Curiosity, Culture and Conversation: Three pillars of the academy


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Posted on 05 February 2014

Professor Lindsay Bashford, Professor of Applied Medical Sciences and Director of Academic Undergraduate Studies in the School of Medicine at Keele University, will give the next lecture in University's programme of Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2013-14, on Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, in the Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building, on the Keele campus.

Research, teaching and the dialogue between them lie at the very core of university life - Lindsay’s lecture, Curiosity, Culture and Conversation: Three pillars of the academy, will tread a path through his experience of all three elements as he has seen them as student, researcher, teacher and leader. How does great research inform the best teaching? How are the very different cultures of humanities and the natural sciences balanced in programmes, like Lindsay’s particular interest medicine, that require equal measures of both? Lindsay will explore how medical schools can use the interplay between art and science to produce graduates able to make informed judgements on the basis of often imperfect evidence.  

Lindsay is Professor of Applied Medical Sciences and Director of Academic Undergraduate Studies in the School of Medicine. Lindsay came to Keele in 2002 to ensure that it could deliver the non-clinical components of curriculum in the newly created Medical School. Previously he had been Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Medicine and Head of the Department of Biochemistry & Immunology at St George’s University of London.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, NHS Governor and external examiner. His research in biochemistry and biophysics focused on the behaviour of cellular membranes using optical, and other physical, methods to monitor and explain their structure and function. Some of his discoveries now inform text book explanations for the transport and storage of catecholamine neurotransmitters.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett.

This lecture is free and open to all.


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