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Durham University

Faculty of Science

Rising Stars 2012

The 2012 Rising Stars Research Symposium was held on June 18th in the Calman Learning Centre. For the first time the event included a poster presentation session: two posters from each school or department, and the Rochester Prize presentation was included in the prize-giving ceremony.

Photo: Greg Robson

Photo: Greg Robson

Programme

2pm: Welcome

Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre

Professor Jon Davidson (Deputy Head of Faculty, Research)

2:05pm: Session 1

Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre

*Emily King (School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences): Willingness to Pay in the British Public: How do Knowledge, Demographics, and Attitudes to Biodiversity Affect Responses?

*Owen Metters (Department of Chemistry): It’s Make or Break for the Chemical Bond

*Adam Pacey (Department of Earth Sciences): What controls the location of arc volcanoes?

*Robert Watts (School of Engineering and Computing Sciences): Unsteady Simulations of the Durham Cascade

Slides from these talks are available below.

3.15pm: Coffee Break & Poster Presentation

Sir Derman Christopherson Room

Sarah Bowling (SBBS): A closer look at Nup88: uncovering pathways involved in cancer development.
Sarah Robins (SBBS): New Role for the Reaction-Diffusion Model.
Emma Parkinson (Chemistry): Antibacterial Properties of Carbon Nanotube Composites.
Amy Fry (Chemistry): Characterisation of the Membrane Binding Selectivity of RSV M Protein.
Matthew Ingham (Earth Sciences): Early-mid Triassic alluvial sediments of the Solway Basin, UK: an appraisal of reservoir quality.
Marianne Brett (Earth Sciences): Environmental controls on stable isotope ratios in New Zealand Podocarpaceae: implications for palaeoclimate reconstruction.
Danny King (SECS): Real-Time Interactive Sonification.
Davood Bonyad (SECS): Are you wasting your money?
Steven Charlton (Mathematics): Primes of the Form x2 + ny2.
Robert Botcherby (Mathematics): Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman Equations in Mathematical Finance.
Ben Page (Physics): All Orders WKB Series for x2N Potentials.
James Almond (Physics): Simulating pulsed-coil Zeeman decelerators.
Bronagh Smyth (Psychology): Understanding Crossmodal Interactions to Improve Consumer Research.
Catherine Grainger (Psychology): Time-based and Event-based Prospective Memory in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Some of these posters are available in pdf format below.

4.00pm Session 2

Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre

*Natasha Morrison (Department of  Mathematical Sciences): Fractals and the Heisenberg Group

*Robert Bettles (Department of Physics): Light-Atom Interactions in the Strong Focussing Limit

*Kamar Ameen-ali (Department of Psychology): A New Behavioural Paradigm for Tasks of Recognition Memory in Rats

Slides from these talks are available below.

5.00pm Reception & Presentation of Awards

Sir Derman Christopherson Room

Hosted by Professor Chris Higgins, Vice Chancellor


Photo: Greg Robson

Awards

The Bill Bryson Prize for Communication in Science.

Robert Bettles: Light-Atom Interactions in the Strong Focussing Limit

Award for the Best Poster

Sarah Robins: New Role for the Reaction-Diffusion Model.

Popular Awards

Adam Pacey (talk): What controls the location of arc volcanoes?

Marianne Brett (poster): Environmental controls on stable isotope ratios in New Zealand Podocarpaceae: implications for palaeoclimate reconstruction.

The Rochester Prize

Rebekka Welch (Psychology Applied).

Semiar Slides

Resources

Poster Presentations

Resources