Today on the second day of the 2018 BNAC (Britain-Nepal Academic Council) conference there was a very good representation of Bournemouth University (BU) research at Durham University. BU’s Professor Michael Wilmore presented his paper: Construction of ‘Community’ in Research on Nepalese Commons. In the morning FHSS’s PhD student Jib Acharya had an oral presentation on Impact of Healthy Snacks on Children’s Health: An Overview of a Pilot Study.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen presented joint work between BU, Liverpool John Moors University (LJMU) and the University of Oxford on the topic Skills transfer, employability & entrepreneurship of returnee labour migrants in Nepal. Bournemouth University was involved in this project through Dr. Pramod Regmi, Dr. Nirmal Aryal and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen.
The final talk of the day (and of the conference) was by Prof. Padam Simkhada from LJMU. Prof. Simkhada is also Visiting Professor at the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health at Bournemouth University. He was presenting Debate on Educational Reform in Nepal: Outcomes of the International Conference on Quality of Higher Education in Federal Nepal on behalf of LJMU, Bournemouth University and Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (MMIHS) in Nepal. Earlier this year BU signed a Memorandum of Agreement with MMIHS in Kathmandu.
Thanks to all those who tuned in yesterday onto Nerve radio to listen to Postgraduate researcher Owen O’Neil. Owen went onto the Nerve news discussion show which airs between 11-12. Owen’s 10 minute research feature explored how the use of game consoles such as Nintendo Wii and Xbox can help rehabilitate people who have arm disability after strokes.
“A lot of people who have had a stroke cannot get the access to rehabilitation devices due to prices which can costs thousands of pounds” Owen said, “We are trying to find ways in which people can regain function in their arms and hands using devices they can go out and buy in a shop, like a Nintendo Wii or a Xbox.”
The talk went on to discuss how the brain can heal itself through prompting it by giving them something fun like a video game, which produced significant effects.
“20 -30 years ago our understanding of the brain was limited, these people that had serious brain damage were often not offered the help that they have today, we are now at the stage where we can offer help and understanding through therapy and try and rehabilitate people through new and exciting ways”.
If you was not lucky enough to have tuned in to Nerve to listen to Owen O’Neil and his study, not to worry, you can listen to it by clicking here and skipping to 10 minutes.
After the success of Decembers Nerve radio research feature which featured Tom Cousins who talked about some of his fascinating research into Marine Archaeology.Today at 11:00-12:00 for a second time, there will be a Nerve Radio research feature on the nerve news discussion show for around 10 minutes that will explore a postgraduates study and give students an insight into the benefits of being a postgraduate researcher. Owen O’Neil’s study focuses on how we can use video games (Wii/Xbox) to help rehabilitate people who have arm disability after strokes. I don’t want to spoil it by telling more, so if this sounds like something you or your stuidents would enjoy listening in to, the please click here and this will take you to the Nerve Radio listen in page.
On the 26th November, Nerve Radio hosted a new research feature on their news discussion show to open student’s eyes to some of the fantastic work that goes on behind the lecture halls and seminar rooms.
This was a fascinating half hour where researcher Tom Cousins talked about some his current projects. Maritime Archaeology was the topic of discussion on the 26th and Tom gave a very interesting overview of his day-to-day activities on this truly fascinating subject area that I’m sure had a lot of students envying those studying on the maritime archaeology course.
Some of the discussion focused on dives that he and a team participated in looking for artifacts and tanks of WW1 and WW2 wrecks. The main project was the Swash Channel Wreck, which Tom was involved in as a student back in ‘07-’09.
Another major project discussed on the Nerve Radio research feature is a study of the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary which was used as the maritime equivalent of the Big Dig. This involved intertidal surveys and excavations, and this summer Tom excavated a World War 2 Motor Torpedo Boat.
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After this successful Nerve Radio research feature, we can expect more to come in the New Year, so if you are planning on listening in next time, email email@example.com and I can keep you up to date with the dates and type of researcher that will be featuring on Nerve.
The first open meeting of the Centre for Media History will be this coming Monday, 13 October. The guest speaker will be Virginia Madsen, Convenor Radio at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia who will be talking about her forthcoming book on the international history of the radio documentary
Monday 13 October
6 – 7.30 pm
Lecture theatre KG03 in Kimmeridge House, Talbot campus Refreshments served from 5.30 pm
Virginia Madsen is a Senior Lecturer and Convenor Radio at Macquarie University, Sydney. Formerly a producer for Australia’s ABC, she was a founding member of the national audio arts programme, ‘The Listening Room’. She has published pioneering essays exploring the radio documentary and ‘feature’, and ‘cultural radio’ traditions. She is currently writing the first international history of ‘the documentary imagination’ in radio, examining forms and developments from the 1920s to the present renaissance. Virginia is Chair of the Management Committee of Australia’s only Centre for Media History and Chief Investigator of the ARC Project (2014): “Cultural Conversations: A History of ABC Radio National”.