This special Christmas public lecture consists of two short 25-30 minute parts delivered by Professor Anna Marie Roos (School of History and Heritage) and Dr Fabien Paillusson (School of Mathematics and Physics). The duo lecture first explores the collaborative and gendered discovery of DNA, a discovery shaped both by rivalry and collaboration, before exploring how DNA and its environment may collaborate to perform biomolecular feats reminiscent of costume change magic.
About the Speakers
Anna Marie Roos is a Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Lincoln. Anna joined the University of Lincoln in 2013 from the University of Oxford, where she was the Lister Research Fellow. Anna Marie is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. She is also editor of Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science. Anna Marie studies the early Royal Society, as well as natural history, chemistry, and medicine in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her scientific and historical work has been featured in Nature News, Welcome History, the Guardian, and the New York Times.
Fabien Paillusson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lincoln. He holds an MSc and PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris (formerly the Sorbonne). He joined the University of Lincoln in 2015 from Durham University. He publishes on a wide range of topics spanning the physical and life sciences, from granular materials to DNA. His broader interests lie in Theoretical and Computational modelling, the foundations of physics, physics and mathematics education, AI (Machine Learning and Automated Reasoning), logic, and the philosophy of science.
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