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Faculty lecture - Scanning Probe Microscopy Technologies past, present and future

All faculty members are invited to a Faculty of Science and Technology lecture next week, on Thursday 12th May at 1pm-2.30pm in Lecture Theatre 2 of the Management School Building. The lecture will be followed by refreshments at 2.30pm.

Professor Christoph Gerber is one of the inventors of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). His lecture will describe the history of AFM, its range of application and the recent development and use of novel, cutting edge AFM-based material characterisation techniques.

Scanning probe microscopy allows for the imaging of materials on the sub-nanometer scale. Invented in 1981, it allowed for the first direct images of atoms to be obtained. Significant improvements in 1986 resulted in the invention of AFM, a technique capable of imaging the atoms of non-conducting materials as well as metals, ultimately allowing for the imaging of the atoms of biological materials - including DNA. AFM-based atomic visualisation techniques now find utility in fields including biology, medicine, environmental science, geology and the nanoengineering of new materials for energy storage and ICT.

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Research Talks across Science and Technology

News of two more exciting lectures coming up from across the faculty:

The Measurement of Global Temperature

Friday 13th May 2011, 1300-1400
Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Professor Phil Jones is Director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. His talk will outline the way that global temperature is measured, looking specifically agreement between land-based weather station data and marine data from the far greater area of the oceans.

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Recent Developments in Crossmodal Perception

Wednesday 25th May 2011, 1600-1700
Lecture Theatre 1, Fylde College

Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. He is interested in how our brains process our individual senses to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. His expertise has led to collaboration on interface design and human-computer interaction projects with partners such as Toyota and the European Space Agency, and even work with chef Heston Blumenthal on designing food that maximally stimulates the senses.

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Science and Technology Outreach Grants

The Faculty of Science and Technology has a new funding scheme to support outreach and public engagement activities. Grants are specifically available for projects which achieve some or all of the following:

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SciTech Vision Prize for Excellence in Teaching: deadline extended

The deadline for nominations for this faculty prize has been extended to Thursday 19 May. The 1000 prize, open to early career staff in FST, recognises and rewards inspirational teaching at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Further details of the prize and the process for application can be found at

FST Student Profiles Library

Science and Technology would like to build a library of student profiles that can be used on the web and in publications. We are looking for a varied cross section of final year undergraduate students from across the faculty, including mature and international students. The process will involve meeting with each student, asking them a few questions about their time at Lancaster and taking a photograph of them so it should not take up too much of their time.

If staff know of any suitable final year students, ideally ones who have a destination for when they graduate already sorted out, or any who have an interesting story to tell please contact Louise Inman.


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