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Trainee psychologist plays vital role in securing £100,000 for vulnerable youngsters

Trainee psychologist plays vital role in securing £100,000 for vulnerable youngsters
Description
Trainee Clinical Psychologist Carly Spicer made her mark during a work placement by helping a social enterprise secure £100,000 of government funding.
Date:
29/05/2014

Robots gear up for British Science Festival
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The University of Birmingham's robots are preparing for the British Science Festival, which is coming to the city in September.
Date:
27/05/2014

The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'

The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
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Professor Stuart Harrad discusses recent reports in the national press that have drawn attention to calls for a ban on the use of tiny plastic beads (microbeads) added as exfoliants and abradants to toiletries like cosmetics and toothpaste.
Date:
22/05/2014

Keeping to the beat is no mean feat: Scientists reveal how two tracks of music become one

Keeping to the beat is no mean feat: Scientists reveal how two tracks of music become one
Description
How does a DJ mix two songs to make the beat seem common to both tracks? And how accurate does beat mixing need to be to enhance, rather than disrupt perceived rhythm? In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society, scientists from the School of Psychology presented a new model that predicts whether or not two tracks will seem to share a common beat.
Date:
21/05/2014

Keeping to the beat is no mean feat: Scientists reveal how two tracks of music become one

Description
How does a DJ mix two songs to make the beat seem common to both tracks? A successful DJ makes the transition between tracks appear seamless while a bad mix is instantly noticeable and results in a 'galloping horses' effect that disrupts the dancing of the crowd. How accurate does beat mixing need to be to enhance, rather than disrupt perceived rhythm?
Date:
21/05/2014

School of Biosciences at the forefront of open-access publishing and international research networking

School of Biosciences at the forefront of open-access publishing and international research networking
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Dr Roland Brandstaetter from the School of Biosciences has been appointed as a guest associate editor of Frontiers to host a new research topic in the section Neurology: Sleep and Chronobiology.
Date:
09/05/2014

University of Birmingham's 'top ten' celebrates global impact

University of Birmingham's 'top ten' celebrates global impact
Description
For more than 100 years, research at the University of Birmingham has had a major impact on the world, from pioneering transplant surgery, the use of microwaves and creating artificial Vitamin C. This world-changing research is now being celebrated with a new 'top ten' list of academic pioneers.
Date:
09/05/2014

People Behind the Science - Interview with Dr Jeremy Pritchard

People Behind the Science - Interview with Dr Jeremy Pritchard
Description
Dr Jeremy Pritchard, Senior Lecturer in Biology and Head of Education in the School of Biosciences, talks to the team at People Behind the Science about his journey through life and science.
Date:
08/05/2014

Biosciences Professor wins 2014 Jeremy Knowles Award

Biosciences Professor wins 2014 Jeremy Knowles Award
Description
Professor Gurdyal Besra, Bardrick Professor of Microbial Physiology and Chemistry in the School of Biosciences, has been awarded the 2014 Jeremy Knowles Award for his contributions to our understanding of the basic chemistry and biochemistry of the cell wall of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and his ground-breaking work in the area of tuberculosis T-cell antigens and the CD1 antigen presentation pathway.
Date:
08/05/2014

Birmingham Brief: Playing with fire - the peril of Britain's obsession with gambling

Description
Professor Jim Orford examines the government's decision to grant increased powers for local authorities to refuse new licences for betting shops and impose extra controls on machine gambling.
Date:
07/05/2014

Birmingham biochemist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

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Professor Gurdyal S. Besra from the University of Birmingham has been named the Royal Society of Chemistry Jeremy Knowles Award winner for 2014.
Date:
06/05/2014

School alumni elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

School alumni elected as Fellows of the Royal Society
Description
We are proud to announce that three alumni of the School of Biosciences have recently been elected Fellows of the Royal Society, a self-governing organisation dedicated to identifying and supporting the work of outstanding scientists. The honour is the highest accolade in British science.
Date:
02/05/2014

Children's TV time is closely linked to parents' viewing habits

Description
The amount of time children spend in front of TV, phone and computer screens is closely associated with their parents' own habits, with much higher weekend viewing than during the week, a new study by the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol has found.
Date:
01/05/2014

Electricity provides the spark of understanding for brain researchers

Electricity provides the spark of understanding for brain researchers
Description
Brain oscillations are rhythmic electrical fluctuations that affect a number of cognitive functions, including memory. But can they be used to change our behaviour? Dr Simon Hanslmayr and colleagues tested this question in a paper.
Date:
01/05/2014

Doctoral Researcher's newspaper article sheds light on Chernobyl exclusion zone

Doctoral Researcher's newspaper article sheds light on Chernobyl exclusion zone
Description
Doctoral Researcher Thom Davies has written an article for The Independent about life in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl.
Date:
29/04/2014

Researcher examines online exploitation in new paper

Description
Juliane Kloess, a doctoral researcher working in the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology under the supervision of Professor Anthony Beech, has obtained acceptance for publication of her literature review paper in the forensic journal Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.
Date:
17/04/2014

Sixteen year study of remote sea birds shows sub-annual breeding to maximise offspring

Description
A bird species that makes its breeding home on a remote Atlantic island has been shown to breed consistently for the first time with a cycle of less than a year, following a 16-year study by University of Birmingham researchers – potentially to maximise the total number of offspring they produce.
Date:
09/04/2014

Students and researchers share ideas at CNCR retreat

Students and researchers share ideas at CNCR retreat
Description
Students and members of CNCR participated in a retreat at Winterbourne House and Garden.
Date:
07/04/2014

We...will...educate...you. University of Birmingham robot helps to launch British Science Festival

Description
The British Science Festival 2014, a flagship event being hosted by the University of Birmingham, launches in the city tomorrow (Tuesday) – with the help of a real-life TV star and a humanoid robot.
Date:
07/04/2014
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