SciTech bulletin

Winners of the SciTech Vision Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Dr Melissa Allen and Dr Karen Mattock from Psychology who have been awarded this year’s faculty prize for Excellence in Teaching.

The basis for the award was the design and development of a new module to specifically address the increasing need for Psychology students to focus on professional skills that will help them to obtain and sustain a career in either professional or academic psychology.

Look out for opportunities to hear Melissa and Karen discuss this development and its wider implications for teaching and learning practices.

Faculty lecture Next Week

Don't forget to come to next week's faculty lecture where Professor Andre Geim will outline his work on graphene, concentrating on its fascinating electronic and optical properties, with speculation about future applications for this new material. Professor Geim is well known for his discovery of two-dimensional crystals, particularly graphene. He is the Langworthy Professor of Physics, Royal Society (2010 Anniversary) Research Professor, and Director of The Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology at The University of Manchester.

The lecture will take place on Friday 11 June, 1400-1530, Lecture Theatre 4, Management School Building.

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Knowledge Exchange Show Case

On Thursday 10 June the Research and Enterprise Services division is hosting a Knowledge Exchange Show Case. This event is a Poster Day open to the wider university to gain an insight into the varied activities being delivered by Lancaster's cross-campus Knowledge Exchange & Technology Transfer teams.

The Show Case will run between 10.00am and 12.30pm in the Management School Hub and is open to all staff and students.

The day will provide an excellent forum to find out more about our current outreach programmes and projects, the opportunities available for members of the university to engage in this agenda and it will act as a platform for further and new collaborations and cross-departmental activities.

Staff will be on hand from the Research & Enterprise Services Division (including the Project Support Unit, Strategic Relationships team, Student & Graduate Enterprise, Intellectual Property, Knowledge Transfer Partnership and Innovation Voucher administration teams), Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Institute for Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development, LEAD, Careers, InfoLab21 (Knowledge Business Centre), Lancaster Environment Centre (Enterprise & Business Partnerships), Lancaster University Volunteering Unit, Applied Social Science (ASSURE), Centre for Performance-led HR, Psychology, Maths & Statistics, Management Learning, Physics, School of Health & Medicine and Engineering (Lancaster Product Development Unit).

For any enquiries please contact Sula Ross, Research & Enterprise Services, telephone 01524 594846.

Posters for Ageing Research Launch

The organisers of the launch of the Centre for Ageing Research (Friday 18 June, 1300-1700) would like to display posters on ageing-related research from across the University. If you have been doing any work around ageing recently and have a poster you would like to offer please contact:

Download details of the launch

News and Events

LEC Research Seminar: 25 years of the Ozone Hole: The World Avoided

Professor John Pyle, FRS, Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge

Wednesday 16th June 2010, 1600-1700
Biology Large Lecture Theatre

The seminar with be followed by refreshments in the LEC Atrium.

Building a Cycling Culture

Dave Horton of Lancaster Environment Centre's Understanding Walking and Cycling project delivered Ireland's Annual Cycling Research Lecture at Trinity College Dublin recently. Read more

Software Developers Tackle Child Grooming On The Net

Four out of five children can't tell when they are talking to an adult posing as a child on the internet, according to researchers working on software to track paedophiles online. Read more

Lecturer recreates hoopla game for trading standards

Dr David Lucy from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has played a crucial role in an investigation into the operation of a hoopla stall in Blackpool. Trading standards officers were called in after members of the public complained about the stall on the Golden Mile, where customers attempted to land hoops over pegs in order to win a stuffed toy or bottle of champagne. Read more

Swapping gas guzzlers for green machines not enough to cut emissions says new report

Two Lancaster academics contributed to a major report published by The Royal Academy of Engineering Electric in May, which says that vehicles are only as 'green' as the electricity that charges their batteries. Read more

New green business harnesses skills from science and management

So much hinges on right time, right place. That has certainly been true for the three founder members of an innovative new company – all from India, they met only a few months ago as students at Lancaster University. Read more

Scientists find clue in matter-antimatter conundrum

Research by a team jointly led by a Lancaster University Physicist has unearthed a new clue which could help solve one of the mysteries of the universe. Read more

University to help SMEs exploit new manufacturing technology

Businesses in the North West could soon be taking advantage of a little-understood technology previously consigned to prototype manufacturing. Read more

Carbon lifestyle guide published

The director of a Lancaster Environment Centre associate company has written a shopping bible for the eco-conscious. Read more