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Howard Bern

Howard A. Bern, professor emeritus of the Department of Integrative Biology, passed away on January 3, 2012, at the age of 91. Described by Carole Hickman as having a "keen sense of humor and a razor sharp intellect," Howard was a renowned endocrinologist and contributed greatly to our understanding of how chemicals in the environment disrupt hormone functions. He was also keenly interested in supporting student diversity and academic freedom. Howard was a long-time Friend of UCMP.

To Leslea Hlusko, UCMP curator and Professor of Integrative Biology, on her selection as a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Leslea received this recognition for her distinguished contributions to the study of primate evolutionary biology, especially in relation to the integration of genetics and the fossil record.

To Ken Finger who has just finished a three-year stint as editor of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research during which time he processed 120 submitted manuscripts and the journal published 1200 pages/68 articles!

To Judy Scotchmoor who has been named the 2012 recipient of the Friend of Darwin award. Each year this award is presented by the National Center for Science Education to someone who has made "substantial contributions to evolution education and/or to NCSE."

And welcome!
We will soon be welcoming Seth Finnegan to UCMP as he has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Integrative Biology. Seth is currently a postdoctoral scholar in Geology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. Seth's research focuses on the connections between climate change and the end-Ordovician mass extinction by looking at the "clumpiness" of heavy isotopes found in fossils, which can provide information on temperature changes. Seth is also interested in broader issues, e.g., looking at the evolution of metabolism and body size. We look forward to his arrival in the fall.

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