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YorkTalks Session Four
Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 15:45
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Seeing with our ears - Mariana Lopez, Department of Theatre, Film and Television
With the number of visually impaired people in the UK expected to rise to four million by 2020, Dr Mariana Lopez is bringing the creative and technological industries together to widen access to the many millions of them who watch film and television.
She argues that the film and TV industry has failed to catch up with new technologies in the field of sound design, which can be used to reduce the number of verbal descriptions and provide an immersive experience. Her goal is to exploit the potential of existing technologies - getting film directors, scriptwriters and actors to ‘see’ with their ears.
Ozone: the battle still to win - Lisa Emberson, Environment Department and Stockholm Environment Institute at York
Ozone is inflicting a dangerous triple whammy on climate, food production and CO2 emissions.
The third most important greenhouse gas after CO2 and methane, it is reducing crop yields at a time of ever-greater demands on food production. Ozone is also reducing the capacity of the world’s forests to store carbon at a time when we are trying to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Air-pollution expert and climate scientist Dr Lisa Emberson will explain how she and her colleagues are at the forefront of designing predictive models that will help policy-makers develop more effective responses to the problem.
Our breakthrough research into the mechanics of sperm tails has profound implications for life itself, from human reproduction to the development of sustainable food production.
Discover how fluid dynamics and elasticity can provide potentially predictive insights into the mechanics of these specialised cells, especially during their arduous journey through the often hostile environment of the female reproductive tract.
Brazilian-born Dr Hermes Gadelha, works at the fertile union of mathematical logic, biomechanics and medicine. His work is a collaborative venture with fertility clinicians and reproductive biologists.
A molecular investigation into how biofilms cost lives and money - Jen Potts, Department of Biology
Healthcare-associated infections affect 300,000 patients in the UK each year. Some infections can be life-threatening. Many occur when bacteria form biofilms on the surface of medical devices such as catheters, mechanical heart valves and pacemakers.
Molecular biophysicist Professor Jennifer Potts and her team are investigating how these biofilms form. Their work is breaking new ground in understanding how Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis have become such formidable human adversaries – costing patients’ lives and millions in healthcare funding.
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