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Faculty Fixit Group

At the first faculty plenary it was agreed that we should set up a group to address some of the everyday moans and grumbles that we all have, with the aim of fixing at least one of them in this academic year.

The Fixit group will receive moans from colleagues in the faculty, prioritise them, collect evidence to make sure they are real moans, and then try to find solutions. The heroic volunteers who make up the group are:

They're standing by to receive your moans and grumbles on aspects of university life and work, with a few exceptions - they can't walk on water or fix car parking, and they don't want to hear moans about individual colleagues.

Christmas Conference Guest Speakers

Two guest speakers have been confirmed for the Christmas Conference on Monday 19 December. President of the Institute of Physics Professor Sir John Enderby will talk on 'Physics in Wealth Creation and the Quality of Life' - outlining the role of Physics in supporting other science and discussing how physics itself gains from its interactions with other disciplines. Director of The Institute of Grassland and Environment Research in Aberystwyth Professor Chris Pollock will give his talk on 'R&D for Sustainable Land Use: A Personal View of the Challenges and Opportunities' - looking at some of the choices facing funders and researchers if the UK is to deliver an effective, integrated and sustainable land use strategy for the future.

Christmas Conference Information

Initial Feedback on FEC Research Applications

The Research Councils have issued universities with feedback on their experience of applications submitted under full economic cost. Important points to note are:

FEC feedback information

Funding Awarded for Biology Schools' Workshop

Biological Sciences has been awarded an outreach grant from Research Councils UK to run a National Science Week event next year (4th-6th April 2006). Around 350 local primary school children are expected to attend the workshop on 'Minibeasts, Plants and the Environment'.

Children will be given the opportunity to see and touch many different invertebrates, such as hissing cockroaches, giant millipedes, giant African land snails, stick insects, grasshoppers as well as common garden specimens. Food webs will be investigated with an emphasis on their delicate nature and the effects of pesticides. Children will dissect a variety of flowers to discover the mechanism of pollination and the role of minibeasts in this process will be explored.

Christmas party Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the first ever faculty Christmas party are now available! The party, to feature entertainment from computing and engineering department bands as well as a DJ, is on Monday 19 December at Barkers House Farm. Tickets are £5 each (buffet included) and are on sale from departmental officers.

Applied Statistics Short Courses

The Centre for Applied Statistics is running an extensive programme of short courses for staff and postgraduates in 2005/6. The majority are introductory and intermediate-level software-based courses, but others are available - staff pay £20-£40 for one or two day courses. The next course to be held is Sampling Design on Thursday, 8th December.

Information on CAS courses

In the news...

Science and Technology related stories from the past two weeks:

Academy Prize for Engineering Lecturer

Engineering's Dr Malcolm Joyce has been awarded a prize for excellence in teaching by the Royal Academy of Engineering...

http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/3196

Lab opened in memory of Dr Hannaford

The new Hannaford Laboratory, situated in the Engineering building, has been refurbished for use by undergraduate students of the Department of Communication Systems...

http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/315a

Northern Lights on Channel Four

Communication Systems' 'AuroraWatch' features on TV...

http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/311a

Queen's Award for Lancaster University

Lancaster University has won a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education for the extensive regional broadband networks rolled out by its Information Systems Services Directorate...

http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/30ae

Public attitudes towards Nanotechnology

Lancaster University has carried out the first in-depth study into public responses towards nanotechnology...

http://domino.lancs.ac.uk/info/lunews.nsf/r/3122