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Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Sarah Williams

Small - Sarah WilliamsJoin us on Tuesday 22nd March for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

This week’s engineer is Sarah Williams and she is currently in her final year at the University of Glasgow studying Biomedical Engineering. Her degree has covered many fields such as electronics, mechanical engineering, biology, business management and mathematics, these classes have helped her to establish her strengths and weaknesses.

Her placements have also helped to expand her knowledge and experience within the field. She has had the opportunity to shadow an orthopaedic surgeon at Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary, observe clinical engineers at WestMARC in the Queen Elizabeth hospital, work alongside a rehabilitation service TRAC team at Udston hospital and carry out research at Nuclear Cardiology in Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary.

Her recent six-month research placement involved working within the Nuclear Cardiology department alongside clinicians and looking into the machine learning of SPECT imaging, specifically DaTSCAN imaging which involves acquiring images of the brain to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Using programming software and mathematical techniques, the images were loaded into the computer which could then detect whether the subject has Parkinson’s disease or not.

This research contributed to a large part of her fifth year at university and her final degree classification. She is now pursuing a career within the NHS as a clinical scientist to carry out further research and improve services for patients within rehabilitation and diagnosis.

You can watch the recorded version now if you missed the live session – Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Sarah Williams

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Come and meet the experts and find out about air pollution!

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

Sign up using our simple survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AirQualityCPD

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Professional learning workshops from OPAL, SEPA and Ricardo Energy

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

Sign up using our simple survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AirQualityCPD

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Air Quality professional learning session: 25th November

Sources-of-air-pollution_310314Twilight session for Glasgow secondary teachers, and P7 working towards transition, looking at new approaches to teaching Air Quality. Three short workshops will cover different ways of getting pupils involved in real science research, learning about pollution and Air Quality in a way that is meaningful for pupils and produces useful scientific data along the way. The event will cover a diverse range of topics from Outdoor Learning, to data analysis and a wealth of available resources to use with your pupils. Come along and find out how you and your pupils can get involved in Air Quality research at your school.

Workshops:

Lichen bio-indicator of air quality: Find out how to identify some of the lichen bio-indicators of air quality to get a measure of air pollution in your local environment. This survey is one of the Open Air Laboratories citizen science surveys that enable pupils to carry out real science research in their local environment. OPAL Community Scientist Joanne Dempster

Scotland’s Environment Web: Exploring existing air quality data to investigate air quality near you. Education Scotland Citizen Science Development Officer Stuart McGrath.

Clear the Air: An educational resource for secondary school pupils to learn about air pollution and how it is measured in their area by finding out about the Clear the Air Citizen Science project.Ricardo Energy and Environment: Ricardo Energy and Environment, Susannah Telfer and Jennifer Simpson.

Places are limited so please register here.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AirQualityCPD

Get outside and Get Learning!

Want to get outside and start finding out about the environment around you? These brand new professional learning videos from Scotland’s Environment are a great place to start. With information for practitioners and learners, they provide a step-by-step guide on how to measure soil pH, look for invertebrates in your local pond, sample small mammal populations and more!

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They are all part of an exciting new resource available from Scotland’s Environment website: Get Learning. The home of environmental data and information about Scotland for learning and teaching.

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New videos for Science

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The National STEM Centre have just added six great film clips to the eLibrary, covering areas of the curriculum such as electricity generation, electromagnetism and the physics of car crashes.

The film clips in this collection were produced by Pumpkin Interactive, whose aim is to provide case studies of real life applications to illustrate some of the more complex scientific concepts and theories. Themes covered include: forces and motion, waves and imaging and electricity generation, transmission and distribution

Nine things that shape your identity before birth

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The making of you

Your story didn’t begin when you were born.

Before you took your first breath, your appearance and much of your ‘instinctive’ behaviour had already been formed. Exactly how you spent the nine months developing from a microscopic cell to a human baby helped make you who you are today.

Find out more at BBC iWonder Nine things that shape your identity before birth timeline. Created to support the BBC 2 programme Countdown to life, featuring broadcaster Michael Moseley. The series also has accompanying OU support materials including the poster Nine months that made you.

Science, Technology and Maths e-bulletin September 2015

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Science

  • Add the new SSERC tile to your Launchpad in Glow
  • Register for the sciences cross-authority writing group events 2015-16
  • STEM at the Scottish Learning Festival – enjoy our STEM programme
  • Food chain professional learning event – Thurs 17th Sept
  • Professional learning videos for vibrations and waves now live
  • Get learning section of Scotland’s Environment website now live – see data about climate change, water, rivers and more
  • Want your primary school learners to talk about science? Try these videos from RSC

 

Technologies

 

Numeracy and mathematics

 

Did you know…….?

Scottish science festivals set to share £239k of funding

 

Professional learning

Creating a smarter Scotland – A draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education

 

Video Inspiration

Have you got Rugby World Cup fever yet? Watch the science behind the rugby tackle

 

We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

SSERC now as GLOW tile

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Education Scotland is delighted to announce a new and quick way to access SSERC’s resources for Science and Technology. The new SSERC tile is now on the GLOW launch pad. Add it to your launch pad for a fast and easy route to SSERC’s website.

Slower Melting Ice Cream, & Storing Methane with Coffee Grounds

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Here’s a weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week Compound Interest features research on a protein that could help keep ice creams from melting so quickly, a novel method of recycling coffee grounds to store methane, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as further studies of interest not included in the graphic.

Note: links to studies behind a journal paywall are indicated with (£). Studies without this symbol are open access, and can be accessed and read for free.

 

Featured Stories

Protein enables slower melting ice cream: [Article]

Blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque: [Article] [Study (£)]

A membrane that separates oil from water: [Article] [Study (£)]

Waste coffee grounds recycled as methane storage medium: [Article] [Study]

Brazilian wasp venom selectively kills cancer cells: [Article] [Study]

 

Other Stories This Week

Ants superior to other pest control methods: [Article] [Study (£)]

Mosquito net binds insecticides with electrostatic forces: [Article] [Study (£)]

Pond algae contains wealth of chemical blueprints: [Article] [Study (£)]

Magnesium peroxide could be stable in some planet interiors: [Article] [Study]

Sea slug steals prey’s chemical weapons: [Article] [Study (£)]

Parasite-infected bees self-medicate: [Article] [Study (£)]

Brain protein causes rare, Parkinson’s related disease: [Article] [Study (£)]

Hydrogel-fabric composite makes for soft but strong material: [Article] [Study]

‘Brain-eating’ amoeba evades chlorine disinfection: [Article] [Study]

Electrical fields can switch dipole and handedness of helical structures: [Article] [Study (£)]

Riboflavin helps selectively form Z-isomer alkenes: [Article] [Study (£)]

Mutated weeds can grow in TNT-contaminated soil: [Article] [Study (£)]

Titanium & zirconium respond differently to mechanical stress: [Article] [Study (£)]

Faecal transplants overcome drug resistant bacteria: [Article] [Study]

New definition for hypervalency in molecules suggested: [Article] [Study]

Redesigning drugs for better biodegradability: [Article] [Study (£)]

 

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