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Dr Alan Cann
Leicester physiologist named Bioscience Teacher of the Year - http://www2.le.ac.uk/news...
Leicester physiologist named Bioscience Teacher of the Year
"Dr Jon Scott from our Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology who was yesterday named Bioscience Teacher of the Year at an international conference in Edinburgh." - Dr Alan Cann from Bookmarklet
Dr Alan Cann
Science books prize | Royal Society - http://royalsociety.org/awards...
Science books prize | Royal Society
"The longlist for the 2011 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books" - Dr Alan Cann from Bookmarklet
You'll find some good summer reading on here :-) - Dr Alan Cann
Zara Hooley
Online Leicester Award FLEX students, feel free to introduce yourselves to each other here.#uolflex
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Hi Zara - can you give little bit of information about Online Leicester Award FLEX here to explain it? perhaps a tag would be useful #uolflex ? - Dr Jo Badge
sitting with @mattmobbs, just going through the basics at the moment. http://www.le.ac.uk/leicest... click on programmes then FLEX. Going live in January. - Zara Hooley
Good idea #uolflex - Zara Hooley
:-) I'm one! - Rachel Bell
I have joined the FLEX programme too :) - Paul Allen
http://blog.linkedin.com/2010... First really useful quick tips..What do you think, are you guilty of over using any of these? - Zara Hooley
I've just joined FLEX too :D - ...
Hi Zara, I'm Amy and I'm a new member of FLEX - Amy
Hi to everyone who has just joined/ is already a member of FLEX, I'm Amy - Amy
Hello. I have just joined FLEX and am currently completing the tasks for core 1. Abbi - Abbi Stirling
i've joined FLEX too :) - Emma Guest
Well I joined Frienfeed on the 18th, was very busy with my exams, so hello everbody, my name doesn't seems to appear after my comments , don't know why though. Ange - Ange
Hi to everyone, I work in Student Development and will be doing some marking for #uolflex - Victoria Howard
Oh, and my name is Vic. That helps! :o) - Victoria Howard
Hi all, I'm Zoe and I'll also be doing some marking for #uolflex - Zoe Enstone
Hi everyone, I'm Adam and am also taking part in the FLEX programme! - Adam Gray
Hey all, I'm on the FLEX programme as well. Have only just got my account working, so now trying to work out how to use it. Stuart - Stuart Leigh
Hiya, Im also doing the FLEX Award, just about worked out how to use this friendfeed account! :) - Ella
Hi all, apologies I am a bit late with this but my name is Shazia and I will be doing some marking for Flex - shazia jagot
Hi all, I'am Yana, I've just joined friendfeed, better late than never:) - Yana
Hello everyone! I'm Farid, sorry for late "appearance" :( I am also doing the FLEX programme. - Farid
Hello Flex community I'm Dreem and I joined a while ago and just set up my friend feed account woop woop! - Dreem Nkumbula
Hi I'm John, just got round to joining Friendfeed. I'm also doing the FLEX programme - John Bates
Hi I'm a new member of FLEX, my name is Flora. Sorry for so late to came here, I've huge assignment to do recently. I will be more actively participating in all kinds of discussion. - Flora LIN
Great to see everyone here at last!!! Unit 1 deadline is this Friday, email me today or tomorrow if you need any help meeting it. #uolflex - Zara Hooley
Hi Michael A-T: I discovered that doing a self-assessment is quite difficult as in employs you to mention both you good attributes and your not so good attributes and based on the analysis you can develop mechanisms to improve your current status. Making a Prezi was fun =) - Michael A-T
Hey guys. I've just joined FriendFeed as part of the FLEX programme. - Rabiatul
Hi I'm Danish, just joined friendfeed. I'm also doing the FLEX programme and an internship sponsored by University of Leicester . - Danish Ahmed
Hi Danish, this cohort has finished now, so you might find it better to join the introduction discussions in the summer programme. http://friendfeed.com/zarahoo... - Zara Hooley
Jasper Estranero
The Show Goes On...
Technically, second year is over because the exams are over. But the fun does not stop there! While finishing my last task as a second year, which is to write a critical appraisal for a paper relevant to the third year project, I can’t help but have these little flashbacks that take me to as early as the first ever lecture that I had as a university student. Thinking to myself, where did all the time go? I guess I would have to attribute this to hardwork and basically enjoying as I went through it. This time last year, I was living the life of a ‘free’ person. Free from exams, free from revision, free to breathe easily. I have, pretty much, freedom written all over my face! Prior to this, I wrote this little reflection on what was it like to be a first year. A year later, here I am again being sentimental and looking back at what has been. They say that being a second year is the toughest among the three years of the course, but I find that hard to believe considering that the next... more... - Jasper Estranero
I loved reading that Jasper. You always make me smile. :) - Roisin Thomas
I don't want to worry you, but I'd say the third year is definitely the toughest. Sorry. That means you need a good break over the summer and come back refreshed next term. But don't turn your brain off entirely or it may be hard to get going again, so read a couple of books http://scireadr.com and hang around here occasionally. - Dr Alan Cann
@Roisin: Thank you.. I'm glad I can spread a bit of happiness.. Have a good summer! :) - Jasper Estranero
@Dr Cann: I am thinking of getting that book that you mentioned today in the seminar.. Something about the inventions of evolution? Sounds very interesting. - Jasper Estranero
Your very right Jasper there has been so many ups and downs this year but when you actually take the time to sit back and think about everything you have achieved, you realise how much it has been worth it and how much you have learned from it. I certainly think I've grown as a person and I have to admit, I'm proud of myself. Saying that, I'm proud of all my friends too and I have to... more... - Lyndsey Wright from iPod
Oh Lyndsey, you are just too awesome! I don't know how things would be like if I didn't meet you.. :) - Jasper Estranero
@Jasper - Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution by Nick Lane - http://scireadr.com/life-as... Great book. - Dr Alan Cann
Lyndsey Wright
Biological Sciences Careers Day
Today was the Biological Sciences Careers Day in Bennett 2. There weren't as many people as I thought there and they really should have taken advantage of what was available to them. The sessions covered what I could do with my degree, networking and how to promote the skills that I have to potential employers. There is such competition at the moment for jobs and funding so I think that it is incredibly important to be able to sell yourself and the skills that you have in order to make yourself stand out from the other candidates. Today highlighted this to me and showed me key areas that I need to work on in the future to get the job of my dreams :) - Lyndsey Wright
Yes, it's a shame when people don't take advantage of opportunities such as this. - Dr Alan Cann
I would really have liked to go but the critical appraisal we have to write for tomorrow meant I had to spend today doing that instead. - Roisin Thomas
I would loved to have gone too, but i had an interview at 12pm. - Emma Mitchell
Michael Steele
Identification of a bacterial factor required for actin-based motility of Burkholderia pseudomallei - Stevens - 2005 - Molecular Microbiology - Wiley Online Library - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com...
Actin polymerisation is one way pathogens spread from one infected cell into the next. B. pseudomallei has been found to use a protein called BimA, which accumulates at one end of the cell, diverting actin into a long polymeric chain. This chain protrudes from the infected host cell and initiates contact with a new uninfected host cell. #BS2010 #BS1009 (correct me if this isn't the 1st year microbiology code anymore) - Michael Steele from Bookmarklet
That's right. Is this related to your project? - Dr Alan Cann
Yes, I'm investigating 'Virulence factors of B. pseudomallei' with Dr Galyov and Dr Lazar Adler. - Michael Steele
HOW TO: Land a Job at Google http://mashable.com/2011... via @mashbusiness @mashable ^Vic
Dr Alan Cann
Big Wide World: Is an MSc the new BSc? - http://www.newscientist.com/blogs...
Big Wide World: Is an MSc the new BSc?
"Have you heard the one that goes: "There are so many graduates these days and it's so hard for them to find work, that they have to have a master's to get a job now"? Now this is an interesting statement for a number of reasons. It's an instantly recognisable argument - you've probably read it in the press or maybe you know someone who struggled to get a job with a degree and took a master's. Or perhaps you are considering further study for this reason. But, I'm skeptical. My master's didn't help me get a job in the last recession and I'm not sure things have changed." - Dr Alan Cann from Bookmarklet
Dr Alan Cann
Going somewhere exotic? If you are, make sure to look at the Malaria Hotspots website, full of essential information for travellers. - Dr Alan Cann
Matthew Taylor
Post-exam stress relief - sorting out chromosomes.
I haven't cracked out my set yet - Dr Chris Willmott
I want one of those! :) - Jasper Estranero
Dr Alan Cann
Steve Connor: The painstaking way science really works - http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion...
Steve Connor: The painstaking way science really works
"Science is a messy business. We like to think that it can give us clear-cut answers to difficult questions, but like any human endeavour it can frequently lead us up the wrong path. This week two scientific reports were published that more or less end a long-running dispute over whether an obscure mouse virus was the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME. These studies are the latest to suggest that it is not after all caused by a mouse retrovirus with the confusing name of murine leukaemia virus-related virus (XMRV)." - Dr Alan Cann from Bookmarklet
Benjamin Tanner
I've just realised that in the #BS1005 mock exam the 'primitive species' in question 3. Geneticus Primo annus is a latin name that roughly translates to ' First year geneticist' :)
Roisin Thomas
I got my 1st choice of 3rd year project! Working on The role of centrosomes in cell division and human cancer. Fab supervisor too. Yay!!!
I got my first choice, too :) Will be investigating the pharmacological profile of Kv currents of arterial smooth muscle cells - Joshua Bower
That's great! Really pleased for you. I really didn't think I'd get my first choice so I'm on cloud nine at the moment! - Roisin Thomas
Dr Alan Cann
Guardian University Guide 2012: Biosciences - http://www.microbiologybytes.com/blog...
Guardian University Guide 2012: Biosciences - Dr Alan Cann
Very, very nice! :D - Zainab Chaudhary
Jaspreet Seehra
Good luck for your exams everyone. Remember to take breaks and time off does wonders!!
Joshua Bower
Good luck with exams, everyone!
Dr Alan Cann
Summer Careers Fair — University of Leicester - http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices...
Summer Careers Fair — University of Leicester
"The Summer Careers Fair, although part of the Graduate Success Programme, is open to all students from all year groups and is an excellent opportunity for you to research career paths and opportunities so you are in the best position to make informed applications in the autumn and the future. Due to the high levels of competition for graduate roles you need to be in the best situation to make informed, successful applications, particularly in the current economic climate." - Dr Alan Cann from Bookmarklet
Summer Career Fair is TODAY in the Students' Union - Dr Chris Willmott
Revision Time tip: use diagrams, colour, bullet points, numbering, key words to make notes accessible and motivating. http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices... ^MU
Dr Alan Cann
Bananas, disease, diversity, research and The One Show - http://aobblog.com/2011...
Bananas, disease, diversity, research and The One Show
"Our favourite fruit, the banana, is threatened by fungal, viral and bacterial diseases. This was discussed on the BBC TV programme ‘The One Show’ on 13 May, to include an interview with Pat Heslop-Harrison by renowned journalist, food critic and presenter Jay Rayner. The bananas we eat in the West are almost all of the single variety called Cavendish, introduced to the world through the collections based at the country house Chatsworth in the 1820s, as shown in the programme. (For UK viewers and proxy-server users, available on iPlayer here until 20 May.)" - Dr Alan Cann from Bookmarklet
Program link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer... Starts about 11 minutes in. - Dr Alan Cann
With the wonders of modern technology - this link ought to start you at the right spot in the programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/i... - Dr Chris Willmott
Dr Chris Willmott
#MB1031 Data-handling paper - reminders and clarifications
please see e-mail. - Dr Chris Willmott
Dr Chris Willmott
Printing posters
I said to several people on Tuesday that I'd look out the website where you can print an image as several sheets of A4. The site is http://www.blockposters.com/ (via @Manny) - Dr Chris Willmott
Printing on several sheets is also very simple to do using excel: Save the powerpoint as a wmf and then insert it as a picture, select the correct size and print :) - Lindsey Freeman
Roisin Thomas
Yay! Just received an email telling me I got the biomedical vacation scholarship that I applied for from the Wellcome trust. So happy!
Well done that's amazing :) - Laura
Congratulations :-) What are you going to be doing? - Dr Alan Cann
Thanks. I’ll be trying to identify the ligands for Collectin Kidney 1 protein. It’s a complement protein that’s coded for by a gene that is associated with a disease called 3MC syndrome. I'm so pleased. The lab experience should help with my 3rd year project. :) - Roisin Thomas
Just want to get a general idea of what peoples choices are for next year. Feel free to comment below. Thanks
sweet. Ive gone for the biochemistry modules as well as the compulsory physiology two. - Mohamed
If ur a #UoL student could u spare 3 mins to fill in our survey about what u think the purpose of Student Devpt should be http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices...
Helena Hanschell
Does anyone know the new confirmed date for the #MB1031 Poster Presentation? I just want to put in all the necessary dates in my diary :).
as far as I am aware, its on 19th May 9:30-12 in lab 115 - Syeda Maham Batool
@Syeda is aware correctly - Dr Chris Willmott
Susan Petherbridge
On essays, does the "10% over the word limit" ruling apply? I've got about 1050 words on a 1000 word essay, and I'm really struggling to cut it down. At 6th form, we could have 10% over and not be marked down - does this still apply?
Should be fine. Editing us a good discipline though, try leaving it a day and coming back to it for one last look. - Dr Jo Badge from iPod
There is some great practical advice on editing here: http://thethesiswhisperer.wordpress.com/2010... - Dr Jo Badge from iPod
Jaspreet Seehra
BBC iPlayer - Children's Craniofacial Surgery: A Fighting Chance - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer...
A truly amazing programme to watch, alongside the new series of 'Inside the Human Body', it's a great thing to watch whilst taking a break from revision :). - Jaspreet Seehra from Bookmarklet
Dr Alan Cann
Preparation for exams — University of Leicester - http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices...
Preparation for exams — University of Leicester
"In addition it is possible for you to take some simple steps to help improve the chances of you doing well and achieving your full potential. Here are some ways in which you can help yourself and possibly take the opportunity to adopt some new habits" - Dr Alan Cann from Bookmarklet
Lyndsey Wright
Who watched "Inside the Human Body" last night on BBC1?
If you didn't, I would thoroughly recommend that you go on iPlayer and have a watch, it was fantastic. Last night it was about all the biological events that lead to birth, looking at fertilisation, twins, conjoined twins etc and it used some state-of-the-art graphics to show you how it all happens. Have a break from revision and go have a watch: http://www.bbc.co.uk/program... - Lyndsey Wright
Just been to the hairdressers with my sister-in-law and there were people discussing it in there saying how nice it was to have a science programme that was easy to understand :) - Lyndsey Wright
Dr Alan Cann
All-female lizard species created in the lab - http://arstechnica.com/science...
All-female lizard species created in the lab
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"Researchers have bred a new species of all-female lizard, mimicking a process that has happened naturally in the past but has never been directly observed. “It’s recreating the events that lead to new species,” said cell biologist Peter Baumann of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, whose new species is described May 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “It relates to the question of how these unisexual species arise in the first place.”" - Dr Alan Cann from Bookmarklet
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