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PubhD: Art Detective, Atrophy Hunting, and Messy Chemistry

June 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Kickoff at 7pm sharp. We’re in the top floor of Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street

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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.

Speakers & topics:

Daniel Sanchez Villavicencio: Art detective

Often the work of a technical art historian needs both the tactic and the resources of the most skilled detective, to try to make sense of long-forgotten objects that once were as popular and approachable as the Daily Mail. Such is the case of five trade union banners currently held in Glasgow Museums collection. Specially produced in London by one of the two greatest Victorian banner-makers, the entrepreneur and freemason George Kenning, the selected banners comprise an interesting imagery that advertises the identity, accomplishments and benefits of the five Glaswegian workers’ organisations that requested them. Leading the way towards their material characterisation, this first stage of the research concentrated on the historical contextualisation of the banners and the interpretation of their meaning. The main results will be presented in this talk.

Roxanna Munir – Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a devastating childhood motor neuron disease. There is no cure, however one recently approved therapy, and many therapies currently under development aim to alleviate the major neuromuscular symptoms of the disorder. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that other organs such as the heart and lungs are also affected in SMA so it is important that therapies are created for these issues too. My research aims to identify a new genetic or molecular target in these organs for novel therapies.

Stephanie Colon Santos – Messy Chemistry
I’m a third year PhD student from the School of Chemistry (UoG), focussing on complex chemical systems, or how I like to call it: “messy” chemistry.
For my PhD, I have been working with the notoriously convoluted mixtures that gave rise to life’s building blocks. Investigating the origins of life with the help of automation (robotics) and state of the art analytics, I explored different ways to approach the untameable reactions, in order to gain the most insight into the mysterious transition from prebiotic chemistry to the emergence of life as we know it.

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://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/glasgow-city-council/waterstones-3


June 18, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Waterstones Sauchiehall Street
163-157 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3EW United Kingdom
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