In April, our three speakers were:
Charlie Spring, Human Geography:
Charlie is in her first year of a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Salford. Her research starts from the contradictions of food availability in UK cities, where high levels of food waste coexist with hunger and food-related illness. She’s comparing the Real Junk Food Project with other organisations that redistribute surplus food to people, asking what it means to cook and eat together, and how such organisations might advocate to address systemic causes of hunger and waste.
Sarah Ryan, Life Sciences:
Sarah is a final year PhD student at the University of Manchester working on dementia and motor neuron disease. She is trying to figure out how a genetic error can cause both of these diseases, using a species of microscopic worm called C. elegans. This has earned her the unfortunate nickname, Worm Girl, which she is expecting Marvel to turn into a superhero character any day now. Sarah can be found on Twitter as @Geekazoid.
Alex Dicker, Nuclear Physics:
Alex spoke about co-linear laser spectroscopy, used for analysis of the nuclei of atoms, particularly with reference to what it can tell us about the structure of various radioactive isotopes. More information here:
Laser spectroscopy of radioactive isotopes | The University of Manchester | Nuclear Physics Group