6 Oct 2014

‘Is Equality Good for us?’ – public talk on 8th October

Assumptions about the meaning and benefits of equality will be challenged this week at a public engagement event led by the University of Dundee’s Philosophy programme. Dr Beth Lord, from the University of Aberdeen, will ask ‘Is Equality Good for us?’ at the Oxfam bookshop, Reform Street, at 6pm on Wednesday, 8th October. “In general terms, people see equality as a good thing,” said Dr Lord. “Equality seems to be in the news every day, from Thomas Piketty's bestselling book about economic inequality to the introduction of gay marriage legislation to arguments for better ...

3 Oct 2014

Comics hero celebrates Literary Festival with giant Cow Pie

Organisers of the Dundee Literary Festival will next week meet up with one of the city’s most famous fictional characters to serve up a special helping of his favourite food. Desperate Dan is renowned for his love of Cow Pie and Literary Dundee’s Anna Day and Peggy Hughes will offering up a near 3ft-diameter dish to the statue of The Dandy star in the city’s High Street on Monday, 6th October. Model-maker Roderick Nixon initially carved the pie out of foam, moulded it in silicon then cast it in acrylic fibreglass before it was finished with a tail, authentic horns and colouring. It featur...

3 Oct 2014

‘Cystic Fibrosis: The Lung Ranger Project’ – Café Science Extra on 8th October

A team of Dundee students who are developing a device to help combat some of the effects of cystic fibrosis will talk about their work at the next Café Science Extra event in the city. The iGEM team spent the summer developing the `Lung Ranger’, which they hope will allow faster and more targeted treatment of infection for CF patients, and will talk about their work at Dundee Science Centre from 6pm on Wednesday, 8th October. Cystic fibrosis is the most common inherited disease in the UK, affecting over 10,000 people. About 1 in 25 of the population in the UK carry a mutation in a gene called ...

2 Oct 2014

Women in Cell Biology medal for Victoria Cowling

Dr Victoria Cowling, of the University of Dundee, has been awarded the inaugural Women in Cell Biology Early Career Award Medal by the British Society for Cell Biology. The Medal has been established to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the BSCB. It will be an annual honour awarded to an outstanding female cell biologist who has started their own research group in the UK within the last seven years. Dr Cowling is based in the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation (MRC-PPU) Unit in the College of Life Sciences at Dundee. Her research aims to find new methods of killi...

2 Oct 2014

‘Scales of Life’ to open gallery at £26million Discovery Centre

A major exhibition of work from leading contemporary artists will this weekend go on display at Scotland’s first dedicated art-science gallery, located within a new £26million research centre at the University of Dundee. ‘Scales of Life’ is the inaugural exhibition in LifeSpace, part of the Discovery Centre (for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research), which was this week opened by Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse. The unique gallery will host up to four major exhibitions each year, showcasing the best in collaborations between artists and scientists. Featuring new and existing a...