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Microfossil Image Competition 2019

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2018 will be the fourth year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last three years is reflected by the creation of our annual Micropalaeontology Calendar! Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015 2016, 2017), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here.

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Microfossil Image Competition 2018

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Entries are now closed, thank you to everyone who submitted fantastic fossil images!

2018 will be the fourth year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last three years is reflected by the creation of our annual Micropalaeontology Calendar! Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015 2016, 2017), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more

Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2018

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The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

The overall image winner was submitted by Adam David Woodhouse from the University of Leeds, with his beautiful image of the planktonic foraminifera Acarinina praetopilensis from the Eocene equatorial Pacific. The image clearly displays the heavy recrystallistion of the foram test and the adherence of calcareous nannofossils with large muricae projecting through coccolith debris. The main image diameter c. 150 µm, and the image to be used within the calendar (August) will include an image of the complete foram (c. 400 µm diameter) for context. Not only does Adam win the competition’s first prize of €200, but also has his image included on the front cover of out TMSoc2018 Calendar (see above)!

On behalf of the Society we would like to congratulate Adam on his success. Eleven additional winners were selected from the fantastic submissions, and are on display below! A wide variety of microfossils and imaging techniques have been championed this year, and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition. Read more

Change of Journal Publisher (Copernicus Publications)

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We are delighted to announce The Micropalaeontological Society has signed a new deal with Copernicus Publications (http://publications.copernicus.org) to publish the Journal of Micropalaeontology (JoM). After many fantastic years with the Geological Society Publishing House (GSPH), the Society’s contract with GSPH was due for renewal at the end of 2017 and through negotiations with a number of potential publishers (including GSPH) we aimed to increase Open Access publishing. After considerable discussions the committee decided that Copernicus would be our first choice as publisher of JoM from 1st January 2018 onwards, for a three-year period in the first instance. This means that JoM is now the first entirely Open Access journal in micropalaeontology. This arrangement does not affect our agreement with GSPH for the delivery of TMS Special Publications. The new platform is now set up within the Copernicus website and can be viewed here:

http://journal-of-micropalaeontology.net/index.html

Manuscript submission is now open, and we have developed a promotion for authors without funding that will start in 2018 (see below)!

There is a lot of information to disseminate that relates to: (1) how the new journal approach differs to GSPH, and (2) how this new model will be of benefit to TMS members and indeed our micropalaeontology community as a whole. Here, we will try and summarise many of the key changes that will result from this new contract with Copernicus. In addition, there is a pdf of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ’s), attached to this email.

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Microfossil Image Competition 2017

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Image Comp Poster 2017

2017 will be the third year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last two years is reflected by the creation of our 2015, 2016 and 2017 Micropalaeontology Calendars. Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015 2016), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more

Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2017

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The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

Maxence Delaine, Lille 1 University, France won the competition with this beautiful image of two testate amoebae:  Difflugia pyriformis (L), Difflugia viscidula (R). These testate amoebae on display typically have a length of between 150-300 µm and are built by the organism using recycled mineral grains. The specimens were sampled in a small river of Brittany (Rau de l’étang du Loc’h, Peumerit-Quintin, France). The winning image is a composition of 2 pictures obtained with the SEM of the Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences (UMR 8187) at Lille 1 University. The 2 pictures were subsequently combined into a single one, which was then processed in order to obtain this final colour enhanced SEM picture. Read more

Obituary for Professor Robin Whatley

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The public funeral arrangements for Professor Emeritus Robin Charles Ignatius Whatley are as

follows:

 

Reception Mass at St Michael’s Church, Laura Place, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AU at 5.30pm on Friday 24 th

June, 2016.

 

Requiem Mass at St Michael’s Church, Laura Place, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AU at 11.30am on Saturday

25 th June, 2016 followed by Funeral Breakfast in the Old College, King Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AX

and then interment at Hafod Churchyard, Cwmystwyth, SY23 4AG (Grid Reference SN 768 736).

No flowers please but donations, if desired, towards helping students in the field of

Micropalaeontology under the aegis of the Micropalaeontological Society c/o D.J. Evans Funeral

Directors, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwtyh SY23 3EQ: Tel. 01970 820249.

 

Should you wish to attend the funeral, please could you inform Dr Caroline Maybury by email:

cam@aber.ac.uk, if you have not already done so, how many will be in your group, so that catering

arrangements may be made.

 

Caroline wishes to express her sincere thanks for all the kindness, sympathy and messages of

condolence she has received in her bereavement.

Microfossil Image Competition 2016

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2016 will be the third year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last two years is reflected by the creation of our 2015 and 2016 Micropalaeontology Calendars. Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more

Girls into Geoscience, 14th July 2016, Plymouth

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This exciting one day workshop, with additional optional field trip to Dartmoor, will introduce female A level students to the Earth Sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to Earth science graduates today. With seminars from women working in Geology, and hands on workshops looking at GIS, microfossils and planetary geology, this year’s Girls into Geoscience event isn’t one to miss. Geology isn’t just for the boys!

Taking place on Monday July 4th. This fantastic event is aimed at Year 12 girls interested in finding out more about geoscience and the directions it could take them. The day will give them the opportunity to listen to women working as geoscientists talk about their jobs and how they got there; take part in hands on geology workshops; and have the opportunity to get a flavour of studying Earth Sciences at university with tours of the campus and facilities, and networking with current female students studying Earth Sciences.

There will be four workshops to choose from, including one dedicated to microfossils and climate, run by Dr Jodie Fisher and Dr Debbie Wall-Palmer. Come and explore how microscopic shells are used to reconstruct past environments and changes in climate. Get hands-on experience of examining deep-sea sediments using microscopes and use these amazing microfossils to reconstruct 100,000 years of climate change in just 30 minutes!

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/girls-into-geoscience

Contact girlsintogeoscience@plymouth.ac.uk or phone (01752) 585975 to book a place on this free event for Year 12 girls.