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Science Group 2

At our meeting on the 15th March, Paul Brett and Harry Harve, who are conducting post-graduate research at Nottingham University, both gave presentations on their current work.

Paul is an expert on microorganisms especially the different families of living things which are fungi. He took us through the whole taxonomy of fungi families in a clear, structured, way leading to the group he is currently working on. He surprised many of us as he explained how the research, for example, may lead to a strain of fungi which is more efficient at producing Quorn, a type of protein-rich food made from an edible fungus and used as a meat substitute. As he observed, the made up word Quorn sounds better than grown from a ‘fungus’

Harry followed with a presentation of his current research on soils. He explained what soil is, what it contains and how as a member of the team funded by The Soil Research Council they hope to learn more about maximising crop production in a range of environments.

The April meeting is cancelled as it falls on Good Friday.

The next meeting is 17 May 2019

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Last month we looked at how the science behind medicine and surgery developed from medieval times to the 1950’s. We agreed that having any operation or procedure today is a much better option than one without anaesthetic and the unsterilized crude surgical instruments of the barber surgeons in the ‘good old days’.

Next Month: Friday March 15th, 2019
Postgraduate Science Students will be presenting talks about some current research taking place at Nottingham University.

If there is time left then I will present a case study of a new drug Clinical Trial that ‘went wrong’

Advance Notice: Our April meeting cancelled as it is Good Friday

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Mixed Science Groups 1 and 2

On Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019, a mixed group attended a talk by Anglo American astronaut Michael Foale (Google him) at Nottingham University.
He gave an insight into astronaut selection and training and about how life was on the Space Station MIR working with Russian colleagues.

Shown in the photograph are 3 members of the audience who were talent spotted as potential astronauts. Foggy, Compo and Clegg…

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Science 2

In January we looked at the discovery, properties and uses of metals through the ages. David Wormall added an interesting and entertaining talk on metals in vehicle manufacturing. Much of this was based on his many years in the motor trade and it initiated several interesting questions from the group.

Next Month: 15th February, 2019

1. Medicine and surgery through the ages
2. How drugs are tested and developed today

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At our November meeting the group attempted examples of the tasks set in selecting suitable trainee astronauts based on the book ‘Ask an Astronaut’ by Tim Peake. We also had a visual review of some of our sessions and topics over the last twelve months and shared some for suggestions for 2019.

Derek Blower then gave an interesting talk on the pioneering work of Dr. Archibald Mcindoe and the ‘Guinea Pig Club’ – Rebuilding Bodies & Souls.

In September 1939, the arrival of Archibald McIndoe in East Grinstead changed the history of the town, its hospital and the lives of those he touched, forever. The 649 Allied Aircrew treated at the Queen Victoria Hospital knew that they were, “just a guinea pig for the Maestro.” The pioneering treatment of burns patients by McIndoe and his team has gone on to underpin modern plastic surgery as we know it today. McIndoe’s interest in his men did not stop with his surgical procedures. He knew if the men were to have any future he needed to help them recover their place in the world too. More information can be found at: www.historylearningsite.co.uk

Next Meeting: Friday, December 21st, John Godber Centre, 10am to 12 noon – ‘The science of Sight and Hearing and methods of alleviating age and genetic related defects’.
Guest Presenter: Janet Archer from Specsavers

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