University News: September 2012

A Green Economy Has Never Looked So Good

Bangor University’s Green Innovation Network will be supporting local businesses who want to benefit from the burgeoning green economy with their autumn event at The Quay Hotel in Deganwy on Thursday 4th October.  Peter Jones OBE, resource efficiency guru and former director of BIFFA waste services will be revealing more about the opportunities and challenges of green growth.

Publication date: 28 September 2012

North Wales International Poetry Festival Brings international poets to the region Monday 1st - Sunday 7th October 2012

October will see leading international poets venturing to north Wales, bringing a range of languages from Greek to Galician into dialogue with Welsh and English. An unusual programme, organised by Dr Zoe Skoulding of Bangor University in collaboration with Translators’ House Wales, reaches beyond Bangor to encompass Machynlleth, Aberystwyth and Mold. It will take poetry on an exciting journey, with events taking place not only in bookshops, libraries, museums and theatres,but also on Bangor Pier and in high street shops.

Publication date: 27 September 2012

Bangor victorious on University Challenge

Bangor University took on and beat Scotland’s oldest University, the University of St Andrews in the traditional arena for university students: University Challenge on BBC 2 Wales at 8.00 pm last night (September 24th).

Publication date: 21 September 2012

Rare Conifer first to seed in Wales

A rare Australian conifer, growing in Treborth Botanic Garden, at Bangor University, has set seed for possibly the first time in Wales and only the second time in the UK.

There are only around 100 trees of the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) growing in its native location in a canyon in Australia. The conifer was only identified in 1994.

Publication date: 20 September 2012

Insight into snake venom evolution could aid drug discovery

Natural Environment Research Council press release

UK-led scientists have made a discovery about snake venom that could lead to the development of new drugs to treat a range of life-threatening conditions like cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.  Most venom contains a huge variety of lethal molecules called toxins, which have evolved from harmless compounds that used to do different jobs elsewhere in the body. These toxins target normal biological processes in snakes’ prey such as blood clotting or nerve cell signalling, stopping them from working properly.

Publication date: 19 September 2012

Discussing the disappearance of the Arctic Sea ice

As Arctic sea ice reaches its lowest-ever recorded level in over three decades, Bangor University physical oceanographers Dr Tom Rippeth and Ben Lincoln of the School of Ocean Sciences are discussing the implications of this data with Adam Walton on Radio Wales’ Science Café programme on Tuesday 18.9.12 at 7.00 pm.

Publication date: 18 September 2012

BBC Filming in Psychology Imaging Unit

On Friday 14th September the BBC are filming in Bangor's School of Psychology Imaging Unit with Professor Downing and Dr Mullins.

Publication date: 14 September 2012

National Recognition for NWORTH, The Bangor Clinical Trials Unit

Bangor University has secured national recognition for undertaking clinical trials and studies of the highest quality. The North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (& Social Care) (NWORTH), the trials unit within the Institute of Medical & Social Care Research (IMSCaR) in the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences (CoHaBS) has been nationally recognised by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) as a fully registered Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) for research excellence in undertaking multi centre clinical trials and other well designed studies.

Publication date: 13 September 2012

Students to perform with comedian Phill Jupitus

Students from Bangor University are looking forward to sharing a stage with comedian Phill Jupitus.

Members of the University Society Bangor Comedy are busy preparing for the ‘Student Goat’, an improv comedy show in the style of Whose Line Is it Anyway and Mock the Week, which will be performed with legendary comedian Phill Jupitus.

Publication date: 12 September 2012

Bangor University launches a unique Confucius Institute

The first Confucius Institute anywhere in the world to have a focus on Law, is being opened officially at Bangor University.  The Confucius Institute is being launched by First Minister Carwyn Jones, in the presence of Mr SHEN Yang, Minister-Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy. 

Publication date: 10 September 2012

Students from across the world take part in 3rd Annual Visceral Mind Summer School at Bangor University

The Visceral Mind Summer School, running in the School of Psychology at Bangor University, attracted over 140 highly qualified applicants for the 40 available places. The summer school, now in its 3rd year, has proven popular with ambitious young researchers keen to share in Bangor Psychology’s world leading expertise in the field of cognitive neuroscience. The primary aim of the course, which is supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, is to redress an inadequacy of neuroanatomical knowledge in young neuroscientists, caused at least partially, by the limited availability of human brain tissue for providing this training to students outside the US.

Publication date: 10 September 2012

Drapers’ Company Medal awarded to Bangor student

Drapers’ Company Medal (Bronze): One of Six Medals Ever to Have Been Awarded Goes to Elina Hamilton, School of Music, Bangor University

Publication date: 5 September 2012

Can plants replace oil derived compounds?

With the ever increasing price of oil and the global depletion of fossil fuel supplies, Bangor University is responding by pioneering research into the extraction of useful compounds from everyday plants. It is hoped that this work will provide the next generation of bio-products and fuels, and perhaps even reduce our dependence on oil.

Publication date: 4 September 2012