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Masters Training Suite

The new Masters Training Suite was officially opened last week and is already in use. The suite is dedicated to the teaching of masters courses in block mode. These new facilities are designed to aid the development of innovative postgraduate degrees, particularly industrially attractive part-time schemes which do not require long periods of residence in Lancaster. The MTS's five teaching rooms are complemented by break-out areas and feature hi-tech gadgetry throughout.

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Micro and Nano Technology Seminar

Professor Axel Jantsch of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm will give a seminar entitled Networks on Chip: A New Contract between Hardware and Software in the Engineering Department this Tuesday (2pm, A74 Engineering). Relentless miniaturisation of integrated circuits has led to more and more powerful CPUs - Professor Jantsch's seminar will look at the potential development of single chips that house many processors and the resulting chip architecture solutions. All are welcome to attend.

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Climate Change Lecture

Professor Ray Bradley will give a lecture on Natural archives - Changing climates on Monday 31 October (1pm, Furness Lecture Theatre 2). Professor Bradley, who holds an Honorary Chair in the Geography Department, is a key international figure in climate change research. His specific interests are in climate variability across a wide range of time scales, in particular how present day climate differs from climates in the past, and what may have caused climates to change. His recent research has brought him to prominence in the USA in emphasising the present rise in global temperature compared to any period in the last thousand years. All are welcome to attend.

Christmas Party

We're thinking of planning a Faculty Christmas Party for December 19, to coincide with the day of the Faculty Conference. If you want to be involved with organising this event please share your ideas with Senior Faculty Administrator Lucy Thorne.

Appointments and Arrivals

Some recent faculty movers and shakers:

Professor Mark Howe, formerly Director of Experimental/Applied Psychology, and Professor, Department of Psychology, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada, joins the Department of Psychology as a Professor of Developmental Psychology and co-director of the Centre for Research In Human Development. Professor Chris Plack, formerly Professor at Essex University, joins the Department of Psychology as a Professor of Neuropsychology and director of a new Sensory Neuroscience Unit to be established within the department. Dr Kate Cain, also formerly at Essex University, joins the Department of Psychology and the Centre for Research In Human Development as a senior lecturer in Developmental Psychology.

Dr Gordon Walker has moved from his Directorship of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability Research, Staffordshire University to a Chair in Environmental Justice in the Geography Department. Joining the department as lecturers are James Faulconbridge from Loughborough University, Peter Hopkins from Edinburgh University and Elizabeth Olson from the University of Colorado. The department has also made two new Honorary Chair appointments - Professor Ray Bradley, Director, Climate Change Research Centre, Amherst, Massachusetts and Professor Rob Wilby, Environment Agency. Catherine Dolan joins Geography as Undergraduate Admissions Secretary, having previously worked in admissions for an HE college in Essex. Jan Parkinson also joins the department as Finance Assistant.

Professor Kevin Glazebrook, formerly at the University of Edinburgh, has taken up a chair in a joint appointment between the Management School and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Professor Martin Lindsay, formerly of the University of Nottingham, has joined the Department as a Chair in Pure Mathematics. Dr Paul Haworth, who has been the Mathematics department as a PhD student and as a teaching fellow, has been appointed as manager of the Further Maths Centre. Newly appointed lecturers in the department include Dr Juan Carlos Ibanez, Dr Loukia Meligkotsidou and Dr Madhu Bhattachargee.

Professor Felix Wackers, formerly Senior Researcher at the Centre for Terrestrial Ecology at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, has joined LEC as Director of the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture. Also in LEC, Dr Greg Masters has become the new Leader of the LEC-CABI-Bioscience Alliance.

Funding Roundup

The new faculty has received over a million pounds in grant funding since its inception at the beginning of August including the following:

In the news...

Science and Technology stories from the past two weeks:

InfoLab21 wins major national design award

InfoLab21 has won the national British Council for Offices best corporate work place prize - the first time that a university building has won the award...

http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/1f26

Interactive Art in the Underpass

.:thePooch:. - a digital art collective based in InfoLab21 - has teamed up with a group of artists to produce a sound and vision art installation which has a technological twist...

http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/1f52