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NEWS Prof. V. V. Sivarajan Gold Medal award to V. S. Raju The Indian Association of Angiosperm in general and that of AP, and recent ate concern is to bring to the attention of Taxonomy in its 17th Annual Conference changes in the scenario. He made special the Government of AP, how exotic plants held at the Department of Botany, Shivaji reference to Willaim Roxburgh (1751– like ‘mabheera’ (Hyptis suaveolens), University, Kolhapur, has felicitated 1815), Father of Indian Botany, who Senna uniflora, ‘vayyari bhama’ (Parthe- Vatsavaya S. Raju, Department of Bot- worked at Garrison Station, Samalkote nium hysterophrus), etc. are invading our any, Kakatiya University, Warangal, with (now Samarlakota) in 1781 and studied wildlife sanctuaries, forests, grazing the Prof. V. V. Sivarajan Gold Medal, a the flora of the region before he moved grounds and causing economic loss to our memento and a certificate of merit for to Calcutta (now Kolkata) as Superinten- upland crops. Aquatic habitats in the his 25 years of invaluable contributions dent of the Botanical Garden of East India state are now gradually being invaded by to the field of taxonomy of angiosperms Company in 1793. Raju also mentioned the Alternanthera philoxeroides, the alliga- in India, taxonomy teaching and service about Walter Elliot (1803–87), Thahsildar tor weed from America. Raju was the to society as a taxonomist. He is the first of Muslipatnam in 1848, who brought first to report it in 1987 from Warangal. botanist (taxonomist) to receive this out the first flora, Flora Andhrica, pub- honour from Andhra Pradesh (AP). lished in 1859 with Telugu vernaculars C. Sudhakar Reddy, Forestry and Eco- Raju delivered the Sivarajan medal available with a sowkar in Bandar. logy Division, National Remote Sensing lecture on ‘Plant taxonomy in India: Ret- Raju is currently working on the Plant Agency, Balanagar, Hyderabad 500 037, rospect and prospect’, where he brought Book of Telangana, covering its biodiver- India. to light the history of taxonomy in India sity and economic potential. His immedi- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Earth Science Olympiad, South Korea Two Indian students of class XI won Sil- The statutes and syllabus for IESO were geoscientists and team leaders of differ- ver Medals at the first ever International developed by the IESO committees and ent countries in understanding and Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) held in commissions, and an Organizing Com- interpreting the structures and fossils in Daegu, South Korea last month. The two mittee was established to conduct the terms of depositional environments. Each Mumbai students are Ritesh Singh (K. V. first IESO in South Korea, 2007. Further group prepared and presented its own re- Pendharkar College, Dombivli) and details of IESO can be obtained from port of the field work. There was a one- Vijay Suralkar (Kendriya Vidyalaya, http://ieso.or.kr. day tour to the World Cultural Expo and Bhandup). R. Shankar, Mangalore Uni- Twenty four participants from seven to the Pohang Steel Company, the fourth versity, who is the National Co-ordinator countries (India, Indonesia, Mongolia, largest in the world. for Earth Science Olympiad, led the Indian Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and It is hoped that over the years, earth delegation of students. K. S. Jayappa, USA) participated in the IESO which science education, particularly at the Mangalore University and H. S. M. consisted of written and practical tests school level, would get highlighted, and Prakash, Geological Survey of India, with questions on Geology, Oceanogra- there will be better social and public Bangalore along with Shankar were the phy, Meteorology and Astronomy. Team awareness of the importance of earth sci- resource persons at a camp organized to leaders of different countries acted as ences in view of the changing climate train the students at the Homi Bhabha members of the International Jury which (the recent Nobel Peace Prize going to Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, discussed and finalized the question pa- the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate which is the nodal agency for conducting pers and evaluated the answer sheets. Change), depletion of natural resources, Science Olympiads in India. Gold medals were awarded to students the rising oil prices (hovering around US Olympiads are competitions conducted from Taiwan and South Korea, Silver $100 per barrel), natural disasters like for secondary school students every year medals to students from South Korea, tsunami (that struck the Indian Ocean re- in different branches of science like Taiwan and USA besides India, and gion recently), etc. The launch of the Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Astro- Bronze medals to students from other first Earth Science Olympiad in 2007 is nomy, etc. The International Geoscience countries. Field investigations near in line with the United Nations’ declara- Education Organization (IGEO) adopted Yeongwol by the participating students tion of 2008 as the International Year of IESO as one of its major activities at its was a unique feature which set aside the Planet Earth (www.yearofplanetearth.org) Council Meeting held in Calgary, Can- Earth Science Olympiad from other Sci- when programmes would be launched the ada, during August 2003. The objective ence Olympiads. Students got an oppor- worldover both in terms of research and of IESO is to promote Earth Science tunity to examine and study various rock public understanding of earth sciences. Education worldwide and forge friend- types (conglomerate, sandstone, limestone, The second IESO would be held in the ship among students from different parts etc.), structures (unconformity, fold, Philippines (September 2008) and the of the globe. In a subsequent meeting fault, graded and cross bedding, mud third in Thaiwan (August 2009). held in Seoul, South Korea during cracks, ripple marks, etc.) and fossils be- November 2004 representatives of 10 longing to the Cambrian-Ordovician Cho- R. Shankar, Department of Marine Geo- countries examined the Earth Science son Supergroup and the Carboniferous- logy, Mangalore University, Mangala- curriculum of each country and discussed Triassic Pyongan Supergroup. Students gangotri 574 199, India. the modalities of conducting the IESO. (in four batches) were guided by Korean e-mail: email@example.com CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 94, NO. 2, 25 JANUARY 2008 163