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PubhD: Weegie Linguistics, Safe Injecting, and Photo Thermal Therapy
April 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
This special event comes to you in association with our friends from PubhD Glasgow.
The format is nice and simple;
- Three researchers will each have 10 minutes to talk about their subject area to an interested audience in a pub
- There will be up to 20 minutes of (friendly!) Q&A per speaker.
- Each speaker gets at least one pint (or other drink of their choice).
- A whiteboard/flip chart and coloured pens will be provided.
When I started training as a nurse I was a Franciscan friar. It was during my time with the friars that I first got involved with homeless people. I worked in a day Centre for homeless for almost a year and then spent the summer living rough with homeless people in central London.
Part of my job involves providing harm reduction services for homeless people who inject drugs.
In my doctoral research I am combining my religious motivation for looking after homeless people with my clinical work. I am researching Catholic Social Teaching and Harm Reduction for drug injectors. I am looking specifically at the safe injecting facility proposed for central Glasgow.
I’d like to talk about my PhD, which I’m just about to hand in. I worked with Polish teenagers living in Glasgow, and looked at the way that these teenagers are learning English. Traditionally, research on language learning has assumed that the aim is to speak the type of standard language found in textbooks. But for teenagers learning to speak English in a Glasgow high school, the type of language spoken by their Glaswegian classmates is very different from standard English. Generally, the kids I’ve been working with are much more concerned about ‘fitting in’ than they are about speaking ‘properly’.
I’m interested in how these teenagers are picking up stigmatised features like glottal stops, and the rules which govern when glottal stops occur in native Glaswegian speech. Are they following the same patterns shown by their Glaswegian classmates, e.g. using glottal stops more with their friends and less with their teachers? How do they learn rules like this without being explicitly taught them? I’m also interested in whether the use of features like the glottal stop bears any relation to how the Polish teenagers see themselves. Is there any connection between the use of glottal stops and the development of Glaswegian identity? Do the kids who feel more Glaswegian also sound more Glaswegian?
Ahmed Mostafa Abdelhady Ismaeel
I am Ahmed Ismaeel, a Phd student at school of Maths and Stats. I am in the third year of my PhD. My research is about cancer treatment using laser and nanoparticles. This technique is called photo thermal therapy which is one of the localized cancer treatment techniques. The nanoparticles are injected to the patient which spread in the body through the blood circulatory system. These nanoparticles are accumulating over the tumor over time due to the enhanced permeability and retention effect in tumors. Then, the laser is used to irradiate the nanoparticles to heat up the surrounding tumor cells which causes cell death. In this way the tumor is ablated with minor side effects for the surrounding healthy tissue.
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
Accessibility: The talk is on the top floor of the store, however there is however a lift available for customers to use. More detailed accessibility information can be found here: https://