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Science Group 2

International Women’s Day was in March and Science 2 members were asked to research the work of some well known and some lesser known women scientists. Below is a small taster. Can you find out more information about any of them?

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin 1910 – 1994
She is best known for her work in developing x-ray crystallography of biochemical compounds and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964 for determining the complicated structure of vitamin B12. Dorothy was considered to be a woman of great intellect with an immense passion for science. As a science, crystallography has produced 28 Nobel Prizes, more than any other scientific field.
(Mark Jackson)

May-Britt Moser (born 4 January 1963)
May is a Norwegian psychologist and neuroscientist, who is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She and her then-husband, Edvard Moser, shared half of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded for work concerning the grid cells in the entorhinal cortex, as well as several additional space-representing cell types in the same circuit that make up the positioning system in the brain. Together with Edvard Moser she established the Moser research environment at NTNU, which they lead. Since 2012 she heads the Centre for Neural Computation.
(Sue Knight)

Sylvia Alice Earle (née Reade; born August 30, 1935) is an American marine biologist, explorer, aquanaut, author, and lecturer who has led over 100 expeditions logging more than 7000 hours underwater and received many international honours for her work. Sylvia has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998 and was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998 and is also part of the group Ocean Elders, which is dedicated to protecting the ocean and its wildlife.
(David Jackson)

Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite. Although her works on coal and viruses were appreciated in her lifetime, her contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA were largely recognised posthumously.
(Alan Ratcliffe)

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As a Valentine’s Day treat(!) we had a group visit to the Horological Museum in Upton on the 14th February.

We had an interesting talk followed by a guided tour and were able to view and learn something about how the measurement of time has evolved.

Next Meeting: 20th March 2020: is ‘Women in Science Month’

Please complete and bring along your ‘homework’ for your mini presentations

There will also be a presentation by me about some lesser known women scientists.

April 17th

A catch up on Drug Trials, the protocols for testing and approving new drugs, ethical issues and an example of a trial that failed to identify the effect the drug would have on some patients.

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Science 1 and 2 Joint Meeting – 28th May 2020

Science 1 and 2: a joint meeting: May 28th 10am to 12 noon

Both groups have been trying to access speakers to talk about aspects of Forensic Science.

On May 28th we have a presentation to both groups, an introduction to a basis for some forensic techniques called:

“Biometrics – There will never be another you …”

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Science 2

At our end of year meeting we were royally entertained by Christine Vincent and Alan Ratcliffe who, with a modern ‘magic lantern’, took us through ten science based events in recent history. These included the invention of Christmas crackers by a certain Tom Smith whose company is still in business.

Bob McEwen then came along together with some insect based food items and, before a tasting session, he presented some facts to illustrate the advantages of farming insects for food. He explained that they are high in protein and use relatively low amounts of energy and space to farm.

Finally an end of year ‘Science of Christmas’ team quiz and a big thank you to the group for their continued enthusiasm.

Next Meeting: Friday January 17th 10.00 am to 12 noonwith
presentations by John Tedstone and David Rose.

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At our November meeting we were privileged to hear from two Post Doctoral and one Post Graduate researcher from the School of Life Sciences at Nottingham University.

There was a presentation from two members of a team doing research into friendly bacteria that feed on disease-causing ones, many of which are becoming resistant to our range of antibiotics. Using the friendly bacteria to combat disease and infection in humans is a target for this team.

The other presentation was about research into a very specific sub-group of microorganisms that thrive in extremes of temperature, salinity and at high levels of methane (natural gas). One strand of this is looking at how they might be used to break down plastics in landfill sites.

December 20th Meeting

A sideways look at science with a seasonal element with:
Presentations involving team work from:-
Christine Vincent and Alan Ratcliffe
and another double act from John Tedstone and David Rose.
As ever, the team with the most points wins a desirable prize…

February 14th, 2020 (10.30 to 12.30/1pm)

A visit to the Horological Museum at Upton has been booked.
The cost is £10.00 for a talk and a guided visit. No deposit required as the money is payable on the day.

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