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UCL News podcast – 14 March 2012

14 March 2012

UCL News has launched a new podcast to give you the opportunity to listen to the latest news and research from around UCL every fortnight. Split up into three parts, you can either listen to the podcast all in one go, or save features for later listening. 

On this podcast we have a selection of the most recent UCL headlines, Tracey Golding from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology talking about some of their most famous exhibits, and we also chat to Professor Mark Miodownik (UCL Mechanical Engineering) and Antonio Garcia (UCL Computer Science) about materials and the importance of making.

Part 1 - News

News stories include David Weston, UCL Media Relations Manager, talking about new research led by new Professor Charles Swanton of the UCL Cancer Institute, which has found that taking a sample from just one part of a tumour may not give a full picture of its ‘genetic landscape’.  

It’s also Brain Awareness Week this week, which is something that we like to celebrate as there are so many neuroscientists at UCL.  On Tuesday the Lunch Hour Lecture series included a lecture from Dr Mark Lythgoe who took his audience on a tour of the greatest brain in 20th Century – Albert Einstein’s. Also, on Friday the British Library and UCL Neuroscience are hosting ‘The Performing Brain: A moving story’, which aims to bring neuroscientists, musicians and dancers together to explore how we adapt and learn new abilities.  

Lastly, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) recently announced the award of £18 million to three projects in the faculty. The aim of the funding is to help these projects make a major impact in the fields of information and communications technology to meet increasing demand for more automation and more data.

Part 2 – Tarkhan dress & rat trap at the Petrie

At UCL we’ve got some pretty amazing museums, so over the next few months we’re going to feature some of the wonderful objects in the Grant Museum of Zoology, The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Art museum. So to kick everything off this week, George went down to chat to Tracey Golding, Visitor Services Officer at the Petrie, to find out more about ancient Egypt, Sudan, and some of the wonderful antiquities tucked away in the museum.

Part 3 - MakeSpace 

In keeping with this week’s engineering theme, Clare popped down to the department’s new MakeSpace group to make some chainmail and chat to director Professor Mark Miodownik. A new initiative at UCL, the MakeSpace was conceived by Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of Engineering Sciences Faculty, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of materials and making. 


Links: 

The UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
UCL MakeSpace
Professor Mark Miodownik
UCL Engineering awarded £18 million for future information and communication technologies (UCL Press release)
EPSRC
Professor Charles Swanton
Cancer genes differ in different parts of a tumour (UCL Press release)
Lunch Hour Lecture: The Search for Genius and Einstein’s Brain
The Performing Brain: A moving story