14. 6. 2021 Vojtěch Janoušek promoted to a full professor
Vojtěch Janoušek of the Czech geological survey, Prague, and Institute of Petrology and Structural Geology, was promoted to a full professor on June, 5th 2021. Vojtěch has long been working on igneous petrology, geochemistry, and statistical analysis and processing of geochemical data. He teaches various igneous petrology classes and a specialized course on geochemical data processing. Congratulations!
27. 5. 2021 SGA Student Chapter Prague
SGA is a student society which associates students and other people interested in deposit geology and mineralogy all over the world. We organize international and domestic excursions to mineralogically valuable sites. We do geological excursions all over the world. We organize lectures and seminars with interesting guests. The members of the association have an opportunity to meet colleagues from foreign countries and gain valuable experience, which they will then apply while studying or working. Come with us to meet a lot of interesting people and get to places you would not normally visit. More information at https://sga.cuni.cz/
11. 5. 2021 SÚRAO Summer School
Those interested in the geological aspects of radioactive waste disposal, especially students, can apply for the 4th year of the SÚRAO Summer School. The main topic will be the selection of suitable localities in the rock environment of the Bohemian Massif. More information at https://www.surao.cz/letni-skola-surao-probehne-i-letos/.
29. 4. 2021 Professor's lecture by Martin Košťák
Martin Košťák, who recently celebrated his 50th anniversary, delivered a great professor's lecture at the Scientific Council of the Charles University on 29 April. The proposal for his appointment as professor went smoothly and was submitted to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Congratulations!
13. 4. 2021 Mass spectrometer type „ICP-MS“
The installation of a new inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) was completed in the Laboratories of the Geological Institutes. The Thermo Scientific spectrometer can analyze solutions and solid rock samples at the trace to ultratrace level. Inductively coupled Ar-plasma allows ionization, subsequent separation in a quadrupole mass separator, and finally detection in a semiconductor multiplier of most elements of the periodic table from Li to U. Those interested in using the laboratory of mass spectrometry may contact doc. L. Strnad firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. 4. 2021 Joint SGA–UNCE virtual student conference
A virtual conference of graduate students associated with the Center for Geosphere Dynamics and the SGA Student Chapter Prague will be held on April 15th, 2021. The meeting is open for a wide public and will start on ZOOM from 9:00 am (Meeting ID: 824 8818 1216, Key: 0TMizN).
17. 3. 2021 New paper in Communications Earth & Environment (Nature)
New paper in Communications Earth & Environment (Nature group), published new research by a team of the Czech Geological Survey in collaboration with Ondrej Lexa. The paper postulates a new model for trans-lithospheric diapirism to explain an intriguing assemblage of high-pressure (HP) rocks with ultrapotassic plutons and low-grade metamorphic complexes that are found in many collisional orogens, including the Variscan belt. The article is open-access, available at https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00122-w
4. 3. 2021 New high-tech instruments installed!
New high-end laboratory instruments have been successfully installed to aid our research and teaching activities. Laboratory of Imaging Methods acquired a digital 4K microscope Keyence VHX-7000 allowing high-resolution 3D imaging with a magnification of up to 200. Laboratory of Rock Magnetism is newly equipped with the AGICO JR-6A magnetometer, LDA5 demagnetizer, and a PAM1 magnetization unit, allowing paleomagnetic and anisotropy of magnetic remanence measurements.
19. 2. 2021 New paper in Communications Biology (Nature)
New fascinating research was published in Communications Biology (Nature Group), led by Martin Košťák with colleagues from Germany, Slovakia, and Hungary. The study describes Oligocene cephalopod Necroteuthis hungarica (ca. 30 Ma) and demonstrates how some species were able to survive catastrophic events as well as global climatic changes in an anoxic deep-sea environment over long periods of geologic time. The article is open-access, available at https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-021-01714-0
8. 2. 2021 High scientific production of the Center for Geosphere Dynamics despite the COVID-19 pandemic
Despite the covid-19 restrictions, the researchers of the Center for Geosphere Dynamics were highly productive in the past year. A total of 59 papers have been published. Papers published in the first and second quartile journals according to Web of Knowledge accounted for 90% of the total. The numbers also include 13 papers in the D1 category and 5 papers in the Nature Index journals. More information can be found here.