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12 Apr 2017 Electron effective mass and mobility limits in degenerate perovskite stannate BaSnO3


PHYSICAL REVIEW B 95, 161202(R) (2017) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.95.161202

Posted by First Author Dr Christian Niedermeier, Imperial College London

11 Apr 2017 Recent academic accomplishments posted by Dr Pontus Stenetorp, University College London


Paper presented at the following conference: Neural Architectures for Fine-grained Entity Type Classification, tier-A Conference EACL 2017, Valencia, 3-7 April 2017 (This paper was 1 of 3 out of 119 to be given an "outstanding paper" award)


Leading to a paper in Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics:vol1. long papers,pgs 1271-1280, Valencia, Spain, 3-7 April 2017

07 Apr 2017 Disability Innovation Summit

13-14 July 2017, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London


Posted by Dr Catherine Holloway, University College London

05 Apr 2017 The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness


Published January 2017 by Routledge 



Cuteness is one of the most culturally pervasive aesthetics of the new millennium and its rapid social proliferation suggests that the affective responses it provokes find particular purchase in a contemporary era marked by intensive media saturation and spreading economic precarity. Rejecting superficial assessments that would deem the ever-expanding plethora of cute texts trivial, The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness directs serious scholarly attention from a variety of academic disciplines to this ubiquitous phenomenon. The sheer plasticity of this minor aesthetic is vividly on display in this collection, which draws together analyses from around the world, including Japan, to examine cuteness’s fundamental role in cultural expressions stemming from such diverse sources as kawaii characters, military cultures, high-end contemporary art worlds, and animal shelters. Pushing beyond prevailing understandings that associate cuteness solely with childhood or which posit an interpolated parental bond as its primary affective attachment, the essays in this collection variously draw connections between cuteness and the social, political, economic and technological conditions of the early twenty-first century and in doing so generate fresh understandings of the central role cuteness plays in the recalibration of contemporary subjectivities. This book was produced in collaboration with colleagues in Tokyo, Trondheim and Amsterdam.

Posted by Co-Editor Professor Diane Negra, University College Dublin.

03 Apr 2017 Academic accomplishments linked to research with Japan posted by Dr Henrik Stotz, University of Hertfordshire


Jasmonate-Dependent and COI1-Independent Defense Responses Against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in Arabidopsis thaliana: Auxin is Part of COI1-Independent Defense Signaling

Henrik U. Stotz, Yusuke Jikumaru, Yukihisa Shimada, Eriko Sasaki, Nadja Stingl, Martin J. Mueller and Yuji Kamiya

Plant Cell Physiol. 52(11): 1941–1956 (2011) doi:10.1093/pcp/pcr127


Role of camalexin, indole glucosinolates, and side chain modification of glucosinolate-derived isothiocyanates in defense of Arabidopsis against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Henrik U. Stotz, Yuji Sawada, Yukihisa Shimada, Masami Y. Hirai, Eriko Sasaki, Markus Krischke, Paul D. Brown, Kazuki Saito and Yuji Kamiya

The Plant Journal, (2011), doi: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2011.04578.x

Academic accomplishments linked to research with Japan posted by Professor Raphael Blumenfeld, University of Cambridge


1. Matsushima, T., Blumenfeld, R., "Elementary Volumes Distribution and Cell Structural Stability in 2D Granular Assemblies", ESMC2012, Graz, 2012.

2. Matsushima, T., Blumenfeld, R., "Microstructural characteristics of planar granular solids", In POWDERS AND GRAINS 2013: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media, AIP Publishing, 1542(1), 325-328, 2013.

3. Matsushima, T., Blumenfeld, R., "Elementary volumes distribution in 2D granular solids", International workshop on Physics of Granular Flows, YITP, June 26th, 2013

4. Matsushima, T., Blumenfeld, R., "Universal Structural Characteristics of Planar Granular Packs", Physical Review Letters, 112(9), 098003, 2014.

5. Matsushima, T., Blumenfeld, R., "Structural evolution of 2D granular solid under shear deformation", EMI annual conference, Stanford University, 2015.

6. Matsushima, T., Blumenfeld, R., "Self-organization and scaling away friction and initial state", Physical Review E., accepted (2017)


1. “Stress transmission in granular packs - why do conventional theories struggle” - Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, February 2010.

2. “Stress transmission in granular packs - Isostaticity theory and beyond” - Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, February 2010.

3. "Stress transmission in granular packs and incipient yield flow" - Yukawa Institute  for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, February 2010.

4. "An entropic formalism for the statistics of granular packs" - Yukawa Institute  for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, February 2010.

5. “The rich dynamics of process zone limited fracture propagation in heterogeneous materials” - Yukawa Institute  for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, February 2010.

6. “Continuum stress theory for large statically determinate structures and implications for granular materials” - Tsukuba University, February 2010.

7. “Understanding stress transmission in dense granular materials” - Tokyo University, February 2010.

8. “A local morphological descriptor of granular materials and its uses" - Tokyo University, March 2015.

9. “Towards a fundamental stress theory for real granular materials" - Tokyo University, March 2015.

10. “Progress in statistical mechanics of a-thermal particulate systems" - Yukawa Institute  for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, July 2016.

11. “Towards a fundamental stress theory for real granular materials" - Tsukuba University, July 2016.

12. “Progress in statistical mechanics of a-thermal particulate systems" - Yukawa Institute  for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, July 2016.

Inelastic neutron scattering investigations of an anisotropic hybridization gap in the Kondo insulators: CeT2Al10 (T=Fe, Ru and Os)


D.T. Adroja, Y. Muro, T. Takabatake, M.D. Le, H. C. Walker, K.A. McEwen andA.T. Boothroyd,

Solid Compounds of Transition Elements, Vol 57, 11 (2017); 10.4028/ ;arXiv:1607.06538

Posted by Dr Devashibhai Adroja, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory