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Published: 17 January 2020

Congratulations to Dr Caroline Neuberg, who has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s Patrick Moore Medal in recognition of her achievement in teaching geophysics. Caroline is Head of Science and Assistant Principal at Fulneck School, partnership hub for the Ogden Leeds & Harrogate Partnership which Caroline leads.

“I am absolutely delighted to have received this RAS award,” says Caroline. “I’m so aware that my enjoyment of teaching physics and the contribution I am able to make is enhanced by the people and organisations I am lucky to work with, including (amongst many others) the dream team at Fulneck School and The Ogden Trust. A fellowship from the Trust last year afforded me the time to develop a network of seismometers in schools and through my work as partnership co-ordinator of the Leeds Harrogate network, I have met some hard working, dedicated and passionate physics teachers, who generously shared exciting ideas and inter schools trips. By sharing, we all benefitted, and they made me a better teacher.”

The highly prestigious Patrick Moore Medal is awarded in recognition of a particularly noteworthy contribution to astronomy or geophysics by school teachers. The RAS said “Dr Neuberg has been a tireless and enthusiastic promoter of geophysics and astronomy to both hundreds of school children and other physics teachers over the last 10 years.

“She leads a programme of installing seismometers in schools alongside associated training workshops for students and teachers. She initiated a similar programme and installed 10 seismometers in Maori schools in New Zealand. In astrophysics, Caroline leads a project which attracts students from Leeds primary and secondary schools, using microscopes to look at the rocks. She clearly inspires students and teachers alike, both in this country and overseas, and is a very worthy winner of the Patrick Moore Medal.”

Fulneck School’s Principal, Paul Taylor, congratulated Dr Neuberg on her recognition. “Caroline is a very humble person, and is thrilled and embarrassed in equal measure by this award. She inspires our pupils through her passion for all-things physics and spreads her gold-dust through her work with The Ogden Trust and local schools.”

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