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Dr Michael Ashenden, one of the world’s foremost experts on blood doping and the Athlete’s Biological Passport, is resigning from an expert body on biological passports in sport because he is being “muzzled”. He claims the imposition of a new confidentiality clause in his contract was an attempt to silence him. The newly created Athlete Passport Management Unit, based at the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses in Lausanne comes in for particular criticism for writing in legally binding contracts to stop their experts from speaking out. Dr Ashenden’s outburst could prove embarrassing on the eve of the Olympics as information from the athlete’s biological passport will also play a significant role in anti-doping at the London Olympics, with the profiles of athletes, swimmers and cyclists and rowers being monitored.

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‘What d’you know, you’re a girl!’: Gendered Experiences of Sport Coach Education

Tuesday 29th November 2011
Room GT 26/27, Ayr Campus

Laura Graham will be leading a seminar on Gendered Experiences of Sport Coach Education, which will be held at the UWS Ayr Campus.


Although female participation in sport has been increasing steadily over the last forty years, this growth has not been mirrored in the proportion of women in decision-making and coaching roles. Previous research has suggested that this under-representation is due in part to marginalisation through the current coaching philosophy and infrastructure in the U.K.  This study used Bourdieu’s concepts of symbolic violence and habitus to examine the thoughts and perceptions of male and female sport coaching students regarding the use of football as a context for assessment in a module.  The primary aims were to explore potential issues female students may face in accessing predominantly masculine forms of knowledge and experience, and to develop recommendations for inclusive practice in coach education.

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The Scottish Institute for Enterprise are organising a student entrepreneurship event at Glasgow Uni on 9th November.  The programme includes:

  • Taking a technology product to market
  • Developing an online presence for your brand
  • What makes a good business idea?
  • Setting up a new venture

The event takes place between 2pm and 6pm at the Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow.  You will need to register in advance of the event – more details here.

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This month’s Cafe Scientifique event will be a talk by Dr Aleks Marek on “The end of antibiotics?”.  This will take place at The Victorian Bar, Tron Theatre, Trongate, Glasgow.

More info below, or you can contact Mandy MacLean 

“Since Lister and Semmelweis in the nineteenth century the idea of ‘hospital acquired infection’ has become increasingly recognised and understood, although we have come a long way from spraying theatres with carbolic acid. In recent years however the number of superbugs seems to be growing, as MRSA and multi-antibiotic resistant gut bacteria such as NDM-1 threaten us with untreatable infections. Are we winning or losing the fight?  Are we reaching the end of the antibiotic era? What other strategies, not involving antibiotics, can we to use to combat infections ?

With the press also increasingly painting a picture of NHS hospitals as filthy places to pick up infections, what can be done to improve matters and can we try to ‘engineer out the infections’? This event is part of the Wellcome Trust’s Dirt Season

Dr Aleks Marek is a speciality registrar in microbiology at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.”

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Lanarkshire is to host the 45th International Children’s Games in 2011, following a joint bid by North and South Lanarkshire Councils to bring the world’s biggest youth sporting event to Scotland for the first time. Up to 1,500 competitors aged 12 to 15, along with coaches, administrators and delegates from around 80 cities worldwide will head to Lanarkshire for the International Olympic Committee-recognised event from 3 to 8 August 2011.

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Digital Futures 2011

Digital Futures 2011

“14 June 2011, 10.45am – 4pm, Paisley Campus, P Block

Digital Futures is UWS’s Student Showcase for Creative Technologies in Computer Animation, Computer Games, Multimedia and Music Technology

  • workshops on collaborative business opportunities and funding with UWS
  • UWS final year and research students will showcase
    their work, and compete for Digital Futures prizes
  • Meet senior managers and designers from a range of
    Creative Technology companies
  • Q&A session offering one of several opportunities to
    engage with employers
  • Download the digital futures programme (pdf)

This event is supported by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ”

Text from http://www.uws.ac.uk/schoolsdepts/computing/digitalfutures/index.asp

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Two swansThe RSPB are hosting an event on “The Wonder of the Sea” at Kelvingrove this weekend (4th and 5th June):

“Dive into the RSPB’s ocean-themed weekend, and go on an epic journey above and below the waves.  Meet the giant turtles on your doorstep and touch a narwhal tusk. Find out which ocean wanderer has the biggest wings and why a puffin’s egg can’t roll off a cliff!  Suitable for all ages. “

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Glasgow Science Festival logoThe fifth annual Glasgow Science Festival takes place from 1st – 18th June.  You can download the programme now, and booking is already open.  Events include a science pub quiz, the reopening of the Hunterian museum, and a screening of Night of the Living Dead, preceeded by a talk from “theoretical zombiologist” Dr Austin.

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The Royal Society of Edinburgh is organising an event for scientists about “Understanding and influencing the Scottish Parliament”.  

Topics will include:

  • How the Parliament works
  • Engaging your MSP
  • The role of the Chief Scientific Advisor
  • Campaigning through traditional and social media
  • Working with learned societies/professional bodies

The event is open to all, and is priced at £15 for members of SoB/RSC and RSE Fellows, and £25 for non-members.  Registration information is available on the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s website.

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Today marks the start of National Science and Engineering Week, which runs until 20th March.  A series of events are planned to celebrate this week including lots of extra activities at the Glasgow Science Centre

Further afield Dundee Uni are hosting an Ig Nobel awards event, honouring science that “will make you laugh and then make you think”.

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