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SciTech Christmas Conference 2009

The 2009 faculty Christmas Conference will be on Tuesday 15 December, and will take place in the Management School Building. Save the date in your diary and more details will follow shortly!

Faculty Admissions Officer

Anne Thorley has been appointed as one of the two new Postgraduate Faculty Admissions Officers. Anne is currently the Postgraduate/Research Administrator in Maths and Statistics and will assume her new role from 3 August.

Proposed Centre for Professional and Research Ethics

Following the success of a recent three year ESRC-funded RDI programme of training workshops in Ethics and Research at Lancaster, the creation of a new Centre for Professional and Research Ethics is proposed.

It is envisaged that the Centre would provide opportunities for cross- and inter-disciplinary collaborative research and professional and educational training (CPD) in the broad field of ethics.

A meeting for those who may be interested in contributing or being affiliated to this centre will be held on either Monday 28 September or Wednesday 7 October.

Anyone interested should respond to Sheryl Coultas by Friday 24 July.

Bulletin Break

The SciTech Bulletin is taking a break for the summer, and will return at the start of the new academic year.

News and Events

Media Fellowship for Lancaster Geographer

LEC geographer Griet Scheldeman has beaten over 100 other applicants to be awarded a 2009 British Science Association Media Fellowships.

The scheme is intended to create greater awareness and understanding of the workings of the media among practising scientists, social scientists, clinicians and engineers.

Griet will undertake a placement with BBC Radio and BBC News Interactive over the summer and attend the British Science Festival at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, to work in the press centre alongside the UKs senior science journalists.

Computing Keynote Speaker

Computing's Pete Sawyer recently delivered a keynote talk at the 12th Ibero-American Workshop on Requirements Engineering in Valparaiso, Chile.

Pete's talk, on Tacit Knowledge in Requirements Engineering, reflects the work of the MaTREx project (EPSRC F069227/1). MaTREx aims to develop an understanding of the nature of tacit knowledge and how it impacts on system requirements, and is developing tools and techniques to help analysts identify information that should be made explicit.