Last updated 03/09/2006
2 Sep 2006 A minor update just to remove some of the scripts I had been linking to that suddenly had started popping up nasty advertising on the page. Sorry about that everyone. Also, just to satisfy Ian: I still only have one head, and it still has hair on it.
24 Oct 2005 By popular (?) demand here's a quick update on what I'm doing now: I'm currently working for a city startup (how long can one justify calling it a startup?) called Columba Systems. I'm working with Chris and the office is just accross the road from Tammay and Richard.
Some time ago now, I did a Ph.D. with the Hot-Star Group at University College London. My main research interest is in the field of photospheric abundances in O stars, but my work to date has also included a study of rotational velocities of O and B stars. A CD version of my thesis is available upon request.
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UCL News
New role uncovered for ?oldest? tumour suppressor gene
Scientists have revealed a brand new function for one of the first cancer genes ever discovered ? the retinoblastoma gene ? in a finding that could open up exciting new approaches to treatment.
Teenagers shape each other?s views on how risky a situation is
Young adolescents? judgements on how risky a situation might be are most influenced by what other teenagers think, while most other age groups are more influenced by adults? views, finds new UCL research.
Crossing fingers can reduce feelings of pain
How you feel pain is affected by where sources of pain are in relation to each other, and so crossing your fingers can change what you feel on a single finger, finds new UCL research.
UCL allocated 171m by HEFCE for 2015/16
UCL is to receive a funding allocation of 171m for teaching and research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the academic year 2015/16, the largest overall total allocated to any English institution.
Complex genetic ancestry of Americans uncovered
By comparing the genes of current-day North and South Americans with African and European populations, a new study has found the genetic fingerprints of the slave trade and colonisation that shaped migrations to the Americas hundreds of years ago.
Weight discrimination has major impact on quality of life
Weight discrimination is linked to significantly lower quality of life, and accounts for approximately 40% of the negative psychological effects associated with obesity, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK.
?Most attractive? male birds don?t have the best genes
?Attractive? male birds that mate with many females aren?t passing on the best genes to their offspring, according to new UCL research which found promiscuity in male birds leads to small, genetic faults in the species? genome. Although minor, these genetic flaws may limit how well future generations can adapt to changing environments.
Lack of government data-sharing hindering social mobility research
Better sharing of routinely collected data could accelerate progress towards improving social mobility and reducing child poverty, as well as generate significant financial savings, according to a new UCL report published today.
More than a third of 12-year-olds embarrassed to smile because of their teeth
More than a third (35%) of 12-year-olds and 28% of 15-year-olds say they have been embarrassed to smile or laugh due to how they felt about their teeth, finds a new UCL-led report commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles
Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles.
Structure of genetic messenger molecules reveals key role in diseases
Messenger RNAs (mRNA) are linear molecules that contain instructions for producing the proteins that keep living cells functioning. A new study by UCL researchers has shown how the three-dimensional structures of mRNAs determine their stability and efficiency inside cells. This new knowledge could help to explain how seemingly minor mutations that alter mRNA structure might cause things to go wrong in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer?s.
A good budget for UK research, says UCL President & Provost
Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, has broadly welcomed the measures contained in the Budget to provide extra support for postgraduate research students and for science and innovation, stating that these will strengthen the UK?s position as a world leader in research excellence.
Watching you watching Bentham: The PanoptiCam
This month sees the launch of PanoptiCam, an online camera that streams the live view from Jeremy Bentham?s auto-icon in the South Cloisters.
Sharon Peacock CBE appointed Director of the Bloomsbury Research Institute
Professor Sharon Peacock has been appointed as the first Director of the Bloomsbury Research Institute, a partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL dedicated to addressing the global challenge of infectious disease.
New transitional appointments to the Senior Management Team
New transitional arrangements have been announced this week to cover the responsibilities of Professor Stephen Caddick, currently Vice-Provost (Enterprise), who will be stepping down from his role at the end of May to move to the Wellcome Trust as their Director of Innovations.
Epoch-defining study pinpoints when humans came to dominate planet Earth
Assumptions of equality lead to poorer group decisions
People of differing competence tend to give each other?s views equal weight, preventing them from making the best group decisions, finds new UCL-led research.
How drinking behaviour changes through the years
In the UK, frequent drinking becomes more common in middle to old age, especially amongst men, according to UCL research published in the open access journal, BMC Medicine. Doctors are seeing a growing number of cases of alcohol misuse among the elderly and this finding supports concerns that older people might be abusing alcohol.
New paint makes tough self-cleaning surfaces
A new paint that makes robust self-cleaning surfaces has been developed by a team led by UCL researchers. The coating can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel and when combined with adhesives, maintains its self-cleaning properties after being wiped, scratched with a knife and scuffed with sandpaper.
Computer reconstruction of human fossil sheds light on our origins
The fossil of Homo habilis, or ?handy man?, has undergone state-of-the-art computer reconstruction, revealing new information about its jaw shape which indicates the species has older evolutionary roots than previously thought and shows that three different Homo species existed between 2.1 and 1.6 million years ago, according to UCL researchers who led the study.
UCL alumna awarded Professional Achievement Award by British Council
Tina Liu (UCL Centre for Transport Studies, 2010) has been announced as the winner of this year?s Professional Achievement Award in the Education UK Alumni Awards for China run by the British Council.
UCL researchers take their research to parliament
Jason Hunt (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) has been awarded the Bronze medal in Physics for his research poster presented at this year?s SET for Britain competition.
Drugs Live results: how different types of cannabis affect the brain
New UCL-led research reveals the positive and negative effects of different types of cannabis on the human brain, in a trial broadcast on Channel 4: Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial.
Strange Creatures put on display at UCL
?Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals? is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. By examining the world of animal representations, the exhibition explores how imagery has been used to bring newly discovered animals into the public eye.
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