Monthly Archives: January 2015

Graduates create affordable virtual reality experience


Graduates from Hull have designed a low-cost headset to open up the virtual reality (VR) experience to a much wider audience.

The VISR headset, a Kickstarter project launched by graduates who studied at the University of Hull, has been created using inexpensive laminated corrugated material with high durability and is powered by your smartphone.

It comes fully assembled and ready for you to load up your virtual reality games, movies or apps and immerse yourself in that virtual reality world. Read more

Ever wished you could be in two places at the same time? New research shows that atoms can do just that.

Have you ever thought how useful it would be to be in two different locations at the same time? Out shopping, for example, and still in bed? Or what about being ‘down the pub’ and at the cinema?

Whilst such feats might be impossible for us, latest research from the University of Hull and the University of Bonn shows that atoms are capable of behaving in just this way.

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Grant awarded for research into itching, a multisensory phenomenon

The Departments of Psychology and Nursing have been successful in a grant application to the British Skin Foundation, entitled ‘A Multisensory Approach to Itch’.

Previous research has shown that itch is a multisensory phenomenon. Did you know that listening to the sound of someone scratching can make you itch?

Now researchers at the University of Hull are launching a study into whether multisensory stimulation can also counteract and even inhibit an acute physical itch.

This study could discover simple but effective behavioural techniques for patients suffering from chronic itch, often a symptom of eczema and psoriasis.

The awarded amount of £81k will also be used to fund a 3 year PhD project in the intersection of experimental psychology and dermatology.

The PI is Dr Henning Holle, Department of Psychology, and the Co-I Dr Fiona Cowdell, Department of Nursing.

More details about the PhD opportunity, including how to apply, can be found here.

New project ‘Popular Geographical Imaginations between 1450 and 1650’ gets underway

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British Academy funded research could soon shed new light on life in rural communities living in the English Midlands more than 500 years ago.

The new project, ‘Experiencing the landscape: popular geographical imaginations in the English Midlands, 1450-1650’, gets started this week at The National Archives (TNA) based in Kew.

Using court records at TNA, the small project team will investigate property and enclosure disputes in the English Midlands during this period of history, exploring what these records reveal about how early modern men and women understood and experienced the world around them.

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Modelling tidal and storm surges in the Humber

A team from Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences has just had their research on modelling tidal and storm surges and flooding accepted for publication in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. The work led by Post-Doctoral RA Chris Skinner, Tom Coulthard and Dan Parsons, and involved collaborations with both the Environment Agency and Associated British Ports, demonstrated that the newly developed model is able to capture the hydraulics and flooding from the December 2013 tidal surge and flood on the Humber. Work is now extending the research to model the longer-term future flood risk in the Humber catchment with a range of future environmental and development/management scenarios.

Nuffield student working in GEES gets commended at international conference

Jodie Dyble

Jodie Dyble

Jodie Dyble, a Nuffield work experience placement student, has received a special commendation at the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG).

Each year, the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) award a prize for the best student oral and poster presentations. Jodie’s poster received a special commendation and honourable mention for the quality of the research and poster presented.

Jodie, a 6th Form student at Hessle High and Sixth Form College worked with Dr Rebecca Williams (Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences) on a Nuffield work experience placement in the summer of 2014. During her four week placement she investigated the dynamics of a volcanic eruption on the island of Pantelleria, Italy. The project was awarded a Gold Crest Award by the British Science Association.

The study revealed important details on the eruption which has implications for our understanding of the volcanic system on the Italian island. This work was presented at the VMSG’s annual conference, which was held in Norwich in January 2015. The poster that was presented was the same poster that Jodie had created as part of the requirement for the Gold Crest Award.

Jodie has also been shortlisted for the Young Scientist of the Year Award for her work with us at Hull this summer. The finals are held at the Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham NEC in March  and we wish her luck.

You can read about the research Jodie did this summer here.

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