Dr Stephen Lowry, Senior Lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Kent, examines what the Rosetta project has revealed about comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and the formation of the solar system.
Dr Barry Blight, Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Kent, discusses the use of lanthanide phosphorescence to create a Turn OFF sensor for bacterial spores such as Bacillus Anthracis.
Muscle fatigue due to limited oxygen delivery and lactic acid accumulation is thought to set the speed an endurance athlete can sustain during a competition (e.g. the marathon). This is because above that speed, muscle fatigue would develop too quickly and the athlete would reach exhaustion before the finish line. In this lecture, Professor Samuele Marcora from the University of Kent challenges this physiological model of endurance performance, and proposes an alternative model in which perception of effort and motivation are the main factors determining endurance performance. He also discusses how this psychobiological model can be used to develop innovative interventions aimed at further improving endurance performance.
Good governance of science is at the heart of developing national competitiveness for many countries. It is commonly perceived that the ‘globalization of science’ may result in a ‘Westernization of science’. Yet the embedded ambiguity of new scientific advancements and the changing nature of transnational collaborations have enabled a shift in power dynamics in world science. Drawing on her 2012 book ‘The Cosmopolitanization of Science’, Dr Joy Zhang, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent, uses China’s experience in stem cell research as an example to demonstrate how actors from the Global South can assume a more contributory role in steering global scientific norms.
Dr Jane Reeves, Director of Studies MA Child Protection and Co-Director of the University of Kent Centre for Child Protection, discusses the use of advanced simulation and gaming techniques in the training of child protection professionals. How can approaches and technologies from the gaming and entertainment industries aid teaching and learning and assist in the protection of children and young people?
Who makes donations worth £1 million or more, and why? This talk explores the world of mega-philanthropy, sharing insights into the people who give - as well as those who ask for - the biggest charitable donations. Drawing on nearly a decade of research, this talk explains how many million pound donations are given by UK donors and to UK charities, what kinds of causes receive such support and what donors hope for in return. Beth has interviewed over 100 rich donors and major donor fundraisers, and the studies behind this talk can all be accessed at http://bit.ly/1RwINfb