2010 IoN News Archive
- Professor Alan Thompson elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
- Michael J. Fox Foundation awards IoN researcher grant to advance Parkinson's research.
- Traces of the past: computer algorithm ‘reads’ memories
- Professor Lees awarded first Lord Brain Memorial Lecture
- Award for Professor Chris Frith
- Professor John Duncan appointed as NIHR Senior Investigator
- Queen Square Symposium success
- IoN brings the scientific method to London primary schools
- Robot trainer to benefit stroke patients
- Researchers to study how the brain 'rewires itself'
- St Peter's Medal for Professor Clare Fowler
- Elections to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowships announced
- New website to help stroke survivors learn to read again
- Queen's Birthday Honours
- Brain study reveals that agreement is rewarding
- Wellcome Success
- Win for IoN at Shape of Science Symposium
- Research shows that two heads are better than one
- Lizard venom offers hope for Parkinson’s disease patients
- Epilepsy prizes
- Developing a cell library resource for dementia research
- Stents may double the risk of stroke in patients over 70
- Scientists identify link between introspection and brain structure
- IoN scientist lands £329k funding boost from dementia research charity.
- Study results consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain
- Parkinson's UK Fellowship Award
- Award for Professor Lees
- 2010-11 IoN PhD Studentship Round Now Open
- New brain imaging tests to track Huntington’s
- World-leading scientist secures funding for gene research
- Fighter pilots' brains are ‘more sensitive
- Alzheimer’s changes detectable in healthy elderly
- IoN Student wins Santander Formula One Scholarship
- New hope for cluster headache sufferers
- Prestigious European research grant awarded
- New centre brings hope to patients with muscle wasting diseases
- Prestigious stroke program grant awarded
- A role for astrocytes in learning and memory?
IoN brings the scientific method to London primary schools
20 April 2010
Dr Stephanie Schorge (Department of Molecular Neuroscience) describes how smells, colours and balls inspired London schoolchildren in a day of scientific discovery last month.
“Through a unique arrangement the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, a City of London Livery company, funds a fellowship at the UCL Insitute of Neurology.
I am the eleventh ‘Pewterers’ Fellow’, and although the salary of a research fellow is not luxurious, it is still the largest charitable donation made by the Worshipful Company, so I decided early in my tenure as the Pewterers’ Fellow to try to give the Company something back.
St Jude and St Paul’s CofE primary school in Dalston is another charitable effort of the Company (as with most Livery companies in London, the Pewterers are primarily a charity these days). Three years ago working with the Livery member Lyn Williams, I arranged a day of scientific inquiry for the nine- and ten year-olds in year five.
I had three goals: first, to have the children try out the scientific method; second, to give the children a chance to meet a ‘real scientist’ and to suggest that it is a viable future career; and finally, to make a token acknowledgment to the Worshipful Company of Pewterers for stepping in at what is often a bottleneck in research careers.
Last month I took part in the third year of ‘Livery Science Day: Is it right or wrong? An introduction to the hypothesis’. The day now involves 60 children from two schools, nine UCL graduate students from all walks of science and engineering, one Pewterers’ Fellow and a science demonstration expert from the USA (a.k.a. my father, an engineer and long-time teacher of after-school science clubs)... read more >> UCL News
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