University News: October 2012

High-Flying Geese take low profile over Himalayas

A study published this week (31 October 2012) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences has tackled the long-standing problem  of assessing the actual altitude and migration path of Bar-headed geese crossingthe Himalayas using state of the art satellite tracking technology. Scientists from Bangor University and an international team of collaborators recorded highly accurate GPS (Global Positioning System) locations from 42 individual geese as they migrated.

Publication date: 31 October 2012

Procurement event a resounding success

An event aimed at exploring how councils can improve their procurement practices has received positive feedback from local businesses, local government and academics.

Publication date: 29 October 2012

Launch of €1.8 million Network to develop the Solar Energy Sector in Ireland and Wales

A new €1.8 million initiative to help develop and sustain employment in the economically important Solar Energy (photovoltaic or PV) sector has just been launched by a consortium of Higher Education Institutes, from Wales and Ireland. The ‘Wales Ireland Network for Innovative Photovoltaic Technologies’ (WIN-IPT) is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-13.

Publication date: 25 October 2012

Censorship under Franco’s dictatorship still casts a shadow over literature in Spain

Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond film, is to be released 26 October 2012 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first film, Dr No  in 1962. But fans of the secret agent may be surprised to learn that Spanish readers of Dr No, one of Ian Fleming’s most popular novels, are reading a version which still bears cuts imposed by censors under Franco’s Dictatorship (1939-1975).

Readers in Spain will be equally surprised to discover that this and many of the published translation of the classics of English and American literature currently available are still the edited versions approved by the Dictator’s censors - and that until very recently many other novels have remained unavailable in Spain due to the legacy of the censorship of the Franco era.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

Great British Food Revival looks at Bangor University research to safeguard sea trout

Dr Carys Ann Davies of Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences takes part in the new series of the Great British Food Revival series on BBC 2, which begins on Wednesday 10th October at 8pm.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

How penguins use bubbles to 'take to the air'

A  suggestion by Bangor University Professor Roger Hughes of the School of Biological Sciences, that bubble trails seen in footage of emperor penguins swimming to the sea surface are produced to reduce drag is published in the November 2012 edition of National Geographic. Roger Hughes's intriguing idea while watching penguins on TV originally led to a research paper revealing just how the penguins could manage this. Collaborators at University College Cork and the Technical University of Denmark showed that ‘lubrication’ provided by tiny air bubbles released from under the feathers could allow penguins to gain enough speed to leap out of the water and onto the ice shelf.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

Launch - School of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Many staff and administrators from the College of Arts & Humanities came to the launch of the new School of Philosophy and Religion in the Council Chamber on Friday October 12th.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

Welsh dictionary at your fingertips! New Welsh dictionary app and Welsh keyboard launch on Snowdon’s summit 23 October 2012

From today, you’ll be able to carry and use a Welsh dictionary anywhere in the world. The new Ap Geiriaduron, or Welsh-English dictionary app is available on iPhone, iPad and Android, and will be used for the first time on the summit of Snowdon, to show how mobile and useful it can be for anyone, whether they are Welsh learners, parents, teachers or students.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd presents prestigious Award from Queen to local volunteer group

The Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd today (17 October 2012) hosted a special ceremony to present SVB (Student Volunteering Bangor) at Bangor University, with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2012.

Publication date: 17 October 2012

Educator who promotes Welsh language in higher education receives prestigious Award

Dr Charles Buckley of Bangor University has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning. This is the first time such an award has gone to staff at Bangor University.

Publication date: 16 October 2012

Prestigious Bryn Terfel Scholarship awarded to Bangor Music Student

A Music student at Bangor University is to be congratulated for winning the Bryn Terfel Scholarship this year.

In a competition which revealed high standards, and which was broadcast live on S4C on Sunday 14.10, Huw Ynyr, a singer, competed against fellow Bangor Music student, Lois Eifion, who is studying a postgraduate MA degree, and four others.

Publication date: 15 October 2012

Snowdonia walking ‘app’ launched

A Bangor graduate has recently developed his first mobile ‘app’ - Walking in Snowdonia

Publication date: 15 October 2012

Acclaimed Welsh Drama Society to be relaunched

Postgraduate students at the School of Welsh intend to re-launch an old Society, Cymdeithas y Ddrama Gymraeg (The Welsh Drama Society), established in Bangor in 1923 under the guidance of no less an eminence than the poet R.Williams Parry.

Publication date: 8 October 2012

Bangor University hosts training event for local business

Local companies that work across chemistry, life sciences and material sciences  came to Bangor University recently to attend the first training event  of the Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills (WINSS) held for local SMEs.

Publication date: 8 October 2012

Capitalism- on the Brink??!! Lord Davies, former Standard Chartered Bank Chief Executive speaks

Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE will deliver a thought-provoking Public Lecture at Bangor University’s Main Arts Lecture Theatre at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, 11 October 2012. The Lecture, presented by Bangor University in conjunction with the Menai Branch of the United Nations Association, is free of charge.

Publication date: 8 October 2012

Link between Dry Eye Disease and dehydration established

Health scientists at Bangor University have for the first time established a link between dry eye disease and dehydration.

Dry eye disease (DED) is a condition which can cause extreme discomfort and lead to eye damage.  While difficult to establish the full costs of this condition to healthcare and society in the UK, it is estimated that current prescription treatments such as eye drops cost the NHS £32 million per year (in England alone).  Because many individuals suffering from DED self-treat by buying over-the-counter medications (e.g. artificial tears) the true cost of DED is likely to be significantly higher. This new link suggests that ensuring DED sufferers are fully hydrated could alleviate DED symptoms.

Publication date: 5 October 2012

Thomas Parry and Bangor University

In order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Oxford Book of Welsh Verse, edited by Sir Thomas Parry, Professor Derec Llwyd Morgan will deliver a public lecture in Welsh, on Thomas Parry and Bangor University on Wednesday 17 October as 5.30 in the University’s Main Arts Lecture Theatre.

Publication date: 5 October 2012

New Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience appointed

Bangor University has appointed Professor Robert Rogers as Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology. Professor Rogers will be joining the faculty from the University of Oxford, during 2013. Professor Rogers is a world leading expert in the fields of cognitive control and decision-making, and will lead the establishment in Bangor of a new laboratory in Psychopharmacology.

Publication date: 4 October 2012

Psychology students compete in final round of 'The Pitch'

A team of three postgraduate students from the School of Psychology were runners up  in the final round of The Pitch,  a UK wide business plan and marketing challenge held on October 3rd in London.

Publication date: 3 October 2012