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Christmas Conference winners

Physics completed a clean sweep in the Graduate School poster session at the 2013 Science and Technology Christmas Conference, with all three winners coming from the department. See the winning posters

PhD speaker prizes went to LEC's Ellen McGowan, whose winning five-minute talk was on "Degassing magma via fractures and foams", and Psychology's Charlotte Field who was runner-up with her talk: "What cues help shape word learning for children with autism?".

Presentations were made on the day for The Dean's Awards for Excellence in PhD studies. The winners for 2013 were:


Graduate School Administrator

Simon Vaukins has taken over from Ruth Allen in the role of Graduate School Administrator. Simon will be responsible for the administration and development of the Faculty's Research Development Programme as well as continuing the growth of a vibrant community of postgraduate students.


Enterprise and Business Partnerships

Business Partnerships Advisory Board reviews new projects for 2014

On 6th January the Science and Technology Business Partnerships and Enterprise Small and Medium Enterprise Strategic Advisory Board met to discuss the proposed new projects for Lancashire Economic Partnership investment funds for business engagement activity.

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Examples of collaborative health and human development research sought

Science and Technology are seeking examples of researchers collaborating with businesses on health related projects for an upcoming event focused on the health sector.

Please contact Amanda Elsworth-Ross.

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation researcher wins Dean's Award

Ioannis Tsitsimpelis, a graduate researcher in the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, was one of three students to win the Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate studies 2013. Ioannis is working with collaborative partner NP Structures researching how to change the way food crops are produced in an effort to make it more sustainable.

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Free media training

The Science Media Centre's Introduction to the News Media session on Friday 21 February in London is specifically geared towards scientists with little or no media experience, particularly those whose subject areas are controversial and of interest to the media, and tend to receive a lot of coverage.

If you are interested in attending, please get in touch with Lancaster University's press office to reserve a place.


Sustainable Food Future Seminar

On Thursday 23 January LEC will host the third of three seminars on the subject of 'Creating a Sustainable Food Future', organised jointly by Dr Rebecca Whittle and LEC PhD student Aislinn Pearson.

The discussions are open to anyone with a broad interest in food and sustainability issues – from Masters and PhD students through to lecturing staff, small businesses and charities. These seminars are based them around a series of working papers released by the World Resources Institute (WRI), which will go on to form the flagship World Resources Report, 'Creating a Sustainable Food Future'.

The report aims to recommend concrete actions which are intended to enable us to feed the world's population in 50 years' time while developing socially inclusive and economical agricultural practices that have a limited effect on the environment and natural resources. Individual papers in this report make recommendations across a diverse range of topics from waste to health and sustainable production. Four have been released so far but more are expected over the coming months (see http://www.worldresourcesreport.org/).

Feedback from these seminars will be sent to the WRI.


Present your interdisciplinary research at the Natural History Museum

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites proposals from Early Career Researchers for five-minute talks on the theme of Science in Culture, for an event in London that will be open to the public as well as attracting an invited audience of journalists, academics and cultural professionals. More details


News

Recent stories from Science and Technology:


Farming pollution study offers unexpected clue to flooding

Farming pollution study offers unexpected clue to flooding

With communities still enduring the devastating effects of severe flooding across the UK, Environmental Scientists at Lancaster University have published new research which suggests changes in agricultural land use management have the potential to reduce water run-off from fields.

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Aurora watching in the UK?

Aurora watching in the UK?

The recent heightened level of solar activity culminated on 7 January with an explosion of billions of tonnes of electrically charged plasma from the Sun, an event known as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).

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Engineering researchers grapple with nuclear legacy

Engineering researchers grapple with nuclear legacy

Lancaster University is part of a new national research programme looking at ways of dealing with Britain's nuclear waste.

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A radical new way to create film

A radical new way to create film

A film with no editors or directors is the idea behind Lifemirror which opens up a new kind of film making to anyone with a mobile phone.

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Lancaster physicists accept IOP Juno award

Lancaster physicists accept IOP Juno award

Lancaster University's Physics department has joined a group of just six other UK Physics Departments to be awarded Juno Championship status.

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Transfer computer files with your eyes

Transfer computer files with your eyes

A new way of dragging and dropping files has been developed by a Lancaster University student.

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£350,000 funding for businesses to exploit cutting-edge academic research

£350,000 funding for businesses to exploit cutting-edge academic research

UK SMEs are being urged to take advantage of a £350,000 pot of funding dedicated to develop cutting-edge research into marketable products and services.

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LEC Professor Receives Fellowship of the AGU

LEC Professor Receives Fellowship of the AGU

Last week at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting in San Francisco, Professor Andrew Binley of the Lancaster Environment Centre received his Fellowship of the American Geophysical Union for "Outstanding contributions toward the fundamental understanding of hydrological model uncertainty and for pioneering the field of hydrogeophysics".

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Rural broadband, free wifi hotspots and improved road safety a step closer

Rural broadband, free wi-fi hotspots and improved road safety a step closer

Collaborative research between Lancaster University and telecoms giant BT has resulted in a mathematical solution to a telecommunications problem which could lead to benefits such as improved access to rural broadband, free wi-fi hotspots and improved road safety information.

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