PubhD Sheffield – first event May 13, 2014

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Another PubhD is starting up. Sheffield’s first PubhD event is Tuesday May 13, 2014 at The University Arms and is being hosted by Science Grrl Sheffield and Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub.

PubhD is monthly event that started up in Nottingham on January 22, 2014At each event, three PhD students, from any academic discipline, explain their work to an audience in a pub in exchange for a pint or two.

Sheffield’s first event will feature philosophy, music and psychology.

If you’d like to volunteer to speak at a future PubhD Sheffield event, you’ll find the contact details on the Other PubhDs page.

Here is the blurb from their Facebook event:

ScienceGrrl Sheffield and Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub are pleased to bring you PubhD Sheffield! At each event, three PhD* students, from any academic discipline, explain their work to an audience in a pub in exchange for a pint or two. Each talk lasts 10 minutes, with an extra 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

A flip chart or white board will be available, but PowerPoint presentations are forbidden at these informal and friendly events which aim to entertain and amuse as well as educate! Props and other aids to understanding are very welcome.

The first event will take place in the Wilson Room, upstairs at the University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, on Tuesday 13th May at 7:30 pm.

The event is completely free to attend but small donations are encouraged to help water the speakers and fund future events.

Our speakers for this first event are:

Stephen Pearse – University of Sheffield, Dept. of Music
Stephen Pearse is a composer and audio software engineer nearing the completion of a PhD in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield. “Agent Based Graphic Sound Synthesis and Composition” explores new methods for “drawing” music. Alongside a body of compositions, his research also comprises of a complex set of audio systems. One of these systems, “Compose With Sounds” is currently in use in hundreds of schools across the EU in multiple languages. His compositions have been performed across Europe and United States.

Rebecca Slack – University of Sheffield, Dept. of Psychology
Changes in the blood in the brain can be measured by Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). fMRI uses these changes to predict neuronal brain cell activity. fMRI has found huge popularity as a tool in psychology, biology, medicine, and even religion. This is because participants can perform specific mental activities and fMRI can highlight which parts of the brain show associated changes. However, fMRI brain scans are far from error proof. My research is hoping to improve what could be an invaluable technique to understand what goes on inside the brain.
Having studied mathematics at Imperial College at undergraduate level, I became very interested in the applied side of things, relating maths to water flow in pipes, the trickle of golden syrup and predator prey cycles in mathematical biology. I decided to take a masters course in cognitive and computational neuroscience to see if I could apply my maths skills to the brain.

James Andow – University of Nottingham – Dept. of Philosophy
James Andow has recently completed his PhD. He asks questions like `What is the best way to philosophise?’ `Are there important differences between what philosophers do and what other academics do? and, in particular, `What role should intuitions have in philosophy?’ Sometimes he answers them. You can find him on Twitter @andowjames.

*Masters students and post-docs also welcome!