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Professor Richard Harrison appointed Head of Department
Professor Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison (Fitzwilliam 1990), Professor of Earth and Planetary Materials and Fellow of St Catharine’s College, will take over as Head of Department on 1 August 2019. Richard was both an undergraduate and graduate student in the Department. After spending nearly five years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut für Mineralogie in Münster, Germany, Richard returned to the Department as a research fellow in 2001 and became a lecturer in 2006.

Richard’s current research uses state-of-the-art experimental techniques to study the fundamental properties of magnetic minerals at the nanometre scale, including extracting meaningful paleomagnetic information from meteorites.

Richard succeeds Simon Redfern, who has been appointed as Dean of the College of Science at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. We wish Simon well in his new position.
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Cambridge Earth Sciences in the field
Winning photograph by Dayna Cheah (cropped)
Alumni judge Arran photo competition
Earth Sciences alumni voted for the winning photograph in our annual first-year undergraduate photo competition. The photos were taken on the Easter Arran field trips and voting took place on Alumni Day in May. Dayna Cheah (Magdalene) is our overall winner, with her submission for the ‘people’ category.
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Spain 2018 field trip
More impressions from ‘not a geologist’
The last field trip that our undergraduates take is the fourth year, Part III trip to Spain. Run in the break between Lent and Easter term, the trip aims to gather all the aspects of the course and put them together as a cohesive whole. Sarah ‘not a geologist’ Humbert details the wind, the drone, the camaraderie and some geological highlights.
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Sedgwick Museum gallery with pterosaur
Exclusive Sedgwick Museum event at Alumni Festival 2019
Travel through time: lunch in the Sedgwick Museum
Friday 27 September, 1pm to 2pm

An exclusive buffet lunch hosted by the Director of the Sedgwick Museum, accompanied by a series of quick-fire presentations showcasing some of the exciting research taking place in the Department today.
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Cut out of Deinoychus
Life as a gallery volunteer
The Sedgwick Museum has an active group of gallery volunteers, and the most recent addition to the team is local palaeontology enthusiast, 18-year-old Elliott Cowie. Elliott chatted to Museum Administrator Sarah Hammond about his love of fossils and how his diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder plays a part in his day while volunteering at the Museum.
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