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Volunteers are sought to help plant hundreds of trees at the Easter Bush campus in an intiative organised by second year student at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, Berta Beloviczky.
Berta has organised the delivery of 420 trees, gifted from the Woodland Trust, which will be planted across the campus.
The Students 2020-2021 guide within the University of Edinburgh Events app brings together a collection of event details, guides, web pages, checklists, tips, and general advice to help new students to learn what is happening at the University in Welcome Week and throughout the first year.
Professor Appolinaire Djikeng, Director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH), has received the International Nelson Mandela Justice award, signed by US Senator Chris Van Hollen, in recognition of his work to make a difference in the lives of others. https://edin.ac/3aJAOrz
Heather Bacon, Welfare Education and Outreach Manager at the R(D)SVS, has helped to produce a series of guidelines, as part of the WSAVA Animal Welfare and Wellness Committee. The guidelines will help pet owners, organisations and regulatory authorities safeguard animal welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can view the guidelines and find out more about the WSAVA here: https://bit.ly/2WH10wg
What it might mean to take an ecological approach to hedgehog medicine?
Join Drs Glen Cousquer and Peter Lurz, together with other members of the Conservation Medicine team here at the Vet School, will explore what might happen when we shift our focus and seek to understand a patient's presentation in its full ecological context. What then are the implications for how we respond: for our responsibilities and response-abilities?
The webinar can be accessed by opening the following guest link using Google Chrome as your web browser. We will be using audio rather than video to ensure an optimal experience so please do check your speakers and microphones are working ahead of and when joining the session.
Wednesday 6th May at 15:00 BST
The 3rd May marks the start of Hedgehog Awareness week and, as a Hedgehog Friendly Campus here at Easter Bush, we are working to recognise the jigsaw of interventions that are needed to improve hedgehog health, as we strive to see the whole rather than the parts.
Sometimes art - drawings, illustrations, poems and other creative works - can help us embrace these ideas, and we invite you to create something and send it to email@example.com or Carolyn.Morton@ed.ac.uk. With your permission, they will share these insights in an online gallery, to stimulate a conversation about what it means to nurture a hedgehog friendly campus, here at the University of Edinburgh.
Join Dr Steph Smith from the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security in her new blog, as she looks at what is food security, while also embarking on a project to grow her own food in her garden.
You can follow along as the blog and her garden grows on the Global Academy website here.
Our post-doctoral researcher Amanda Warr is working tirelessly at home to 3D print parts for face shields, having already helped a community initiative in Penicuik to produce hundreds of shields for hospitals, care homes, and more.
A group of around 25 staff and students from Easter Bush have been giving their time to volunteer for local food charities the Cyrenians and Trussell Trust.
Julian Mashingaidze, a Mastercard Foundation student at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, is one of our volunteers helping at the Cyrenians warehouse.
If you would like to volunteer, get in touch with the organiser: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Professor Richard Mellanby, who has won the BSAVA Blaine Award. Richard is the Head of Companion Animal Sciences at the School and in December 2019 was awarded The University of Edinburgh's Chancellor's Award, for Impact.
This award is presented for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal science by a qualified veterinarian.
You can read more about the awards and Richard, over on the BSAVA website:
Congratulations to Dr Adam Gow, our Head of Small Animal Internal Medicine, who has won the BSAVA Woodrow Award.
The Woodrow award is presented for contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine by a qualified veterinarian and Adam is a leading small animal clinician, as well as a very important part of the team here at the School.
You can read more about the awards and Adam, over on the BSAVA website:
Congratulations to Glen Cousquer, who won a Social Responsibility and Sustainability Changemaker Award! The award recognises individual staff and students who have brought noticeable positive change to the University and its community either by undertaking a successful socially responsible or sustainable project or by inspiring others to act in a more socially responsible and sustainable way.
Glen won for implementing a number of successful sustainability initiatives at the School, including embedding sustainability in existing courses, assisting students in biodiversity projects such as the Hedghog Friendly Campus Award, implementing the staff milk bottle scheme and much more. Find out more on the award pages.
Dr Kenneth Baillie had an incredible response to a call for support from our campus community for his project that seeks to aid understanding of Covid-19 and its impact on the human body. Within an hour of requesting support via email, Kenny had over 70 responses from people volunteering their time to support the project.
To find out more about Kenneth's research, click here.
Want some ideas for #ScienceAtHome? Got a garden to dig for some worms!? Do a science investigation with your young explorers using the scientific method!
Download the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre’s Opening a Can of Worms Animal Behaviour Toolkit and then show off your investigations #AnimalBehaviourToolkit @EBSOClab https://edin.ac/3cpzWrF
Dr Sílvia Pérez-Espona successfully secured funding from the NERC E4 DTP PhD studentship scheme for the project 'Assessment of diet, gut microbiome, and plant detoxification of roe deer as a tool for forest management'. This is a project that will be conducted in collaboration with the School of Biological Sciences, The British Deer Society, and Forest Research. Sílvia has already secured £26,500 extra funding for consumables for this project.
Our Dick Vet Clinical Skills Facebook Group is putting out live videos for our staff and students on Mondays from 2:30pm to 3:15pm, offering them a chance to chat and get away from Covid 19 news.
Request access to the Facebook group here - open to all R(D)SVS staff and students.
Linda Pollock from our Postgraduate Veterinary Teaching Office is posting new yoga workouts for our staff and students regularly on Microsoft Teams, to keep people moving while they are at home.
Last week, Jess Wood from the Roslin Innovation Centre (RIC) Team joined RIC tenants Kate Cameron (Cytochroma) and Ishani Malhotra (Carcinotech) to make some hand sanitiser in the lab! Follow the Innovation Centre on Twitter: twitter.com/Roslinnovation
The Exmoor Pony Trekking Society have had to cancel all public treks, but they have created fantastic contingency plans, ensuring that the ponies are cared for and exercised. They are using their Facebook page to keep people up to date and also to post some beautiful pictures. To help them get through this difficult time, they've made vouchers available for future treks. You can visit their Facebook page for lots more lovely images here.
If you are mostly inside, then it's important to make sure that you are eating healthily, and a lovely picture shared by Mike Grieve showed that healthy doesn't have to be boring! A Spinach, Kale and Blood orange salad with avocado, blueberries, corn, fresh carrot, red pepper and olives is a great way to keep your spirits, and your vitamin levels up! Looking delicious Mike!