The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 139, 31 March 2004
£76m centre for clinical imaging«
Tribute to miracle miler Sir Roger«
Harriet’s prime howler!«
International student awards«
Making a grand entrance«
Lowering blood pressure«
It’s a bug’s life«
Will powers IC Trust«
We’re on the map«
Britain the ‘tobacco control time-warp’«
Cutting carbon emissions«
When too much competition can prove unhelpful…«
Emotional intelligence scrutinised«
Move to new headquarters«
Staff Pay and Grading update«
An international night to remember«
Water way to make a splash at College…«
Science soirée at Silwood«
Snap happy…«
In Brief«
Media Spotlight«
What’s on«

Science soirée at Silwood

THE first science soirée at Silwood Park this month, entitled Sex, Lies and Video Tape, featured guest speakers Olivia Judson, author of Dr Tatiania’s Sex Advice for the Whole of Creation, and Dr Armand Leroi, biological science lecturer at Silwood.

image: at the soirée

Topics under discussion included the exotic sex life of the slime mould and why some are born with one nose, two legs, ten fingers and 24 ribs — and some of us not.

“Olivia did a very good question and answer session which included the gender bias of research, such as the differing conclusions drawn by men as opposed to women,” commented event organiser Dr Glen Dawkins, manager at the centre of population biology.

“Armand brought up the genetics of beauty and why we perceive certain people to be beautiful and others not so. He explained that on average, every new individual has 300 mutations, and that we're not just the children of our parents but have our own unique qualities.”

More than 100 people attended the event which was held in the Manor House as part of National Science Week.

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