The School recently celebrated national Universities Week, running events to spark conversations about the relevance of our research and its everyday impact on people’s lives.
Have you ever wished that books could explain their stories to you, rather than sitting silently in your hands? On 10 June, 45 visitors flocked to Keppel Street to borrow ten walking, talking, living books (our researchers!) at the Living Library. Read more
Are you one of those people who saunter off on holiday with only sunscreen to protect you, claiming that “mosquitoes never bite me”? Or perhaps you stock up on Marmite and garlic tablets to keep the biters at bay.
Think again! Scientists from arctec, the School’s repellent testing facility, have launched Bug Off, a campaign to highlight the importance of using repellents when travelling to tropical countries where insects spread disease. Read more
“I forget which was the first distemper I plunged into – some fearful, devastating scourge, I know – and, before I had glanced half down the list of ‘premonitory symptoms’, it was borne in upon me that I had fairly got it.”
Perhaps it is just as well that the School had…
Posted by Dr Jennifer Rogers.
At the start of January I was extremely honoured to be appointed the Royal Statistical Society Guy Lecturer. I was asked to write a presentation suitable for GCSE and sixth form students that would talk about statistics in an accessible and entertaining way. No easy task! Read more
Flusurvey, run by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has teamed up with the British Science Association to monitor the spread of the flu virus in schools at a national level for the first time.
Young people are being encouraged to become ‘citizen scientists’ by signing up to the survey and sharing data about how they feel every week. The project will provide critical insight into the spread of flu and engage young people first-hand in science. Read more
The School has appointed four women to the Aurora programme, the new leadership development initiative for women, run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Aurora aims to enable a wider range of women in academic and professional roles to become future leaders, developing their skills and advancing their institutions.
The School will appoint four women per year to the scheme for three years. The first participants are Dr Natasha Howard, Lecturer in Global Health and Conflict, Dr Cecile Knai, Lecturer in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy, Dr Tanya Marchant, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Disease Control, and Dr Kalpana Sabapathy, Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Professor Joy Lawn, Director of the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH), is the Aurora champion for the School. Read more
We are facing an 'apocalyptic' threat from antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a new book by England’s Chief Medical Officer.
In The Drugs Don’t Work, published today, Professor Dame Sally Davies highlights how the misuse of antibiotics by patients and doctors has led to the emergence and spread of pathogen strains that cannot be controlled by currently available medicines. And unless we urgently research and develop new treatments, we risk soaring mortality from routine infections within a generation. Read more
Disgust, nutrition and conflict feature in this month’s round-up, with the release of two new books written by or with contributions from School researchers, plus an award for another recently published title.
In her new book, Don’t Look Don’t Touch: the science behind revulsion, Dr Val Curtis argues that harnessing the disgust response can help to ensure the success of hygiene and healthcare programmes worldwide. She draws on the work of biologists and animal behaviourists to explain the evolutionary value of disgust and how it can be utilised in work to reduce infectious diseases. Read more
The Maasai Cricket Warriors visited the School and met with Professor Peter Piot to discuss HIV/AIDS prevention, during a trip to the UK where they have been taking part in the Last Man Stands amateur cricket world championships. Read more
Around 200 science enthusiasts flocked to hear Dr Alma Adler, Dr Ken Eames and Dr James Logan talk about their latest research at the annual Cheltenham Science Festival.
This year the festival, dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of science’, sold over 40,000 tickets and included exhibits, talks and interactive workshops on subjects as diverse as the botany of gin, the colour of music, and particle physics for beginners. Read more