CES congratulates Dr Maria Thaker for receiving the 2018 Professor Priti Shankar Teaching Award for Assistant Professors for Science. She received the award on 15 March 2019, during the meeting of the Court of IISc.
Maria currently teaches an Experiments in Ecology course for undergraduate Biology majors, co-teaches Animal Behaviour for post-graduate students, and conducts an annual workshop in Academic Ethics at CES and in several Institutes around the country.
Dr Pratibha Yadav, an alumnus of CES who did her PhD with Prof Renee Borges, has been awarded “Post-Doctoral Fellowship for outstanding Post-Doctoral Researchers from China & India” (by the Planning and Budgeting Committee, Council for Higher Education in Israel). Pratibha will take up this fellowship (starting Oct' 2019) to continue her postdoctoral research at the Tel Aviv University where she joined in Oct’ 2018 through another fellowship that she was awarded by the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University.
The Centre for Ecological Sciences at IISc has a herbarium with a large collection of over 16000 species of plants from Karnataka, Western and Eastern Ghats and other parts of peninsular India. Over the past twelve years, Prof. Sankara Rao, a retired professor from the Biochemistry department of IISc and an expert botanist, and his small team of volunteers, have been digitizing the entire collection and produced a Digital Flora of Karnataka that is freely available online (http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ac.in).
Dr. Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel, a CES alumnus, has been awarded one of Nepal's prestigious honours "Nepal Bidya Bhushan Padak" (KA category, year 2018) for her PhD thesis work. The award was given by the President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari on the occasion of the National Education Day and International Literacy Day, on behalf of the Government of Nepal (Ministry of Science and Technology).