News round-up

Memorial Chapel 'on air'

BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship at the weekend came from the University of Glasgow's beautiful Memorial Chapel. You can listen to the service on the BBC iPlayer Radio:

Heather Ferguson win Scientific Medal from the Zoological Society of London 

‌Dr Heather Ferguson of the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (BAHCM) has been awarded The Zoological Society of London's Scientific Medal.

Dr Heather FergusonHeather is an infectious disease ecologist who specialises in the transmission and control of mosquito-borne diseases. 

Professor Dan Haddon, Director of BAHCM Institute recommended her for the award and said: “Heather’s research is bold and creative and she undertakes it with enormous vigour and enthusiasm. She has a highly developed knack of identifying important and fascinating problems that she renders tractable through ingenious and often extremely challenging experiments.”

Heather will be presented with the award at a ceremony in June. 

'Micro-metal flower' image wins national prize

‌Researchers from the University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering have received a prize in a national science photography competition organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Micro-Metal FlowerDr Dhayalan Shakthivel’s electron microscope image, titled ‘Micro-Metal Flower’, which shows a silicon wire with gold at the tip, took third place in the Weird and Wonderful category at the Science Photography Competition.

Dr Shakthivel, a member of Dr Ravinder Dahiya’s Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) research group, said: “I’m very pleased to have one of my images picked as a prizewinner. The image is part of the research funded by EPSRC through Engineering Fellowship for Growth – Printable Tactile Skin (PRINTSKIN).

"The goal of this project to develop an ultra-thin electronic skin by printing an ensemble of silicon nanowires on ultra-flexible substrate. The skin is to be used for robotic and prosthetic applications. 

“The image shows a flower-like bloom of gold on a silicon wire, which was prepared in nanofabrication lab using gases or chemicals and gold at temperatures above 500°C.

"The wires grow a liquid metal at the tip throughout the process. At the end of the process, as the the experiment cools to room temperature, the liquid metal solidifies, creating a fascinating flowerlike morphology.” 

Scottish Student Forensic Research Symposium

We are proud to announce that the 3nd annual SSFR symposium is to be hosted by the University of Glasgow, on 1 April 2016. Once again, this event is a student led event, and this year has been organised by PhD students from both the University of Glasgow and the University of Dundee.

The event will focus on the pioneering forensic research being undertaken by the students of Scotland through a variety of career paths. We will be welcoming both oral and poster presentations within the next few weeks on any and all aspects of Forensic Science and related disciplines and would welcome researchers and students within the field of forensic research from across Scotland to attend.

This will be an all-day event, including a buffet lunch and a wine reception in the evening and promises to be an exciting programme not to be missed. Due to the limited places available it is recommended that registration is completed early to ensure you are guaranteed a place. Registration is now open and available through a Google Forms page set up for the SSFR Symposium.  Please note, there is a registration fee of £15 for this event.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from across Scotland, learn more about the varied work currently being undertaken and potentially forge bonds and collaborations which will continue throughout our professional careers.

The SSFRS Team


First published: 22 March 2016

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