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Staff Prizes 2007

The Faculty of Science and Technology is very well represented in Lancaster University's 2007 Staff Prizes, with the following prizes going to faculty members:

Joint Prize: Dr Jason Moore, Dr Nigel Paul, Dr Jane Taylor & Dr Mike Roberts - Biological Sciences
Joint Prize: Dr Reuben Edwards & Dr Paul Coulton - Communications Systems
Dr Guennadi Borrisov - Physics
Group Prize: Dr Vadim Cheianov, Dr Edward McCann, Prof Vladimir Falko - Physics
Undergraduate: Dr Alexandre Chilingarov & John Windsor - Physics
Postgraduate: Dr Reuben Edwards - Communications Systems
Media & Communications
Dr Jim Wild - Communications Systems

Dean of Faculty Mary Smyth writes:

"This has been a truly outstanding year for the Faculty of Science and Technology in the list of university prizes. To win prizes for commercialisation, media & communication, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and research, with multiples in several categories, indicates just how strong and how varied activity is in this faculty.

"It is a delight to be able to congratulate these faculty members on their success in the prize list, and on the sustained excellence which underlies that success."

Faculty Studentships

The faculty's PhD Studentships for students commencing their studies in 2007 have now been awarded. The list of successful applicants is as follows:

Applications for the next round of studentships, which cover Home/EU level fees plus a maintenance grant, will be invited from early 2008.

SciTech Vision Project Update

Work is underway in setting up the project steering group, which will agree the scope of the project, oversee its implementation and provide strategic direction as the project progresses. The intention is to hold the inaugural meeting of the group within the next two to three weeks.

In the meantime work continues on the development of documentation and processes to support the project and information about activity within the project will be communicated shortly.

SciTech Vision Project Manager Tony Oliver is based in the Faculty Office and can be contacted by telephone on ext 94150 or email:

Dean's Absence

The Dean will be away from the Faculty Office from the 8-25 June inclusive. If you have anything that is non-routine and requires authorisation, please ensure this is submitted to the faculty office by Wednesday 6 June at the latest. Routine requests will continue to be handled during this period of absence.

News and Events

From LU News:

Research probes possibility of Parkinson's blood test

The first ever blood test to detect Parkinson's disease could be on the horizon following research by Lancaster University scientists

Royal Society President Opens Expanded Environment Centre

Lord Rees of Ludlow Kt, President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, formally opened the third phase of new build for the Lancaster Environment Centre this week on Tuesday May 22

Lancaster Pioneers Degree To Tackle Climate Change

Lancaster University is pioneering a new course to develop low carbon energy supplies in line with Government aims of tackling climate change through reduced emissions