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Title: The School of Biomedical Sciences’ Science in Society Initiative


1
The School of Biomedical SciencesScience in
Society Initiative
directed by Professor Valerie McKelvey-Martin
www.ulster.ac.uk/scienceinsociety/
2
Science in Society Initiative at Ulster was
designed to
  • promote discussion and understanding of science
    and its relevance to society and
  • to help equip society to take an active part in
    policy formation regarding the application of
    science

3
Activities are designed for various groups
  • General public and groupings within this,
    particularly
  • Primary school childrenp6p7
  • Post primary pupils..11-14, 14-16, 16-18 year
    olds
  • Teachers of science

4
Science in Society began in 2005 Dedicated
support from 5 Placement Students
  • Jane Gallagher 2005-06 - UU funded
  • Keri Spence 2006-07- The Honourable the Irish
    Society Andrea Porter 2007-08- The Honourable the
    Irish Society
  • Samantha Russell 2007-08- Bank of Ireland
  • Christine Green 2008-09- The Honourable the Irish
    Society
  • Part time support from 3 staff
  • Dr Declan McKenna 2005-2008
  • David Hunter 2006-2008
  • Lynda Dunlop 2008-
  • Guided by a working group
  • staff from university and a few external members

5
  • Website
  • www.ulster.ac.uk/scienceinsociety/

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  • launched in March 2006.
  • revamped in 2009 making it more accessible and
    attractive for young people
  • contains information on Science in Society
    activities (past, current and future),
  • a self updating current -news -in -science
    page and
  • various resources for students, teachers and
    others

7
Science in Society Web Resources include
  • Hot topic information on various topics
  • AIDS, Alzheimers Disease, Bioethics, Cancer,
    Cloning, Diabetes, Forensic Science, Healthy Diet
    and the Human Genome, Obesity, Cataracts, Myopia,
    Sea Level Change, Role of Technology in Sport,
    Drugs in Sport and Exercise and Health.
  • Mole Day Planning pack for Chemistry Teachers
  • Forward Thinking KS3 teaching resources for
    Science Teachers

8
  • Science in Society advertises events,
    activities in Science across faculty and
    university ( if requested)
  • 2 criteria
  • Quality event/resource
  • Acknowledge all appropriate funders

9
Activities have included
  • Science in Society Public, Christmas ConnectED
    lectures
  • Maths week events (with Fac Computing an
    Engineering and Waterford Institute of
    Technology
  • Roadshows for schools (with Y touring Theatre
    company) - Nobody Lives Forever and
  • -Every breath
  • Inspiring Science initiative (p6 and p7) with
    Susan McGrath
  • National Science week events Chemistry Alive!
    (2010) 6th form chemistry students interested in
    pharmacy
  • Variety of competitions

10
Lecture Series
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Lecture topics 2005-2009
  • PSYCHOLOGY OF COSMETIC SURGERY FACE
    TRANSPLANTATION
  • Dr. Nichola Rumsey
  • FORENSIC DENTISTRY IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
    Professor David Whittaker
  • MOBILE PHONES HEALTH Professor Anthony T.
    Barker
  • THE MAGIC OF LIGHT Dr. Paul Hagan
  • PHYSICS MUSIC Dr. Mark Lewney
  • MUSIC, PLEASURE AND THE BRAIN Professor Harry
    Witchel
  •  SCIENCE ALCOHOL BINGE DRINKING LIQUOR
    LICENSING Professor Martin Plant

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  • UNNATURAL CHOICES AND UNNATURAL CHILDREN
    DESIGNER CHILDREN AND INTERFERING WITH NATURE Dr.
    Mark Sheehan Program on Ethics and the New
    Biosciences Faculty of Philosophy and James
    Martin 21st Century School Oxford University
  • IS BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH OVER-REGULATED? Professor
    Richard Ashcroft Queen Mary, University of
    London, Barts and the London Medical School
    Institute of Health Sciences Education
  • PARENTAL DISAGREEMENT, BEST INTERESTS AND
    CHILDREN'S VACCINATIONS Dr Angus Dawson Keele
    University, Centre for Professional Ethics
  • SCIENCE AND SOCIETY WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY? Dr
    Bob Brecher Centre for Applied Philosophy,
    Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton

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  • CHILDREN AS COMMODITIES? REPO-TECH AND RISKS OF
    COMMODIFICATION Dr Heather Widdows Centre for the
    Study of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham
  • EVOLUTION AND MORALITY Dr Neil Levy Centre for
    Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University
    of Melbourne/ Program on Ethics and the New
    Biosciences, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford
    University
  • FINDING THE INVISIBLE ASTRONOMY AND BLACK HOLES
    Dr Paul Callanan Physics Department, University
    College Cork
  • TRACKING BIRDS A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE Dr John
    OHalloran Department of Zoology, Ecology Plant
    Science, University College Cork
  • SUICIDE AND SUICIDE AWARENESS IN IRELAND
    Professor Patricia Casey  Professor of Clinical
    Psychiatry, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin
  • THE SMOKING BAN A SUCCESS STORY Professor Luke
    Clancy  Professor of Respiratory Medicine,
    Trinity College, Dublin

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  • MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY THE SCIENCE OF COOKERY
    Professor Peter Barham, Bristol University
  • NEUROSCIENCE BRAINWASHING Dr Kathleen Taylor,
    Oxford University
  • SLEEP, BODY CLOCKS AND SOCIETY Professor Russell
    Foster, Oxford University
  • DONT PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD  Dr Paul Hagan , School
    of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster,
    Coleraine
  • CARDIAC RISK IN THE YOUNG Mr Cathal Breen, School
    of Health Sciences, University of Ulster,
    Jordanstown
  • OF MICROBES AND MEN A STORY OF HEALTH, WEALTH
    AND ARTIFICIAL LIFE. Professor Geoff McMullan,
    School of Biomedical Sciences, University of
    Ulster, Coleraine

15
  • DARWIN AND IRELAND
  • Dr Miguel DeArce, Department of Genetics Trinity
    College Dublin
  • MOLECULES AND MURDER
  •   Professor John Nicholson, University of
    Greenwich
  • EARTHQUAKES REDUCING LOSS OF LIFE IN THE
    ABSENCE OF PREDICTION
  • Professor Sandy Steacy, School of Environmental
    Sciences, University of Ulster
  • ROBOTS WITH BIOLOGICAL BRAINS AND HUMANS WITH
    PART MACHINE BRAINS Professor Kevin Warwick from
    the University of Reading

16
Christmas Lectures for schools
17
Christmas Lectures
  • INFLAME YOUR BRAIN Professor Sean Callanan of
    University College Dublin (2008)
  • ENHANCING SPORTING PERFORMANCE LEGAL ILLEGAL
    METHODS Dr Gareth Davison, Sport and Exercise
    Sciences Research Institute, University of Ulster
    (2007)
  • SILENT WITNESS THE ROLE OF THE PATHOLOGIST IN
    THE INVESTIGATION OF MURDER Dr. Jack Craine (2005)

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Road Shows
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Road shows
  • Science in Society collaborated with Y-touring
    Theatre company, London in 2007 and again in 2009
    to bring Science Roadshows to post primary
    schools throughout Northern Ireland
  • 2007..Every Breath with facilitated discussion
    on using animals for medical research.
  • 2009.. Nobody Lives Forever with facilitated
    discussion on the ethics of Stem Cell Research
  • Approximately 3,000 pupils across NI attended
    each roadshow

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Roadshows..
  • Debate the social, moral, and scientific issues
    surrounding the issue
  • Drama sketch followed by a live discussion and
    debate involving audience participation and
    interaction
  • Students are encouraged to explore what they
    think and feel about the issues posed by the
    drama

21
Every Breath Road Show 2007 Drama
  • Thought-provoking family drama involving four
  • main characters
  • Sonny the son a vegetarian animal
  • rights activist
  • Anita the daughter a carnivorous
  • scientist
  • Lina the mother can see both sides of the
    argument
  • Raz the mothers boyfriend has recently
  • discovered Buddhism

22
Every Breath Road Show
The Y-Touring Theatre Company in discussion and
debate with the pupils
23
Every Breath Road Show
Promoting the launch of our range of schools
competitions for 2007
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Every Breath Road Show Conclusion
  • Road show proved to be a tremendous
  • success and very popular with school pupils,
  • teachers, head teachers, university staff and
  • students and also members of the general
  • public
  • Received extremely positive
  • feedback from both the teachers
  • involved and also the pupils who
  • took part
  • Valuable networks and communications Were opened
    up with schools which
  • will contribute to the further future success
  • of Science in Society

25
Nobody Lives Forever-2009
  • Thought-provoking family drama involving four
  • main characters
  • River (Riv) the son Kind, hardworking, lovely
    young man. Overdeveloped sense of duty, due to
    being brought up by not always reliable mother.
  • Tracey the mother Ageing raver and free
    spirit.  Has lots of energy and love of life but
    not great on practicalities.
  • Phoenix (Phee) the daughter Gifted pre-teen.
    Very clever in every way, but socially? Not
    great.
  • Cassie Rivers wife A nurse. Warm hearted, with
    an earthy sense of humour

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Wide Coverage and very positive feedback
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Inspiring Science- Primary School Initiative
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Inspiring Science
  • In 2008, Science in Society hosted 15 "inspiring
    science" shows at the Magee, Jordanstown and
    Coleraine campuses for primary school children,
    aged 9-11 in Northern Ireland.
  • 4848 pupils from 106 schools attended the
    events.
  • The aim of the inspiring science initiative
    was to promote science to P6 and P7 primary
    school children in a fun and interesting way and
    to run a inspiring science young scientist of
    the year 2008 competition.
  • The "Young Scientist" competition involved
    children carrying out a piece of hypothesis
    driven research (of their own choice) and
    reporting on it.  

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The 'Magical Science Engineering Show' is not
a show for the timid as it involves erupting
volcanoes, vats of giant bubbles, buckets of oozy
slime, magical colour changes and
disappearing acts, but most of all lots of whizz
bang explosions!! Sue McGrath - a scientist
turned magician-of-sorts - delivers a wacky,
energetic and dramatic performance which not
only  delivers real experiential learning
opportunities based on the world around us, but
also touches on the serious message of the
repercussions of human activity on the global
environment. The show aims to stimulate curiosity
and imagination within your pupils so they
ultimately leave the show wanting to embark on
their own science journey of discovery!
Electricity, Gravity, Energy and Forces,
Molecules, Reactions, Compounds, Acids/Alkali,
Friction, Sound, Recycling
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Detailed Map
.attended
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Photographs
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Photographs
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Student Evaluations
It was very important to learn I loved it!!!
It was absolutely amazing
100
It was fantastic and I learned a lot of things.
Thank you for the fun stuff we learnt about
science, it was SO COOL!!
I would love to see it again
It was the best science show EVER!
Thank you very much after I watched the show
I now know science isnt boring
It was amazing I now want to be a scientist
when Im older
It was very good and I hope you can inspire more
schools and it couldnt have been any better
Thank you!
It was the best show Ive ever seen
I thought it was Brilliant, Excellent, very,
very Good
It was weird wacky and wonderful
5
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Teacher Evaluations
Well timed Safety conscious
All schools had at least 1 participant. You can
see the students really enjoyed themselves
Thank you! A great show!!
Excellent delivery Kept children's attention
Thank you
Super fun for Kids
Great use of every day items found easily for us
to use at school home
The children realised that science is both
exciting interesting
We loved the show Thank you
Excellent idea for a show Sue kept the kids
spell-bound interested Thank you
I feel that the benefit of the show was that
children became enthused by science and this was
certainly achieved! Well done
Excellent! Fun filled Science!!
Fabulous
Scientist Sue was brilliant - a great rapport
with pupils Super
V. enjoyable
The scientific concepts content chosen were an
excellent choice
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Competitions
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Debating Matters Northern Ireland 2007 and 2008
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Press Release
  • It is so important that young people are
    inspired and challenged to rigorously interrogate
    the concepts and issues that underpin the
    policies that govern our society. This
    competition provides the opportunity, for 17 and
    18 year olds in Northern Ireland, to do precisely
    this, ..
  • Science in Society.

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Debating Matters Northern Ireland
  • Debating competition was hosted by Science in
    Society in collaboration with the Institute of
    Ideas, London in 2008 and 2009.
  • It was aimed at sixth form students aged 17-18
    years
  • Innovative and engaging approach to debating
    topical issues
  • Open to schools with or without debating
    experience and focuses on substance of the
    debate over style
  • Schools across Northern Ireland took part in the
    competition at the University of Ulster's
    Coleraine and Jordanstown campuses.
  • Information on topics covered and other useful
    website links are available at http//www.debating
    matters.com/.

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This competition is unique as it is much more
substance over style, other competitions are
more rhetoric and focused on delivery, this is
focused on research and knowledge of topic and
issues. Pupils derive more out of it as they
learn more on topic and not just how they
sound. Chris Leathley, RBAI teacher.
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Photos and Quotes
These students restore my faith in young
peoples participation and interest in current
affairs. Despite reports of apathy among young
people in the UK, in relation to matters of
politics and modern affairs, this was not evident
in any of the debates which we participated in.
These young people are the leaders of
tomorrow Judge Cathy rmley-Heenan University of
Ulster
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Photos and Quotes
  • Surprised and encouraged by the quality of the
    debate. Fantastic learning opportunity and I
    hope the competition can grow and expand in the
    Ireland context
  • Colette Thompson
  • St. Malachys College Dept. English

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Debating Matters Northern Ireland
  • Covered a wide geographical spread across
    Northern Ireland, with 12 schools taking part in
    the competition each year.
  • Pupils debated a wide range of topics after
    researching them extensively, eg presumed consent
    for organ donation, performance enhancing drugs,
    cloning etc.

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Coverage
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Other Competitions
  • Science Poem Competition
  • Best Science Image Competition
  • Science Newspaper Article Competition
  • Science on line Race Quiz Competition
  • ConnectED Thinking Competition Dragons Den
  • Mole Day Competition(2009)
  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell Full Spectrum
    Competition(2009)
  • (with Armagh Planetarium(AP) to celebrate
    contribution of Jocelyn Bell Burnell to
    astronomy)..look out for winning mural at AP..
    coming soon

47
Science Around Us Poems and Images
  • 219 poems and images published
  • from 13 different secondary schools across
    Northern Ireland

48
Inspiring Science Young Scientist Competition
  • Each team consisted of 4-6 pupils
  • They identified a scientific question
  • They created 12 Power Point slides explaining how
    the experiment would be carried out.
  • They wrote up 4 A4 pages giving more detail of
  • experiment

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Competition
Disappointing uptakeonly 3 schools submitted
entries
50
Research Projects to inform activities
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  • Survey of Attitudes of Primary School (P6 and
    P7) teachers towards teaching science
  • Aims
  • Investigate how confident and equipped P6 and P7
    teachers in Northern Ireland are with teaching
    science to primary school children.
  • To determine any intervention that would be
    appropriate to better equip P6 and P7 teachers
    for science teaching in the classroom.

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  • The questionnaire was circulated to all primary
    schools in Northern Ireland (887)
  • p6 and p7 teachers took part
  • 261 questionnaires were returned 29.4 response
    rate

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How confident do you feel with your own science
knowledge?
  • 69 of teachers feel confident or very confident
    with their own science knowledge and 31 of
    teachers felt less than confident.

54
How confident do you feel teaching science theory?
  • 74 of teachers feel confident or very confident
    teaching science theory and
  • 26 feel less than confident.

55
How confident do you feel teaching science
practical?
  • 60 of teachers are confident or very confident
    teaching science practical but
  • 40 feel less than confident.

56
Which aspect of the KS2 programme of study do you
need support with or ideas for teaching?
  • Teachers would most like support with
  • Using IT in science (70)
  • Investigational Skills (66).
  • Other suggestions included technology, and how
    science fits into World Around Us.

57
What would you feel would better equip you to
teach science topics?
  • Teachers feel that to better equip them to teach
    science topics they need
  • resources for practical work (75)
  • training on infusing science with other subjects
    (59)
  • Other suggestions included videos/DVDs,
    schemes of work for topics.

58
How interested would you be in attending training
if it was offered by the University of Ulster at
Coleraine?
27 were very interested, 31 of teachers were
interested in attending training, 26 were
slightly interested (total 84) and 16 were
uninterested.
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What factors would hinder you from attending
training courses?
-Cost of cover would hinder 72 of teachers,
-travel would hinder 53, -heavy workload would
hinder 66. - Other factors include family
commitments, time, teachers feeling they dont
require training
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Additional comments from teachers
  • There is less science being taught now that the
    curriculum is World Around Us and less
    practical work is being done.
  • Feels science has been dropped.
  • Theres a real need to take science from previous
    11 mode to a revised curriculum standpoint
  • There is a danger science will be lost in the
    revised curriculum as teachers dont know what
    place science holds in the new curriculum.
  • Would like to see science being a core area of
    learning again as it feels like teachers are now
    less confident about teaching it.
  • This training would be very useful
  • Any help would be appreciated
  • P5 teachers should be offered the training too.
  • Training would be useful to help implement the
    revised curriculum.
  • Would like training at summer school.

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  • Outcome
  • research paper written and submitted for
    publication and
  • funding is being sought to provide cpd training
    support for p6 and p7 teachers with
    sciencetailored to the needs of teachers.

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Major Science in Society Research Project
Forward Thinking NI(V J. McKelvey-Martin (PI),
L.Clarke, G. Humes Lynda Dunlop)
  • 3 year project
  • Wellcome Trust funded research project
  • 11-14 year olds

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Acknowledgement-funding sources
  • The Bank of Ireland
  • The Honourable the Irish Society
  • The Wellcome Trust
  • The University of Ulster
  • The Biochemical Society
  • The Royal Society
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry

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  • Thank you for your attention
  • Questions?
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