Team:Newcastle/Meetings/19 February 2010


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Informal meeting - 19th February 2010

  • Start time: 4.10 p.m.
  • Attendance:
    • Present: Alan, Da (Computer), Harsh, Jannetta (Chair), Philip, Rachel, Younus (Minutes), Zoltan (left early)
    • Apologies: Steven
    • Absent: Richard
  • Agenda

Previous Meeting Summary

  • Shortlisting - Scoring of all ideas out of 10 according to agreed criteria onto table

Shortlisting of ideas [22 to ...]

  • Jannetta added up total scores for each idea of project;
  • 22 ideas in total;
  • sorted ideas based on scores with highest at top;
  • decided together whether to keep or discard ideas;
  • as Richard was not present, we did not discard any of his many ideas - will go through early on Wed
List of potential/possible ideas:
  1. Wound healing
  2. DNA computing
  3. Concrete
  4. Hydrocarbon degradation (needs further research)
  5. Coating BS spores
  6. BactoNatto- coating BS (spores?)
  7. Head lice
  8. Diabetes (problems: have to infect whole system with bacteria, hypoglycaemia, need to take many different measurement, protein kinase B may have effects on other systems)
  9. MazEF (sub-project)
Ideas to discard (reasons):
  1. Aquarium (done before in prev. projects + thermometers)
  2. Sequestering Arsenic (done before in prev. projects)
  3. Nitrogen
  4. Filtering body fluids
  5. French Flag
  6. Antibiotic resistance (resistance against anti-resistance; many ethical issues)
  7. CF (bacteria into lungs; how to protect B. subtilis itself against DNase enzymes it secretes? Possibly use pro-drugs or limit time to work with a kill switch)

Action Point

  • JH & AW: Registration; Wellcome trust funding; additional team members (graphics designer, chemical engineer); advisors?
  • Jannetta to e-mail reminder to JH & AW; Zoltan to set up script (every two days!)
  • To complete uploading of data mining on to merged page on wiki (Phil, Richard, Steven?)
  • Jannetta and Phil: Timeline summary for JH and AW - create Excel spreadsheet with dates showing the things we need to do to get Gold (start/finish dates, hard/soft deadlines, what needs to be done for Gold, for Silver, for Bronze)
  • All: check whether you need visas + Check if passports are in date
  • Harsh’s idea of cheaper and quicker flight to Boston option
  • Modelling Tutorials - On hold - Need to reschedule tutorials until after we have decided on our final project idea

Next Three Meetings

  • Chair, Minutes and computer for next three meetings:
    • Meeting dates: Formal - Wed 24th Feb; Informal - Fri 26th Feb; Formal - Wed 3rd March
    • Chair: Rachel, Younus, Younus
    • Minutes: Younus, Zoltan, Zoltan
    • Comp: Da, Phil, Phil
  • Formal Meeting [24th Feb 2010]
    • Early meeting from 3 p.m. at 9.22.
    • Joined by JH & AW at 4 p.m.
    • Apologies in advance from Phil – will only be able to attend up to 3.30 p.m.