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Athena SWAN awards: success for UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences

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Athena SWAN recently announced awards from the April submissions with all six UCL departments who applied being successful in achieving awards.Athena SWAN awards recognise a commitment to addressing the recruitment, promotion and retention of women in academic STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) sciences. Submissions are judged by STEMM academics, HR and Equality and Diversity professionals from across the sector.

Oldest existing lizard-like fossil hints at scaly origins

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Vellberg jaw

The fossilised remains of a reptile closely related to lizards are the oldest yet to be discovered.

Two new fossil jaws discovered in Vellberg, Germany provide the first direct evidence that the ancestors of lizards, snakes and tuatara (known collectively as lepidosaurs), were alive during the Middle Triassic period – approximately 240 million years ago.

New Director for UCL Division of Biosciences

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Professor Frances Brodsky

The Faculty of Life Sciences is delighted to announce that Professor Frances Brodsky will become the new Director of the UCL Division of Biosciences in January 2014. Professor Brodsky has spent much of her career at the University of California, San Francisco working in the field of cell biology and is a world expert on the protein clathrin, a key player in intracellular membrane traffic influencing the immune response, metabolism, neuronal function and development.

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