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CARNIVAL at the Fringe: A play by Catherine O'Shea MYAS

August 8 & 9, 7:30 pm @ Top floor boardroom, Evolution House (near Grassmarket). free, unticketed

78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

British Playwright and YAS MemberCatherine O’ Shea’s newest play CARNIVAL will receive a series work in progress showcase in Edinburgh this  August.

“I want to tell her that I had to leave everything behind too. My home, my city.”

This one-woman play, CARNIVAL, follows a multi-generational group of students from across the globe who come together for an adult education class in Central London. The play follows the women from their first day of class to their final celebration. A lot can happen over the course of a year. They share a common struggle overcoming many barriers to their education, but one student must risk everything. An undeniable bond forms between this teacher and student.

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YAS member recognised for partnership with Scottish Prison Service and Fife College

A project set up by YAS member Anne Schwan has been honoured with the Partnership Award at the 2016 Herald Higher Education Awards.  The project, in which University student volunteers are paired with prisoners at HMP Edinburgh for one-on-one English language, literacy, and creative writing tuition, is the result of a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University, Scottish Prison Service, and Fife College.

The awards were hosted by Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson at an event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

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YAS member leads development of small and low cost ultra-sensitive MEMS gravimeters

Young Academy of Scotland member Dr Giles Hammond (Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow) leads a research activity focussed on high sensitivity, long term stable MEMS (MicroElectroMechanicalSystem) devices for applications in gravity imaging. In their paper, "Measurement of the Earth tides with a MEMS gravimeter" published in Nature this week, the authors explain how their research and development led to the device being the first MEMS able to measure the Earth Tides.

The work is the result of a collaboration between the Institute for Gravitational Research, school of Physics and Astronomy and the Electronic and Nanoscale group in the school of Engineering. The collaboration has developed over the last 3 years, initially starting with a Glasgow sensors studentship and Royal Society Paul Instrument funding. The research is now a main theme of the QuantIC quantum technology hub in quantum enhanced imaging, and has gained significant buy-in from industrial partners. The combination of expertise in developing/testing precision opto-mechanical devices (from the Institute for Gravitational Research), combined with one of the best cleanrooms/processing facilities in Europe (James Watt Nanofabrication Centre) has enabled this new and novel technology.

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Nikki Moran

Nikki Moran is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, with expertise in the study of music as social interaction. Her projects draw specialist music skills together with empirical methods, including both movement analysis and ethnographic fieldwork. At Edinburgh, Nikki led the development of a new undergraduate degree programme.

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