Events

Mar
1
Wed
Cafe Sci: Focusing on the problem – or maybe not: putting everyday vision into perspective @ Smokin' Billy's
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm

Dr Anna Horwood presents “Focusing on the problem – or maybe not: putting everyday vision into perspective”

anna horwoodHow we organise the processes involved in getting our eyes to focus on things is surprisingly complicated; and so when things go wrong (for instance with eye strain, squint, double vision and “lazy eye”) they can go wrong in many different ways. So as a clinician, Anna Horwood got very used to dealing with clinical problems which didn’t fit the textbooks. In her talk she will explain that this might be because the theory needs to be re-thought. Many apparently obvious things about eyesight might not be as they seem.

As well as a scientist, Anna is also still a clinical orthoptist (she’ll explain what that is, but its to do with binocular vision!) and a Mum. She has always worked in Eye Clinics in the NHS, but got involved in research later in her career. By a series of lucky accidents she ended up doing a PhD and now runs the Infant Vision Laboratory at the University of Reading. Anna has published 36 scientific papers and is also Research Director of the British & Irish Orthoptic Society.

 

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Mar
15
Wed
Cafe Sci: Exploring the Origins of the Universe with Giant Lasers @ Smokin' Billy's
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm

Dr Jena Meinecke presents “Exploring the Origins of the Universe with Giant Lasers”

jena meineckeWhat is the origin of magnetic fields in our universe?  Jena Meinecke, a Junior Research Fellow of the University of Oxford, and team are using high energy lasers to recreate scaled astrophysical conditions such as tiny supernovas and clusters of galaxies to understand the generation and evolution of magnetic fields in our universe.

 

 

 

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