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BBC Radio: Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme

Dr Alyson Tobin co-ordinator of the School of Biology module "Communicating and Teaching in Science" talks to Libby Purves on BBC Radio 4's "The Learning Curve" about the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme.

The Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme provides university departments with a framework for a classroom-based degree module, in which science graduates work alongside classroom teachers. As part of the UK initiative, a new module has been launched at the University of St. Andrews, and it is the largest model operating in Scotland. The scheme gives students experience of communicating with school pupils and providing useful assistance to schools by sharing their current knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for their science, technology or mathematical subject.

Use 'Listen Again' on the BBC's website to hear the interview (15/10/07)

Communicating and Teaching in Science

contact: Prof Alyson Tobin


 

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  • 10th Scottish Chromatin Group Meeting at University of Edinburgh
    speaker: Various ()

    building: Other
    room: Lecture Theatre G10, Ground Floor, Darwin Building
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    Scottish Chromatin Group Meeting
    Rm G10, Darwin Building, King's Buildings, Edinburgh
    26th November 2014


    The next Scottish Chromatin Group Meeting is on Wednesday 26th November. We will provide coffee and biscuits during the afternoon and there will be drinks afterwards. If you arrive early there is lunch available in the Swann building canteen (on 7th floor).

    Some people have mentioned that my emails are not being widely distributed (possibly due to email list restrictions), so please forward the email across you lab / department.

    10th Scottish Chromatin Group meeting
    Wed 26th November 2014
    Lecture Theatre G10, Ground Floor, Darwin Building, King’s Buildings, University of Edinburgh

    Programme
    1.30      Shaun Cowley (University of Leicester)
    Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) 1 and 2 are essential for pluripotency and cell division in mouse embryonic stem cells
    2.10      Steven Pollard (University of Edinburgh)
    Epigenetic programming and reprogramming of glioblastoma stem cells
    2.40      Nicola Wiechens (University of Dundee)
    Chromatin Remodelling at Boundary Elements
    3.10      Coffee
    3.50      Taranjit Singh Rai (University of the West of Scotland)
    Histone chaperone HIRA orchestrates a dynamic chromatin landscape in senescence and is required for suppression of neoplasia
    4.20      Jessica Downs (University of Sussex)
    Chromatin remodelling enzymes and the DNA damage response
    5.00      Drinks

    We are updating our mailing list; if there are new people in your group please let us know.
     
    Best wishes
    Adam West (The University of Glasgow)
    Nick Gilbert (The University of Edinburgh)
    Andrew Wood (The University of Edinburgh)
     
    Online: www.chromatingroup.org
    Twitter: @chromatingroup  #epigenetics
     
    Nick Gilbert, Professor of Chromatin Biology
    MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
    The University of Edinburgh
     
    Telephone +44 (0) 131 332 2471 x2414, Fax +44 (0) 131 467 8456, Nick.Gilbert@ed.ac.uk
    www.chromatinlab.org @chromatinlab


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  • Environmental Change Research Group: Bogs and woodlands at the uttermost part of the Earth
    speaker: Professor Keith Bennett (Queens University Belfast)

    building: Irvine Building
    room: Forbes Room (room 409)
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    host/contact: khr

    Keith Bennett has been Professor of Late-Quaternary Environmental Change
    at Queen’s University Belfast since 2007, following eight years as
    Professor of Quaternary Geology at Uppsala University. He has been
    working on the spread of trees on continental scales for many years,
    with fieldwork experience across the world. He is interested in all
    aspects of the interplay of evolutionary and ecological factors in
    controlling the distribution of organisms, using ancient DNA and pollen
    data. He received a Royal Society - Wolfson Research Merit Award in
    2007, and was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2011.


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  • SOI seminar: From local habitat to global climate change: the scale of influences on the ecology of coastal marine communities.
    speaker: Prof Michael Burrows (SAMS - The Scottish Association for Marine Science)

    building: SOI
    room: Gatty Lecture theatre
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    host/contact: Prof Ian Johnston

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  • I-POWER Lecture Series: Evolution: the Quaternary tale
    speaker: Professor Keith Bennett (Queens University Belfast)

    building: Other
    room: United College, School 1
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    host/contact: khr

    This lecture series and will be followed by a reception in room 310 of the Irvine Building.

    Timing: 3-4.30pm, Thursday 27th November 2014
    Place: School 1 lecture theatre

    Darwin’s On the Origin of Species has led to a theory of evolution with
    a mass of empirical detail on population genetics below species level,
    together with heated debate on the details of macroevolutionary patterns
    above species level. Most of the main principles are clear and generally
    accepted, notably that life originated once and has evolved over time by
    descent with modification.
    However, the last two million years (Quaternary period) have been a
    period of especially high amplitude environmental change across the
    Earth, culminating in continental-scale glaciation in the northern
    hemisphere. The periodicity of this change is much higher frequency
    (20-40[-100] thousand years) than the intervals between lineage splits
    for most multicellular taxa (often millions of years or longer), and
    much higher amplitude than earlier in Earth history. Yet environmental
    change of the Quaternary is typical used to 'explain' speciation events
    and higher order lineage splits.
    The fossil and molecular phylogenetic records of the response of life on
    Earth to Quaternary climatic changes indicate that the evolution of
    diversity can best understood in terms of nonlinear dynamics of the
    relationship between genotype and phenotype, and between climate and
    environments. The Earth’s biodiversity is in a state of continuous
    increase and shows, continuously, discrepancies between genetic and
    morphological data in time and space. The high amplitude and high
    frequency changes of the Quaternary have surprisingly little impact on
    this pattern.

    Biography: Keith Bennett has been Professor of Late-Quaternary Environmental Change
    at Queen’s University Belfast since 2007, following eight years as
    Professor of Quaternary Geology at Uppsala University. He has been
    working on the spread of trees on continental scales for many years,
    with fieldwork experience across the world. He is interested in all
    aspects of the interplay of evolutionary and ecological factors in
    controlling the distribution of organisms, using ancient DNA and pollen
    data. He received a Royal Society - Wolfson Research Merit Award in
    2007, and was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2011.
     


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  • PhD Research Student Lunchtime Chat: How Grants and Fellowships are Reviewed
    speaker: Prof Mike Ritchie (University of St Andrews, Centre for Biological Diversity)

    building: Harold Mitchell
    room: Dyers Brae seminar room 2
    see also: additional details
    host/contact: Mrs Joyce Haynes

    All postgraduate students in the School of Biology are invited to attend.
    Although attendance is not compulsory, a register of attendance will be taken to monitor the uptake of sessions and supervisors are encouraged to allow their students to attend.


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  • BSRC Seminar Series: High-throughput decoding of drug-resistance and virulence mechanisms in African trypanosomes
    speaker: Prof. David Horn (College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee)

    building: BMS
    room: Lecture Theatre
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    host/contact: Prof Terry Smith

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  • Linux for Genomics Course at the University of Edinburgh
    speaker: (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Genomics)

    building: Other
    room:
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    host/contact: Dr Daniel Barker

    LINUX FOR GENOMICS COURSE
    Wednesday 21 January 2015, 09:00 - 17:00, University of Edinburgh

    This 1-day workshop is specifically aimed at people without any command-line experience.

    The following topics will be covered: - Introduction to Linux - Getting out of trouble - File system - File manipulation - Accessing files - Pipes and redirects - Filtering / manipulating file content - Shell scripts - Process management - BEDTools - bioawk - seqtk - SAMtools - tabix

    More information about this workshop, including how to register, can be found at here.

    Daniel Barker


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