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St Andrews geoscientist at top rock awards

A University of St Andrews geoscientist has been singled out for a top rock award.

Dr Ian Alsop of the School of Geography and Geosciences will be presented with the 2005 Lyell Fund of the Geological Society of London next week, the official learned and professional body representing geoscientists in the UK and the largest geoscience society in Europe.

The prestigious international award is bestowed annually for “contributions to the Earth Sciences on the basis of noteworthy published research” and is undoubtedly a major honour in the geosciences world.

Dr Alsop’s research concerns the way in which rocks and materials may flow or break under different conditions within the Earth’s crust. The citation for this award states that Ian Alsop is “a leading international authority” in the study of folds and “has already established himself as one of the UK’s foremost structural geologists”.

The award will be presented on Wednesday 18 May 2005.

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NOTE TO EDITORS – Jpeg photograph of Dr Alsop on recent research trip to Italy available from Claire Grainger – details below.

Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information, please contact Claire Grainger, Press Officer – 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk; Ref: press releases/alsop View the latest University news at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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