Monthly Archives: November 2010

Christmas dinner suggestions

Does anyone have any suggestions of places  to have our lab Christmas dinner please?When will be a good date (is anyone going to be away/leaving before the 24th)?


Acrobat writer

Does anyone have a copy of Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Professional (Acrobat writer) please?

If not, we are thinking of buying a copy (this would then be licenced for the whole dept).


Samples in freezers

…also I (we) will be attempting to clear out samples etc. from the freezers (which might be an opportune moment considering my message re. floor bel0w). If possible could you have a critical look at your (or lab mates/students) freezer usage before I (we)do? (-20’s and the -80’s).

1)Do you, the lab or anyone need those samples?

2) Can you throw them away and repackage the rest of your samples in a neater smaller package etc.

Obviously discuss this with your supervisor.



B67 floor replacement

Hi all- this is confirmation that lab B67 (Gav’s bit- but not the freezers) will be closed for lab work effectively from the week of the 20th December to prepare for work on replacing the entire floor immediately following the Xmas vacation i.e. 4th January until approx. 28th January.

We will have to move people and equipment from B67 into the rest of the lab and office spaces.  In addition to make space for ‘the displaced’ I would like to also take this opportunity to clear out ‘rubbish etc.’ from the lab or offices so I will be asking all of you to take part in a couple of ‘clearout sessions’ of the rest of the lab/offices in the week or weeks prior to this- if you are planning to leave for Xmas before then please let me know and I’ll give you a task 🙂

Thanks, Andy.

Free Accomadation Available

Free accomodation is available at Virpi’s house from the 7th of December to the 10th of January.
Conditions are that you feed the fish every 2nd day and water the plants every two weeks. Staying for even part of the above period would also be useful.

Please contact Virpi if you are interested at

Room to let in Broomhill

Hi everyone, my friend has a room to let in a shared house (1 girl, 2 boys) in a nice house in Broomhill, close to Spar and The York. Rent is very reasonable (£250 pm plus utilities) and the house is clean, tidy and nice with professional working house mates. The room is large and on the main floor with your own bathroom and shower. Available beginning or mid-January. Email me at if you’re interested.

Posted by Lindsay

BioSciences cheese & wine V beer & crisps 25th Nov

Hi all,

The med and biosciences postdoc societies are organising a boozy evening to get to know postdocs and early career researchers from across the bioscience departments. The last one was heaps of fun (and there was a rather generous amount of wine…) – is anyone keen to come along? Postdocs, PhD students and staff are all welcome. Let me know if you’d like me to get you a ticket, or else email

Anna 🙂

Cheese & Wine 2! // Thursday 25th November // 4:30pm-7:30pm // Krebs Room,
Firth Court

The Post-doc Society of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health in
partnership with the post-docs of the bioscience departments would like to
invite you to the second of their excellent Cheese and Wine Evenings. The
theme of this event, sponsored by the Kelham Island Brewery and the Majestic
Wine Warehouse, is Wine & Cheese -V- Beer & Crisps and there will be plenty
of opportunity to sample a selection of drinks to suit your preference. A
selection of luxury no-alcohol drinks will also be available. The evening
will also feature a quiz (with prizes!), music, and most importantly the
chance to meet other researchers from across the Faculties.

Tickets are £7 in advance (£8 on the door) and are already half sold out! To
buy your ticket please email

Please do come along for a drink and a chat. All staff and post-grad
students are most welcome.


Dr Kay Guccione – Post-doctoral Researcher Training and Development Advisor
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Terry’s next group meeting – Fri 26/11, 11am, Finlay room

Terry’s group Meeting – tomorrow Friday 12th November, 11am, B52

Please note the start time of 11am!


Post-Doc postion in Insect Ecology, UC Davis

For anyone who may be interested.

Position Description: A two-year postdoctoral researcher position is available to work in the laboratory of Jay Rosenheim, University of California, Davis, on the population and community ecology of cannibalism in predatory insects.  The research project is funded by a USDA-NIFA grant (2009-2013) whose goals are to deepen our understanding of how cannibalism shapes (i) predation risks experienced by individual predators, (ii) predator population growth rates, (iii) predator suppression of herbivore populations, and (iv) plant (crop) performance.  A key part of the project will involve conducting artificial selection to establish lines of an omnivorous predator (Geocoris pallens) that express high and low levels of cannibalism, and then employing those lines in field experiments.  There is, however, substantial flexibility for the postdoctoral researcher to develop his/her own particular interests in the behavioral, population, or evolutionary ecology of cannibalism in insects.

The position is available starting February 1, 2011.  The initial appointment will be made for one year, with renewal contingent on satisfactory progress.  The salary range will be $37,740 – $43,295, depending on experience, and the appointment also provides full medical coverage and vacation benefits. For information on the Rosenheim lab, please see


1.  A Ph.D. degree in ecology, entomology, or related discipline.

2.  A proven ability to work as a productive and independent researcher.

3.  An ability to supervise effectively the undergraduate research assistants or other research staff members who will collaborate on the project.

4.  Familiarity with the behavior and ecology of predatory insects will be helpful, but is not an absolute requirement.

To Apply: Please send to Jay Rosenheim ( a single .pdf document, including the following:

• a cover letter explaining your interest in the position

• a CV

• names of three persons who can be contacted for a reference letter

Posted by Lindsay Farrell