News in 2010

1/12/10 GENIE wins International Award for Science Communication.

Dr Cas Kramer was part of a team awarded the Grand Jury Award at 2WAYS, a major European Life Sciences Festival organised by the European Science Events Association (EUSCEA). Read more about the Award here.


22-24/11/10 - Visiting Academics and Students from Japan

Associate Professors Dr Satoshi Kagiwada and Dr Shin Okazaki and postgraduate students from the Biological Sciences department at Nara Women's University, Japan visited GENIE to learn more our work. Dr Kagiwada also delivered a presentation on student life in Nara and their scientific outreach programme.


15-20/11/10 GENIE speaks at Irish Science Week event

As part of Irish Science Week 2010 Dr Cas Kramer travelled to Ireland where he gave interactive talks about “DNA, the Double, Dynamic Molecule of Life” at the Waterford Institute of Technology. His talks were part of more than 500 events taking place all over Ireland.


11/11/10 - Visit from Councillor Barry Garner

Councillor Barry Garner, Chairman of Blaby District Council, visited GENIE.


3/11/10 - HERO Teacher Training Session

HERO ran a teacher training session about nutrition and physical activity for teachers involved in its schools research project looking at the best way to deliver healthy living education.


1/11/10 - Chris Willmott Co-Author in Book Chapter

Dr. Chris Willmott has co-authored a chapter 'Ain't we all the same? Ain't we all kin?' in Doctor Who and Philosophy, bigger on the inside.


29/10/10 - British Council Meeting RE Working Relationships with Afghanistan

Dr Mark Goodwin attended a meeting in London organised by the British Council. The aim was to form a special interest group for individuals involved in – or interested in – links between higher-education institutions in the UK and Afghanistan. The specific aim was to develop a one-year pilot project that will develop a set of working relationships between individual academics to promote collaboration and build capacity.


27/10/10 - Student Retention Project Seminar Presentation

Members from GENIE organised and presented data at a seminar entitled  “Belonging, Learning and Working: theory and practise in supporting students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties”, as part of The University of Leicester’s Student Retention and Success Project (part of the national HEFCE/Paul Hamlyn Foundation What Works? Student Retention and Success Programme). The project researches the factors that affect students’ feeling of belonging within higher education, including the experience of students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties.


19/10/10 - Public Engagement Lecture

GENIE hosted the first of our series of Public engagement lectures aimed at the non-scientist.  Professor Tony Brooks and Dr. Ed Hollox, both from the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester, spoke about their research. Professor Brookes is interested in the ways in which rapidly developing new technologies can be used to study genetic variation. Dr. Hollox’s work concerns parts of the human genome that vary between different people. Read the press release.


15/10/10 - Visit by Emma McClarkin, MEP

Emma McClarkin, MEP for the East Midlands visited GENIE to explore Academic opportunities within the East Midlands.


7/10/10 - SWIFT article in Birmingham Post

GENIE's SWIFT ( Second World Immersive Future Teaching) project was featured in an article in the Birmingham Post.


27/9-1/10/10 - Gondar Visit

Academics from the University of Leicester travelled to Ethiopia as part of an innovative PhD programme managed by GENIE.


22/9/10 - Visit from Prof Craig Maloney, HEA

Professor Craig Maloney, the new chief executive of Higher Education Academy, visited GENIE.


14-15/9/10 - Dynamic DNA 2010

GENIE hosted Dynamic DNA, for the 5th year. This popular outreach event was attended by over 600 Year 9 school pupils, and provided an opportunity for students to take part in a range of hands-on activities. Find out more information about our outreach programme or email Dr Cas Kramer.

As part of Dynamic DNA HERO ran a 'Health Lab' for students to learn how to reduce their risk of future chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer by making lifestyle changes now. A range of activities helped students to think about their own diet and lifestyle so they can make small changes now and create a healthier future.

The event was visited by a team from the project's funders The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care - Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (NIHR CLAHRC – LNR) and a team from Macmillan Cancer Support.


7/9/10 - SWIFT Paper Presentation at Alt-C Conference

GENIE  presented a paper on the SWIFT ( Second World Immersive Future Teaching) project entitled "SWIFT-ly enhancing laboratory learning: genetics in the virtual world" at the Alt-C Conference in Nottingham. The paper describes the first part of SWIFT, its findings and conclusions for use of virtual worlds in laboratory teaching.


5/8/10 - Annette Cashmore in THE Supplement Article

Professor Annette Cashmore featured in the article 'Credit where it's overdue' in the Times Higher Education Supplement. The article reported on her recent work promoting reward and recognition for those teaching in higher education.


29/6/-2/7/10 - Student Retention and Success Project Paper Present at Conference

GENIE presented a virtual paper entitled 'The Effect of Online Social Networking on Facilitating Sense of Belonging among University Students Living Off Campus’  at the Annual World Conference of Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications in Toronto, Canada on as part of the the Student Retention and Success Project.


28-29/6/10 - SWIFT Project Promoted at IVERG Conference

Dr Suzanne Lavelle attended the first IVERG (International Virtual Environment's Research Group) conference in Middlesborough to promote the the SWIFT ( Second World Immersive Future Teaching) project .


22-23/6/10 - HEA Conference

Professor Annette Cashmore, Drs. Cas Kramer, Suzanne LavelleNicola Suter-Giorgini  and Joanne Singletary and attended the Annual HEA Conference at the University of Hertfordshire. Professor Cashmore gave presentations on "Reward and recognition for teaching and learning: defining good teaching and good institutional practices" and "SWIFT: Second World Immersive Future Teaching".


20/5/10 - Dietary Workshops Held at LRI

GENIE, Macmillan and the Clinical Genetics department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary held the first two events of a new service project being developed called MY DIET (Macmillan working with Your Dietary needs to Improve Education on prevention of Tumours).  The interactive educational workshops gave people with a family history of cancer the chance to learn about how they can reduce their familial cancer susceptibility my improving their diet and leading healthier lifestyles. Read Leicester Mercury article.


5/5/10 - Symposium on Active Student Engagement in Learning and Teaching

GENIE and the University of Leicester Students' Union hosted a one day symposium on active student engagement in learning and teaching,
challenging the ‘student as customer’ concept. Key note speakers included Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds ( Chair of the Association of National Teaching Fellows and Director of Learning & Teaching at the University of Westminster) and Professor Annette Cashmore (GENIE). Download the programme.


26-27/4/10 - GENIE Board Game Showcased

A board game, developed by GENIE, with colleagues in Waterford, Ireland and at Nottingham Trent University, was showcased at 10th annual conference of EUSCEA, the European Science Events Association, in Berlin. The game explains the principles of DNA mutation, which is a naturally occurring biological process which can have positive or negative effects, but is often misrepresented in the popular media. Read more about the launch of the game in the university ebulletin. For more information about the game contact Dr. Cas Kramer.


23/4/10 - Teaching and Learning Day

GENIE and the Department of Cell Physiology & Pharmacology supported  The College of Medicine and Biological Science and Psychology Teaching and Learning Day. Presentations included 'Develop Understanding, with Self-tests & Certainty Based Marking' by Professor Tony Gardner-Medwin (UCL) and 'Serious Creativity: How to help people be seriously creative' by Dr Adrian West from the Edward de Bono Centre in Manchester. In addition, poster sessions and discussions on developing and gaining recognition for your teaching were held. Download the programme.


12-23/4/10 - Gondar Visit

Dr Mark Goodwin and Craig Bartle (GENIE) and staff from the Student Support and Development Service (SSDS) visited the University of Gondar, Ethiopia as part of collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Tourism Management (University of Gondar) to develop the employability of Ethiopian graduates. Read more about the trip in the university e-bulletin.


18/03/10 - Cancer Awareness Evening

As part of National Science and Engineering Week, GENIE recently hosted a cancer awareness evening in collaboration with Hope Against Cancer. For more information about this event, please contact Dr Nicola Suter-Giorgini or read the university e-bulletin article.


23/02/10 - SWIFT Project on Science So What Website

Dr Suzanne Lavelle featured was featured on the Science [So what? So everything] website in role as avatar manager, as part of the SWIFT ( Second World Immersive Future Teaching) project.


23/01/10 - Workshop on Genetics and Faith

GENIE, in partnership with Leicester Cathedral, recently hosted a workshop on aimed at exploring the interface between genetics and faith. The day consisted of hands­-on activities in the laboratory, talks and discussions with leading scientists and thinkers in the field and was attended by senior leaders, parish clergy and lay members of the Church of England.


12/01/10 - Student Experience Project Article in Guardian Newspaper

GENIE's Student Experience Project made the news with an article in the Guardian newspaper. Undergraduate students from the School of Biological Sciences make video diaries which are analysed by the GENIE team in a long-term bid to gain a more fluid and open understanding of the student experience.

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