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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

News

Angela Bentley is awarded the Patrick Moore Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society for Education.

(14 January 2019)

Mrs Angela Bentley, Head of Earth Sciences at Aquinas College Stockport, has been awarded the 2018 Royal Astronomical Society's Patrick Moore Medal for Education based on her outreach activities as part of Professor Christine Peirce's research project "The role and extent of detachment faulting at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges". Mrs Bentley was recruited to the role of "Teacher at Sea" for this project and undertook a wide range of outreach activities prior to the research expedition, from sea during the research expedition, and subsequently. These activities included creating a blog of activities directed at school children and the public, documenting the research expedition as it progressed by blogging and Tweeting, running "ask a scientist" question and answer sessions direct into schools during the research expedition, and touring schools nationally after the expedition to bring science into the classroom. Perhaps Mrs Bentley most major achievement though, and longer lasting impact, is her role in the revision of the school examination curriculum for both GCSE and A-level Geology, that now includes this forefront research project right at its core.

The Department sends its congratulations to Mrs Bentley on her very well deserved award.

See:

RAS press announcement:

https://ras.ac.uk/news-and-press/news/leading-astronomers-and-geophysicists-honoured-royal-astronomical-society

Web blog of the Teacher at Sea - https://teacheratseablog.wordpress.com

Web blog of the Department's Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Facility - https://obsatsea.wordpress.com