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University student rewarded for diversifying Dundee


University of Dundee student Jai NicAllen has been bestowed the Diversity award at the Young Scot Awards 2016 event earlier this week. Honouring their leading role in bringing trans inclusivity to the fore in their hometown of Dundee through workshops, the creation of a Facebook community group as well as offering advice to others on transgender issues, Jai has been dubbed a ‘fountain of knowledge’ by the panellists. “I can’t believe I have been given this award - it means so much to me to be recognised as a young Trans Scot working to improve things for other trans people in Scotla...

Bees research shows not all neonicotinoids are the same


The group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids have been identified as presenting a serious risk to bee populations, leading to bans on their use. But at least one may be unfairly named among the offenders when it comes to risks to bumblebees, according to new research led by the University of Dundee. The new study found that one of the neonicotinoid insecticides – clothianidin – did not show the same detrimental effects on bee colonies as its close chemical relatives imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. All three neonicotinoids have been subject to an EU-wide moratorium on their use. Dr ...

The Animation of Movement – Dundee Arts Cafe on May 3rd


An animator who has worked on blockbuster films such as Harry Potter, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be speaking at the next Dundee Arts Café event. Lecturer Brendan Body will be at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum on May 3rd to talk about his career. For 15 years, Brendan has been a computer animator working in film and television, but is now teaching the next generation of Scottish animators at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, part of the University of Dundee. “I will use the talk to share some of my experiences of ...

Mobile phones at the ready for new art installation


Dundee’s Botanic Garden will come alive with the sound of music, thanks to a University of Dundee student’s final year project. Lily Hassioti, a fourth year Fine Art student from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, part of the University of Dundee, is asking people not to forget their phones, as they are essential to enjoy ‘The Garden of Evolution’. Lily has hidden a number of QR codes in the garden, made out of pebbles. Using a QR reader, it will connect the user to various sound pieces and voice recordings to describe the evolution of man. Lily said, “It is...

White blood cells discovery points to disease breakthroughs

Doreen Cantrell

Researchers at the University of Dundee have made new discoveries about the importance of nutrients for a subpopulation of white blood cells - T cells - that play a vital role in fighting cancer and infections. Professor Doreen Cantrell, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences at the University, said the discovery opened up a new area to explore for pharmacological targets in T cell-mediated diseases, as well as in cancer therapy and chronic infection. The research was conducted by Professor Cantrell along with Professor Daan van Aalten and further colleagues at Dundee. The ...

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