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THE WIGGLESWORTH MEMORIAL LECTURE AND MEDAL AWARD 2016

THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED- PROFESSOR JOHN G HILDEBRAND, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, USA

 

John Hildebrand was born and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. From the age of five he was fascinated by living creatures (and especially arthropods and reptiles) and passionate about classical music. After completing high school, he entered Harvard University expecting to major in music but still with an eye on biology. An extraordinary general-education course in 1960 in what today would be called integrated science, taught by George Wald, changed those priorities.

As an undergraduate John had the good fortune to do research with John Law, which led to a first journal article in 1964. After completing his baccalaureate degree with high honors in biology, Hildebrand moved to New York City to join the graduate program at the Rockefeller Institute (now Rockefeller University), where he earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry under the mentorship of Fritz Lipmann and Leonard Spector in 1969.

Postdoctoral research experience with Edward Kravitz in the world’s first department of neurobiology, at Harvard Medical School back in Boston, enabled John’s transition from bacterial biochemistry to arthropod neurobiology. He joined the faculty of that department in 1972. In 1980 he was recruited to a professorship in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University in New York. His wanderings might have ended there, owing to his love of that great city, had it not been for a unique opportunity to develop a new academic unit devoted to insect neurobiology and behavior at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

John’s research combines neurophysiological, behavioral, chemical-ecological, anatomical, molecular and developmental approaches in a multidisciplinary program addressing problems of the information-processing mechanisms, behavioral roles, functional organization, and postembryonic development of the olfactory system in insects. His program’s goal long has been to understand the olfactory bases of beneficial and harmful behaviors of insects that impact human health and welfare.

John is past president of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS), International Society of Chemical Ecology, and International Society for Neuroethology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and currently serves as its Foreign Secretary. He also is a member of the American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the German Academy of Sciences 'Leopoldina’; a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters; an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (UK), and a fellow of the AAAS, Entomological Society of America, and International Society for Neuroethology.


Exciting opportunities at Natural History Museum

Join The Microverse project
The Natural History Museum's latest citizen science project, The Microverse, is studying the microorganisms that can survive in the human-made landscape of towns and cities. We are looking for 250 secondary schools, colleges or community groups to collaborate with us on this research, led by Dr Anne Jungblut, a microbiology researcher. Participants will collect samples of microorganisms under sterile conditions, and will post them to the Natural History Museum for next generation DNA sequencing. Groups will then receive their data back for their own analysis, and the overall data will be academically published. The samples will then form part of the Museum's permanent collections for future research use. Microorganisms are rarely recorded in the UK (for obvious practical reasons!) so this project will form a baseline of understanding for this understudied group. Find out more and sign up for a free participation pack containing all the specialist equipment you will need at www.nhm.ac.uk/microverse . Natural History Groups are welcome to take part, or you could publicise the project to your local secondary schools and colleges. Registration is open until 31st December 2014.

12-month traineeships at the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is excited to announce the Identification Triners for the Future traineeship programme, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Identificastion Trainers for the Future is a new work-based training programme for early career naturalists to gain the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to understand and communicate the value of biological identification and recording. Fifteen trainees will undertake a 12-month programme at the Natural History Museum to develop skills in species identification, taxonomy and, crucially, how to train others in the skills they have learnt. Trainees will receive a tax-free bursary of £16,500 to support their living costs. We are now accepting applications for the first five traineeships, application deadline 12th December. For further infoirmation, including how to apply, please email idtrainers@nhm.ac.uk or see our website www.nhm.ac.uk/idtrainers Please publicise this fantastic opportunity within your network

 


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SOCIETY PRESIDENT PROFESSOR JOHN PICKETT, CBE, DSc, FRS
MICHAEL ELLIOTT DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH FELLOW AT ROTHAMSTED REASEARCH, ELECTED TO NAS AS FOREIGN ASSOCIATE

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NEW HANDBOOK PUBLISHED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ROYAL ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY

SEEING BUTTERFLIES
PHILIP HOWSE

 

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£16.99 plus p&p, contact Sarah or Sue on admin@royensoc.co.uk or +44 (0)1727 899387


 

NEW HANDBOOK AVAILABLE NOW

THE VESPOID WASPS - M.E. Archer

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£25.50 plus p&p, contact Sarah or Sue to order admin@royensoc.co.uk or +44 (0)1727 899387


AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

THE MARSH AWARD FOR AN EARLY CAREER ENTOMOLOGIST -2014

THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED - DONALD A'BEAR, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

MARSH INSECT CONSERVATION AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED

THE 2014 WINNER IS THE MALLOCH SOCIETY

WALLACE AWARD 2012-13

THE WINNER IS SARAH BEYNON,

SEE AWARDS PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS

JOURNAL AWARDS - 2014

WINNERS ANNOUNCED, SEE AWARDS PAGE