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Congratulations Stephen Montgomery who has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

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Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.

The 3-year fellowship will allow Stephen to continue his research on evolutionary neurobiology in tropical butterflies.

GEE / UGI Researcher, Garrett Hellenthal, awarded BBSRC New Investigator Award

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Garrett Hellenthal

The aim of the BBSRC New Investigator Award is to assist newly employed university lecturers, and researchers at BBSRC-sponsored, and certain other research institutes in their first open-ended appointments to obtain their first research grant.

Garrett has received £500K in funding, including a three-year post-doctoral researcher. He will be working in collaboration with GEE Professors David Balding and Mark Thomas, Dr Neil Bradman and researchers from Addis Ababa University, Cambridge and Harvard.  The project entitled "Evolutionary processes shaping genetic structure in Ethiopia and the Sudans" is a three year project that involves genotyping 2,000 individuals (from samples stored at UCL) to learn about the ancestral history of >90 different ethnic/regional groups from Ethiopia and the Sudans.

The project will develop novel statistical methodology to identify which geographical and sociological (e.g. language, religion) features contribute most to genetic diversity -- or act as barriers to gene flow -- among different human groups. The project will also assess genetic diversity in this part of Africa in relation to the rest of the world, helping to dissect the initial migrations of early humans out of Africa when colonizing the rest of the world.

Helen Chatterjee awarded AHRC Grant

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Helen Chatterjee

Dr Helen Chatterjee (GEE) has been awarded a £550,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to investigate the value of museum encounters in social prescribing.  Social prescribing links patients in primary care with local sources of support within the community which can improve their health and wellbeing. The 3 year project, called Museums on Prescription, will target socially isolated, vulnerable and/or lonely older people who will be referred from the NHS and Adult Social Care departments to partner museums in Camden and Kent, including UCL Museums, the British Museum, Sir Johan Soanes Museum, Islington Museum, Canterbury Museums and Galleries and Tunbridge Wells Museums and Gallery. Other partners include AgeUK, Arts Council England, the New Economics Foundation and  the Royal Society for Public Health. The project, which kicks off in July this year, is led by Helen, who is the Principal Investigator, Paul Camic who is a Professor of Psychology & Public Health and a Co-Investigator, at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Dr Linda Thomson (GEE and UCL Museums), who will be the lead Research Associate.

Steve Jones awarded the Stephen Jay Gould Prize

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Steve Jones has been awarded the Stephen Jay Gould Prize in recognition of his efforts in advancing public understanding of evolutionary science.

UCLU Student Choice Teaching Awards - nominations for 2014

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Students have selected their nominees for outstanding teaching in this year's UCLU Student Choice Teaching Awards. 

On the list of nominees this year are Hazel Smith, Astrid Wingler and Richard Pearson from the Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment.

Further details can be viewed on the UCLU website

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