to its unique detector configuration the
                                    instrument is the first of its kind in a UK university and has generated a lot of
                                    interest, both from Cambridge researchers
                                    and students, and also from independent
                                    consultants nationally.
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                                    <a href="http://www.cam.ac.uk/news/honorary-degrees-2014-0?sid=esan" class="headline-link" style="color: #333333; text-decoration:none;">
                                    Professor Dan
                                    McKenzie given Honorary Degree</a></div>
                                    <br>
                                    Dan McKenzie received his Honorary
                                    Degree, the highest honour that the
                                    University can bestow, from the Chancellor
                                    in a special ceremony that included six
                                    other distinguished individuals.<br>
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                                    <a href="http://www.cam.ac.uk/news/honorary-degrees-2014-0?sid=esan" style="font-weight:bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">Read more</a>
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                                    Dr John Maclennan honoured for both
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                                    John Maclennan has been awarded both the
                                    2014 Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society,
                                    in recognition of his research, and a
                                    Pilkington Teaching Prize for excellence in
                                    teaching.<br>
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                                    <a href="http://www.cam.ac.uk/news/university-teaching-awards-honour-excellence?sid=esan" style="font-weight:bold; color: #333333; text-decoration: underline;">Read more about the Pilkington Prize and recipients</a>
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                                    Dr Katherine Daniels, Research Associate,
                                    represented England in the European Touch
                                    (rugby) Championships in Swansea in August.
                                    England went on to win the Women's Open
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                                                <a href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/earth-sciences-film"><img class="col-3-img" alt="Sir David Attenborough features in the Earth Sciences film" style="" src="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/alumni/michaelmas14-images/sir-david-attenborough-still.JPG" height="150" width="226"></a>
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                                                A video taking a brief look at the
                                                earth sciences course aims to
                                                encourage the next generation of
                                                earth scientists at Cambridge.<br>
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                                                <a href="http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/earth-sciences-film" style="font-weight:bold; color: #ffffff; text-decoration: underline;">See the video</a>
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                                                <a href="http://wserv4.esc.cam.ac.uk/escfieldwork/" style="color:#ffffff; font-weight:bold; font-size:15px; text-decoration:none;" class="headline-link">Earth
                                                Sciences fieldwork</a>
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                                                Fieldwork continues to play an
                                                important part of the student
                                                experience at Cambridge. Our
                                                fieldwork blog features posts
                                                from recent field trips. Do
                                                please send us your own
                                                memories, including any images.
                                                We would be delighted to hear
                                                from you.<br>
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                                                <a href="http://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/events/earth-sciences-alumni-day-and-dinner" style="color:#ffffff; font-weight:bold; font-size:15px; text-decoration:none;" class="headline-link">Alumni day and dinner</a>
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                                                We hope to welcome many of you back to the Department for the biennial Alumni Day and Dinner on Saturday 9 May 2015. Do save the date and spread the word amongst your year group and contemporaries.<br>
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                                                <a href="http://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/events/earth-sciences-alumni-day-and-dinner" style="font-weight:bold; color: #ffffff; text-decoration: underline;">Read more</a>
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                                                We
                                                hosted our first Building Stones tour of central Cambridge in
                                                September and welcomed back
                                                alumni and their families. Tours
                                                were led by Dr Peter Friend and
                                                Dr Nigel Woodcock. Afterwards
                                                alumni enjoyed tea in the Watson
                                                Gallery.<br>
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                                                We look forward to running more special 'field trips' in the future.
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                                                Enjoy an after-dark visit to the
                                                Sedgwick Museum on Thursday 18
                                                December, 5-7pm. All ages
                                                are welcome. We can&rsquo;t guarantee
                                                that the giant deer or our
                                                iguanodon will come alive at
                                                night, but follow our new trail
                                                and see what you can discover in
                                                the shadows. Don&rsquo;t forget your
                                                torch.
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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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