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Swansea University Professor recognised for his important work on molecular biology and lipid research


Tuesday's weather.

Swansea University Professor of Molecular Biology Steven Kelly, has won the prestigious 2016 Schroepfer Medal which has been awarded by the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS)  in recognition of his significant and distinguished accomplishments in the science and technology of oils, fats, surfactants and related materials.

RAIN STOPS PLAY - Vintage car show 2016 Singleton Park Swansea

BRISTOL  Channel pilot cutter Olga will be racing sister ships in a race sprint in Swansea Bay this weekend.

Its blanket sunshine for Wednesday and Thursday and about time too. Although the temperature only raises a bit to 9ºC so if your near the coast it will still feel a bit chilly. The wind direction is East to North at 12km/h this will push those rain clouds away from the UK bringing in warmer air from Africa, just what we want. Spain is covered in rain clouds so if your heading there take a brolly with you. So there is no excuse for not voting tomorrow, just like the weather, get out and make a change!





Rain was the major factor that saw very small crowds at the Vintage Car Rally event at Singleton Park on the Bank Holiday.

The grass ground was muddy and wet, hard going for some with wheel chairs, the rain persisted until 3pm and then the sun came out too the delight of Kev Johns of the Wave Mobile Roadshow who was struggling to entertain his small audience. A lot of the exhibitors didn't bother too turn up because of the weather. A licensed bar owner said: "Its the worst thing that can happen to outside catering, is rain, I have done hardly any sales since this morning, now that the sun is out I hope it will generate some sales."


Jon Penhale from Neath said: "Its cost me £6 to get here and back, £6 to get in, £3.80 for a pint, £3 for a portion of chips and £3 for a ride, a total of £21.80 - i'm glad I didn't bring the family."


No big name on the Waves Road Show this year, although we were treated too singer Kirsty Osborne and her new single.  If you didn't go then you did not miss much, a lack lustre of an event spoiled by the weather and cost of admission, food, drinks and rides.

Weather_Symbols_sun Wednesday's weather.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds to headline Singleton Park Concert!

Noel Gallagher.

Swansea City are  thrilled to announce that one of the biggest selling artists in the world of music over the past 20 years, Noel Gallagher brings his generation defining songs and band High Flying Birds to Singleton Park, Swansea on Friday September 2.  Noel, on his first ever visit to Swansea, will be headlining a terrific night of music in a beautiful setting.


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds top a bill that also features Scotland’s Indie Rock pioneers Frightened Rabbit, recent Ivor Novello & Mercury Music Award nominee Gaz Coombes and widely touted Welsh rock outfit Pretty Vicious.

Noel Gallagher has announced he is to play an open air show in Swansea later this year. The former Oasis guitarist and his band, the High Flying Birds, will top the bill at Singleton Park in Swansea on Friday, September 2. One of the biggest selling artists in the world over the past 20 years, the man responsible for a canon of generation defining songs will be joined on the bill by Scottish indie rock pioneers Frightened Rabbit, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes and rising Welsh stars Pretty Vicious.


The concert is promoted by Orchard Entertainment who scored a sell-out success last summer in Singleton Park with Paolo Nutini, and previously with Kings of Leon at the Liberty Stadium.


Singleton Park is a lovely venue for live music, the Paolo Nutini show was really special there, so Swansea has a great night to look forward to in September.

The Swansea Museum ship and other pilot cutters willl be leaving their moorings in Swansea Marina during the morning high tide to race in the bay at around 10am on both Saturday and Sunday.


The best place to see the race in the bay will be on the foreshore in Mumbles from 10am on both days, before the afternonn low tide pushes the competitors further into the Bristol Channel.

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Professor Kelly, from Swansea University Medical School, is the first recipient from Wales to receive this world wide award. Previous recipients have included experts from the UK, USA, Sweden and France.  


The award was established to honour the memory of George J. Schroepfer, Jr., a leader in the sterol and lipid field for more than 40 years.  The award aims to foster Schroepfer's ideals of personal integrity, high scientific standards, perseverance, and a strong spirit of survival, tempered by charm and wit. The Medal is awarded every two years.


The winner receives a Bronze medal, an Honorarium and the opportunity to present the Award Lecture at the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo which is being held this year in Salt Lake City (1 – 4 May).


Professor Kelly is co-lead of the Swansea University Centre for Cytochrome P450 Biodiversity which is investigating cytochrome P450 systems of bacteria, fungi and animals. This centre comes under the wider Swansea University Microbiology and Infection research theme (within the Medical School) which focuses on disease mechanisms of hospital acquired infections, identification of new antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance.


Steven’s expertise is diverse including chemical/ microbial risks, drug development and resistance, working on pharmaceutical and agrochemical assessment especially for yeasts and fungi. Recent attention has shown the burden on human health of fungal disease is similar to malaria and TB and sterol production is targeted by common antifungal chemicals.  He has promoted an interdisciplinary approach including biomedical and clinical studies, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, industrial biotechnology, chemistry, engineering and agriculture.  This work has significant impact in Food Security, Low Carbon Biotechnology as well as for Health. He is part of the BEACON project that won the EU Regiostars prize in 2014, a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Learned Society of Wales.

Speaking about the award Professor Kelly said: “I am very honoured to be given this award by AOCS which has associations with many experts across the world. The award lecture will give me the opportunity to present key notes from my work, and the valuable research carried out by the Swansea University Centre for Cytochrome P450 Biodiversity, to distinguished AOCS members and guests at the annual conference.“ Professor Keith Lloyd, Dean and Head of Swansea University Medical School said: “Professor Kelly’s award recognises the major contribution he has made to this important field over many years. This is further good news in a week that Swansea University Medical School has both climbed independent league tables to become 6th in the UK ahead of many long established medical schools, and has also become the first department in Swansea University to be awarded a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of how we are promoting gender equality in terms of representation, progression and success for all."

Steven Kelly receiving his award from ACOS

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