11th March 2005

 

STARFISH, SOIL AND SPORTS

 

National Science Week 2005 is under way and the University of Lincoln has a variety of activities planned to show how science is applied to everyday life.

 

Pupils from six local schools will be visiting Riseholme Park next Wednesday (16th March) to take part in events covering everything from sports science and restoration to animal welfare and biomedical science.

 

The youngsters will look at just some of the applications of science, including fingerprint taking, using facial recognition (e-fit) software and looking at the mechanical design of natural substances such as antlers, feathers and starfish.

 

“During our sessions, to gain an insight into how animal welfare might be studied, the pupils will act as guinea pigs to see how they respond to both pleasant and challenging situations,” said Professor Stephen Hall, Head of Biological Science.

 

For the adult audience a lecture on ‘The Colourful World of Forensic Science’ will take place on Wednesday evening (16th March) at the Brayford Pool campus. Registration and refreshments will be available from 5.30pm in the School of Architecture building.

 

The talk begins at 6pm and is the inaugural lecture by Professor Peter White, Head of Forensic and Biomedical Sciences at the university. Professor White will offer an insight into how forensic science makes use of colour to detect non-coloured materials such as drugs, DNA and gun shot residue.

 

National Science Week takes place each March and aims to celebrate science and its importance to our lives, providing an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology activities.

 

Participating schools are the King Edward School in Louth, Hessle High School near Hull, St Bede’s RC School in Boston, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Horncastle, St Peter and St Paul School in Lincoln and The Priory LSST in Lincoln.

 

For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886244                         gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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