Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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De Montfort University

Jayne Brown

A nurse who has dedicated her professional life to improving the care of older people and those with serious illnesses has been appointed professor in palliative care at De Montfort University. Jayne Brown, who joins from the University of Nottingham, where she was senior research fellow in palliative and end-of-life care, said she was pleased that her experience complements her new role's responsibilities. "My background is in gerontology and more latterly in palliative care, and because I have a foot in both camps, I'm hoping I'll be able to speak ... in a language they'll (both) understand." Professor Brown will contribute to the development of the new Centre for the Promotion of Excellence in Palliative Care (CPEP), a collaboration between De Montfort and the Leicestershire and Rutland hospice LOROS. "Palliative care is not about having cancer and being in the last days of your life; it is about (helping) people who have long-term conditions they have to learn to live with," she said. "That's where the CPEP comes in. By having a true partnership between an academic organisation and a hospice, together we're stronger and can speak louder to policymakers." After completing a MMedSci in clinical nursing and then a PhD at the University of Sheffield, Professor Brown worked as a nurse before returning to Sheffield as a lecturer in nursing. She then held a senior research fellowship at Glasgow Caledonian University before moving to Nottingham.

School of Advanced Study

Steven Shapin

A US sociologist has crossed the Atlantic to take up a visiting fellowship at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford professor of the history of science at Harvard University, will hold the S.T. Lee Visiting Professorial Fellowship during May and June 2012. Professor Shapin, who will give a series of public lectures at different universities during the fellowship, said he was looking forward to returning to the UK, having lived and worked in Edinburgh for almost two decades. His research interests include the changing languages and practices of the taste of food and the nature of entrepreneurial science. "Science (is) most frequently described and applauded as 'objective'," he said. "By contrast, taste judgments are reckoned to be 'subjective', and, in many cases, they are thought to be arbitrary, private, and incommunicable. My interest in taste, and especially in gustation and olfaction, is partly driven by my long- standing concern with science. Can you actually communicate the experiences of taste?" Professor Shapin gained an undergraduate degree from Reed College in Oregon before completing an MA and a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held academic positions at a number of institutions around the world.

University of Portsmouth

Helen Fillmore

The University of Portsmouth has appointed a US neuro-oncology scientist principal research fellow at the institution's Cellular and Molecular Neuro-Oncology Research Group. Helen Fillmore, who has been associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and who was grant writer for the College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University in Virginia, has previously specialised in brain tumours. She noted: "What really motivated me to come to Portsmouth was the obvious passion within the team to make a difference to people's lives." Professor Fillmore said she is driven by the goal of finding answers to fight cancer. …

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