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News: January 2017

Cancelled: Talk precedes creation of largest-ever recorded ice-berg

 This talk has had to be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

As glaciologists, climatologists and oceanographers await an anticipated break in an Antarctic ice shelf, set to create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded – around one quarter of the size of Wales – staff and students at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences are eagerly anticipating a talk on the subject from a member of the British Antarctic Survey.

Professor Hilmar Gudmundsson from the British Antarctic Survey discusses “Ocean-induced thinning of Antarctic Ice Shelves and the impact on the ice flow of the Antarctic Ice Sheet” at 6.00 on February 2 at 6pm in the Main Arts Lecture Theatre. This lecture to the University’s students and academics may be of interest to the public given the current fate of the Larsen C ice shelf, which is within 20 kilometres of breaking free.

Publication date: 31 January 2017

DNA reveals seasonally shifting populations in an iconic Snowdonia lake

An iconic lake at the foot of Mount Snowdon has played a vital role in improving how lakes and rivers can be monitored in the future.

Llyn Padarn, viewed at the foot of Snowdon by thousands of visitors each year, was the testbed for research that could lead to far more efficient and speedy environmental monitoring of our lakes and rivers, following research by Bangor University and others, published in Nature Communications (coi10.1038/ncomms14087).

Publication date: 31 January 2017

St Gerard’s School are Top of the Bench!

A team from St Gerard’s School in Bangor won this year’s North Wales heat of the Top of the Bench competition  hosted by Bangor University’s School of Chemistry.

The National Competition for 14-16 year olds is run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and heats are held all over the country.

St Gerard’s beat nine other teams to win the opportunity to visit Loughborough University’s Chemistry Department for the Final, which will be held on the 29th April 2017. 

Publication date: 31 January 2017

Bangor ICPS to help the EU implement the Small Business Act following major grant success

Bangor Law School’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) has recently been notified of a major grant success under the European Union’s COSME fund – a funding programme designed to raise competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU and to help the EU implement the requirements of the Small Business Act (the overarching framework for EU policy on SMEs).

Publication date: 27 January 2017

Finding new ways of living with dementia

As the Welsh Government seeks views on its recently launched dementia strategy, Bangor University is bringing together people living with dementia, and organisations who are also working on dementia related support and research projects to share best practice in north Wales.

Living with dementia in North Wales – we’re in it together, a Conference at the University on 27 January, will hear the experiences of people living with dementia, as well as those of a number of organisations providing dementia supportive programmes and conducting dementia-related research.

Publication date: 26 January 2017

Welsh Technology in Support of the Economy

Innovative Welsh language Technologies can provide an impetus to the north Wales economy – that was one of the main messages of a conference on Technology and Welsh Language held at Bangor University’s Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre recently (Friday 20 January).

Publication date: 24 January 2017

ICC expands definition of war crimes to cover combatants in the same armed forces

The international law of armed conflict seeks to protect civilians and those no longer taking part in hostilities from the worst effects of war. Serious violations of these laws covering armed conflict situations constitute war crimes. War crimes are a particular category of international crime, which can be tried by international criminal tribunals, like the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This article by Yvonne McDermott, Senior Lecturer in Law, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 January 2017

Public lecture focuses on early medieval Wales

Identity is a hotly contested topic in contemporary society and is equally a matter of debate amongst early medieval archaeologists. This will be the subject of a public lecture to be given by the prominent historian Professor Nancy Edwards at Bangor University on Tuesday, 31 January at 6.30pm, in the Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre of the Main Arts Building.  The lecture is entitled 'Early medieval Wales: material evidence and identity' and all are welcome. 

Publication date: 23 January 2017

Wales’ Premiere of Barely Methodical Troupe’s tour-de-force of cutting edge physical heroics

Following sell out performances at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2015 London International Mime Festival & Udderbelly Festival at the Southbank Centre; the all-male Barely Methodical Troupe bring their award-winning show Bromance to Pontio, Bangor for their first performance in Wales on 1 and 2 February 2017.

Publication date: 23 January 2017

Collaboration to develop and implement new Infection Prevention Link Nurse Programme

A new project has been set up in collaboration between the University's School of Healthcare Sciences and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) to develop a new programme to promote best practice in infection prevention.

Publication date: 17 January 2017

Child victim or brutal warlord? ICC weighs the fate of Dominic Ongwen

The trial of Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is like none other springing from the killing fields of the Great Lakes of Africa. These include the prosecution of the first person ever to be convicted by the ICC, Thomas Lubanga. He was accused of mass human rights violations as a rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also ongoing is the trial of Bosco Ntaganda, another Congolese.

This article by Yvonne McDermott, Senior Lecturer in Law, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 January 2017

New guide to health economics for public health practitioners

Dr Joanna Charles and Prof Rhiannon Tudor Edwards of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) at the University's College of Health & Behavioural Sciences have produced a new electronic handbook entitled “A Guide To Public Health Economics: a concise desktop handbook”. CHEME is part of the University’s School of Healthcare Sciences and contributes to the Bangor Institute for Health & Medical Research (BIHMR) which brings together health research across the University.

Publication date: 12 January 2017

Double fish production while preserving biodiversity – can it be done?

Bangor University is involved in new consortium to establish National Aquaculture and Development Centre (NADC) in Tanzania to help tackle poverty and undernutrition. 

Tanzania, perhaps best known for safaris over its vast open plains, has ambitious plans for diminutive freshwater wildlife with enormous, untapped potential.  

Tilapia, second only to carp as the world’s most frequently farmed fish, live in huge numbers in the Great Lakes (Victoria, Tanganyika, Malawi/Nyasa) that cover six percent of the country. The lakes are considered a global biodiversity hotspot – one of only 25 worldwide - due to the hundreds of species of cichlid fish, including some of the 30-odd known subspecies of tilapia that are found in Tanzania.  

However, Tanzanians eat on average only 8kg of fish per year, less than half the international average of 17kg. Around a third of children under five are deficient in iron and vitamin A, contributing to stunting, while about a third of women between 15-49 years old are deficient in iron, vitamin A and iodine. 

Publication date: 11 January 2017

Launch of Bangor’s Centre for Arthurian Studies

Bangor University will be seeing in 2017 with the launch of a new Centre for Arthurian Studies on Friday 20 January, just as Wales begins to celebrate a Year of Legends. Throughout 2017 events will be held at historic sites the length and breadth of Wales in celebration of its rich culture and heritage.

Publication date: 11 January 2017

Bangor in top 4 % of World’s Greenest Universities

Bangor University’s commitment to sustainability has once again earned it a commanding position in an international league table of environmentally friendly institutions. In the current UI Green Metric league table, Bangor University has moved up twelve places to 16th position, placing  the University in the top 4% of the participating universities.

Publication date: 10 January 2017

Can efforts to conserve biodiversity by big industry help or harm local people?

When a large industrial development, such as a mine, is going to have an unavoidable impact on biodiversity, the company may invest in protecting (or even creating) habitat elsewhere to compensate

Publication date: 4 January 2017

Combining daycare for children and elders benefits all generations

We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to interact. If we just thought a little more socially, however, these “book end generations” could become great resources for each other – all we need to do is put them in the same place.

This article by Catrin Hedd Jones, Lecturer in Dementia Studies, School of Healthcare Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.Catrin Hedd JonesBangor University

Publication date: 4 January 2017

Bangor University awards three ‘Women in Science’ scholarships

Bangor University has awarded its ‘Women in Science’ scholarships to three outstanding female students: Emily Louise Dunn, Emily O’Regan and Kathryn Howard. All three were undergraduate students at Bangor and graduated with First Class Honours in July 2016. The scholarships, which cover the full course fees, will enable the talented and enthusiastic students to continue their studies and are now enrolled in postgraduate research courses at Bangor.

Publication date: 3 January 2017

Gold standard accreditation for University Archives

An accreditation accepted as the ‘gold standard’ in archive management has been awarded to Bangor University’s Archives and Special Collections. The University Archive was among 11 new applicants to achieve The National Archives Archive Accreditation, to become one of the 62 accredited archives in the UK.

Publication date: 3 January 2017