Faculty of Science News

Whiskers help dormice navigate shrinking habitats, research shows

Whiskers help dormice navigate shrinking habitats, research shows

Footage reveals dormice use their hypersensitive whiskers to explore their tree canopy at night Dormice avoided crossing the space between habitats, leading to a change in their behaviour Hedgerows can help fill gaps in habitats to help the endangered species’ survival The existence of the UK’s endangered hazel dormouse is under threat as gaps in tree canopies are leaving the creatures unable to use their […]

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Insects feel the heat: scientists reveal rise in temperature affects ability to reproduce

Insects feel the heat: scientists reveal rise in temperature affects ability to reproduce

Even a mild rise in temperature damages insect’s ability to reproduce Insect populations in high latitude countries are worst affected Identifying genes linked to increased and decreased reproduction may help understand how insects cope with climate change and controlling insect pests   With 2016 reportedly the warmest year on record, scientists have discovered insects are already feeling the effects of climate change, as a rise […]

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Director of Joint Institute takes up post

Director of Joint Institute takes up post

The University of Sheffield has appointed Professor Mark Geoghegan as Director of the Joint Institute of Nanjing Tech University and the University of Sheffield. Professor Geoghegan, an academic in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will work between the two institutions and provide the strategic lead on behalf of the University of Sheffield. Professor Wyn Morgan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, made the announcement saying, […]

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Sheffield-China joint degree programme receives Royal Society of Chemistry accreditation

Sheffield-China joint degree programme receives Royal Society of Chemistry accreditation

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has accredited a Chemistry degree now offered as one of the courses offered by the Joint Institute of Nanjing Tech University and the University of Sheffield. The four year BSc Chemistry degree offers Chinese students the opportunity to gain a degree by studying for three years in Nanjing, China, where more than a third of teaching is given by […]

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Chinese honour for University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor

Chinese honour for University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor

Professor Sir Keith Burnett awarded Individual Performance Excellence award – national honour presented by the People’s Republic of China. Award recognises outstanding personal service to increasing the understanding of Chinese language, peoples and culture. Honour was presented by Vice-Premier Liu Yandong at 11th annual global conference of the Confucius Institute in Kunming in China. In an unusual recognition of his efforts to build closer educational […]

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Fundraising marathon in memory of colleagues

Fundraising marathon in memory of colleagues

The 24 Hour Inspire is returning for another marathon series of lectures in memory of two inspirational colleagues. Between 5pm and on Thursday 16 April and 5pm the following day, there will be non-stop talks from dozens of lecturers in the Hicks Building, helping to raise money for worthy causes. Talks will include ‘An insider’s guide to Wolf Hall’, ‘3,000 years of condoms’, ‘What bad novels can […]

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Professional staff take home trophies from awards ceremony

Staff from across the Faculty of Science were honoured at the Sheffield Professional Awards. At a ceremony in the Octagon Centre on Thursday (26 March) a total of 21 awards were given out across six categories. The Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory Team of Mel Stapleton, Anne Holland, Sarah Noble and Tom Hill won the One Team award, for a team who are exceptional in the way they […]

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Work experience student wins national young scientist award

A secondary school student who did work experience in Biomedical Science has been named UK Young Scientist of the Year. Sarah Sobka, who attends Sheffield High School, was given the award as part of the National Science and Engineering Competition at the annual Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. During a four week placement, she helped examine Lubiprostone, a drug which is commonly used to treat women with Irritable […]

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Researchers inspire next generation of scientists at Discovery Night

Families explored the weird and wonderful world of science as the University of Sheffield opened up its laboratories and lecture theatres for a hands-on evening of activities. On Friday (13 March), Discovery Night welcomed visitors of all ages to exciting demonstrations and mini lectures from science, engineering, medicine and dentistry. Visitors heard about quantum computing, saw inside a molecular biology lab and watch research robots and 3D printers in action. Budding […]

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Professor reaches 500th paper milestone

Professor Steve Armes from Chemistry is celebrating a major academic milestone with the publication of his 500th paper. The paper recently appeared online in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society, and explores how the growth of microscopic hollow polymer particles takes place in water, and the process by which the particles are formed. This work, and other recent research carried out by Steve and […]

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