19 Jan 2015

‘Does Maths Count?’ – Café Science event on 26th January

Mathematics is not just a way of torturing school pupils but rather has real-world applications that help to address some of the most fundamental challenges facing mankind today. That’s the view of the University of Dundee’s Dr Fordyce Davidson, who will lead the next Café Science event on Monday, 26th January. ‘Does Maths Count?’ will see Dr Davidson explain to the audience the subject’s relevance, importance and potential. “The powerful tools of mathematics can be used to pull apart complicated problems by breaking them down into their key components and decidin...

16 Jan 2015

University helping to deliver `transformative’ V&A Dundee

Significant economic benefits of an £80.11 million project to construct the V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be discussed by Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee on Monday January 26. Work could start in March this year, with the main building completed by the end of 2017 and opened to the public before June 2018. A report outlining a fixed price tender and a proposed funding arrangement details how the construction of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee will create hundreds of jobs and inject millions of pounds into the economy. The museum will be located at the heart of Du...

15 Jan 2015

HRH The Princess Royal opens the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research

HRH The Princess Royal today (January 15th) formally opened the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research at the University of Dundee. The Farr Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for research based on health-related data. The University of Dundee has been a pioneer in this approach, and enjoys an international reputation for health informatics research. Use of health related data, routinely collected by the NHS, and associated collections of biological samples, provides a very powerful tool for medical research that allows important advances in health care to be made.  To support this type o...

15 Jan 2015

Transatlantic Notes to celebrate 400 years of music

Four centuries of musical tradition and innovation spanning the Atlantic will be celebrated at the University of Dundee on Thursday January 29th. `Transatlantic Notes - Scotland and America's Shared Musical History’ will feature an illustrated lecture from Nancy Groce of the Library of Congress in Washington, and a musical performance from Brian McNeill. The Fulbright-Scotland Legacy event is being hosted by the University’s Centre for Scottish Culture, in conjunction with the Arts & Humanities Research Institute and the Centre for Archive and Information Studies. Professor Graeme Mort...

13 Jan 2015

£2.4million to decode a new genetic enigma

Finding the solution to a new level of genetic complexity could help unlock the secrets of the DNA code in plant and human genomes. Scientists at the Universities of Dundee and Nottingham have been awarded more than £2million to investigate part of the process in which DNA is copied and modified. Two grants have been awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to Gordon Simpson, Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Dundee, and colleagues. All life on Earth uses three types of biological molecules that serve critical functions in the cell. Protein...