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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. To view previous editions see LU Text Archive.

| 29 May 2009 | Issue 435

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


Physicists find formula to uncover planet’s past

Studies of climate evolution and the ecology of past-times are often hampered by lost information thought to be untraceable. Lancaster physicists have now created a formula which will fill in the gaps of our knowledge and will help predict the future. The researchers Professor Peter McClintock and Dr Dmitri Luchinsky with colleagues from the NASA Ames Research Center, California, have developed a new formula, using a mathematical algorithm which assumes the dynamics of each system has unknown parameters and that the data are distorted by random fluctuations, and used it to successfully recreate measurements in a study on a vole-mustelid community. Their paper has been chosen by the Institute of Physics for inclusion in the IoP Select which selects research on criteria including substantial advances/ significant breakthroughs and a high degree of novelty. To view the full story

LEAD Programme

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has announced the rollout of a significant new leadership development programme across the whole region, following the successful long-term pilot project at Lancaster University Management School. The £9.5 million Northwest programme, known as LEAD (Leading Enterprise and Development), is an integrated learning and development programme, which will be delivered by a network of providers to businesses in the region. The programme was developed and piloted by LUMS, with the support of the NWDA, over the past five years. So far, over 150 business owners have been through the LEAD programme with proven results. To view the full story

Medical Student wins coveted Army cadetship

Kate Wright, who is in her second year as an undergraduate at the Centre for Medical Education, is one of only 30 successful applicants from across the UK to be chosen for a highly sought after medical cadetship. The Army will pay tuition fees, plus an annual salary of around £14,000 for the last three years of her degree. Many medical cadets also have the opportunity to do their electives and attachments at Army medical units either in the UK or overseas. Kate spent her gap year with the Army before university. This involved a rigorous selection procedure involving an Army Officer Selection Board as well as assault courses. After graduation, she will go to Sandhurst for Officer training and must remain with the Army for seven years. Her first years of training will be spent in Military and NHS combined hospitals. To view the full story

Award success for Eco-residences

Lancaster University has won the Environmental Sustainability Award in The North West Regional Construction Awards. The award is for the County and Grizedale Eco-residences. The awards, organised by the Centre for Construction Innovation, celebrate the North West Construction Industry and showcase the best and most innovative construction projects and working practices in the region. The ceremony took place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre last week, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Lucy Meacock. Lancaster will now go forward with the other winners to a national final that will take place later this year. To view the full story

Predicting higher risk for prostate cancer

Cells which look abnormal but are not designated precancerous could help predict a future diagnosis of prostate cancer, according to new research. These abnormal yet non-cancerous cells – known as high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN) - carry a high predictive value for future diagnosis of prostate cancer. The research published in the open access journal BMC Urology has shown that 41.8% of patients whose extended core biopsy led to an initial diagnosis of HGPIN were subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer. To view the full story

Official Launch of the LANCS Initiative in Foundational Operational Research

The formal launch of the LANCS Initiative was held at The Institution of Engineering and Technology in London on Wednesday 20 May. Hosted by Lancaster University’s Vice-Chancellor, the event was attended by 145 national and international academic guests and representatives of UK industry and government (including British Airways, Royal Bank of Scotland, Unilever, Brawn Formula One Racing Team, Transport for London, HM Revenue and Customs and the Home Office). The LANCS Initiative is a collaboration between four of the UK’s leading universities in Operational Research – Lancaster, Nottingham, Cardiff and Southampton (LaNCS) – and is led by Kevin Glazebrook, Distinguished Professor in Lancaster’s Department of Management Science. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the four participating institutions are funding the £13 million Initiative for five years (2008 to 2013). Copies of the LANCS brochure are available from the LANCS Administrator, Rosemary Hindley (r.hindley@lancaster.ac.uk or 01524 592937), and further information can be found on the website at http://www.lancs-initiative.ac.uk.


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to announce the 2009 Faculty Staff Prize Winners. Corinne Fowler (English and Creative Writing) wins the Research Prize and Cath Gorton (Sociology) wins the Non-academic Staff Prize.

Three Peaks in Two Days - Two technicians from Lancaster University are attempting to break the record for climbing the three highest peaks in Britain and cycling the 450 miles inbetween – in 48 hours. Ian Mercer and John Statter from the Physics Department are in a team of seven who will set off on June 4th to climb Ben Nevis before cycling to climb Scafell in the Lake District and then cycling onto Snowdon. The record-breaking attempt will see the team cycle through the first night without sleep. The seven riders will be supported by a team who will accompany them en-route in vehicles and provide repairs, first aid, food and motivation. Ian’s wife Angela, who works in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is a key member of the support team. Ian has already completed two London Marathons and three Yorkshire Three Peaks races as well as many other fell and road races. The challenge is to raise money for the Coronary Care Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. So far £20,000 has been raised for charities. The next charity challenge is the coast to coast cycle on July 4/5 along a 171 mile route in two days. Anyone wishing to join this, or to help with either charity challenge, should contact Ian or John. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/merceri/pages/3Peaks2009.html

Professor Denis McCaldin, (Emeritus Professor) will perform one of his last concerts with the Lancaster Singers, the Haydn 2009 Bicentennial Concert, Saturday 6th June 2009 at 8.00pm, St Peter's Cathedral Lancaster. There will be a pre-concert talk in the Cathedral at 7.15pm. For further information see - http://www.lancastersingers.co.uk/default.html. Tickets £10/£12. For tickets please contact: Lauren Proctor IAS Building, B22 Tel: +44 (0)1524 510818 Email: l.s.proctor@lancaster.ac.uk or Lancaster Tourist Information (01524 32878) or Cathedral House (01524 384820).

PhD student Anna Zvikhachevskaia (Communications Systems) has won the Best Student Paper award at the recent Institution of Engineering and Technology Assisted Living Conference for her paper Self Organisation in Wireless Sensor Networks.


Friends Programme funding available

Application forms can now be obtained from the Alumni and Development Office for funding available under the Lancaster University Friends Programme. Departments, colleges, and individuals can apply for funding (most grants will be in the £2,000 - £5,000 category). The next round of disbursement of funds will take place in September. Applications for funding will need to tie in with the University strategy and fall under at least one of the following categories: Priority Fund, Student Support Fund, or Research & Academic Excellence Fund. Please note: applications from individuals (academic or student) seeking support for tuition, other course fees or personal maintenance costs do not fall into the criteria for Friends Programme funding. Unfortunately we can only allow one application per college. The Friends Programme is part of the University's fundraising programme and the funds are made possible by donations from Lancaster alumni. If you are making a LUSU application (e.g. an application from a student sports group, society or JCR) it needs to be submitted via LUSU for authorisation prior to submission to the Friends Programme. For this purpose, applications must be submitted to the LUSU General Manager by Friday 31st July 2009. Please see guidelines for further details. For further information and an application form, please download the details from http://www.alumni.lancs.ac.uk/apply or call Rachel Newbury in the Alumni & Development Office on ext 92904 / email r.newbury@lancaster.ac.uk. Deadline for applications: Friday 31st July 2009.

Read the latest Alumni and Development Newsletter.

New voicemail system

The new and improved voicemail system - Messenger+, was successfully been deployed across campus on Wednesday 27th May 2009 for those extensions beginning with 9. Existing voicemail users have been automatically transferred on to new Messenger+ and the User guide is available via the following link - http://www.lancs.ac.uk/estates/facilities/telephones.htm. You will also be able to retrieve messages from the old voicemail system by dialling 94600 for the next 2 weeks. If you are experiencing any problems please contact the University switchboard operators by dialling 0.

Temporary car park closure

In the North of the campus the temporary car park in between the County Field Eco-residences and the Music Centre will be closed off from Monday 1st June until Friday 5th June while improvements are made to it. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fire alarm testing reminder

In order to test the link between the fire alarms and the automatic door release, the fire alarms will be tested on the first Thursday and first Saturday of each month. There is no need to evacuate.

In addition, annual fire alarm device safety testing will take place over the next few months. All work is listed on the Estate Management website. Whilst Estate Management will try and contact all building users affected in advance of the work being carried out please visit the website to keep up to date on the timings.

Electrical power shutdown this weekend Saturday 30th May 2009

As part of the work for the new Grizedale Social building there will be a short electrical power shutdown on Saturday 30th May 2009 between the hours of 19:30 and 20:30.

    All electrical supplies to these buildings will be affected for an hour at the most:

  • Furness Main including flats
  • Furness Residences
  • Fylde Main including flats
  • Fylde Residences
  • Postgraduate Statistics Centre
  • Sports Centre (Including Swimming Pool)
  • IENS (Including LEC Nerc and LEC 3)
  • The Library
  • Engineering
  • The Pre-School Centre
  • Ruskin Library
  • If you have any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on 93333 with any general enquiries before the 30th May. If you have any problems while the power is off please contact security 94541. Further information relating to the works can be found on the Estate Management news page

Lift maintenance

In order to maintain the safety and working order of the lifts OTIS Ltd will be taking some lifts out of service to carry out works. This is a six-monthly statutory inspection. For a detailed timetable of which lifts are affected when please visit http://www.lancs.ac.uk/estates/latest_news/index.htm

Careers In Research Online Survey (CROS)

Final Reminder - Careers In Research Online Survey (CROS) Closes At Midnight On Sunday 31st May 2009 Thank you to everyone who has taken part. Our response rate is now 24.7%. This reminder is to invite all Research Assistants, Research Associates, Research Fellows and Senior Researchers to take part. CROS allows researchers to comment anonymously on all aspects of their employment at Lancaster, including the support provided for professional and career development. This valuable information will help the University to decide how to best support Research Staff when allocating the Roberts money from the UK Research Funding Bodies. No questions are compulsory, and if you skip any questions please remember to submit your survey from the link on the final page. Access CROS from http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/lancaster/research-careers-2009


The LUSU JobShop will be happy to advertise any part time, casual or short notice vacancies you or your department may have. As an employer you can now place adverts onto our website www.lusu.co.uk/jobshop or you can continue to email details to: jobshop@lancaster.ac.uk If you have any questions please call the JobShop team on extension 93765. Email alerts are sent out immediately to ensure a fast response in filling positions. Can I also take this opportunity to thank all the departments that already use the service. If you have used our new online facility please feel free to send feedback about the site to j.mcloughlin@lancaster.ac.uk.

Symposium cancelled

The Lancaster Environment Centre Symposium on Global change: science and challenges for the 21st century due to be held on Wednesday 10 June 2009 is CANCELLED.


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Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Critical Teaching 05/06/2009 13:00-14:00 Friday Leader: Mark Westcombe, Department of Management Science. All welcome, please sign up at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/celt/celtweb/booking Enquiries: professionalprogrammes@lancaster.ac.uk

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