Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Leading neuroscientist Baroness Greenfield becomes Doctor of Science

Susan Greenfield

Susan Greenfield

Baroness Susan Greenfield has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Northumbria University, Newcastle, for her ground-breaking research into Alzheimer’s disease.

The leading neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster heads up a multi-disciplinary research group exploring brain mechanisms linked to neurodegeneration.

She is also the founding director of a company developing a novel approach to both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and has written a book exploring how young people’s brains are affected by modern digital technologies.

Baroness Greenfield is a big supporter of the role of science in education. She holds an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and is a member of the House of Lords, having been granted a non-political life peerage.

Awarded a CBE in 2000 for her contributions to the public understanding of science, Baroness Greenfield has received both L’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur from the French Government, and the American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate award.

As well as campaigning to encourage more women to become scientists, Baroness Greenfield’s priority is to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and she is currently working hard in her Oxford lab to develop an anti-Alzheimer’s drug.

Baroness Greenfield firmly believes that just 20 years from now, drugs could be readily available that will significantly slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, or perhaps even eradicate it entirely.

At school, the Baroness did the entrance exam in Latin, Greek, Ancient History and Maths; going on to read Classics at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.  She soon, however, switched to philosophy and psychology, and finally to neuroscience.

Whilst at Northumbria, the Baroness was given a tour of the University’s Health and Life Science facilities, including a visit to the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre. She was awarded her honorary degree with students from the University’s Engineering and Environment courses, cementing her views on the importance of education in science subjects.


Video: Patrick Bateson in conversation with Gabriel Horn

Patrick Bateson

Patrick Bateson

Gabriel Horn

Gabriel Horn

Video: Patrick Bateson, the UK biologist who was born today in history, 31 March, 1938, in conversation with Gabriel Horn.

Patrick Bateson, UK biologist, was born today in history: 31 March, 1938

Patrick Bateson

Patrick Bateson

Sir Paul Patrick Gordon Bateson, FRS (born 31 March 1938) is an English biologist and science writer. Bateson is emeritus professor of ethology at Cambridge University and president of the Zoological Society of London since 2004.

Bateson’s grandfather’s cousin was the geneticist William Bateson, and his daughter is Melissa Bateson, also a professor of ethology, at Newcastle University. Patrick Bateson received a BA degree in zoology and a PhD degree in animal behaviour from Cambridge University. Previous academic positions include a Harkness Fellowship at Stanford University and ten years as head of the Cambridge sub-department of Animal Behaviour. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1983. Bateson retired as the biological secretary to the Royal Society after five years and Provost of King’s College, Cambridge after fifteen years in 2003. He retired from his Cambridge Chair in 2005. Bateson was knighted in 2003. He received an Honorary ScD degree from the University of St Andrews and an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary University of London.

Bateson has written many books and articles on ethology, animal welfare, behavioral development and evolution, and gives public lectures and broadcasts.

George Beccaloni introduces us to Charles Darwin

George Beccaloni

George Beccaloni

In a video, George Beccaloni, curator at the Natural History Museum in London, introduces us to Charles Darwin, the English naturalist and geologist who was born today in history, 12 February, 1809.

Charles Darwin: “An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men”


According to Charles Darwin, the English naturalist and geologist who was born today in history, 12 February, 1809:

“An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.”