Faculty of Science & Technology 4th Annual Research Conference

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Pushing the Boundaries, our 4th Annual Research and Scholarship Conference, took place in Cambridge on 14 May 2014. It was an excellent opportunity to celebrate and showcase our research and scholarly activity.

Our keynote speaker was Dr Simon Lancaster, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of East Anglia and an HEA National Teaching Fellow (2013). In 2013, Simon won a Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Teaching Award for his innovative use of technology to engage, challenge and enthuse students by blurring the boundaries between the internet and the lecture theatre. His keynote presentation, Enhancing learning in the lecture theatre and beyond, featured interactive elements such as Turning Technologies clickers and smartphone apps. You can read Simon's record of the day on Storify.

Faculty staff and students also gave presentations and produced posters, many of them forming part of our conference day 'fringe events'. These included Assessing cardiac function in the exercising patient from our Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences; a demonstration of the thermal image camera from our Department of Engineering and the Built Environment; and Creation of photofits: perception, attention, and error from the Department of Psychology.

We also saw the return of the popular, fast-moving Show and Tell/Three-Minute Thesis session, where staff and research students gave three-minute presentations outlining an area of their work or a research project.

Our Conference Committee members awarded prizes for the three best posters, out of a total of 45 submitted. Congratulations to our prize winners:

  • 1st Prize: Franziska Reisse, Predicting improved knee realignment surgery: a finite element study
  • 2nd Prize: Helen McRobie, Agouti signalling protein is an inverse agonist to the wildtype and agonist to the melanic variant of the melanocortin-1 receptor in the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
  • 3rd Prize: Oliver Morgan, The effect of bunion angles upon pressure in the big toe joint: a finite element study.

Meanwhile, conference delegates voted for their favourite presentation of the day. The winner was Dr Matthew Timmis for his presentation Visual search strategies of soccer players executing a power vs. placement penalty kick.

Pushing the boundaries conference guide 2014