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Sean Munro Elected as AAAS Fellow

Sean Munro, group leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, has been elected as a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honour bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.
Founded in 1848, AAAS serves some 272 affiliated societies and academies of science and publishes the peer-reviewed general science journal Science.

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Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan honoured with Knighthood

Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, Joint Head of the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been honoured with a knighthood in the New Year Honours List 2012. The award is for services to molecular biology.
Venki’s research focuses on the structure and function of the ribosome. This complex structure, found in multiple copies in every living cell, translates the DNA code into life, producing tens of thousands of different proteins that in turn control the chemistry in all living organisms.

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Christian Münch Receives British Neuroscience Association Postgraduate Award

Christian Münch, a postgraduate student working in Anne Bertolotti’s group in the LMB’s Division of Neurobiology has been awarded the 2011 British Neuroscience Association (BNA) Postgraduate Award. This is awarded annually to one student considered to have made a significant contribution to neuroscience and to have achieved an outstanding performance in their viva voce.
The focus of Christian’s PhD studies has been the protein superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1).

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Sarah Teichmann’s Lister Research Prize Lecture.

Sarah Teichmann, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, will deliver the Lister Research Prize Lecture, an award given in support of her integrated computational and genomic approach to decoding the transcriptional regulatory networks involved in T helper cell differentiation. T helper cells belong to a group of white blood cells, called lymphocytes, and assist other white blood cells in immunologic processes.

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Winners of Imagining the Brain Competition Receive Prizes.

Young artists from Cambridgeshire schools brushed up on their neuroscience this summer to produce spectacular artwork. Their achievements were celebrated at an award ceremony at the LMB this week.
Imagining the Brain is a project that invites Cambridgeshire pupils with an interest in art and science to cut through the jargon usually associated with complex subjects like neuroscience and use art as a means of communication.

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Inaugural Francis Crick Lecture to be given by David Anderson.

David Anderson, who is the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology in the Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, will give the inaugural Francis Crick Lecture on Friday September 9th 2011 at 4.00 pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
David graduated in biochemical sciences from Harvard College and earned his PhD from The Rockefeller University.

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Winners of Crystal Growing Competition visit the LMB

Every year schools from all over the East of England compete to grow the best crystals of potash alum. The competition, sponsored by the LMB and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre is aimed at encouraging a whole new generation of scientists.
All the crystals produced are displayed at the Cambridge Science Festival in March and students from the winning schools are then invited to the LMB to see some science in action.

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Three Royal Society Awards for LMB Scientists.

The Royal Society recognizes excellence in science and technology through its medals, awards and prize lectures. Amongst the recently announced prizewinners are three scientists from the LMB – Greg Winter, Brad Amos and Sarah Teichmann.
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Greg Winter from the LMB’s PNAC Division has been awarded the 2011 Royal Medal for interdisciplinary sciences. This is one of the most prestigious medals awarded by the Royal Society.

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Jason Chin hosts Corday-Morgan Prize Symposium

On the 24th June 2011 there will be a symposium in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre where Jason Chin will be presented with his medal for winning the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Corday-Morgan 2010 prize. The award was made in recognition of Jason’s “pioneering work on genetically encoding the synthesis of novel polymers in cells through development of methods to incorporate, for example, new amino acids”.

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Philip Heard awarded Cambridge Regional Colleges Best Overall Learner for 2011.

Philip Heard from the LMB’s Mechanical Workshop has been awarded Cambridge Regional College’s annual award for Best Overall Learner.
It is awarded to the person who has been the most outstanding student throughout the year on his course. Philip received his award at the Academy of Engineering’s award ceremony held at Cambridge Regional College on Tuesday 14th June 2011.

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