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Engineering Professor receives prestigious international appointments

University of Hull sign

Energy expert Professor Xudong Zhao has received several prestigious appointments to international academic and technological organisations.

Professor Zhao, from the University of Hull’s School of Engineering, has research expertise in sustainable and renewable energy, energy efficiency and building services technologies.

The appointments will help to support the growth and funding of the energy research team at the University of Hull.

Professor Xudong Zhao

Professor Xudong Zhao

The appointments are:

In addition to Professor Zhao’s new appointments, he also serves as the editorial board member of a number of internationally renowned journals including:

‘Future Cities and Environment’, ‘Journal of Energy and Power Engineering’, ‘Frontiers in Built Environment and Mechanical Engineering’, ‘Heat Exchangers’, ‘Sustainable Cities and Society’, ‘Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning’ and ‘Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering’.

Volcanologist elected Chair of Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group

Mike in Australia

Congratulations to volcanologist Dr Mike Widdowson on being selected as Chair of the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group.

The Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) is one of the key UK-wide special interest groups (SIGs) hosted at the Geological Society of London (GSL), and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (MinSoc).

Dr Widdowson, previously Treasurer of the VMSG, will lead the group for the next three years (2015 – 2018), and will liaise closely with other SIG chairs, as well as reporting to, and participating in meetings of the Science Committee at GSL and MinSoc Council.

The next annual meeting of VMSG (c. 200+ delegates) will convene in early January 2016 at Trinity College Dublin.

Mike in AustraliaAbove: Dr Widdowson in Australia

Dr Widdowson has also been invited to participate in a three-day STEPPE workshop entitled “Tracking biotic change across the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K – Pg) of India”.

The Deccan lavas erupted 65 million years ago, and their effects on global climate and environment have been linked to the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs.

The principal aim of the workshop is to develop a strategy for establishing a precise and accurate chronostratigraphy and paleoclimate record for fossil-bearing terrestrial localities that span the K-Pg of India.

Dr Widdowson, expert on the Deccan eruptions of Western India, together with 16 other world experts (from USA and India), has benefited from a STEPPE grant to cover travel and accommodation for the duration of the meeting (July 17 – 21st).

STEPPE (Sedimentary Geology, Time, Environment, Palaeontology, Paleoclimatology, Energy) is an NSF-supported consortium whose purpose is to promote multidisciplinary research and education on Earth’s deep-time sedimentary crust.

Academic elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society

Darren Evans

Dr Darren Evans, Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

Fellowships are awarded to those who have made a substantial contribution to entomology, through publications or other evidence of achievement. Fellowship of the Society is regarded as an academic qualification.

The Royal Entomological Society was founded in 1833 as the Entomological Society of London and is the successor to a number of short-lived societies dating back to 1745.

Many eminent scientists of the past, Darwin and Wallace to mention but two, have been Fellows of the Society.

Academic elected to world-renowned ornithological organisation

Darren Evans

Congratulations to Dr Darren Evans on being elected to the Council of the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU).

Dr Evans was put forward by BOU members based on his reputation and previous work organising conferences with the BOU, and was elected by members at the recent AGM.

Founded in 1858, the BOU is one of the world’s oldest and most respected ornithological organisations with an international membership stretching across all continents.

The BOU publishes the journal IBIS – an international journal of avian science, currently ranked #1 in ornithology.

Dr Evans, a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology at the University of Hull, will Chair the BOU Meetings Committee, having successfully organised two conferences in the past.

He will also sit on the Engagement Committee, hoping to inspire and engage the next generation of ornithologists.