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Kate's Cakes

A recipe book has just been published in memory of Kate Furneaux, a talented chemist at Leeds who died in 2009 aged 27 following a cycling accident.

Kate had only just received her PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry from Leeds and was poised to start a promising career at a Max Planck Institute in Germany. 

"Kate’s Cakes" is a compilation of 70 simple recipes put together by her friends Rebecca White and Catherine O'Leary-Steele who were also PhD students at the department.  Proceeds from the book will be donated to People & Planet, a national student-led campaigning network which campaigns for global economic, social and environmental justice.  The book, costing £10, is available at www.jeremymills publishing.co.uk.




Heart of Science: The Origin of Life

Dr Terry Kee was a recent guest on Leeds Student Radio’s science show Heart of Science, talking about the origins of life on Earth, where it originates, the definition of life and whether there is life elsewhere.

Listen to what Terry had to say: https://audioboom.com/boos/3717654-heart-of-science-the-origins-of-life-by-dr-terry-kee




LLAMA launch!

LLAMA (Lead Likeness And Molecular Analysis) is an open access tool that was launched on Friday 25th September.

The launch coincided with a Dial-a-Molecule Challenge meeting on lead-oriented synthesis at GSK’s Stevenage site.  LLAMA allows the lead-likeness of different molecular scaffolds to be evaluated and compared.  Screening compounds based on lead-like scaffolds can provide good starting points in drug discovery. 

LLAMA is a free tool that was developed in Leeds as part of an EPSRC-funded collaboration with GSK, and is available to the synthetic chemistry community for both research and teaching.
Website: llama.leeds.ac.uk
Twitter: @llama_leeds




Developing International Links

Prof Andy Wilson recently took part in a joint RSC/British Council supported Sympoisa Tour of Turkey to foster new collaborative links.

Entitled Catalysis for Sensing and Health (CASH). Prof Wilson, together with Profs Steve Bull, Tony James (both Bath) and Juyoung Yoon (EWHA Womans University) gave lectures at four top Turkish Universities together with local speakers from Bogazici University (Istanbul), Izmir Institute of Technology, Middle East Technical University and Bilkent University (both Ankara). The tour which also included a public engagement event hosted at the British Council in Izmir and reception at the British Embassy in Ankara coincided with the British council celebrating 75 years in Turkey, the International Year of Science and ongoing initiatives associated with the Newton Fund.   




Inaugural Dalton Symposium and Poster Prize

The inaugural Dalton Younger Members Event (DYME@Leeds 2015) was held at the University of Leeds on 9-10th September.

This two-day conference saw national PhD and post-doctoral speakers from across the UK presenting their research in the area of inorganic chemistry.

PhD student, Jonathan Fowler from the Hardie and Willans groups at the University of Leeds, won the Dalton Transactions prize for the best poster contribution entitled "NHC Ligands in Metallo-supramolecular Chemistry: Fundamentals and Towards Carbene-Appended Cavitands".




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