Destination Pluto: new horizons in engineering

Diversity is key in a team operating a mission as challenging as New Horizons, said Alice Bowman, the Mission Operations Manager of the first spacecraft to travel to Pluto. At her talk at the Institute of Technology of the University of Lisbon, on October 7th, Bowman told the story of an exciting journey to the far reaches of our solar system, but also described the difficulties of aiming at a planetary body that is unlike any of the other worlds explored so far. Continue reading

Computers are learning our language

Between September 19th and 21st, Lisbon welcomed researchers from all over the world who are pushing at the boundaries of how we can use computers to process text and speech. At the conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2015), the range of topics covered included automated translation, the use of computers to extract information from documents or sentiments from social media content, and the generation of text and speech in natural language. Continue reading

Back to the Present (on Mindfulness for students)

Taking some time to focus on ourselves allows us to reduce the levels of anxiety. And it’s something we can do anytime really. University students, especially in their first year, may experience some distress in their academic life. Living for the first time on their own or with other students, together with the workload of the course, can sometimes cause feelings of anxiety that interfere with their goals. Continue reading

Café Scientifique – Nanotechnology

‘Nano’ has become a fancy word to sell miniaturised devices, and some science-fiction filmmakers used it to name the ‘magical’ technology that moves the plot on. In the laboratory, working at the nanoscale means moving atoms around with useful effects on our scale, said Michael Fay, the invited speaker in this year’s first Nottingham Café Scientifique and a researcher at the Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre. Continue reading

Cross-cultural issues in Mental Health: a conversation with a survivor at Making Waves.

Jeremy K.* , a survivor at Making Waves, advocates that mental health care professionals should be open to learn about the cultural background of their patients.

Jeremy is surprised at the lack of ethnic minority psychiatrists, nurses and other health care providers that have an important role in mental health care. When presenting his observations as a consultant to the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) initiative, Jeremy received a honest reply from one psychiatrist. The clinician said he was treating mainly minority patients, but he didn’t know how an African-Caribbean person is like when he is not unwell. Continue reading

The analysis of brain images may improve diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems

Peter Liddle and his research group aim to take scientific information about how the brain works and use it to diagnose mental illnesses and suggest the best treatment in clinical practice.

Psychiatry expert Peter Liddle is the director of the new Centre for Translational Neuroimaging at the Institute of Mental Health, in Nottingham, launched on the 30 October. His multidisciplinary team has five permanent researchers and around 20 contributors. Continue reading