SciTech bulletin


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.

More details: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/events/?event_id=722
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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.

More info: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/events/?event_id=724

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.

More info: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/events/?event_id=734

More Talks

Find more Science and Technology seminars at: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/events/?event_type_id=2


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:

More information can be found at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/grants/outreach_grants.php.


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 http://www.lancs.ac.uk/sci-tech/vision/teaching_prize.php.


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.


News

Recent stories from Science and Technology:

Lancaster Professor on UK delegation to the World Summit on Micro and Nano Technology

Professor Andrew Richardson from the Department of Engineering has been selected as one of five UK delegates for the annual World Micromachine Summit held on the 26th and 27th April 2011. The other delegates were from Imperial College London, Southampton University and Birmingham University. Read more

US Multinational Licenses InfoLab21 Software

Patented software developed by Lancaster University for use in industry has been licensed by the US multinational Ford. Read more

International Workshop on Chemical Risk Assessment and Environmental Management Successfully Convene

LEC joined forces with the Chinese organizations responsible for developing new chemicals regulations and environmental management standards to convene The First International Workshop on Chemical Risk Assessment and Environmental Management in Beijing in April 2011. Read more

Physicists to develop 'roadmap' for Graphene

Lancaster University is to play a role in a major European Commission funded Flagship Programme called GRAPHENE-CA to develop plans for a 10-year, 1Bn investment for technological innovation and economic exploitation based on graphene and related two-dimensional materials. Read more

LEC Researcher develops pain-free uterine disease detection

A potential non-invasive method to detect endometriosis by acquiring a spectral signature of the uterus has been developed by Francis Martin and colleagues from Lancaster University. Read more

Village Cricket Match To Broadcast Live Over The Internet

InfoLab21 researchers have helped a village community achieve what could be a world first for cricket fans. Read more

Dr Guennadi Borissov Receives IOP Division Prize

Dr Guennadi Borissov received his Institute of Physics Division Prize at the Nuclear and Particle Physics conference in Glasgow yesterday (7th April 2011). Read more

Journalist Leads Workshop on Stats in the Media

Michael Blastland, notable for devising and running More or Less on Radio 4 with Andrew Dilnot, and co-author of The Tiger That Isn't, visited the STOR-i Doctoral Training Centre last week to lead a communication skills workshop for PhD students. Read more