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Second Faculty Lecture for 2007/08

The second lecture of the year, Typical Sex Differences and Their Link with Autism, will be given by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen on Friday 25 January at 4pm in the Biology lecture theatre. Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology and Director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

All faculty members are welcome to attend and a light reception will follow the lecture.

New SciTech Administrative Development Programme

The first in a new series of development sessions for administrative staff in the faculty will be held on Monday 4 February, from 12.30-2.00pm in the Senior Common Room, Fylde. This first session will look at note-taking and record-keeping, activities which feature in most administrative roles.

The session will be informal and held over lunch and will be facilitated by Marion McClintock, University Archivist. Colleagues will be encouraged to share examples of good practice and to discuss how good record keeping can avoid difficulties arising.

This session is for any administrative member of staff involved in recording decisions made at exam boards, staff/student committees, departmental meetings, financial meetings or any other situation encountered during the day-to-day running of an academic department.

Please contact Lucy Thorne by 28 January if you wish to attend.

Reminder: SciTech Teaching and Learning Forum

The new Teaching and Learning Forum is open to anyone who teaches undergraduate or postgraduate students in the faculty. The first forum will take place on Monday 28 January in the Senior Common Room, Fylde from 12.00-2.00pm.

Dr Gillian Lancaster, Director of the new Postgraduate Statistics Centre, will talk about the centre and what it offers to postgraduate students across Science and Technology and the wider university. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Topics for the future will include core skills for scientists and technologists and continuing professional development.

Contract Research Corner

Career Surgeries for Contract Research Staff

Elaine Davies, Contract Research Careers Adviser will be available on the following dates this term:

Surgeries will be held in room B1a in the Engineering building and are particularly appropriate for those who have career choice issues or who would like help preparing a CV or getting ready for an interview.

To book a session, or for a separate appointment, please email Elaine Davies.

Calling All Bioscience Researchers!

Funding is available for 10 CRs to attend the Society for Experimental Biology's Bioscience Futures Conference on 8-10 April 2008 at Lancaster.

This event is held in collaboration with BBSRC and aims to broaden your knowledge of the biosciences research environment and help you to make the most of opportunities such as: how to present your ideas, generate collaborations and ideas for enterprise, and techniques for taking a more proactive approach towards your next career move.

The free places are offered on a first come first served basis, and must be booked with Linda Cook before registering with the SEB.

University Small Grant Scheme – 2007/2008

Closing date: Friday 8th February 2008

The University Research Committee invites applications to the Small Grant Scheme for a grant up to a maximum of £7,000 in support of individual or collaborative research. The total amount available for distribution in this academic year is limited by the Committee's budget and the intention is to assist as many staff as possible. Applicants are therefore encouraged to frame their bids in an economical manner. Any member of staff of the University may apply for a grant in support of individual or collaborative research.

Details of the scheme are available at

News and Events

Seminar: A Tale of Two Parasites

Thursday 31 January 2008, 12.30-1.30pm, Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre Lab 1

All are welcome to attend this talk from Peter Diggle, who will describe how spatial statistical modelling is contributing to the implementation of an African programme to combat Onchocerciasis or 'river blindness'.

More information is at

Workshop: Walking with Robots

Walking with Robots is providing a 3-day residential course aimed at MSc students, PhD candidates and early career researchers in the field of Robotics, Animatronics and Artificial Intelligence who are interested in communicating their subject to a wider audience.

The course, which runs from 18-20 February, provides an excellent opportunity to learn valuable skills, and make contact with other researchers and science communication specialists.

Places are limited so early registration using the form at is recommended. Closing date for registration is Friday 1 February.

From LU News:

New experiment for 'untestable' string theory

Low-temperature physicists at Lancaster University may have found a laboratory test of the ‘untestable' string theory

Business-University collaboration to develop clean-up technique

A lakeland property developer is working with Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) on a new technique to clean up contaminated industrial land so that it can be redeveloped safely and quickly

Fairy lights of the future

CityLab in Dalton Square has been chosen as the guinea pig for one of the latest innovations to come out of Lancaster University's InfoLab21 - Project Firefly

Industry teams up with the engineers of tomorrow

Fifty students from schools and colleges across the North West came to Lancaster University's Engineering Department this week to work alongside industry engineers tackling real world engineering problems