Animal Academy inspires hundreds of schoolchildren

Hundreds of schoolchildren packed into the University of Sheffield’s Octagon auditorium to find out how humans and animals learn. Animal and Plant Sciences hosts an annual Christmastime Lecture. This year’s event, Animal Academy, was hosted by Dr Nicola Hemmings, who entertained and educated 1,000 pupils from Sheffield schools. She explained: “The lecture was about learning in animals and humans.  Highlights were a clever raven doing the […]

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Postgraduate researcher in the running for photography award

A postgraduate researcher has been shortlisted for a photography award that aims to showcase some of the best biological research. David Hopkins, who’s PhD is being supervised by Dr Duncan Cameron in Animal and Plant Sciences, entered his photo ‘Wired For Life’ in the BBSRC Images With Impact competition. Related: Bioscience impact images wanted for BBSRC birthday contest It is one of six images to be […]

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High-yielding crops: A double edge sword for tropical forests

High-yielding oil palm crops will lead to the loss of tropical forests rather than help to preserve nature, according to scientists from the University of Sheffield. Improving crop yields is often seen as a popular solution to the increasing demand for food productivity to meet the needs of a growing global population, because food demand can be met over the smallest land area possible, saving […]

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Researcher’s fertility project wins Society of Biology science communication prize

A researcher who created a new way to teach children as young as five about fertility has won a major award. Dr Nicola Hemmings, an animal behaviour researcher in Animal and Plant Sciences, has won the Established Researcher Prize in the Society of Biology’s Science Communication Awards 2014. Thousands of local school children have been able to learn about fertility through hands-on activities involving fossils and solar panels, developed […]

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Researchers plan conference to bridge the gap between science and policy

Early career researchers at the University of Sheffield have organised a conference around the role of science in policy. The Science In Policy conference on Friday 7 November is aimed at researchers (PhD students, postdocs, research assistants and academics) in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry and geography, as well as people working in other fields where science and policy meet, and others who may be interested. Is […]

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Bed bugs and cyber hugs: X-rated lecture series sees University experts tackle taboo topics

The secret life of sperm, harmful mating rituals and promiscuity in the animal kingdom will be explored during an X-rated lecture series by academics at the University of Sheffield. Four adults-only X Lectures will see world-leading experts share their expertise on the theme of sex and reproduction after the watershed as part of the University’s 11-day Festival of the Mind (18-28 September 2014). In the […]

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Former PhD student returns to share secrets of truffles

An expert in mycology who got his PhD from the University of Sheffield is returning to campus for a unique culinary event. Dr Paul Thomas, a former postgraduate student in Animal and Plant Sciences, is hosting A Celebration Of Truffles at Inox Dine, above the Students’ Union. Since graduating, Dr Thomas has appeared on BBC business show Dragon’s Den and founded Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd, a company that develops […]

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Five students arriving through Science Without Borders in September

Departments in the Faculty of Science will be welcoming a group of students from Brazil as part of the Science Without Borders study scheme. In September, two students will be joining Animal and Plant Sciences and three will be joining Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. They will spend nine months on the second or third year of one their department’s undergraduate degree courses, followed by a three […]

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Gold medal-winning gymnast honoured for outstanding academic and sporting success

A world championship-winning gymnast, who is forging an incredibly successful career as an international trampolinist whilst also studying for a leading science degree, is being honoured by the University of Sheffield. Bryony Page, a third year biology student, is being awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Medal 2014 in recognition of her outstanding sporting achievements together with her exceptional academic success. Having missed the opportunity to compete […]

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Three Minute Thesis star heads for competition final

Judges in the semi-finals of the UK’s Three Minute Thesis competition have put a Sheffield researcher through to the last round of the contest Yesterday researcher Carly Lynsdale, from Animal and Plant Sciences, impressed a panel in York with her 180-second summary of her work. She is one of only six PhD students from across the UK who will now compete in the Three Minute Thesis […]

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