Seeing into the world of hearing | School of Life Science

Crystal Bush Cricket
Bush-crickets possess miniature-scale ears in their forelegs. Despite their size and location however, they have similar techniques for hearing sounds as those of a mammal; from sound capturing and sound transformation to frequency analysis.

Fascinating new research into this system by scientists in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, UK, now paves the way for major advancements in hearing research using non-invasive methods.

Published Wednesday 3rd May 2017 in Royal Society Open Science, the new study has found that the transparent cuticles which surround the ears of some bush-crickets could offer a window into the natural operation of a frequency analyser which works under similar biophysical principles as the mammalian cochlea. The research found that it is possible to pass harmless laser beams through the cuticle of live bush-crickets to accurately record the biophysical activity of the inner ear – something that is challenging to achieve in the mammalian cochlea. This work therefore offers a potential new insect model for hearing research.
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BSA Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Regional Event

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Public sociology and the role of the researcher: engagement, communication and academic activism

Wednesday 29 March 2017
Queens Building
De Montfort University

What is the role of the researcher outside the academy? This event invites Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers to innovate and critically reflect on three related areas of public sociology: academic activism, public engagement, and participation and co-production. It encourages researchers to articulate and address diverse challenges, such as neutrality, networking, and whether activism can be considered a form of public engagement.

The keynote lecture, from distinguished speaker Dr Mark Carrigan, Digital Fellow, The Sociological Review, is titled “What does it mean to be a public sociologist in the era of @realDonaldTrump?”. This will be followed by three presentations by invited speakers on subjects as diverse as ethics and emotion work in FGM research, participant engagement in a study on LGBT people with MS, and reflections on ethnographic research with Iraqi refugees.
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Researcher Development – Communication Skills for Researchers

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This workshop is an enlightening course practising and developing communication skills that are valuable in all interactions, but are specifically useful for networking and presenting research. It will provide an introduction to the full breadth of communication skills available to researchers, offer an understanding of what the recipient of your information needs, and will focus on creating clarity and engaging those you speak to.

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British Sociological Association Study Day Wed 29th March

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Public sociology and the role of the researcher: engagement, communication and academic activism

Wednesday 29 March 2017
Queens Building
De Montfort University

What is the role of the researcher outside the academy? This event invites Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers to innovate and critically reflect on three related areas of public sociology: academic activism, public engagement, and participation and co-production. It encourages researchers to articulate and address diverse challenges, such as neutrality, networking, and whether activism can be considered a form of public engagement.

The keynote lecture, from distinguished speaker Dr Mark Carrigan, Digital Fellow, The Sociological Review, is titled “What does it mean to be a public sociologist in the era of @realDonaldTrump?”. This will be followed by three presentations by invited speakers on subjects as diverse as ethics and emotion work in FGM research, participant engagement in a study on LGBT people with MS, and reflections on ethnographic research with Iraqi refugees.
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Researcher Development – Communication Skills for Researchers

communication

This workshop is an enlightening course practising and developing communication skills that are valuable in all interactions, but are specifically useful for networking and presenting research. It will provide an introduction to the full breadth of communication skills available to researchers, offer an understanding of what the recipient of your information needs, and will focus on creating clarity and engaging those you speak to.

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