Lucy Easthope a keynote speaker at a Philadelphia symposium

Dr Lucy Easthope from the School of Life Sciences will lead a conference in Philadelphia, USA this week on mass graves and archives.

Lucy-EasthopeThis symposium, which features innovative scholars and practitioners from archives, digital humanities, forensic science, anthropology, and crisis management, centres on these cross-cutting questions about ethics, agency, cultural risk, and the recovery and preservation of evidence.

The day will look at answering: “How can archivists and digital humanists attend to the virtual and physical possessions of native peoples who have traditionally had their things archived without their consent?”

The symposium seeks to create new and ongoing collaborative relationships across fields oriented towards innovative evidentiary practices, and to establish an agenda for further work in both scholarship and professional ethics.”

The growth of digital archives and humanities has raised questions on the preservation, ownership and privacy of this information and Lucy will cover this in her keynote speech and through other speakers at the workshop in Pennsylvania.

To find out more about this symposium, follow this link:

https://www.haverford.edu/open-gravesopen-archives-ethics-and-evidence

Postgraduate symposium is huge success

The School of Life Sciences held its second annual Postgraduate Symposium at the Riseholme Conference Centre on Friday, 11th July.

Around 24 postgraduate students from across the School presented their work in the form of an oral or poster presentation.

Kelly Whittingham won ‘Best Oral Presentation’ for her talk discussing novel techniques to combat the removal of markers from fuel such as red diesel.

‘Best Poster Presentation’ was awarded to Ben Chivers for his poster detailing his work on insect ears. For more on Ben’s research go to http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/news/2013/07/739.asp

Organiser Dr Alan Goddard said: “The standard of presentations was extremely high making it very difficult to pick the winners of the prizes. The day was a great success and we hope to expand next year to include students from the School of Chemistry.”

Medical Society holds research symposium

Life Sciences students presented a number of research projects at a recent symposium held by the University of Lincoln’s Medical Society.

Presentations included a review of a specific therapy used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, medical work placement opportunities and delivery of biotherapeutics.

Particular highlights of the presentations included Biomedical Science student Stephen Wade’s detailed descriptions of how peptide-guided drug uptake studies on an immortalised cell line could be performed using green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a mock drug and tracer.

Fellow Biomedical Science student Erik Marzaganov gave an array of useful tips to those seeking medical work-experience prior to studying post-graduate medicine, based on his own extensive experience. He encouraged students to broaden their scope beyond the UK, having himself gained work experience in Mexico, Russia and Germany.

Following the presentations Dr Alan Goddard and Dr Lorna Lancaster, from the School of Life Sciences, offered advice to those students wishing to gain a place on summer research projects.

Barnaby Meek, Vice President of the Medical Society and Life Sciences undergraduate, said: The idea was to capitalise on the research projects that were made available to undergraduate students here at Lincoln by providing the opportunity for students to present their work to peers. This was an event that was conceived with the principles of ‘Student as Producer’ in mind: it was organised by undergraduates for the benefit of undergraduates.

“The evening was well-attended and highly successful thanks to the combined efforts of the whole committee and the confident chairing of the night by MedSoc President Sophia Smyth. Hopefully, the evening was able to prepare some of the first and second year students wishing to gain similar research projects in their summer breaks and give them an insight into the kind of research opportunities available to them.”