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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 PAGE 3 PAGE 10 PAGE 11 2 >> newsupdate www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 3 www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 >> newsupdate 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 4 >> newsupdate www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 5 www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 >> newsupdate media mentions —AmnA siddiq, CommuniCAtions Join our mailing list for regular news, information and website alerts: www.imperial.ac.uk/media/jointsignup 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. 6 >> scienceroundup www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 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 7 www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 >> scienceroundup 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 8 >> featurefocus www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 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 9 www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 >> featurefocus 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. email@example.com 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. • United Kingdom 10 >> featurefocus www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 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 11 www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 12 insidestory www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 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: email@example.com 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!” 13 www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 insidestory 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.” 14 insidestory www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 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. 15 www.imperial.ac.uk/reporter | reporter | 15 October 2009 • Issue 210 insidestory Dr Samir Nuseibeh, NHLI Emeritus Professor Jean Connerade, Physics Dr Rebecca Pouwer, Chemistry mailbox Welcome moving in. moving on. 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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. 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