News & Events
Our senior sophistor students have just returned from the first Tropical Ecology Field Course which took place in Kenya in January 2013. The course ran over eleven days at a variety of locations in Kenya and focused on the ecology and biodiversity of a range of ecosystems, including tropical montaine forest, freshwater rivers and lakes, wetlands, saline lakes and grasslands. The course is available to final year students of Environmental Science, Plant Science and Zoology. The aim of the course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles underpinning the ecology of tropical ecosystems.
The class of 2013 at the Equator in Kenya
One of the six winners of this year's tightly contested Provost's Teaching Awards was Dr John Rochford, the Associate Professor in Wildlife Biology in Zoology. He was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his huge service to college for his enormous contribution to every aspect of teaching over the years. He is responsible for many of the innovations in teaching which we all now take for granted, such as anonymous marking and Freshman tutorials, and he also oversaw the modularisation of the Freshman years. He carries an enormous load of co-ordination and organisational administrative duties for the science courses at Freshman level and the degree courses in our School, and carries out those duties to an increadibly high standard. He is a truly inspirational teacher and a very worthy winner of both awards.
Dr John Rochford at the presentation of the Provost's Teaching Awards
Professor Celia Holland visited Taiwan from 16-24 March 2013. The focus of her visit was to raise the profile of Human Parasitology and Neglected Tropical Diseases among Taiwanese students, academics and health officials. She gave a series of lectures and seminars at Taipei Medical University, National Taiwan University, Tzu Chi University and Academia Sinica. She also gave a talk to the Taiwan Centre for Disease Control (CDC) on “Neglected Tropical Diseases: an ambitious challenge”. During her visit, she was awarded a Visiting Professorship (2012-2015) by Taipei Medical University (TMU).
Auk Talk is an occasional newsletter produced by the Zoology Department. To download back issues as pdfs please click on the following: AukTalk 2, AukTalk 3, AukTalk 6, AukTalk 7, AukTalk 8, AukTalk 9&10