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Earth Sciences Newsletter December 2017

Update from...
Lars Strixude
Lars Strixude, Head of Department
It has been an exciting year for UCL Earth Sciences. Renovation of the Kathleen Lonsdale Building is nearing completion. This £28 million project will see tremendous benefits for our department including co-location for the first time in living memory, new research laboratories, dedicated teaching labs, re-housing of all of our teaching, research, and museum collections, and new MSc/MSci workrooms and PhD offices. Read Lars's full update.
Departmental news
Hazard Centre
Believing forecasts of volcanic eruptions
The UCL Hazard Centre has undergone research regarding how belief in eruption forecasts could impact future evacuations. Read more about this from UCL Earth Sciences' Christopher Kilburn.
Visit to European Synchrotron facility in Grenoble
In November, Andrew Thomson and John Brodholt visited the European Synchrotron facility in Grenoble (ESRF) to measure the seismic properties of CaSiO3 perovskite at high pressures and temperatures. Read more about the visit on the Earth Sciences website.
The student experience
Sumran Johal
First year student spends summer volunteering in Kenya 
Student Sumran Johal spent the summer after her first year volunteering as a Project Worker for Education Partnerships Africa (EPAfrica). She spent 8 weeks doing project work in rural schools. Read Simran's blog about her experience.
Pink Volvo
Martin Neumann's Independent Mapping Experience
Four 3rd year students undertook an independent mapping exercise across Western Europe and the Swiss Alps in a 23 year old pink Volvo. Read about their adventure in their post on the Earth Sciences website
Marble Hill
Field work in Marble Hill
As a 3rd year Geophysicist, Jeremy Wardle undertook a field course, which involved taking a survey of the area surrounding Marble Hill Park, Twickenham. Read more about this in Jeremy Wardle's blog post.
LOGIC Seminars
LOGIC Seminars
The London Geochemistry and Isotope Centre (LOGIC) holds talks or seminars every Wednesday at 1pm. This term there have already been extremely interesting talks from a variety of academics, with more to come.
Read more about LOGIC here.
Earth Sciences Department Seminar
The Earth Science Department seminar series is designed to introduce some of the latest and most exciting new research discoveries to our students and staff. Our seminars run every Friday of the fall and winter term at noon in the Garwood lecture theatre. 
Green UCL
Earth Sciences join Green UCL
Earth Sciences are joining the UCL wide environmental competition and accreditation scheme, which will hopefully allow the department to improve their environmental impact. Read about it in this news article!
Green UCL
Over 50 people attend Greenough Dining Club event
This year’s Greenough Dining Club event – the annual dinner for staff, students, and alumni of the department – was held on the 24th November in the Jeremy Bentham Room. Over 50 people attended, with the graduation dates of our returning alumni ranging from the 1960s to 2017. Read more about the event here. 
Staff spotlight
Jieming Niu
Dr. Jieming Niu, Postdoc

Dr Jieming Niu carried out a field trip to Aso caldera in 2017. Read about it in her post on the Earth Sciences Website

Eric Oelkers
Eric Oelkers, Professor of Aqueous Geochemistry

Dr Eric Oelkers' work focuses on applying the fundamentals of chemistry to understand the Earth and address societal problems. Read Eric Oelkers full spotlight.
Soapbox Science
Soapbox Science: Art and Science 2017
This year, Rehemat Bhatia took part in the London Art and Science Event at the Thamesmead Festival in east London, giving a presentation about foraminifera, climate changes, and the HMS challenger. Read more about the Soapbox Science festival.
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