Faculty of Science Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series 2010 - 2011 Professor Richard Brown “Insights into animal evolution from dating island trees” Wednesday 15th December 2010 at 4.45 p.m. Cherie Booth Lecture Theatre

Professor Richard Brown, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, would like to invite you to his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Wednesday 15th December 2010. The lecture entitled “Insights into animal evolution from dating island trees” will take place in the Cherie Booth Lecture Theatre, Byrom Street. Guests are asked to arrive prompt for a 4.45 p.m. start. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by refreshments. Abstract of Lecture: Present-day diversity of life on earth is the result of the generation of new species (speciation), as well as the extinction of existing ones, over the last 3.5 billion years or so. Animal speciation occurs through a branching process in which a single genetic lineage splits into two. A major endeavour within evolutionary biology is the reconstruction of the historical pattern of branching among organisms. Recently, DNA analyses have allowed estimation of branching times, providing an improved evolutionary timescale. In this lecture I provide a brief non-mathematical overview of how this can be achieved using a Bayesian statistical approach. I discuss the importance of placing evolutionary events on an accurate timescale, and provide examples from research into island lizards and other vertebrates that show how this has explained the causes of diversity within closely-related animal groups.

We would be delighted should you be able to attend, and would be grateful, for catering purposes, if you could inform us of your intention to do so by emailing (by return).


The School of Natural Sciences and Psychology welcomed Professor Charles Spence from the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, as part of its ‘Research Seminars in Psychology’ series.

Professor Spence, who recently appeared on the BBC Horizon programme 'Is Seeing Believing', discussed ‘Integration, expectation, and the multisensory perception of flavour’ and raised the issue that this neglected field of research constitutes an important area in which psychologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists have much to offer each other.

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Applicant day for NSP

Just a quick reminder that our next Applicant day for NSP courses (excluding Psychology) is on Tuesday December 7th. If anyone can help with tours and/or come to the lunch that would be great. For more information please contact David Leigh x2258


Faculty of Science – Good Practice Seminar Series

The next Good Practice Seminar is entitled ‘Faculty IT Services’ and will be presented by Nicky Davies (Faculty IT Officer).  This will take place on Wednesday 17th November 2010 at 1.00 room 143 of the Tom Reilly Building.

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide refreshments for these events but you are still asked to confirm your attendance by emailing SCSALEIG by return.


Faculty Christmas Party

This year’s Faculty Christmas Party will be held on 17th December in the Tom Reilly Building.  Unfortunately, due to the economic climate we will have to charge a small fee this year, initially this will be £5 per head.  If a large number of people decide to attend, then we will be able to reduce the price. 

As you will know if you attended last year’s event, there will be lots (and lots) to drink, plenty of food and varying forms of entertainment!!

Please leave your money in the Finance Office (2nd floor, James Parsons Tower) in the envelope provided.  Tickets will be issued nearer the date.


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