Zucchet still striving – from e-cigarette research to sexual assault assistance

2016 BSc Graduate and Governor General’s Silver Medal Recipient, Alyssa Zucchet, just published her first co-authored research paper, and that’s just the beginning. Investigating the health risks of smoking electronic cigarettes with UFV biology Associate Professor Gregory Schmaltz, Alyssa Zucchet “wanted to know what people were getting themselves into.” Despite her heavy workload, Zucchet still […]

(T) LIYSF Day 13: Can I become the Queen of England?

We started the day off with specialist lectures. I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Gemma Bale, a Research Associate in the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory at University College London speak about the research she is conducting. She is working on the development of a new type of medical imaging that uses near-infrared waves to […]

LIYSF Day 14: Goodbye (P)

Hi everyone, Today had fun moments, but had a melancholy undertone. We started the day with the “Participant’s Forum”, where a few representative students argued for and against three hot topics in science. Topics included “Should individuals or institutions get credit for research?”, “Should we fund research with no specific goal in mind?”, and “Is […]

(T) LIYSF Day 12: The day I almost stole the Crown Jewels

The tower of London is really well run. If you ever have the chance, I would really recommend the trip. I spent the day with a girl from New Zealand walking through the battlements and the Crown Jewel exhibit. Unfortunately you weren’t allowed to take photos in the gallery with the jewels but we walked […]

(T) LIYSF Day 11: Space, shopping and synthesis

This morning we woke up and attended a lecture from Professor Mark McCaughrean who told us about the European Space Agency (ESA) and the work they have been doing over the past few years. I found the lecture really interesting, especially enjoying some of the films that he showed us. One in particular showed us […]

LIYSF Day 13: Kings, Queens…and Karaoke (P)

Hi Everyone, I can’t believe that LIYSF is about to end. Well, I can…my body is very tired, but the weeks have flown by. I’ll definitely miss the new friends I’ve made, and hope to see them again someday. Today started with our final set of specialist lectures. I learned about emotional recognition in computers […]

LIYSF Day 12: Cambridge and Culture (P)

Hi Everyone, Today, I visited Cambridge. As is LIYSF tradition, we waited around for a while once we arrived. Impatient, we asked the staff what we were waiting for, and learned that we were waiting for tour guides. We complained, as we’d hoped to spend as much time exploring the city as possible. However, our […]

LIYSF Day 11: Space, Sports, and Screaming (P)

Hi Everyone, Today started with hearing from Mark McCaughrean of the European Space Agency (ESA). He described several missions from both the past and the future of the ESA. I found his summary of the Rosetta mission particularly intriguing. As you may have heard, the probe, Rosetta, flew near a comet, then dropped a second […]

(T) LIYSF Day 10: Professors, Pumba and Performances

I had a comment about my lack-luster titles, so hopefully this one meets higher standards. *cough cough* The critic knows who they are. Started today off with a lecture on hydrogen fuel cells. I am a huge supporter of clean energy and new ways to improve the global climate and found the talk inspiring. From […]

(T) LIYSF Day 9: Oxford and Friends

EARLY morning today. Holy cow the late nights and early mornings are starting to take their toll. However, this morning was alright, as I was excited for my visit to the Oxford University vaccine lab today. By bus, it takes about 1.5 hours to get to Oxford from South Kensington, so not too long, but […]