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Write About Research – A GEE Research Blog Competition

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:28:43 +0000

The GEE Research blog communicates UCL science with a wider, non-specialist audience, by providing short summaries of recent research in the department of UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment. This provides an opportunity to engage with a broad audience, including other academics, students, members of the public, and even businesses and policy-makers. It is a great […]

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Was Fermentation Key to Yeast Diversification?

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:30:43 +0000

From bread to beer, yeast has shaped our diets and our recreation for centuries. Recent research in GEE shows how humans have shaped the evolution of this important microorganism. As well as revealing the evolutionary origins of modern fission yeast, the new study published in Nature Genetics this month shows how techniques developed for detecting […]

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Planning for the Future – Resilience to Extreme Weather

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:13:14 +0000

As climate change progresses, extreme weather events are set to increase in frequency, costing billions and causing immeasurable harm to lives and livelihoods. GEE’s Professor Georgina Mace contributed to the recent Royal Society report on “Resilience to Extreme Weather”, which predicts the future impacts of increasing extreme weather events, and evaluates potential strategies for improving […]

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Forecasting Extinction

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:33:21 +0000

Classifying a species as either extinct or extant is important if we are to quantify and monitor current rates of biodiversity loss, but it is rare that a biologist is handy to actually observe an extinction event. Finding the last member of a species is difficult, if not impossible, so extinction classifications are usually estimates […]

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Changing Perspectives in Conservation

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:44 +0000

Our views of the importance of nature and our place within have changed dramatically over the the last century, and the prevailing paradigm has profound influences on conservation from the science that is conducted to the policies that are enacted. In a recent perspectives piece for Science, GEE’s Professor Georgina Mace considered the impacts that […]

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Ursula Mittwoch celebrates her 90th with colleagues, past and present

27 March 2014

Ursula Mittwoch 90th - Group PhotoUrsula Mittwoch & Steve JonesUrsula Mittwoch & Nick Lane

Professor Ursula Mittwoch, possibly one of UCL's longest standing associates, celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and colleagues from GEE, from the former Galton Laboratory and from the wider-UCL academic community.

As a PhD student in 1947, Ursula worked under Hans Kalmus, progressing to collaborate with Bette Robson and Harry Harris in the Galton Laboratory, and is well known for her work on sex determination and differentiation. After about 40 years researching human genetics, Ursula retired from paid employment in UCL in about 1990.  This didn’t stop her publishing and her latest paper (EMBO Reports 14, 588-592) was published in 2013.  Not only the oldest, Ursula is also the most reliable member of GEE, who rarely misses the weekly departmental coffee mornings.

Ursula has in recent years developed a strong interest in mitochondrial research and it was with great pleasure that Nick Lane was able to present her with a framed artwork on silk ‘Mitochondria in Action’ by Odra Noel.

John Allen, who met Ursula while he was a visiting professor in the department, pays tribute to Ursula in his blog citing from Ursula’s birthday speech ‘be kind to colleagues’.

Ursula Mittwoch, Sue Povey, Dallaw Swallow, Nick Lane, John Allen

(Main group photo:  Back row from left to right Yvonne Edwards, David Hopkinson, Andrew Pomiankowski, Dallas Swallow, John Allen, Debs Furness, John Linden.  Front row from left to right:  Edith Weiner, Sue Povey, June Rathbone, Ursula Mittwoch, Steve Jones, Ruth Dar, David Ridge, Nick Lane

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