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Published: 7 December 2015

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Glasgow Researchers bring Science to the Panto

‌December is upon us… and so is panto season!

University of Glasgow scientists are helping to bring science to the theatre this month at performances of “Panto Science: The Periodic Fable”, which has its Glasgow debut at The Barras Art and Design venue from 8-11 December.

Children from primary schools across the city will attend the show which was developed by Glasgow Science Festival’s Dr Zara Gladman and written by comedian Bruce Morton.  As the story unfolds, audiences discover the little-known science dimension of Panto Land, through live experiments, songs and audience participation.

Prior to each show, University of Glasgow scientists and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassadors will deliver hands-on activities spanning a range of subjects, from earth science and physics to genetics and zoology.

Children will wear goggles to study fluorescent flies, build batteries from lemons, examine specimens from The Hunterian Zoology Museum, peer at rainbows through spectroscopes and lots more.

Dr Zara Gladman said: “This is a day out at the panto like no other. Among all the ‘boos’ and calls of ‘he’s behind you!’ is real science, with live experiments and audience participation. This is an excellent opportunity for Glasgow scientists to share what they do with the next generation and to prove that science is fun, interesting and for everybody – even Mother Goose!”

Activities are being co-ordinated by Glasgow Science Festival, with funding from the Awards for All Scotland Lottery Fund.

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Hebridean Archaeology

Two recent publications have their roots in University of Glasgow endeavours:

Dùn Èistean, Ness: The excavation of a clan stronghold

The Archaeology of Ness
The publisher is Acair Ltd.   The titles are the results of a multi-disciplinary archaeology project that was undertaken by archaeologists from Glasgow University between 2000 and 2007. The launch took place in Ness, Isle of Lewis, involving the publishers and Historic Environment Scotland, who jointly funded the work with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Fasion Show 'Ultimate Hamper'

The Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show (GUCFS) have put together the Ultimate Christmas Hamper:
Ticket to GUCFS // Unleashed 2016
14-part TONI & GUY Hair Collection (including straighteners)
Variety Pack Vita Coco Coconut Water
Bikram Yoga Glasgow 30-day Unlimited Membership
Esteem Beauty Specialised Beauty Treatments Voucher (Head, Neck and Back Massage)
1 Glasgow University Union (GUU) Gold Card
2 tickets for Queen Margaret Union Yule Ball
2 tickets for The Stand Comedy Club, Glasgow
Alice Rocks Voucher (Mens/Womens Haircut)
Dear Green Coffee Roasters coffee pouch
BrewDog Voucher (2 Burgers)
Merlot Wine from Peckhams Byres Road
Hollywood Nails Voucher (Manicure and Massage)
Rainbow Room International Voucher (Mens/Womens Haircut)
Retro Vintage Shop Voucher
£30 voucher for Le Chalet Beaumartin
Selection of coffee from Papercup Coffee Company

For your chance to win this amazing prize all you need to do is text “GUCFS” to 70500 to donate £5 to Teenage Cancer Trust. Screenshot your text. Post your screenshot on the GUCFS Facebook timeline. The winner will be picked at random and announced on Wednesday 16th December. 100% of donations are received by Teenage Cancer Trust.

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First published: 7 December 2015