Bristol scientist to study new ways to tackle Alzheimer’s28 August 2013A project that will investigate new ways to protect brain cells from damage in Alzheimer’s will begin this month thanks to an Alzheimer’s Research UK grant. The one-year pilot project, led by Dr Nina Balthasar at the University of Bristol, could bring new treatments for Alzheimer’s a step closer.
Joan Skuse, 1929-201328 August 2013Joan Skuse, former Domestic Supervisor for Social Science and Priory Road, passed away in August.
New research explores public trust in A-Levels23 August 2013A new study that aims to explore public trust in A-Levels is seeking people to share their views. Results from the research, led by the University of Bristol, will be fed back to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation and English exam boards.
Student’s epic 5,200km cycle challenge clocks up over £5,200 for charity23 August 2013A University of Bristol student has completed the challenge of a lifetime by cycling 3,500 miles across North America and raising over £5,200 for charity. Self-confessed ‘bike nut’ Marcus Farnfield powered his way across 15 US states and three mountain ranges in 46 days as he journeyed from Vancouver in Canada to Washington DC on the east coast of the US.
Mentoring scheme attracts 70 companies23 August 2013Engineering and computer science undergraduates at the University of Bristol are being paired up with mentors at over 70 companies to give them a taste of working life within the industry. Over 600 new first year students will be offered an early step on the careers ladder thanks to the Industrial Mentoring Scheme, which was successfully launched last year.
'Waiting strategy' helps street camera operators to judge suspicious events22 August 2013Closed circuit television camera operators may adopt an ‘accuracy over speed’ approach when viewing potentially suspicious behaviour, new research has revealed. The study, led by Nottingham Trent University, involved monitoring the suspiciousness of CCTV operators while tracking their eye movements.
World-leading penguin experts come to Bristol22 August 2013Penguin lovers will be treated to a unique insight into the charismatic birds’ lives as world-leading experts come to Bristol for the 8th International Penguin Conference. It’s the first time the conference has been held in Europe, with 200 delegates from 30 countries sharing their latest research and knowledge between 2 and 6 September.
Study suggests chlamydia infection rates have changed over time but remains common among young women21 August 2013A study exploring the frequency of chlamydia antibodies among young women – a marker for current and past infection – found this increased between 1993 and 2002, and then declined from 2007 to 2010. The first ever English population-based study of chlamydia antibodies, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, Public Health England and Imperial College, is published today [21 Aug] in PLOS One.
One of UK's rarest bats spotted in Wiltshire woods21 August 2013During a night of bat trapping on Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Blackmoor Copse nature reserve, Phil Brown, an MSc student at the University of Bristol, identified a barbastelle bat. This is the first confirmed sighting of this elusive and rare species of bat on the reserve.
Epic ocean voyages of baby corals revealed21 August 2013For the first time, scientists have recreated the journeys of millimetre-sized baby coral through the world’s seas, suggesting some of these tiny adventurers may cross entire oceans. The study, by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Miami, will help predict how coral reef distributions may change in response to changing oceans.
Fossil fishes come to life in Ilminster21 August 2013A collection of important fossil specimens are coming back to their home town in Somerset for an outreach open day, thanks to a partnership between Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) and the University of Bristol.
From skateboards to a collaboration with eBay20 August 2013A software company that started life as a university start-up project has launched a real-time inventory and listings management platform available to esellers using one of the world’s biggest online marketplaces. Brightpearl, which began within SETsquared’s business incubator at the University of Bristol, is now providing its retail software to both ebay.co.uk and eBay.com.
Dogs could act as effective early-warning system for patients with diabetes20 August 2013Dogs that are trained to respond to their owners’ hypoglycaemia could offer a very effective way to alert diabetic patients of impending lowered blood sugars. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first academic study to assess whether trained dogs could be used as a reliable early-warning system to monitor glycaemia control.
ERC funds new study of animated film20 August 2013Dr Kristian Moen, Lecturer in Screen Studies, has been awarded a grant from the European Research Council for a study of the development of animated film.
Undergraduate admissions 201315 August 2013The University of Bristol received around 40,000 applications for the 4,631 undergraduate places available across the full range of subjects from this September.
Exploring portrait photography at the M-Shed14 August 2013Staff members Dr Barnaby Haran and Dr Dorothy Rowe from the Department of History of Art will be giving lunchtime talks on different aspects of portrait photography in the M-Shed's current blockbuster exhibition the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
Ancient mammal relatives cast light on recovery after mass extinction14 August 2013In the aftermath of the largest mass extinction in Earth history, anomodonts –ancient relatives of mammals – did not evolve any fundamentally new features, according to new research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. This suggests that the evolutionary bottleneck they passed through during the extinction constrained their evolution during the recovery.
Dan Hill, 1984-20139 August 2013Dan Hill, who worked in the School of Social and Community Medicine and before that in the Department of Social Medicine in a number of different roles on a wide variety of projects for nearly a decade, died suddenly on 28 May 2013, aged 29 years. Professor Jenny Donovan offers this tribute.
Three months alone in the ocean as Elsa aims for record-breaking row7 August 2013Rowing for up to 16 hours a day, encountering unknown creatures at night and spending three months in solitude are just some of the challenges Elsa Hammond will face as she endeavours to row 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean. The PhD student from the University of Bristol is the only solo woman from the UK registered to take part in the Great Pacific Race 2014, a new route for ocean rowers from California to Hawaii.
Students shine in the Edinburgh spotlight6 August 2013Performers from the University of Bristol are out in force at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this month, showcasing their talents at the largest arts festival in the world. Five groups are involved in a total of 11 shows as they join performers from all over the world for the famous festival which thrusts new acts into the spotlight every year.
Bristol researchers rewarded for excellence in psychopharmacology6 August 2013Bristol PhD students and academics from Professor Marcus Munafò’s and Dr Emma Robinson’s research groups were awarded six of 17 prizes for demonstrating excellence in clinical and non-clinical psychopharmacology and science communication at this year’s British Association for Psychopharmacology [BAP] summer meeting.
Dr Rebecca Pearson features on BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Pregnant Brain' today [Tue 6 Aug]6 August 2013Dr Rebecca Pearson, an epidemiologist from the University's School of Social and Community Medicine, will be talking about her research into the pregnant brain on a special BBC Radio 4 programme today [broadcast at 11 am] which explores the changes that take place in a woman's brain over the course of pregnancy including the effects of depression and stress.
New on-line forum on faith and public policy aims to prompt ‘spirited debate’5 August 2013Are Muslims effective participants in governance or are they victims of policies over which they have little say? This is just one of the debates, featuring contributions from academics, think-tanks, policy-makers and the voluntary and community sectors, taking place on an innovative new on-line faith and public policy forum hosted by the University of Bristol.