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summer 2018

Dear alumnus/na,

Warm greetings for the summer of 2018! In this edition, we have some very positive news to report, including:

— a major donation for an endowed University Lectureship in Marine Biology
— the successful reopening of the University Museum of Zoology.

We hope that lots of you will attend our Zoology Alumni and Friends Open Day on Saturday 15 September 2018.

We have planned an exciting programme of events. And they are all free-of-charge!


William Foster
Director of Alumni Relations

New University Lectureship in Marine Biology
From l-r: Dr William Foster, Claire Barnes and Dr Howard Baylis
We are excited to announce the establishment of a new, endowed University Lectureship in Marine Biology in the Department, with the intention of re-establishing the Department as a centre of excellence in the research and teaching of marine biology.

The Lectureship has been made possible by a donation from University alumna Claire Barnes (seen above with Dr William Foster and Dr Howard Baylis), following discussions with William and other participants on a voyage in Indonesia in November 2017. The trip was led by conservationist Dr Tony Whitten who, shortly after his return to Cambridge following the cruise, was tragically killed in a cycling accident.

Claire and William would like the announcement of this Lectureship to act as a tribute to Tony Whitten. It is in celebration of his brilliant work as an ecologist, as an effective practical conservation scientist, as a passionate advocate for some of the world’s less charismatic creatures, and as an inspiring, energetic and tireless educator, tour leader and friend.

The post is now being advertised, with the intention of making an appointment in the coming academic year.
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Sir Simon Keenlyside
Arise, Sir Simon Keenlyside
We send our warmest congratulations to baritone Simon Keenlyside (Part II 1982-83), who has been knighted for services to music in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2018.

Simon has always been a vocal supporter of the Department. Some alumni will remember him wishing us 'Happy Birthday' on the occasion of our 150th anniversary in October 2016, during a live global cinema relay of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni', in which he sang the title role.
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Dame Frances Ashcroft
Honorary Degree for Dame Frances Ashcroft
We offer our hearty congratulations to Dame Frances Ashcroft (Part II 1973-74), who in a ceremony on 21 June received an Honorary Degree, the highest accolade the University can bestow. She was awarded a Doctorate in Medical Science for her achievements, including discoveries about the function and structure of ion channels and the role that certain channels play in insulin secretion and type 2 diabetes.

Dame Frances is a very active supporter of our alumni programme in the Department; she hosted the question-and-answer session with Sir David Attenborough at our 150th Anniversary celebrations in 2016.
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Biographies of zoologists
Zoology Alumni Day
Revisit the Department on 15 September 2018, 10.30am – 5.30pm

We would be delighted to see you back in the Department. There will be several free events laid on including:

— Research Lab tours
— tours of the Museum Stores
— an art trail
— rare zoology books – hands-on
— a talk on meerkats and molerats by Professor Tim Clutton-Brock
— afternoon tea

Find out more and book >

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