16 Jan 2018

Beauty and wonder of plants celebrated in new exhibitions

Two new exhibitions opening at the University of Dundee this weekend focus on the wonder of plants and the role they play in our lives. In the Lamb Gallery, the exhibition Botanical Conversations features highlights from the University’s Herbarium collection as well as stunning botanical teaching charts and beautiful works of art and creative writing inspired by plants. Exploring our own Backyard in the Tower Foyer Gallery has been put together by the University of Dundee Botanic Garden and highlights the current project to revamp the garden’s native plants area. Both exhibitions open on Saturd...

Beauty and wonder of plants celebrated in new exhibitions

15 Jan 2018

Another chance for the last man hanged in Dundee?

A re-examination of the medical evidence which led to the execution of William Bury, the last man hanged in Dundee 129 years ago, will be staged at a public mock trial next month, organised by the University of Dundee. Bury was found guilty of the murder of his wife Ellen, and hanged on April 24, 1889. In his initial confession he made a claim to be Jack the Ripper. His conviction rested largely on medical evidence which drew some uncertainty from the jury at the time. Now students from the Mooting Societies at the Universities of Dundee and Aberdeen will take part in a re-consideration of the information ...

Another chance for the last man hanged in Dundee?

12 Jan 2018

2018 Stephen Fry Awards

University of Dundee researchers have been praised by Stephen Fry after their efforts in communicating research to the public won them awards named after the University’s former rector. The Stephen Fry Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research celebrate the sharing of the world-class research carried out at Dundee with the wider public. They are given to the project and researcher that made the greatest contribution to public engagement in the past year. The 2018 Public Engagement Project of the Year was won by Hands of X, a collaboration that designs made-to-order prosthetic hands in ...

2018 Stephen Fry Awards

12 Jan 2018

From Dundee to Disney: A graduate’s magical tale

A University of Dundee graduate, now turned Walt Disney World employee, has become a published academic after her fourth-year Psychology dissertation was printed in a dermatology journal. 23-year-old Taylor Petrie’s article Facial Treatment With Botulinum Toxin Improves Attractiveness Rated by Self and Others, and Psychological Wellbeinghas now been published in Dermatologic Surgery, the official publication of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Taylor, who graduated in 2016, had been working on the reception desk at Fresh inc. Medispa in Invergowrie when she began to notice a pattern wit...

From Dundee to Disney: A graduate’s magical tale

10 Jan 2018

Funding awarded to improve barley crops

A University of Dundee academic has been awarded more than £600,000 to study an increasing problem with the cereal crop barley that impacts the commercially important malting process and the shelf-life of animal feed. Dr Sarah McKim, a School of Life Sciences researcher based at the James Hutton Institute, was awarded a BBSRC research grant to investigate the unfavourable trait, called ‘skinning’, and to develop tools to track it in breeding populations. Dr McKim said, “Skinning occurs when the barley grain husk does not completely adhere, or ‘stick’, to the barley grain...

Funding awarded to improve barley crops