Congratulations to Dr Susie Maidment, senior lecturer in our school, who received the Hodson Award at an awards ceremony this week from the Palaeontological Association.
The Hodson Award is presented to a palaeontologist within ten years of their PhD for notable contributions to the science.
The Palaeontological Association was founded in 1957 and has become one of the world’s leading learned societies in this field. The Association is a registered charity that promotes the study of palaeontology and its allied sciences through publication of original research and field guides, sponsorship of meetings and field excursions, provision of web resources and information and a program of annual awards.
There was cause for double celebrations for the Geographers at the University of Brighton this week following news of a further prestigious graduate award and confirmation of the University’s accreditation by the Royal Geographical Society.
BA Geography graduate Moa Eriksson has been named as the winner of the hugely competitive Royal Geographical Society/IBG Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group 2016 Dissertation prize. This is the second major Royal Geographical Society prize won by University of Brighton Geography graduates this year.
Dr Rebecca Elmhirst, Deputy Head (Learning and Teaching) of the School of Environment and Technology said: “Huge congratulations to Moa for her well-deserved prize following the success of fellow graduate Imogen Fox earlier this term. For us to have two Royal Geographical Society graduate prize winners in one year is unprecedented in the sector, a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work of our talented students and staff.”
Dr Kirsty Smallbone, Head of the School of Environment and Technology said: “The accreditation of our Geography courses by the Royal Geographical Society is great news. As one of the few universities with such accreditation our students can be sure they are receiving a first class geographical education and that we put them at the heart of everything we do.”
On the 30th November a group of students and staff went to the disused Sheepcote Valley landfill site to practise the use of field geophysics instruments as part of the third year Exploration Geology module. The exercise demonstrated how geophysical techniques can be used in environmental investigations. Students got experience in working with EM31 (electro-magnetic measurement of ground conductivity), Proton Precession Magnetometry (magnetic field strength), magnetic gradiometry (magnetic field gradient) and gamma ray spectroscopy (natural radiation production). Experience with instrumental field techniques is part of the Geological Society of London accredited program for BSc Geology and BSc Physical Geography and Geology. envgeophys.
Using a field gamma ray spectrometer to map trace levelsof radio-isotopes.
Measuring ground electrical conductivity with EM31.
Students measuring the magnetic field gradient at Sheepcote valley near Brighton.