Knowledge Transfer Scotland: Policy and Practice 2008 aims to address research-KT
questions by bringing together early stage researchers, academic staff,
university managers, research and enterprise experts, outreach
specialists, funding bodies and policy makers for a unique, one-day
conference at the University of St Andrews on Friday 4th April 2008.
As part of the AV Festival Broadcast in Tyneside this week, Isis Arts are hosting Radio Craft Lab, which comprises of five days of intensive workshops for engaging, using and making radio tools. Invited artists and practitioners run the workshops where each day sees a different topic. The facilitator for the event is Sneha Solanki.
Today I picked up my first fins from Mark at the Dive Bunker in Burntisland, Fife. Today was also one of those days when I felt that I’d been shown a key to a door, a chance conversation with someone that brought together a few areas of thought; thoughts which were also presented with an opportunity to be transplanted onto something concrete for a structured course of investigation.
Lieber (1979) published a collection of many studies purporting to show a reliable lunar influence on various areas of human behaviour, although Rotton and Kelly (1985), using meta-analysis, have fiercely contested this claim. However whereas studies of social behaviour can be easily criticized for neglecting a variety of contributing variables, biochemical studies, like those of Rounds (1975), who has found a lunar periodicity in the concentration of neurotransmitter-like substances from human blood, are more difficult to refute.
One of the first researchers to study the effect of solar activity on mankind was a historian in Russia, Professor Aleksandr Chizhevsky (1897-1964), who is considered by many as the father of heliobiology. Chizhevsky’s main interest was sunspots, which he correlated with human activity.
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