Research Café I, Wednesday 14th October: Light sabers to laser scalpels, relativistic jets, mechanical stimulation of cell migration, organizational justice….and lunch!

There’s still time to sign up for the first of our free, faculty-based Research Cafes 2015 held over lunchtime.  Our inaugural café will take place on Wednesday, 14 October from 12.30pm-2.00pm in Room 322 Byrom Street.

Here’s a small taster of some of the interesting research that four faculty and students within the Faculty of Engineering and Technology will be discussing:

Duncan Casey, Built Environment:

Light sabers, laser guns and tractor beams are staples of science fiction, but tools that look a lot like them are in far more common use than you might realise. When scientists want to investigate the behaviour of very small systems like individual cells, what’s needed is a very precise toolkit with the ability to pick up and deliver material at tiny length-scales. Join Dr. Duncan Casey to explore how working at this resolution is revolutionising our understanding of biology…and to see some cool toys in action.”

Helen Jermak: Astrophysics Research Institute

“When matter in the vicinity of the black hole moves close enough to become under the influence of the black hole’s gravitational potential, the black hole becomes ‘active’-meaning it begins to accrete the matter.  Active black holes, or active galactic nuclei (AGN) often have relativistic jets associated with them, travelling at speeds close to the speed of light.  Due to the orientation of galaxies on the sky, we see these systems from different views, including straight down the jet-these sources we call blazars. 

Taybia Mohammed: General Engineering Research Institute

“The aim of this investigation is to understand the effects of mechanical stimulation on the migratory behaviour of the fibroblast cells, which play an important role in wound healing.  From this investigation, we hope to accelerate or promote would healing, non-invasively, through physical stimulation alone.  To achieve this a simple speaker-based system was developed, that can deliver low frequency low amplitude (LFLA) vibration to cells in vitro.”

Christine Unterhitzenberger: Built Environment

“The research at hand investigates for the first time holistically the influence of organizational justice on construction project performance. For this purpose an innovative conceptual framework was developed which incorporates organizational justice, organizational justice climate, which is the team’s collective perception regarding the treatment by others, especially authorities, and antecedents of project performance.”

To book your free place, please sign up here:

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