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UCL Physicist receives 2016 award from Institute of Physics

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UCL Physicist receives 2016 award from Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has announced the winners of their medals and prizes for 2016, in recognition of outstanding work by physicists in research, leadership, outreach and engagement.

Orbyts Graduation Ceremony

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Orbyts Graduation Ceremony

On the 11th July, there will be an official ORBYTS (Original Research By Young Twinkle Students) Closing Ceremony, where secondary school students will give presentations about their research in collaboration with UCL PhD students.

MAPS Faculty Teaching Awards 2016

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Chris Blackman

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.

Our ancestors evolved faster after dinosaur extinction

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late cretaceous dinosaurs

Our ancestors evolved three times faster in the 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs than in the previous 80 million years, according to UCL researchers.

Meet RobERt, the dreaming detective for exoplanet atmospheres

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Meet RobERt, the dreaming detective for exoplanet atmospheres

Machine-learning techniques that mimic human recognition and dreaming processes are being deployed in the search for habitable worlds beyond our solar system. A deep belief neural network, called RobERt (Robotic Exoplanet Recognition), has been developed by astronomers at UCL to sift through detections of light emanating from distant planetary systems and retrieve spectral information about the gases present in the exoplanet atmospheres. RobERt will be presented at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2016 in Nottingham by Dr Ingo Waldmann on Tuesday 28th June.

UCL postgrad presents at quantum technology business forum

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Ying Lia Li


UCL postgraduate student Ying Lia Li (Lia) was one of five young scientists selected from applicants worldwide to present their projects at the recent Nature/Entrepreneur First Innovation Forum in Quantum Technologies.

UCL Chemistry courses accredited by Royal Society of Chemistry

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Chemistry. Photo (c) Matt Clayton

The UCL 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.

Parent-led tool opens up NHS children's heart surgery data to families

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Parent-led tool opens up NHS children's heart surgery data to families

Researchers are calling for the end to an era of confusion and alarm about children's heart surgery statistics by launching an innovative communication tool that will help people make sense of published survival data about children’s heart surgery in the UK and Ireland.

Strong ‘electric wind’ strips planets of oceans and atmospheres

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Venus

Venus has an ‘electric wind’ strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping the planet of its oceans, according to a new study by NASA and UCL researchers.

UCL-led Twinkle exoplanet mission completes design milestone

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UCL-led Twinkle exoplanet mission completes design milestone

Twinkle, a mission led by UCL scientists that will unravel the story of planets in our galaxy, has completed a key design milestone.  The results of the “payload study” demonstrate that Twinkle’s instruments will be able to achieve the mission’s science objectives. 

UCL team involved in using supercomputers to develop personalised medicine

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UCL team involved in using supercomputers to develop personalised medicine

Professor Peter Coveney, UCL Chemistry has been involved in a project that aims to realise a long-held dream of designing medicine treatments so they are customised for individual patients. The team’s latest work involved using one of the biggest supercomputers on the planet to generate vast amounts of data on how drugs work.

UCL Physics and Astronomy to launch new PhysFilmMakers Programme

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Phys FilmMakers Screening

The Phys FilmMakers Programme is a new initiative to showcase the amazing discoveries and breakthroughs being made within UCL Physics and Astronomy.
While there are many visitors to the department, it is a struggle to show all of the research that takes place within it, due to health and safety risks or space limitations.

Prof McMorrow and Prof Battaglia awarded EPSRC Established Career Fellowships

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Prof Des McMorrow and Prof Giuseppe Battaglia

Professor Giuseppe Battaglia, UCL Chemistry and Professor Des McMorrow, Vice-Dean for Research within UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences and LCN researcher, have both been awarded prestigious EPSRC Established Career Fellowships.

Professor Catlow appointed as Interim Dean

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Prof Richard Catlow. Photo (c) Stephen Kill, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab

Professor Richard Catlow has been appointed as Interim Dean of the Faculty with effect from 1st July 2016. Professor Catlow, former Head of UCL Chemistry, served as Dean of the MAPS Faculty from 2008 until 2014.  He will therefore bring substantial and valuable knowledge and experience to this role while the search for a permanent successor is undertaken.

The UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences presents: An Evening with the Planets 2016

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pg 	The UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences: An Evening with the Planets 2016

Monday 20th June

6:00-8:30pm UCL Marquee

World-first film of the Universe

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LSST Exterior at night - Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation


The Science and Technology Facilities Council confirmed the UK's participation in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) this week, an international project that UCL astronomers have been involved in since 2013.  

MAPS Faculty PhesDival - 15th June

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MAPS Faculty PhesDival - 15th June

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 related to Maths and Physical Sciences.

UCL Chemistry PhD student granted award by Chinese government

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UCL Chemistry student awarded National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Studying Overseas

Lu Yao, was one of thrirty one students awarded the 2015 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Studying Overseas by the Chinese government.

Mike Ewing

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Mike Ewing

Sadly, Professor Mike Ewing passed away last Saturday.
Mike was a member of the UCL Chemistry Department from his arrival, in 1975 from Australia, as a Ramsay Fellow. 

UCL scientists recognised with Royal Society of Chemistry prizes

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Ivan and Angelos

Two UCL scientists, Professor Ivan Parkin (UCL Chemistry) and Professor Angelos Michaelides (UCL Physics & Astronomy), have been awarded two of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s top prizes in this year’s awards.

Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

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Mars

The surface of Mars – including the location of Beagle-2 – has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique.

MAPS Research Festival BIG DATA

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Big Data

We were delighted with how the Festival went on Wednesday 20th April. Many thanks to all of our fascinating speakers, and for everyone who was able to attend for helping to make it such a success. 

UCL scientists nominated as names for polar research ship

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NERC ship

Dr Katharine Giles and Professor Seymour Laxon, both of UCL Earth Sciences, have been proposed as names for a new polar research ship in a public competition run by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which closes on 16 April.

Nature Materials Publishes Profile on the Thomas Young Centre and Materials Modelling

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Ben Slater Angelo Highlight

Nature Materials have published an extensive profile on materials modelling and the Thomas Young Centre (TYC) following the recent Frontiers of Materials Modelling Symposium, held to mark the 10th anniversary of the TYC.

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’

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JAXA-jupiter

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s intense ‘Northern Lights’ by generating a new X-ray aurora that is eight times brighter than normal and hundreds of times more energetic than Earth’s aurora borealis, finds new UCL-led research using NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

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