27 Nov 2014

Dundee Developer day to tackle `big data’

Computing power means more data is now being generated in one year than has ever been collected before, including everything from social media to massive scientific experiments. But how can we set about making the best use of this mass of data? How can it be stored, analysed and accessed? Those are the questions which over 100 computing experts from across the UK and Europe will be addressing this weekend at a Dundee Developer day hosted by the School of Computing at the University of Dundee. “This idea of big data is dominating a lot of thinking around computing and software developer as it affects ...

27 Nov 2014

Dundee Christmas Lecture 2014 – The Ark Before Noah

The enthralling story of how a 4000-year-old piece of clay led to a rebuilding of Noah’s Ark will form the basis of this year’s Dundee Christmas Lecture. Dr Irving Finkel, of the British Museum, will tell the story of how decoding the ancient clay tablet led to a reinterpretation of the Noah story and ultimately the building of the Ark. The Christmas Lecture takes place on Saturday 6th December at the University of Dundee. A world authority on the period, Dr Finkel's dramatic real-life detective story began with a remarkable event at the British Museum when one day in 1985 a member of the publi...

26 Nov 2014

Dundee and the Great War: Patriotism and Propaganda

The role of the media in Dundee in promoting public patriotism and military recruitment during World War One will be explored at a Dundee Arts Café event on Tuesday December 2nd. University of Dundee historian Dr Billy Kenefick will offer a glimpse of the febrile atmosphere which engulfed Dundee 100 years ago as war took hold in Europe. “Dundee became a leading centre of British press patriotism and propaganda,” said Dr Kenefick. “As 'war hysteria' quickly reached fever pitch the Dundee press encouraged the public to actively participate in their campaign to pillory any 'shirk...

26 Nov 2014

Dundee researcher’s image voted winner of 'Images with Impact'

A stunning image produced by a University of Dundee researcher has been voted the winner of the 'Images with Impact' competition. The image produced by Ian Newton, from the College of Life Sciences at Dundee, wowed visitors to the Great British Bioscience Festival. It showed microtubules but provoked comparisons with Edvard Munch’s famous painting `The Scream’. It was one of eighteen shortlisted pictures on which the public were asked to vote. “I am delighted with the result,” said Ian. “The image was produced as part of an experiment thanks to excellent image facilities at th...

26 Nov 2014

Legendary film producer to give last of 2014 AHRI Lectures

Legendary independent film director and producer Don Boyd will give an insight into his career when he appears at the last in this year’s series of Arts & Humanities Research Institute Lectures at the University of Dundee. Famously dubbed the “Boyd Wonder” by the film critic, Alexander Walker, for his attempt to reinvigorate British cinema in the late-1970s, Don Boyd is responsible for producing some of British cinema’s most important independent films, including Alan Clarke’s Scum, Julien Temple’s The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle and Derek Jarman’s Th...