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|Sean Hooker||Best CS dissertation|
|Melchior Chui||Best overall CS MSc student|
|Yanru Li||Best DA dissertation|
|Laurent Repond||Best overall DA MSc student|
AS&RU and The National Archives finalist in Digital Preservation Coalition prize for research and innovation for a probabilistic decision support tool for preservation of the nation’s digital heritage
AS&RU researchers, Dr Martine Barons, Dr Thais Fonseca and Prof Jim Smith have developed a decision support system (DiAGRAM) in collaboration with The National Archive (TNA) for the digital archiving community. The project – called “Safeguarding the nation’s digital memory” built on research by Prof Smith, Dr Manuele Leonelli and Dr Martine Barons to develop a probabilistic model to allow archives of different sizes and structures to assess risk levels for their digital collections and how the risk levels change under proposed interventions. TNA states that the nation’s digital heritage is rich, complex and fragile. This material – born-digital records (in a variety of formats), web archives, digitised archival materials – is under threat from rapidly evolving technology, outdated policies and a skills gap across the archives sector. To preserve this heritage for future generations, we must understand and navigate a vast and ever-shifting risk landscape. This tool, launched in November 2020, was developed with input with a number of partner archives and with input from archives across the world, including Brazil, USA, Australia and more. It was shortlisted as a finalist in the worldwide Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Awards and has already received a request to translate into Turkish!
There were nominations from 14 countries for the DPC Awards. The winners in the research & innovation category were ‘Introducing levels of born digital’ https://www.dpconline.org/blog/introducing-levels-born-digital-access .
Physics is following all university guidance to ensure our activities can restart and continue to operate safely.
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Written, reviewed and tested by students, for students! As part of the RSC's latest series of tutorial textbooks, a team of students and staff have co-authored textbooks on Stereochemistry and Contextual Maths in Chemistry.
Warwick students Caroline Akamune and Matthew Taylor and academics Andrew Clark and Russ Kitson teamed up with Leeds student Michael Lloyd and academics Nimesh Mistry and Paul Taylor to create a new stereochemistry textbook. What makes this book different is that it is co-authored with students to be in the 'student voice' making it more accessible to the undergraduate reader. It is also written so it can be used in conjunction with a molecular modelling kit, in-line with research that shows rotating and manipulating objects (e.g. molecular models) with your hands helps with grasping spatial cognition concepts in your head!
The RSC Chemistry Student Guides series editing team includes Warwick's own Julie Macpherson.
Warwick scientists design model to predict cellular drug targets against Covid-19
A computational model of a human lung cell has been used to understand how SARS-CoV-2 draws on human host cell metabolism to reproduce by Dr Hadrien Delattre and Professor Orkun Soyer. This study helps understand how the virus uses the host to survive, and enable drug predictions for treating the virus to be made.
Press Release (25 November 2020)
The Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) is an innovative light rail system which will be battery powered, lightweight and rail-based.
In March 2019 a 3D simulation of the vehicle was released, and even with Covid-19 lockdowns, the vehicle build is progressing on schedule at NP Aerospace in Coventry.
On the 25th November Coventry City Councillor Jim O'Boyle, Coventry Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, took the opportunity to see how the construction of the prototype, developed by engineers at WMG, University of Warwick for the City of Coventry is progressing.
WMG, University of Warwick have been working with TDI (Transport Design International) to deliver the novel very light rail vehicle, which as demonstrated in the photos is swiftly reaching completion with the driver’s desk and other sub systems now in place. The vehicle is expected to be finished in February 2021 ready for testing at the new rail innovation centre in Dudley.
Dr James Meredith, from WMG at the University of Warwick comments:
“WMG are delighted that the vehicle build is running on plan in spite of Covid-19. The project is an excellent showcase for UK engineering and manufacturing with over 70 % UK content. We look forward to testing the vehicle in 2021 alongside the innovative low cost trackform we are developing in parallel.”
“It is very exciting to see the VLR prototype take shape and for the project to take another big step towards becoming a reality.
“VLR will make a massive difference to our city, revolutionising travel and helping the environment. It will help keep our city at the forefront of the new transport industry and help us to attract new firms and jobs to take the city forward. It also helps cement our position at the centre of the green revolution with work such as UK Battery Innovation Centre.
“There has been some amazing work by all the project partners in some very difficult times and I can’t wait to see the next stages and watch it come out of the design rooms and on to our city’s streets.”
Darren Smith, Head of TDI comments:
“TDI are extremely pleased with the progress to date on the project and are looking forward to delivering the vehicle to our client in early 2021, so that it can begin its testing phase at the new VLRIC in Dudley. The teams involved in the delivery process across our full supply chain have worked tremendously hard, under difficult circumstances this year and I would like to thank them all for their efforts.”
James Kempston, CEO NP Aerospace, comments:
“It’s great to see the progress that has been made on the Very Light Rail project at our facility in Coventry at a time when all businesses are feeling the pressure of the pandemic. The platform will offer significant benefits for local people and the wider economy and we are honoured to have been selected to be part of the project. The team have worked very hard to ensure a high level of build quality and we are looking forward to the final release of the vehicle early next year. It is also very encouraging to be part of a development which will have a significant environmental impact.”
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Using unnatural sugars to target galectins
The GibsonGroup, as part of a large BBSRC/Innovate funded collaboration have published their latest results into using nanomaterials to probe glycan-binding events. In this collaborative work, a combined chemical and enzymatic synthetic route was exploited to generate glycans which could be attached to nanoparticles for glycan/lectin screening - a platform technology developed by the GibsonGroup. Using this approach, it was shown that selective addition of fluorine atoms allow selective binding of galectins which is not possible using natural disaccharides, and may offer a route for targeting therapies and diagnostics. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0SC05360K
Psychology celebrates as Professor Dieter Wolke is named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2020 list from Clarivate for the third year running #HighlyCited2020 @Clarivate @WebofScience.
The Department of Psychology celebrates Professor Dieter Wolke who has been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2020 list from Clarivate for the third year running #HighlyCited2020 @Clarivate @WebofScience. See the Dieter’s list of citations here
Professor Wolke is Head of the Lifespan Health and Wellbeing Research group and a collaborator with Warwick Medical School. His research investigates why some children and adolescents develop mental health or social problems and others don’t. He has therefore investigated the consequences of being born preterm and early regulatory problems such as excessive crying or poor sleep from birth into adulthood. He also studies how sibling or peer bullying and parenting alters developmental outcome.
The highly anticipated annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index.
The full 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online here