News in 2010

  • Hunting the genes that cause platelet bleeding disorders 5 January 2010 A £1.4 million grant awarded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to a collaborative group which includes researchers at Bristol, seeks to identify the faulty genes that underlie bleeding in families with abnormal blood platelet function.
  • Size zero is bad news for bones 5 January 2010 New research from the Children of the 90s project suggests that teenage girls who are too thin may be putting their bones at risk.
  • 30,000-year-old teeth shed new light on human evolution 7 January 2010 The teeth of a 30,000-year-old child are shedding new light on the evolution of modern humans, thanks to research from the University of Bristol published this week in PNAS.
  • Spring at the Wickham Theatre 7 January 2010 The Spring 2010 season of touring theatre, screenings and other events at the Wickham Theatre includes performances of two of Caryl Churchill’s early plays, a showcase of students’ films inspired by Lars Von Trier and a public lecture on Ted Hughes and Shakespeare.
  • Half of British households have 91 per cent of wealth 7 January 2010 The wealthiest half of British households have 91 per cent of total wealth, with the least wealthy half accounting for only 9 per cent of wealth, according to the latest Wealth in Great Britain report, which contains chapters by researchers from the University’s Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC).
  • Use of body ornamentation shows Neanderthal mind capable of advanced thought 11 January 2010 The widespread view of Neanderthals as cognitively inferior to early modern humans is challenged by new research from the University of Bristol published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) USA.
  • To Be Confirmed at The Bristol Gallery 13 January 2010 Works by a diverse array of contemporary artists from all over Europe will be brought together in a new exhibition entitled To Be Confirmed at The Bristol Gallery from Saturday 16 January to Thursday 25 February 2010.
  • Panto star visits University 11 January 2010 Panto star Joe Swash swapped his Prince Charming costume for a University lab coat when he met a little girl from Bristol who almost died from meningitis a year ago. Ashlee Downes, from Almondsbury, was just three months old when she was struck down by the most deadly form of the disease last year.
  • Royal Astronomical Society honours young astronomer 11 January 2010 Dr Elizabeth Stanway of the University of Bristol has been awarded The Winton Capital prize in astronomy for her work on distant star-forming galaxies.
  • Study casts doubt on caffeine link to tinnitus 12 January 2010 New research has found giving up caffeine does not relieve tinnitus and acute caffeine withdrawal might add to the problem.
  • New year, new websites 13 January 2010 The University has launched two new websites to keep staff up to date with the latest developments in the change agenda and the Support Process Review.
  • New eating device retrains dietary habits and helps children lose weight 6 January 2010 A new computerised device that tracks portion size and how fast people eat is more successful in helping obese children and adolescents lose weight than standard treatments, according to research led by Bristol University.
  • New European collaboration to enhance neuroscience research 14 January 2010 The University of Bristol is part of a consortium of leading neuroscience institutes and industrial partners to win EU funding of more than five million euros for a pan-European PhD training network.
  • Swimming lessons for adults and children 15 January 2010 Swimming lessons for both adults and children (aged five and over) wanting either to learn how to swim, gain confidence or improve their stroke begins from Monday 18 January at the University of Bristol swimming pool in Clifton.
  • Saxon queen discovered in Germany 20 January 2010 Remains of one of the oldest members of the English royal family have been unearthed at Magdeburg Cathedral in Germany. The preliminary findings will be announced at a conference at the University of Bristol today.
  • Haiti earthquake recorded in Bristol 15 January 2010 Signals from the disastrous Haiti earthquake were picked up at the University of Bristol by geophysical instrumentation normally used to monitor volcanoes.
  • Tying light in knots 17 January 2010 The remarkable feat of tying light in knots has been achieved by a team of physicists working at the universities of Bristol, Glasgow and Southampton, reports a paper in Nature Physics this week.
  • New partnership will promote healthcare innovation in the South West 19 January 2010 Health innovation in the South West will become more effective, thanks to a new government-funded partnership comprising universities, NHS organisations and industry. The alliance will help promote new developments in health including maternity and newborn care.
  • University Teaching Awards announced at Learning and Teaching Exhibition 19 January 2010 At the University's Learning and Teaching Exhibition 2009/10 on Thursday 7 January, the Teaching Awards were announced and presented by Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Avril Waterman-Pearson.
  • New website measures diversity in England’s schools 20 January 2010 Measuring Diversity, a new website launched today by the University’s Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO), sheds new light on ethnic segregation in England’s schools.
  • New research to look at ways to improve the housing needs of vulnerable women in Bristol 20 January 2010 A nine-month research project at the University’s School for Policy Studies will look at how best to improve the way in which the housing support needs of vulnerable women in Bristol are met as part of the Supporting People (SP) programme. The programme supports approximately 9,000 people at a local level in Bristol.
  • Gap between rich and poor wider than 40 years ago 27 January 2010 The independent National Equality Panel, of which the University's Professor Tariq Modood is a member, today publishes a report entitled An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK that calls for policy interventions at each life-cycle stage to counter economic inequalities.
  • Professor Okasha wins Lakatos Award for Philosophy of Science book 21 January 2010 Samir Okasha, Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy, has won the 2009 Lakatos Award for his book, 'Evolution and the Levels of Selection'.
  • Last Neanderthals died out 37,000 years ago 27 January 2010 The last Neanderthals in Europe died out at least 37,000 years ago – and both climate change and interaction with modern humans could be involved in their demise, according to new research from the University of Bristol published today in PLoS ONE.
  • Bristol ChemLabS supports South African science education 22 January 2010 Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow Tim Harrison has been training science demonstrators from across South Africa to deliver lecture demonstrations and practical workshops from the ever-popular ChemLabS outreach series in their own centres and in township schools.
  • Young bioethicist bags Aussie award 26 January 2010 Bristol University academic, Dr Ainsley Newson, was named Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK at a gala Australia Day dinner held at Australia House on 23 January 2010.
  • Call to stop the trauma of transition 27 January 2010 Two complementary studies launched today [27 January] call for more action to bridge the damaging primary-secondary divide.
  • UK Electronics Skills Foundation established to address threat of diminishing skills 27 January 2010 The University of Bristol is part of the newly created UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), which aims to increase and sustain the supply of industry-ready graduate engineers and boost career take-up in the sector.
  • The colour of dinosaur feathers identified 27 January 2010 The colour of some feathers on dinosaurs and early birds has been identified for the first time, reports a paper published in Nature this week.
  • Pay settlement: a message from the Vice-Chancellor 28 January 2010 The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas, has issued details of the outcome of the national pay negotiations for university staff for 2009-10.
  • Social Sciences and Law celebrate £4.3m ESRC grant 28 January 2010 Professor Dave Gordon from the University's Centre for Poverty and Social Justice has been awarded a record £4.3m grant by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for his research project, 'Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom – the 2010 Survey'. It is the largest grant ever awarded for poverty research in the UK.
  • Volunteers needed to audit University’s green actions 28 January 2010 Sustainability is seeking staff volunteers to carry out audits in departments participating in the University’s environmental accreditation scheme, Green Impact. Potential volunteers should express their interest by Wednesday 3 February, and training will take place on 8 or 12 February.
  • Early humans caused extinction of Australia's giant animals 28 January 2010 The mass extinction of Australia’s giant animals, such as huge kangaroos and rhinoceros-sized wombats, might have been more rapid than previously thought, according to new research from the University of Bristol. This suggests humans could have been responsible for wiping out the country’s megafauna between 50,000 and 40,000 years ago.
  • New award scheme targets graduate employability 29 January 2010 A new scheme, which aims to target the increasing competition for graduate jobs by improving graduate employability, is being launched at the University of Bristol. The Bristol PLuS [Professional and Life Skills] Award scheme will recognise and reward students who participate in activities outside of their academic study.
  • Festival of Contemporary Science 29 January 2010 Nanotechnology, climate change and drug design are just some of the cutting-edge science topics being discussed at the Festival of Contemporary Science for secondary school teachers tomorrow [30 January] at the University of Bristol.
  • Professor Madeddu joins stem cell therapy advisory board 29 January 2010 Paolo Madeddu, Professor of Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine at the Bristol Heart Institute, is one of four opinion-leading clinicians to be appointed to the clinical advisory board of leading stem cell company ReNeuron.
  • Try your hand at science journalism 29 January 2010 The British Science Association is inviting applications for its 2010 Media Fellowship scheme, which provides scientists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of how science is reported.
  • Celebrating positive practice: a better deal for parents with learning disabilities 1 February 2010 The University of Bristol’s Norah Fry Research Centre celebrated the success of a groundbreaking initiative that supports parents with learning difficulties at a recent party hosted by the Baring Foundation in London.
  • Major grant for wearable computing to aid research 1 February 2010 A multidisciplinary project that aims to revolutionise the design of technologies for supporting research has been awarded a grant of £1.7m by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the RCUK Digital Economy programme.
  • New Director of Research for Bristol hospitals 2 February 2010 Professor David Wynick has been appointed as the new Director of Research for North Bristol NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
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