Monthly Archives: February 2010

Molecular Evolution and Diversity Summer school

Of interest to some of you?

Thursday dinner

Quick reminder: ‘Zeugma’, tomorrow, 8 pm. Clemens leaving. Reason to celebrate!

If you want to come but haven’t let me know yet drop me an email until 5 pm today.


accommodation wanted for NBAF Visitor – Lawrence

Can anyone rent a room out from the 1st March for 3-4 weeks? This is for our visitor Lawrence who has been in the lab; although leaving tomorrow, he will be back in a week’s time. Please email directly on

SNP genotyping data

Hi folks- Gareth Elvidge will be here on Thursday 25th Feb 11-12.30 B52 looking at the data that was generated on the BeadExpress at the end of 2009. He will show us again how to use Genome studio. If we have any other questions (GoldenGate, BeadExpress, assay design, icom etc.) we can ask him these (either during or after).  All of you are welcome to attend- some of you need to be there….you know who you are 🙂

TAB Group Meeting – postponed

Unfortunately Terry’s had to postpone today’s meeting. I will let you know when / if we can find a suitable slot before the next date of 5/03 (12 B52).

The crucial question is: has anyone baked anything for today that needs eating?!!

…data backups

…just a reminder to all of you (staff,postgrads, visitors etc. etc.) that you should be making use of the University data backup system (on Lightwood or on your U-drive). This is accessed via the network and is a 100% safe place to store/backup your data. Don’t chance keeping your data on your laptop incase it is stolen/dies. If you haven’t backed up your important data DO IT NOW 🙂

 If you need help I can show you.

Leaving do, next Thursday 25 Feb

After all these years  it is now time for me to pack up sadly and move on in Sheffield. I’m flying out to Boston on Sunday, 28th.

This is a great excuse for a night out next Thursday starting in the interval at 6 pm followed by a dinner at “Zeugma” around 8 pm, the Turkish Restaurant in London Road. If you can make it for the dinner please let me know until next Tuesday that I can book a table.

And because I left already so many times before (and collected lots of good-bye-presents),  this time there is no need for any more pressies!

However, if you feel that you want to do something good this month you can donate some coins to ‘100 pasos’ charity that is working with street kids I worked for in Bolivia in 2002 before I came to Britain. The kids are working in the streets of El Alto as shoe cleaners or street vendors and are at high risk to become drug addicts. ‘100 pasos’ encourages them to save some of their money for their future instead of spending it immediately on sweets and computer games. They also help with school reintegration, family problems etc and work with those who have problems with drugs (mainly glue sniffing).

The administration of the organisation is run by volunteers as me, so all money goes directly into the street work in Bolivia.

You can find more info at (in German).

UCAS Visits

Hi folks

There is another UCAS visit today (WED 17th) from 2-3pm. Please do not use the sequencer room during this time. There is a list of UCAS days on the door and it is essential for the smooth running of these days that all lab users adhere to this request during those times. There are always alot of groups of potential students and parents squeezed into a one hour slot and it is a difficult enough task to keep things running on time without having to be interupted/chase people out/re-open closed presentations. Also safety wise vistors are not wearing protection and having people moving about with formamide filled plates in close proximity does not seem like a good idea.

Thankyou in advance

Jamie and the rest of the UCAS demonstrators

Alex Roulin – Thursday Evolution and Behaviour seminar

Dear all,

this weeks seminar (Thursday, 18.02.) will be given by Prof. Alex Roulin, from Lausanne University, Zwitzerland. His focus is behavioural and evolutionary biology with main focus on sexual and natural selection, host-parasite interactions, parent-offspring conflict, alloparental care and recently population dynamics. He’s published lots of stuff on melanin plumage ornamentation in owls and other birds.

He’ll be speaking on
Sex-dependent selection on an autosomal melanin-based female ornament: ultimate function and proximal mechanism

If you are interested to meet him on thursday, please let me know and I’ll arrange it. I also thought of going out for a curry that night, if anybody wants to join, please let me know!



Next TAB Group meeting – this Friday (19/02) 12 noon B52

Hi all,

in case anyone has forgotten, it is pancake day today. Maybe we should theme our meeting along those lines? Hint hint, nudge nudge, bakers!