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2014 Tusk Award for Emerging Leaders in Conservation

Herizo Andrianandrasana (DPhil student in Zoology) has been awarded the 2014 Tusk Award for Emerging Leaders in Conservation, sponsored by Land Rover. HRH Prince William presented Herizo Andrianandrasana with the Award at a ceremony in London.

Research News

A review article published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Fred Piel and Sir David Weatherall provides a contemporary summary of current knowledge of the epidemiology of alpha-thalassaemia, a neglected malaria-protective disorder of haemoglobin present in an estimated 5-7% of human beings worldwide and reached remarkable frequencies close to fixation in some parts of the world.

Game of thrones in bees

A study published in American Naturalist by Paul Cunningham, Stuart West and colleagues has shown that Australian bees engage in between colony warfare, to take over nest sights of other species.

Fellowship of the Royal Society

Two members of the Department of Zoology have been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society in the latest round of elections. Professor Marian Dawkins CBE FRS is recognised for her pioneering scientific work in the field of animal welfare. Marian's research relating to the welfare of farmed birds has influenced policy and practice across Europe and beyond. Professor Julian Parkhill FMedSci FRS is based at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Zoology; Julian is recognised for his research in pathogen genomics.

How the fly flies - X-rays reveal all

A study published in PLoS Biology by Simon Walker and Graham Taylor on 3D imaging of the insect flight motor has been featured on the BBC News, New Scientist and National Geographic. The collaboration between University of Oxford, Imperial College, and the Paul Scherrer Institute used a particle accelerator to obtain high-speed 3D X-ray visualizations of the flight muscles of blowflies. The team developed a groundbreaking new CT scanning technique at the PSI's Swiss Light Source to allow them to film inside live flying insects.