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University News: December 2011

It’s not just “because it’s there”

Mountaineer George Mallory may have quipped that people climb Everest ‘because it’s there’. In fact, the reasons why people seek extreme sports such as high altitude mountaineering are far more complex. Sport psychologists at Bangor University are recognised world-leaders in establishing the psychological motivations for taking part in extreme sports.

Publication date: 29 December 2011

‘Food Dudes’ Professor Appointed European Expert

Professor Fergus Lowe, who leads the successful Food Dudes healthy eating programme at Bangor University, has been appointed a permanent member of the European Commission Group of Experts who provide technical advice on the Commission’s School Fruit Scheme.

Publication date: 19 December 2011

Bangor’s expertise in ‘world-changing’ technology

An area of  research in which Bangor University is a world leader, is described by this month’s (December) issue of Scientific American as one of ten ‘world-changing ideas’.

Publication date: 16 December 2011

Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences exhibits at Westminster

Bangor University’s world renowned School of Ocean Sciences was invited to exhibit at the House of Commons recently, by Ynys Môn MP, Albert Owen.

Publication date: 16 December 2011

Erosion of traditional ‘taboos’ threatens Madagascar’s lemurs

Madagascar is world famous for its unique animals, many of which are protected by law, but recent research has demonstrated that illegal hunting of these protected species may be widespread and pose an urgent threat the country’s globally important biodiversity.

Research by a team from Bangor University and the Malagasy organization Madagasikara Voakajy, reported in the online scientific and medical research journal, PLOS ONE  suggests that hunting of protected species in eastern Madagascar is increasing due to rapid social change, as appetites for meat increase and traditional taboos protecting the species, especially lemurs, become less powerful.

Publication date: 15 December 2011

University researchers seek feedback from older carers of people with dementia

People aged 65 and over who have experience of looking after somebody with dementia can contribute towards research currently being carried out by academics at Bangor University.  Health economists there are investigating the economic demands of caring for people with dementia. The results of their research will contribute towards shaping health and social care policies across the UK.

Publication date: 15 December 2011

Bangor Law Lecturer wins prestigious research award

Bangor Law Lecturer Evelyne Schmid has been awarded a prestigious research prize by the Academic Platform Switzerland UN.

Publication date: 14 December 2011

Christmas Market success

For the second year running the B-Enterprising team in the Careers and Employability Service held a Student Christmas Market in PJ Hall, Main Arts recently. The turnout and support from staff and students was overwhelming and B-Enterprising would like to express their thanks to everyone who took part and contributed to its success.

Publication date: 14 December 2011

‘WINSS’ of €2.6 million for science careers in Ireland and Wales Job Sustainability Programme

A €2.6 million project to develop and sustain jobs in the sector at the interface between chemistry and life sciences has been announced. Funded under the Ireland Wales 2007-2013 INTERREG IVA programme and managed in Wales by Bangor University’s School of Chemistry. The “Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills” (WINSS) will assist companies that work across chemistry, life sciences and material sciences. The project will provide a range of specialist skills training to develop the expertise needed by the sector.

Publication date: 14 December 2011

Scallop Association funds collaborative project to help define English Channel Scallop fishery

A new industry-funded PhD research project is now underway at Bangor University to help improve understanding of the scallop fishery in the English Channel.

Publication date: 12 December 2011

Star students celebrate Excellence Scholarship awards

Some of Bangor University’s brightest first year students have had their academic achievement at A-Level recognised with the University’s most prestigious scholarship award.

Publication date: 12 December 2011

A new Strategic Alliance working for Wales

Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities will announce a new Strategic Alliance on Wednesday 7th December that signals a new phase in the partnership between the two institutions.

Publication date: 7 December 2011

Students Set up Innovative Recycling Campaign

This week (5-9 12.11) the Students’ Union in Bangor set up a new, innovative recycling campaign, targeting bras!

Publication date: 6 December 2011

Writing about ‘Open Brain-surgery’

A Psychology researcher at Bangor University was shortlisted for the 2011 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize  sponsored by the Guardian and Wellcome Trust recently.

Publication date: 6 December 2011

Love Music Hate Homophobia makes it to Wales

Bangor University students teamed up with the Students’ Union, Unity Bangor and Amnesty Bangor to throw one of the best gigs this term (6.12.11).

Publication date: 5 December 2011

Major report identifies significant gaps and weaknesses in children’s health information

Children and young people who have chronic health conditions or need operations don’t always have access to the high-quality, child-friendly information they need to understand what is happening to them. That is the key finding of a three-year study funded by the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation (NIHR SDO) programme and led by Bangor and Cardiff Universities.

Publication date: 5 December 2011

Win a weekend in Cardiff by taking part in the Culture Challenge

The Culture Challenge, to be held in March 2012, is open to all students and will see teams battle it out to win a weekend in Cardiff, with high street vouchers also up for grabs for the second and third place teams.

The closing date for applications is Friday, December 9th. Teams have already started working on the presentations ready for the final event, which will be held in the Student Services Centre.

Publication date: 5 December 2011

B-Enterprising hosts ‘The Story of an Entrepreneur’

Recently, Bangor students and staff enjoyed a presentation from a panel of four entrepreneurs who presented their experience of starting and running a successful business and the highs and lows of self-employment and entrepreneurialism.

Publication date: 1 December 2011

Bringing up children in a bilingual community

Approximately 70% of the population in Gwynedd, the stronghold of the Welsh language, report that they speak Welsh. Many parents who themselves grew up speaking Welsh, and also many who grew up speaking only English, are bringing up their children as bilinguals. And most children begin their schooling in Gwynedd through the medium of Welsh.

Publication date: 1 December 2011

Psychology workshop leads to the development of an all-Wales network for research on prevention of age-related cognitive decline and disability.

Recently the School of Psychology hosted a workshop to discuss the prevention of age related disability and dementia (organised by Prof Linda Clare). The workshop was well attended by academics, health professionals and representatives from voluntary sector organisations and local government. Dr Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer for Wales and Ruth Marks, Older People's Commissioner for Wales both gave keynote talks and participated in discussions.

Publication date: 1 December 2011

SHES Students Receive Scholarships Awards

Three Year One students just starting their studies with the School got off to a flying after being successfully awarded various Scholarships from the University.

Publication date: 1 December 2011