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Dr Emma Morris has been named as the first ever recipient of the annual Neil Mackenzie Public Engagement Award by the Bone Research Society (BRS).

Neil mackenzie public engagement award BRS

The award, created in the memory of the accomplished scientist, provided funds for Dr Morris to lead a session on her research with Year 8 pupils as part of an interactive workshop at the recently held annual meeting of the BRS in Liverpool.

Dr Morris, who is a researcher in the Bone Oncology research group at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, was selected the winner of a competition among the BRS young investigators to design an activity for the workshop. Her activity demonstrated the internal structure of bones, in which she used balloons to symbolise red and white blood cells and fat cells.

The BRS has a commitment to public engagement, and worked with the LJMU School of Sport and Exercise Science to invite 30 pupils from local schools to this interactive workshop with the aim of encouraging participation in higher education.

Other activities were provided by Professor Gabor Barton (BRS) who showed the pupils video tracking of movement; Dr Alistair Bond (University of Liverpool) who explained some impressive bones including a hippopotamus skull and an elephant femur; and Dr Alison Gartland (University of Sheffield) who led hands-on loading of chicken bones to illustrate their material properties.