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LU Text is published by the Press Office on Fridays during term time and aims to keep you regularly informed of the University's news and developments. Editor, Vicky Tyrrell

| 13 March 2009 | Issue 426

Contents: news; death notice; people; notices; people in the news; what's on; ads


Radio launch for Nigerian short stories

A series of short stories devised by a Lancaster University senior lecturer are set to be broadcast this month in Nigeria. The stories called ‘Under the Sun’ were funded by the British Council in Nigeria, produced by BBC world service radio producer, Chidi Ukwu, and devised by Dr Graham Mort of the Department of English & Creative Writing. The nine pieces of work were developed with Nigerian writers in workshops led by Graham Mort, Mike Harris, Biyi Bandele and Simon Brett and focus on topical social and political themes. The ‘Under the Sun’ broadcasts will eventually be mounted as podcasts on the British Council ‘Radiophonics’ website and linked to the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research at Lancaster. To view the full story

Carbon Competition Winners Get £600

A pioneering competition to encourage students at Lancaster University to cut back on energy and utility usage has been so successful that it will now be run every term. The competition involves the new Eco-Residences at Grizedale and County Colleges where students in individual townhouses competed to cut their carbon footprint to the minimum. The winners from House 91 of County College (Primrose) were so keen to cut back that they even removed the TV aerial. The 12 residents will now share the £600 prize money for cutting their emissions this term to 1,652 kg of carbon dioxide. Second and third prize winners received £300 per townhouse while the fourth, fifth and sixth received £200. To view the full story

San Francisco beckons for Nokia Competition winners

Lancaster University students have been given a chance to shape the future of mobile gaming in the UK Heat of the Forum Nokia Mobile Games Competition 2009 held at InfoLab21. More than 40 students from different disciplines attended GameJam@InfoLab21 – a 24hr mobile game design competition for university students initiated by Forum Nokia and co-organized by the Mobile Radicals at Lancaster University. The winners of the UK heat now have the chance to go through to the next round of the competition where they could win an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco and present their game design at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). To view the full story

National Science week

As part of National Science and Engineering Week 2009, the Faculty of Science and Technology held a series of engaging activities for young people. On Wednesday, March 11, GCSE students from schools across Lancashire and Cumbria quenched their curiosity by taking part in a practical session to find out exactly what blood contains. Aimed at Year 10 and 11 students, the workshops from 9th to the 13th of March set out to promote science and technology, encouraging young people to take the subjects further. Sessions ranged from Psychology where students had the chance to experience how the mind can be deceived by illusions of vision, audition and attention to Communication Systems where they learnt how to develop animation and design simple computer games. A lecture on Friday 13th taught students how to get rich and famous using GCSE Maths. This idea was based on multi-million pound global industries such as ‘Google’, which was initially based on simultaneous equations. Those taking part discovered that they already had enough mathematical knowledge through their GCSEs to have come up with the vast money-generating idea themselves. To view the full story

InfoLab21 - Business Link Information Hub

InfoLab21 is now an official Business Link Information Hub. Business Link is a government funded advice and support service for businesses and one of InfoLab21’s Partner organisations. InfoLab21’s Knowledge Business Centre works closely with Business link to promote InfoLab21 ICT services, placements and training to regional businesses and also to facilitate the Lancashire & Cumbria ICT Clusters. People can find out about Business Link and a wide range of services and events for businesses, which include knowledge transfer activities from across the University, via the new information hub in the InfoLab21 reception area. For more information come to InfoLab21 or see http://www.businesslink.gov.uk.

LEC Research Group at Ends of the Earth

Members of Dr Crispin Halsall’s research group in LEC were located at opposite ends of the planet this February, with a team at 78oN in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic and post-doctoral researchers Sabino del Vento and Linda Gioia on the Spanish research ship (RV “Hesperides”) located at 70oS, near Antarctica. The team in Svalbard were accompanied by a LICA artist Jane Rushton, who has won funding from the Arts Council England to work with scientists in the field, but to interpret the Arctic from an artist’s point of view. These research campaigns are part of ”ARCPOP” a NERC funded International Polar Year programme to understand the fate and cycling of trace organic contaminants in polar regions. Dr Halsall is a member of the management team and work package leader for a new EU FP7 programme ‘ArcRisk’ , a 3.5 million Euro programme to investigate changing pollutant pathways in the Arctic in light of climate change. He was also interviewed from the ship for Canada’s CBC Radio 1 show ‘Ideas’, which has an audience of 400,000, in a programme called ‘Lands of Crystal’, 9 March, discussing climate change and pollution in the Arctic.

College Student Citizen of the Year Award in 2009

College students whose action, vision or behaviour has made an impact on someone else's life whether in the College/University or wider community could find themselves being nominated for the College Student Citizen Award (Prize £100). Many students make a positive difference and often go out of their way to help others either directly or indirectly. This award will recognise one such student in each participating college. The University Student Support Services, with the support of the relevant College Principal, are coordinating the awards. Nominations will be judged by a panel in the Summer Term. Further details about how to nominate someone for the award is available at: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/studentservices/all/citizenoftheyear09.htm

Colourful Holi Week Celebration

Students from the Hindu Society, Asian Society and Graduate Student Association have celebrated the Hindu spring festival of Holi this week. A fire was lit in Graduate College square in keeping with the legend of Prahlad and his devotion to Lord Vishnu, while dozens of students celebrated the Festival of Colours near Lake Carter by the tradition of throwing coloured powder and water at each other.

Science Park

Lancaster City have posted a display in the University Library that shows the outline development of the Science Park. The display will run until 20 March. This is part of the City’s outline planning application process and similar displays have gone up in Galgate and in Lancaster.

Professor Jim Johnson

We regret to report that Jim Johnson, founding Professor of Geography at Lancaster University, died on 11th March. Professor Johnson was appointed to Lancaster from University College London in 1974 with the remit to start a new department of geography. The first students arrived in 1975 and he was head of department for the next 10 years, carefully and successfully steering the growth of the department. Jim retired in 1994, but continued to live in Lancaster and was a regular visitor to campus.


The University of Lancaster and the Cockcroft Institute are delighted to announce that Professor Richard Carter is to receive the IVEC 2009 Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics. The award was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding contributions to the field. It will be presented in April 2009 at the Tenth International Vacuum Electronics Conference in Rome. This prestigious award recognizes the international impact of Professor Carter’s work over a period of thirty years.

Professor Cary Cooper CBE AcSS, has been appointed as the new Chair for the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Cooper is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, is Chair of the think tank The Sunningdale Institute in the National School of Government, and was lead scientist of the government's Foresight project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. The Academy responds to Government and other consultations on behalf of the social science community, organises meetings about social science and seminars on topics that span social science disciplines, and sponsors a number of schemes that promote social science and enhance its value to society.

Emeritus Professor John Whittaker, Honorary Fellow of the University and past Head of Biology (1983-6, 1991-4) was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Entomological Society of London, at a meeting of the Society in London on 4 March.

Dr Agata Fijalkowski (Law) recently returned to Bucharest, Romania, to continue interviews with military prosecutors about cases relating to the 1989 Romanian Revolution. These interviews are part of a British Academy Small Grant Research Scheme project on crime and security in Romania.

Physics technician Ian Mercer who has so far raised £20,000 for charity, is lining up more record breaking attempts in 2009. He is to attempt the 3 Peaks Extreme Challenge in 48 hours without sleep, cycling in between Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell. He will also cycle from coast to coast along the historic Reivers Route in 2 days. Proceeds will go Coronary Care at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Ian will give a a slideshow presentation in A74 Engineering on the 25th March from 1pm to 2pm showing last year’s coast to coast event and 3 peaks record attempt. Offers of support and help are welcome.

Denis McCaldin, Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies in Music at Lancaster University, is co-convenor of a conference at the British Library on ‘Haydn & the Business of Music’ on March 14 & 15 2009. This is one of the major events taking place in the UK as part of the world-wide bicentennial celebrations of composer Joseph Haydn’s death in 1809. The conference is promoted jointly by the British Library’s Head of Music Richard Chesser (www.bl.uk/haydn) and the Haydn Society of Great Britain (www.haydnsocietyofgb@netfirms.com). As well as papers and discussion, there will be two concerts featuring rarely-heard works by Haydn recently recorded by the Trinity Haydn Ensemble conducted by Denis McCaldin.


Staff Prizes 2009 – celebrating the achievements of staff

Do you know someone whose contribution deserves public recognition? Are you one of those people? The 2009 Staff Prize categories are:

  • Community & College;
  • Commercialisation;
  • Doctoral Supervision;
  • Media & Communications;
  • Research (3 categories);
  • Teaching (UG, PG and CPD).
Anyone can make a nomination and the process is very straight forward.

Each prize is for £1,000 and winners also receive a certificate of achievement. In June the awards will be presented at a special ceremony with about 100 guests invited to celebrate together their colleagues' successes. This event always receives very positive reviews.

More information at: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/hr/total-reward/recognition.html. Closing date for all nominations is 31 March 2009.

Bipolar research

Are You Bipolar? Would You Like to Become Involved in Research? This is a group of 5 pieces of research into bipolar disorder called the PARADES programme. They are made up of studies on psychoeducation, anxiety, suicide, advanced directives and substance misuse. We are seeking service users who might be interested in either joining an overarching steering group for all of the studies or who are interested in working in one particular area. More detailed information about involvement in the other PARADES studies will be available and on request. You can contact me between Mon-Wed on 01524 592569 or d.mayes@lancaster.ac.uk Debbie Mayes, Service User Researcher, Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YT

Creativity and change in research

The creativity and change in research conference for Lancaster University research students will take place on the 25th and 26th of June 2009. The conference is designed to bring together Lancaster’s research students from across disciplines and research methodologies. Creativity and Change is a broad theme, with specific meanings grounded within the framework of your own project: what are the issues surrounding creativity and change in your research? If you are interested in submitting a paper, poster or visual display, details can be found at http://createandchange.org.uk/info-for-contributors/

We have extended the deadline for abstracts to 23rd March 2009. If you would like to contribute but unsure on how your work fits into the broad theme of the conference, then contact us via Thesis In Progress email address. The Creativity and Change in Research conference is a joint initiative between LU's Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching and the Graduate College, with support from the Graduate School and LUSU.

Cashiers / Credit Control opening hours

The Cashiers & Credit Control counter opening hours for Wednesday 18th March will be 10.30 to 4.30 to allow for staff training. Normal hours will resume from Thursday 19th March.

Estates notices

  • Bowland Bar & Cafe Refurbishment- A structural survey is being undertaken in and around Bowland College in preparation for the Bowland Bar and Café refurbishment. This survey is ongoing until the middle of next week and will involve excavating shallow pits against the building within the courtyard. The passageway next to the Porters Lodge will be partially closed over the weekend, but disruption will be kept to a minimum . Any questions should be directed to the Project Manager, Anna Cockman X93345.
  • Fire Alarms - Saturday 14th March, to enable the operation of the automatic doors to be proved the fire alarms will be tested in the following buildings. There is no need to evacuate. University House 8am till 10am. Biology/Environmental Sciences/CEH/LEC3 10am till 1pm. County South 1:30pm till 2:30pm. Post Graduate Stats 2:30pm till 3:30pm.

  • Lifts- To enable essential maintenance work to be carried out, Bowland North passenger lift will be out of use between the hours of 8am till 5pm Tuesday 24th March and Wednesday 25th March. Apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused.

  • Surplus furniture collection - March 09 Do you or your department have unwanted or surplus furniture such as chairs, desks, tables or shelves? Furniture Matters will be collecting surplus furniture from any department across campus on 17th and 18th March. The unwanted furniture will be refurbished for reuse and sale or recycled. In order to coordinate the collection please could you forward an inventory of the furniture you would like to be removed to Jonathan Mills (Environment & Sustainability Manager) at jon.mills@lancaster.ac.uk by today (13th March). Please could you clearly state the following:

    Surplus furniture for collection

      Name of Department
      Contact person phone/email
      Location of furniture (Block/Room No.)
      Inventory of furniture (Number and type of items)  
      Condition of furniture

    If your department has a requirement for specific furniture items, please forward the details using the format above (but labelling the request ‘REQUEST FOR SURPLUS FURNITURE’). We will do our best to match up offers and requests and be in touch if we have got a match. If you have any queries please contact Jonathan Mills on 92789 or jon.mills@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Do you lack confidence riding a bicycle in heavy traffic, on roundabouts or turning right at busy junctions? If so, FREE help is available in the form of free cycle skills training to your suited level. You could regard it as the ‘Pass Plus’ of cycling and it’s completely FREE to do. Training is done by local trainers who are accredited to training to the national standards. Training can be arranged as 1-2-1 with an instructor, as a group from a department or a group of friends or as part of a larger course. If you are interested please call 01524 582392 or email celebratingcycling@lancaster.gov.uk
  • Are you looking for a second hand bike? Have you got a bike you would like to sell? Do you know someone who is looking for a secondhand bike? Please use the Celebrating Cycling Messageboard to advertise the sale of any second hand bikes and to post 'Wanted' ads if you are looking for a second hand bike. There are many students at Lancaster University that would be interested in buying a cheap second hand bike. Please post your details here if you are wishing to buy/sell a second hand bike and please check this list regularly and get in touch with one another: www.celebratingcycling.org/posts.asp
  • Chancellor's Wharf parking. The University Security Department and Transport Co-Coordinator are in the process of attempting to re-establish the parking controls and regulations at Chancellor’s Wharf, Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster. Staff are reminded that a campus permit does not allow parking of vehicles at Chancellor’s Wharf and a Chancellor’s permit does not allow parking on campus. Parking is still possible at Chancellor’s Wharf by displaying one of the scratch cards which are available at Reception Lodge or Chancellor’s Wharf Manager’s Office.


People in the news - Media coverage for Lancaster University.


Maike Wetzel “Lange Tage”

Reading in German and English - 17 March @ 6 pm, Management School, Lecture Theatre 8. German author, journalist and short film director Maike Wetzel reads from her award-winning collection of short stories “Lange Tage”. The event will be followed by a Question & Answer Session as well as wine and a bookstall. Free entry. ALL WELCOME! http://www.maikewetzel.de/en/index.html

Women: Armed and Dangerous?

The Touching War activities in conjunction with the Politics/IR department, under IAS and LU Film Society sponsorship, continue with March’s theme: Women: Armed and Dangerous? Professor Christine Sylvester, Politics/IR. For information on future Touching War events: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/touchingwar/ c.sylvester@lancaster.ac.uk

I. Roundtable Discussion and Debate: Reconsidering War and Masculinity Thursday 19 March, 4:00-6:00, IAS room 2/3. Wine reception following. Sponsored by IAS
II. Workshop: The War Question for Feminism Friday, March 20, 9:30-5:30, IAS room 2/3. Sponsored by IAS

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