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Nuclear Safety at the Centre of New Appointment

The Engineering Department's Professor Colin Boxall has been appointed to The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (LRET) Chair in Nuclear Engineering and Decommissioning at Lancaster University, following the official signing of an agreement which will see the LRET provide 755,000 in funding over five years.

The Chair was created at the time of the UK Government's announcement that nuclear power is to form part of the UK's future energy mix.

LU News article

Course: How To Be An Effective Researcher

21-22 July, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

This Vitae course aims to help develop early career researchers from all disciplines to become independent research leaders.

Three free places on this two-day course, including meals and transport to Preston, are available to faculty members.

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BBSRC Science photo competition

Are you mad about your science and handy with a camera? Making beautiful images that deserve a wider audience?

The inaugural BBSRC science photo competition is open to all BBSRC supported researchers and PhD students. Winning entries will receive up to 700 to spend on photographic equipment, as well as promotion of the winning images in BBSRC Business magazines and other BBSRC publications.

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Funding Opportunities

Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre Call for Proposals

The IeMRC addresses the needs and challenges of the UK electronics-manufacturing sector and has received funding over five years from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support research of significance to industry.

The Centre is seeking proposals from eligible UK academics to launch a number of 'Flagship' IeMRC research projects from March 1st 2010 that align or deliver to the Centre's vision. The deadline for submission of outline proposals is on Friday 7 August.

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EPSRC Call for Proposals: Bridging the Gaps

The aim of Bridging the Gaps (BTG) is to enable Research Organisations to build a programme of activities that will stimulate creative thinking, across disciplines, which reflect institutional strengths and strategies.

This year the Cross-Disciplinary Interfaces Programme (C-DIP) would like to encourage applications that bridge the gap between engineering and physical sciences (EPS) and other non-EPS research area. In particular, proposals that include interfacing with the social sciences as well as the arts and humanities are welcomed. The closing date for receipt of outline proposals is Wednesday 16 September.

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News and Events

LEC Professor receives ASPB award

Professor Bill Davies has received the Corresponding Membership Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). The award, initially given in 1932, provides life membership and Society publications to distinguished plant biologists from outside the United States.

RSS Manchester Student Prize 2009 Won by Lancaster Fourth Year Student Anna Fowler

Anna Fowler won the 2009 Royal Statistical Society Manchester Student Prize in Gold for a Mathematics and/or Statistics student for her dissertation entitled "Estimation of the AUC Parameter in Pharmacokinetics". The prize is awarded annually to the best final year undergraduate student project in statistics from a north-west university and aims to promote the use of statistics across all disciplines.

New research grant into problem gambling

A collaboration between the Lancaster-Warwick-Stirling Social Statistics node of the National Centre for Research Methods, the Department of Applied Social Science at Lancaster and the University of Glasgow has successfully won funding of 360,000 to study the gambling trajectories of ex-prisoners.

Ozone pollution link to drought-stricken crops

Ozone pollution stops some plants from protecting themselves when drought strikes, according to a new discovery by plant scientists at Lancaster Environment Centre. LU News article

Mountain Rescuers put 'smart' kit to the test

Mountain rescuers have been trying out prototype kit developed at Lancaster University to help them keep in touch on life-saving missions in remote areas. LU News article

Art Exhibition At LEC

Art meets science with an exhibition at the Lancaster Environment Centre created using graphs painted onto canvas. LU News article