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Winners of the Biosciences Research Poster Competition

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Victoria, Kaila and Rebecca

On Tuesday 4 March, the Division of Biosciences ran a Research Poster Competition which offered graduate students a chance to meet, advertise and discuss the innovative research they are undertaking, thereby providing them with an opportunity to raise the profile of their research.

Entries were displayed in the North Cloisters, and the exhibition attracted interest among academics and other graduate students. The standard of the posters was excellent and we would like to congratulate all those who presented and gave a three-minute talk to the judges about their posters.

The winners of the Biosciences Research Poster Competition were:

Dr Nick Lane wins 2015 Biochemical Society Award

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Nick Lane

Dr Nick Lane, from the Genetics, Evolution & Environment Department, has been awarded the 2015 Biochemical Society Award.  This is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the molecular life sciences, with a special emphasis on education and/or the public understanding of science.

SLMS Photography Competition: Photosynthesis

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The School of Life and Medical Sciences is running a competition for high calibre, creative and relevant photographs of Research, Professional and Teaching activity within its community.

UCL Biosciences Module Fair 2014

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UCL Biosciences Module Fair 2014 flyer

Come along to the UCL Biosciences Module Fair 2014 on Monday 10 March, 4.00-6.30pm.  Here is your chance to speak to the scientists and to get some career advice.

Weekly Neighbourhood meetings for Anatomy and MedSci & LMCB Building refurbishments

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On Tuesday 25 February, Parsons Brinckerhoff and UCL Estates presented the second of weekly Neighbourhood Meetings for the Anatomy refurbishments (ground and first floor).  The slides and Logan contact details presented at this meeting are available below:

Obituary: Prof Bastien Gomperts

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Bastien Gomperts

Professor Bastien Gomperts (1936-2013), who died on the13th October after a short period of ill health, spent almost his entire career at UCL. Starting with a BSc in Chemistry in 1960 he went on to obtain his PhD at UCH Medical School. Following a brief visit to the US in 1968-69 he joined the Department of Experimental Pathology, which later merged with the Physiology Department where he remained until retirement. In the course of his research, he made major contributions to the understanding of cell signalling mechanisms, in particular in the regulation of exocytotic secretion in cells of the immune system, with particular emphasis on mast cells, where he demonstrated roles for calcium and GTP-binding proteins. He achieved wide recognition for this work which has led to many further studies. He was also a memorable teacher and the author of two textbooks. In person, he had an active family life and wide-ranging interests in music, photography and the visual arts. After his retirement he took up cabinet-making, creating elegant furniture and beautiful boxes. He is survived by his wife, Zerin, daughters Natasha and Miranda, and five grandchildren.

New Director of Division appointed

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Frances Brodsky

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Frances Brodsky as our new Divisional Director, succeeding Professor John Carroll and interim/Acting Director, Professor Neil Millar.

Faculty Research Day, 17 Sept 2013

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Staff and colleagues are encouraged to attend this interesting day.

For full programme and registration details, visit Eventbrite

Prof Gabriel Waksman elected to German Academy of Sciences

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Professor Gabriel Waksman, Head of the ISMB, has been elected to the German National Academy of Sciences or Leopoldina. His election is in recognition of his research into the structural and molecular biology of secretion systems in bacteria. These systems determine bacteria survival, adaptation and evolution, making them ideal targets for developing new antibiotics. Election to the Leopoldina, the oldest continuously existing academy of medicine and the natural sciences in the world, is the highest academic honour awarded by a German institution. Its membership of 1,400 distinguished scholars is drawn from 30 countries and past members have included such eminent scientists as Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Max Planck.

Senior Academic and Research Promotions

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The Division of Biosciences is pleased to announce the following promotions:

Appointment of new Faculty Tutor

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Dr Hazel Smith has been appointed as new Faculty Tutor for the Faculty of Life Sciences. From 1st September Hazel will work with our current tutor, Dr Hilary Richards, until Hilary’s retirement in September 2014. For the next year Hazel will also continue to support teaching in GEE.

We wish Hazel every success in her new role.

Two places available on the CPD course Lab Techniques in Mammalian Cell Biology

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There are two places available on the CPD course Lab Techniques in Mammalian Cell Biology due to late cancellations.

Provost opens new JBS Haldane Student Hub in Anatomy Building

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Provost opening JBS Haldane Student Hub June 2013

The Provost, Sir Malcolm Grant, opened the newly refurbished JBS Haldane Student Hub in the Anatomy Building.

Cycling Ambassador Bike Days in July

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cycle support

UCL is hosting two more cycling ambassador bike days in July.  The drop in sessions will run on

Will we ever be able to escape the diseases of old age?

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Prof Dame Linda Partridge talks to Jim Al-Khalili, presenter of BBC Radio 4 Life Scientific Programme about the diseases of old age? 

Alumni Event at London Zoo

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Last Thursday saw the first Life Sciences alumni event which took place in London Zoo.  This will hopefully be the first of many.  So if you are an alumni of Life Sciences and would like to go to events like this, please contact

Employability skills video

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Dr Suzanne Ruddy made a video for the recent CALT conference on “Embedding Employability skills in the Curriculum”. Link to view the video 

Professor Bill Richardson elected Fellow of the Royal Society

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Warmest congratulations go to Professor Bill Richardson upon his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society. 

New Student Hub opens in Anatomy Building

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New Student Hub Anatomy

Green Impact Award for Biosciences (Darwin Building)

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Green Darwin Award presentation April 2013

We are delighted to announce that the 'Green-Darwin' Green Impact Team has won two Bronze Awards which were presented by the Provost at an Awards Ceremony held on 24 April. The team secured a Green Impact Bronze Award and Giovanna Vinti secured a Green Darwin Labs Award. The team even got mentioned in the Provost’s news letter from 29 April!

These achievements form part of the efforts of the wider UCL community in pressing forward the green agenda. Awards went to teams across UCL for work that included putting up awareness-raising notices and posters encouraging people to switch off lights and equipment when not needed, potentially saving 7,038kg CO2 per year; and likewise to print and photocopy double-sided, potentially saving 108,594kg CO2 and £40,220 on resource costs this year across the institution.

Winners announced in Biosciences Poster Competition

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Biosciences Poster Competition Winners - Ricardo and Annika

L to R: Professor Kaila Srai presents winner Ricardo Laranjeiro with his cheque and runner-up Annika Weise with her cheque.

Obituary: Professor David Wilkie, born 6th August 1923, died 3rd March 2013

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A picture of Ian as a young handsome RAF pilot

My colleague David Wilkie who died recently at the age of 89 was an extraordinary and endearing character. As an undergraduate at Glasgow University he played football for Queens Park, then an amateur club in the professional Scottish league, having previously represented Scotland as a schoolboy. David's studies were interrupted in 1942 when, at the age of just 19, he volunteered for service in the RAF.

The Sammy Lee Memorial Lecture at The Young Embryologist Meeting, 31 May 2013

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Sammy Lee Memorial Lecture poster (YEM 2013)

5th Young Embryologist Meeting (YEM:2013)

Greenwood Theatre, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London

Don't miss the Biosciences Module Fair - Wednesday 20th March

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Biosciences Module Fair Flyer

The annual Biosciences Module Fair takes place next Wednesday in the old refectory. See the flyer below for more details. For enquiries contact Josephine Mcnally.

Animal model of human evolution indicates thick hair mutation emerged 30,000 years ago

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“Thicker hair, tooth shape, more sweat glands … could have increased fitness, but for quite different reasons,” said Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment). Read: UCL News

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