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Faculty Lecture Series 2007-2008

The Faculty Lecture Series for 2007-2008 has the theme Connections: Science, Futures and Society.

The first lecture of the year - Making Things Tiny- Will Nanotechnology Deliver a Revolutionary Approach to Healthcare? - will be given by Professor Ruth Duncan on Friday 2nd November at 4pm in the Biology Lecture Theatre.

Ruth Duncan is Professor of Cell Biology and Drug Delivery at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University, UK and Director of the Centre for Polymer Therapeutics. She has contributed more than 250 scientific articles and patents, and has been a recipient of many awards including the Pfizer Research Award for Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Other lectures in the series will include:

All faculty members are welcome to attend these lectures, please put these dates in your diary!

SciTech Graduate School

Induction Event

A highly successful induction lunch for new postgraduate research students was held on Tuesday 2nd October. It was well attended by new students from across the faculty. They were welcomed by the Dean and then had the opportunity to look at posters and talk to second and third year students from a variety of research groups.

SciTech Graduate School Forum

We are looking for a postgraduate research student from each department to become members of a SciTech Graduate School forum. We want to know what you want from the SciTech Graduate School and the type of activities you would like to happen. This is your opportunity to have your say!

If you are interested in this please contact Dr Rebecca Whitehead.

Doctoral Development Programme

Details about training for postgraduate research students are now on the faculty website.

Appointment of Director of Microscopy

Congratulations to Dr Frank Martin from Biological Sciences who has been appointed to the role of Director of Microscopy in the faculty.

Frank will be working closely with the Associate Dean for Research to ensure that the faculty has a coherent strategic framework for developments in the area of micro- and nano-scale manipulation and measurement and to establish a new centre in this area.

New Academic Staff in the Faculty

The following members of academic staff have joined us over the summer and we would like to welcome them to the faculty:

Biological Sciences

Dr Jos Barlow has joined us on an RCUK fellowship as a lecturer. Jos is an ecologist with broad interests in conservation biology and tropical forest ecology.

Dr Rob Wilby has joined us as a reader.


Professor John Whittle has taken up a Chair in Software Engineering within Computing. John joins us from George Mason University, USA, and is an expert in the area of Model-Driven Engineering and more generally the modelling of complex, software-intensive systems.

Kave Salamation has been appointed as reader in a joint post with Communication Systems. Kave joins us from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie and is an expert in the role of information theory in computer networking (specifically collaboration theory) and also in internet measurement.

Environmental Science

Dr Oliver Wild has joined us as a reader from the University of Cambridge. Oliver was previously based in the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Cambridge.


Drs Saskia Vermeylen, Nick Gill and Peter Wynn have joined us as lecturers. Saskia has come from the University of Central Lancashire, Nick from the University of Bristol and Peter from the University of Birmingham.

Mathematics and Statistics

Drs Alexander Belton, Idris Eckley, Gareth Ridall and Amanda Turner have joined us as lecturers. Alexander is a lecturer in pure mathematics and has joined us from University College Cork. Idris and Amanda are lecturers in statistics and have come from Shell Global Solutions (UK) and Cambridge University respectively. Gareth is a lecturer in medical statistics and has joined us from Queensland University of Technology.

Dr Gillian Lancaster, is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics and the Director of the Postgraduate Statistics Centre, and has joined us from University of Liverpool.

Dr Kanchan Mukherjee has also joined us from University of Liverpool and is a senior lecturer in Statistics.

Professor Anne Whitehead has joined us as a professorial research fellow, and Professor John Whitehead has taken up a chair in Statistics. They both join us from the University of Reading.


Dr Harald Fox has taken up a post as lecturer in the Physics department and has joined us from Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat, Freiburg, Germany.


Dr Paul Taylor has joined us from the University of Liverpool as a senior lecturer. Dr Melissa Preissler has joined us from the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer and Professor Padraic Monaghan has joined us from the University of York as a Chair in the Psychology department.

Funding News

British Academy Applications Affected by Postal Strike

The British Academy has issued the following advice concerning its 15 October funding deadline in light of the current postal strike.

For queries please contact

News and Events

Photonics and Climate Change Meeting

The North West Photonics Association is holding a broad-based meeting on Photonics and Climate Change on 31st October 2007 at Daresbury Laboratories near Warrington. A pdf with more details is available to download.

EPSRC/HOSDB sandpit on Cargo Screening

This intensive, interactive workshop (3rd-7th December 2007) aims to better understand the problems associated with cargo screening to build multidisciplinary research projects to develop new technologies for the efficient and effective screening of cargo. 2.5M is available to support resulting academic research projects.

Full details are available on the EPSRC website.

LEC Centre Director is appointed to NERC 'Theme Leader'

Professor Louise Heathwaite, director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Management has been appointed to lead one of seven new NERC themes: "Sustainable use of natural resources". The purpose of the new theme leaders is "to deliver the science needed to provide solutions to the global environmental challenges the world is facing today and will face in the future".

From LU News:

Lancaster Hosts Big Event for Small Systems

Delegates from the world of Micro and Nanosystems Engineering came to Lancaster University this month to attend an international showcase examining cutting edge developments in their field.

NASA Joins Lancaster In Pioneering Space Workshop

A team from Lancaster University joined academics from NASA and the British Antarctic Survey at the first ever international workshop on solar wind streams.

Leading the way in the visitor economy

Ten bosses in the tourism business are being offered a chance to reach for the stars in a series of winter workshops designed to boost leadership skills and increase profits.