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Faculty Forum - Wednesday 9 February

All faculty members are encouraged to attend the Faculty Forum next week on Wednesday 9 February. Items on the agenda will include the formation of LUSTA, a new Science and Technology student association.

The meeting, which is a chance for all staff to discuss the policies and activities of the faculty, will take place in Conference Centre room 4 at 4pm.

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Call for Non-Academic Representative on the Graduate School Committee

Nominations are invited for a non-academic staff representative to serve on the Science and Technology Graduate School Committee. The Graduate School Committee has a wide remit but the majority of its business is dominated by:

Further information regarding the committee, its remit and membership can be found here: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/committees/?committee_id=8

The representative will serve from the start of summer term 2010/11 for a period of three years and will be expected to attend 7 or 8 meetings per year. Eligibility for nomination extends to all non-academic staff in Science and Technology who are in technical, clerical, secretarial and administrative roles. Nominations should be signed by a nominee and a seconder who must both themselves satisfy the criteria for eligibility. Nominations should include a brief statement declaring that the person nominated is willing to stand. Please submit all nominations to Yvonne Rigby by Friday 04 March.

If there is more than one nomination, an election by secret ballot will be held to allow staff to decide who they would like to represent them. Should elections be necessary, they will be conducted and concluded by Thursday 31 March.


Christmas Conference 2010

Faculty Christmas Conference Poster session

Congratulations to Tom Hansard (Physics), Tony Chung (School of Computing and Communications) and Peter Carrington (Physics) for winning this year's Graduate School poster competitions. Their posters covered simplified brain models, distance-based wi-fi access and solar panels with quantum dots. See the winning posters at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/christmas_conference/winning_posters.php

Watch the Talks Online

Several of the Christmas Conference talks were filmed, and are now available to view online: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/christmas_conference/talks.php


Media Training for Science and Technology Researchers

If the thought of being interviewed by the media sends a chill down your spine, this course is for you. The Science Media Centre is running its excellent free media training in Manchester on Wednesday 9 March to help scientists engage with the public. Their events are usually in London so this is a great chance to get top quality free training in the North West which is specifically built with science and technology people in mind.

You can register via Lancaster University's Press Office, who have attended with researchers in the past and highly recommend this training.


Enterprising Academic Event

UCLAN is hosting the North West event of the The Enterprising Academic programme on Wednesday 9 March.

Doug Richard, ex Dragons' Den star and the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) have teamed up to provide this nationwide university programme with the support of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Technology Strategy Board.

The free event is aimed at academic staff including lecturers, researchers, fellows, managers and research students. It is intended to stimulate a more enterprising approach, create and develop more entrepreneurial opportunities and encourage research activity with a greater economic impact.

Places must be booked online via http://www.enterprisingacademic.co.uk/university-of-central-lancashire-event


News

Recent stories from Science and Technology:

Lancaster Engineer Calls for Investment in Nanotechnology

An interview with Engineering's Professor Andrew Richardson has been published by the European Commission in the latest issue of the research*eu results supplement. Read more

Lancaster involved in 400,000 project to understand "killer electrons"

A Lancaster University physicist is working with the British Antarctic Survey on a 400,000 project to understand how particles from space affect the Earth's atmosphere. Read more

Mobile Phone Software to Help Keep Kids Safe

Children who use social media on their mobile phones can now check their friends really are who they say they are, thanks to new mobile phone software. Read more

Events for Schools in 2011

There are some great opportunities for schools to get involved in Science and Technology at Lancaster in 2011. Read more

LEC researcher featured in Nature article

A LEC paper examining the evidence for emissions of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the West African Region was featured by Nature in its news section this week. Read more

Science and Technology Graduate School Scholarships

For the academic year 2011-2012, the Science and Technology Graduate School is offering five Overseas Master's Scholarships and Eight PhD Scholarships. Read more

Marine Energy International Workshop at Lancaster

On Monday 10th January, Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group (LUREG) hosted a one day International Research Workshop on Marine Energy. Read more

Internship success for undergraduate students

Building on the success of LEC's graduate consultancy programme, the Lancaster Environment Centre and the university's careers department successfully recently secured funding from HEFCE to provide a programme of paid summer internships for undergraduate students across LEC degree schemes. Read more

Lancaster physicist awarded prize

Dr Guennadi Borissov from Lancaster University has received the annual award in the Division of Nuclear and Particle Physics from the Institute of Physics. He was recognized by the Institute for his work on the physics of subatomic particles containing the "bottom quark", or B physics. Read more