TIMEleSS PI begins its term at the American Geophysical Union Council

The American Geophysical Union held elections to replace its council members earlier in 2018. S. Merkel, one of the TIMEleSS PI’s, was elected for the Mineral and Rock Physics section of AGU. He will begin is 4-year term as a Council member for AGU on January 1st, 2019. As a member of the Council, representing the broad spectrum of AGU members,  he will oversee the scientific affairs of AGU. The Council is responsible for the scientific affairs of AGU and plays three distinct roles: forming science policy, generating and deliberating science-related ideas, and advising on science and member issues. He will also endorse the role of president-elect for the Mineral and Rock Physics section in 2019-2020 before becoming the section[…]

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AGU week for the TIMEleSS PI

The Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union is ongoing in Washington, DC. TIMEleSS PI Sébastien Merkel is attending the meeting and will present one TIMEleSS related poster, Multigrain Crystallography Study of Phase Transformation Microstructures in Deep Earth Minerals : Application of the Perovskite to Post-Perovskite Transformation Sebastien Merkel, Christopher Langrand, Nadege Hilairet Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 13:40 – 18:00 Convention Ctr – Hall A-C (Poster Hall) See you there!

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Jeffrey Gay

Jeffrey Gay joins the TIMEleSS project

Jeffrey Gay is a PhD student in the Earth and Planetary Materials group at the Université de Lille since October 2018. He received a Bachelor degree in Geology from the Montana State University and a Master degree in Geophysics from the University of Utah in the United States. He is interested in deep Earth materials interactions, extreme conditions experiments, and the deformation properties of minerals. In his free time, he can be found snowboarding, climbing, and cycling. In the past, Jeffrey taught mineralogy and structural geology as a teaching at the University of Utah. His PhD project is funded by the TIMEleSS project. His role within TIMEleSS will concern phase transitions in mantle minerals.

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TIMEleSS startup meeting in Münster, October 2018

Startup meeting for TIMEleSS

All TIMEleSS projects have now officially started! TIMEleSS members are in Münster for their startup meeting, with presentations from the PI’s, starting PhD students, and guests. Participants include (left to right, standing up) Sergio Speziale, Carmen Sanchez-Valle, Tine Thomas, Jeff Gay, Federica Rochira, Matthias Krug, Julien Chantel, Melissa Achorner, (left to right, sitting down) Morvarid Saki, Sébastien Merkel, Angelo Pisconti, Estelle Ledoux.

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Forum "Enseigner les Géosciences", Lille, Octobre 2018

Lecture for high school teachers

One of the TIMEleSS PI’s gave a general lecture on Mantle Convection this week. The French geological society meeting (Réunion des Sciences de la Terre) was held in Lille between Oct 22 and Oct 26, 2018, and included a workshop on Teaching Earth Science in High Schools dedicated to high school teachers in Northern France. The workshop included a day of scientific presentations during which S. Merkel gave a class on Mantle Convection and a day of field trip. The workshop was also a nice and rare opportunity for high school teachers in Northern France to be in contact with international research in their region.

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Federica Rochira and Estelle Ledoux having a discussion with Ed Garnero in Les Houches, October 2018

Two students of the TIMEleSS project at the Deep Earth School in Les Houches

Federica Rochira and Estelle Ledoux attended the Doctoral Training on Internal Earth in Les Houches during the last two weeks. The lecture topics included Earth magnetism, with Céline Guervilly and David Cébron, Mineralogy by Nadège Hilairet and James Badro, Mantle Dynamics by Clint Conrad and Maylis Landeau, and deep Earth Seismology by Ed Garnero and Pierre Boué. Xavier Le Pichon gave the introductory seminar, a rare opportunity to meet one of the fathers of plate tectonics! Two weeks of great opportunity for advanced classes and meeting world experts!

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TIMEleSS at PETRA, June 2018

Busy week-end for the TIMEleSS team

Members of the TIMEleSS project are spending a few days at the P02.2 beamline of the PETRA III synchrotron in Hamburg. Week-end will be busy and samples will get hot! On the picture: Melissa Achorner (WWU Münster), Sergio Speziale (GFZ Potsdam), Estelle Ledoux (Univ. Lille), Matthias Krug (WWU Münster), Ilya Kupenko (WWU Münster), Julien Chantel (Univ. Lille), and Carmen Sanchez-Valle (WWU Münster).

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