Lincoln research showcased on BBC’s Ingenious Animals♦
Research by Dr Anna Wilkinson from the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences features on a prime-time BBC television series which sheds light on fascinating findings from the animal world.
Ingenious Animals is a new BBC One series in which a team of wildlife experts travel the globe in search of the most surprising animal stories and reveal how and why animals do such remarkable things.
Dr Wilkinson’s work exploring the cognitive abilities of cold-blooded animals featured in the opening episode of the series, which is presented by award-winning broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Her research has resulted in world-first evidence that reptiles can learn through imitation
Lincoln researcher talks mental health on BBC Look North♦
The need to support the mental health of older people has been highlighted by leading academic Dr Karen Windle as part of a week-long BBC news series about the topic.
Dr Windle, a Reader in the University of Lincoln’s School of Health and Social Care, says combatting loneliness will play a large role in improving the wellbeing of older people. In the report, Dr Windle explains how isolation and depression amongst the over 65s can have a huge impact on the physical health of older people.
Calling for more action, Dr Windle explained in the report that if someone is suffering from loneliness and social isolation, they are far more likely to be depressed and anxious, and they are far more likely to use residential and nursing care services at an earlier stage.
The full interview can be viewed here
A lecture given by Dr Rhonda R Snook, a reader in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield (TUoS), was hosted by WiSE@Lincoln. The talk was attended by academics, researchers and professional and support staff involved in the University of Lincoln’s Athena SWAN/ECU Gender Charter activities.
Dr Snook is Chair of the Women@TUoS Network – a platform supporting the careers of women academics and researchers – and talked at length about the initiatives and actions the Network has engaged with for a Silver Athena SWAN Institutional award. She was keen to share some of their successes and good practices, as well as practical tips and recommendations on how to set up and maintain a vibrant, strategically relevant women’s network in academia.
Her Department’s recent submission for a Gold Athena SWAN Award also provided much food for thought for those at Lincoln planning their own future School actions.
The Back 2 Science Fellowships at the University of Lincoln have received national recognition by being awarded the Poster Exhibition Conference Directors Prize at the ARMA 25th Anniversay conference.
The ARMA is the UK’s professional association for research managers and administrators; facilitating excellence in research by identifying and establishing best practice in research management and administration. The poster, outlining the opportunities the Fellowship provides and the challenges it aims to address, can be viewed in full here: 5604 UoL Athena SWAN A0 poster PROOF3
The Back 2 Science Fellowships were launched as part of the University’s commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter, which supports women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Lincoln supporting girl power in the sciences♦
A new report details the University’s successes since signing up to the Athena SWAN charter, which encourages institutions to develop employment practices to advance the representation, plus further and support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
Researchers go Back to Science thanks to new Fellowships♦
Two researchers have been awarded science Fellowships from the University of Lincoln, worth up to £21,000. The University of Lincoln, UK, established the Back to Science Fellowships as part of its commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter, which supports women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Physicist Fiona Bissett and ecologist Dr Graziella Iossa have been selected to receive the first two awards and, as a result, they are now undertaking research projects alongside academic colleagues in Lincoln’s College of Science.
Great Minds: what maths can tell us about animal antics♦
An expert in animal welfare will illustrate how mathematics can help us better understand the complex and sometimes bizarre behaviour of animals in a free public guest lecture as part of the University of Lincoln’s Great Minds series.
Dr Lisa Collins, from the University’s School of Life Sciences, will demonstrate how fractal analysis – typically used to describe the complexity in swirling galaxies, the ruggedness of a stretch of coastline and the structural detail of a snowflake – can be used to understand the feelings of everything from chickens to Chihuahuas, and even what it can tell us about ourselves.
Lincoln researcher on BBC World News♦
Dr Lucy Easthope, an expert in mass fatality disasters, was interviewed on BBC World News about missing Malaysian plane MH370 and the impact its unknown whereabouts is having on friends and family of the passengers. Dr Easthope, from the School of Life Sciences, specialises in mass fatalities planning, Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), community recovery and the care of survivors, the bereaved and the deceased after a disaster.
University achieves Athena SWAN Bronze Award♦
Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said: “I am delighted that the University of Lincoln has been recognised for its commitment to combating the underrepresentation of women in these vital subjects, while providing the correct mechanisms to advance the careers of women in STEMM research and academia. We have begun an organisational and cultural transformation that makes a real difference for women and enables all staff to achieve their maximum potential.”
Get Back to Science with Fellowship scheme♦
Girls on scientific voyage of discovery♦
The Newton Academy – the Science Club for Girls, set up by the University of Lincoln, UK, has recruited its first cohort of 10-11 year olds who will be taken through a three-year scheme involving 12 Saturday morning science and technology-themed workshops. The first event introduced the group to computer science and robotics, followed by a Spud Science Day covering a range of STEM topics from potato batteries to electronic noses. A Chemistry Christmas Cracker, is planned for 6th December.
Lincoln scientist to deliver Charles Darwin Award Lecture♦
New academics join team of computer scientists♦
Lincoln graduate lands role with leading medical research institute♦
Dr Hettie Roebuck, who studied for both an undergraduate degree and a PhD at Lincoln’s School of Psychology, is researching Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) at the Medical Research Council’s Institute for Hearing Research (IHR).
Award-winning animal welfare specialist joins Life Sciences team♦
Dr Lisa Collins, new programme leader for Bioveterinary Science, is one of the world’s few animal welfare epidemiologists – applying the study of the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions to animals.
While at The Royal Veterinary College in London, she was principal investigator in a study examining inherited defects in pedigree dogs.
Disaster Response Expert Swells Ranks♦
She’s an Engineer! ♦
Rebecca says: “WES do some fantastic work supporting women in science and technology, and I’m pleased to be featured. I feel that real-life experiences could be useful for young women considering a career in engineering, and I hope my story shows some of the places engineering can take you.”
Identifying Afghanistan’s war dead ♦
National recognition for architecture graduates ♦
Women powering ahead in engineering ♦
Dr Jill Stewart, 36, has joined an ever increasing number of high achieving mid-career engineers to take up a Fellowship.
It is another sign that the gender gap is starting to close with a far greater number of highly talented female engineering and science graduates choosing to work in STEM professions.