Category Archives: Esteem

Booklet “Academic Women Now” launched

This publication on experiences of mid-career academic women in Scotland was launched by the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s “Young Academy Scotland”, which is a project managed by Sharon Ashbrook, Aileen Fyfe and Ineke de Moortel (see photo), all from the University of St Andrews.

The new booklet details the careers of female members of the Young Academy of Scotland, which recognises emerging leaders in science and the humanities, revealing their routes to success by discipline, personal circumstances and opportunities.

The booklet can be found here:

Appointment of Director of Sea Mammal Research Unit

Ailsa Hall has been appointed as director of the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU). As director Ailsa is responsible for the ensuring the delivery of SMRU’s strategic science funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish Government and for guiding and assisting the academic staff in their pursuit of curiosity driven science and in their teaching commitments.  She also works with SMRU’s commercial arm, a University wholly owned company, to ensure the science also has impact at the applied level. Her personal research interests are in the field of factors affecting survival in marine mammals, investigating the interactions between persistent organic pollutants, immune suppression and endocrine disruption in both seals and cetaceans.  She also studies basic physiology and nutritional condition and is emeritus member of the Unusual Mortality Marine Mammal Events Working Group in the US and is a member of the UK delegation to the International Whaling Commission.

Associate Editor Position

Dr Gozde Ozakinci (School of Medicine) will start as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Behavioral Medicine as of January 2015. Prof Alan Christensen from University of Iowa will be the new Editor of the Journal. The Journal covers prevention, treatment and rehabilitation practices and all areas of behavioural medicine research (e.g., epidemiology, health economics, psychology, and biostatistics).

Directorship of WHO Collaborating Centre

Candace Currie is Director of a newly designated WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) in Child and Adolescent Health Policy at the School of Medicine (2013-2017) with co-directors Gerry Humphris and Peter Donnelly; and has been recently been awarded CSO funding to participate in the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) coordinated from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and running in 10 cities around the globe. The focus is on understanding gender socialisation and sexual health among young people growing up in deprived communities. These initiatives have led to two new appointments – Dr Juliet McEachran, part-time Research Coordinator for GEAS’s Scottish site, and Ms Aixa Aleman-Diaz, Policy Adviser for the WHOCC.

Appointment to BBSRC Pool of Experts

V Anne Smith has been appointed to the BBSRC’s Pool of Experts.  The initial appointment is for one year, with an expectation of continuation for up to three years.  During this time, she will be called to sit upon any of Committees A-D to complement the Committee’s core members, where she will contribute with her expertise on computational biology, animal behaviour and neuroscience, and synthetic biology.

Industrial visit to Norway

Dr Upulani Somisara (postdoctoral research fellow in Chemistry) took part in an industrial visit to Norway for Scottish delegates, representing the University of St Andrews, EaStCHEM and the EU-funded SuBiCat International Training Network. One of the main aims was to visit the world’s most advanced bio-refinery and explore the feasibility of the same concept in Scotland.

Election to RSE Young Academy of Scotland

Silvia Paracchini was elected a member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland in the 2014 round. The RSE Young Academy of Scotland fosters interdisciplinary activities among emerging leaders from the disciplines of science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society. Silvia has engaged immediately with the Academy joining the ‘Research The Headlines’ working group, which aims to analyse how science is reported in the media. This is Silvia’s first blogpost discussing the science behind an hypothetical kit for suicide diagnosis.

Interconnect Student Champion

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’.