Royal Society Research Fellowship for Kenneth Wilson
The Royal Society has appointed Kenneth Wilson, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the Lancaster Environment Centre, as one of only seven new Senior Research Fellowship holders. During the Fellowship, Professor Wilson will focus on developing strategies for the biological control of two important crop pests - the African Armyworm, a devastating caterpillar pest of cereal crops such as maize, wheat and rice in sub-Saharan Africa, and the Australian Plague Locust, the most important grasshopper pests of food crops in Australia.
Thomas McConnell wins Royal College award
Medical student Thomas McConnell has been awarded first place in the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s Tim Chard Prize. The prize was awarded based on Thomas’ submission of a case presentation and he was invited to present his work to a meeting of the Royal College. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Research at the Faculty of Health and Medicine, funded by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in order to promote research links with Lancaster University, and to encourage medical students to develop research skills.
OBE for Rachel Cooper
Professor Rachel Cooper has received her OBE for services to education from HRH Princess Anne in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Professor Cooper is the Chair of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) and Co-Director of ImaginationLancaster, a centre for research into products, places and systems for the future. She is currently on the EU Design and Innovation Initiative Leadership Board.
Lancaster University awarded Cyber Security Centre of Excellence status
Lancaster University researchers who have been tackling online crime from hacking to child grooming on the net have been recognised by Government as one of an elite group of eight new academic centres of excellence in cyber security research in the UK. From threats to national security to internet hacking, cyber security affects almost every one of us. Lancaster University has been working in this field for nearly a decade, forging a global reputation for its research which combines traditional network security expertise and data analysis with new approaches to linguistic analysis and knowledge of human behaviour patterns informed by psychological research.
CBE for Professor Bill Davies
Professor Bill Davies, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Lancaster University, and founding Director of the Lancaster Environment Centre was included in the Queen's birthday honours list for 2011. Recognised as a world leader in his field, Professor Davies has spent his career contributing to one of the biggest challenges facing humankind - feeding seven billion people against a background of climate change. Science led by Professor Davies' group has been used to increase the sustainability of food production in the UK and in many other parts of the world.
Cherry Canovan named Very Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year
Former journalist and Lancaster PhD Student Cherry Canovan was named Very Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year by the Institute of Physics. The award celebrates the work of female physicists who have completed their first physics degree in the last five years.
THE Lifetime Achievement Award for Cary Cooper
Professor Cary Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management Scool, received the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award at the Times Higher Education awards ceremony in London. The date Professor Cooper has produced nearly 400 papers and is the author or editor of over 100 books on everything from leadership and motivation to stress, employee health and wellbeing.
Dr Guennadi Borissov receives The Nuclear and Particle Physics Division Prize
Dr Guennadi Borissov has been recognized by the Institute of Physics for his work on the physics of subatomic particles containing the "bottom quark", or B physics. Dr Borissov, based at Lancaster, works with the DZero team of international scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in the US. The DZero team's work attracted international attention when they found evidence of a bias towards matter over antimatter in the universe.
Professor Vladimir Falko receives Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
Professor Vladimir Falko, Head of Theoretical Physics at Lancaster University, has received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award worth £127,000 in recognition of his achievements in nanoscience. Professor Falko received the a award for his work exploring the theory of the electronic properties of nanostructures and low-dimensional materials, such as graphene. He and his research team have discovered the unique electronic properties of bilayer crystals, predicted unusual transport characteristics of graphene p-n junctions, and laid the foundations for the understanding of the transport and optical properties of this new material.
OBE for Professor Sue Cox
Professor Sue Cox, Dean of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) has been awarded an OBE for services to social science in the 2011 New Year Honours List. Professor Cox has been Dean of LUMS since 2001 and under her leadership, the LUMS has been one of a select few to achieve the accreditation 'hat trick' of EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. In the last five years she has overseen the expansion of the LUMS both nationally and internationally, and at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Professor Brian Wynne awarded Bernal Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science
Professor Brian Wynne, Professor of Science Studies at the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) and the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change (CSEC) at Lancaster University, has been awarded the J D Bernal Prize for his distinguished contribution to the social studies of science. The Bernal Prize is the highest honour given by the Society for Social Studies of Science, and is awarded annually. Previous recipients have included Donna Haraway, Karin Knorr Cetina, Sheila Jasanoff, Joseph Needham, Robert Merton, Thomas Kuhn, and Mary Douglas.
Professor Cary Cooper made Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Professor Cary Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society. The award recognises the contribution which Professor Cooper has made to the discipline of psychology. He was invited to the Society's AGM in London where he was presented with a framed certificate following a eulogy from the Honorary General Secretary Professor Pam Maras.
Ian Miller receives Hauksbee Award from the Royal Society
Ian Miller, a senior technician at Lancaster University, has received a Hauksbee Award from the Royal Society in recognition of his valuable role in supporting scientific research. Ian Miller is one of the world's leading low temperature technicians, working in the Microkelvin Group in the Department of Physics at Lancaster University with Professor George Pickett FRS. Ian has a world-wide reputation for microkelvin technology.
Lancaster receives Queen's Anniversary Prize for irrigation research
Her Majesty presented the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education to Distinguished Professor Bill Davies, who led a team of plant biologists at the Lancaster Environment Centre in the development of research into watersaving techniques for agriculture. The world-class research will help farmers in some of the driest regions of the world and help meet the challenge of feeding seven billion people against a background of climate change.
FutureEverything Awarded Lever Prize
Lancaster University's partner organisation FutureEverything has been awarded a prestigious Lever Prize 2010. FutureEverything leads pioneering projects and international debates on themes including innovation, technology art, society and the environment.
Lancaster plant biologists win Times Higher Research Project of the Year
A team of plant biologists at Lancaster University, led by Distinguished Professor Bill Davies in the Lancaster Environment Centre, have been awarded Times Higher Research Project of the Year award for their work identifying chemical signals that assist the plants in coping with drought. The fundamental scientific research has identified the phenomenon of root to shoot chemical signalling in plants and identified ways of exploiting this phenomenon, allowing scientists and industry to develop novel irrigation techniques to be used as a component of 'water saving agriculture'.
Dr Robert Appelbaum awarded AHRC Fellowship
Dr Robert Appelbaum, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies in the Department of English and Creative Writing, has been given an Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Leave Fellowship to complete his work on a book investigating writing about restaurants. In the course of this study, Dr Appelbaum asks whether restaurants reinforce divisions in society or whether they perform a public function as melting pots of cultural democracy.
Dr Manus Hayne receives Brian Mercer Feasibility Award from the Royal Society
Lancaster University Physicist Dr Manus Hayne has been given a Royal Society award to support his work exploring next-generation computer memory. Dr Manus Hayne is investigating the feasibility of using self-assembled quantum dots as the basis for ultra-fast computer memories. Quantum dots - tiny droplets of semiconductor material - could hold the key to bigger, quicker computer memories.
Dr Viktor Tsepelin awarded the Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics
Dr Viktor Tsepelin, a member of Lancaster University's internationally-recognised Ultra Low Temperature Physics group, has been awarded the Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). After working at both Helsinki University and Stanford University, Dr Tsepelin moved to Lancaster where he now lectures, and in 2006 he was awarded a five year EPSRC Advanced Research fellowship in Quantum Turbulence.
Dr Mark Rouncefield wins Microsoft European Research Fellowship
The award is one of only two Fellowships in the whole of Europe in 2006 and Lancaster is the only university in the UK to have won one. The funding has been awarded to Dr Mark Rouncefield, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Computing based at InfoLab21. The resultant two year project "Social Interaction and Mundane Technologies" will examine the impact of new technologies such as email and mobile phones on social and organisational life.
Professor Barbara Maher receives Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
Barbara Maher, Professor of Physical Geography and co-Director of Lancaster University's internationally-known Centre for Environmental Magnetism and Palaeomagnetism, has received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Her work involves using the magnetic properties of natural and synthetic materials to answer important questions about climate change and the environment. The research has resulted in the manufacture of new magnetic materials which can solve serious water contamination problems. It is also finding answers to other environmental questions such as how windblown dust to the oceans changed greenhouse gas levels in the past, and where and to what level vehicle pollution occurs.
Professor Ruth Chadwick receives the World Technology Award for Ethics
Professor Ruth Chadwick, Director of CESAGen - a research centre which investigates the economic, social and ethical consequences of genomic and genetic science - has been awarded the World Technology Award for Ethics. She was selected to receive the award by members of the World Technology Network - an elite international group committed to bringing emerging technologies into use in the real world.