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YAS Member to give schools' talk on left-handedness at Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition

On 7 and 8 July, YAS member Dr Silvia Paracchini will give a schools-only interactive talk at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition.  Her talk will address what determines hand preference, exploring some of the many traits that throughout history have been associated with being left handed.  Dr Paracchini will separate myths from facts about handedness, and explain what is being learned from the most important modern genetic studies.

The talk is 30 minutes long, and is available only to pre-registered school groups.  There are several time slots available between 7 and 8 July.  For more information and to register a group, please visit the Royal Society website.

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Academic Women Now: Experiences of mid-career academic women in Scotland

A new drive to inspire women to strive for the top jobs in higher education is showcasing the careers of successful female academics.

Women in Academia Now, hopes to tackle the still low numbers of senior women in universities, despite growing recognition in the corporate world that the talents and expertise of women bring enormous benefits.

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YAS member to speak at Glasgow Science Festival Zika virus panel

B - Zika Virus: Present, Past and Future

Sir Charles Wilson Building15th June18:30-19:30, followed by a Reception from 19:30-20:0016+Tickets Free

 

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YAS member Dr Theodore Koutmeridis gives TEDx talk on the "The Underground Economy"

YAS member Dr Theodore Koutmeridis has delivered a Tedx talk about the economics of crime.

In this talk, Dr Koutmeridis proposes a new link between opportunity and crime. He examines how innovation, labor market conditions and punishment influence illegal activity, and reveals that individuals respond to changes in the potential value of criminal opportunities. This connection between crime and prices appears to be a crucial but overlooked aspect of criminal behavior.

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Scottish school children head to the US for FIRST LEGO League Final

The West Linton Wasps will represent the United Kingdom in the World Finals of the FIRST LEGO League, which is being held in St Louis, Missouri, USA this week.

The team, from West Linton Primary School in the Scottish borders, won a coveted place in the finals by winning the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) UK and Ireland Final.  At this competition, they saw off fierce competition from 43 other teams from accross the UK and Ireland.

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