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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 

    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 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



    (Bookings through )

    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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  • Febrary Book Sale

    I have changed the books in the book-sale today. Come along and have a look. They are situated just inside the doors to the Study Hall, on level 3 of the Library & Information Centre.

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    These books are either items that have been withdrawn because they are out of date or unused duplicates, or they are unwanted donations. This month’s sale comprises mainly Engineering & Technology, Anthropology & Sociology and some donations.


    Lynne Tithecott

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  • January 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

    Diet and Behaviour Throughout Life

    David Benton, Professor of Psychology, Swansea University

    Wednesday 27th January at 7.30 pm Dylan Thomas Centre

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  • New journal trials from RSC

    Two new journals – Nanoscale and Polymer chemistry – have been launched by the Royal Society of Chemistry. We have free trial access to articles from Nanoscale until December 2010 and to Polymer Chemistry until December 2011. Access is only available on campus.

    Polymer Chemistry


    They can also be accessed by looking them up in Voyager.

    Nanoscale will be publishing experimental and theoretical work across the breadth of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Topics include Synthesis of nanostructured and nanoscale materials, Characterisation of functional nanoscale materials and bio-assemblies, Properties of nanoscale materials, Self-assembly and molecular organisation, Complex hybrid nanostructures, Nanocomposites, nanoparticles, nanocrystalline materials, and nanoclusters, Nanotubes, molecular nanowires and nanocrystals, Molecular nanoscience, Nanoelectronics and molecular electronics, Nanomedicine. It is aimed at a cross disciplinary readership.

    Polymer chemistry will be publishing advances in polymer chemistry encompassing all aspects of synthetic and biological macromolecules, and related emerging areas. It aims to provide a showcase for the ongoing efforts driving polymer chemistry, highlighting the creativity of the field and previously inaccessible applications. It is aimed at materials scientists and bioscientists as well as those working in polymer chemistry.

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  • Gravity and Sir Isaac Newton’s Apple

    The original manuscript describing how Newton came up with his theory of gravity after seeing an apple fall in his mother’s garden in Lincolnshire has been made available by the Royal Society in digital form. William Stukeley’s Life of Newton can be seen at:

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  • IOP Journal Access

    We are pleased to tell you that we have heard from the Institute of Physics that we have free access to the IOP Journal Archive until 31 December 2014.

    The original agreement from JISC Collections provided us with electronic access to the IOP Journal Archive (1874-1998) free of charge until 31 December 2009. However, this agreement has now been extended by JISC Collections for another 5 years until 2014, again completely free of charge.

    You will be able to access the IOP Journal Archive from the IOP journals site at the same way that you have done in previous years. A full listing of IOP journals is at

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  • Internet Explorer Flaw

    Many of you will have noticed various stories in the media about flaws in Microsoft Internet Explorer which can lead to hacking problems, e.g.


    For Staff and Student PCs managed by LIS I believe the situation is OK, they are running Windows XP SP3 with IE 7 but with DEP enabled which is supposed to mitigate the problem – I will ask my staff to check again tomorrow that this is the case.

    For non LIS managed PCs, you will need to check with whoever manages your PC. However, if that is you or you have admin rights, then check this article for a fix.

    Note that alternative solutions include upgrading to IE 8 or using another browser (e.g. FireFox or Chrome).  The actual attach requires you to use the browser to read a specific piece of HTML code (a hacked web page or HTML email for example).  Also note that “blaming MS again” isn’t a particularly valid approach as security flaws like this are common to many bits of software (Mac, PC, or Linux), it’s just this one’s the root cause of a high profile hack involving Google in China.

    Obviously, this problem applies to your home PCs too, and I would strongly recommend ensuring that you keep your PCs up to date using “Windows Update” and using a current Security solution like the Symantec AV package used on Campus.  (Same advice to Linux and Mac users – keep patched up to date!).

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  • Reaxys

    You may already have heard that the Beilstein Crossfire system for chemical substances and reactions is migrating to a new web based system – Reaxys. This can now be accessed on campus at – click search under the red login box to enter the database. A quick reference manual can be downloaded from

     Access is by IP recognition so off campus access is not available at present though we hope this will be available before too long. The CrossFire system will end this year and the software will probably be removed from our network in the Summer so it would be best to try out the new Reaxys system as soon as you can if you are a Beilstein user.

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