SciTech bulletin

New Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies

Congratulations to Awais Rashid, Professor of Software Engineering in Computing, who has been appointed as the faculty's new Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies.

Awais will take over in full from Pete Sawyer in January 2010. In the meantime, he will be developing strategy for the SciTech Grad School and will shadow Pete, becoming more involved in Associate Dean duties as 2009/10 progresses.


If you are a PostDoc in the faculty we are interested in meeting with you to find out what kind of faculty staff training you would like. We are interested in all opinions if you have an idea for a course that you would like then come along and tell us and we'll do our best to provide it. If you think that there is plenty of relevant training on offer and any other training is a waste of time please come and tell us as that would be really useful info.

Place: Management Hub in the glassed staff lounge area. We will put a notice on the table so we should be fairly easy to spot. We'll provide refreshments. Date: 30 June 2009 Time: 10.00am

Funding Roundup

Colin Boxall and James Taylor from Engineering have been awarded 276,495 from the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) to fund three PhD students to work on projects entitled 'An examination of water adsorption on metal oxide surfaces', 'Mechanisms of fixed contamination of commonly engineered surfaces' and 'Fast, smooth and co-ordinated control of a dual-arm manipulator used for nuclear decommissioning'.

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2010: Call for exhibit proposals

Do you want to promote your research at the UK's most prestigious Science Exhibition?

Next year is the Royal Society's 350th anniversary and to celebrate, the Society is holding its annual Summer Science Exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London from 26 June 4 July 2010.

The call for proposals for the 2010 Exhibition is now open. Closing date 31 July 2009. To find out more please visit:

The 32nd Annual Physics Relay

The 32nd annual Physics Relay will take place this year on Tuesday 16th June. Rules unchanged from last year. For more information and to enter a team go to

This annual fun run is open to teams of four. The course consists of four unequal length legs making up a circuit of campus. It is open to all. There are four prizes on offer, Mens, Womens, Mixed and 'Age Corrected'. Enter a team now!

Quantifying and Evaluating Forensic Evidence

A two-day master class at the Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Lancaster University, 24 - 25 September

This course, Presented by Dr David Lucy, is intended for professionals from law, law enforcement and forensic science, who have a need for greater quantification of their findings for presentation in the criminal, or civil, justice systems.

The aim is to give participants a thorough appreciation of the theory and application of the use of statistical reasoning to forensic evidence. The only prerequisite for attendees is basic numeracy.

Cost - Postgraduate Students: 50, Academic Staff from HE Institutions: 100, Participants from non-HE Institutions: 390. Booking registration and further details.

Staff volunteers needed for Graduation Ceremonies

During Graduation Week (13 17 July), 4,000 students will be graduating in 17 ceremonies, accompanied by approximately 15,000 guests. Staff volunteers are needed to facilitate this - roles include ushering guests to their seats, putting students into the correct processional order for their ceremony, or for the more extrovert, acting as Marshals to assist in directing proceedings during the ceremonies. If there is anyone interested in giving approximately an hour per ceremony (or two hours for Marshals), please contact Jane Purcell in the Ceremonies and Events Office.

News and Events

Engineering's 40th Anniversary Celebration: Talk by CERN's Philippe Lebrun

Tuesday 16 June, 1700-1800
Lecture Theatre 3, Lancaster University Management School

As part of Engineering's 40th anniversary celebration, Dr Philippe Lebrun, Head of the Accelerator Technology Department at CERN, will visit Lancaster to give a talk about the Large Hadron Collider.

Philippe Lebrun, Head of the Accelerator Technology Department, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Wroclaw University of Technology for his fundamental role in the design and construction of this sophisticated system.

To reserve your place please email: Gail Neville.

Engineering's 40th Anniversary Celebration: The Ball

Thursday 18 June
Lancaster House Hotel

Please join the Engineering Department in an evening full of great entertainment to celebrate their Ruby Anniversary.

If you would like to attend please contact Gail Neville.

Editorship for Head of Computing

Congratulations to Computing's Nigel Davies, who has been appointed by the IEEE Computer Society to be the next editor-in-chief of IEEE Pervasive Computing - a world-leading publication for research in mobile and ubiquitous computing, and highly ranked for its impact.

This appointment recognizes Nigel's long-standing leadership at the forefront of his research field, and is testament to the very high esteem in which he is held in the international research community.

New Appointment for Communication Systems Scientist

Communication Systems' Mick Denton has recently been appointed to the Canadian 'Space Science Enhancement Program' Peer-Review Committee, a panel of 15 international scientists which reviews research proposals in the area of Space Science, Astronomy and Astro-Biology for funding by the Canadian Space Agency.

Best Paper Award for Computing Department Researchers

The Computing Department's Prof. Steve Pink, Andrew Brampton and Matthew Faulkner have received the Best Paper Award for a paper entitled Evaluating the Performance of Network Protocol Processing on Multi-core Systems at the 23rd conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications 2009. It was selected as the best paper from a total of 110 accepted publications.

From LU News:

Natural Product Crop Protection Technology Licensed

Research by Lancaster University scientists has led to a radical new approach to protecting major food crops from pest attack which could offer farmers around the globe an environmentally sustainable approach to crop protection

National Prize for Geography Student

Geography student Heather Dinsdale of the Lancaster Environment Centre has been awarded a prize for the best undergraduate dissertation in the UK

Postgraduate Poster Days in LEC

Over a hundred postgraduates at the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) have been displaying their research at their annual poster sessions

Official Launch of the LANCS Initiative in Foundational Operational Research

The formal launch of the LANCS Initiative was held at The Institution of Engineering and Technology in London on Wednesday 20 May