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Durham scientists play key role as construction starts on world’s largest telescope

Construction work has begun on the world’s largest visible to infrared telescope – and Durham University is playing a key role.

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT)

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Physics Technical Staff Nominated for Institute of Physics, Papin Prize Awards 2017!

Technical staff from Physics' Teaching Laboratory Team have been nominated for awards in two categories at the Institute of Physics' Papin Awards.

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Little Cub gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demise

A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early Universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighbouring galaxy.

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Outstanding recognition for Durham University's scientists

Durham University’s outstanding achievements in science have been recognised with a series of awards.

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The Queen honours leading Durham University space scientist

Professor Carlos Frenk

A world-leading Durham University space scientist has been honoured by The Queen for his work on the origins of the Universe and engaging the public in science.

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Winton sponsors prizes in Physics and Mathematical Sciences at Durham University

Durham University is delighted to announce that Winton has sponsored five academic prizes in the University’s Departments of Physics and Mathematical Sciences.

 

The prizes being sponsored from the 2017/18 academic year are:

  • Winton Doctoral Prize in Physics;
  • Winton MSc Prize in Physics;
  • Winton Poster Prizes in Physics;
  • Winton Doctoral Prize in Mathematical Sciences;
  • Winton MSc Prize in Mathematical Sciences.

 

Professor Patrick Hussey, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Durham’s Faculty of Science, said:

“We are delighted that Winton have chosen to support a number of new postgraduate prizes in our Departments of Physics and Mathematical Sciences, which will celebrate the academic excellence so prevalent within our student community here at Durham.”

 

 

Winton

Winton is an investment management and data science company. The firm was founded in 1997 on the belief that the application of the scientific method offers the best approach to investing. Winton’s investment decisions are driven by statistical inference based on the empirical analysis of data, rather than instinct or intuition. By finding patterns in large volumes of data, Winton’s researchers build intelligent investment systems which evolve over time. Today Winton advises on over $30billion of client assets for many of the world’s largest pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks and fund platforms. The firm employs more than 450 people in 9 offices around the globe.

 

Winton’s philanthropic arm, Winton Philanthropies, is a supporter of UK science research.

For more information on the prizes available please follow the links to the Departmental websites below:

www.dur.ac.uk/physics/

www.dur.ac.uk/mathematical.sciences/


Nuffield Summer Student Chantal Goulder wins National Science Prize at Big Bang Fair in Birmingham

Image of Chantal Goulder collecting her prize

Budding scientist Chantal Goulder has a bright future after winning a national science prize.

Chantal, a student of Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington won one of the UK Senior Science awards at the National Big Bang Fair, held in Birmingham, earlier this year.

Chantal undertook a Nuffield placement in the Physics Department at Durham University during Summer 2016 under the supervision of Dr Marc Etherington in the Organic Electroactive Materials (OEM) group.

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Fully funded doctoral studentships to be made available in new Centre for Doctoral Training

We are pleased to announce the availability of up to 11 fully-funded four year doctoral studentships, as part of a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Intensive Science supported by STFC through the Industrial Strategy Talent Fund. The CDT is built around the research programmes of the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP) and also the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy (CEA) and the Center for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI). The studentships include a six month secondment with one of our industrial partners. 

 


Level 3 Poster Prize winners 2017 receive their awards

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Materials that emit rainbows

Mechanochromic luminescent (MCL) materials change their color in response to a change in their environment, like pressure and temperature. To date, most MCL materials only change between two colors, limiting their applications. The international research team comprising of chemists at Osaka University and physicists at Durham University has developed tricolor-changing MLC materials. Not only that, the developed materials exhibited efficient thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) and allowed high performance organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) devices. The findings can be read about in Chemical Science.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-02-materials-emit-rainbows.html#jCp


Professor Carlos Frenk will receive the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize

Professor Carlos Frenk has been awarded the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize of the IOP and the German Physical Society, which is given for outstanding contributions to physics. Frenk, who is director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at the University of Durham, receives the award for his work on cold dark matter, being one of the originators of the Cold Dark Matter (CDM) theory for the origin of galaxies and other cosmic structures.


ALMA discovers dew drops surrounding dusty spider’s web

Astronomers have spotted glowing droplets of condensed water in the distant Spiderweb Galaxy – but not where they expected to find them.

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CDT Student Francis Ridgeon wins regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition

CDT student Francis Ridgeon won the Institute of Physics, North East regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition.

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