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Talks III: Principal's Drawing Room

How to spot a liar in literature

Alex Lloyd (SCR)

Read more >Body language experts and polygraph tests can help us to determine when we are being deceived, but how do we know whether the narrator in a literary text is lying to us? This talk provides an introduction to the theory of unreliable narration and outlines two critical approaches: the cognitivist and the rhetorical. Using examples from Günter Grass’s 1959 novel The Tin Drum I demonstrate how we can tell when a narrator is telling tall tales and how that changes the way we read.

Promoting nutrition through schools in a lower middle income country, Sri Lanka

Julianne Williams (MCR)

Read more >In recent decades, Sri Lanka has experienced a social, economic, demographic and environmental transition. Currently it suffers a double burden of under- and over-nutrition. It is important to align health promotion and development. This DPhil, which is part of a larger “Integrating Nutrition Promotion and Rural Development” project, investigates how schools may help improve diet, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. This presentation describes findings from qualitative research with school principals and staff (n=55) on perceived barriers to healthy diet choice amongst students. Participants identified barriers at all layers of a socio-ecological framework, supporting the use of multifactorial programmes to promote nutrition.

Looking at atoms to understand mega-structures' structural integrity

Sergio Lozano-Perez (SCR)

Read more >Some components of nuclear reactors, such as steam generators, can weigh over 300 tonnes (4m diameter and 20m tall) and are expected to be safely in service for over 20 years. However, it is not unusual that they suffer from environmental degradation and develop cracks that can ultimately force their replacement (which is very costly to the nuclear industry). In this talk, I will show how we currently need to characterize materials at atomic level in order to understand their macroscopic behaviour. So, in another words, to explain how a crack propagates in a 300 tonne structure, we need to look at the atoms right ahead of the crack tip.

Colouring-in for adults

Hussein Al-Mossawi (SCR)

Read more >Flow cytometry is a technique which uses flourescent compounds of different colours to label molecules on cells. Using this approach we can investigate the cell populations responsible for causing immune-mediated diseases such as Ankylosing Spondylitis and explore how new therapies can alter the behaviour of the different cell types.