The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 358 
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President's Day - congratulations to all our 2019 award winners

We celebrated President’s Day on Thursday 6 June with the presentation of our annual awards, medals and funds at Burlington House. The Wollaston Medal, the Society’s highest honour, was awarded to Professor Edward Stolper of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a leading igneous petrologist who has studied processes on Earth, Mars and asteroids.
Congratulations to all our award winners, and thank you to everyone who joined us for the day! You can see the full list of award winners on the website.

Nominations are now open for our 2020 awards, medals and funds. The deadline is 27 September 2019 – see our website for further details on how to nominate.
New President Designate and Council members

President’s Day saw the election of Dr Michael Daly as President-designate of the Society. Dr Daly will take over from our current President, Dr Nick Rogers, in June 2020. We also elected five new Council members – Kathryn Goodenough, Gemma Sherwood, Sarah Scott, Joel Gill and Andrew Moore. Many thanks to Jason Canning, Naomi Jordan, Robert Larter, Colin North, Sheila Peacock and Keith Seymour, all of whom retired from Council on 6 June.
Society & Membership Updates
Corporate Patrons  

The Society’s Corporate Affiliate membership scheme is rebranding to Corporate Patrons.  The decision to rename and refresh the scheme has been taken following feedback from company members and Fellows.  

As a charity, we rely on the support of Corporate Patrons to continue our work promoting geoscience and its importance to society. We believe that the title Patron is a more accurate reflection of the significant and philanthropic nature of the generous support of our valued company members.
For more information, please visit our website or email us.
Diversity Landscape Report

The Geological Society are seeking to produce a Diversity Landscape Report to identify disadvantaged and under-represented groups within the Earth sciences at UK Higher Education level. There has been little public research previously undertaken in this area. The findings will be disseminated widely and are expected to have a transformative impact on the diversity landscape of our science.  We are seeking a main sponsor to support the data purchase and production of this report. If you would be interested in finding out more, please get in touch with our development team.
Publishing Updates
Exciting new research published in the Journal of the Geological Society: the hunt for a Scottish meteorite impact crater
The Mesoproterozoic Stac Fada proximal ejecta blanket, NW Scotland: constraints on crater location from field observations, anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility, petrography and geochemistry

By Kenneth Amor, Stephen P. Hesselbo, Don Porcelli, Adam Price Saunders, Martin Sykes, Jennifer Stevanović and Conal MacNiocaill

The Stac Fada Member of the Mesoproterozoic Stoer Group (Torridon Supergroup) in NW Scotland is a proximal ejecta blanket surrounding an unidentified asteroid impact crater. A combination of field observations of the ejecta deposit and underlying strata, the geographical distribution of terrane-identified basement clasts found embedded in the impactite, and anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility of the impact melt rocks at different locations can constrain the crater location to be about 15–20 km WNW of Enard Bay and thus buried under Mesozoic sediments in The more in the Lyell Collection
A reassessment of the proposed ‘Lairg Impact Structure’ and its potential implications for the deep structure of northern Scotland

By Michael J. Simms and Kord Ernstson

The Lairg Gravity Low may represent a buried impact crater c. 40 km across that was the source of the 1.2 Ga Stac Fada Member ejecta deposit but the gravity anomaly is too large to represent a simple crater and there is no evidence of a central peak. Reanalysis of the point Bouguer gravity data reveals a ring of positive anomalies around the central low, suggesting that it might represent the eroded central part of a larger complex more in the Lyell Collection
Ends tomorrow! The Online Bookshop sale - up to 80% off selected titles
The Geological Society Online Bookshop Sale ends tomorrow (Tuesday 18 June). We have over 80 titles across a range of subjects available to purchase with up to 80% off for a limited time only. 

Some publications have limited stock - offer price is only available online and while stocks last. 

To see the full list of sale items visit the sale page on our website.
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Online Bookshop Sale Bestsellers

Paleozoic Plays of NW Europe

Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building: The Legacy of Peach and Horne

A History of Geology and Medicine

Strata and Time: Probing the Gaps in Our Understanding

Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Saurians: A Historical Perspective

The Triassic Timescale

Industrial Structural Geology: Principles, Techniques and Integration
Some sale items are available for purchase at the Burlington House bookshop, please call ahead to check stock before making a special journey on +44(0)2074349944
Library Updates
Recent special issues in the Virtual Library

The Recent Special Issues section of the Virtual Library contains details of thematic special issues from e-journals which are available to Fellows. These include both the Library’s ‘Athens’ login journals and ones which are freely available online.

New special issues on the following topics have been added to June’s section.

Athens authentication can also be used to access c.100 e-journals and c.50 e-books from leading publishers.
Regional and Specialist Group News & Events
Solent Regional Group 

From deserts to ice: Case studies for women in geoscience
19 June 2019 at 18.30 
Ramboll UK Ltd, Southampton (Carlton House, SO40 7HT)

Speakers: Jenny Symons, Principle Engineer, Ramboll, Alison Wiles, Associate Geotechnical Engineer, WSP Lily Drury, Engineering Geologist, Geo-Design

This evening showcases the work of women in geosciences through 3 short case studies. To book a place, please email Lily Drury and provide us with the number of attendees
Other News
European Federation of Geologists seeks new Executive Director

The EFG is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director for its head office in Brussels. The deadline for applications is 21 June 2019 and the contract should ideally start at the beginning of September 2019. Full details can be found here.
Join the Museum of Natural History for an intimate encounter with your human ancestor

1 July 2019 at 18.00 
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Palaeontological Scientific Trust of South Africa (PAST) cordially invite Fellows of the Geological Society to an open lecture to commemorate Little Foot’s first ever UK visit.

The most spectacular fossil specimen to be found in South Africa, Little Foot is the world’s oldest and most complete skeleton of a fossil human ancestor. Little Foot’s 3.67-million year old skull will be on view, and its discoverer, Professor Ron Clarke, will deliver the lecture.  The lecture will be held at 6pm on 1 July 2019 at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.  Attendance is free and booking is essential, please click here to find out more
Year of Carbon

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