30 May 2014

Tractor beam – science fact not fiction

The concept of a tractor beam is familiar from science fiction classics such as Star Wars and Star Trek. Now a team of physicists at the University of Dundee have turned science fiction into science fact by creating a functioning acoustic tractor beam. The Dundee researchers – working in collaboration with colleagues at Southampton University and Illinois Wesleyan University - used energy from an ultrasound array to exert force behind an object and pull it towards the energy source. “This is the first time anyone has demonstrated a working acoustic tractor beam and the first time such a beam ha...

28 May 2014

Facilitating transitions to enhance wellbeing

The University of Dundee has launched a new research centre with the purpose of impacting on international policy and practice in the context of transformative change and transitions. The pan-University interdisciplinary Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT) Research Centre brings together an international network of researchers, professionals and their communities. It is hosted by the University’s School of Education, Social Work and Community Education (ESWCE) in partnership with academics from the Schools of Psychology, Environment, Applied Computing, and Accountancy, PAM...

27 May 2014

Special effects designer to launch art/science exhibition

A major new exhibition showcasing a collection of significant artwork inspired by D’Arcy Thompson will open at the University of Dundee’s Tower Foyer and Lamb Galleries on Friday, 30th May. ‘A Glimpse of a Great Vision: The D'Arcy Thompson Art Fund Collection’ features works acquired by Museum Services as part of a two-year project funded by the Art Fund’s RENEW scheme. D’Arcy Thompson was Dundee's first Professor of Biology and his seminal book ‘On Growth and Form’ was hugely influential in a number of fields and continues to inspire artists and scientists t...

Special effects designer to launch art/science exhibition

27 May 2014

PAMIS to showcase bereavement resource at Holyrood

University of Dundee-based charity PAMIS will tomorrow visit the Scottish Parliament to showcase a new resource for bereaved people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and those who care for them. People with such complex disabilities and their families face many barriers to accessing and participating in the community, and PAMIS works on a number of fronts to enable inclusion and improve their quality of life. Staff have been working with parents and carers for the past three years to develop the ‘Bereavement and Loss Learning Resource Pack’. The resource will be showcased at a Ho...

27 May 2014

£1000 painting donated to help raise awareness of domestic abuse

An award-winning Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) student currently exhibiting at the Degree Show 2014 is to donate one of her striking, figurative paintings to Dundee Women’s Aid to help raise money for its work supporting victims of domestic abuse. Russia-born Dina Mackins has been exploring the issue during the final year of her Fine Art degree and hopes her exhibit will raise awareness of domestic abuse. The large oil painting she is donating has a recommended price of £1000 and will be auctioned off by Dundee Women's Aid to bolster their funds. Dina will present it t...