News and Events
Ted Gaten retired from the department after 39 years although he will continue to be seen occasionally around the place as he is now an Honorary University Fellow.
Congratulations to Tony and Trude Wardle on the birth of their daughter.
Congratulations to Tom Richards on the birth of his son Oliver (8lb 4oz). Jacqueline Frost has now moved to a permanent postion in Estates. We wish her well and thank her for her stirling efforts over the last year. We welcome two new administrators helping with financial matters in both the Biology and Genetics departments - Kim Mason (Grants Assistant) and Depa Thakrar (Finance Assistant).
Heather Smith has now started work as departmental secretary.
Will Norton has started work as a lecturer in the department, working on genes and neural circuits that control zebrafish behaviour.
More new arrivals - Michael Jordon as finance administrator for the Departments of Biology and Genetics; Tom Richards (technician supporting the neurobiology research groups); Carl Breaker (animal technician).
Penny Butler retired as Department Adminstrative Manager for the Department after more than 20 years in post. She was presented with a number of gifts at a low-key ceremony in the Department followed by a fond farewell at the Marquis Wellington.
Manish Maisuria has taken up his post as Department Manager for both the Departments of Biology and Genetics.
Emeritus Professor Clive Stace has had a new species of grass, Brachypodium stacei, named in his honour. The full story can be accessed at http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2012/january/the-naming-of-names-new-grass-species-honours-emeritus-professor
We welcomed a new technician, Lory Francescut, to the department at the start of January.
The Lectureship in Animal Biology has now been filled - Will Norton will be joining us in the New Year.
The start of October marked the first day in post of the new Head of Department, Dr Iain Barber. He took over from Professor Paul Hart whose retirement was marked by a low-key reception in the Department. A more formal retirement symposium is planned for next year.
Tim Mackerill, PhD student with David Harper, presented his findings on the breeding sites of ospreys to the British Ecological Society's annual meeting (click here for more details).
At the start of July we said farewell to Jean Liggins who retired after 20 years as a technician in the departments of Zoology and Biology. A reception was held in the Department, attended by several current and past members of staff.
David Harper has been awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his innovative curricular developments at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the Department of Biology.
At the end of the month four members of staff took early retirement: Sue Ogden, Steve Ison, Lesley Barnett and Elaine Rawding all left after a total of 146 year's service to the University. At a joint leaving party (together with Jenny Foxon from the Genetics department) they were joined by several members of both departments in addition to colleagues from around the University and several former members of the departments. They will be sorely missed.