Month: December 2014

Prof McGregor on exhibition at the Science Museum

Alison SMProf Alison McGregor is now part of a new exhibition at the Science Museum called “Engineer Your Future”, which was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales on Tuesday.

The exhibition is aimed at 11-15 year olds and focuses on getting more children interested in engineering, through a variety of objects and interactive games, one of which features Prof McGregor.

The Engineer Your Future exhibition is free to visit and runs for the next three years at the Science Museum so go have a look.

Athena SWAN Award Ceremony

Athena Swan Awards 2014_00091 579x300The Athena SWAN award ceremony took place in November at Robinson College, University of Cambridge where Julia Anderson and Kate Hardy went along to collect Surgery & Cancer’s bronze award, presented by Prof Dame Julia Higgins.

It was an Imperial day with the Provost James Stirling and Dot Griffiths in attendance to support all the Imperial Departments receiving awards, including the Institute of Clinical Sciences and MRC Clinical Sciences Centre getting their bronze award and the Department of Chemical Engineering and National Heart and Lung institute getting their silver renewals.

Currently work is underway in the Department preparing for our silver application in November 2015, with our new mentoring scheme launching in the new year. For more information on this please take a look at our Athena SWAN page.

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CSM Outreach Activity

Outreach 2On the 31st October, the Division of Computational Systems Medicine (CSM), invited 26 students from IntoUniveristy London Brixton branch for an outreach event.

The students, aged between 14 and 17, took part in various activities, from Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy, comparing characteristic spectra of food products and urinary profiles of healthy and diseased individuals, to a laboratory tour, a disease biomarker workshop and a short-course on microbial pathogens, such as Ebola and HIV.

Outreach 3The CSM outreach team, headed by Professor Nigel Gooderham, was organised by academics at various stages of their careers (PhD students, postdocs and lecturers), who subsequently talked about their current roles, as well as academic life at Imperial College and requirements to get into university initially.

Overall, the CMS team enjoyed reaching out and engaging with the students, all of who gave positive feedback, and wishes them all the very best for their future careers.