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American Association for the Advancement of Science and Project 2061
A resource for students and teachers.

Aliphatic hydrocarbons (page supplied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA - in the US)

Aryl group (Utah Valley University)

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Bacterial Artificial Chromosome.

Bioinformatics, and some basics of genetic sequence searching from the NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre in the UK.

Boltzmann's Constant - three quarters of way down page linked to.

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Cell lines, a project from the Sanger Institute.

Chemistry.
Some definitions and source material from the Gold book,
published by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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Eigen values and eigen vectors. A math concept important in matrices, and relevant to exploring the structure and dynamics of molecular biophysics, among other fields of science. A book chapter on the website of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Electromagnetic radiation. Take a look at this useful graphic of spectrum wavelenghths, energy range and wavenumbers.

Electron microscopy, a facility which is part of Leeds University school of biology and of the Astbury department of structural molecular biology. When I read biophysics at Leeds, and electron microscopy was my fourth year second semester project, it was the Astbury department of biophysics.

Exponents. The University of Pittsburgh.

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Fluorescence - in biological experiments, and fluorescence in flow cytometry, with a nice explanation of flow cytometry, data collection, data representation and analysis. Provided by Invitrogen Inc. as animated slide shows, with co-ordinated tutorial (actually mini lectures). The tutorials are worth watching in total. They explain band filters, low-pass and high-pass filters and compensation to remove bias caused by signal overlap.

Functions. From a chapter in a maths resource [2010] created by British University lecturers to help transition from school to University, and as a revision tool. Though University math, such as that subsidiary to my biophysics degree, is beyond this level, this is still a nice base check.

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Genome editing. On the website of Thompson Rivers University, Canada
Accessed 6th November, 2015.

Genetics, an introduction to Mendelian genetics, provided by North Dakota State University.


GRAVITY (website source Georgia State University)

GRAVITATIONAL CONSTANT(website source Princeton University)

Related link for this section of gravity links

LAPLACE TRANFORMATION (website source Lamar University)

MICROGRAVITY (website source NASA)

TERMINAL VELOCITY (website source JSTOR).


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Karyotyping. Staining the condensed chromatin during metaphase to reveal chromosome features such as the centromere, rRNA and constitutive heterochromatin (from T.A.Brown). This link to a page about karyotypes on University College London website.

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Logarithms. Non destructive testing resource center.

Logarithms in biochemisty. John Wiley and Sons.

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Markov Chain (stationary) - half way down page linked to. University of Minnesota Morris. I'm still struggling to figure how transferable this is among different sciences where possible physical states are seemingly infinite. So many will beat me hands down in understanding. But am beginning to grasp in context of epigenetics and, separately, Boltzmann.

Microscopes. Types of light micrsocope, explained on the website for the John Innes Centre.

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A resource for teachers and students, from Nature education.

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Osmosis. A definition from NASA, in the context of a water-purification experiment on the International Space station.

Oxidation and reduction on the Purdue University Website.

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Physical constants. Freie Universität Berlin. See also discussion about new thinking on Universal constants, accessible below.

Plasma, University of Sydney.

Protein geometry at website of Birkbeck, University of London.

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Radiation pressure, on the Georgia State University Website.
Link accessed successfully 3rd November, 2015.

Ramachandran plot and proteins. Birkbeck College, London.

Randomised clinical trials. Purpose explained by the British Medical Journal.

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Speciation: Othologue, paralogue, homologue. A project undertaken at the University of Southampton.

Supercoiled DNA, from a page on the Boston (US) University Website.

Synchrotrons: A feature about the Diamond Synchrotron Research Facility in the UK.

Systematics, taxonomics and classification.
An interesting science essay on the website of the International Christian University in Japan.

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Thermodynamics. On website of Swiss Federal Research Institute.

Thermodynamics. On the MIT website.

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Units of measurement. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Universal constants - do they exist? Physics Department. University of Hull.

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Van der Waals dispersion forces. From definitions on Northwestern University (USA) website.

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Contact Helen Gavaghan. helen.gavaghan@btinternet.com. +44 1422 886015.

October 30th, 2015. Sites which in my professional, editorial opinion, informed by my degree, post grad work, and ongoing professional experience as a journalist and editor, having worked more than two decades for leading international science press, magazines, organisation and websites, provide good quality epistemology, as it is and as it is evolving.

Links checked and updated by Helen Gavaghan on 14th November, 2015.

B.Sc (hons) Biophysics, University of Leeds. 1980.

This was a 4-yr academic degree, with many hours very practical, laboratory work - some highly sophisticated and complex - every week, in addition to lectures, reading the scientific literature and University text books, and assignments.

Head of Department: Professor A.C.T. North
Research supervisor final (4th) year research and research techniques project: Dr Brenda Nelmes.
Personal Tutor: Dr John Lydon.

As taught at the University of Leeds (1976-1980), biophysics was about the three-dimensional structure and function (multi-dimensional) and interactions of biological macromolecules in biological situ, using and learning techniques of University physics, chemistry and mathematics.

After 20 years as an international journalist and editor, with specialist knowledge in science, technology, research biomedicine and their policy + politics I returned to University (2002 -04) for training as an academic researcher. In 1991 I had won a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship award of $125,000 to research and write a history of application satellites (meteorology, communications and navigation, published by Springer-Verlag in New York). In 2000 I won the contract to research and write the first official history of the History of the Eumetsat. The Science Museum in London has taken the book into its collection, following my pro bono consultancy in 2013 for its Information Age Exhibition.

Completed M. Phil studies at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, part time from October 2002 to March 2004. Ended work on transfer report from M.Phil to Ph.D in December 2003.

Head of Department (in 2004): Professor Michael Worboys. Potential conflict of interest in references since 16th March 2004, because I challenged via law what I contend was sexist-motivated behaviour toward myself on that date and subsequently by Professor Michael Worboys, behaviour which I allege was a tort.

Research Supervisor: Dr Jeff Hughes. No conflict of interest.

Personal Tutor: Dr Sam Alberti. Conflict of interest, because he reneged on his job and walked away from my early efforts to resolve what I thought then, and think now, was simple misunderstanding, not civil wrong by Professor Worboys to myself, as it undoubtedly became. Conflicts of interest were management and administrative incompetence by Professor Worboys and Dr Alberti, having nothing to do with moral turpitude, financial mismanagement, academic incompetence or illness by any of the parties involved, namely me, Michael Worboys and Sam Alberti.

Resume/CV

It includes, among other things, keeping up to date with cutting edge science and technology as a science writer, editor and journalist, learning and implementing management, being a company director, and being a journalist, science writer, editor, publisher and editorial communications consultant.

URL last updated and validated 04.22 GMT, 15th November, 2015. I had to restore this file from server back-up on 14th November, 2015. HG

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