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Lori Passmore hands on her Suffrage Science accolade to LMB alumnus Rebecca Voorhees

Suffrage Science awards

After two years holding the Suffrage Science scheme award, Lori Passmore has now passed her jewellery heirloom on to LMB alumnus, Rebecca Voorhees. Launched in 2011 by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, the Suffrage Science scheme celebrates women in science for their scientific achievement and for their ability to inspire others.

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Cambridge LIFE LAB project wins place in Europe’s largest public science event

Mighty Molecular Motors Exhibit at STEM in Song, March 2018

Five Cambridge science institutions including the LMB have won a bid to engage the local region with science as part of European Researchers’ Night, the largest public science event in Europe. LIFE LAB is one of four UK initiatives awarded funding from the European Commission. It will establish a programme of pop-up science events in shopping centres, cafes and music venues across Cambridgeshire on 28th September 2018 and again on 27th September 2019.

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Richard Henderson made Companion of Honour

Richard Henderson

Richard Henderson, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours list, for services to electron microscopy of biological molecules.
The Order of the Companions of Honour was founded in 1917 by King George V and is awarded for a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time.  The Order consists of the Sovereign and a maximum of 65 members.

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Nicola Smyllie joins forces with artist Dilek Özgit for Soapbox Science at Strawberry Fair

Nicola Smyllie participates in Soapbox Science at Strawberry Fair. Image courtesy of Nicola Smyllie.

Nicola Smyllie, postdoc in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, along with other leading female scientists from the region, showcased her science to the public, entertaining and captivating visitors at Strawberry Fair.
This year’s Cambridge Soapbox Science took on a new dimension with scientists partnered with artists with the aim of bringing difficult science concepts to the public in exciting, innovative and engaging ways.

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From marketing to logistics to speakers: LMB scientists take part in Cambridge Pint of Science

Pint of Science

Twelve LMB scientists, from PhD student to Group Leader, have taken part in this year’s Cambridge Pint of Science, an annual festival that brings brilliant scientists to local pubs to discuss their latest research. Ten venues across Cambridge were filled with scientific chatter and discussion for three days during May, with LMB scientists involved in the organisation, publicity and co-ordination of the events, and as speakers.

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Melina Schuh awarded the EMBO Gold Medal

Melina Schuh

Melina Schuh, at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and former group leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, has been awarded the EMBO Gold Medal.
The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually to scientists under the age of forty for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.

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Lori Passmore and Felix Randow elected to EMBO membership

Lori Passmore, group leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, and Felix Randow, group leader in the LMB’s PNAC Division, have been newly elected as members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
Founded in 1964 to promote molecular biology in Europe, EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence and outstanding research contributions.

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Lalita Ramakrishnan elected to prestigious fellowships

Lalita Ramakrishnan

Lalita Ramakrishnan, group leader in the University of Cambridge Molecular Immunity Unit, which is housed at the LMB, has been elected to the fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences and to The Royal Society.
The Academy of Medical Sciences represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.

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Bill Schafer elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Bill Schafer

Bill Schafer, group leader in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, has been elected into the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
The Academy represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.

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