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It was NOBEL PRIZE week and those honoured were:
- For PHYSICS Arthur Ashkin (Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, USA) for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems and Gérard Mourou (École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) and Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo, Canada) for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses;
- For CHEMISTRY Frances H. Arnold (California Institute of Technology, USA), George P. Smith (University of Missouri, USA), and Gregory P. Winter (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK) for harnessing evolution to identify new enzymes and binding proteins;
- For MEDICINE James P. Allison (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA) and Tasuku Honjo (Kyoto University, Japan) for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.
1-3 October 2018.
I had a terrific time yesterday evening at the IOP Business and Innovations Group "IOP Business Awards" at the The Palace of Westminster and
hosted by Alok Sharma MP.
Congratulations to all of the prize winners and especially to my prize winner friend Gary Green at York Instruments!
Paul Jonsen, 16th October 2018.
The ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Bruker Corporation are pleased to invite applications for the 2019 Bruker ESR Thesis Prize - a monetary award of several thousand pounds and a prize lecture at the ESR Group Meeting in April 2019, set up to recognize outstanding work by PhD students in the field of electron spin resonance. Further information is here: http://www.esr-group.org/bruker-thesis-prize/. The deadline for the 2019 Bruker Thesis Prize applications is 12:00 (UK time) on the 1st December, 2018. Applications should be sent, in the form of PDF files (1-page summary, full thesis, supervisor support letter, examiner support letter) to the ESR Group Secretary - Dr Ilya Kuprov (email@example.com).
Connect to the BIPM's YouTube channel on November 16 at 10 am (UTC), to watch the live open session of the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM)
considering the revision of the International System of Units (SI), including the redefinition of four of the seven base units of the SI;
Meet the Scientist
I spent a large part of the day demonstrating that physics is not only used by people but also by other animals such as dolphins which use sound to visualise their surroundings and bubbles to catch fish and being capable of distinguishing between tissue and bubbles using only their brain. Mankind needs to use a machine to emulate dolphins; an echo or ultrasound imaging system. I demonstrated the use of ultrasound imaging to visualise the fetal heart, 4D fetal US, 4D mouse contrast enhanced (bubbles) ultrasound heart imaging, the doppler effect (ambulance sirens) to doppler ultrasound of arteries, veins and a mouse foot! This was followed by MRI images on a human head and the knee. The primary school children participated in the short presentation. This was funded by the Ogden Trust and the National Science and Media Museum. I would like to thank Dr Dieter Fuchs, FujiFilm VisualSonics for supporting me with the Vevo 3100 cine loops.
Paul Jonsen, 6th December 2018.