University of Kent

Creating an Anthrax detector - Dr Barry Blight - Think Kent.mp4


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.

Mind over muscle Limits to Endurance Performance - Professor Samuele Marcora


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.

The Cosmopolitanization of Science- How the Global South Shapes Emerging Science - Dr Joy Zhang


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.

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