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Inspiration for Life is a charity set up in 2012 by Dr Tim Richardson, of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, who sadly died form cancer in February 2013 at the age of 48. The charity aims to promote lifelong learning and encourage the public understanding of science through a range of activities including publications, lectures and other events, while raising money for cancer charities.

This was the second 24hr Inspire event, in which colleagues form across the whole Institution lent their support by joining together and providing a non-stop 24 hour lecture-thon The lectures in this collection cover topics that range from Mozart to the physics of music, from spiders' silk to the Large Hadron Collider and everything else in between - a truly cross-disciplinary festival of knowledge that demonstrates the fantastic diversity that is The University of Sheffield.

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Inspiration for Life is a charity set up in 2012 by Dr Tim Richardson, of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, who sadly died form cancer in February 2013 at the age of 48. The charity aims to promote lifelong learning and encourage the public understanding of science through a range of activities including publications, lectures and other events, while raising money for cancer charities.

This was the second 24hr Inspire event, in which colleagues form across the whole Institution lent their support by joining together and providing a non-stop 24 hour lecture-thon The lectures in this collection cover topics that range from Mozart to the physics of music, from spiders' silk to the Large Hadron Collider and everything else in between - a truly cross-disciplinary festival of knowledge that demonstrates the fantastic diversity that is The University of Sheffield.

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    Making a difference through learning

    Making a difference through learning

    Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon discusses some of the people with disabilities that she has met in her career who have inspired her to use engineering to enable others to overcome their boundaries and the work that has led on from those encounters. Some of Elena's students demonstrate current projects in development.

    • 18 min
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    The Innocence Project - the case of Susan Mays

    The Innocence Project - the case of Susan Mays

    Professor Claire McGourlay from the School of Law is joined by two of her students in presenting the work of the Innocence Project, a student-led project which centres upon the study of wrongful criminal convictions. The presentation focuses on the case of Susan Mays, who died whilst fighting to overturn her 1993 conviction for the murder of her aunt, and the work the Innocence Project os continuing to do to clear Susan's name.

    • 24 min
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    Robot selves/Human selves

    Robot selves/Human selves

    Tony Prescott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience & Director of the Sheffield Centre for Robotics, introduces his work in synthetic psychology - using state-of-the-art biomimetic robots to study the psychology of humans and animals. He discusses our perceptions of 'self', what it is that makes us aware and human, and his work towards building a robot that can develop a 'self model' of its own.

    • 28 min
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    Narrative, illness and the importance of uncertainty

    Narrative, illness and the importance of uncertainty

    Professor Brendan Stone of the School of English discusses the influence of narrative on how we perceive and create our identity, how we edit it and the the importance of being willing to encounter others on their own terms. He describes the work he is doing in Sheffield with a group of people suffering from chronic illnesses and how encouraging them to share their stories helps others to reinterpret and evaluate their own experiences.

    • 18 min
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    Positive Dyslexia re-encoded_situ

    Positive Dyslexia re-encoded_situ

    Professor Rod Nicolson from the Department of Psychology gives an introduction to 'Positive Dyslexia', a new approach to overcoming dyslexia that is being developed at the University of Sheffield. Professor Nicolson presents an overview of dyslexia and goes on to explain how the principles of 'positive psychology' are being employed in the context of the disorder.

    • 27 min
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    Life's a risky business: why we all need to think like a statistician

    Life's a risky business: why we all need to think like a statistician

    Dr Jenny Freeman is currently an associate professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Leeds and before that worked at the University of Sheffield for twenty years. In this lecture, Jenny looks at the ways in which we are constantly bombarded by the media and other outlets with figures and percentages designed to both aid and shock us and how we can employ basic statistical questions and methods to help us figure out which numbers are really important and where risk really lies.

    • 37 min

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