Celebrating our colleagues

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Each month, Bulletin highlights and celebrates the achievements of our fellow staff members. Congratulations to all involved.

Since Bulletin last published, congratulations include those to:

Professor Naomi Appleton, Lecturer in Buddhist Studies and Indian Religions, has been elected to the International Association of Buddhist Studies board. The Director at Large role will involve a four-year tenure on the board, to provide leadership in accomplishing the purposes of the Association.

Manuel Fernández-Götz, Abercromby Professor of Archaeology, has been appointed as Trustee of National Museums Scotland (NMS). The NMS appointment will be for a period of four years, starting in October.

Dr Marc Geddes, Senior Lecturer in Politics, has been awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant for research exploring the relationship between parliament and knowledge. From early 2024, Dr Geddes’ five-year project – Studying Parliaments and the Role of Knowledge (SPARK) – will examine entanglements between parliaments and different types of knowledge. SPARK aims to better understand the practices of using knowledge to enhance democratic governance.

Dr Amy Buck, RNA and Infection Biology, has been honoured with the Max Planck-Humboldt Medal for her research into inter-species communication via RNA, as well as €60,000 in prize money. The medal will be presented this November in Berlin. 

Robin Rice, Data Librarian and Head of Research Data Support, has been elected President of International Association for Social Science Information Systems and Technology (IASSIST), an international organisation for professionals working with data services. It comes as IASSIST celebrates its 50th anniversary.