Physics society ceilidh ball

Physics Society Ball 2017
| news, 2017

The Physics Society held their annual ceilidh ball at Piperdam at the end of March. Some 83 physics students from all different year groups celebrated with a number of lecturers and post-graduate students. It caps a great year for the club which is also in the running for a number of DUSA Society Awards including Society of the Year. For more info on this event plus others in the pipeline from the Physics Society, head to the society's Facebook page -

Pioneering laser technology experiment completed at Dundee

| news, 2017

Professor Amin Abdolvand's pioneering laser technology, which could aid future experimentation at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has been used successfully in an experiment which explored its interaction with samples of the cold bore experiment (COLDEX) beam screens used in the LHC. The research team at the University of Dundee used the COLDEX beam screens, which had been provided by CERN, in order to determine laser parameters required to achieve a Secondary Electron Yield (SEY) value of <1 at cryogenic temperatures (1.9 degrees Kelvin or -271.3°C). Since January 2017, nine COLDEX sections hav...

Professor Dame Sue Black named as Outstanding Woman of Scotland

| news, 2017

The University of Dundee’s Professor Dame Sue Black has been named as one of the Saltire Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland for 2017.Professor Black is among 10 Scottish women from the fields of the arts, culture, politics, activism and science who were honoured at a special ceremony at Glasgow Women’s Library on Tuesday, 7th March.The 2017 inductees join the likes of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, J.K. Rowling and Annie Lennox in the Outstanding Women of Scotland community. Since the initiative was launched in 2015, members of the public have been invited to nominate inspiring wome...

CAHID graduate reconstructs face of St Magnus

| news, 2017

A graduate who studied an MSc in Forensic Art and Facial Identification at CAHID has recreated the face of St Magnus, who was Earl of Orkney over 900 years ago. The reconstruction, created by forensic artist Hew Morrison, was based on photographs taken of St Magnus’s skull in 1925. While the skull was not available for direct examination, Hew was able to analyse the photographs and use these to create a digital depiction of St Magnus’s head. Speaking to the BBC, Hew said, “The photographs from 1925 were fortunately of good quality, but most importantly a scale ruler was photographed alon...

Dundee lecturers team up with CBBC to solve a mystery

Dr Catriona Davies and Dr Lucina Hackman
| news, 2017

Two University of Dundee Forensic Science lecturers will star in a new CBBC TV show. Dr Lucina Hackman and Dr Catriona Davies, from the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID), will feature in an episode of 'All Over the Workplace'. The programme, which airs Wednesday, 8th February, aims to give children an insight into a range of careers open to them when they grow up. The show follows two young children, called Edwin and Leila, who will take on the role of Forensic Scientists under the guidance of Dr Hackman and Dr Davies. Bones of unknown origin have been washed up on the shores of Monifieth...