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emma.trantham's Profile

I fell in love with science, especially biology at an early age and followed this passion to university where I completed my veterinary degree at the University of Bristol in 2009. I am now in the 2nd year of my PhD (also at Bristol) researching Campylobacter - food poisoning bacteria we mainly catch from chickens.

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Mrs
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Emma
Surname: 
Trantham
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Bristol
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2012
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Field: 
Biology
Speciality: 
Microbiology, Veterinary Public Health
Qualifications: 
BSc Veterinary Pathogenesis BVSc Veterinary Science
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Regular contributor to student online science magazine Experimentation

 

suziesheehy's Profile

Suzie is an accelerator physicist who designs new types of accelerators for medical and energy applications. She's always been involved in communicating science to the public, since the start of her undergraduate degree in her home town of Melbourne, Australia. She currently holds an 1851 fellowship to support her research and finds it hard to say no to fun things like FameLab

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Dr
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Suzie
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Sheehy
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Oxford
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UK
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Year of graduation: 
2012
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Field: 
Physics
Speciality: 
accelerator physics
 

Catherine MacDonald's Profile

I studied my undergraduate at dundee in anatomy & physiology. Then an msc in medical biotecnology and biobuisiness, then had a year in industry before starting a PhD in gut immunology in October 2011.

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Miss
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Catherine
Surname: 
MacDonald
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Aberdeen
Country: 
UK
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Year of graduation: 
2012
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Field: 
Biology
Speciality: 
immunology
 

Rebecca Dumbell's Profile

I have studied zoology at undergrad and went on to study physiology at masters level. I have taught horse riding to children from the age of 16 and I <3 science.

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Miss
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Rebecca
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Dumbell
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Aberdeen
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UK
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Local/Regional Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2012
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Field: 
Biology
Speciality: 
zoology
 

Mark Haw's Profile

I am a physicist working in a chemical engineering department. I am a firm believer that dividing science into 'disciplines' or 'fields' is a 19th century idea that we really should get over. My public engagement 'career', such as it is, was initiated by a short media fellowship working on news articles at the journal Nature. Since then I have written news and features articles when I can find time, as well as a popular science book, 'Middle World', published by Macmillan. I've done café scientifique, Royal Institution & British Science Association talks in various places.

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Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Mark
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Haw
Location
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Glasgow and Edinburgh
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2012
Thoughts about famelab: 
Great fun and a big challenge to compress all of science into 3 minutes...
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Field: 
Physics
Speciality: 
Chemical Engineering, biophysics, Brownian motion, thermodynamics, colloids, nanomaterials
Qualifications: 
PhD
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Features, news, comment and reviews for eg Nature, Physics World, Chemistry World, American Scientist
Popular science book: 'Middle World: the restless heart of matter and life' (published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)
Talks at Cafe Scientifique, Royal Institution, British Science Association, various schools conferences
Teaching classes in communication skills to science and engineering students
Famelab 2011/12

Languages Spoken: 
English
French
Topics of Interests: 
History of Science
Physics of 'soft matter'
thermodynamics
physics and chemistry of life
nanoscience
creativity in science
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://www.middle-world.com
Publications: 
Middle World: the restless heart of matter and life. Macmillan, 2007
 

Ben Spark's Profile

Ben is a part time maths teacher, part time musician and part time maths speaker who is occasionally found busking on street corners - both with music and (sometimes) maths. He has an MSc and a PGCE and still gets excited about complex numbers (among other things)

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Ben
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Sparks
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Dorset
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UK
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Year of graduation: 
2012
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Other
Speciality: 
Mathematics
Qualifications: 
MSc, MA, PGCE
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Freelance Maths Enrichment speaker
Further Maths Support Programme lecturer

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http://www.bensparks.co.uk/
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nickfyson's Profile

My undergrad was in natural sciences at cambridge uni, ultimatly specialising in phyics. After a year as a research assistant I joined the 'Bristol centre for complexity sciences', where first year included lectures on a wide range of subjects. My PhD is based in the 'Intelligent systems laboratory', where I work on the flow of information, eg. in twitter and the news media, and I'm due to start sn epidemiology-related Post Doc position in January.

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Nick
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Fyson
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Bristol
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UK
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2012
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Physics
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Complexity Sciences
 

andrew.holding's Profile

I am a research scientist who is currently employed by the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge. My research involves the study of protein-protein binding by way of using small isotopically-labelled linker molecules. These linker molecules bind between residues that are within range of each other and then the cross-linked protein complex is digested and analysed by mass spectrometry. The interactions we investigate are important for understanding and developing new cures for a wide range of diseases including cancer.

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Dr
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Andrew
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Holding
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Cambridge
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UK
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2012
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Chemistry
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Molecular Chemistry
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MChem Oxon. PhD Cantab.
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Lasted Updated Nov 2011, for more up to date information please check http://evath.net/outreach

November 2011

Panel Member at eSCAMPS - Communicating Science to Non-Scientists.
Organised the first Bright Club in Cambridge. A sell-out event.
Invited speaker at Ivory Tower Society - Pembroke College Cambridge. on 'The History and Impact of the Haber process'.
Invited speaker at 'Skeptcs in the Pub in Nottingham' to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Ran workshop introducing year 9 pupils from around Cambridge to the concept of chirality as part of the 'Strech' science sessions at Perse School for Senior Girls.
Speaker at the British Science Association SciScreen event held at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge introducing Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

October 2011

Launched the second series of ThinkOutreach's radio show 'The Science of Fiction' on CamFM.
Speaker at the first Science Showoff in London.
Invited speaker at 'Skeptcs in the Pub in Newcastle' to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Organised a screening of Tim Minchin's Storm, with producer Tracy King and animator DC Turner.
Organised a science comedy night with Helen Arney at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

September 2011

Invited speaker at The Festival of the Spoken Nerd.
Stand-up performer for Bright Club in London on 'Building Molecules'.

August 2011

Speaker for Cambridge University's plenary lecture series on 'Impact and Responsibility'. Organised as part of the Institute of Continuing Education's Summer School.
Speaker for Cambridge University's GEEMA Summer School on the science and history of both scurvy and the Haber process.
Interviewed for BBC Radio 5 Live's 5 Live Drive show about a Swede's attempt to build a home-made nuclear reactor.

July 2011

'Science Busking' on behalf of the Cambridgeshire branch of the British Science Association at Cambridge's Big Weekend.
Speaker for Cambridge University's Mature Student Summer School on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Speaker for Cambridge University's Further Education Summer School on the science and history of the Haber process.
Selected for training at the Science Museum on how to host an engaging science event.

June 2011

Invited speaker to talk on 'Public Engagement in the 21st Century: Blogging and Social Media' as part of the University of Cambridge - Centre for Personal and Professional Development's lecture series.
Speaker at 'Drinking Skeptically' in Denver, CO on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.

May 2011 - July 2011

ThinkOutreach's first live radio show series 'The Science of Fiction'' on CamFM. The show discusses examples of real science and/or the science behind fictional concepts in films, TV shows and books.

May 2011

'Kitchen Science' at the Cambridge Beer Festival, demonstrating several experiments the audience could repeat at home, as well as hydrogen and cryogenics. Organised in partnership with University of Cambridge - Community Affairs team.

April 2011

Planned and carried out 'Chirality and Molecular Structure Workshop' for the Widening Participation Team, Cambridge Admissions Office.

March 2011

Founded ThinkOutreach and organised ThinkCon 2011 to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival. The event was funded by an UnLtd Catalyst award to promote grass-roots science outreach. Speakers included Prof David Colquhoun (UCL), Dr Sile Lane (Sense About Science) and Dr Chris Smith (The Naked Scientists).
Invited as first speaker for the British Science Association in Cambridge's SciScreen event held at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge on the science behind the movies 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: The Year We Make Contact before a showing of the latter movie.
Invited speaker at Cambridge Regional College to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Invited speaker at 'Brighton Science Festival' to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.

February 2011

Speaker for Cambridge University's School Challenge Days and Schools Masterclasses on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Founded 'Skeptics Cafe' discussion group in Cambridge as an inclusive event for women interested in science. Now run by MRC Cancer Cell Unit.

January 2011

Invited speaker at 'Skeptics in the Pub - Cardiff' to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.

November 2010

'Science Busking' on behalf of the Cambridgeshire branch of the British Science Association at The Grafton Centre, Cambridge.
Repeat guest on 'The Naked Scientists' radio show broadcast answering the public's questions on science. Broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and syndicated to the rest of the BBC local stations in the east of England.

October 2010

Science is Vital - organised press coverage in Cambridgeshire, including coverage in Cambridge News.

May 2010

Guest host on CUR1350 (now CamFM) discussing the quirky science news of the week.
Producer of the 'Skeptics in the Pub - Podcast', which receives 500-1000 downloads a month (as of March 2011).

October 2009

Founder and organiser of the highly successful 'Skeptics in the Pub' talks in Cambridge.

Languages Spoken: 
English
Topics of Interests: 
Science
Chemistry
Biology
Biochemistry
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://evath.net
http://cambridge.skepticsinthepub.org
http://cambridge.brightclub.org
Publications: 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2010/nov/25/1
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/sep/08/faith-belief-consolation-scepticism
 

Jamie Gallagher wins FameLab Scotland final

A Chemical Physicist from the University of Glasgow has won the Scotland Heat of FameLab UK 2012, the competition to find the new voices of science communication.

A Chemical Physicist from the University of Glasgow has won the Scotland Heat of FameLab UK 2012, the competition to find the new voices of science communication.

Jamie Gallagher had just three minutes to pitch a complex scientific idea to the panel of judges, which included TV producer, Jonathan Sanderson, writer and comedian Timandra Harkness, Director of British Council Scotland Lloyd Anderson and Glasgow Science Centre Director of Science Robin Hoyle.

 

Andrew Steele Wins Famelab SE Final

Andrew Steele, from Oxford, has beaten off ten competitors to win the Famelab South East Regional Final at Science Oxford Live. Andrew won the competition in just three minutes by wowing the judges about how human activity makes clouds whiter and whiter clouds are cooling our planet.

Andrew Steele, from Oxford, has beaten off ten competitors to win the Famelab South East Regional Final at Science Oxford Live. Andrew won the competition in just three minutes by wowing the judges about how human activity makes clouds whiter and whiter clouds are cooling our planet.

The four judges were Andrew Pontzen (former Famelab national finalist), Chris Lintott (co-presenter of 'The Sky at Night'), Georgina Ferry (science writer) and Timandra Harkness (Comedian and Writer).

 
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