News in 2010

  • Uncaged Monkeys at the Colston Hall 12 May 2011 Professor Bruce Hood of Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology will be joining some of the finest names in science broadcasting on stage at the Colston Hall tonight for the latest sold out date in the nationwide science tour, Uncaged Monkeys.
  • University of Bristol Innocence Project response to Simon Hall judgment by the Court of Appeal 21 January 2011 Following a three-day appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice between 7-9th December 2010, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) handed down its judgment last week dismissing the appeal of Simon Hall and upholding his conviction for the murder of 79-year-old Joan Albert.
  • Eat your greens to improve your looks 10 January 2011 Getting your five a day will do more for your looks than a sun tan according to scientists who have found that our appearances really do prove that you are what you eat.
  • A familiar racket helps fish find a suitable home 10 January 2011 Noisy neighbours can be desirable – at least if you’re a young reef fish trying to choose a home. New research from the Universities of Auckland and Bristol found that juvenile fish listen to the sounds made by local residents – such as other fish, shrimps and lobsters – before heading for the reef that suits them best.
  • Queen's New Year Honours 5 January 2011 Fiona Steele, FBA, Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Bristol, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours for her services to social science.
  • The flora of central Cuba 22 December 2010 Nick Wray, Curator at the University’s Botanic Garden will talk from a botanical perspective about his travels in Cuba at a talk on Thursday 20 January 2011.
  • When should procrastinators do their Christmas shopping? 22 December 2010 Researchers at the University of Bristol, State University of New York and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki have devised a ‘scheduling algorithm’ for procrastinators that will help order the jobs they need to do, while making sure that no job is unreasonably late.
  • Staying healthy this Christmas 22 December 2010 ‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. However, keeping healthy at Christmas can be a challenge. University of Bristol expert, Dr Knut Schroeder, author of Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms For Dummies®, offers his tips for staying healthy and happy throughout the festivities.
  • New fossil site in China shows long recovery of life from the largest extinction in Earth’s history 22 December 2010 A major new fossil site in south-west China has filled in a sizeable gap in our understanding of how life on this planet recovered from the greatest mass extinction of all time, according to a paper co-authored by Professor Mike Benton, in the School of Earth Sciences, and published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The work is led by scientists from the Chengdu Geological Center in China.
  • Children with autism lack visual skills required for independence 20 December 2010 The ability to find shoes in the bedroom, apples in a supermarket, or a favourite animal at the zoo is impaired among children with autism – skills that are essential for achieving independence in adulthood – according to new research.
  • Professor Roberts honoured 20 December 2010 Emeritus Professor Peter Roberts in the School of Physiology and Pharmacology has been elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the British Pharmacological Society.
  • Using composites for traffic bridges could save time and money 20 December 2010 New research, led by Dr Wendel Sebastian in the Department of Civil Engineering, suggests the use of advanced composite decks for traffic bridges could be the answer to building bridges in half the time, thereby dramatically reducing costs and traffic flow disruption.
  • David May wins lifetime achievement award 20 December 2010 A lifetime achievement award was presented to David May FRS FREng, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bristol at the 2010 Elektra Electronics Industry Awards in London on 9 December.
  • And your starter for ten... 20 December 2010 Tune in to University Challenge on BBC2 tonight [Monday 20 December] at 8pm to see the Bristol team go head to head with Newnham College, Cambridge for a place in the quarter finals.
  • World’s leading archaeologists gather in Bristol this weekend 17 December 2010 Over 800 of the world’s leading archaeologists will be in the city this weekend to attend a research and theoretical archaeology event at the University of Bristol [17 to19 December].
  • Avoiding hospital admissions: what does the research evidence say? 17 December 2010 New research into hospital admissions, which considers some of the research evidence for a range of interventions to avoid emergency or unplanned hospital admissions, has been published by The King's Fund.
  • Bristol leads the way in Europe for HR excellence in research 17 December 2010 The University of Bristol has gained a coveted European Commission award in recognition of its commitment to ensuring good working conditions and career development for its researchers.
  • Brighter pupils raise the bar for classmates 16 December 2010 Primary-school pupils in England typically do better in key stage 2 English and maths tests when they are taught with more able children. But children who are close to the average of their classmates (at key stage 1) benefit far more from having smarter children in the class than do less able pupils. These are the central findings of new research by Steven Proud from the University's Centre for Market and Public Organisation.
  • Homeless women need shelter from the cold 16 December 2010 Bristol needs a dedicated night shelter for homeless women, according to a new report by researchers from the University's School for Policy Studies that reviewed the Women's Night Service, a six-month pilot project that provided emergency accommodation to vulnerable homeless women.
  • Eating at screen can lead to later ‘snack attacks’ 16 December 2010 Eating while playing a computer game or simply working through lunch could increase your food intake later in the day, according to new research from the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit in the School of Experimental Psychology.
  • Aerospace engineer wins prestigious technology and innovation award 16 December 2010 An aerospace engineer from the University of Bristol has won a national award for his part in developing new technology which could benefit the emergency services. The auto-landing system technology enables an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to identify a suitable landing area and land without any support from ground-based systems.
  • Zebrafish provide new hope for cancer treatment 14 December 2010 The imaging of tumour growth in zebrafish has revealed for the first time how cancer cells have the capacity to co-opt the immune system into spreading disease, leading the way for investigations into potential therapies for eliminating early-stage cancer in humans.
  • Bristol healthcare business shortlisted for European award 14 December 2010 A networking technology company for the healthcare sector that dramatically improves communications among healthcare organisations and their staff has been selected as an ICT finalist for an award recognising the entrepreneurial achievements of university researchers.
  • Dr Brian Greally, 1972-2010 14 December 2010 Dr Brian Greally, a visiting researcher in the School of Chemistry, died on 8 December. Dr Simon O’Doherty and Professor Tim Gallagher offer a tribute.
  • Message from Students’ Union Officer Team 13 December 2010 In the wake of recent developments in the higher education debate, the Students’ Union has invited the University to participate in a 'question time'-style, themed forum.
  • Why the conviction of Simon Hall cannot stand 13 December 2010 With serious questions over the reliability of the fibres evidence, the University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) calls for the conviction of Simon Hall to be quashed.
  • An update from the Vice-Chancellor 10 December 2010 The Vice-Chancellor summarises the immediate outcome of yesterday’s Commons vote on student fees as well as developments in higher education funding over the past year, and outlines the University's likely future position.
  • New research reveals details of microbe's extraordinary maintenance and repair system 10 December 2010 Scientists have discovered how a network of repair proteins enables bacteria to prioritise the repair of the most heavily used regions of the DNA molecules that carry the instructions necessary for living cells to function.
  • Scientists map what factors influence the news agenda across the EU 8 December 2010 Computer scientists have analysed over a million news articles in 22 languages to pinpoint what factors, such as the Eurovision song contest, influence and shape the news agenda in 27 EU countries. This is the first large-scale content-analysis of cross-linguistic text using artificial intelligence techniques.
  • Gradients in the Earth's outermost core 8 December 2010 Evidence that the outermost portion of the Earth’s core is stratified is provided by earthquake data reported by scientists at the University of Bristol this week in Nature
  • Scientists discover brain’s inherent ability to focus learning 8 December 2010 Medical researchers have found a missing link that explains the interaction between brain state and the neural triggers responsible for learning, potentially opening up new ways of boosting cognitive function in the face of diseases such as Alzheimer’s as well as enhancing memory in healthy people.
  • Literary digression celebrated in new book 8 December 2010 Digressions in European Literature: From Cervantes to Sebald, edited by Dr Caragh Wells from the University’s Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (together with Dr Alexis Grohmann from the University of Edinburgh), has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Pioneering video telephone system nominated for award 8 December 2010 The University's Centre for Deaf Studies is one of the partners of the project, REACH112, which has been nominated for the Inttranet™ Linguists of the Year Awards for 2010. The project aims is to make ‘telephones’ accessible for all people.
  • Dr West wins for best paper 8 December 2010 Dr Brad West, Lecturer in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, is the winner of the Journal of Sociology Best Paper prize 2009-2010.
  • Bristol Gallery Christmas Exhibition 8 December 2010 The latest exhibition at The Bristol Gallery, showcasing works from the 21st century’s great modern masters, has been put together with the aid of a University intern programme, providing students with a practical insight into the art world.
  • Research into honour-based violence makes international impact 8 December 2010 Research into ‘honour-based’ violence (HBV) and killings in Iraqi Kurdistan and the UK by Professor Gill Hague and Dr Nazand Begikhani from the University’s School for Policy Studies http://www.bris.ac.uk/sps/, together with colleagues from the University of Roehampton, has earned plaudits from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UN.
  • Protest activities in and around campus 8 December 2010 A message to staff from Derek Pretty, University Registrar. An update with regard to protest activities in and around campus.
  • Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton inspires engineering student 7 December 2010 A talented engineering student from the University of Bristol had the opportunity to meet one of the UK’s most inspirational sports figures. Hannah Gee, a first-year undergraduate studying mechanical engineering, was treated to a rare opportunity to meet Lewis Hamilton, the British Formula 1 racing driver, currently racing for the McLaren team.
  • Pictures from an eruption 7 December 2010 Scientists from Bristol were among a group visiting the Afar Rift in Ethiopia in November when a volcano in the region began erupting – the first time that scientists have witnessed such an occurrence there.
  • Bristol scientists shed light on blood flow problems in dementia 6 December 2010 Researchers at the University of Bristol's Dementia Research Group in the School of Clinical Sciences have uncovered some of the processes responsible for the blood flow problems connected with Alzheimer’s disease.
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