Research News: February 2016

Sticky mud and biological goo hold key to predicting coastal erosion

Scientists have taken a huge step towards developing a more reliable way of predicting how climate change will impact estuaries and coastal environments.

Working as part of a collaborative project, led by Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, to assess how fine materials such as mud and sand are moved by water currents around our coastline, and how this movement could change as the result of climate change, Professor Dan Parsons, of Hull University, has pinpointed key ingredients currently missing from the models which help scientists and engineers predict the way coasts and estuaries will be shaped in the future.

Publication date: 29 February 2016

Bilingual Prescription labels can now be introduced

A Welsh language or bilingual service is vital for the welfare of Welsh speaking patients, according to an enquiry by the Welsh Language Commissioner.  A recommendation endorsed by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales is for bilingual labels on prescription medicines to be made available to patients.

A team comprising language specialists and pharmacists at Bangor University and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has made the first step by translating 30 cautionary instructions given to patients on prescription medicines.

Publication date: 24 February 2016

Bangor Academic chosen to represent Wales on UK’s Biomedical Sciences representative body

Mr Merfyn Williams, course director of the BSc Biomedical Science degree in the School of Medical Sciences has had the honour of being invited to join the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS) Executive Committee. HUCBMS is a representative body for the biomedical sciences in the UK and has a membership of over 60 universities, which includes Bangor University, within the UK and overseas. Its mission isto promote the development and enhancement of biomedical sciences teaching and research’.

Publication date: 22 February 2016

Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research Launch

Bangor University is launching the new Institute of Health and Medical Research on Thursday February 25th 2016.

Building on an established foundation of research excellence, the new Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) will facilitate more interdisciplinary research that spans discovery in the laboratory through to research that solves complex health problems in the real world. In this way, BIHMR will contribute to improvements in local health and healthcare, as well as making an impact across Wales, the United Kingdom and internationally.

Publication date: 22 February 2016

British power stations are burning wood from US forests – to meet renewables targets

Last year, 6m tonnes of “wood pellets” harvested from forests in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Virginia were shipped across the Atlantic, to be burnt in renewable “biomass” power plants. This was almost double the 2013 figure – the US “wood pellet” industry is booming.

This article by David Styles, Lecturer in Carbon Footprinting, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 19 February 2016

The alcohol harm paradox explained

New research from a collaboration including Bangor University, Liverpool John Moores University and Alcohol Research UK explains why people in deprived communities have higher levels of alcohol-related ill health than people in non-deprived communities, despite drinking the same amounts of alcohol – the alcohol harm paradox. 

Publication date: 18 February 2016

Ocean Oases: How islands support more sea-life

A 60 year-old theory to explain why seas surrounding islands and atolls are particularly productive has just been proven by a marine biologist from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Science, working with a colleague at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Publication date: 16 February 2016

Introducing modern morality plays on BBC Radio 3

Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in medieval literature at Bangor University’s School of English Literature is to be heard introducing a series of five modern morality plays this week (15-19 February, 2016) on BBC Radio 3. Covering moderation, envy, pride, wrath and justice, the five plays inspired by the genre of medieval morality drama explore how far contemporary attitudes to sin and virtue have changed.

Publication date: 15 February 2016

Wonky veg and ugly fruit are making a comeback – here's why

Rhi WillmotPhD Researcher in Behavioural and Positive Psychology, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Do the same rules that govern human attraction also apply to our choices of fruit and vegetables? Plenty of evidence suggests we do look for similar traits in both people and produce, and our perceptions of food are clearly affected by what it looks like.

Each year we waste 1.3 billion tonnes of food worldwide, a third of the total produced. This unbelievable figure is partly made up of “ugly” fruit and vegetables – those that are perfectly edible but rejected by supermarkets due to their blemished skin or unusual shape.

Publication date: 15 February 2016

Bangor’s Sports Psychology expertise in demand in Malaysia

Prof. Nicky Callow from Bangor’s School of Sports Science has been invited to the University of Malaya (UM) in Kuala Lumpur as part of their prestigious visiting professorship scheme where renowned academics from around the world present workshops and seminars at the university.

Publication date: 12 February 2016

Wales joins the Finns in beating the bullies

An anti-bullying programme being rolled out to schools by Bangor University, the only Centre in the UK licensed to introduce the programme, is helping schools to reduce and deal with bullying.

Developed and evaluated in Finland, with extensive funding from the Finnish government, the KiVa anti-bullying programme is proven to reduce bullying in schools there - and early indications suggest its effectiveness in Welsh schools as well.

Publication date: 2 February 2016