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Durham University

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Durham University offers an exciting year-round calendar of lectures, seminars and exhibitions. Events are open to the public, so take the opportunity to engage with current debates, explore some of our beautiful buildings and grounds, expand your knowledge or learn more about our cultural artefacts.

26 November 2019

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Interface Arts presents 'East Meets West'

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Interface Arts is a network for artists in County Durham and the surrounding areas. This exhibition showcases works influenced by both the Oriental Museum’s collections and Durham University’s contemporary Western Art collections.

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Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks

10:00am to 5:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library

For the renowned north-eastern artist Norman Cornish MBE (1919-2014), sketching was second nature and an inherent part of his everyday life.
This exhibition of little seen sketchbooks will present a new dimension to the artist’s practice, focusing on his observations of life, landscapes, and family, revealing the inner artistic processes behind some of his most iconic works.

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IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Clay Minerals as Antibacterial Agents: Mechanisms and Applications

6:30pm to 7:30pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre

Professor Hailiang Dong (University of Miami)
Certain naturally present clay minerals are capable of killing antibiotic-resistant human pathogens and thus, these clays have been proposed as antibiotic alternatives. The specific mechanisms for such antibacterial activity of natural clays include: 1) generation of lethal reactive oxygen species (ROS) from soluble Fe2 ; 2) Al toxicity. Both mechanisms require acidic pH to release Fe2 and Al from clay mineral. Recently, studies have demonstrated generation of ROS from structural Fe(II) in clays, which attack specific proteins and cause cell death. This mechanism works at neutral pH and the clay can be re-cycled multiple times. Because of these properties, clay minerals may be useful as antibacterial agents in clinical applications. This lecture will talk about recent results in further improving the efficiency of the antibacterial activity towards a variety of human pathogens under realistic human skin conditions (neutral pH, salt concentration).
This lecture is free and open to all.
Visit the IAS website for full details of this year's IAS Fellow’s Public Lectures.

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