GSK Labs: An exciting place for PhD researcher

The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry has officially opened. Connor Yap, a third year PhD student, reflects on working as a researcher in this landmark building. The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry (CNL) is the latest landmark building on Jubilee Campus, housing the Centre For Sustainable Chemistry. This large, wooden-framed building …

Research project studies tic ‘habits’ in children with Tourette Syndrome

Academics at the University have embarked on a two-year research project (LoTUS) aimed at further understanding how tics develop – and become difficult to overcome – in children with Tourette Syndrome (TS). Led by Professor Georgina Jackson in the Institute of Mental Health, the work is funded with a £97,651 grant from the national charity …

British Science Association Media Fellowships – deadline approaching

This is on the News Room blog but just in case you missed it. There are just a few hours left to apply for a funded place on the British Science Association’s Media Fellowship Scheme. Deadline tomorrow. If you have a real enthusiasm for science communication – and can give examples to support this – then read …

When the chips are down, is poker a skill?

A new study has reignited the debate over whether poker winnings should be taxed by suggesting that the game becomes one of skill after around 1,500 hands. Researchers at Nottingham analysed hundreds of millions of online plays to arrive at the finding, which could have major repercussions for card-sharps around the world. Poker is among …

BME research focus? WE NEED YOU!

It’s Black History Month in October. Throughout the month we’ll be joining forces with the University BME (black and minority ethnic) Staff Network to promote all manner of BME-related news, research and events taking place across the University. We do it through our Black History Month blog. It’s worth having a look to see the …

Nottingham represents at the Collider exhibition

Have you been to the Collider exhibition at the Science Museum yet? I recommend, it’s very enjoyable — pitched at the level of non-scientists with an interest in science. Which is me, basically. Explaining the purpose and science behind the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, it’s beautifully visual. Particularly the part where you sit inside …

Interacting Under Canvas

THE JOY OF BEING UNDER CANVAS I’m just back from a short camping trip and reflecting on how exciting it is to live under canvas. There is a visceral thrill to being in a tent as the thin fabric leaks noise, light, heat and shadows. Laying awake in the dark you become aware of nearby …