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A plant scientist from Durham University wins North West regional heat

A plant scientist from Durham University has won the North West regional heat of FameLab UK 2012, the competition to find the new voices of science communication.
Mags Pullen had just three minutes to pitch a complex scientific idea to the panel of judges, which included writer and comedian Timandra Harkness, Manchester Science Festival Director, Natalie Ireland and Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustics at the University of Salford, broadcaster and previous FameLab finalist.

A plant scientist from Durham University has won the North West regional heat of FameLab UK 2012, the competition to find the new voices of science communication.

Mags Pullen had just three minutes to pitch a complex scientific idea to the panel of judges, which included writer and comedian Timandra Harkness, Manchester Science Festival Director, Natalie Ireland and Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustics at the University of Salford, broadcaster and previous FameLab finalist.

 

Kate's Profile

I'm interested in understanding sex differences in human behaviour, as well as getting on stage and talking to people about psychology.

I studied sex differences in impulsivity and aggression at Durham University, and got my doctorate in 2011. I then moved to St Andrews to research sex differences in the use of information from social sources.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Kate
Surname: 
Cross
Location
City: 
St Andrews
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2012
Professional Information
Field: 
Other
Speciality: 
Psychology
Qualifications: 
PhD (Psychology) Durham University (2011) BSc (Psychology) Durham University (2005)
Public engagement experience: 

Famelab Scottish regional runner-up: 'The Science of Speed-Dating'/'Tamping Irons as Tools for Neuroscience' (November 2011)
Bright Club Newcastle: 'Sex, Skydiving, and the Spur of the Moment' (July 2011)
Durham Science Festival: 'The World's an Illusion' (April 2008, 2009, 2010)
Café Sci County Durham: 'Do Girls and Boys Think Differently?' / 'The Science of Attraction' (2008-2010)

Topics of Interests: 
Sex/gender differences; evolution and behaviour; culture and behaviour; aggression; personality
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
https://risweb.st-andrews.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/catharine-penelope-cross(602d513d-0e03-4332-bee6-f90197db514b).html
 

Alberto's Profile

BSc Chemical Engineering - spain
MSc Chemical Engineering - university of alabama in Huntsville, USA
Validation engineer - USA
Applications specialist - spain
PhD - UCL

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Title: 
Mr
Firstname: 
Alberto
Surname: 
Hernandez-Barral
Location
City: 
London
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Local/Regional Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2012
Professional Information
Field: 
Engineering
 

Harry's Profile

I recently started a PhD in molecular biology at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge working on the 3D architecture of Chromatin and how this effects gene expression. Have always really enjoyed science communication and try to get involved with projects as much as possible

Personal Information
Title: 
Mr
Firstname: 
Harry
Surname: 
Armstrong
Location
City: 
Cambridge/London
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Runner-Up
Year of graduation: 
2012
Thoughts about famelab: 
Fantastic competition
Professional Information
Speciality: 
Biology
Qualifications: 
Honors degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Glasgow Undertaking a PhD in Molecular Biology at Cambridge University
Topics of Interests: 
All aspects of Biology
 

rsporea's Profile

I have graduated from the Politehnica University in Bucharest after studying computer engineering. For two years I've been designing microchips for a Silicon Valley company. After a PhD from Surrey I am Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, still at Surrey, working on flexible and transparent electronics. Travelling & photography is what I do when not designing tomorrow's technology.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Radu
Surname: 
Sporea
Location
City: 
Guildford
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2012
Professional Information
Field: 
Engineering
Speciality: 
Electronic and Computer Engineering
Qualifications: 
PhD in Elec. Eng, Unviersity of Surrey, 2010 MEng+BSc in Computer Sys. Eng, Politehnica University, Bucharest, 2006
Public engagement experience: 

British Science Festival 2009
Cheltenham Science Festival 2010, 2011
Scientific Advisor for BBC Series Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

Languages Spoken: 
English
Romanian
Topics of Interests: 
Physics
Computers
Gadgets
Electronics
Photography
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=47856659&trk=tab_pro
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ati/people/radu_sporea/
Videos: 
Publications: 
http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/cgi/search/simple?screen=Public%3A%3AEPrintSearch&_action_search=Search&q_merge=ALL&q=sporea+source&order=-date%2Fcreators_name%2Ftitle
 

Sheila's Profile

I'm a space cadet who loves anything "out of this world" particularly saturn and the movie space camp. I love inspiring people using space exploration as a hook and I want to be the first woman on mars.

Personal Information
Title: 
Miss
Firstname: 
Sheila
Surname: 
Kanani
Location
City: 
London
Country: 
UK
Professional Information
Field: 
Physics
 

dcasey's Profile

I started my undergrad at imperial in 2001 and haven't escaped yet. Since then, I've moved from drug discovery to chemical biology to tech development and now split my time between proteomics research and running my own spin-off, anywhereHPLC.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Duncan
Surname: 
Casey
Location
City: 
London
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2012
Professional Information
Field: 
Chemistry
Speciality: 
Technology Development
Qualifications: 
PhD (Imperial College, 2012) in the interaction of drug molecules with biological membranes; MRes (Imperial College, 2007) in protein and membrane chemical biology; MSci (Imperial College, 2006) in chemistry with a year in industry
Public engagement experience: 

I have worked in a number of voluntary public engagement roles since I began my postgraduate studies: I have written and contributed extensively to the campaigns and publications of Sense About Science, I have presented at events such as the British Science Festival and Cafe Scientifique, and written for the university press for several years.

 

Local scientist wins London heat of national science communication competition

A researcher from Bayswater in London has won the London Heat of FameLab UK 2012, a national competition to find new voices of science communication, which took place at King’s College London yesterday.

A researcher from Bayswater in London has won the London Heat of FameLab UK 2012, a national competition to find new voices of science communication, which took place at King’s College London yesterday.

 

Deborah Durbin's Profile

I am a 24 year old Canadian PhD student currently visiting the University of Bristol from the Royal Military College of Canada. I am in Bristol for a collaboration project in which I use computational chemistry to better understand and develop methods of hydrogen storage for use on board hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. In my free time I am vice president of the University Bridge Society. I am also an avid hiker and swimmer.

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Title: 
Ms
Firstname: 
Deborah
Surname: 
Durbin
Location
City: 
Bristol
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2012
Professional Information
Field: 
Chemistry
 

mikefrost's Profile

Day job - systems engineer in the naval and steel Industries.

Evening job - Director of the British Astronomical Association's Historical section.

I give astronomy talks all over the country.
www.mikefrost.info for details

Personal Information
Title: 
Mr
Firstname: 
Mike
Surname: 
Frost
Location
City: 
Rugby
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2012
Professional Information
Field: 
Engineering
 
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