This year Generic Skills Dundee ran its first Venture Programme to promote enterprise to research staff and students. Mhairi Towler, from the College of Life Sciences came a very close second in this recent competition with her Idea Development Plan: Scientific Animation in 3 Dimension for Communication - "Viva-mation".
CLS Impact and Outreach
HRH The Princess Royal visited the College of Life Sciences as part of her visit to the University of Dundee on Tuesday April 19th, when she officially opened the new Centre for Molecular Medicine at the Clinical Research Centre, part of the University’s School of Medicine.
On the 12th of March, Sara ten Have, Kelly Hodge and Dalila Bensaddek (Lamond Lab) all participated in Sensational Women in Science a public outreach programme at Dundee Science Centre in which scientists from the Centre got together to educate kids and adults about what proteins are, what they do and how we measure them.
As a direct result of the work undertaken by the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the College of Life Sciences, Dundee, an RAF sergeant has been jailed for six years for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.
Darren Holian, who was stationed at RAF Waddington at the time, filmed the incident and hid the movie-file on his computer. When the file was discovered four years later, Holian denied that he was the man on the film.
Professor Jason Swedlow, member of The Wellcome Trust Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression in the College of Life Sciences and his software development team, were named “Innovator of the Year 2011” for their work on the Open Microscopy Environment (OME) - a revolutionary venture into open source software.
School students and members of the public attended a two-day event on 21 and 22 May 2010: a hands-on science experience for school children and the general public held at local science centre Sensation at which microbiologists from the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee invited visitors to discover the wondrous world of Magnificent Microbes.
Although most microbes are invisible to the naked eye, our bodies contain millions of them, they help shape our environment, and we use them without knowing it everyday.
This new award is to recognise a member of CLS at any career-level or a team within CLS that has demonstrably achieved scientific, technical or commercial innovation that has come to fruition in 2010.
Nominations can be made by an individual or by a group by 31st December 2010.
The winner will be announced at the 2010 CLS Review of the Year in January 2011 and will receive a cheque for £500.
This summer, two Nuffield Bursary recipients were hosted by the Division of Plant Sciences (based on the SCRI campus) to carry out basic plant research in the labs of Prof. John Brown and Dr. Edgar Huitema.
This award acknowledges university departments that are most active in embedding a culture that recognises the importance of economic and social impact alongside excellent research.
Selected departments are being monitored over a period of two years from 1 December 2008 to 1 December 2010.
Two prizes will be awarded to:
Congratulations to Professor Ron Hay, the recipient of the 2012 Novartis Medal and Prize. This is the third consecutive year that the Novartis Prize has been awarded to a CLS scientist; Angus Lamond was the recipient of the prize for 2011 and Grahame Hardie in 2010. Previous winners of the Prize from the College of Life Sciences also include Sir Philip Cohen who gave the Novartis Medal Lecture in Warwick in 1992.