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University of Birmingham engagement with Brazil wins Outstanding International Strategy award

University of Birmingham engagement with Brazil wins Outstanding International Strategy award
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The University of Birmingham has won the Outstanding International Strategy Award in the 2014 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs). The award honours Birmingham's bold approach to secure its position in Brazil as the UK higher education institute (HEI) partner of choice.
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18/08/2014

Research video: Dr Stephen Jeffares - #Hashtag Politics

Research video: Dr Stephen Jeffares - #Hashtag Politics
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Dr Stephen Jeffares talks about his current research on Hashtag Politics.
Date:
18/08/2014

Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya Paperback version of book released

Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya Paperback version of book released
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The monograph by Cerwyn Moore, Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya (Manchester: MUP, 2014), is released in paperback.
Date:
18/08/2014

IRiS research showcased at the American Sociological Association Conference

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In recognition of his pioneering work on undocumented migration in the UK, Dr Nando Sigona contributes to a thematic session on comparative approaches to migrant "illegality" at Sociological Conference in San Francisco.
Date:
18/08/2014

Emotion and consciousness: Damasio's hypothesis

Emotion and consciousness: Damasio's hypothesis
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PhD student Isaura Peddis writes about her research provisionally entitled 'The Importance of Empathy'.
Date:
16/08/2014

Great Brain Experiment proves a smart way to measure memory

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The School of Psychology's Dr Fiona McNab has been investigating working memory - information held in the mind for a short period of time - through a specially created app called The Great Brain Experiment.
Date:
15/08/2014

Cell transplantation could provide new therapies for sepsis

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Researchers believe that their breakthrough in cell transplantation could pave the way for new therapies to combat sepsis, the cause of 7.3 million deaths worldwide each year.
Date:
14/08/2014

The virtual reality hype train is starting to make me queasy

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Professor Bob Stone writes for The Conversation:
Date:
13/08/2014

50 years since the last execution can the UK help end the death penalty worldwide?

50 years since the last execution can the UK help end the death penalty worldwide?
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Birmingham Law School's Dr Bharat Malkani writes for the Conversation
Date:
13/08/2014

CHASM Conference July 2014

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Over 50 delegates from academia, public, private and third sectors attended the CHASM conference: 'Financial Security in an Age of Austerity', which took place on Friday 18th July, at the Friends Meeting House, Euston, London.
Date:
13/08/2014

Philosophy of psychiatry at Philosophy@Birmingham

Philosophy of psychiatry at Philosophy@Birmingham
Description
Sullivan-Bissett, Allen and Miyazono blog about their research on delusions and anxiety.
Date:
13/08/2014

Five minute saliva test to identify smokers rolled out to health schemes

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Smokers who need extra incentives to quit the cigarettes this new year should take note that even private health insurance premiums may be reduced if they can prove they have stopped for good – and with the aid of a pioneering test from the University of Birmingham, the proof can be easy to acquire.
Date:
12/08/2014

Re-thinking camps as social and political spaces

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Dr Nando Sigona's new article published by the international peer reviewed journal Citizenship Studies draws on his ethnography of camps in Italy for forcibly displaced Roma to argue for a more nuanced understanding of camps and camp-like institutions as spaces of sociality and politics.
Date:
11/08/2014

Breakthrough could give new hope to sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis

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Research highlighting the way in which lung-damaging bacteria use the body's own immune response to worsen the effect has brought new hope to sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis
Date:
11/08/2014

The Conversation: Is Boris Johnson a sop to the Tories' UKIP tendency?

The Conversation: Is Boris Johnson a sop to the Tories' UKIP tendency?
Description
Written by Dr Peter Kerr. There is a certain section of the Conservative Party – and not necessarily a minority – which has a penchant for self-destruction. This is the same section which takes its leadership cues from Nigel Farage rather than David Cameron; that section which has repeatedly frustrated the latter's attempts to modernise the party, while steadfastly drawing the leadership back towards the types of agenda, on Europe and immigration and so on, which proved so electorally damaging for the party throughout the noughties.
Date:
11/08/2014

The Conversation: The secret economic slowdown behind Putin's strategy for Russia

The Conversation: The secret economic slowdown behind Putin's strategy for Russia
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Written by Dr Richard Connolly. If you want to understand the sometimes confounding moves played by Russian premier Vladimir Putin, then you could do worse than look at the accounts. On the face of it the country has seen 14 years of growth in the past 15, but that hides a persistent slowdown in the rate of growth. And although sanctions imposed over Ukraine have grabbed the headlines, the truth is that economic weakness in Russia is homegrown.
Date:
11/08/2014

PG student presentation

PG student presentation
Description
Magdalena Antrobus to present at the World Association of Social Psychiatry Congress.
Date:
11/08/2014
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