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Faculty Forum: Chemistry Developments

Come along to next week's Faculty Forum to hear the Head of Chemistry discussing developments concerning the new department. In addition, there will be the opportunity to hear about possible future changes to PC lab provision within the faculty.

The faculty forum takes place at 4pm on Wednesday 22 May in Conference Centre room 4. All faculty members are welcome to attend. Add to your calendar


New Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies

Congratulations to Dr Chris Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Computing and Communication Systems, who has been appointed as Science and Technology's new Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies.

Chris will take over from Awais Rashid when his term of office ends on 31 July 2013. He will begin by shadowing Awais, becoming more involved in Associate Dean duties as the academic year progresses.


Vice-Chancellor's Forums 2013

Next month sees the launch of the Vice-Chancellor's Forums, the first of which will be held on Tuesday 11 June from 3pm - 5pm. These workshop-style sessions will offer staff and students an opportunity to meet with the Vice-Chancellor to consider and debate topics of strategic importance to Lancaster.

The first VC Forum will consider the strategic implications of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for Lancaster University, and the broader impact on the higher education sector.

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QS World University Rankings

Lancaster University features in the world's elite (Top 200) institutions in 19 of the 30 subjects featured in this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject, with improved scores for Earth and Marine Sciences and Geography.

The third edition the QS Rankings evaluated 2,858 universities and ranked 678 institutions in total, and will be featured in The Guardian among other global media outlets.


Business Partnerships and Enterprise

57 attend EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) ImaginationLab

The first IAA ImaginationLab, run by LICA and the Faculty of Science and Technology, was held on Wednesday 8 May. The lab brought together Lancaster researchers with external collaborators to develop ideas for submissions for IAA funding of up to 20,000. Over 35 applications have been received and evaluation will take place during May and early June, with projects starting from July.

How do we find out about cyber criminals?

Security Lancaster and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics held a workshop to form a new collaborative group whose objective is to develop innovative approaches to obtaining information on cyber criminals. The workshop included security researchers and statisticians, solicitors specialising in cybercrime, and experts from government agencies.

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Science and Technology Business and Industry Seminars

The next seminar in the series will be given by Tony Conway, Director of Strategic Asset Planning and Engineering at United Utilities, focussing on science and innovation challenges for United Utilities. It will be held on campus on Wednesday 12 June, 1200-1400.

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News

Recent stories from Science and Technology:


Billion-year-old water could hold clues to life on Earth and Mars

Billion-year-old water could hold clues to life on Earth and Mars

A UK-Canadian team of scientists has discovered ancient pockets of water, which have been isolated deep underground for billions of years and contain abundant chemicals known to support life.

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First, carbon footprints... now you can calculate your 'nitrogen footprint'

First, carbon footprints... now you can calculate your 'nitrogen footprint'

Scientists at Lancaster, Virginia and Oxford universities have produced a web-based tool that allows anyone living in the UK to see their own 'nitrogen footprint'.

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Lancaster to play leading role in UK-India cyber security team

Lancaster to play leading role in UK-India cyber security team

University-based 'Security Lancaster' is to be part of a bid to increase UK-India cyber security research collaborations tackling key issues demanding global cooperation.

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LEC PhD student, Beth Brockett, organises knowledge-exchange event for farmers

LEC PhD student organises knowledge-exchange event for farmers

Beth Brockett who is researching 'An interdisciplinary approach to modelling ecosystem service delivery at the farm unit scale' for her PhD has organised an knowledge-exchange event.

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Florence Nightingale Day successfully raises profile of women in mathematics and statistics

Florence Nightingale Day successfully raises profile of women in mathematics and statistics

Pupils from years 11 to 13 from seven regional schools were represented at the recent event organised by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The day combined talks from prominent female mathematicians, hands-on activities, a quiz, group work, discussions and displays.

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LEC Volcanology Field Course sees erupting Mount Etna

LEC Volcanology Field Course sees erupting Mount Etna

Students on the annual LEC Volcanic Processes field course to Mt. Etna, Sicily were treated to a visual feast as they witnessed the volcano in action. Although Mt. Etna is recognised as a highly active volcano, the recent activity has been highly sporadic, and seeing activity is never guaranteed.

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