The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 122, 23 October 2002
Merger talks forge ahead«
Drug could cut heart attacks and strokes by a third«
China and Europe in space pre-nuptials…«
Goldsmiths' Wing reopens«
Faculty of physical sciences inauguration«
Graduate School of Engineering and Physical Sciences«
Facing new challenges«
Silwood safe, and healthy«
Soul boy makes the money market sing«
In Brief«
Media spotlight«
What's on«

In Brief

New job grading structure
Following the withdrawal of the separate pay and grading frameworks covering academic and related, technical, clerical and manual and ancillary staff, the College, in common with other Higher Education institutions, has started to devise a new unified pay and grading structure covering all staff groups.

A joint steering group has been established to oversee the design, implementation and maintenance of a new structure. "I look forward to working with colleagues in the steering group on the important task of establishing a grading structure that is easy to introduce, operate and maintain and is seen to be fair by all staff," said Chris Gosling, director of human resources.

IDEA's Nobel Prize
IDEA League partner, Kurt Wüthrich of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, has won half the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry 'for his development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution'.

The 10 million kronor prize is shared with John Fenn of the United States, and Japan's Koichi Tanaka. The trio helped lay the foundations for the new science of proteomics - the study of how proteins interact with other substances in the cell and sustain life.

e-Science honour for DoC
Dr Steven Newhouse, department of computing, has been named a Sun Lecturer in e-Science for his contributions to the global grid and e-science community.

Taking a prominent role at the bi-annual SHPCC (Sun Microsystems' High Performance Computing Consortium) event, he joined more than 100 leading IT professionals, scientists and engineers to discuss high-end scientific and engineering computing issues and trends.

Sun also selected University College London as a Centre of Excellence (COE) in grid management technologies, alongside Sun COEs in other areas, including Imperial and Oxford University.

New cross-faculty medicine research strategies
Senior academics and researchers met earlier this month to discuss possible new research themes for the faculty of medicine to form multi-disciplinary research partnerships across the faculty of medicine and other faculties.

More details can be found at

Graduate students' research symposium
Students Jason Butler, Sharuna Nagawaney, Hanneke Okkenhaug, Bindu Raobaikady, Lucy Smyth and Maria Tachataki, presented winning posters at the Graduate School for Life Sciences and Medicine (GSLSM) students' research symposium at the Hammersmith campus.

More than 60 posters from departments, divisions and campuses spanned a range of research. A guest lecture by Professor Lord Winston to an audience of more than 400 debated wide-ranging issues from fossil man and human origins, to stem cell research and the important distinction between embryo-selection versus 'designer-babies'.

A discussion afterwards considered the vital importance of links between university researchers and science in schools. For further details and photos, visit:

New degree courses in 2003
Two new undergraduate degree courses are being offered in 2003. The first, in the growing field of biomaterials and tissue engineering, combines biology, materials science and biomedical engineering with the aim of long-term repair and replacement of failing human tissues and organs. The second is a biomedical engineering course combining in-depth engineering and biomedical science study in one qualification.

Imperial's new four year MEng has a strong emphasis on the multidisciplinary approach to tissue engineering, distinguishing it from other courses in the UK, with teachers from the departments of materials and chemical engineering and the faculty of medicine contributing to the course.

Dr Robin Grimes, course admissions tutor, said: "This is an exciting new course that builds on the research strength of Imperial College. It will be attractive to students considering an engineering degree with medical applications."

Biomedical engineering is a new field that applies engineering principles and technology to medical and biological programmes. The course will prepare students for a variety of careers in healthcare, engineering, science and business.

Offered as a 3-year BEng or a 4-year MEng, it will also provide integrated training in engineering, mathematics and biomedical science, and a strong understanding of the principles underlying a range of physiological and pathological phenomena, leaving graduates better placed to improve both the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Admissions tutor, Dr John Lever of the department of bioengineering, explained: "One of the most important aspects of engineering is the creation of new approaches and innovative solutions - this course emphasises the fundamentals of engineering sciences that form the common basis of all engineering specialities. This will provide our students with a solid foundation for a career in which engineering practices may change rapidly."

Faraday lecturer
Dr Ilya Eigenbrot, chemistry, has been selected to co-present the 2003 Faraday Lecture of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. The lecture will be given at 10 venues in the UK between January and March 2003, and broadcast live in Hong Kong, Europe and North America on 4 February. Ilya and his five co-presenters were selected from many hundreds of applicants.

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