Christmas Conference 2005
The faculty conference on 19 December was very successful. Colleagues from Science and Technology departments and centres presented their latest research and there was an excellent selection of posters. Nine posters were shortlisted, of which three were awarded prizes. Thanks to everyone who took part - we plan to hold another conference next year.
The winning posters will be available to view on the faculty pages from next week:
View the winning posters
Support for Research by Undergraduates in the Summer Vacation
A number of organisations offer support for undergraduate research during the summer. All pay a grant to the student, some also pay other costs. Application is normally made early in the calendar year and requires a named student. This list is a summary of organisations known to the faculty who offer such grants:
Summer Grants for Undergraduate Research
Statistics Mobility Fellowships - a novel opportunity for scientists, offered by EPSRC
The Mathematical Sciences Programmes of EPSRC are offering Statistical Mobility Fellowships to enable researchers without a permanent position and from a non-statistics background to move into statistics within 10 years of completing their PhD.
Each fellowship is to be linked to a statistics mentor who will be responsible for ensuring that the fellow will acquire the necessary statistical expertise and who will advise the fellow on the research project associated with the fellowship. The fellowship will be for 3 years with the expectation that in the first year the fellow will familiarise him/herself with the necessary statistical training while the second and third year will be spent carrying out research involving substantial innovation in statistical theory or methodology.
No previous expertise in statistics is necessary. The idea is to import skills into statistics from other numerate disciplines. It is envisaged that people with a background in physics, computer science, engineering and pure and applied mathematics will apply. However, there is no restriction on applicants' current area, except that they cannot already be statisticians!
If anyone is interested in this, Gareth Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) would be very happy to discuss it.
Call for applications
Faculty Research Grants
A total fund of 10K is available to academic staff to support cross-faculty research and research-related activities in the Faculty of Science and Technology during 2005-06. Proposals which enhance the research reputation, raise the visibility and/or optimise esteem indicators of the Faculty are particularly welcome.
Examples of awards made to date include:
- £743 to Geography's Dr Alan Blackburn to support attendance at the workshop on 'Hyperspectral remote sensing of crops and forest vegetation' and networking visits to Australian research groups
- £1000 to Dr Henning Schomerus in Physics to support an 'International School on Counting Statistics and Conference on Quantum Transport and Dynamics of Electrons and Photons on the Nanoscale' (7-11 Jan 2006)
- £1,000 to Psychology's Dr Deirdre Brown to support research into 'Juror's assessments of the reliability and credibility of eyewitness testimony obtained from children with learning disabilities'
Applying for Faculty Research Grants
Funding awarded in November and December 2005 includes:
- Professor Gavin Bremner, Psychology - £11,789 from The Nuffield Foundation: 'Do young infants have knowledge of number?'
- Professor Bill Davies, LEC - £223,869 from DEFRA: 'Enhancing the quality of hardy ornamental stock and the sustainability of the industry'
- Dr Shaun Fisher, Physics - £1,130 from The Royal Society: 'Incoming International Short Visit'
- Dr Peter Hopkins, Geography - £400 from The British Academy to attend the Association of American Geographers annual meeting 2006
- Dr Keith Jones, Biology - £4,278 from the LU Friends Programme: 'Microbial quality of irrigation water & contamination of vegetabes at point of sale in Kumasi, Ghana'
- Professor Kevin Jones, Environmental Science - £50,000 from DEFRA: 'New approaches to evaluating and quantifying the benefits of chemical regulation'
- Dr Roger Jones, Physics - £23,812 from PPARC: 'ATLAS e-science - Analysis Framework'
- Dr Bob Lauder, Biology - £15,158 from Laboratoires Genevrier: 'Sequence of CS Fractions'
- Dr Frank Martin, Biology - £800 from The Royal Society: 'Conference Grant for EEMS 2005'
- Dr Dinesh Pamunuwa, Engineering - £125,253 from EPSRC: 'Nanoelectronic Device Modelling for System Design'
- Dr Nigel Paul, Biology - £5,640 from the Horticultural Development Council: 'The potential benefits of three modified plastic crop covers in hardy ornamental nursery stock production: Initial investigations on a grower holding'
- Dr Nigel Paul, Biology - £7,250 from the Horticultural Development Council: 'The use of supplementary lighting in protected ornamentals and edible crops: beyond maximisation of biomass'
- Professor Stephen Pink, Computing - £272,040 from EPSRC: 'NP++: A new internetworking protocol for the next generation of computer networks'
- Dr Paul Rayson, Computing - £7,321 from The British Academy: 'Scragg Revisited - a quantitative investigation of spelling across the centuries'
- Professor Andrew Richardson, Engineering - £323,932 from the European Commission: 'INTEGRAMplus'
- Dr Henning Schomerus, Physics - £989,976 from the European Commission: 'Nanoelectronics and nanophotonics: Cooperation and Accentuation of Quantum Functionality and Lasing'
- Dr Duncan Whyatt, Geography - £40,000 from the Environment Agency for a studentship on 'Air Pollution and Climate Change'
Applied Statistics Short Courses
The Centre for Applied Statistics is running an extensive programme of short courses for staff and postgraduates in 2006. The majority are introductory and intermediate-level software-based courses, but others are available - staff/postgraduates pay £20-£40 for one or two day courses. The next courses to be held are:
- Duration Analysis (19 + 20 January 2006)
- Event History Analysis (2 + 3 February 2006)
- Atlas.ti (8 February 2006)
- STATA (16 + 17 February 2006)
More short courses and registration form
Congratulations to the faculty's Teaching & Resources Officer Rosie Cantley and husband Tim Farron on the birth of their son Laurie Joe on 27 December!