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Sarah Teichmann elected to EMBO membership

Sarah Teichmann, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been named in the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) list of new members announced on 9 May 2012.
EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence and for outstanding research contributions. Sarah is one of 55 eminent life scientists selected for membership in 2012.
EMBO Membership is a life-long honour and Sarah joins a membership of 1,550 of the world’s foremost molecular biologists.

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2012 César Milstein Lecture to be given by Bruce Beutler

Professor Bruce Beutler will give the 2012 Milstein Lecture on Thursday 17 May 2012 at 4.15pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture, entitled “How do we sense microbes? From LPS to TNF and the TLRs”, is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Bruce is currently Regental Professor and Director of the Center for Genetics of Host Defense at University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

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Jason Chin nominated for European Inventor Award

Jason Chin, from the LMB’s Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry division, has been nominated for the European Inventor Award (EIA) – presented annually by the European Patent Office (EPO) to outstanding inventors for their contribution to technological, social and economic progress.
The winners of the 2012 EIA will be announced during an award ceremony in Copenhagen on 14 June.

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New Science Image Award for primary schools

A new Science Image Award for primary schools – to inspire children to learn about cell biology and microscopy – has been officially launched by the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).
Teachers wanting to take part in the competition will find it an easy, free way to inspire primary school children (aged 8+) about science.
The competition is open to schools from across Cambridgeshire.

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Microscopes4Schools website launched

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology’s Isabel Torres, Simon Bullock and Phil Banks have developed a new website to help children, teachers and parents set up activities with microscopes, without breaking the bank.
The website builds on the success of the Microscopes4Schools outreach programme, which provides classroom activities for primary school children (ages 8+), run by volunteer scientists from the LMB.

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Inaugural John Kendrew Lecture to be given by David Drubin

David Drubin, will give the inaugural John Kendrew Lecture on Tuesday 3rd April at 4.15pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre.
The title of the lecture is ‘Harnessing actin dynamics for endocytic trafficking events.’ This event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
David is interested in the molecular mechanisms that underlie actin-mediated trafficking events as well as those that control the fidelity of mitosis and meiosis.

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‘See your cells!’ at Cambridge Science Festival

On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March, LMB scientists, led by Simon Bullock and Isabel Torres, provided fun, hands-on activities at the Cambridge Science Festival encouraging children to learn about cells and microscopy.
Children visiting the ‘See Your Cells!’ stand in the Biology Zone donned lab coats and used a microscope to see their own cheek cells.

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Honour and heirloom for Sarah Teichmann

A jewellery heirloom has been passed to Sarah Teichmann on International Women’s Day to mark her major contribution to science. Sarah, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, was nominated by last year’s awardee, Janet Thornton from the European Bioinformatics Institute. Sarah is one of a number of leading life scientists and communicators to be recognised in this way through an initiative pioneered by the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre.

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2012 Francis Crick Lecture to be given by Angelika Amon

Angelika Amon, who is Professor of Biology at the David Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will give the 2012 Francis Crick Lecture on Wednesday 15th February at 4.15pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Angelika graduated in biology from the University of Vienna, and also completed her PhD there.

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£1500 Raised for Acorn House Charity

Hugh Pelham, Director of the LMB, recently presented Joy Worship, Manager of Acorn House, The Sick Children’s Trust, with a cheque for £1496.30, which was raised at the LMB’s annual Christmas Charity Raffle. Joy was delighted with the gift and said that the contribution would go towards the £68,000 annual running costs of Acorn House, which is funded solely by voluntary donations.

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