Congratulations to Rachael Skyner (a PhD student in Dr John Mitchell’s group) who was a awarded the first prize poster of the Physical & Analytical session at the RSC Younger Members Symposium (Birmingham – 24 June 2014).
Congratulations to Rosanna Alderson (a PhD student in Dr John Mitchell’s group) who won the Best speaker of the Education & Outreach session at the RSC Younger Members Symposium (Birmingham – 24 June 2014).
Tanja van Mourik has been awarded promotion to Reader, based on her work in computational quantum chemistry. Her research concerns the investigation and promotion of methodological accuracy as well as the application of state-of-the art methods to study the properties of molecules, with an emphasis on molecules of biological interest. An important part of her research is the application of the gained knowledge on methodological accuracy to chemical problems of interest, often in collaboration with experimental groups. Nationally, Tanja promotes computational chemistry through involvement with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Theoretical Chemistry. At European level, the EuCheMS Division of Computational Chemistry, of which she is the UK representative, aims to increase cooperation between different organisations representing computational and theoretical chemistry in different European countries. Tanja led the Team that put together the successful Athena SWAN application for Chemistry (awarded Bronze in September 2013).
Rosanna Alderson (PhD student in Dr John Mitchell’s group) has been appointed Interconnect Student Champion 2014-15. Her role will be to work with students to help promote the work of Interconnect and Athena SWAN, organise useful events and provide opportunities for feedback.
Events will be publicised throughout the year. In addition, information, discussion and events can be found on the Facebook group: ‘Interconnect @ St Andrews’.
Sharon Ashbrook will be a member of the Physical Sciences panel of the RAE for Hong Kong.
Catherine Cazin was selected as a Rising Star Speaker for her exemplary research in Homogeneous Catalysis and Organometallic Chemistry at the 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC-41) that will take place in Singapore later in July (http://www.iccc41.org/).
Catherine Cazin has been made an Associate Editor of the Royal Society Open Science (http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/).
Catherine Cazin attended a reception hosted by the First Minister of Scotland, Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond MSP for Scotland’s Outstanding Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. Professor Andrea Nolan (Edinburgh Napier University) was presented an Honorary OBE during the event.
Sharon Ashbrook was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant entitled “Exploiting 17O NMR Spectroscopy: Atomic-Scale Structure, Disorder and Dynamics in Solids” . The award will start in April 2014.
Catherine Cazin was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal (Early Career Prize) for her outstanding research work and breadth and depth of experience in her chosen field of homogeneous catalysis.