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Hello! How are you? Thank you for visiting our corner of the internet. Here you will find we talk all things university and science! So, feel free to take a look and keep up to date!

Are you thinking about going to university, do you currently study at Lincoln, or are you just a true science fan? Our blog is here to keep you in the know about everything exciting that happens in the College of Science. We’ll be posting about upcoming events, exciting research, students success stories, and much more.

Within the College of Science at the University of Lincoln, we have expertise in a range of subjects including chemistry, computer science, engineering, food manufacturing, agri-food, geography, life sciences, mathematics, medicine, pharmacy, and physics. 

Our academic staff undertake world-leading and internationally excellent research, often working at the forefront of new discoveries. This includes pioneering research to develop more effective radiotherapy treatment for thousands of cancer sufferers, to ground-breaking research into climate change and meteorology.

So, grab yourself a drink, get comfy and learn something new with us.

Read all our latest blogs? Why not check out our website and find out more about our programmes and research on our website www.lincoln.ac.uk/collegeofscience/

This is Emma writing from the College of Science, signing out. 

STEM Christmas Lectures 2022

STEM Christmas Lectures 2022

“I could use a little social interaction” – The Grinch

If you’re feeling a little bit like The Grinch, why not join us the week beginning Monday 12 December, for our annual STEM Christmas Lecture Series?  

This series aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and will showcase our expertise in key STEM subjects.

We will be offering both virtual and in-person lectures across the week streamed via our YouTube channel and on our beautiful Brayford Campus, giving everyone the opportunity to experience a taste of teaching at Lincoln.

So, if you have any interest in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science, then why not come along?

The full schedule of talks can be found below:

Schedule

Date Time Talk Speaker  Watch
Monday 12 December 1.00 to 1.45pm Santa’s Little Helper – Robots picking, packing and delivering Professor Marc Hanheide, Professor of Intelligent Robotics and Interactive Systems Watch Live
Tuesday 13 December 1.00pm to 1.45pm How to Grow a Moon Dr Phil Sutton, Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics Watch Live
Wednesday 14 December 1.00pm to 1.45pm A Pet’s View of Christmas Professor Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine Watch Live
Wednesday 14 December 6.00pm to 7.50pm Fish Tales: The History and Physics of the Goldfish Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky, Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics

Professor Anna Marie Roos, Professor of the History of Science and Medicine

Isaac Newton Building

Lecture Theatre INB0114

Thursday 15 December 1.00pm to 1.45pm Fantastic Festive Food National Centre for Food Manufacturing Team Watch Live
Friday 16 December 1.00pm to 1.45pm Santa the High Risk Traveller (Travel Health) Dr Ian Heslop, Acting Head of School of Pharmacy Watch Live

 

We look forward to seeing you all there! 

Biomedical Science Day 2022

Did you know today is Biomedical Science Day?

No, I hear you say. Well, let me tell you a bit about it. 

Biomedical Science Day is organised by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body for biomedical scientists, laboratory support staff and students. The day is held on the birthday of IBMS founder, Albert Norman (1881-1964), and aims to raise the profile of biomedical science and to show that it is at the heart of patients’ healthcare.

Here at the University of Lincoln, we understand the importance of Biomedical Science and inspiring our next generation of scientists, whether that be through research and/or teaching.

Today we are celebrating by showcasing some of our students and staff. Hear from them and discover why Biomedical Science may be the course for you.

For more information on our BSc (Hons) and MBio Biomedical Science Courses, please visit – https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/course/bmsbmsub/

Thank GAMES It’s Friday!

There’s nothing better than that Friday feeling, right? Well, that feeling gets even better on Friday 29 April, if your a lover of everything games computing!

Start your weekend on a high, as you join our academics from the School of Computer Science for their ‘Thank GAMES It’s Friday’ event.

This event aims to give you the opportunity to ask our academics about studying Games Computing at the University of Lincoln, whilst enjoying a game…or two.

There is no need to register, just simply tune into their YouTube channel here, at 5pm on Friday.

So get ready to hang up your ‘CAUTION GAMING IN PROGRESS’ sign and we look forward to welcoming you!

Congratulations to Liam Mason

Last week, Liam Mason, one of our PhD students from our School of Computer Science won the CHI best paper award. Well done Liam!

We spoke to Liam, to get an insight into his best paper titled “Including the Experiences of Physically Disabled Players in Mainstream Guidelines for Movement-Based Games”.

“In this chi paper titled “Including the Experiences of Physically Disabled Players in Mainstream Guidelines for Movement-Based Games”. We highlight how movement-based video games can be entertaining and have the potential to encourage players to be more physically active. However, current design guidelines for such games, are overwhelmingly geared toward non-disabled players, in this work we draw from interviews and an online survey with wheelchair users to contextualize and expand existing guidelines in this field.

This was my last paper submission to a conference as part of my PhD and I have had a very good run with papers being accepted throughout but no awards until this, so it is a really great way to finish my PhD.

This chapter of my work was the most challenging – some of these interviews were nearly 3 hours long! So getting an award for best paper really gives me the confidence for passing! But it’s important to note, I couldn’t do it without the expertise of my co-authors, we went through many many iterations, working all the way through lockdown so I really appreciate the effort they put in too!”

You can watch his favourite video on YouTube here, more information on the award can also be found on the CHI website.

 

British Science Week 2022

Before we wrap up British Science Week (BSW) for another year, I wanted to just jump on here and reflect on the past 10 days!

Of course, we celebrate everything science all year round here within the College, but BSW gives us the perfect excuse to offer an insight into the future of science and studying in higher education.

Throughout the 10 days, we showcased some of our current students and academics on our social media channels and hosted our own competition! Our competition offered you the chance to win a £50 Amazon gift card and all you had to do was become a ‘scientist’ for a day and create the biggest and brightest salt crystals.

We would like to thank everyone who entered, our judges had a very difficult decision! However, I am happy to announce our two winners were Bella, aged 11 and Erik, aged 12.

On Wednesday, 16 March, we also hosted our British Science Week showcase event. It was lovely to welcome visitors back on campus for an in person event! The event gave visitors the opportunity to get involved in a variety of interactive activities and attend talks from our academics.

If you would like to take a look at what we got up to, feel free to visit our Instagram @uolscience.

Until next year British Science Week…

 

School of Engineering’s Boston College Trip

Recently, our colleagues from the School of Engineering visited Boston College as part of the University of Lincoln’s vision outreach work to promote STEM on Engineering Industry Insight Day.

The learners from Boston College were those enrolled in the general engineering, and motor vehicle engineering courses, including apprentices in levels 2 and 3.

Dr Aliyu Aliyu,  Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Energy gave a presentation on our courses at the University of Lincoln, within the School of Engineering, what modules they should expect to take in each year, our research facilities, strong connection to industry and the local council, opportunities to work on industry-led independent and group projects, focus on hands-on activities, and indicative engineering salaries obtainable in the market.

They were afterwards given the opportunity to see and interact with some of the lab equipment we took there. On hand to answer their questions were the Technical Team, as well as three 2nd-4th year student volunteers who spoke to them about their university experiences and campus life.