Grant winners

April 23, 2009

NEWTON INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS

This is the first round of Newton International Fellowships. Fellows have the chance to work at UK research institutions for two years. The scheme is a joint initiative between the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. Grants fellowships of up to £68,000 have been awarded to 51 overseas postdoctoral researchers to work in the UK in engineering, natural and social sciences and humanities. The rest of the recipients will appear next week.

Award winner: Saskia Roselaar

Institution: University of Manchester

Conquest and integration in the Roman Republic

Award winner: Samu Niskanen

Institution: University of Oxford

A critical edition of St Anselm's letters

Award winner: Vivien Prigent

Institution: University of Oxford

Estimation of the gold-coin output of the Byzantine Sicilian mint from the 7th to the 9th century

Award winner: Andrey Shcherbenok

Institution: University of Sheffield

Soviet past as the traumatic object of contemporary Russian culture

Award winner: Xiaobo Zhai

Institution: University College London

Greatest happiness, democracy and tyranny of majority: the normative and institutional structure of Jeremy Bentham's constitutional theory

Award winner: Shin-Sook Kim

Institution: School of Oriental and African Studies

Negation, scope and negative-polarity items in Korean

Award winner: Vicki Sentas

Institution: King's College London

Securing nations: policing terrorist organisation offences in the UK and Australia

Award winner: Jie Sui

Institution: University of Birmingham

Cultural contributions to the neural mechanisms of self-face perception

Award winner: Chiara Letizia

Institution: University of Oxford

Religious change in Nepal

Award winner: Katrien Pype

Institution: University of Birmingham

Presidential propaganda on Kinshasa's television screens: an exploration of politics and media in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2009-10)

Award winner: Dariusz Gafijczuk

Institution: University of Lancaster

The ruins of Mitteleuropa: an investigation into the cultural blueprints of the centre

Award winner: Martina Viarengo

Institution: London School of Economics

School size and students' performance: an international perspective

Award winner: Koon Fung Lam

Institution: University College London

Flow-separation processes in micro-structured units

Award winner: Huiling Duan

Institution: Cardiff University

Nanomechanics and design of multi-functional porous solids and structures

Award winner: Yulong Li

Institution: University of Nottingham

Theoretical and practical research on topologies and applications for direct AC-AC (matrix) converters

Award winner: Bin Zhang

Institution: University of Glasgow

Modelling on the structural phase transitions and failures of carbon nanomaterials in extreme environments

Award winner: Robert Gordon

Institution: University of Cambridge

Combustion characteristics of second-generation biofuels as examined with advanced laser diagnostics

Award winner: Rajib Chowdhury

Institution: Swansea University

Structural health monitoring of aerospace vehicle under uncertain environments

Award winner: Sriram Venkatachalam

Institution: City University London

Nonlinear interactions between violent waves and elastic structures

Award winner: Francesco Bonaccorso

Institution: University of Cambridge

Chirality controlled nanotube composites for photonics and optoelectronics

Award winner: Akira Nakajima

Institution: University of Sheffield

Development of ultra-high performance power-integrated circuit technology using GaN-based polarisation-junction device technology

Award winner: Adrien Mamou-Mani

Institution: Open University

Investigating the consistency and quality of musical wind instrument manufacturing

Award winner: Oleksiy Sydoruk

Institution: Imperial College London

Travelling-wave THz devices

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Association for International Cancer Research

Award winner: Lesley Rhodes

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £175,000

Professor Rhodes will investigate whether dietary omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of skin cancer by boosting the body's immune system. More than 60 women with allergies to nickel will be tested in the photobiology unit at Manchester's School of Medicine and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Hospital to determine whether successful lab test results can be replicated clinically. "In animal studies, nutritional supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids protects against both UVR-induced immune suppression and skin cancer," Professor Rhodes said. "This study will determine whether the same effect occurs in humans."

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