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									Issue 210 • 15 October 2009	
                                 reporter             Sharing	stories	of	Imperial’s	community	




 International
 flavour
 How international students helped revamp the
 College’s lunches > centre pages

                  Faculty oF       creative                                mini proFile
                  medicine         Futures
                                                                           Steve Cook on
                  New academic     Encouraging                             the theatrical
                  structure        school pupils to                        side of
                  published        think big                               lecturing
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                                  Academic promotions announced
                                  From across the College’s Faculties                    Imperial’s new Professor of Phys-         knowing that you’ve added to our
                                  of Natural Sciences, Engineering and              ics John Tisch (pictured right), who           understanding of the natural world at
    e d I To R ’ s Co Rn e R      Medicine, as well as the Business                 specialises in developing laser tech-          some fundamental level.”
                                  School and Department of Humani-                  nology, describes what he likes about          —AbigAil smith, CommuniCAtions
                                                                                    his role at the College: “I really enjoy
Comfort
                                  ties, 100 academics have been pro-
                                  moted with effect from 1 October                  the intellectual freedom that I have –                                           “i really enjoy
                                                                                    it’s a great job for an enquiring mind.                                          the intellectual
food
                                  2009 and now hold a new title of sen-
                                  ior lecturer, senior research fellow,             I love that process of thinking up an                                            freedom that
                                  reader or professor.                              experiment (often jogging around                                                 i have – it’s a
                                       The title of professor is reserved           Hyde Park on my lunch breaks) and                                                great job for an
As the weather takes a            for an individual who has achieved                then seeing that take shape in the                                               enquiring mind”
chilly twist, many of us          international standing and demon-                 lab. Then, the process of tackling
instinctively seek out            strated international leadership in               the problems and analysing the data
                                                                                                                                   To	watch	videos	with	three	of	the	new	
warming and hearty food           their relevant subject or profession.             with my PhD students and post-                 professors	and	one	senior	lecturer,	
to satisfy our hunger.            The announcement includes 27                      docs. And then there’s the thrill you          visit:	www3.imperial.ac.uk/news/
Some scientists                   new professors.                                   get when you reach a breakthrough,             academicpromotions09
suggest that’s because
we’re after the feel-good
hormone serotonin, which
is stimulated in the brain        Look up a lichen in the
by starchy carbohydrates.
But the associations we           name of cleaner air
make with food are just as
important as how it               Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) launched its national air survey on

                                                                                                                       calling all
nourishes and tastes to           29 September. The project aims to find out more about the impact
us: the ‘comfort dishes’          of air quality all over England by inviting the public to investigate

                                                                                                                       global health
we crave as adults are            lichens growing on trees in their local area, and to count black ‘tar
often those that we grew          spots’ on the leaves of sycamore trees.

                                                                                                                       researchers
up with, and which take                The survey has been developed with experts from the British
us back to our roots. This        Lichen Society and is one of several projects being led by Impe-
month as the students             rial scientists as part of the wider OPAL initiative. OPAL has been
flooded back they were            awarded a grant of £11.7 million by the Big Lottery Fund to inspire a
greeted by the new South          new generation of nature enthusiasts.
Kensington Campus’ res-                Lichens are plant-like organisms that form when a fungus and
taurant – the Queen’s             algae develop together. They have been known as clean air indi-
Tower Rooms – where               cators since the last century when acid rain caused lichens to dis-
staff and students can eat                                                         appear in our towns,
freshly cooked traditional                                                         cities and beyond. Now
cuisine that reminds us of                                                         they are returning and
home, wherever that may                                                            can be found all year
be. The aromas coming                                                              round in urban areas
from the sizzling woks are                                                         and the countryside,
enough to transport us far                                                         and on a variety of sur-            Help us build a
away from the rain and the                                                         faces from tree bark                complete picture of
cold or, at the very least,                                                        to park benches and
                                                                                                                       the global health
away from our lab benches                                                          pavements. Recent
and desks. See pages 8–9                                                           research has identi-
                                                                                                                       research being
to find out how 16 students                                                        fied that some lichens              carried out across
helped to revamp the              thrive on air pollution whilst others are highly sensitive to it. This               the College. If your research
venue and inject authentic-       means they can be used to indicate what air quality is like today.                   contributes to improving health in
ity into the menu.                     OPAL Community Scientist, Dr Emma Green (Life Sciences), said                   low- and middle-income countries
Emily Ross, EditoR                “The OPAL air survey aims to expand the wealth of research that
                                                                                                                       or in disadvantaged UK populations,
                                  already exists about the air we breathe here in the UK. Information
  	Reporter	is	published	every	
                                  collected by the public will help us to build an even more detailed
                                                                                                                       please complete a questionnaire for
three	weeks	during	term	time	
in	print	and	online	at	www.       picture of our changing air quality and, ultimately, will help scien-                Imperial’s Institute for Global Health.
imperial.ac.uk/reporter.		        tists trying to find out what effect such changes are having.”
The	next	publication	day	is	5	
November.	Contact	Emily	Ross:		
                                  —dAniEllE REEvEs, CommuniCAtions                                                     To fill in the questionnaire visit:
   	reporter@imperial.ac.uk       Anyone	can	take	part	in	the	survey.	A	free	survey	pack,	which	includes	a	guide	      http://bit.ly/30rXLt
    +44	(0)20	7594	6715           and	workbook,	can	be	downloaded	from	www.opalexplorenature.org
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Faculty of Medicine                                                                                      Junior Research Fellows
New	academic	structure	published                                                                         take up their posts
                   A new academic structure for the                                                      The first cohort of top early-career            will start in their new roles over the next
                   Faculty of Medicine and appointments to                                               researchers taking up Imperial’s new            three months. Half of the researchers
                   new senior roles were announced earlier                                               Junior Research Fellowships were                are already working at Imperial and half
                   this month, following a three month                                                   welcomed to the College in the week of          are joining the College after working at
                   consultation period, which ended on                                                   8 October.                                      other institutions, including the Univer-
                   30 September.                                                                              The Fellowships will give outstand-        sity of Oxford and Stanford University.
                        In place of the existing divisional                                              ing scientists three years free from                 Each Fellow is being supported and
                   structure, from 1 January 2010 the Faculty                                            teaching and administration plus a              mentored by a senior researcher at the
                   of Medicine will be made up of the Insti-                                             competitive salary and                                       College, who will advise
                   tute for Clinical Sciences, the Kennedy                                               laboratory support costs        “[this] is a                 them on developing their
                   Institute of Rheumatology, the National                                               to enable them to estab-        wonderful                    career and the mechanics of
                   Heart and Lung Institute, the Depart-                                                 lish their own scien-           opportunity for me           establishing and furthering
                   ment of Medicine, the Department of Sur-                                              tific path. The scheme          to fully develop             research programmes.
                   gery and Cancer and the School of Public                                              also aims to help scien-        my independent                   One of the new Junior
                   Health. The Department of Surgery and                                                 tists make the difficult        research career”             Research Fellows from the
                   Cancer will be headed by Professor Jeremy                                             leap from postdoctoral                                       Department of Life
                   Nicholson (pictured top), the Department                                              researcher to lecturer.                                      Sciences is Dr Andrea
                   of Medicine by Professor Gavin Screaton                                                    The new Fellows will be exploring          Jimenez Dalmaroni. Over the course of
                   (pictured second from top) and the School                                             issues such as how galaxies form and            the Fellowship she will be using tech-
                   of Public Health by Professor Elio Riboli                                             how to use organic solar cells to gen-          niques from theoretical physics to
                   (pictured second from bottom).                                                        erate cheap, long-term energy. They             study how living cells reorganise their
                        The new structure also sees the                                                  have been chosen from over 200 appli-           internal ‘scaffolding’, known as their
                   creation of the post of Director of Educa-                                            cants from across the world and they            cytoskeleton, in response to constraints
                   tion, held by Professor Jenny Higham, for-                                                                                                                 in cell geometry.
                   merly Head of Undergraduate Medicine                                                                                                                           Commenting on
                   (pictured bottom).                                                                                                                                         her Fellowship she
    Professor Sir Anthony Newman-Taylor, Deputy Principal                                                                                                                     said: “The Junior
of the Faculty of Medicine, who led the consultation, said:                                                                                                                   Research Fellowship
“I’m aware that this has been a difficult time for all in the                                                                                                                 at Imperial is a won-
Faculty of Medicine, and I’m very grateful for the patience                                                                                                                   derful opportunity for
and professionalism that has been shown during the past                                                                                                                       me to fully develop
three months. I’m pleased that we now have a new structure                                                                                                                    my independent
that puts us on a strong footing for the future, and we will be                                                                                                               research career and
working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible.”                                                                                                                   to make a smooth
—AbigAil smith, CommuniCAtions                                                                                                                                                transition towards
                                                                                                                                                                              further advanced
Both	the	new	structure	and	a	close	of	consultation	document	are	
available	online	at:	www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine.	Background	on	the	                                                                                                          research fellowships
new	appointments	can	be	found	in	the	College	notice	at:		                                                                                                                     and a permanent
www3.imperial.ac.uk/news/medappointments09                                                                                                                                    research position.”
in brief




             thE rankings                                                       new google                          high ranking
             Imperial has risen                                                 search engine                       for msc                           I think almost every
             one place to fifth,
             joint with Oxford,
                                                                                A new and improved search           The Business School         academic would tell you that
                                                                                engine for the College web-         has come 33rd in the
             in the 2009 Times                                                  site using Google Search            world and fifth in the      the biggest impact that they
             Higher Education-
             QS World University
                                                                                Appliance was launched on
                                                                                25 September. All searches
                                                                                                                    UK for its MSc degree
                                                                                                                    in Management, in the
                                                                                                                                                will have on society, if they’re
             Rankings,
             published earlier
                                                                                for information on web pages        latest Financial	Times	     pragmatic about it, is through
                                                                                within the College’s content
             this month. The                                                    management system are now
                                                                                                                    rankings. The tables
                                                                                                                    also place the Busi-
                                                                                                                                                their graduates.”
             College is also                                                    operating through Google.
             placed second in Europe and sixth in the world                                                         ness School first in the
                                                                                The teams from ICT and                                          —PrOfessOr AnthOny Bull, new DIrectOr Of unDergrADuAte
             for engineering and IT, third in Europe and                                                            world for entrepreneur-     stuDIes In the DePArtment Of BIOengIneerIng At ImPerIAl.
                                                                                Communications that worked
             10th in the world for natural sciences, and                                                            ship, fifth for corporate
                                                                                to select and implement the
             third in Europe and 17th in the world for life                                                         strategy and 10th for       Hear	the	full	interview	including	comments	on	the	
                                                                                new search engine hope it will
             sciences and biomedicine.                                                                              general management.         emerging	discipline	of	bioengineering	and	why	it		
                                                                                enable all users of the College
                                                                                                                                                might	be	changing	the	laws	of	cricket	in	October’s	
                                                                                website to find the content
             The	full	rankings	can	be	viewed	online	                                                                                            edition	of	Imperial’s	monthly	magazine	podcast:		
                                                                                they are looking for efficiently.
             at:	www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/                                                                                                www.imperial.ac.uk/media/podcasts
             WorlduniversityRankings2009.html
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                                                                            Tribute to the late Harvey Flower
                                                                            On 6 October, the Department of                   Professor of Materials Science in 1992.
                                                                            Materials hosted the inauguration of a            Over the course of his career he also
   Trust launches new online                                                piece of art created in memory of the             acted as Deputy Head of Department,
   consultant directory                                                     late Professor Harvey Flower, whose
                                                                            untimely death in August 2003 was a
                                                                                                                              Director of Research, and Director of
                                                                                                                              Postgraduate Studies.
   On 12 October the Trust launched a new online                            great loss to the College and the                      Speaking at the event, Professor
   directory for consultants, meaning that people looking                   scientific community.                                                 John Kilner, BCH Steele
   for consultant information are never more than one                            Professor Flower was         “harvey was a true                  Chair of Energy Materi-
   or two clicks away from the information they need.                       a world expert in materials       scholar and his                     als, who worked closely
   The directory has been developed in conjunction with                     for the aerospace industry,       scientific inquiry,                 with Professor Flower,
   healthcare research consultants, Dr Foster. Each con-                    and the metallurgy of tita-       wise insight and                    described how his col-
   sultant’s web page includes details of NHS experience                    nium, aluminum and their          impish sense of                     league’s outstanding con-
   and private practice areas of expertise, education,                      alloys, in particular.            humour is sadly                     tributions to the science
   training and research interests, and a photo of the                           The event was attended       missed”                             and technology of tita-
   consultant.                                                              by over 40 of Harvey Flow-                                            nium led to a clearer and
   —impERiAl CollEgE hEAlthCARE nhs tRust pREss offiCE                      er’s friends, colleagues and                                          fuller understanding of
                                                                            family members, including his wife, Gla-          the metal and its alloys. He said: “Har-
   For	more	information	email:	web@imperial.nhs.uk
   To	sign	up	to	the	directory,	visit:		                                    dys, his daughter, Ellie, and                     vey was the heart of the Department –
   www.consultantguide.imperial.nhs.uk		                                    granddaughter, Abigail. Mrs Flower                he was a true scholar and his scientific
                                                                            unveiled the artwork which will be                inquiry, wise insight and impish sense
                                                                            displayed in memory of her husband                of humour is sadly missed.”
   The second wave of swine flu                                             – a rainbow-coloured composition
   The Department of Health’s predictions suggest                           consisting of a set of anodised tita-
   there will soon be an increase in cases of swine flu.                    nium tubes entitled The	Colours	of	
   In response, the Trust’s emergency planning team is                      Titanium. The work was designed
   closely monitoring daily flu attendances and admis-                      and made by Lynne Bartlett, a post-
   sions and looking for indications of when the second                     graduate student at the Central Saint
   wave of swine flu will begin.                                            Martin’s College of Art and Design
       The team has run two flu exercises with the Trust                    and a maker of titanium jewellery,
   Board Directors. Experience and knowledge gained from                    who worked with Professor Flower to
   these has been shared within the clinical programme                      characterise the microstructures of
   groups to strengthen our Trust-wide plans.                               the surfaces of the oxidised alloys.
       All flu plans will be published on the Trust intranet                     Professor Flower joined the
   The	Source.                                                              Department of Materials at Imperial
   —impERiAl CollEgE hEAlthCARE nhs tRust pREss offiCE                      in 1967 as a PhD student and was           The	Colours	of	Titanium will be mounted later this month in
                                                                            subsequently appointed lecturer in         the entrance area to the Harvey M. Flower Microstructural
   For	more	information,	contact	the	Trust’s	flu	team:		                                                               Characterisation Suite on the lower ground floor of the Royal
   flu@imperial.nhs.uk                                                      1972, reader in 1984 and was made          School of Mines on the South Kensington Campus.




Imperial maths students sweep the board at science ‘oscars’
Three Imperial students who graduated from the          mathematicians beating competition from all of                 – it’s great to be recog-
MSci Mathematics course this year made it to the        Britain’s leading universities to secure the three             nised by the SET Awards
national finals of the SET (Science, Engineering        finalist places.                                               and I would like to thank
and Technology) awards – Brit-                                       The award was granted to Melissa for              my supervisor, Profes-
ain’s awards for science and tech-      “i’m delighted to        her dissertation project, supervised by               sor John Elgin, for all his
nology undergraduate research           have won when so         Professor John Elgin, in which she found              support.”
projects.                               many outstanding         a new solution to a partial differential                   Dr Lynda White
      Melissa Turcotte (pictured),      students from            equation that models the behaviour of a               (Mathematics) said:
who finished her four-year MSci         around the uK            water wave on a canal– an equation that               “We’re all very proud of
Mathematics degree at Impe-             were nominated”          has been extensively studied previously.              Melissa’s achievement.
rial this summer, was named as                                   Since leaving the College she has taken               That all three finalists
the winner of the Laing O’Rourke                                 up a consultancy role at BAE Systems.                 were from Imperial is testament to the outstand-
Award for the best mathematics student at a glit-           Melissa, who will graduate at the College’s                ing quality of the work carried out in our Depart-
tering Oscars-style ceremony at London’s Inter-         forthcoming Commemoration Day ceremony in the                  ment – both by the students themselves and the
continental Hotel on 25 September 2009. Alastair        Royal Albert Hall on 21 October 2009, said: “I’m               staff who teach them.”
Litterick and Daniel McNulty were runners up.           delighted to have won when so many outstand-                   —dAniEllE REEvEs, CommuniCAtions
     Their category saw the College’s student           ing students from around the UK were nominated
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the independent • 18.9.2009                                         reuters • 25.9.2009                      cnn.com • 24.9.2009                       the times • 27.9.2009


Long path to normal                                                 Meat eaters                              Is swallowing the                         Discovery of dark
economy, warns                                                      reassured about brain                    future of surgery?                        matter may win
economist                                                           cancer risks                             Micro machines are the future of
                                                                                                                                                       Nobel prize
Although there have been signs that the                             A study in the American	Journal	         surgery, according to CNN.com,            A group of physicists are hoping
UK economy is growing again, there is                               of	Clinical	Nutrition suggests that      which visits the Royal College of         to discover dark matter, thought
a long way to go before it gets back to                             adults who love their meat do            Surgeons’ Sci Fi Surgery exhi-            to make up 95 per cent of the
normal, Professor David Miles (Business                             not have a heightened risk of the                                 bition.          mass of the universe, deep inside
School) tells The	Independent. “This                                most common type of malignant                                     Amongst          a Cleveland mine, reports The	
is going to be a protracted period of                               brain tumour, despite theories                                    the dis-         Times. The UK group working at
return to a more normal level of activity,”                         to the contrary. The study looked                                 plays are        the Boulby Underground Labora-
he comments. “The day we get to a year-                             at links between brain tumours                                    prototype        tory will switch on their Zeplin-
                          on-year growth                            called gliomas and people’s intake                                microbots        III machine at the same time that
                          rate of 2.5 per cent                      of meat and compounds called                                      designed         CERN fires up its Large
                          which is the long-                        nitrosamines. Among the nearly                                    to be swal-      Hadron Collider to
                          run growth rate is                        238,000 men and women who took                                    lowed            search for the elusive
                          not the day when                          part in the studies, just 335 were                                and self-        particle. Whoever
                          we can say, ‘Wow,                         diagnosed with gliomas at some           assembled in the body, and pill           discovers dark
we got through this all. We’re abso-                                point, and the study found no link       cameras that are swallowed to             matter is likely
lutely back to normal’.” On the topic of                            between participants’ meat intake        provide images of the digestive           to win a Nobel
unemployment figures, Professor Miles                               and risk of developing the disease.      system. Dr Mihailo Ristic (Mechan-        prize, but Pro-
adds: “If you ask the question: ‘when                               Lead researcher Dr Dominique             ical Engineering) told CNN: “We           fessor Jim Virdee
will growth return to a level when, say,                            Michaud (Epidemiology, Public            are trying to produce complex             (Physics), a lead-
unemployment stops rising?’, I fear                                 Health and Primary Care) told            machines to replace surgical tools,       ing CERN scientist, said
that’s a little bit further down the road,                          Reuters: “As always with results         which are hand tools. It’s like           he did not see it as a
and I think that’s a more realistic defini-                         from one single study, we need to        when industry moved from a chisel         race: “What is important
tion of coming out of recession.”                                   be cautious with interpretation.”        and hammer to machine tools.”             here is the science.”



    awards
    and                                                          sory Services biennial conference.       include folding bicycles and one-          anese-American particle physicist
    honours                                                      The award is given to the univer-        touch automatic can-openers.               and theorist J.J. Sakurai.
                                                                 sity careers service whose web-
                                                                 site demonstrates good design and        natural sciences                           also…
                                                                 ease of navigation, links to existing    Kibble wins theoretical                    smith shortlisted for
  registry                                                       high-quality resources, uses origi-      particle physics prize                     innovator of the year • The Chief
  Careers website of                                             nal material and is imaginatively                                                   Executive of Imperial College
  the year                                                       marketed and regularly evaluated.                               Emeritus            Healthcare NHS Trust and
                                                                 www.imperial.ac.uk/careers                                      Professor Tom       Principal of the Faculty of Medi-
                                                                                                                                 Kibble (Phys-       cine, Professor Stephen Smith, has
                                                                 engineering                                                     ics) is one of      been shortlisted for the Innovator
                                                                 engineering award for                                           six recipients of   of the Year award in the NHS
                                                                 innovator Mark sanders                                          one of the most     leadership awards. The winner will
                                                                                                                                 prestigious         be announced at a ceremony on
                                                                 Mr Mark Sanders received the                                    prizes in his       25 November.
                                                                 Design Engineer of the Year prize at                            field: the 2010
                                                                 the British Engineering Excellence       American Physical Society’s                bradley to give the next bakerian
                                                                 Awards, held earlier this month. Mr      J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical         lecture • Professor Donal Bradley
  On 10 September the Imperial                                   Sanders, who is a visiting tutor on      Particle Physics. The annual prize         FRS (Physics) has been selected
  Careers Advisory Service web-                                  the Innovation Design Engineer-          recognises and encourages out-             to deliver the Royal Society’s pre-
  site won the Careers Website of                                ing MSc course run by Imperial and       standing achievement in particle           mier lecture in the physical sci-
  the Year award at the Associa-                                 the Royal College of Art, received       theory and is sponsored by the             ences – the Bakerian Lecture – in
  tion of Graduate Careers Advi-                                 the honour for his inventions, which     family and friends of the late Jap-        March 2010.
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Master gene that switches on
disease-fighting cells identified
                                                                                                  new ancient
The master gene that causes blood stem            Some scientists think that these
cells to turn into disease-fighting           diseases are caused by malfunctioning
‘Natural Killer’ (NK) immune cells has        NK cells that turn on the body and attack
been identified by scientists, in a study     healthy cells, causing disease instead of           fungus funding
published in Nature	Immunology on 15          fighting it. Clarifying NK cells’ role could lead
September. The discovery could one day        to new ways of treating these conditions.           Tiny organisms that covered the planet more than
help scientists boost the body’s produc-          The researchers behind the study hope           250 million years ago appear to be a species of
tion of these frontline tumour-killing        to progress with a drug treatment for can-          ancient fungus that thrived in dead wood, accord-
cells, creating new ways to treat cancer.     cer patients which reacts with the protein          ing to research published on 1 October in the jour-
    Imperial researchers, along with          expressed by their E4bp4 gene, causing              nal Geology.
UCL and the Medical Research Council’s        their bodies to produce a higher number                  The researchers behind the study, from Impe-
National Institute for Medical Research,      of NK cells than normal, to increase the            rial and other universities in the UK, USA and The
have ‘knocked out’ the gene in ques-          chances of successfully destroying tumours.         Netherlands, believe that the organisms were able
tion, known as E4bp4, in a mouse                  Lead researcher Dr Hugh Brady (Life Sci-        to thrive during this period because the world’s for-
model, creating the world’s first ani-        ences) explains: “If increased numbers of           ests had been wiped out. This would explain how
mal model entirely lacking NK cells, but      the patient’s own blood stem cells could be         the organisms, which are known as Reduviaspo-
with all other blood cells and immune         coerced into differentiating into NK cells, via     ronites, were able to proliferate across the planet.
cells intact. This breakthrough model         drug treatment, we would be able to bol-                 Researchers had previously been unsure as
should help identify the role that NK         ster the body’s cancer-fighting force without       to whether Reduviasporonites were a type of fun-
cells play in autoimmune diseases,            being faced with donor incompatibility.”            gus or algae. By analysing the carbon and nitrogen
such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis.      —dAniEllE REEvEs, CommuniCAtions                    content of the fossilised remains of the micro-
                                                                                                  scopic organisms, the scientists identified them
                                                                                                  as a type of wood-rotting fungus that would have
                                                                                                  lived inside dead trees.
Small increase in hospital mortality                                                                   Fossil records of Reduviasporonites reveal
                                                                                                  chains of microscopic cells and reflect an organ-
rates in first week of August                                                                     ism that lived during the Permian-Triassic period,
                                                                                                  before the dinosaurs, when the Earth had one
People admitted to English hospitals in                                                           giant continent called Pangaea.
an emergency on the first Wednesday in
August have, on average, a six per cent
higher mortality rate than people admit-                                                                Ironically, the worst
ted on the previous Wednesday, according                                                          imaginable conditions for plant
to research published in PLoS One on
23 September.                                                                                     and animal species provided the
     Newly qualified junior doctors start                                                         best possible conditions for the
their new positions in NHS hospitals in                                                           fungi to flourish.”
England on the first Wednesday in August.
The authors of the study, from the Dr Fos-
ter Unit and the Department of Acute Medicine at Imperial, say the excess mortality rates             Geological records show that the Earth expe-
may be linked to this influx of newly qualified doctors but more research is needed before        rienced a global catastrophe during this period.
they can draw any firm conclusions.                                                               Basalt lava flows were unleashed on the continent
     The study, which was supported by Dr Foster Intelligence and is the biggest study            from a location centred on what is present day
of its kind, looked at data for almost 300,000 patients admitted to hospitals in 175 NHS          Siberia.
Trusts between 2000 and 2008. Researchers in the UK and the US have previously carried                Professor Mark Sephton, one of the authors of
out smaller studies looking at the effect on mortality rates of junior doctors starting work      the study from the Department of Earth Science
but the results have often been inconclusive.                                                     and Engineering, said: “Our study shows that
     Dr Paul Aylin, the senior author of the study from the Dr Foster Unit at Imperial, said:     neither plant nor animal life escaped the impact of
“Our study does not mean that people should avoid going into hospital that week. This is          this global catastrophe. Ironically, the worst
a relatively small difference in mortality rates, and the numbers of excess deaths are very       imaginable conditions for plant and animal spe-
low. It’s too early to say what might be causing it. It might simply be the result of differ-     cies provided the best possible conditions for the
ences between the patients who were admitted,” added Dr Aylin.                                    fungi to flourish.”
—luCy goodChild, CommuniCAtions                                                                   —Colin smith, CommuniCAtions
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New trial to assess sleep apnoea new computing tool could lead
treatment in elderly patients    to better crops and pesticides
                                            pressure and memory problems,                                A new computing tool that could           using conventional techniques. We
                                            because they wake up                                         help scientists predict how plants        hope that our new technology will
                                            frequently and often have low                                will react to different environ-          ultimately help farmers to produce
                                            levels of oxygen in their blood.                             mental conditions in order to cre-        hardier, longer lasting and more
                                            The most commonly used treat-                                ate better crops, such as tastier         nutritious crops.”
                                            ment for OSAHS is called con-                                and longer lasting tomatoes, is               The researchers have devel-
                                            tinuous positive airway pressure                             being developed by                                         oped a prototype of
                                            (CPAP) and it involves keeping the                           researchers.                                               the new tool, which
                                                                                                                                      “We believe our
                                            patient’s airway open by using a                                  The tool will form                                    they are currently
                                                                                                                                      computing tool
                                            machine with a mask that pushes                              part of the new                                            testing. It can ana-
                                                                                                                                      will revolutionise
                                            air into the mouth and nose.                                 £1.7 million Syngenta                                      lyse in a matter of
                                                                                                                                      agricultural research
A new trial to assess the most effective         Dr Mary Morrell (NHLI), who                             University Centre at                                       minutes, instead of
                                                                                                                                      by making the
way of treating elderly people for a com-   is coordinating the trial with col-                          Imperial, announced                                        months, which genes
                                                                                                                                      process much faster
mon sleep disorder is being launched        leagues in Edinburgh and Oxford,                             on 22 Septem-                                              are responsible for
                                                                                                                                      than is currently
at Imperial, thanks to a £1.5 million       said: “Our previous research has                             ber, which will see                                        different processes
                                                                                                                                      possible”
research grant from the                                       shown that older                           researchers from the                                       inside a plant, and
National Institute for                                        people with OSAHS                          College and Syngenta                                       how different genes
Health Research’s Health               This trial             have a smaller                             working together to improve agri-         work together. It uses a type of com-
Technology Assessment         will help us                    surge in blood                             cultural products.                        puter programming that relies on
programme.                                                    pressure compared                               Scientists are keen to develop       ‘machine learning’, a set of sophisti-
    The trial will look at    discover whether to younger people                                         new strains of crops, such as             cated algorithms that allows a com-
the treatment of obstruc- treatment will help when they wake                                             drought resistant wheat and new           puter to ‘learn’ based on data that it
tive sleep apnoea hypop- to improve the                       up from sleep.                             pesticides that are more envi-            is analysing.
noea syndrome (OSAHS),                                        This may mean                              ronmentally friendly. However, in         —Colin smith, CommuniCAtions
the third most common         quality of life”                that older OSAHS                           order to do this, they need to pre-
respiratory disorder after                                    patients are less                          dict how the genes inside plants
asthma and chronic obstructive pulmo-       likely to develop heart problems,                            will react when they are
nary disease. OSAHS affects two to four     but on the other hand we think                               subjected to different chemicals
per cent of middle aged people and 20       OSAHS is more likely to affect                               or environmentally friendly
per cent of people aged over 65.            memory in elderly patients. This                             pesticides. Professor Stephen
    People with OSAHS temporarily           trial will help us discover whether                          Muggleton (Computing), Direc-
stop breathing when they are asleep,        treatment will help to improve                               tor of the new Centre, says: “We
because of a blockage in their upper        these factors and therefore the                              believe our computing tool will
airway, which wakes them up. As a           quality of life.”                                            revolutionise agricultural research
result, they are often tired during the     —luCy goodChild, CommuniCAtions                              by making the process much
day. They can also develop high blood                                                                    faster than is currently possible




Rare meteorite find in Australian desert
Imperial researchers have discovered an unusual kind                            tion about the conditions that existed       that it started out as part of an asteroid in the inner-
of meteorite in the Western Australian desert and have                          when the early solar system was being        most main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It
uncovered where in the solar system it came from, in                            formed. However, information about           then gradually evolved into an orbit around the Sun
a very rare finding published on 17 September in the                            where individual meteorites originated,      that was very similar to Earth’s. The other meteorites
                                       journal Science.                         and how they were moving around the          that researchers have data for follow orbits that take
                                            Meteorites                          solar system prior to falling to Earth,      them back, deep into the main asteroid belt.
                                       are the only sur-                        is available for only a dozen of around          Dr Phil Bland (Earth Science and Engineering),
                                       viving physi-                            1,100 documented meteorite falls over        lead author of the study, said: “We are incredibly
                                       cal record of                            the past 200 years.                          excited about our new finding. Meteorites are the
                                       the formation                                 The meteorite appears to have been      most analysed rocks on Earth but it’s really rare for
                                       of our solar                             following an unusual orbit, or path          us to be able to tell where they came from. Trying to
                                       system and by                            around the Sun, prior to falling to Earth    interpret what happened in the early solar system
                                       analysing them                           in July 2007, according to calculations      without knowing where meteorites are from is like
                                       researchers                              by the research team, which includes         trying to interpret the geology of Britain from random
                                       can glean valu-                          scientists from the Natural History          rocks dumped in your back yard.”
                                       able informa-                            Museum in London. The team believes          —lAuRA gAllAghER, CommuniCAtions
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An international flavour
Copper pots filled with curries,    The Main Dining Hall (MDH) on the South Kensington
                                    Campus has been completely revamped and students
woks sizzling with exotic           have returned to a new facility called the Queen’s
stir fries, and the buzz of         Tower Rooms offering international food for staff and
                                    student lunches. The multipurpose space is also fit for
conversation as chefs chat          conferences, music and dance clubs.
                                        In June, the Commercial Serv-
to staff and students whilst        ices team worked with 16 students
whipping up fresh crepes.           from 10 different countries to help
                                    shape the new dining facility and                   The feedback
     South Kensington’s             make it somewhere they would               revealed that
                                    enjoy eating and socialising. The
     newest lunchtime venue         students chosen were a mixture of          students wanted
           – the Queen’s Tower      undergraduate and postgraduate             more authentic
                                    students, representing a range of          international meals.” like the Central Library, to a frustra-
             Rooms – is open for    departments across the College. All                                           tion at the repetitive menu.”
                                    the students were asked to com-                                                   The feedback also revealed that
             business. Reporter     plete an activity and food diary for two                                    the students wanted more authentic,
            finds out how a         weeks detailing what they bought, what they ate out,      international meals such as Japanese fish that hasn’t
                                    and what they cooked for themselves.                      been fried or baked, tofu, Chinese and Halal options
          group of international        The information helped to identify students’          and Conji – a traditional Chinese breakfast made from
                                    favourite meals and dining habits, how much they          rice. Students also wanted to have the option of
          students helped           were able to spend on meals, what they liked and          having exotic vegetables such as pak choi, Chinese
          transform the College’s   didn’t like about the current outlets, and what cuisines  spinach and tung choi as food accompaniments
                                    they’d like to see more of. Jane Neary, Assistant Direc-  instead of chips.
           lunchtimes.              tor of Commercial Services, was integral to the project.       To expand the reach of the project, the Commer-
                                    She says: “The students were encouraged to be open        cial Services team ran an online poll to find out exactly
                                    and honest about what they thought of our current         which cuisines would be popular in the new venue,
                                    venues. Their comments ranged from a dislike of large     and 330 home and international students partici-
                                    shared tables, a desire for modern furnishings more       pated. The poll revealed that the students’ top choice
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of cuisine was Italian (21 per cent), Indian (18   motivations
per cent), Malaysian (15 per cent) and oriental
(12 per cent).                                     Jane explains the impetus for the complete
    As part of the project, members of the         overhaul. She says: “The MDH had been oper-
Commercial Services team took students to          ating as an old fashioned ‘school meals’-style
their favourite restaurants within their budg-     dining hall for many years. Feedback from the
ets. These included high street outlet Nandos,     students revealed that the facility wasn’t their
as well as Japanese, Cypriot, Indian and Chi-      first choice for eating on campus, despite its
nese restaurants.                                  prime location. Many of the other outlets were
    “Visiting our students’ favourite restau-      also bursting at the seams during the peak
rants was a real eye-opener for the team,”         lunchtime period. In addition, other users such
said Jane, “We found out                                                as the orchestras, choirs,
exactly what the students                                               clubs and societies didn’t feel
liked about their favourite                                             the facility was meeting many
venues. For example, in the                Visiting our                 of their needs.
restaurants serving inter-       students’ favourite                         “We worked with Rich-
national food, students                                                 ard Dickins, the Director of                                         new chef on the block
were able to converse            restaurants was a                      Music and ICU’s President of
with the chefs in their own      real eye-opener for                    Clubs and Societies, to incor-
language. We also learnt         the team. We found                     porate their requirements, in                                  Wong Kong Too
how important incentives                                                particular lighting and floor
were, such as providing a        out exactly what the                   surfaces. Lighting was a big                                  The	restaurant	menu	has	been	developed	by	the	
free drink with every meal       students liked.”                       concern and our research                                       College’s	award	winning	chefs	who	have	now	
                                                                                                                                            been	joined	by	Malaysian	chef,	Wong		
– we have included many                                                 showed that we would need
                                                                                                                                         Kong	Too,	known	as	Kong.	He	speaks	four	
great ideas like this in the                                            at least seven different light-                                 different	Chinese	dialects	and	will	be	able	to	
Queen’s Tower Rooms.”                              ing settings so we could accommodate every-                                          speak	with	international	staff	and	students	
    After two weeks of working with the stu-       thing from formal candlelit dinners to orchestra                                     about	their	meal	choices.	Reporter	met	with	
dents, the team began to come up with a new        lighting, which would need to run to the edges                                                  Kong	to	find	out	more.		
vision for the restaurant. Jane says: “While       of the room.” The architects came up with
the students all had different culinary require-   a design which includes sliding and folding                                        What is your previous experience
ments, they all favoured good value, healthy       acoustic screens, allowing the space to be sub-                                    as a chef?
food cooked to order, a greater variety of cui-    divided into three individual rooms, which can                                     My career as a chef began in Singapore
sines and a comfortable facility to eat it in.     be used simultaneously.                                                            where I worked at the Carlton Hotel
Another thing which kept coming up was the              Each room has storage space, so every-                                        for about 10 years. Since making the
importance of authenticity.                        thing can be quickly and easily stowed away to                                     move to England I have been working
    The architects and designers were inte-        convert the space from one event to another.                                       at a number of restaurants in central
gral to the refurbishment. Their brief was to           The Queen’s Tower Rooms opened their                                          London.
develop an international food court that incor-    doors last week. The new menu includes
porated the drama of ‘theatre cooking’ where       English, Indian, Malay, Lebanese, Chinese,                                         What kinds of food will you
customers can interact with the chefs. The         Italian and Greek food, as well as a salad bar                                     be serving?
interior design had to be visually minimal and     and hot and cold deserts.                                                          I will begin with some well-liked dishes
calm, with colour and life being provided by       —Emily Ross And ECE mEngutuRK , CommuniCAtions                                     such as Thai green curry and stir-fried
the visual connection to the Queen’s Lawn and                                                                                         vegetables with oyster sauce. Keep-
                                                   The	Queen’s	Tower	Rooms’	management	team	welcomes	
the students occupying the space.”                 your	feedback	and	suggestions	on	the	new	venue	                                    ing an eye on my guests’ responses will
                                                                                –	please	send	your	thoughts	to	Wendy	Bowman:	         allow me to make changes to the menu.
                                                                                w.bowman@imperial.ac.uk                               In the future I would like to introduce
                                                                                                                                      my personal favourite dish – Malaysian
                                                                                                                                      red curry.

   About the                                                                    The space can also be booked for events, and can      What languages do you speak?
   Queen’s Tower                                                                accommodate up to 600 people for a standing           I come from a bilingual family and grew
                                                                                reception or 400 for a sit-down meal.
   Rooms                                                                                                                              up in an area of Malaysia where many
                                                                                The average cost of a staff meal in the Queen’s       languages are spoken. Therefore
   The Queen’s Tower                                                            Tower Rooms is £5.50 for two courses with a drink.    I speak five languages: English,
   Rooms are located                                                            The Queen’s Tower Rooms are open between 11.45
                                                                                                                                      Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay
   on Level 1 Sherfield                                                         to 14.15 during term time. The menu features dishes
   Building, with a view                                                        from countries including:                             and Hakka – a Chinese
   across the lawn to                                                           • China                                               dialect that I picked up
   the Queen’s Tower.                                                           • Italy                                               from my mother.
   The menu varies day by day and according                                     • Lebanon
   to seasonal changes, and aims to cater for                                   • Malaysia
   all tastes. Halal and vegetarian options are
                                                                                • Thailand
   also available.
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                                                                      waves and stem cells.                       for the teachers who come along is
                                                                           Each year Sunday runs a workshop       that with a little support, university
                                                                      where school pupils get to engineer a       is a realistic possibility for
                                                                      bridge made from drinking straws, spa-      these pupils.”
                                                                      ghetti and marshmallows.                                            Christine Yates,
                                                                      He describes the activities:                                   Diversity and
                                                                      “Using everyday materials                Our aim               Equal Opportuni-
                                                                      is one of the most effective      is to build their ties Consultant,
                                                                      ways of teaching the prin-                                     is responsible for
                                                                      ciples behind science and         confidence in                pulling together a
                                                                      technology and showing            their abilities              team of staff and
                                                                      children just how easy it         and send them                liaising with dig-
                                                                      is. Our aim is to build their                                  nitaries and high
                                                                      confidence in their abili-        home excited”                profile champi-
                                                                      ties and send them home                                        ons for Creative
                                                                      excited about how do-able science and       Futures. She says: “The event has
                                                                      engineering are.”                           increased from one engineering

Creating                       Creative Futures was dreamed
                               up by Dr Sunday Popo-Ola (Civil
                               and Environmental Engineering)
                                                                           Sunday says that teaching isn’t the
                                                                      main aim of the day – it is about giving
                                                                      the children a chance to experience the
                                                                                                                  experiment in 2005, to five labs
                                                                                                                  over four days. Pupils have a day
                                                                                                                  of fun and learning supported by

futures                        in 2006. Sunday explains that the
                               idea for Creative Futures arose
                               from his involvement with Impe-
                                                                      College environment. He says: “Hope-
                                                                      fully giving school pupils this opportu-
                                                                      nity will encourage them to work harder
                                                                                                                  their teachers and Imperial’s
                                                                                                                  role models.”
                                                                                                                  —Emily Ross, CommuniCAtions
                               rial as One – the College’s race       to achieve higher grades. Our message
                               and equality advisory group which
Encouraging black and          encourages and supports BAME
Asian minority ethnic          staff and students to advance
                               their careers.
(BAME) school pupils to             He says: “We have a great                                           a word with:
                               support network for BAME staff
consider pursuing higher       once they start at Imperial but I                                        Dr Sara Rankin,
                               thought to myself: why not
education is one of
                               target school children and give                                          workshop leader
the key aims of Creative       them role models to aspire to?
                               Why not prove to them that going                                         Sara	(NHLI)	has	been	involved	in	Creative	Futures		
Futures – the four day event   to university and getting a job at                                       for	the	last	two	years	and	leads	a	session	on		
                                                                                                        stem	cells.		
organised by the Equality      a place like Imperial isn’t out of
                               their reach?”.
and Diversity Unit held at          The Outreach Department                                                               What are you most looking
                               already specialises in school out-        Describe the sessions you                        forward to this year?
Imperial this month.           reach activities and Sunday was           teach at Creative Futures                        Working in the new Reach Out Lab at
                               keen to help extend the reach of          My group of postdocs, PhD students               South Kensington is going to be great,
                               the projects with Creative Futures.       and I contribute to a two-hour session           as the facility gives us the opportunity to
                               He says: “I wanted to reach               on stem cells. We explain what they are,         do more hands-on work in a controlled
                               school pupils who don’t neces-            what they have the potential to do and           environment. The facility also looks
                               sarily have academic parents and          a bit about our research. We also take           really cutting edge and modern, and
                               aren’t aware of all the career ave-       small groups over to our labs in SAF and         I think the children will really enjoy
                               nues in science, medicine and             show them researchers in action.                 working somewhere so different from
                               technology.”                                                                               their normal teaching environment.
                                    Creative Futures brings 11-16        How do you ensure school
                               years olds from disadvantaged             pupils understand you?                           Why did you get involved with
                               areas into the College to do a            We always use plain English and lots             Creative Futures?
                               range of activities organised by          of analogies. For example, we compare            It’s so important to be able to show
                               researchers, PhD students, post-          working with stem cells to cooking – if          that universities aren’t exclusive places
                               doctoral researchers and volun-           you fry steak then you get a different           and that they are open to any child with
                               teer alumni. This year’s events will      end product to roasting it slowly in             potential. At the same time it is a lot
                               include talks given by a number of        oven. Our practical experiments develop          of fun and unlike our normal working
                               people including the Rector, Lord         this idea as we let them add various             day where positive results take longer
                               Winston and Sir Steve Bullock, the        ‘ingredients’ to stem cells, such as             to achieve. Here you can immediately
                               Mayor of Lewisham. The pupils             oxygen, temperature and acid, and see            see the children’s faces light up with
                               will also attend workshops on             what happens.                                    understanding.
                               subjects ranging from engineering
                               and satellite navigation to sound
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inside                                                                            inventor’s corner

                                                                                Turning waste
                                                                                                                                      steel, to give tyres their robust proper-
                                                                                                                                      ties. Once vulcanised, the bonds are




                                   story                                        into gold
                                                                                                                                      extremely hard to break, but Geoff’s sim-
                                                                                                                                      ple yet ingenious idea uses the radia-
                                                                                                                                      tion energy produced by microwaves
                                                                                Dr geoff fowler (Civil Engineering) is a              to physically separate the compounds,
                                                                                Research fellow and manager of the                    with minimal effect on other tyre
                                                                                department’s Roger perry Environ-                     components.
                                                                                mental Engineering laboratory. his
                                                                                research specialises in methods to
  mini profile                                                                  extract carbon black from waste tyres
                                                                                so the material can be recycled, leading

steve Cook
                                                                                to environmental benefits.

                                                                                Recycling substantial quantities of car-
Teaching Fellow and first                                                       bon black would reduce the amount
year convenor for biology,                                                      required through commercial produc-
Dr Steve Cook, on lecturing                                                     tion of the material, which involves
theatrics, helping students                                                     energy intensive processes emitting
see the scientific light and                                                    significant volumes of carbon dioxide.
falling into bins.                                                              Approximately 50 per cent of the carbon
                                                                                black produced in the world is used in
                                                                                                                                        48 million tyres are discarded each year in the
Have you always been                                                            tyre manufacturing and 48 million tyres                 UK despite EU’s Landfill Directive, which bans
interested in teaching?                                                         are discarded each year in the UK alone.                dumping used tyres.
I always thought I’d end up                                                          Geoff comments on the potential
being a researcher but my mum and dad were both teachers and my                 for extracting carbon black from waste
grandfather was a head teacher, so my genes were definitely pulling             tyres: “Making these materials from                       Geoff’s eventual aim is to create a
me in this direction.                                                           waste is like making black gold – turn-               commercial process for recycling pure
                                                                                ing a worthless material into a valuable              carbon black. This would lead to signifi-
What drew you into teaching?                                                    commodity.”                                           cant savings in global carbon dioxide
After my PhD I went on Imperial’s INSPIRE scheme – teaching in                       Geoff’s solution, patented by Impe-              emissions and help solve the worldwide
schools alongside my research and teaching at Imperial. I got a satis-          rial Innovations in 2008, is to use micro-            problem of tyre disposal.
faction and buzz from teaching that I’ve never really lost. At the end          waves to break the bonds formed during                —AnoushKA WARdEn, impERiAl innovAtions
of the scheme there was an opening for a lectureship in biology and             a process called vulcanisation. This
                                                                                                                                       	www.imperialinnovations.co.uk
I took it.                                                                      involves mixing rubber with other mate-
                                                                                rials, such as sulphur, carbon black and
What motivates you in your job?
Students are interesting, funny and exasperating. When they arrive in
the first year they can have strange ideas about what science actually
is, but it’s great when the penny drops and they start to realise it isn’t         science From scratch
about dry textbooks or stuff they need to memorise – it is an active            As	explained	by	Elizabeth	Hauke,	MSc	Science	Communication
culture of enthusiastic scientists that we hope they’ll join.

What about when students ask you things you don’t know the
answer to?
As a teacher you want students to tear apart theories, to disagree
                                                                                Metabolism
with you, and essentially to be better than you – they have to be                        Metabolism describes all the chemical reactions occurring within our bod-
inquisitive or there is no hope for the future.                                              ies, keeping our cells and tissues functioning. Originating from the
                                                                                                Greek (meta- meaning ‘over’ and -ballein ‘to throw’), it has come to
Describe your teaching style?                                                                     mean a process of change. In the context of our bodies, metabo-
I’m really enthusiastic and perhaps a little theatrical. Once                                      lism refers to the rate at which we are burning energy or calories,
I got so carried away miming abortive initiation by RNA                                            and this process is broadly controlled by the thyroid gland in the
polymerase I managed to fall into a bin on the stage!                                              neck. Our metabolic rate changes constantly – it slows at night and
                                                                                                   speeds up in the day. Our metabolic rate is largely determined by
Why are you so enthusiastic about science?                                                        genetics. Health or diet products that speed it up artificially can be
It’s the lack of certainty – it’s a living, breathing subject                                   really bad news for active organs like the brain and heart. One thing
which changes day by day. I can’t imagine getting the same                                  that we can do to burn more energy is have a hearty breakfast – this
satisfaction from teaching anything else.                                              helps to kick the body out of the slower nocturnal metabolism into the calorie-
—Emily Ross, CommuniCAtions                                                     burning day mode!

www.imperial.ac.uk/safety/guidanceandadvice/biosafety/gm                        	Is	there	a	phrase	you	would	like	us	to	explain?		 	Email	the	editor:	reporter@imperial.ac.uk
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                                                    All hands on deck
ImPerIAl stuDents shAre theIr exPerIences Of lIfe
At the cOllege On the stuDent BlOggers weBsIte.



student blogger Anas on
handing in his                                      At the beginning of September a team from the
                                                    Graduate Schools at Imperial spent a day doing
dissertation:                                       voluntary work at the Pirate Castle in Camden
“This is as far as my journey                       Town. The Pirate Castle is Camden’s community
at Imperial goes. It has ended                      boating project which promotes training and
– sigh! A huge relief as soon                       adventures on the Regent’s Canal. The Imperial
as I submitted the burden of                        team spent the day clearing and preparing the
dissertation. And a realisation                     new club room for use. This involved moving
of not being a student anymore                      old furniture into storage areas, painting doors
(almost). Both these feelings                       and woodwork, removing pipe lagging for paint-
were contradictory. If I am                         ing, clearing office space and making the place
to quantify the amount of                           safe for children.
knowledge I have gained per
                                                    If	you	are	interested	in	volunteering	please	contact	
year in life, the past year at                      Petronela	Sasurova:	volunteering@imperial.ac.uk
Imperial will rank
much higher than
any previously… I
am sure not many
will disagree that                                                                                          Charity bike ride
student life is
perhaps one of                                                                                              At the end of August, 12 Imperial staff members and
the best times of                                                                                           two students took part in a 550-mile charity bike ride
life, and being at                                                                                          from Edinburgh to London to raise money for the char-
Imperial just adds to this fun.”                                                                            ity Right to Play. The Imperial team has raised over
                                                                                                            £20,000 for this international humanitarian organisa-
www.imperial.ac.uk/campus_life/studentblogs                                                                 tion that uses sport and play programmes to improve
                                                                                                            health, develop life skills, and foster peace for chil-
                                                                                                            dren and communities in some of the most disadvan-

Hammersmith’s
                                                                                                            taged areas of the world.
                                                     From left to right: Iain Reid, Grant Danskine
                                                     and Neil Mosley                                        www.righttoplay.org.uk

grand arrival
professor stephen franks (soRA)

                                                    Arty discovery at Chelsea and
reports on the first lunchtime concert
on the hammersmith Campus featuring
its brand new yamaha C3 grand piano.
                                                    Westminster Campus
“Culture has come to Hammersmith!
The first of a series of lunchtime con-             philip barlow, senior library
certs was launched on 6 October in the              Assistant at Chelsea and Westmin-
main Wolfson lecture theatre. We were               ster hospital library, reveals how
treated to a wonderful recital by the dis-          they recently discovered a treasure
tinguished pianist, Charles Owen, who               in their midst.
played a programme of Bach and Schu-
mann. The first delight was the sheer               “Chelsea and Westminster Hospi-
sound of the new piano, which has a                 tal is well known for its use of art to
beautifully bright tone and sounds mar-             enhance the patient environment,
vellous in that acoustic. The Bach Par-             and has many arty gems around the
tita no 4 in D is a magnificent piece               hospital, some of which you can find
and was presented with great feeling,               in the library. Whilst tackling a new
ranging from the dreamy lyricism of the             furniture delivery one day, we dis-
Sarabande to the exciting virtuosity of             covered that the delivery man was in
the final Gigue. Schumann’s Papillons               fact Chris Gabrin, former photographer and music video creator! He is famous for his photographs
was equally brilliant. What a start! The            of English rock and roll singer Ian Dury and his working partnership with artist Sir Peter Blake. Blake
next concert is on Tuesday 27 October.              is best known for his design of the sleeve for the Beatles’ album Sgt.	Pepper’s	Lonely	Hearts	Club	
                                                    Band. The library staff got talking with Chris when he noticed an original Peter Blake print behind
For	more	information	on	the	afternoon	concerts	
visit:	www.imperial.ac.uk/arts/events               the issue desk – no one had any idea we had an original on our hands! Next time you are in the
                                                    library come and see it for yourselves!”
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sci Fi surgery                                                                                                              course review
the hunterian museum at the Royal
College of surgeons (RCs) has just
opened its latest exhibition called
sci fi surgery which features a
selection of robots from the present
day back to the beginning of the last
century. professor Justin Cobb (soRA)
who co-founded Acrobot, an imperial
spin-out company, writes about his
part in the exhibition:                                                                                                    By	course	attendee	Dr	Aidan	Rhodes	
                                                                                                                           (Electrical	and	Electronic	Engineering)
“Dreams come true if you work at
them: that is the message of the RCS                                                                                       Career Confidence:
exhibition. Back in 1990, I approached
Professor Brian Davies (Mechani-
                                                                  Bloodbot (one of the exhibits at the Hunterian           owning your future
                                                                  Museum) is a prototype robot for taking blood
cal Engineering) with a clean sheet                               samples, developed by Dr Alex Zivanovic                  Why did you go on the course?
of paper, but a clear vision that the                             (Clinical Sciences) and Professor Brian Davies.          I have been working as a postdoctoral research associate since July 2008,
robotic technology that was tak-                                                                                           researching energy policy and regulatory issues. My current contract
                                                                                                                           ends in January, and I wasn’t sure that staying in academia was the best
ing over the manufacturing industry
                                                                                                                           option for me. Deciding to do something about this and explore my career
should be applied to our world of joint                           planning service, that allows surgeons                   options, I signed up for the Career Confidence course; a two-day course
replacement. Eighteen years and                                   to think in three dimensions, and an                     for postdocs organised jointly by Imperial, Oxford and Cambridge.
£2.5 million later, via a series of                               entirely new way of studying joint dis-
progressively smaller and more func-                              ease that only exists because with a                     What did you learn from it?
              tional prototypes, we are                           robot, you can think at a level of detail                So much information was given to me over the two days, I thought
              now launching a prod-                               and reliability that would be incon-                     my head would explode! Each day featured a series of short and
                                                                                                                           informal lectures given by people who had used their science PhDs and
                     uct that has all the                         ceivable using conventional X-rays.
                                                                                                                           postdoctoral training to explore different career paths, ranging from
                      functionality of                            What is coming next? The robots of                       industry to teaching, from law to science communication. These were
                       the earlier huge                           today and the software that runs them                    followed by exercises in small and relaxed tutor groups, designed to help
                        devices. Along                            already allow people to relax knowing                    you explore and understand your skill set. These were really useful – I
                                                                                                                           found that my PhD and postdoc work had given me a far greater range of
                        the way, the                              that their operations will be planned                    skills than I had realised.
                        project has had a                         correctly and then performed exactly
                        number of impor-                          right every time. I see the next genera-                 Who would you recommend the course to?
                      tant spin-offs: a                           tion of robots being able to insert tiny                 Anyone wanting to explore the range of opportunities open to them as
                      pre-operative                               partial joint replacements for patients                  a postdoc. It’s easy to think that you’re locked into the postdoctoral-
                                                                                                                           lectureship-professorship career progression, even if you end up feeling
                                                                  – an operation which is performed as
                                                                                                                           it’s not for you. As this course has shown me, there are many exciting
                                                                  a day case. Now that is really a dream,                  opportunities out there.
                           One of Professors
                           Justin Cobb and Brian                  for today anyway.”
                           Davies’ robots – the                                                                            For	more	information	on	this	course	visit:	www3.imperial.ac.uk/
                                                                  Sci	Fi	Surgery	is	on	at	the	RCS	until		                  staffdevelopment/postdocs1/workshops/future
                           Acrobot Navigator.
                                                                  23	December.




Coldstream guards
welcome Imperial’s new cohort
on 6 october, a quintet from the Coldstream                                      band. What started out as a
guards – a regiment of the british Army – played                                 reasonably small venture quickly
in beit quad on the south Kensington Campus                                      grew into a large-scale event which
as part of freshers’ Week. bandmaster gregory                                    raised enough money to create a
machin describes the guards’ association with                                    Coldstream Guards Scholarship. This
the College:                                                                     will enable a gifted student from
                                                                                 Imperial to have music lessons at
 “One of my remits is to forge new contacts and                                  the Royal College of Music.
friendships with universities and colleges across                                     Since the event in January, we
the country with a view to identifying and occa-                                 have striven to maintain links with
sionally employing up-and-coming musicians                                       the College and, as such, members of the band           Freshers’ week. We are looking forward to a
within our ranks. Earlier this year we got the                                   still regularly attend Imperial College Winds           longlasting and productive relationship with
opportunity to play alongside Imperial’s wind                                    rehearsals, as well as supporting events such as        the College.”
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 obituaries                                                                               Reporter shares the
                                                                                         stories of staff who have                      spotlight
                             dr emmanuelle caron                                        given many years of service
                                                                                                                                        Professor Anthony
                             Dr Emmanuelle Caron, Senior Lecturer in                to the College. Staff featured                      Warrens (Medicine)
                             Cell Biology (Life Sciences), passed away       celebrate anniversaries during the                         20 years
                             after a short illness on 8 July 2009 at the     period of 4 September–1 October.
                                                                                                                                        Professor Anthony Warrens
                             age of 42. Her colleagues in the Centre         Data is supplied by HR and is correct
                                                                                                                                        began work at Imperial
                             for Molecular Microbiology and Infection        at the time of going to press.                             as a research fellow in
                             (CMMI) and the Faculty of Natural Sci-          —Emily govAn, intERnAtionAl offiCE                         1989. Twenty years later,
                             ences pay tribute.                                                                                         he holds the position of
                                                                                                                                        Professor of Renal and
                                 “During her PhD in Montpellier,                                                                        Transplantation Medicine
                             France, Emmanuelle studied the interac-         20 years                                                   and is head of the new
                             tion between bacterial pathogens and            • Glen Underwood, Fitter (Estates)
                                                                                                                                        graduate entry MBBS
macrophages, and this became her lifelong interest. As a postdoc in                                                                     programme. Anthony
                                                                             • Louise Stanbury, Purchasing Advisor
                                                                                                                                        says, “My role is a great
1998, she published a paper in Science showing that two phagocytosis           (Finance)
                                                                                                                                        combination of clinical
                                                                             • Professor Jenny Nelson, Professor of
pathways are controlled by different molecular switches. This publica-                                                                  work, teaching and
                                                                               Physics (Physics)
tion achieved landmark status in the field of cellular immunology. She                                                                  research. I’ve got an active
                                                                             • Professor Chris Swan, Professor of
                                                                                                                                        research programme and
joined Imperial in 2002, and established a highly successful research          Hydrodynamics (Civil and Environmental
                                                                                                                                        an active clinical life, so
group in the CMMI.                                                             Engineering)
                                                                                                                                        I am very fortunate I get
                                                                             • Dr Xiangming Xiao, Computing Systems
    Emmanuelle was a dedicated scientist and teacher, and was                                                                           to do lots of interesting
                                                                               Technical Manager (Electrical and
revered by both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She made                                                                       things I enjoy.” Outside
                                                                               Electronic Engineering)
                                                                                                                                        Imperial Anthony has
outstanding contributions that were marked by original concepts
                                                                                                                                        responsibilities on two
and science of the highest quality. She was an inspiring colleague to        30 years                                                   government committees:
those in the CMMI and was well-known in the international commu-             • Nick Davies, IT Support Analyst (ICT)                    the Advisory Committee
nity through the many collaborations and friendships that she made.          • Ibrahim Guirguis, Day Security Officer                   for Safety in Blood
                                                                               (Security Services)                                      Tissues and Organs and
Emmanuelle’s scientific career was on an upward trajectory and she
                                                                             • Professor Peter Cheung, Head of Depart-                  the UK Donation Ethics
was to be promoted to Reader in the month she died.                                                                                     Committee. Away from
                                                                               ment and Professor of Digital Systems
    As well as being an outstanding scientist, she was a woman of              (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)                  work Anthony enjoys
enduring convictions in religion, ethics and politics. She was inspir-       • Professor Richard Kitney, Professor                      spending time with his
                                                                               of Biomedical Systems Engineering                        family and taking his son
ing, genuine, enthusiastic, had a subtle sense of humour and was                                                                        to watch the continuing
                                                                               (Bioengineering)
always surrounded by laughter.                                                                                                          tribulations of Tottenham
                                                                             • Professor David Lane, Professor of
    She is survived by her parents, brother and sister, and will be            Haematology (Investigative Science)                      Hotspur.
remembered by her numerous friends and colleagues, both at                   • Professor Nicholas Severs, Professor of
Imperial and outside.”                                                         Cell Biology (NHLI)
                                                                             • John Ng Wing Wye, IT Support
                                                                               Specialist (ICT)
                             proFessor harry elliot
                             Professor Harry Elliot CBE, FRS,
                             member of the Department of Phys-
                             ics from 1953 until his retirement, died
                             peacefully early in July 2009. Emeri-
                             tus Professor John Quenby, who worked          figuring it out
                             with him for many years, writes: “Harry
                             Elliot came to Imperial with Professor        last october the newly refurbished
                             Blackett from the University of Manches-      Central library on the the south
                             ter to study the interaction of cosmic        Kensington Campus opened
                             rays with the solar system. The origin of     its doors. one year on, has the
these charged nuclei, moving nearly at the speed of light, remains a       library made the positive impact it
major question. Their products seen at ground level arise from many        intended? the library has kindly
secondary processes. Harry devised a clever means of separating            provided the information below.
out effects of changes in the atmosphere from genuine changes in
nearby interplanetary space. The space age advent enabled Harry’s                                 The number of individual visits to the Central Library in
group to mount particle and magnetic field detectors on UK and Euro-       930,933                the academic year 2008–09, compared to 666,620 visits
                                                                                                  in 2006–07*.
pean spacecraft to directly monitor the energetic particle and plasma
enviroment within the solar wind outflow from the Sun. Other X-ray,
gamma ray and high energy cosmic ray projects were inspired by             198,001 The number2007–08. loans in 2008–09, compared to
                                                                                       182,496 in
                                                                                                  of library


Harry’s clever, innovative and probing mind, especially the space                 The number of study spaces in the new library; there were only
mission, Ulysses, exploring over the solar poles. Distinguished com-       1,090 666 study spaces in 2007–08.
mittee service within the UK and in Europe enabled Harry to forge                        The number of PCs available to students, compared to 114 the
worthwhile and affordable programmes in space and astronomy. A             264           year before.
spell as Deputy Director of the Physics Department and later as Head
of the Computing Centre ensued. There are many associates who              *As the Central Library was closed for refurbishment during 2007–08, visitation
mourn the loss of his integrity, wit and intellect.”                       numbers for that academic year were not suitable for comparison.
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                                                                                              Dr Samir Nuseibeh, NHLI                          Emeritus Professor Jean Connerade, Physics       Dr Rebecca Pouwer, Chemistry

mailbox                                          Welcome




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     moving in. moving on.
                                                                                              Mr Antonios Oikonomopoulos, Computing            Mr Trevor Corrithers, Medicine                   Ms Michaela Ruhmann, Kennedy Institute
                                                                                              Dr Robert Pace, Chemistry                        Dr Jacob Davies, Mechanical Engineering          Dr Jose Saldana, NHLI


                                                 new starters                                 Mr Thomas Pearson, Management Training           (5 years)                                        Mr Daniel Sardenberg de Souza Kohler,
                                                                                              Scheme                                           Dr Jorge De Alba Gonzalez, NHLI                  Catering Services
the legacy of                                                                                 Ms Eleni Pefani, Chemical Engineering            Mr Jozef Dobos, Computing                        Dr Samantha Sathyapala, NHLI
mike Reed                                        Miss Natasha Aaronson, Medicine              Miss Elham Peyfoon, Molecular Biosciences        Dr Andreas Doering, Physics                      Mr Kovilen Sawmynaden, Molecular
                                                 Dr Dana Abi Ghanem, Business School          Dr Paul Pickering, Chemical Engineering          Dr Emmanuel Dupont, NHLI (13 years)              Biosciences
                                                 Dr Maha Ahmed Shaikh, Business School        Mr Luis Pizarro Quiroz, NHLI                     Dr Jingyun Fan, Mechanical Engineering           Mr Nicholas Schofield, Sport and Leisure
Despite the tragic and                           Dr Maruf Ali, Molecular Biosciences          Dr William Proud, Physics                        Mr Joao Farinha Garcao Nunes, SORA
                                                                                                                                                                                                Services

sudden death of Professor                        Miss Shirin Ashraf, Medicine                 Dr Natasa Przulj, Computing                      Dr Piers Gaffney, Chemistry (6 years)
                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr David Searl, Human Resources

                                                 Dr Consuelo Barroso Gutierrez, Clinical                                                                                                        Dr Robert Sewell, Physics
Mike Reed (Medicine) this                                                                     Miss Lucy Purcell, Centre for Environmental      Dr Alexandros Georgiadis, Physics
                                                 Sciences                                     Policy                                                                                            Miss Ruth Shanley, SORA
                                                                                                                                               Dr Rachel Gomes, Earth Science and
April, our group is continuing                   Mr Christopher Bird, Management Training                                                                                                       Mr Amardeep Singh, Computing
                                                                                              Ms Dinah Rahman, Molecular Biosciences           Engineering
to work hard on developing                       Scheme                                       Mr Farzan Ramzan, EPHPC                          Miss Debs Greek, Physics                         Dr Edward Smith, Chemistry (30 years)
                                                 Dr Edo Boek, Chemical Engineering                                                                                                              Dr Sarah Stanley, Investigative Science
new treatment options for                                                                     Dr Laurence Reed, Neurosciences and Mental       Dr Cheryl Gregory-Evans, Neurosciences and
                                                 Professor Thomas Brand, NHLI                 Health                                           Mental Health (11 years)                         (8 years)
cancer under the excellent                       Miss Alice Brown, Biological Sciences                                                                                                          Dr Russell Talling, Materials
                                                                                              Mr Pedro Rivotti, Chemical Engineering           Dr Shalini Gupta, Materials
leadership of Dr Atul Purohit,                   Dr Evgeny Buchbinder, Physics                Miss Rebecca Robey, Investigative Science        Miss Saumya Gupta, Medicine                      Mr Arthur Talman, Cell and Molecular Biology

Mike’s friend and colleague                      Dr James Bull, Chemistry                     Mr James Robinson, Management Training           Ms Sachiko Hamamoto, Humanities                  Dr Laura Thevenard, Physics
                                                 Mr Tomas Bystron, Chemical Engineering       Scheme                                           Dr William Heaven, Computing                     Ms Alai Urrutikoetxea Uriguen, SORA
for over 20 years.
                                                 Mr Chris Cantwell, Mathematics               Mr Tim Ruthven, Business School                  Dr So-Jin Holohan, NHLI                          Dr Prashant Valluri, Chemical Engineering
                                                 Miss Anne Chauveau, Cell and Molecular       Mr Michal Rysz, Kennedy Institute                Mr Thomas Hope, SORA                             Professor David Websdale, Physics
The work of the team,                            Biology                                      Dr Florian Sahr, Chemistry                       Dr Elisabeth Hopman, EPHPC                       Professor George Webster, Mechanical
                                                 Miss E. Cheung, Physics                      Professor Eduardo Saiz Gutierrez, Materials                                                       Engineering
and especially of Atul                                                                                                                         Mr Asher Hoskins, Civil and Environmental
                                                 Dr Altannar Chinchuluun, Chemical            Dr Emma Salisbury, Medicine                      Engineering (5 years)                            Dr Yaobi Zhang, EPHPC
and Mike, has now been                           Engineering                                  Ms Shalini Santhakumaran, Medicine               Dr Hiroshi Iritani, Mathematics
recognised by the Royal
                                                                                                                                                                                                retirements
                                                 Ms Margarita Chli, Computing                 Dr Jan Schluter, NHLI                            Ms Katherine Jackson, Mechanical Engineering
                                                 Miss Ramona Ciobanu, Catering Services
Pharmaceutical Society of                                                                     Mr Paul Shearing, ESE                            Mrs Liz Jaggs, Development and Corporate
                                                 Dr Abigail Clements, Cell and Molecular                                                       Affairs (8 years)                                Dr John Allwright, Estates Division (34 years)
                                                                                              Dr Ioannis Skarmoutsos, Chemistry
Great Britain, which has                         Biology                                                                                                                                        Professor Colin Atkinson, EEE
                                                                                              Dr Gaby Slavcheva, Physics                       Mr Adam James, SORA
awarded the prestigious                          Dr Henrique Coelho, Clinical Sciences
                                                                                              Professor Peter Smith, Business School           Dr Arthur Jamshidi, EEE                          Dr Chris Barnett, Estates Division (14 years)
                                                 Mr James Coles, NHLI                                                                                                                           Mrs Sue Brookes, Estates Division (13 years)
GSK Industrial Achievement                                                                    Ms Hilary Smith, Humanities                      Miss Virginie Jantou, Materials
                                                 Dr Adriana Cornea, Business School                                                            Dr Jalini Joharatnam, SORA                       Mrs Eve Burgess, Physics (12 years)
Award to Mike and our                                                                         Mr Rasmus Sorensen, Catering Services
                                                 Mr Luke Dickens, Computing                                                                    Mr Tom Johnson, Natural Sciences (7 years)       Mr Jose Diaz Couto, Medicine (36 years)
                                                                                              Mr Peter Sowinski, NHLI
chemistry collaborator at                        Dr Silvia Diez-Gonzalez, Chemistry                                                            Mr Andrew Jones, Computing                       Mr Aiden Donnelly, SORA (17 years)
                                                                                              Mr Johannes Spinneken, Civil and
Bath University, Professor                       Dr Iain Dunlop, Materials                    Environmental Engineering                        Mr Mindaugas Juozapavicius                       Mrs Esther England, Medicine (11 years)
                                                 Dr Julia Effertz, Humanities                 Dr Daniel Steiauf, Physics                       Mr Paul Kentish, ICT (37 years)                  Mr David Gentry, Business School (10 years)
B.V.L. Potter. This high
                                                 Miss Ioanna Eleftheriadou, Medicine          Mrs Julie Talbot, College Headquarters           Miss Madeline Kirk, EPHPC (7 years)              Mr Robert Gussetti, Faculty of Natural Sciences
profile award helps honour                       Miss Gabriela Gomez Guillen, EPHPC                                                                                                             (43 years)
                                                                                              Dr Maniccam Thavarajah, SORA                     Dr Mauritius Kleijnen, Molecular Biosciences
the memory of Mike and                           Mrs Lisa Grass, NHLI                         Miss Debbie Tilley, Centre for Environmental     Dr Patrick Koppenburg, Physics
                                                                                                                                                                                                Professor Andrew Holmes, Mathematics
                                                 Dr Sabina Hashmy, EPHPC                                                                                                                        (38 years)
recognises the excellent                                                                      Policy                                           Mrs Karen Kruse, Humanities (6 years)
                                                 Dr Wayne Hayes, Mathematics                                                                                                                    Professor Christopher Isham, Physics
                                                                                              Dr Nora Tusor, Medicine                          Dr Rob Lambert, Physics
work of the team he so sadly                                                                                                                                                                    (33 years)
                                                 Ms Susannah Heck, Physics                    Dr Linda Uruchurtu Gomez, Physics                Mr Anthony Lander, Library Services
left behind. The award was                                                                                                                                                                      Mr Frank Kriwaczek, Computing
                                                 Dr Simon Hepworth, Development and           Dr Aaron Vallance, Medicine                      Mr Chun Law, Chemistry
                                                 Corporate Affairs                                                                                                                              Professor David Lloyd Smith, Mathematics
presented on 9 September                                                                      Miss Carmelina Vinci, Centre for Environmental   Professor David Limebeer, EEE (26 years)         (26 years)
                                                 Miss Ciara Hill, Catering Services           Policy
and Julie Reed, Mike’s                                                                                                                         Miss Ming Lok, Medicine                          Professor Gareth Parry, Civil and Environmental
                                                 Dr Nicholas Hine, Materials                  Dr Stephanie Von Hinke Kessler Scholder,
                                                                                                                                               Professor Leon Lucy, Physics (11 years)          Engineering (6 years)
daughter, accepted it on                         Mr Neil Hirst, The Grantham Institute        Business School
                                                                                                                                               Dr Carolyn MacTavish, Physics                    Mrs Jan Preece, Security Services (7 years)
Mike’s behalf at the British                     Mr Raymond Hu, Computing                     Mr Thomas Woodcock, Medicine
                                                                                                                                               Miss Cara Magoolagan, Life Sciences              Ms Beverley Ricketts, Chemistry (5 years)
                                                 Dr Heba Ismail, Kennedy Institute            Mr Emmanouil Zacharakis, SORA
Pharmaceutical Conference                                                                                                                      Mr Vincent Malachanne, Reactor Centre            Mr Mick Rogers, Molecular Biosciences
                                                 Dr Andrea Jimenez Dalmaroni, Molecular       Dr Shaowei Zhang, Materials
                                                                                                                                               Dr Nasser Malik, Kennedy Institute               (48 years)
2009, and Professor Potter                       Biosciences
                                                                                                                                               Dr Philip Mallender, Chemistry                   Mr Dick Sheppard, Chemistry (40 years)
presented a short lecture                        Miss Eleanor Jones, NHLI

                                                                                              Farewell                                         Ms Eleni Maniati, Medicine                       Professor Rodney Sobey, Educational Quality
                                                 Miss Nazila Kamaly, SORA
outlining the development                                                                                                                      Mr Adam Masters, Physics                         Office (38 years)
                                                 Dr Kazuyo Kaneko, Kennedy Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                Mrs Mary Symons, Computing (20 years)
of steroid sulphatase
                                                                                              moving on
                                                                                                                                               Dr Simon Mathias, Civil and Environmental
                                                 Dr Rashed Karim, NHLI
                                                                                                                                               Engineering (5 years)                            Mrs Roma van Dam, ICT (31 years)
inhibitors by Imperial and the                   Dr Sugata Kaviraj, Physics
                                                                                                                                               Dr Hikoro Matsui, SORA                           Mrs Dam Van, ICT (31 years)
University of Bath.                              Dr Wansu Kim, Mathematics                    Dr Mohab Abou Zeid, Physics                      Dr Angeliki Mavroidi, EPHPC (6 years)            Professor John Wood, International Office*
                                                 Mr Madhav Kishore, Medicine                  Miss Fariha Afgan, Medicine                      Mr Maciej Mazurek, Cell and Molecular Biology
                                                 Professor Norbert Klein, Materials           Miss Catherine Ambrose, NHLI (6 years)           Miss Aronrag Meeyai, EPHPC
I thought readers would                          Professor Ralph Knoll, NHLI
                                                                                                                                                                                                This data is supplied by HR and covers the
                                                                                              Mrs Insiyah Anjarwalla, Investigative Science    Emeritus Professor Peter Meikle, Physics
be interested in this news,                      Dr Aris Kountouriotis, EEE                                                                                                                     period 13 September–3 October. It was
                                                                                              Dr Eduard Antonyan, Physics                      Dr Shai Meiri, Biology
                                                 Ms Alexandra Krieger, Chemical Engineering                                                                                                     correct at the time of going to press. Years
which is further recognition                                                                  Mr Mark Atkinson, Accommodation Services         Miss Ingrid Meschede, NHLI
                                                 Dr Siva Krishnadasan, Chemistry                                                                                                                of service are given where an individual
of Mike’s achievements as                                                                     Professor David Balding, EPHPC (8 years)         Dr Gabriele Mondello, Mathematics
                                                 Miss Juliane Kuhtz, NHLI                                                                                                                       has been a member of College staff for
                                                                                              Ms Alison Barnet, SORA (6 years)                 Mr Samuel Mugari, Kennedy Institute
recorded in the obituary run                     Mr Romain Lambert, Chemical Engineering                                                                                                        over five years. Asterisk (*) indicates where
                                                                                              Mr Daniel Barrowdale, Medicine                   Dr Paula Munderi, Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                an individual will continue to play an active
in issue 205.                                    Dr Monica Lebron, Humanities                 Dr Anthony Bastin, NHLI                          Dr David Munns, Humanities
                                                 Mr Ewen Legg, SORA                                                                                                                             role in College life.
dR simon nEWmAn, REsEARCh                                                                     Mr Shah Baten, Chemistry                         Dr Maria Mycielska, Cell and Molecular Biology
AssoCiAtE (mEdiCinE)                             Mr Georgi Lesov, Catering Services           Miss Charlotte Blunsdon, NHLI                    Professor John Nelder, Mathematics (39 years)
                                                 Dr Christina Lo Celso, Cell and Molecular    Professor Aldo Boccaccini, Materials (9 years)   Miss Elly O’Brien, Library Services
                                                 Biology
                                                                                              Dr Surajate Boonya-Aroonnet, Civil and           Dr Clemens Olbricht, Mechanical Engineering
If	your	letter	is	featured	in	                   Dr David Lowe, Medicine                      Environmental Engineering                        Dr Danielle Paixao-Cavalcante, Medicine
Reporter	you	will	win	a	cup	                     Dr James Lucietti, Physics                   Dr Liz Carpenter, Molecular Biosciences
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of	coffee	and	a	sizeable	piece	                  Dr Konstantinos Manolarakis, Mathematics     (10 years)                                       Health                                             and/or comments about new
of	cake,	courtesy	of	Catering	                   Mr Ronnie McGarth, Humanities                Mr Kok Chan, NHLI                                Miss Anthi Patrikios, EPHPC (7 years)              starters, leavers and retirees
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events highlights                                                                                                                             For complete details:
                                                                                                                                              www.imperial.ac.uk/events                                   15 October 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                            take note
                                     4 nOvemBer • lecture                                                            successful deployment and operation of a

                                     The world’s nuclear future:
                                                                                                                     new generation of reactor systems and their
                                                                                                                     associated fuel cycles. In our energy-hungry
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Faculty of natural
                                     built on material success                                                       world, the future of electricity generation must                                       sciences outlook
                                                                                                                     meet the twin challenges of security of supply
                                     This year’s Schrödinger lecture will be given by                                and reduced carbon emissions. The expectations                                         The Faculty of
                                     Dr Sue Ion FREng, Visiting Professor (Materials),                               for nuclear power programmes to play a part in                                         Natural Sciences has
                                     and will focus on how the science and                                           delivering success on both counts grow                                                 just published its
                                     engineering of materials will be key to the                                     ever higher.                                                                           Research Outlook
                                                                                                                                                                                                            brochure, setting out
                                                                                                                                                                                                            its strategy, recent
                                                                                                                                                                                                            research highlights
                                     11 nOvemBer • lecture                                                           source of inspiration for efficient processing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and current
                                                                                                                     algorithms for sensorimotor control in robots.
                                     Multimodal and adaptive                                                         In this Department of Bioengineering seminar,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            opportunities for
                                                                                                                                                                                                            collaboration.
                                     behaviour in insects                                                            Professor Barbara Webb, Reader in Informatics
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The publication
                                                                                                                     at the University of Edinburgh, will outline her
                                     and robots                                                                      recent work towards designing an insect brain
                                                                                                                                                                                                            is available for all
                                                                                                                                                                                                            staff to use at events and in meetings
                                     The robust behaviours, specialised sensors                                      control architecture for robotics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            with external organisations.
                                     and small brains of insects have been a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            To	download	a	copy	or	to	order	hard	
                                                                                                                                                                                                            copies	visit: www3.imperial.ac.uk/news/
                                                                                                                                                                                                            researchoutlook

21 OctOBer • lecture                                           4 nOvemBer • lecture                                                 11 nOvemBer • lecture
Imaging neocortical microcircuit                               spatio-temporal primitives in                                        Multimodal and adaptive behaviour                                       voLunTeeRIng
plasticity in the healthy and                                  the perception and modeling of                                       in insects and robots
diseased brain
Dr	Vincenzo	de	Paola	(Clinical	Sciences)
                                                               emotional body movement
                                                               Professor	Martin	A.	Giese,	Department	
                                                                                                                                    Professor	Barbara	Webb,	Reader	in	
                                                                                                                                    Informatics	at	the	University	of	Edinburgh	
                                                                                                                                                                                                            My memories
                                                               of	Cognitive	Neurology,	University	of	
                                                               Tübingen
                                                                                                                                                                                                            volunteer
4 nOvemBer • lecture                                                                                                                11 nOvemBer • exhIBItIOn
22nd schrödinger lecture –                                                                                                          staff photo club exhibition                                             Project ID: 2249
The world’s nuclear future: built on                           11 nOvemBer • lecture                                                Nature	and	portrait                                                     Organisation: Age Concern Kensington
material success                                                                                                                                                                                            and Chelsea
                                                               Mechanisms of neurotransmitter                                                                                                               Date: from 23 Oct 2009
Dr	Sue	Ion	FREng,	Visiting	Professor,	                         transport across membranes                                           25 nOvemBer • lecture                                                   Time: term time, 14.00–16.00
Department	of	Materials
                                                               Dr	Lucy	Forrest,	Max	Planck	Institute		                              Bone high strain rates: stochasticity                                   Location: Sloane Square
                                                               for	Biophysics                                                       vs. reasoning
                                                                                                                                    Dr	Peter	Zioupos,	Biomechanics	                                         Volunteers are needed
                                                                                                                                    Laboratories,	Cranfield	University                                      to give support once
                                                                                                                                                                                                            a month to elderly
                                                                                                                                                                                                            people with memory
                                                                                                                                                                                                            difficulties or dementia
                                                                                                                                                                                                            in a café setting. Volunteers will assist in
                                                                                                                                                                                                            running activities, accompanying groups on
                                                                                                                                                                                                            outings, meeting and greeting, or making
    photo expo                                                                                                                                                                                              tea and coffee. All volunteers will receive
                                                                                                                                                                                                            training and any out of pocket expenses will
In	the	first	week	of	                                                                                                                                                                                       be reimbursed. Age Concern Kensington
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Chelsea (ACKC) is one of the major
October,	Eastside	opened	                                                                                                                                                                                   providers of services for older people in
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Royal Borough. Thanks to volunteer
its	doors	to	students	for	                                                                                                                                                                                  services, ACKC is able to offer help to
the	first	time	–	marking	                                                                                                                                                                                   enable many older people to remain living
                                                                                                                                                                                                            at home for longer.
the	end	of	the	Eastside	
                                                                                                                                                                                                             For more information
project.	The	new	
                                                                                                                                                                                                            To	take	part	in	a	scheme	or	to	hear	more	
development	includes		                                                                                                                                                                                      about	volunteering	in	general,	contact	
three	halls,	a	convenience	                                                                                                                                                                                 Petronela	Sasurova	
                                                                                                                                                                                                            	 	 020 7594 8141		
store,	restaurant	and	bar.                                                                                                                                                                                    	 volunteering@imperial.ac.uk

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            opportunities	please	visit:		
                                                                                                                                                                                                            www.imperial.ac.uk/volunteering		
                                                                                                                                                                                                            	
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