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Comedian Robin Ince lends a hand to The Selective Attention and Awareness Laboratory

Comedian Robin Ince lends a hand to The Selective Attention and Awareness Laboratory
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Science enthusiast and stand-up comedian Robin Ince visited The Selective Attention and Awareness Laboratory in the School of Psychology on 27 March to take part in a number of exciting experiments designed to investigate anomalous experiences and hallucinations.
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04/04/2014

The Conversation: 20 years on, Rwanda exhausts its 'genocide credit' with donors

The Conversation: 20 years on, Rwanda exhausts its 'genocide credit' with donors
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Written by Dr Danielle Beswick. On 7 April 2014, Rwanda commemorates the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi. The events of 1994 continue to cast a long shadow over both Rwanda and the international community. As the world remembers along with Rwanda, it is important to reflect not only on the lessons and legacies of the genocide itself, but also the role of Western donors in supporting Rwanda's transition to a peaceful and more prosperous future.
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04/04/2014

Pragmatic and epistemic role of factually erroneous cognitions and thoughts

Pragmatic and epistemic role of factually erroneous cognitions and thoughts
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Professor Lisa Bortolotti's ERC funded project is recruiting one post-doctoral research fellow and one doctoral researcher.
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04/04/2014

Another new appointment in philosophy

Another new appointment in philosophy
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The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Hanna Pickard.
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04/04/2014

The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog

The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog
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Professor Rob MacKenzie has written an article for The Conversation entitled "The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog". The UK news media has been buzzing with reports of air pollution alerts associated, at least in part, with the long-range transport of dust from the Sahara. Colleagues from Africa have asked why we in the UK are worried about the health effects of a relatively rare occurrence of this long-range dust all the way across Europe, when African countries experience dust storms of much higher intensity almost daily at some times of year.
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03/04/2014

Birmingham academic recognized as inspirational scientist and engineer

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Professor Richard Williams from the University of Birmingham has been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as one of their inspirational scientists and engineers.
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03/04/2014

A new article on 'Gratitude in the UK' has just been published

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This article on 'Gratitude in the U.K: A new prototype analysis and a cross-cultural comparison' examines contrasting features of gratitude in the UK and the USA and explores whether gratitude is associated with virtue.
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02/04/2014

Oxford Journals Article prize for Best Paper

Oxford Journals Article prize for Best Paper
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Our late colleague Francesca Carnevali was co-winner of a prize for the best paper published in Enterprise and Society in 2013.
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02/04/2014

Metamaterial - Rewriting the Rules for Optics

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It is the stuff of science-fiction movies, but the idea of an 'invisibility cloak' is not as fantastical as it sounds.
Date:
02/04/2014

'Cinderella law' proposals are unhelpful and draconian

'Cinderella law' proposals are unhelpful and draconian
Description
Sue White, Professor of Social Work (Children and Families) in the School of Social Policy, contributes to an article in 'The Conversation', commenting on the proposed 'Cinderella law'.
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02/04/2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Britain and the EU: Towards Brexit?

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Britain and the EU: Towards Brexit?
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The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Tim Bale (Queen Mary), Isabelle Hertner, Tim Haughton (POLSIS) and Nathaniel Copsey (Aston University).
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02/04/2014

The Conversation: Can the US and Russia talk their way out of crisis in Ukraine?

The Conversation: Can the US and Russia talk their way out of crisis in Ukraine?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Talks between US secretary of state John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Paris, followed after a week of high-level diplomacy, including a phone call between presidents Obama and Putin.
Date:
01/04/2014

Blog: The Great NHS Robbery - and the great fraud headline con

Blog: The Great NHS Robbery - and the great fraud headline con
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Written by Chris Game. Some social phenomena are exceptionally tricky to measure: the black economy, white-collar crime, illegal immigration. So when someone claims to have done so, no matter how flaky their findings, they attract huge, and largely uncritical, media attention. Like last week's excitement about the scale of NHS fraud.
Date:
01/04/2014

Seeking sanctuary in the UK and the Netherlands

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Linda Bakker from the University of Rotterdam is the main presenter at this IRiS hosted event on 9 April 2014 in Room 427 of the Muirhead Tower.
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01/04/2014

Explainer: do sanctions work?

Explainer: do sanctions work?
Description
Colin Rowat, Lecturer in Economics, looks how the consensus seems to be that the West must "do something" to prevent instability in Ukraine and Russia's other neighbours, and whether that should include wider sanctions for the whole country.
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01/04/2014

2014 Biosciences Graduate Research Symposium

Description
Talks and posters from doctoral researchers from across Biosciences Networking opportunities with fellow doctoral researchers Prizes for best poster and best talk
Date:
31/03/2014

New publication on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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Professor Mike McLinden has co-authored a new publication which explores the broad best practice approaches to undertaking enquiry into learning and teaching in higher education.
Date:
31/03/2014

In conversation with Professor Peter Davies

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Professor Peter Davies discusses 'Why do politicians stand back from the school gates only to turn up in the classroom?'
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31/03/2014

Professor Isabelle Szmigin features on BBC One's 'Rip Off Britain'

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Professor Szmigin recently appeared on the BBC One program 'Rip Off Britain', discussing the marketing of food.
Date:
31/03/2014

New book just published: Psychopathology at School

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A new book, Psychopathology at School: Theorizing mental disorders in education, has just been published. It draws on research undertaken in Australia and in Scotland, addressing concerns about the rising numbers of children whose behaviour is recognized, understood as a medicalised mental health disorder, and given a diagnostic label such as ADHD.
Date:
31/03/2014
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