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Somerset House is a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand in central London, overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge. The building, originally the site of a Tudor palace, was designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776, and further extended with Victorian wings to the north and south. The East Wing forms part of the adjacent King's College London. Wikipedia.

Morgan E.R.,Somerset House
Animal health research reviews / Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases | Year: 2013

Levels and seasonal patterns of parasite challenge to livestock are likely to be affected by climate change, through direct effects on life cycle stages outside the definitive host and through alterations in management that affect exposure and susceptibility. Net effects and options for adapting to them will depend very strongly on details of the system under consideration. This short paper is not a comprehensive review of climate change effects on parasites, but rather seeks to identify key areas in which detail is important and arguably under-recognized in supporting farmer adaptation. I argue that useful predictions should take fuller account of system-specific properties that influence disease emergence, and not just the effects of climatic variables on parasite biology. At the same time, excessive complexity is ill-suited to useful farm-level decision support. Dealing effectively with the 'devil of detail' in this area will depend on finding the right balance, and will determine our success in applying science to climate change adaptation by farmers. Source

Morgan E.R.,University of Bristol | Morgan E.R.,Somerset House | Azam D.,University of Bristol | Pegler K.,University of Bristol
Veterinary Parasitology | Year: 2013

A rich body of work has reported levels of infection with Toxocara species in definitive hosts, and the frequency of eggs in the environment, in many different regions and situations. These have greatly increased our understanding of the relationship between egg excretion from companion and wild animals and the risk of human infection by inadvertent ingestion of eggs from soil and other environmental reservoirs. Nevertheless, it is difficult to compare studies directly because of vagaries in sampling and laboratory methods, a preponderance of prevalence rather than abundance data, and a lack of studies that systematically sample different sympatric definitive host populations. Such comparisons could be instructive, for example to determine the relative contributions of different definitive host populations and categories to environmental contamination in specified areas, and hence guide priorities for control. In this article we use estimates of host density and infection levels in the city of Bristol, UK, as a case study to evaluate the relative contribution of sympatric cats, dogs and foxes to overall environmental contamination with eggs. Results suggest that dogs, especially those less than 12 weeks of age, dominate total egg output, but that this is modified by degree of access to public areas and removal of faeces, such that foxes could take over as the primary source of eggs. Results and conclusions are likely to differ among specific locations. The general aim is to show how an improved quantitative framework for epidemiological studies of Toxocara spp. egg contamination can help to advance understanding and the effectiveness of control strategies in future. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. Source

Cripps S.C.,Somerset House
IEEE Microwave Magazine | Year: 2010

One of the major decisions facing any long-time IEEE Member has finally come my way recently, whether to keep ones voluminous collections of journals. Its a call made even tougher by the general state of mind when packing up to move house, two dozen more boxes to find and fill, each weighing enough to challenge the rigidity of the available containers. Well, I actually managed to suppress the voices (both internal and external) who were screaming dump, but only in the case of the MTT transactions, which in my collection stretch back to 1981. Personally, I still like looking up MTT references in my own library, mainly because so often as I fl ick through the musty pages I find one or two other papers of interest; sometimes even greater interest than the one I was originally seeking. © 2006 IEEE. Source

Cripps S.C.,Somerset House
IEEE Microwave Magazine | Year: 2010

There have always been a few technical terms that make me quietly shudder, sending my brain into the cerebral equivalent of latch-up, my brain internally screaming "Oh no!" This effect can have a variety of causes, but the most common one is that someone is bringing up a subject that I know I ought to know more about than I actually do, and the fear of such exposure does the trick. The only way I manage to unlock the blocked neuron paths is to somehow convince myself that no one else really understands the subject in question either and they are all just bluffing (to use the more polite version of the actual word that comes to mind). © 2010 IEEE. Source

Cripps S.C.,Somerset House
IEEE Microwave Magazine | Year: 2010

It is always good to get feedback. I ran into an old colleague recently whom I had not seen for some years. He said he liked my column but wondered whether I had ever considered writing one on a subject that I actually knew something about. Wow, thanks pal, I get your drift. But why not; for the first time in living memory I will write about RF power amplifiers (RFPAs), rather than sliding into the subject towards the end, which seems to happen more often than not. © 2006 IEEE. Source

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