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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

Micropalaeontology at NHM

A wind of change is blowing through micropalaeontology at the Natural History Museum, reports Dwain Eldred

The change began with the recruitment of two new members of staff, Tom Hill & Steve Stukins, in December 2011 and January 2012 in the new - and unique - role of ‘Museum Scientist’. They will focus effort on enhancing the profile of micropalaeontology by identifying ways in


which the NHM’s collections can benefit the wider micropalaeontological and geological community.

Picture: Living planktic foram Globigerinoides ruber, one of the two most important spinose species in warm tropical surface waters. Photo courtesy David Lea, University of California.

These activities will be underpinned with ‘stakeholder engagement’ - in other words, talking to people with a vested interest in the future direction of micropalaeontology. Hill and Stukins’s remit also includes advising on collections development needs, training and education opportunities, income-generation potential and research priorities.

At this early stage the new recruits say they “want to make all Geoscientist readers aware that of their presence at the NHM, and how to get in touch if they have any queries or suggestions” – see below. They hope to develop a ‘stakeholder engagement strategy’ in coming months, and promise to keep Geoscientist abreast of progress.