* ChemLabS Spring 2008 News


Nick Norman Runs World's Toughest Race24/04/08

Nick in the Sahara Desert

Bristol ChemLabS CEO Nick Norman completed the 2008 Marathon des Sables (advertised as the toughest footrace on Earth) which took place recently in the Sahara Desert in Morocco over seven days and covered 151 miles, the longest ever for the event. Nick was placed 580 out of about 800 with a time of 55 hours 15 mins.

Article in University News

Science Comes Alive in Jersey Schools03/04/08

Photo of the MTL exterior

Students in Jersey between the ages of 5 and 18 are having science lessons that are even more exciting than normal during the Jersey Science Week. The Bristol Centres for Excellence in Teaching and learning (CETLs), Bristol ChemLabS and AIMS, have jointly created the Jersey Science Week, which is run by the Department for Education, Sport & Culture for the first time in order to inspire, enthuse, excite and educate tomorrow’s potential scientists and raise their aspirations and achievement.

Sarah Johnson, from the Department for Education, Sport & Culture, says “We are delighted that this wide range of novel and exciting workshops will be offered to local primary, secondary and post-16 students”.  

Click here for more details about Jersey Science Week

Click here for a clip from ITV Channel News about the Science Week


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Photo of Paul WyattBristol ChemLabS Director Paul Wyatt wins RSC Education Division H.E. Teaching Award31/03/08

Paul Wyatt (photo, right) has been awarded the RSC Education Division Higher Education Teaching Award for 2008. The citation reads as: "For continuing high quality contribution and innovation to chemistry higher education. Dr Wyatt is to be commended for his leadership in the Bristol ChemLabS CETL project and for the quality of his personal teaching".

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Bristol ChemLabS to Work on Indian Outreach Initiatives27/02/08

A recent visit by Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow, Tim Harrison, to Calcutta and Delhi to discuss outreach activities has resulted in the possibility of a major collaboration on chemistry outreach with the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Sciences (IACS), the oldest science association in India.

Bristol ChemLabS has been invited to give scientific lectures for non-specialists and school students and to offer teacher training sessions on the science of climate change as well as practical chemistry training. A summer school (which Bristol has offered to host) is already in the planning stage with local school teachers. A number of lecture demonstrations as well as other chemistry outreach work and teacher training were requested by a consortium of schools in Delhi.

Chem@rt 2008 Launch18/02/08

Chem@rt 2008 collage

More details from the Outreach News Page

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Visit from Sir Keith O'Nions14/01/08

Photo of Sir Keith O'Nions Visit

Sir Keith O'Nions, Director General of Science and Innovation based at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), visited Bristol ChemLabS on 10 January. Sir Keith was given a tour of the new laboratories, a demonstration of the DLM and a presentation about Bristol ChemLabS Outreach activities.

Bristol ChemLabS Manager Receives Engagement Award02/01/08

The Engaged University Steering Group have awarded David Smith the 2007/8 Engagement Award in the Faculty of Science.

The Engagement Awards are for an individual or a group of individuals who demonstrate exceptional and/or innovative 'engagement' practices (as defined by the University's 'Engaged University' report).

David Smith


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