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5 July 2007 PR 07/95

Controlling nature’s rhythms

Controlling spontaneous rhythms to treat brain disorders and create collision-avoiding cars will be just some of the topics discussed at an exciting Loughborough University lecture.

Taking place on Wednesday 11 July at 6.30pm, the lecture is being given by Professor Kurt Wiesenfeld from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.

Entitled ‘Spontaneous Rhythms in Nature and Technology’, it will look at rrhythmic coordination and how important this is to everyday life. From the vital synchronization of beating cells in our hearts to the incredible lightshows put on by swarms of synchronized fireflies – examples of spontaneous synchronization are found in every branch of science.

Researchers the world over are now trying to understand how coordinated rhythms arise and discover ways to control them. This could bring about the creation of faster computers, brighter lasers, collision-avoiding cars, new strategies for treating heart and brain disorders, and even an end to the devastation caused by locust swarms.

This free public lecture has been organised by the University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences as part of the Dynamics Days International Conference series. It is open to all ages and will take place in room J.1.10 in the Edward Herbert Building. Free refreshments will be provided before the presentation from 6pm and places do not need to be pre-booked. Large groups wishing to attend should contact Jackie Baseley by emailing J.A.Baseley@lboro.ac.uk to reserve seating.

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  1. For directions to the Edward Herbert Building view building number 53 on the campus map at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/about/map/pages/map-centralpark.html

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of

    Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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