Ancient Craft Celebrating Scientific Skill; with Science City's Showcase Event Taking Place Today, HANNAH DAVIES Discovers How Local People Are Learning about Cutting-Edge Research

The Journal (Newcastle, England), May 17, 2011 | Go to article overview

Ancient Craft Celebrating Scientific Skill; with Science City's Showcase Event Taking Place Today, HANNAH DAVIES Discovers How Local People Are Learning about Cutting-Edge Research


UPSTAIRS at Chillingham Road Sports & Arts Centre, Newcastle, a group of women are studying the design for a wonderfully ornate zebra fish.

They are painstakingly cutting out small squares of glass to create a beautiful mosaic, which residents of Heaton will be very familiar with as the group's mosaics as they are dotted about the area.

Nothing so remarkable about this mosaic then, apart from the fact that the zebra fish is one of the most studied in the world and the mosaic represents a coming together of community, art and science.

"Amazingly, the zebra fish can regenerate its own heart," says Steph Wallace, leader of the Women's Mosaic Group.

This makes it hugely interesting to scientists studying the human heart and conditions such as heart disease.

Steph adds: "It is absolutely fascinating. When we talked about the design, most of the group went home and 'googled' zebra fish.

"For most of them it was their first bit of scientific research for decades."

The group are taking part in today's Science City Showcase. Science City supports groups and businesses which focus on stem cell and regenerative medicine, ageing and health and sustainability.

It has supported projects from all over the region and their first showcase today, at Newcastle's Centre For Life, will show examples of the best science in the region.

Taking part is the Women's Mosaic Group, based at Chillingham Road Primary School.

Steph got the mosaic group involved in creating a mosaic to show the importance of stem cells.

She also organised craft sessions where she got locals from the East End of Newcastle to create hearts, as one of the most important uses of stem cells is fighting against heart disease.

Steph explains: "I chatted to a friend of mine, Professor of Microbiology Rob Taylor, who helped me to learn some basic facts.

"I made up a book of simple explanations and newspaper cuttings on stem cells so I could chat to people while they were doing craft projects about the science behind stem cells."

The hearts created in the craft projects are in display in Newcastle's East End Library. Artist Andy McDermott is now using the ideas from 24 of the hearts created and turning them into a sculpture for Chillingham Road School.

The mosaic group meets every Thursday and they are creating a new mosaic for the school based on stem cells.

Steph explains: "I explained to the women what I'd learned and they made this design together.

"It included the words 'healing' and 'regeneration' for the trunk of the tree."

The women also designed five circles depicting ideas behind stem cells - two designs with the zebra fish, two with hearts and one with an eye.

Steph says: "Scientists in Newcastle discovered you can take skin cells, turn them back into stem cells and repair eyes with them, literally restoring people's sight."

Creating the mosaic has made all the women in the group aware of the science behind stem cells.

"When we were looking at the design some of the women went home and researched the zebra fish to help them with the design.

"Then other women brought in other pieces of research they'd found, images as well as science to include in the design.

"I've had people come up to me and say, 'Since we did the workshop I saw something on TV.' They're a bit less scared of the science now they're watching something and following it through.

Gill Hulme, 44, of Heaton is a full-time mum to Lauren seven and Nathan six.

She says: "A friend told me about the mosaic group and I've been coming here about three years "I knew a little bit about stem cells as I was a laboratory worker in London, and I'd been reading up on it again since this project came up.

"Doing this project has re-sparked my interest.

"Stem cell research has come on hugely since I was last interested in it. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Ancient Craft Celebrating Scientific Skill; with Science City's Showcase Event Taking Place Today, HANNAH DAVIES Discovers How Local People Are Learning about Cutting-Edge Research
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.