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US ambassador visits the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics

US ambassador visits the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics
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Matthew Barzun, the US ambassador to UK, visited the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics on 6 February 2014.During his visit, Uta Noppeney, CNCR co-director, described the centre's philosophy, research directions, international collaborations and the associated CNCR MSc program.
Date:
04/03/2014

Birmingham psychologists present at prestigious forensic science conference

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During a trip to South Africa on a C-LINK research project, Dr Jessica Woodhams and Dr Amy Burrell were invited to the 2nd National Conference for Forensic Science (10-13 February 2014) to present on the linking of crimes using modus operandi.
Date:
04/03/2014

Call for volunteers for air pollution research project

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We are recruiting volunteers to take part in a research project investigating personal exposures to airborne pollutants during daily routine activities such as traffic and cooking. If you are interested, please contact Ms Maryam Shehab (MAS247@bham.ac.uk) or phone: +44 (0)121 414 5557.
Date:
03/03/2014

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship won for studying multisensory integration

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Dr Johanna Zumer (pictured right) and Professor Uta Noppeney (pictured left) have succeeded in obtaining 2 years of funding through the EU Marie Curie IEF to carry out novel investigations to understand the neural basis of deciding when multisensory signals should be integrated versus segregated.
Date:
28/02/2014

Should 'life' mean life?

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Last week the Court of Appeal decided that the 'life' sentences of two murderers really will mean 'life' in prison, exceptional circumstances aside.
Date:
27/02/2014

Should 'life' mean life?

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Last week the Court of Appeal decided that the 'life' sentences of two murderers really will mean 'life' in prison, exceptional circumstances aside.
Date:
27/02/2014

Tip to dieters: Beware of friends and late night cravings

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There's more to dieting than just sheer willpower and self-control - the presence of friends, late night cravings or the temptation of alcohol can often simply be too strong to resist. Research led by Heather McKee of the University of Birmingham monitored the social and environmental factors that make people, who are following weight management programs, cheat. The study is published in the Springer journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
Date:
25/02/2014

Birmingham Perspectives: Better Policing Collaboration to link academics with practitioners

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"Crime and policing has always been at the forefront of public debate. Yet academic researchers and practitioners have not collaborated as fruitfully as they might have to understand 'what works' by way of interventions and the costs and benefits of alternate interventions. There is however reason to hope that there will be a push towards more evidence-based policing."
Date:
24/02/2014

Better Policing Collaborative Police Fair to be hosted at Birmingham

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On 4 April 2014 five universities (Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Aston and Warwick), Skills for Justice and 5 Police Forces (Derbyshire, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and the West Midlands) will be teaming up for a research, education and training fair.
Date:
18/02/2014

US ambassador visits the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics

US ambassador visits the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics
Description
Matthew Barzun, the US ambassador to UK, visited the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics on 6 February 2014.During his visit, Uta Noppeney, CNCR co-director, described the centre's philosophy, research directions, international collaborations and the associated CNCR MSc program.
Date:
17/02/2014

Social norms paper highlighted in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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A recent paper by Dr Suzanne Higgs and Jason Thomas was highlighted in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the authors were invited to produce an accompanying podcast.
Date:
17/02/2014

Crime Linkage International Network researchers set for South Africa trip

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Dr Jessica Woodhams and Dr Amy Burrell are soon to embark on a research trip to South Africa. The visit has been arranged through the Crime Linkage International Network which was set up by Dr Woodhams in May 2013, and is the first of its kind to bring together academics and practitioners with a professional interest in linking crimes committed by a common offender.
Date:
17/02/2014

College of Policing grant to build links between academics and the police

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A partnership involving the University of Birmingham has been awarded £50,000 by the College of Policing to forge links between academics and the police.
Date:
07/02/2014

Louise Dixon: Prisons research featured in ESRC's Britain in 2014 magazine

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Research being undertaken by Dominique Moran and Marie Hutton at GEES, and Louise Dixon in Psychology, has been chosen to feature in the ESRC's flagship newsstand magazine Britain in 2014.
Date:
07/02/2014

Recent study challenges a major tenet of eukaryotic gene expression

Recent study challenges a major tenet of eukaryotic gene expression
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When eukaryotic cells produce new proteins, an elaborate and complex sequence of events is happening in the cell. The DNA, packaged into chromosomes, is partially unpacked, the genetic information stored in the DNA is transcribed to RNA, and finally the protein is synthesized by the ribosome according to the blueprint provided by the RNA. It has long been accepted among biologists that the processes of transcribing the DNA to RNA and the translation of RNA to the protein happen in two different places of the cell: the former in the nucleus, the latter – after RNA export – in the cytoplasm.
Date:
04/02/2014

Scientists reveal the pecking order of musicians playing in a group

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Does Charlie Watts lead the Rolling Stones from the drums? Did Jacqueline du Pré lead Daniel Barenboim from the cello? These questions may in the future have answers thanks to an intriguing model developed by a team of scientists from the Universities of Birmingham, Münster and London's Royal Academy of Music, in research published today (Wednesday 29th January 2014) in the Royal Society Journal Interface.
Date:
29/01/2014

Scientists reveal the pecking order of musicians playing in a group

Description
Does Charlie Watts lead the Rolling Stones from the drums? Did Jacqueline du Pré lead Daniel Barenboim from the cello? These questions may in the future have answers thanks to an intriguing model developed by a team of scientists from the Universities of Birmingham, Münster and London's Royal Academy of Music, in research published today (Wednesday 29th January 2014) in the Royal Society Journal Interface.
Date:
29/01/2014

Are you a stroke survivor having trouble completing everyday tasks? Participants needed for research project

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Researchers are looking for volunteers to take part in a study which aims to develop tools to help stroke survivors with everyday tasks.
Date:
27/01/2014

Are you a stroke survivor having trouble completing everyday tasks? Participants needed for research project

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Researchers are looking for volunteers to take part in a study which aims to develop tools to help stroke survivors with everyday tasks.
Date:
21/01/2014

Spiked drink theory sheds new light on Alexander the Great's death

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The mystery of the death of Alexander the Great, shrouded in intrigue, may have finally been solved, thanks to a team of academics, including a University of Birmingham toxicologist.
Date:
20/01/2014
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