The Creative Brain - Conversations between Art and Science9 October 2008Sixteen eminent scientists, artists, musicians and filmmakers come to Bristol this autumn to explore the parallel creative landscapes of science and art in an exciting series of talks hosted by Bristol University. The speakers include A.S. Byatt, Jonathan Miller, Robert Winston and Colin Blakemore.
Professor Gordon elected an FRSA8 October 2008Professor David Gordon, Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce.
Professor Welch to appear on BBC’s In Our Time7 October 2008Philip Welch, Professor of Mathematical Logic in the Department of Mathematics, is one of the participants in this week’s edition of In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio 4.
New vaccines may not reduce TB incidence6 October 2008New research shows that the removal of one strain of TB can allow a previously suppressed strain to succeed. Consequently, a vaccination program could result in the proliferation of strains more likely to be, or become, drug resistant, and could even result in an increased prevalence of the disease.
Insurance company funds climate change research6 October 2008In a novel move to encourage research into the risks and challenges that affect our rapidly changing world, the Axa insurance group has awarded funding for research into climate change to the University of Bristol.
Bristol students win SET Awards3 October 2008Two Bristol students are winners of the prestigious 2008 Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards.
An ‘electric’ future for Formula 1 gearboxes?3 October 2008Bristol University student, Niall Oswald, has won the e2v Award for the Best Electronic Engineering Student at the 2008 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Awards for his final-year research project, ‘A “More-Electric” Formula 1 Gearbox.’
School science lessons given 21st-century boost1 October 2008A new software resource is set to transform the way A-level science is taught in schools. The LabSkills Dynamic Lab Manual brings together expertise in virtual learning and practical science teaching in a format that has the potential to change radically the way scientific skills are developed.
Raised risk of prostate cancer in Black men1 October 2008Black men living in England are three times more likely to get prostate cancer than white men and tend to be diagnosed five years younger, researchers have found.
Alexander Technique and back pain: advice for staff30 September 2008The University is hosting a short series of free advice sessions introducing the Alexander Technique to mark International Alexander Awareness Week and Back Care Awareness Week, which both run from 6-12 October.
Brenda Fowler 1933-200829 September 2008Dr David Yates remembers Brenda Fowler, whose contributions to the Department of Biochemistry 'live on in a bright and committed office, a caring environment and memories of laughter'.
STERN rocket firing completed26 September 2008A team of engineers from Bristol University has completed the test programme of the STERN rocket motor.
Listening to student voices24 September 2008The University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas, on the results of the fourth annual National Student Survey and what they mean for Bristol.
A study in failure? The development of comprehensive education in Bristol24 September 2008The current state of Bristol’s secondary schools is notoriously poor, with exam results in the city’s maintained schools continuing to be amongst the worst in the UK. Katherine Rich, an M.A. student in the Department of Historical Studies, suggests a historical explanation for this current malaise.
Improving mental health from Bristol to Santiago24 September 2008Psychiatrists at the University of Bristol are taking an ambitious programme of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) into schools from Bristol to Santiago, Chile in a bid to improve the mental health of teenagers.
Wildfires reduced by human activity24 September 2008For the last 2,000 years the climate has been the major cause of wildfires, but during the late 19th and early 20th century, human activity has dramatically reduced burning in many parts of the world, according to new research published in Nature Geoscience this week.
Bristol University to welcome Fulbright scholars23 September 2008At a ceremony at the House of Commons on 22 September to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Fulbright Treaty, the Fulbright Commission announced the first wave of new awards that will increase by 30 per cent the number of scholarships it gives by 2010. The University of Bristol is among the institutions that are supporting the new awards and will be welcoming American postgraduates under the scheme.
Open day attracts 11,000 students23 September 2008Over 11,000 students and their families from all over the country are expected at the University of Bristol today [Tuesday 23 September] for its twice yearly open day.
National testing obstructs science teaching23 September 2008National testing at Key Stage 2 (7-11 years) interferes with teachers’ ability to teach science in English schools, but science must remain a core subject in primary schools, say two independent reports published today by the Wellcome Trust.
Rosemary Booth 1946–200822 September 2008Dr Deborah Johnson remembers the former Director of the Student Counselling Service as 'witty, utterly honest' and with 'remarkable gifts of intuition, perception and compassion'.
Bristol and Glastonbury in High Resolution19 September 2008Remarkable images of Bristol, Glastonbury, Venice and Yosemite National Park shot by Terry Flaxton, a cinematographer and Creative Research Fellow at Bristol University, will be exhibited in Bristol and Glastonbury this month.
Working together to map out the weather19 September 2008A new weather information resource to explore how environmental data could help towards the effects of climate change and how it could be used in other weather modelling disciplines is being developed in Bristol.
Exploring the enigma of Bristol Cathedral18 September 2008The unresolved questions, architectural and historical enigmas of Bristol Cathedral will be explored by experts in medieval art and architecture at Bristol University this week.
What’s in a dinosaur name?17 September 2008In a study published today in Biology Letters, Professor Michael Benton of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol looked at the original descriptions of all 1,047 species of dinosaurs ever named, from 1824 to the present day, and assessed the quality of the specimens on which the names were founded – the type specimens.