Chandigarh May 20, 2019
The Linnaean Society of London has awarded Dr. Ranjana Jaiswara, DST-INSPIRE Faculty, Department of Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigarh a prestigious research grant of £ 1000 (British pound) for the year 2019. The current research grant from the Linnaean Society of London is to explore and document diversity of Indian cricket species based exclusively on their acoustic signals. Crickets sound producing structure is now being extensively studied by bioengineers and nanotechnologists to design highly efficient and smaller speakers for portable devices like mobile phones
and hearing aids for humans. The Linnaean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society founded in 1788 and named in the honor of the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus, “Father of Modern Taxonomy”. It is an international society of many prominent scientists dedicated to the study of, and the dissemination of information concerning, natural history, evolution, and taxonomy of biological specimens.
Dr. Ranjana recently joined PU with India’s most distinguished faculty award by the Department of Science and Technology. She pursued her PhD degree from the top most institute, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in collaboration with Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. Over a decade, Dr. Ranjana’s research work has been focused on demonstrating the use of acoustic signals as an efficient tool in addressing the serious problem of species identification in biology. Scientific publications in the international journals of Zoological Journal of
Linnaean Society, London and PLoS ONE are a few to evidence.