Birkbeck's Dr Simon Pooley, Lambert Lecturer in Environment (Applied Herpetology) explains the differences between crocodiles and alligators. Crocodiles and alligators are members of different families of the order Crocodilia. There are currently 13 recognised species of crocodile in the family Crocodylidae. They range greatly in size from the small African Dwarf Crocodile (1.9m / 6ft) to the...
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What is the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

Dr Simon Pooley, Lambert Lecturer in Environment (Applied Herpetology) explains the differences between crocodiles and alligators. Crocodiles and alligators ...

[#BBKblogs] Dr Luciana Martins from Birkbeck’s Department of Cultures and Languages introduces this interview with artist Freddy Dewe Mathews who has an upcoming exhibition at Birkbeck's #PeltzGallery: "Our modern world owes a lot to a product native to Amazonia: natural rubber. As well as its contribution to the automobile and aviation industries in the form of the tyre, natural rubber is...
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El Encanto at Birkbeck's Peltz Gallery – 6 April-4 May
The Essay Film Festival 2017 starts today!

By now established as the pioneering international showcase for this most multifaceted and dynamic of documentary forms, the #EssayFilmFestival is a collaborative venture between the ICA, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, and the Goethe-Institut London. This year’s selection of films encompasses self-portraiture, video-essay activism,...
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Essay Film Festival 2017 at Birkbeck & Institute of Contemporary Arts — 24 March-1 April
[#BBKblogs] Leslie J Moran, Professor of Law in the Birkbeck School of Law, discusses the Annual LGBT History Month Lecture: "It was a great honour and privilege to welcome Peter Tatchell back to Birkbeck to give the 2017 College Annual LGBT History Month Lecture. Peter has a long and notable reputation for his work as an activist promoting gender and sexual justice for LGBT people. The ’50...
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Dispelling the myths of LGBT equality 50 years on
Birkbeck has joined other world-leading institutions in signing the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Under the terms of the declaration, Birkbeck will commit to not using journal-based metrics, such as journal impact factors or brand name, in the hiring and promotion of academic staff. This is designed to reassure researchers that what matters is the quality of their...
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Birkbeck signs San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
Birkbeck, University of London, extends its deepest sympathy to the people affected by the terrorist incident in London yesterday. Our thoughts are with them and their families.

The College is operating as usual this morning. All of Birkbeck’s buildings are open and ready to welcome staff, students and visitors to Bloomsbury and Stratford.

As ever, may we remind you to take note of police...
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Birkbeck’s Outreach Student Counselling Project has been awarded £40,000 by the UPP Foundation, a charitable trust created by University Partnerships Programme (UPP) to help tackle the biggest issues facing the higher education sector across the UK.

Birkbeck’s Counselling Service #BBKresearch has identified a number of groups of students that are less likely to access counselling whilst at...
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UPP Foundation backs ground-breaking Birkbeck study on barriers to accessing counselling
[Discover our research] Ahead of Mother's Day we visit the Mamsie blog on maternal issues. Sharon Tugwell is a second year PhD student in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck and her research aims to explore the psychosocial significance of the contemporary phenomenon of breastfeeding selfies.

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Thoughts on the maternal
The sun is back on campus today - let's hope it's here to stay!

Remember that the clocks change this weekend so lighter and warmer evenings are on their way!

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[#BBKblogs] Birkbeck's Khyati Tripathi, a Commonwealth split-site PhD scholar from the Department of Psychology discusses her #BBKresearch: "Through my PhD project, I am trying to understand how varied social constructions of dead bodies lead to different conceptualizations of death in a culture with a special focus on mortuary techniques (embalmment per se). Death is more than just a...
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Researching death in culture
[#BBKblogs] Dr Michael Garnett, from Birkbeck’s Department of Philosophy discusses moral #relativism and #philosophy ahead of a conference and essay competition on the question ‘Is morality relative?’, which will take place on 28 June: "I used to be a moral relativist—I used to think that moral judgements could be true or false only relative to a culture. Not just that: I used to think that...
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Is morality relative?
[#BBKblogs] Dr Bruna Seu from Birkbeck’s Department of Psychosocial Studies discusses her #BBKresearch and the future of giving: "In a climate of economic uncertainty and rampant resentment, what hope is there for giving? Is there a future for altruism in an age of isolation? Are charities the answer or do government and corporations have to take responsibility? These were some of the...
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Charitable giving in times of uncertainty and distrust
Birkbeck's Hidden Persuaders welcomes a guest post from Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University, Alexandra Hui who describes one of the earliest examples of popular ambivalence about background music and asks does it make us happy even when we'd prefer not to be? Read more -

Persuasion in the Air: Background music and the authenticity of happiness
[#BBKblogs] Birkbeck's Professor Patrick Tissington continues his advice series for students: "Students are more mobile than ever before which means they aren’t tied to working in the computer lab or library. The majority of students have laptops which means your work world can be practically anywhere. But your choices about where you work will have a major impact on your effectiveness and can...
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Top 5 tips on where you should do your university work
#BBKresearch from Birkbeck’s Department of Psychological Sciences has shown that training our brains to improve attentional control (the ability to focus our attention on something and ignore distractions) can help reduce levels of worry, particularly if it is combined with mindfulness mediation practice, which is already commonly used in clinical treatments for people with anxiety and high...
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New study could lead to better treatments for people with anxiety and depression
PhD student Khyati Tripathi, who is studying at Birkbeck on a split-site Commonwealth scholarship, has been selected for Cumberland Lodge’s Emerging International Leaders Programme on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Khyati will attend three residential seminars, each of which will take a different focus on Freedom of Religion or Belief and addresses different responses to protecting and...
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Birkbeck student selected for prestigious international leadership programme
Overcrowding, inhumane and degrading detention conditions and disproportionate harm to marginalised groups are some of the consequences of the rapid, unrelenting growth of imprisonment worldwide, according to Prison: Evidence of its use and over-use from around the world, published today by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck, University of London, and the NGO, Fair...
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Vast disparities in use of imprisonment in 10 countries around the world: new report
#BBKresearch from Birkbeck’s Electron Microscopy Laboratory has helped uncover how malarial parasites escape from a host’s red blood cells in order to spread to new host cells.

#Malaria invades red blood cells and once inside it multiplies within an internal compartment called a parasitophorous vacuole. The vacuole and the membranes of the red blood cell then break down, destroying the cell...
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New study reveals details of how malarial parasite escapes from red blood cells
Congratulations to Amr Sobhy, who graduated from Birkbeck’s MSc Public Policy and Management in 2016 and has been named by Forbes as one of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa.

Amr, from Egypt, was included in the list because of his tech startup PushBots, a company that helps companies increase customer engagement via mobile messaging. The Cairo-based company has over 20 000...
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Birkbeck graduate named in Forbes’ 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa
[#BBKblogs] Dr Federica Rossi from Birkbeck’s Department of Management and Professor Aldo Geuna from the University of Torino discuss public research funding: "The last few decades have witnessed the increasing privatisation of the public sphere – even in the realms of education and research, which, until recently, almost exclusively pertained to the public sector. This has recently been...
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Do we still need public research funding?