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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 and Sunday 17-18 March, LMB scientists, led by Simon Bullock and Isabel Torres, will be providing fun, hands-on activities at the Cambridge Science Festival to encourage children to learn about cells and microscopy.
Children visiting the ‘See your cells!’ stand in the Biology Zone will don lab coats and use a microscope to see their 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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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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