Vomiting caterpillars weigh up costs and benefits of group living5 April 2012A type of caterpillar which defends itself by regurgitating on its predators is less likely to do so when in groups than when alone, a new study by researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Liverpool has found. Such reluctance is sufficient to cancel out the benefits of being in a group.
Media coverage for metal-on-metal hip replacement cancer risk study4 April 2012Research, led by Ashley Blom, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Clinical Sciences, on the risk of developing cancer in metal-on-metal hip replacement patients seven years following surgery, was covered by the Daily Telegraph, CBS Radio and Blomberg news.
Student Suzi makes sporting history in the new Olympic stadium3 April 2012PhD student Suzi Gage has become one of the first people to compete in the new Olympic stadium, running alongside celebrities, former Olympians, Paralympians and even a princess. The 28-year-old was one of 5,000 runners selected for the The National Lottery Olympic Park Run, which was a five-mile run around the Olympic Park, taking in landmarks such as the Velodrome and Aquatics Centre, before finishing inside the iconic Stadium.
Are we really a nation of animal lovers?3 April 2012A study by academics at the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences has surveyed for the first time the number of cats and dogs in UK rescue organisations.
Discovery Channel interviews veterinary academic2 April 2012Dr Domingo Tortonese, Senior Lecturer in Anatomy in the School of Veterinary Sciences, has been interviewed by the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet programme and Dailymotion, about his research on jetlag in racehorses.
Bristol University to play pivotal role in protecting the country from cyber attack2 April 2012The University of Bristol has been awarded a new and prestigious status for its world-class research in the field of cyber security, playing a pivotal role in helping to make government, business and consumers more resilient to cyber attack. It has been named today as an Academic Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security Research – a new status which means the University will work more closely with the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK cyber community and industry.
Professor hands over the reins of leading international journal30 March 2012Professor Gary Foster of the School of Biological Sciences will be stepping down at the end of 2012 after 13 years as Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Plant Pathology, the journal he launched in 2000 as a joint venture by the British Society of Plant Pathology (BSPP) and Wiley. During this time it has become one of the leading international journals in the field.
Law book generates wide-ranging debate30 March 2012A Colloquium was held at the University of Cambridge on 19-20 March, focusing on Dr Jonathan Burnside’s recent book 'God, Justice and Society' (Oxford University Press, 2011).
37 Degrees at the Bristol Gallery30 March 2012A new exhibition of works from the Bristol-based artist Karen Barber opens today at the Bristol Gallery. The exhibition, entitled 37 Degrees (after normal human body temperature), marks a continuing collaboration between the University of Bristol and the gallery.
Microscopic, sub-volcanic visions29 March 2012The University has taken delivery of a powerful new type of analytical electron microscope – the first installation of its type in a UK higher education institution.
Children of the 90s ageing well29 March 2012As part of its 21st birthday celebrations, ALSPAC (Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, also known as Children of the 90s) is holding a conference and free public lecture on Wednesday 18 April.
£140,000 for research into peptide nanotubes29 March 2012Professor Dek Woolfson, Dr David Fermin and Dr Franziska Thomas in the School of Chemistry have secured a three-year Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant totalling £140,000.
Potential wrongful convictions: dossier of cases published29 March 2012The Innocence Network UK (INUK) today, publishes a dossier of 45 cases of alleged innocent victims of wrongful conviction. All of these cases have been refused a referral back to the Court of Appeal at least once by the Criminal Cases Review Commission despite continuing doubts about the evidence that led to their convictions.
From the world’s quietest labs to a horse on a treadmill: 52 new films showcase the University28 March 2012A series of new films have shone a spotlight on the many facets of the University of Bristol, exploring a wide-range of topics from the complexities of volcanoes to witchcraft in the modern world. The collection of 52 short films, showcasing the wealth of talent and range of research being carried out at the University, was officially launched at Bristol’s MShed last night [27 March].
Dental plaque bacteria may trigger blood clots27 March 2012Better understanding of the relationship between oral bacteria and blood clots could ultimately lead to new treatments for infective endocarditis, according to scientists from the University of Bristol and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Regional supercomputing centre set to revolutionise research26 March 2012The University of Bristol is to play a key role in a new £3.7million regional centre for supercomputing, which looks set to revolutionise research into important areas such as climate change, drug design and aerospace engineering. It has joined forces with the Universities of Oxford, Southampton and University College London to form a Centre for Innovation to share state-of-the-art equipment and world-leading skills, speeding up the rate at which complex data can be processed.
Jacques Delors to address the future of the European Union26 March 2012Jacques Delors, the former President of the European Commission and Founding President of Notre Europe, will give a special lecture to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential publications in the field of EU research.
New project underway to explore the local history and culture of Bristol23 March 2012Members of the community are being sought to share their treasured memories of Bristol’s heritage through a hands-on history project which will explore some of the city’s best-loved and most intriguing places. Bristol Zoo, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Kings Weston, South Bristol and Hillfields housing estate will be examined as part of the Know Your Bristol project, run by the University of Bristol in partnership with Bristol City Council and local community organisations.
Staff and students at the University of Bristol named as Olympic torchbearers22 March 2012Students and staff from the University of Bristol are celebrating after being confirmed as Torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which will be watched by millions of people around the world. Students Georgie Twigg, Bettina Urban and Teaching Fellow Shirley Hume will have their moment to shine on 23 May, when the iconic flame passes through Bristol. All three have said it will be “one of the most exciting moments” of their lives.
1,300 Bristol youngsters warm-up for London 201222 March 2012Over 1,300 Bristol school children will be putting their Olympic Spirit to the test at the Bristol Festival of School Sport under the guidance of past, present and future sporting stars. This year’s three-day event, from 26 to 28 March, will see pupils from 20 of the city’s secondary schools experience the excitement of a major sporting event.
Margaret Reynolds, 1927-201222 March 2012Margaret Reynolds, who served as senior secretary and administrator in the Geography Department for 25 years, died in February. Emeritus Professor Peter Haggett remembers 'a much-loved and much-respected colleague' who was 'a centre of good sense and calm efficiency'.
First Annual Penguin History Lecture explores the origins of sex22 March 2012The First Annual Penguin History Lecture, a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Penguin which aims to bring the very best historians to a Bristol audience, will be given by Dr Faramerz Dabhoiwala, author of The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution, at the M-Shed today [22 March].
Just so: Scientists name Dorset crocodile after Kipling21 March 2012A superbly preserved 130-million-year-old crocodile skull, discovered at Swanage in Dorset in 2009, has been described as belonging to a species new to science in a paper by researchers at the University of Bristol. The specimen has been given the name Goniopholis kiplingi after Rudyard Kipling in recognition of his enthusiasm for the natural sciences.
New book published on Catherine of Siena21 March 2012Dr Carolyn Muessig and George Ferzoco of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies have recently published A Companion to Catherine of Siena, the most comprehensive scholarly English-language resource available about this fourteenth century theologian and saint.
Media coverage for naming of Dorset crocodile21 March 2012News that a 130-million-year-old dinosaur discovered in Swanage, Dorset has been named after Rudyard Kipling was covered by The Guardian, Daily Mail, BBC and local papers.
Universities go head-to-head for Varsity Day21 March 2012Sporting students from the University of Bristol will be pitting their skills against rivals from the University of the West of England today [21 March]. Teams and individuals from both Universities will compete in 17 different sports, all hoping to win and be crowned Varsity Champions for 2012.
Professor Broadfoot appointed to Social Science Expert Panel20 March 2012Professor Patricia Broadfoot from the University's Graduate School of Education has been appointed a member of a new Social Science Expert Panel for the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
$2 million for research into oral disease19 March 2012A collaborative research project led by the University of Bristol that could significantly improve our understanding of the role of Candida albicans in gum and jaw disease has been awarded $2 million by the US National Institutes for Health (NIH).