28 Sep 2018

Human-plant hybrids proposed in new exhibition

Can you imagine a world where your strawberries contain the DNA of your grandfather or your roses contain the genes of other loved ones?  The possibility of such a world is imagined in a ground-breaking art exhibition going on display at the University of Dundee next week. Spirit Molecule I, which opens to the public at LifeSpace Gallery on Thursday 4 October, is a new collaboration between the internationally renowned artists Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Phillip Andrew Lewis. The exhibition has been inspired by the greater understanding we have of DNA as an individual identifying marker, and the mo...

Human-plant hybrids proposed in new exhibition

27 Sep 2018

Public art crucial for communities, says penguin designer

The success of charity art trails highlights the positive effect sculpture can play in bolstering civic pride, a University of Dundee academic has said. Janice Aitken, Associate Dean for Public and Community Engagement at the University‘s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, said that the success of campaigns like the city’s Maggie’s Penguin Parade would also help to inspire future generations of artists. Janice, who created the original design used for the cancer charity’s summer fundraiser, made the comments as she prepares to speak at Dundee Arts Café on Tuesda...

Public art crucial for communities, says penguin designer

26 Sep 2018

Apple pressing core of campus climate week

Image: Laura Cristea, Trudy Cunningham and Aileen Corral get ready for Climate Week Scotland   Students and staff at the University of Dundee will take climate change matters into their own hands with a week of events aimed at promoting sustainability. Daily events including a climate market, a litter pick and an apple pressing picnic will be taking place across the city campus from Monday 1 October until Thursday 5 October. Trudy Cunningham, Environment and Sustainability Officer at the University and who has helped organise the events, said, “Everyone is welcome to join in on our free events n...

Apple pressing core of campus climate week

25 Sep 2018

Student to shave off 33 inches of her hair for cancer support

A University of Dundee student will swap her studies for scissors next month as she cuts off 33 inches of her hair to fundraise for MacMillan Cancer Support. Danielle Naylor, a third-year Art and Philosophy student at the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, has decided to honour family members and loved ones who have passed away or are currently battling cancer by cutting off all her hair. Inspired by her nine-year-old niece, Mirryn, who shaved her own hair earlier this month, Danielle hopes to raise more than £700 for MacMillan Cancer Support. The 20-year-old, origi...

Student to shave off 33 inches of her hair for cancer support

24 Sep 2018

Seven-figure boost for Dundee research

University of Dundee scientists have been awarded Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) grants totalling more than £1 million to fund their research into cancer and diabetes. Professor Anton Gartner has received £750,000 of funding while Professor Hari Hundal was also awarded more than £630,000 for a joint project with Robert Gordon University. Of this, £411,233 will be used to fund the Dundee component of the research. Three Postdoctoral positions will be created at Dundee’s School of Life Sciences as a result of both awards. Professor Gartner’s...

Seven-figure boost for Dundee research