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People Behind the Science - Interview with Dr Jeremy Pritchard

People Behind the Science - Interview with Dr Jeremy Pritchard
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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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.
Date:
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.
Date:
03/04/2014

Stressful situations show the head and the heart don't always agree

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The head and the heart of people who suffer from high levels of anxiety react to stressful situations differently, researchers at the University of Birmingham have found.
Date:
27/03/2014

Letter published in the journal Brain in reply to a study that gathered media attention

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Steven Gillespie (University of Birmingham, pictured top), Joseph McCleery (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, pictured middle) and Lindsay Oberman (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, pictured bottom) have recently had a letter published in the journal Brain, commenting on differences in empathic functioning between individuals with psychopathy and autism.
Date:
24/03/2014

EESE Students' First Submersible Dive Voted a Complete Success

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Final Year project Students Oli McAfee, Tom Milton and Adam Clough have successfully deployed their remotely operated submersible vehicle.
Date:
21/03/2014

Chief Medical Officer to speak on antibiotic resistance

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The Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, is to outline the current national and international picture on antibiotic resistance in a speech at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
21/03/2014

A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old

A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old
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Following the recent resuscitation of a sample of moss which turned out to be more than 1,500 years old, Dr Luisa Orsini of the School of Bisociences describes, in a New York Times article entitled "A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old" how it may be possible to use whatever is stored in ice or sediment as a sort of backup for biodiversity.
Date:
18/03/2014
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