Research poster

Each year the IT Learning Programme at OUCS run courses on creating conference posters, a process which requires excellent design skills and good information management to present complex ideas to audiences in more interactive and social contexts. Best Research Poster recognises those who have these skills.

This year the 1st prize is awarded to Bhavana Kohli (Department of Experimental Psychology and The Queen’s College) for her poster presenting the findings of a study designed to ascertain the effect of exposure to misinformation or wrong information on 3-to 6-year old’s memory performance. The study also sought to investigate whether susceptibility to misinformation was related to representational abilities, or to subjects’ general memory abilities. The findings contribute towards a better understanding of the effects of post-event information on the reliability of children’s recall. The poster’s bold design, well organised content, with good use of colour saw it take the lead in the competition.

2nd prize goes to Iain Mathieson (Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and Lincoln College) for his clever use of the structure of the lattice model (which is used heavily in the work described) to present his poster’s content. The poster communicates Iain’s research on modelling and making inference about natural selection in populations which are distributed spatially. This has many applications in ecology and evolution, with Iain’s interest in applying this work to cancer, and the evolution and development of tumours. The colours used reflect the varying patterns of selection which the research is investigating.

3rd prize in this category is presented to Katrin Dulitz (Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory and Merton College) for her poster on ‘Zeeman deceleration’, an experimental technique in which inhomogeneous, pulsed magnetic fields are used to control the velocity of a supersonic beam. The poster presents the design of a 12-stage Zeeman decelerator for hydrogen atoms that can readily be integrated into an existing ion-trap setup using a bent magnetic hexapole guide. This combined Zeeman decelerator – ion trap experiment will allow for experiments on cold ion-radical reactions. The work will contribute towards the understanding of chemical reactivity in the low-temperature regime and it will provide fundamental tests for chemical reaction theories. The well-structured poster superimposed over a dynamic image makes it an eye-catching and attractive piece.

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