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[09-02-2007 to 23-02-2007]

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SULSA(Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance) partnership

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has agreed to inject £27M into Biology Pooling across Scotland under SULSA, which was launched on 1st Feb. This will provide £9M each to three areas: Cell, Systems and Translational Biology to fund 18 academic posts, including 9 chairs, 24 support posts, equipment and studentships . The main area involving St Andrews is Translational Biology. For St Andrews this will mean an injection of £650K to fund three support staff in BMS for 5 years (protein purification, high throughput screening and X-ray), £50K towards mass spectrometry personnel support, £100K for X-ray equipment and £30K for HTS feasibility studies. There will also be studentship support.



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  • “Biodiversity lessons from the Amazon River Basin: A two-part fish story”
    speaker: Prof Carlos E. C. Freitas and Prof Lawrence E. Hurd (Federal University of Amazonas and Washington & Lee University)

    building: SOI
    room: Lecture Theatre
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    host/contact: Mrs Jane Williamson

    Carlos E. C. Freitas is a full professor at the Federal University of Amazonas and a visiting professor at Washington & Lee University.  He is a freshwater biologist and his main research area includes fish ecology, population dynamics and inland fisheries.  He is the head of several research projects supported by Brazilian agencies and has published papers in journals such as Ecological Modeling, Hydrobiologia, Ecology of Freshwater Fish, Ecological Engineering, and Fisheries Management and Ecology


    Lawrence E. Hurd is the Herwick Professor of Biology at Washington & Lee University.  He is an ecologist, with primary research interests in the role of apex predators in arthropod assemblages of terrestrial ecosystems, and in the structure and dynamics of tropical fish assemblages in the Amazon River Basin of Brazil.  He has published in journals such as Science, Ecology, J. Animal Ecology, Oecologia, and Environmental Entomology.


    Also visiting with Profs Reitas and Hurd is Flavia K. Siqueira-Souza who is an associate professor at the Federal University of Amazonas.  She is a freshwater biologist and her primary research field is fish ecology aiming to understand the key factors structuring fish assemblages in Amazonian aquatic environments.  She has published papers on this subject in journals such as Hydrobiologia and Ecology of Freshwater Fish.


    There will be an opportunity after the lecture for anyone interested in an interactive discussion with Prof Hurd and his colleagues.  Depending on numbers, this will take place in either the Laverack or Seminar Room.

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