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We are pleased to announce that this years Chemistry Newsletter is available now for download.  If you wish to receive a hard copy, please email n.phillips@ucl.ac.uk with your full postal address.  We hope you enjoy this years read.

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UCL Chemistry 1967 - 1970 Anniversary Reunion

On the 5th September 2017, the class of 1967-70 had a reunion thanks to Michael Yeomans in which 16 former students attended as well as Profs. Robin Clark and Alwyn Davies.  The evening was a great success.

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UCL Medicine-Chemistry collaboration breaks new ground for Diagnostic Imaging

A University College Hospital patient has been diagnosed with prostate cancer using a hyperpolarised MRI scan in August this year, as part of a UCL trial looking to develop more accurate and personalised treatment for cancer. The scan was the first time this experimental imaging method was used in Europe to scan a patient with prostate cancer and was able to help doctors confirm the location and state of the patient’s tumour. The trial, led by  Dr Shonit Punwani, is a novel programme hoping to revolutionise diagnosis, risk stratification and therapy for people with cancer, based on innovations in MRI technology.

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15th September - Invited talk - Prof. Huiming Cheng.

We are delighted to have Prof. Huiming Cheng to give us an invited talk on “Growth of High-Quality Graphene and Other 2D Materials By CVD” in our department. The talk will be delivered at 3pm on 15th Sept. in Chemistry Lecture Theatre, followed by a reception in the Nyholm Room. The abstract and a short bio are attached.

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2017 Chemistry Lab Dinner

This years Chemistry Lab Dinner is announced with key speakers, Professor Saiful Islam, Professor Sarah (Sally) Price FRS and Dr Gemma-Louise Davies.

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ERC Grant Awarded

We are pleased to announce that Dr David Scanlon has been awarded an ERC grant for €1.5 million.  The money will be used to fund the project called "DISCOVER" with full title "Design of Mixed Anion Inorganic Semiconductors for Energy Conversion" and will start officially in February 2018.  Congratulations David, well done!

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2nd prize

We are pleased to announce that Jamie Riley, a PhD student in Professor Helen Fielding's group, won 2nd prize at the 2017 Southern Universities Spectroscopy and Dynamics Groups meeting held at Bristol for his talk, "Exploring solvation effects on the electronic structure of phenol". 

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2017 Graduation

UCL Chemistry Staff come together to celebrate this years Graduation Ceremony (Friday 1st September 2017). 

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The Virtual Human

The CCS, as part of the CompBioMed Centre of Excellence, are proud to announce, “The Virtual Human” feature will be showing at the IMAX cinema as part of the Science Museum Lates event on 27th September from 19:30-20:30

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Computational Biomedicine – SuperMUC Allocation

A number of CompBioMed partners have been awarded a two-year project at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre with an allocation on SuperMUC of 28 million core hours over two years, effective immediately. The project is led by Prof Dr Dieter Kranzmüller, Director of LRZ and Professor of Computer Science at Ludwig Maximillians Universitet, Munich. Partners include Prof Peter Coveney of the Centre for Computational Science at UCL, together with Dr Herman van Vlijmen of Janssen. The last two are core partners within CompBioMed, while LRZ is an Associate Partner. Much of this award is concentrated on executing advanced workflows centred on molecular dynamics simulation of ligand-protein interactions, exploiting the development of important software services and tools by the UCL and LRZ teams. The central quantities of interest when assessing a potential drug are the thermodynamics (binding affinity or binding free energy) and kinetic (on- and off-rates) properties of its binding to the target protein. Historically, the pharmaceutical industry has avoided engagement with molecular dynamic and high performance computing due to the lack of accuracy and reproducibility, and long turnaround times. The purpose of current award is to develop high fidelity, computationally based, predictive mechanistic models of biomedical systems which can be applied in support of drug discovery and personalised medicine utilizing today’s top-level computational infrastructure. SuperMUC is a Tier-0 resource, meaning it is one of the international class of supercomputers, to designate that it supports projects which are internationally leading and command an equivalent scale of supercomputing.

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8 Questions with Professor Helen Fielding

This week, meet Professor Helen Fielding, a Physical Chemist who specializes in Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics.  Helen joined the department in 2003 shares her top three things to do in London and tells us why she chose a career in chemistry.

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8 Questions with Professor Andrea Sella

This week, meet Professor Andrea Sella who joined the department in 1990. Andrea explains his reason for never flying…

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The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences PW Allen

We are pleased to announce that Simona Gherghel (UCL Crime and Security Sciences/Chemistry) has been chosen by the Honorary Editor and Council of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences for the PW Allen award for best article published in Science & Justice in 2016. 

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Scientists cook up self-cleaning kitchens

A UCL team led by Dr Kristopher Page (UCL Chemistry) has created paints and plastics that react with anything landing on them, driving off stains, repelling water or producing micro-doses of toxic molecules to assassinate microbes.  Read: "The Times"

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8 Questions with Claire Carmalt

This week, meet Professor Claire Carmalt, an Inorganic and Materials Chemist who joined the department in 1997.  Claire shares her top three things to do in London and tells us why she chose a career in chemistry.

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RSC Award

Congratulations to Professor Helen Fielding who has received an Award for Service to the RSC for her outstanding and valuable service.

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Promotions

We are very proud to announce the following senior promotions of the department, effective from 1st October:

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8 Questions with Dewi Lewis

This week, meet Dr Dewi Lewis, a computational chemist who joined the department in 1998.  Dewi shares his top three things to do in London and discusses his greatest working achievement.

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UCL Synthetic Biology Showcase 2017 

UCL has a strong track record on Synthetic Biology research in the UK, with significant contributions to the field in multiple areas including:

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Research Open Day - 6th June 2017

As from this year. the Chemistry Department is introducing a brand new event in the undergraduate calendar. A Research Open Day will be held on Tuesday 6th June 2017.

Our research groups are opening their labs and inviting you to explore the fascinating research they are undertaking. You will meet current PhDs and PDRAs at our PhD talk and poster session as well attend lots of exciting research demonstrations which run throughout the day. 

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Tufnell Prize Winner Announced

The Tufnell Prize is given to the best student proceeding to a PhD in the Department of Chemistry.  This year the winner of this prize is Andre Shamsabadi.  

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SARPIC 2017

Next week (24th & 25th May) the department will be running SARPIC, this is where our MSci students will be showcasing their excellent research work throughout the year through a series of presentations.

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The Department of Chemistry is delighted to announce that Professor Sally Price has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for her outstanding contribution to science.

The Fellowship of the Royal Society is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. There are approximately 1,600 Fellows and Foreign Members and of these only ~5% are women. To be elected candidates must have made 'a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science'.

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Soapbox Science Event 2017

On Saturday 27th May, our very own Dr Katherine Holt will be taking part in the 'Soapbox Science' event on London's South Bank. This is an event where leading female scientists take to their soapbox to showcase their science to the general public. 

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Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme

Congratulations to Mariam Yusuf (1st year MSci Medicinal Chemistry student) who has been selected to be one of the first UCL cohort of Laidlaw Research & Leadership Scholars. 

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New Comprehensive overview on Modern Developments in Catalysis Published

HARWELL, OXFORD - The UK Catalysis Hub has collaborated to publish a book titled, “Modern developments in Catalysis”. The book is a series of chapters reviewing on the present state of catalysis research. Chapters focus on the breadth of the field of catalysis including biocatalysis, homogenous and heterogeneous catalysis, operando and in situ techniques, modelling and theoretical studies including life cycle analysis. The book sets out to explain to a reader interested in chemistry, the cutting-edge topics in the important field of catalysis.

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International Women's Day

To mark International Women’s Day 2017, led by the Institute for Women’s Health, we are delighted to share a programme of events.

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TFL Strike Action 

Tube station staff in the RMT and TSSA unions are planning to strike for 24 hours from 18:00 on Sunday 8 January. If the strike goes ahead services will be severely disrupted from Sunday evening until the end of service on Monday 9 January. This will mean that the majority of stations in Zone 1 will be closed.  Whether you are a student or staff member, below is everything you need to know about what to do:

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Salters' Festival at UCL 2017

We are delighted to be running Salters' Festivals again this year at UCL Chemistry. 

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Christmas Closure

UCL will be closed for Christmas and the New Year from 5.30pm on Friday 23 December 2016 to 7am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

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Dr Antoine Maruani from the Chudasama Group wins the top prize at the PSL Chemical Biology Symposium (Paris, France)

Dr Antoine Maruani from the Chudasama Group won 1st prize for his presentation at the PSL Chemical Biology Symposium (Paris, France).  It was judged by Editors from the Wiley publishing group and is one of the premier conferences in the field.  This award adds to the two prizes PhD students from the group won last week!   Many congratulations Antoine. 

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PhD students from the Chudasama Group scoop two 1st prizes at national-level poster competitions in two days

Congratulations to Max Lee (left) and Joao Noguiera (right) from the Chudasama Group (http://chudasama-group.eu/) for winning 1st prizes for their poster presentations at the RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium 2016 and the EPSRC i-sense conference, respectively, on consecutive days. There were representatives from leading research institutions across the UK at both conferences.

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CPS Christmas Quiz

Taking place on Thursday 8th December 2016 

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UCL Chemistry Condensed

We’re pleased to announce we have our first new UCL Chemistry Condensed video of the academic year. Prof Steve Price talks carbon fibre, big snakes, and Brexit.

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CPS Recruiting Now!

The Chemical and Physical Society, now in its 141st year, is looking for new recruits. 

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GSK Travel Award

Many congratulations goes to Maximillian Lee, PhD Student (Supervisor: Prof Stephen Caddick) who is the winner of this years GSK Travel Award.  

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Chemistry Lab Dinner - Menu announced

The menu for this years' Chemistry Lab Dinner is now available to view on-line.  We still have a limited number of places available.

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2016 Newsletter

The 2016 Chemistry Newsletter is now ready to view on-line.

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Poster Prize Winner

Mr Robbie Sinclair, PhD student of Professor Peter Coveney, won one of three poster prizes awarded at the prestigious UK CCP5 Summer School this July, which was based on his work to date on multiscale modelling of graphene-polymer composites. The poster title was entitled "Atomistic Simulation of Graphene Sheets".

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IET Premium Awards

Each year the IET awards a prize to the authors of the best paper published within the last two years in each of the IET’s journals. 

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New Head of Department appointed

The department is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof Claire Carmalt as the new Head of Department for Chemistry UCL. The appointment will be effective as of next academic year (2016-17).

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Deans List 2016

The Dean's List is awarded to the top 5% of graduating students every year, to recognise academic achievement substantially above the requirements of a first class degree.

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UCL Chemistry courses accredited by Royal Society of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry has received official notification that a selection of UCL Chemistry undergraduate and graduate courses have been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), including many courses that were not previously recognised.

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Open days

Are you interested in coming to study at UCL? There is a range of open days held through the year. During these events, you can meet staff and students, ask questions and see the facilities we have around campus.

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Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Engineering - Poster Prize

Luca Luzzolino was awarded a prize for his poster on “The development of Organic Crystal Structure Prediction (CSP) inspired by the CCDC Blind Tests” at the Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Engineering, Stowe Vermont on 30th June 2016.  

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MAPS Faculty Teaching Award

Each year the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Faculty recognises excellence in teaching by staff and teaching assistants at all levels within the faculty through the Faculty Teaching Awards.  We are pleased to announce that our very own Dr Chris Blackman won an award this year in the teaching staff category.Chris was instrumental in the re-structuring of the second year inorganic chemistry module after identifying several areas where it could be improved.

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Ramsay Medal Talks

The programme of talks will be:

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Start: Jul 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM
End: Jul 1, 2016 1:00:00 PM

PhD Prize Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of this years' best PhD presentations for Physical, Organic, Inorganic and Computational Chemistry:

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Ramsay Centenary Symposium

A symposium to highlight developments in chemical sciences, featuring work of past and current research fellows supported by the Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust and embracing topics ranging from drug design and protein structure to materials discovery and computational catalysis.

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Start: Jun 30, 2016 1:15:00 PM
End: Jun 30, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Synthetic Biology Showcase

The UCL and Birkbeck Synthetic Biology Showcase 2016 is taking place on the 15th July in the Darwin Lecture Theatre (Darwin Building) at UCL. There is also a large breakout room for refreshments and posters.

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Start: Jul 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Jul 15, 2016 6:00:00 PM

RSC Prizes & Awards Lecture

On Thursday the 9th of June, Professor van Duyne from Northwestern University, USA will be visit the department as part of his RSC Prizes and Awards Lecture Tour.

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Professor Catlow appointed as Interim Dean

Professor Nick Brook, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MAPS), will be leaving UCL at the end of June 2016 following his appointment as Dean of Science at the University of Bath.  The Faculty thanks Professor Brook for his contributions to both the Faculty and UCL during his tenure as Dean and we wish him every success for the future.

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PhesDival - A celebration of research, for researchers.

On Wednesday 15th June from 5:30pm, PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and staff from across the faculty will come together in the Main Quad Pavilion to celebrate all things MAPS. The inaugural MAPS Faculty PhesDival will be a showcase of PhD speakers from each department, a collection of posters, some interactive exhibition-style science, lots of live music, a competition, a quiz, entertaining science speakers, free drinks and more!

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Start: Jun 15, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Jun 15, 2016 11:30:00 PM

M3S CDT Annual Industry Day 2016

The M3S CDT Annual Industry day will take place on Wednesday 6th July 2016. 

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Start: Jul 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Jul 6, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Chinese students studying in UK honoured

Thirty-one Chinese students studying in the United Kingdom were given awards by the Chinese government to recognize their outstanding academic achievements, Yao Lu, a third-year PhD student with Professor Ivan Parkin from our department was one of the well-deserved winners.

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Pint of Science Festival

PintofScience is a non-profit organisation that aims to bring cutting-edge research into the pub, making it accessible to all.

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MAFuMa Seminar Series - 25th May 2016

Uncovering structure-property relationships: from studies of pure and supported metal clusters and colloids to their use in catalysis and sensing by Dr Vladimir Golovko, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.

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Start: May 25, 2016 2:00:00 PM
End: May 25, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Athena SWAN

We have just submitted our application for an Athena SWAN Silver Award, and we should find out if we were successful by September 2016.

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Royal Society of Chemistry prizes

Professor Ivan Parkin has been awarded the RSC Tilden Prize for advances in chemistry for his research focusing on making innovative thin films and coatings that have functional properties. The Tilden Prize was founded in 1939 and commemorates Sir William Augustus Tilden, a British chemist and pioneer in the teaching of science.

Professor Parkin’s group has developed self-cleaning and energy efficient window coatings in collaboration with NSG-Pilkington, and anti-microbial surfaces which decontaminate themselves for use in hospitals and offices. They have also successfully researched new gas sensing materials to detect pollutant gasses and help track toxic contamination in waste water.

Over 550 research publications and 11 patents detailing the synthesis of new materials and coatings have been published by his team and many of the projects involve colleagues across UCL and researchers from the global scientific community.

“I am delighted to be the recipient of the RSC Tilden Prize and although it has been awarded to me, it is an acknowledgement of the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of my research team,” said Professor Parkin. 

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NRF-Newton Fellowship

Dr Nadia Abdul-Karim has been awarded the NRF-Newton Fellowship for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom, many congratulations. 

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2016 Lab Dinner

This years Chemistry Lab Dinner will take place on Friday 25th November and we are delighted to announce it will take place back within UCL. 

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Six Nominations for Chemistry Women

The exhibition ‘Women at UCL: Presence and Absence’ was created to celebrate and recognise women at UCL who inspire those they work with. The Chemistry Department received the most nominees within the MAPS Faculty.  The full story can be found within our Athena SWAN section.

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Founders Award 2016

Many congratulations to Dr Alex O'Malley has been awarded the "Founders Award" of the British Zeolite Association (BZA) for his work on neutron scattering and computer modelling studies of hydrocarbons in zeolites.  

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Disorder-mediated crowd control in an active matter system

Many living systems, such as bacterial colonies, exhibit collective and dynamic behaviours that are sensitive to the change in environmental conditions. Here, the authors show that a colloidal active matter system switches between gathering and dispersal of individuals in response to a disordered potential.

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Provost Teaching Awards

UCL Chemistry has won 3 Provost Teaching Awards this year.

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Howorka Group create Synthetic ion channels

In work featured on the cover of Nature Nanotechnology, the Howorka group has created a synthetic ion channels. Natural ion channels are essential components of cells and regulate the transport of ions across biological membranes. The synthetic channel is made of folded DNA and hence much easier to design than natural protein channels. It may be applied to create drug-delivery vehicles or synthetic cells, as described in www.nature.com

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Wolf Prize in Chemistry

One of our alumni, Kyriacos.C. Nicolaou, who completed a PhD with Peter Garratt, has been awarded a half share of the 2016 Wolf Prize in Chemistry for "advancing the field of chemical synthesis to the extremes of molecular complexity, linking structure and function, and expanding our dominion over the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine.” 

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A window of opportunity

UCL researchers have developed a revolutionary new type of ‘smart’ window which could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills and boosting worker productivity. 

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UCL Chemistry Condensed series

In our newest episode, UCL Chemistry Condensed talk to Dr Hugo Bronstein, discussing his many attempts to break into music super-stardom, his worst haircut and his favourite Spanish swearword.

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Provost's Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Andrea Sella and Jorg Sassmannshausen on receiving the Provost's Excellence Awards for their contribution to Environmental Sustainability.

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"Guilt" Seminar (19/01/16)

Ms Jessica Chivers will be giving a seminar on Guilt; how to get a grip on guilt and make a smooth return to work. 

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PBS Nova: Life's Rocky Start

Peter Coveney is featuring in a US television show called "Life’s Rocky Start". The 50 minute programme is airing on Wednesday 13th January at 9pm EST across the USA on PBS NOVA. The program will be streaming on the PBS website after the broadcast, a vimeo link will be made available for international viewers, and also on the NOVA website you can find additional materials, video, and information on getting DVDs. Peter Coveney features in segments filmed in the department.

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Departmental Seminar (13/01/2016)

Droplet Interface Bilayers: From Parallel optical nanopore sequencing to label free imaging lipid nano domains
by Prof. Mark Wallace (University of Oxford)

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