Dean of Science and Technology Professor Mary Smyth writes:
The academic /financial year formally started on 1 August 2013, and between then and 19 September 24 new members of academic staff joined the faculty (seven joined us in July and may still feel quite new too). A further six will join us on 1 October.
New staff have also joined us in research, teaching, administrative and technical roles.
I would like to welcome all of these new people to Science and Technology. Our academic staff recruitment in particular has been extensive and every department has added a substantial cohort of new academics who will be helping to shape our research and teaching activity over the next few years.
I know that there will be a period of re-adjustment in each department as new people settle in, and heads of department will probably find their start of year tasks even more interesting than usual. I would like to welcome every one of our newcomers to the faculty and the university - I am sure you will flourish here and that together we will build exciting new directions for Science and Technology at Lancaster.
The next meeting for academics interested in the Study of Extreme Events will be held this Wednesday (25 September) from 2-4pm. This meeting will be used to discuss the centre's progress and a number of proposed events. There will also be a "speed dating" session where members of the group can meet other academics interested in related areas. Please confirm your attendance with Becky Gordon.
Applications for the above grants are now being taken for the 2013/2014 academic year. Please note that one call will be made for applications, with a deadline of Friday 4 October. Any remaining funds will then be advertised.
For guidance on these grants please go to www.lancaster.ac.uk/sci-tech/grants
Research in an Inclement Climate: How to Thrive and Survive as a Researcher in the 21st Century
Thursday 26 September 2013, 0930-1700 - Management School Building
This one-day event on Thursday will explore the opportunities and the challenges of research work, looking at how researchers can best support themselves in their careers.
To book your place go to www.lancaster.ac.uk/hr/researcher-day
There will be a STEM Ambassador training session on Thursday 3 October.
The Ambassador programme allows volunteers from a science and technology background to support young people in STEM. To find out more about what's involved, go to www.stemfirst.com/ambassadors-and-employers.
The session will take place in Room A02 in the Charles Carter Building from 4pm-6pm. If you wish to attend, please contact Sue Hargreaves.
Over the summer the University launched a new blog as part of the redeveloped News & Blogs section of the main website.
The blog is designed to showcase academic expertise at Lancaster by featuring topical comment pieces that are then promoted via social media channels. Recent posts have included comment on the Egyptian crisis, changes to the law around organ donation and the Spanish train crash.
Blog posts about current affairs are welcomed from academics across the University - for further information and a copy of the blogging guidelines, contact Digital Marketing Manager Russell Reader.
Recent stories from Science and Technology:
Construction has begun on a brand new £12.25 million, state-of-the-art engineering building at Lancaster University.
The delicate exquisiteness of frost flowers, a captivating aurora seen through a fish eye lens and the fascinating flow of lava will feature in an amazing new exhibition designed to enthrall all.
Different moorland plants, particularly heather and cotton grass, can strongly influence climate warming effects on greenhouse gas emissions, researchers from Lancaster University, The University of Manchester and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology have discovered.
A research project which aims to safeguard tens of thousands of swans and geese started this week with the installation of more than 150 special 'bird diverters' in Lancashire.
Why do most people today feel either unwilling or unable to travel by foot or bike? This is the key question which Lancaster University Emeritus Professor Colin Pooley aims to answer in his ground-breaking new book 'Promoting Walking and Cycling'.
Professor Garik Markarian from the School of Computing and Communications has been to Buckingham Palace for a reception with Her Majesty the Queen.
The Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science (SPEARS) group in Physics ran the biennial EISCAT radar symposium on campus 12-16 August 2013.
An expert in food security at Lancaster University is helping food growers and researchers to exchange information through a new website launched by retailing giant Waitrose.