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  • February Science Cafe

    The Swansea Science Café offers opportunities for anyone to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science. Designed to be informal and entertaining, the café typically runs on the last Wednesday of every month at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Entry is free and talks start at 7:30pm. For future events see http://www.sciencecafewales.org/.

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    Avoiding Death by Computer,

    Harold Thimbleby, Swansea University

    Wednesday 24th February at 7.30 pm Dylan Thomas Centre

    One of the reasons why people make mistakes is that the systems they use are badly designed, whether office software or gadgets. (The problems poor design causes are perhaps nowhere more alarming than in hospital errors involving drug delivery systems.) This talk reviews some typical issues and shows that many causes can be prevented by better design, and better programming in particular. The talk will be of interest to anybody who uses computers or interactive devices, from calculators to infusion pumps. People attending will learn how to get almost any result they like out of spreadsheets…..

    Harold Thimbleby is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry and a Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow at Swansea University.

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  • IEEE Xplore redesign

    The IEEE have just launched a redesign of their IEEE Xplore Digital Library site www.ieee.org/ieeexplore.  Features of the redesign include:

    • A “what’s popular” feature in the Quick Links box at the bottom of the screen to show you which research is making the headlines.
    • Refine results feature – once you have carried out a search you will see a box at the left of the screen where you can pick out particular subjects, authors, publication types or organizations from your search results.
    • Expanded “sort by” options allow you to sort the newest or oldest first or to sort by publication title.
    • If you register you can set your own display preferences, save searches and set up e-mail alerts to let you know when new content of interest is added to the database.
    • A new browse page gives you the option to browse publications by subject to get a feel for what is available.

    If you have any questions about IEEE Xplore please contact Alasdair Montgomery or Susan Glen scieng@swansea.ac.uk

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  • Census data workshop: using migration data and the ONS Longitudinal Study, 20 May 2010, Cardiff

    This workshop will include an introduction to the data services offered by Census.ac.uk and is aimed at those studying or working in the UK higher and further education sector, but is not limited to those already registered to use the census.

    At this workshop users will be introduced to the activities of the Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research (CIDER) and the Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data (WICID) data extraction system.

    The Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support (CeLSIUS) will introduce the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study, discussing data sources and structure, offering suggestions for research topics and designs, showing how to access the data and giving participants an opportunity to explore the data for themselves using two teaching datasets. These will cover the subjects of ethnicity and limiting long term illness but will demonstrate how the data can be used more widely for many other research topics. It would be helpful, but not obligatory, to have a basic knowledge of SPSS.

    The workshop is free to attend and includes lunch and refreshments. However travel and accommodation costs will need to be met by the participants.

    Time: 10.30 (registration and refreshments at 10.00)

    Date: Thursday, 20 May 2010

    Place: Qualiti Training Room (0.88) and The Committee Rooms, School of Social Sciences, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT.

    More information and booking:

    http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/news/eventdetail.asp?id=2327

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  • Articles relevant to Haiti earthquake

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    The Geological Society of London has made some papers relevant to the Haiti earthquake available free of charge until the end of March 2010.

    http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/gsl/publications/lyellcollection/page7188.html

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  • Department of Research and Innovation Seminar Programme – CHANGES TO SCHEDULE

    Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we have a few changes to the scheduled seminar programme

    1. European Regional Development Funding and European Social Funding: this is now postponed until Thursday March 11th and will be held in the Department of Research and Innovation Seminar room on the 7th floor of the Faraday Tower.

     

    1. Swansea IP Group: We will be postponing the seminar on Swansea IP group, due to be held on March 4th until the Summer term

     

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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  • [CROSSFIRE] Gmelin database updated to 2009/04

    The latest update of the Gmelin database, 2009/04, was made available on Tuesday 3rd February.

    Statistics for the new Gmelin database are as follows:

    Number of compounds: 2,739,112

    Number of reactions: 2,079,616

    Number of citations: 1,422,108

    There are no changes to the DST files from the previous version, 2009/03.

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  • Welsh Composites Centre Seminar

    You are warmly invited to our next Welsh Composites Centre seminar on

    Polyester, vinylester or epoxy: the great debate!
    on February 9th 2010 at 6:30pm

    in the Civil and Computational Lecture Theatre, School of Engineering.

    Paolo Dassi of SP – High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, will give a structural engineer’s view on the most widely used resin systems in the marine market. This will be followed by a tour of our composite testing facilities and there will be plenty of opportunities to network. Further details are given in the attached flyer.

    Registration for this event is free but places are limited so please register your interest in attending with Anke Skrobek on:
    A.Skrobek@swansea.ac.uk
    Phone: 07934 509414

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  • ESRC Research Seminar

    ESRC Research Seminar Series Understanding the Migrant Experience

    The Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR) at Swansea University has been awarded an ESRC grant to host a series of one-day seminars which aim to increase understanding of the migrant experience. Full details of the seminar series and events held to date can be found at www.swansea.ac.uk/cmpr/Events/Seminars/ 

    The next event in the series is entitled The role of the arts in understanding experiences of migration and will be held at Swansea University on Tuesday 23rd February from 9.30am – 5pm. The aim of this seminar is to examine the role of the visual, literary and creative arts as a method for exploring migration issues and for enabling migrants to articulate their experiences. The seminar will also explore the existence or otherwise of ‘immigrant art’ or ‘refugee art’ and the use of the arts as a mechanism for communicating ‘the migrant experience’ to a wider public and policy audience.

    We have an interesting range of speakers and discussants including Maggie O’Neill (University of Durham), Tom Cheesman (Swansea University), Alex Rotas (Cardiff University), Ricky Romain (artist), Margareta Kern (artist), John Nassari (UEL), Susan Roberts (Bridging Arts) and Kooj (Kuljit) Chuhan (digital artist/film maker and founder of Virtual Migrants). Lunch will be provided and there will be plenty of time for reflection and discussion.

    There are a limited number of places remaining at this event. Please email migration@swansea.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

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  • Postgraduate Training Sessions

    EndNote sessions for postgraduates will be running on Thur. 18th Feb. 10-11.30am and Mon. 8th March 1-2.30pm. Staff are also welcome to attend. Please book by e-mailing s.glen@swansea.ac.uk

    POSTGRADUATE  RESEARCH  PROGRAMME  FROM  LIBRARY  &  INFORMATION  SERVICES, 2009/10.

     

    (Bookings through s.l.robb@swansea.ac.uk )

    Friday       5th Feb 1:30 – 3pm JC B19 Excel 2007 – Introduction to Spreadsheets for Researchers  Part 1
    Tuesday 11thFeb 2.00-3.30 PC room 2 Further Beyond GoogleEven Google doesn’t search the whole Web. Sometimes a specialist database is the best tool for the job. What’s the best way to search the library catalogues of the top UK research universities? Where can you find news archives? How do mailing lists share expertise around the research community? What are the main sources for finding research funding? Come and find out!
    Friday     12th Feb 1:30- 3:00pm  JC B19 Excel 2007 – Introduction to Spreadsheets for Researchers  Part 2
    Tuesday16th Feb 11.00-12.30 PC room 2 Tracing theses and conference papers. Postgraduate theses and conference papers contain much valuable research but can be difficult to trace because many have not been formally published.  This practical session will show ways of finding details of these by means of databases such as Zetoc, Digital Dissertations and Index to Theses.  
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  • Engineering Research Seminar – February 8th

    Professor Jamal Yakoobi from IIT in Chicago will be visiting and presenting his research on electrohydrodynamics in a seminar at 2.00 on Monday 8th February, Executive Board Room, School of Engineering. Coffee and biscuits will be provided afterwards. Any interested staff or students are very welcome.

    School of Engineering Research Seminar

     

    Monday 8th February 2.00pm

    Executive Board Room, School of Engineering

     

    Enhancement of Heat Transfer and Mass Transport with EHD in Large and Small Scales

     

    Professor Jamal Yagoobi

    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Chicago, USA

     

    Electrically driven flows can provide significant enhancements to current and future technologies that can benefit from increased heat transfer and mass transport capacities in macro, micro, and nano scales.  Electrically generated flows, with and without phase-change, are particularly suited for micro-gravity and outer space applications.   During the seminar, the theoretical, numerical, and experimental results of electrically driven  dielectric liquids and liquid films will be presented.

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