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Researchers share their passions at poster conference

Researchers share their passions at poster conference
Description
Psychology postgraduate students showcased their work at a research poster conference on 10 June.
Date:
14/07/2014

Worldwide anti-crime network brings together police and academics

Worldwide anti-crime network brings together police and academics
Description
A global network dedicated to linking serial crimes recently met for a three-day workshop.
Date:
14/07/2014

The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country

The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country
Description
Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report. Although there is much common ground, the reports seem to be pushing us in opposite directions.
Date:
11/07/2014

Training Study in Sport and Exercise Science

Training Study in Sport and Exercise Science
Description
An expert exercise physiology research group from the University of Birmingham plan to guide participants through a 10-week leg resistance training programme in order to observe the importance of rest-interval duration on muscle growth.
Date:
10/07/2014

Birmingham professor to give synthetic biology a voice inside Government

Birmingham professor to give synthetic biology a voice inside Government
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Professor Timothy Dafforn will bring his expertise into the heart of Whitehall as at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Date:
08/07/2014

Interfaces Summer School held in Berlin

Interfaces Summer School held in Berlin
Description
The Interfaces Summer School was held at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin from 30 June to 4 July. The Summer School included talks, demonstrations and workshops from renowned scientists from 19 of the project's global partners, sharing their expertise with the Interfaces research fellows as well as nine external participants. The researchers also had the opportunity to tour IGBs outstanding facilities.
Date:
07/07/2014

Prominent Chinese genomics institute announces world-leading research centre with the University of Birmingham

Prominent Chinese genomics institute announces world-leading research centre with the University of Birmingham
Description
BGI, the world's largest genome research institute, has signed a ground-breaking agreement with the University of Birmingham that will create the Joint Centre for Environmental Omics (JCEO) between the two institutions. The JCEO will seek to protect environment, health and global biodiversity by analysing the toxicity of compounds more efficiently than has been achieved before.
Date:
07/07/2014

Control of breathing during exercise

Description
Since 1996, 766 Sport and Exercise Sciences undergraduates have studied respiratory control with Dr Michael Parkes. Do you still remember the debates over how little is known about how breathing is controlled in exercise ( Guz, 1966, Wasserman 1986, Goodwin 1972)? Does it matter any more?!
Date:
07/07/2014

Research group hopes to provide a clearer picture of how we interpret images

Research group hopes to provide a clearer picture of how we interpret images
Description
A new research network is aiming to deepen our understanding of how humans, animals and machines interpret visual images.
Date:
07/07/2014

Paper proves that children are naturals when it comes to teamwork

Paper proves that children are naturals when it comes to teamwork
Description
A paper by PhD student Sophie Milward on the topic of children's ability to co-operate with others has been accepted by prestigious journal Cognition.
Date:
01/07/2014

Humans: perfectly created or randomly complex?

Humans: perfectly created or randomly complex?
Description
Dr Jeremy Pritchard, a senior lecturer in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham, gives a TEDx talk entitled Humans: perfectly created or randomly complex?
Date:
30/06/2014

Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication

Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
Description
GEES doctoral researcher Martín Ezcurra has won the University of Birmingham Graduate School's Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication.
Date:
27/06/2014

Some dogs find kennels exciting, not stressful

Some dogs find kennels exciting, not stressful
Description
New research suggests that dogs who spend a short time in boarding kennels may not find it unduly stressful and could in fact find the change of scenery exciting.
Date:
25/06/2014

Research group hopes to provide a clearer picture of how we interpret images

Research group hopes to provide a clearer picture of how we interpret images
Description
A new research network is aiming to deepen our understanding of how humans, animals and machines interpret visual images.
Date:
24/06/2014

Tools for Talking supports the development of shared understandings between service users and social care providers

Tools for Talking supports the development of shared understandings between service users and social care providers
Description
A School of Psychology project has been shedding light on the social care experiences of people with learning disabilities from minority ethnic populations.
Date:
23/06/2014

Funding strengthens UK-Rio research links

Funding strengthens UK-Rio research links
Description
The University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham have a new funding agreement to work with leading research institutions in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. The agreement will initially support up to 10 collaborative research projects over two rounds of funding worth £340,000.
Date:
23/06/2014

Poll places Birmingham academics among world's most influential researchers

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Four academics from the University of Birmingham have been named as Highly Cited Researchers in a prestigious list of the world's leading scientific minds.
Date:
20/06/2014

Researchers from across UK share ideas at Studying Language in Mind conference

Description
Doctoral researchers from the School of Psychology and Department of Applied Linguistics recently organised a one-day conference called Studying Language in Mind: A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Research Methodology.
Date:
12/06/2014

Past imperfect: study explores brain's ability to forget unpleasant memories

Past imperfect: study explores brain's ability to forget unpleasant memories
Description
New research from the School of Psychology has shed light on the human brain's amazing ability to dispose of unhappy memories.
Date:
12/06/2014

Root growth regulation could help boost crop performance

Root growth regulation could help boost crop performance
Description
A team of scientists, including Dr Juliet Coates and Dr Dan Gibbs of the School of Biosciences, have uncovered a new mechanism by which plants can regulate root architecture, a discovery that could lead to better ways of growing crops.
Date:
09/06/2014
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