Warwick Data Science Society – Term 1 Updates
WDSS Exec Recruitment:
Interested in becoming part of our growing team? As a member, you will be taking an influential role in building your leadership skills, confidence, and ability to showcase the knowledge fundamental for your future employability
WDSS is running courses for Python, R and SQL this term and we are starting in week 3!
- Beginner’s Python is a 7-week course for complete beginners to coding and Python. This will give you the skills necessary to continue to our Python for Data Science course in Term 2.
- Into the Tidyverse is a 5-week course for students interested in picking up R, one of the leading languages for statistical computing and graphics.
- Deep Dive into SQL is an intensive and interactive 2-week course that will get you comfortable with SQL. Suitable for both beginner and advanced SQLers!
At the end, you will receive a certificate from us so sign up here: https://forms.gle/wJTCik4VLJRMGNxe9Link opens in a new window
WDSS Term 1 Research Program:
After a long wait, our term 1 research program is finally open! Register if you’re interested in investigating a broad topic in Statistics, Probability or Machine Learning and want hands on experience in data science.
Participants who complete their project will have their research published on the WDSS Research Blog. Check our social media or the google form below for the proposed topics this term!
Sign up for our research program here: https://forms.gle/FLAy1E6JYkNGAWqCALink opens in a new window
Engineering biology undergraduate team going to Paris to present their work on bio-based pesticide remediation
Warwick’s latest iGEM team are due to present their project in Paris after working on novel synthetic biology research over the summer.
For the 8th year in a row, the University of Warwick has supported an interdisciplinary team of undergraduates to take part in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition; a synthetic biology competition aiming to engineer microbes to do useful things. The School of Engineering’s UG Research Internship scheme supported Zak Fulk, now a third-year biomedical engineering student, to take part.
The team committed early to the environmental track offered by iGEM, given the problems they felt could be tackled both locally and further afield using known synthetic biology approaches. Working with life scientists, chemists, a computer scientist and an economist, Zak and the team designed and engineered a novel microbe to degrade an insecticide frequently used across the UK. The team developed an aptamer-based biosensor and cell surface expression system to offer new routes to sensing and destroying the pesticide.
Zak lead the team’s engineering design approach, developing mathematical models of microbial growth and using multi-objective optimisation techniques to identify designs which rapidly degrade the pesticide whilst maintaining colony growth.
Zak said, “The opportunity to provide Engineering insights within an interdisciplinary team, allowed me to feel like my work was truly contributive”
The team was supervised by Dr Fabrizio Alberti (UKRI FLF, Life Science) and Dr Alexander Darlington (RAEng Research Fellow, Engineering).
Dr Darlington said, “Not only have this year’s team carried out some truly amazing science in the 8 weeks over the summer, with everything from mastering new chemical analysis techniques to developing novel mathematical design methods, but they have actively engaged with farmers, pesticide manufactures, environmental NGOs and water treatment companies to ensure that their new technologies are developed with users and society in mind”.
The eight undergraduate students and Dr Fabrizio Alberti will attend the Grand Jamboree in Paris between the 26th and 28th of October, alongside 350 other university teams from around the world.
Zak ended by saying: “I am grateful to the School of Engineering and would recommend future students to look to iGEM for an engaging and exciting summer research experience.”
A link to the iGEM page can be found here: https://igem.org
Follow our progress here: @warwickigem
Warwick Hyperloop is a student-run team supported by the SoE, WMG, Comsol and MagnetStore. We aim to innovate and test new ideas regarding Hyperloop technology. We have previously competed in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition hosted by Elon Musk, European Hyperloop Week 2022 and we are looking to compete again in 2023.
We are looking for a variety of students to join our technical and non-technical teams. In particular, we are looking for engineering students for these roles: Mechanical Executive, Electronics & Software Executive, Propulsion & Levitation Executive.
Business Team Roles - Sponsorship, Marketing and Operations Executives
- Helping with legal matters and developing business strategies
Please fill in the form to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCFdM3HWPyezQcL-IVZntuGtybOVflDSbj1Ko7eMqV1CsGFw/viewformLink opens in a new window
Check out our social media pages here: https://linktr.ee/warwickhyperloopLink opens in a new window
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Photovoltaic installations have recently reached the terawatt level and this is almost entirely due to the success of silicon-based solar cell technologies. Silicon PV is low-cost and stable for 25+ years, and cell efficiencies are unrivalled by other mass-market single-junction technologies. Improvements in silicon cells will have a real-world impact on climate change mitigation and improving energy supply security.
An exciting opportunity exists to join the Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Systems Medicine (ICSM) Research Group as a doctoral candidate. Working with an international team of clinicians and engineers, you will develop mathematical models of high-flow nasal oxygen therapy (HFNOT), an advanced form of non-invasive respiratory support that is increasingly widely used in the treatment of acute hypoxic respiratory failure (AHRF). Models will be coded in Matlab and incorporated into the ICSM Cardiopulmonary simulator, a world-leading simulation platform that has been in continuous development by our group for over 25 years [1-5].
To develop a modelling framework to predict and translate the pharmacodynamic interaction in oncology for both tumour growth and safety (e.g. thrombocytopenia). The modelling will provide a better understanding and translation of the nature of the interaction of drug combinations in preclinical experiments. The proposed model-based approach will also inform more informative experimental protocols for the ranking of drug combinations based on the underlying pharmacodynamic interactions.
The primary objective of this research is to develop a method allowing to obtain reliable temperature and concentration maps for key components inside the chemical reactor. Then the catalytic reaction will be studied in real-time to determine the reactant conversion and product yields/selectivity as a function of several process parameters (flow rate, catalyst type, pressure etc.).
Exploring the link between Arts Interventions and Degenerative Brain Conditions
Tuesday 26 July 2022, 5.00pm - 8.30pm, Telegraph Hotel, Coventry City Centre
Can making and experiencing art help maintain a healthy brain? How might art be used to help people with degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia?
We know that great art can stir the emotions, but now it looks like it can actually improve brain function, (raise serotonin levels and impact on your nervous system). And these benefits don't just come from making art, they also occur by experiencing art!
In this free event, hear from our fantastic line up of researchers (in rehabilitation medicine and neuroscience) from the University of Warwick who will be joined by local artists, authors, care home workers and representatives from local charities. All the speakers will ignite discussion around the link between the Arts and the brain, and how the Arts can be used to improve the quality of lives of those that have been affected by degenerative brain conditions.
UKNEST will be offering 12 scholarships to students studying STEM subjects at UK universities and colleges during the academic year 2022/23. The scholarship scheme offers the following benefits:
• A grant of £1,500 per academic year (£500/term)
• Mentoring from a UKNEST member organisation
• A graduate “buddy”
• The potential for work-placements
Applications can be made at the link: https://www.uknest.org/uknest-scholarships/applications/Link opens in a new window, which is also contained in the attached poster.
UKNEST promotes engineering, science and technology on behalf of the Naval sector and is committed to supporting and inspiring young people, students and early career professionals. UKNEST also champions diversity and inclusion and applications are encouraged from students of all backgrounds. The closing date for applications is 12 Sep 22.