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Meet the Live Science Team: Kerina

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Thu 20 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Kerina Evans:

Kerina – Live Science Team

Kerina joined the team in October 2013, and loves it! She’s especially enjoyed learning more about the amazing universe and has a new found love of stargazing. She completed a degree in Maths and Music after not being able to choose between the two, and still loves the variety of doing both. Outside of At-Bristol, Kerina teaches music to children, including running music classes for toddlers and making children’s music videos, there’s even one about going to the Moon!

Favourite moments: “Seeing the bounciness and excited smiles of toddlers after a Little Stars show!”
Favourite exhibit: Is This Maths?

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Meet the Live Science Team: Joel

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Wed 19 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Joel Sanderson:

Joel – Live Science Team

Joel completed a degree in Ecology to better understand the natural world and developed a keen interest in evolution, sustainability, and human ecology along the way. He has also completed courses in primitive living skills to try to get closer to our species’ ancestral way of life. During his time in At-Bristol he has developed his interest in space, which he was composing music about before starting work here. Music is Joel’s main focus outside of work and he particularly enjoys explaining the science fiction elements of future space travel, robotics, and the possible fate of the human race.

Favourite moments: "Building up expectations for a big bang during the Bubble Blast show… only for the demonstration to result in a very small pop!"
Favourite exhibit: Ancient Ancestors

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Sir Mark Walport: The Planet in Our Hands - Responding to Climate Change

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Wed 19 February 2014, Written by: Heather

 

On 4 February 2014 we welcomed Sir Mark Walport, the new Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, for a public lecture addressing the most pressing issue we face as a global society: our climate.  In this talk he explores what the science tells us, and asks what should we, as a developed nation, do in response?

 

The evening was chaired by Professor Alice Roberts.

If you couldn't make it - or if you just want a recap! - here's the evening in full:

With many thanks to Seamus Foley, Big Screen Producer, Ross Exton, Live Science Video Producer, and James Adams, At-Bristol volunteer.

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Meet the Live Science Team: Sarah

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Tue 18 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Sarah Stephens:

Sarah – Live Science Team

Sarah did a degree in Biology before moving to Bristol to study for a masters degree in Palaeontology. She loves evolution, fossils, and thinking about what the world was like before people were around. Since joining the team in Septemeber 2013, she’s started presenting in the Planetarium and learning loads about space. It’s her new favourite subject. Otherwise, she spends her time enjoying wildlife, adding fossils to her collection and trying to outdo children with dinosaur facts.

Favourite moments: “Finding I can answer questions after a Planetarium show!”
Favourite exhibit: Startle

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Meet the Live Science Team: Violaine

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Mon 17 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Violaine Drapeau:

Violaine – Live Science Team

Violaine is French and came to the UK 6 years ago to finish her biology studies in Bristol; she joined the team in May 2013. After a masters degree in Animal Behaviour in Paris, she completed a PhD at Bristol University in 2012, on echolocation behaviour of bats feeding on flower nectar. After that short scientific research career, Violaine was delighted to join At-Bristol and rediscover the amazing world of science in general, particularly astrophysics. In her spare time, she is addicted to knitting in the winter and countryside walks in the summer.

Favourite moments: “Each time a child tells me they want to live in At-Bristol FOREVER!”
Favourite exhibit: Whisper Dishes.

Violaine from the Live Science Team

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Meet the Live Science Team: Heather

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Sun 16 February 2014, Written by: Nicole

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter, today is the turn of Heather Nichol.

Heather – Live Science Team

Heather joined the team in September 2013 having completed an undergraduate degree in Biology, with a passion for conservation and bat ecology - she helped discover the first known breeding colony of the Alcathoe bath in the UK! Heather is now completing a masters at the University of Bristol, researching the effect of windfarm on bat populations. In her spare time, Heather is a keen ballet dancer and baker.
Favourite moments: "Pretending to swim in shark-infested waters with 50 toddlers during October half-term."
Favourite exhibit: The Protein Builder.

Heather LST's own Batwoman!

Heather also features our final video from our ice series, Why is ice slippery?

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Meet the Live Science Team: David

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Sat 15 February 2014, Written by: Nicole

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter, today is the turn of David Judge.

David – Live Science Team

David joined the team in July 2013 after finishing a masters degree in Chemistry. He's fascinated by the chemistry in everyday life especially in the kitchen! He’s studying for a masters in science communication, looking at how science centres like At-Bristol get people excited about science. Since joining the team, David has developed an interest in the planet Mars - he likes imagining what unusual chemistry might be going on there.
Favourite moments:
"Blasting off into space in the Exploring the Solar System show."
Favourite exhibit:
Magnet tubes.

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What is the Greenhouse Effect?

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Fri 14 February 2014,

How do greenhouse gases contribute to climate change? Why is the Greenhouse Effect essential to life on our planet? Sarah of the Live Science Team investigates the Greenhouse Effect:

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Photoblog: Community Outreach in Hartcliffe

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Mon 10 February 2014, Written by: Raj

Making science accessible to all is the reason I joined At-Bristol and over the past three weeks I've had more great chances to do just that!

John (Learning Officer), three Volunteers (Emma, Jennifer and Viv), and I (Live Science Team Leader) headed out to three community groups in Hartcliffe, armed with some of our most popular activities.  We also took the opportunity to hand out thousands of flyers to the Hartcliffe schools and community groups, inviting them to come and visit us on 8 and 9 February as guests to experience some hands-on science here at our Community Open Weekend.

Every one of these days was brilliant and it was amazing to meet lots of new people from our Bristol community. Check out some of the pictures below!

At Hartcliffe Children's Centre:

A polar bear in the clouds!

A Polar Bear in the clouds! Made with dry ice and water

 

Exploring wind with flags and feathers!

Exploring wind with flags and feathers

 

At Four Acres Children's Centre:

Will it float or will it sink?

Will it float or will it sink?

 

At Fulford Family Centre:

Having a Bubble Blast! making bubble mixture

Having a Bubble Blast! making bubble mixture

 

During At-Bristol's Community Open Weekend:

Dissecting daffodils in Live Lab

Dissecting daffodils in Live Lab

 

Don't forget to follow @AtBristol and @AtBristol_LST on Twitter to keep up to date with all our latest outreach activities!


Many thanks to Raj, our Live Science Team Leader, for writing this blog!

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Dancing on Ice: Why is Ice Slippery? | 2014 Winter Olympics

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Fri 7 February 2014,

The Winter Olympics wouldn't be the same without ice. Ross Exton of the Live Science Team investigates the slippery science of ice...

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