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Zoology staff included in a Royal Society Publication

Four Zoology staff have been included in a Royal Society Publication celebrating the diversity of work life patterns in Science. “Parent Carer Scientist” can be downloaded here or via the Royal Society Website

https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/diversity-in-science/parent-carer-scientist/

Ben Sheldon was interviewed about this in the Guardian:

Undergraduate Publication: The Bee Book

Fergus Chadwick, who is a final year Biological Sciences undergraduate has co-authored "The Bee Book" published by Dorling Kindersley.

Book synopsis:
Bees are a marvel of nature and vital to human existence. The Bee Book is a great introduction to bees and beekeeping and celebrates the wonder of bees in nature, in our gardens and in the hive.

Zoology spin-out sold for $160M

Oxitec, a spin-out company from the Department of Zoology, is to be sold to a US corporation for $160M. This should enable the science initiated in this Department to have even greater global impact in tackling major mosquito-borne diseases and pest insects. Oxitec was founded in 2002 by Luke Alphey, then a Departmental Lecturer in Zoology - and now a Visiting Professor - and uses genetic modification to design sterile male insects for control of pests or disease vectors. The technology is already being applied to tackle dengue fever in the Cayman Islands, Brazil and Panama.

Cecil the lion

There has been enormous media coverage surrounding the hunting, possibly illegally, of a large male lion close to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The lions in Hwange are being studied by the Department of Zoology’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. The lion that was killed carried a radiotracking collar fitted by one of our research teams.

Congratulations to Kathy Willis

Who has been awarded the 2015 Michael Faraday Prize from the Royal Society for her excellent work in science communication