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.
Sascha Hooker has been awarded a promotion to Reader, based on her work on marine mammal ecology. She uses advanced microelectronic dataloggers to monitor movements of marine mammals, and combines these with novel technologies such as the use of camera tags, to provide context for the interpretation of behaviour. Her work on the diving behaviour of beaked whales has provided the foundations for understanding their adverse reaction to ocean noise, with consequences for industry and military operating procedures. She advocates using research to help advise policy for this and other conservation issues, and has directed much attention to the determination of more rigorous ecological criteria for the designation of marine protected areas.
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/).