May 22, 2008

Graham Galbraith has been appointed deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire. The professor of building physics is currently pro vice-chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University, a position he has held since 2005. He has been at Glasgow Caledonian since 1993 in a variety of roles, including dean of the School of Engineering, Science and Design and assistant principal responsible for research. He was previously at the University of Strathclyde.

Gerard P. Hodgkinson and Richard Thorpe, professors at the University of Leeds, have been awarded academician status of the Academy of Social Sciences. They join the ranks of some 500 social scientists formally recognised for their contribution to their fields in the UK.

Matthew Isaac Cohen, from the department of drama and theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been awarded the 2008 Harry J. Benda Prize in South-East Asian Studies from the Association for Asian Studies for his book, The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891-1903. "I am deeply honoured to receive the Benda prize, a career honour of the highest order in the field of SouthEast Asian studies," he said.

Two University of Plymouth lecturers have been named the winners of the New Music Award 2008 and its £50,000 prize money. Media arts lecturers Jane Grant and John Matthias won the PRS Foundation new music accolade for their "sonic music composition", The Fragmented Orchestra, with Bafta award-winning composer Nick Ryan. The piece mirrors the function of the human brain and the way it processes sound: it does this by tapping into a wealth of sounds via tiny microphones placed all over the country.

The University of the West of Scotland has reappointed businessman Sir Robert Smith as its chancellor. Sir Robert, who was originally installed in October 2003, will serve until 2013. He was recently appointed chairman of the organising company of the 2014 Commonwealth Games being hosted by Glasgow. He is currently chairman of the Weir Group and Scottish and Southern Energy, and a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to Scotland's First Minister.

The British School of Osteopathy has announced that Steven Vogel and Sharon Potter have taken over as joint vice-principals. Their appointments follow the retirement of Margaret Wolff, who will continue to teach ethics and will also have the role of a special adviser. Mr Vogel is currently head of research at the BSO; Ms Potter is the undergraduate course leader at the school and is also studying for a professional doctorate in education.

Robert Crawford, the executive director of business development and commercialisation at Glasgow Caledonian University, has been appointed chairman of both the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company and the Scottish Industrial Development and Advisory Board. Dr Crawford said: "I am delighted to work with the Scottish Government in this capacity and to help deliver its core objective of sustainable economic growth for this country. We have seen an incredible push towards a more competitive business environment in Scotland, but there's much more to come. I am excited about the opportunity to help shape the country's successful economic future through this role."

Richard Thorold is the new principal of Gateshead College. He will take up his post in August, following the retirement of David Cheetham. Mr Thorold joins Gateshead from City of Bristol College, where he is director of resources, estates and information, communication and learning technologies.

Forty of the UK's doctors and medical researchers have been elected to the fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. The new fellows are: Andreas Adam, professor of interventional radiology, King's College London; Philip Baker, professor of maternal and foetal health, University of Manchester; David Beach, professor of stem-cell biology, Barts and The London, Queen Mary, University of London; Tim Bishop, professor of genetic epidemiology, University of Leeds; Sir Michael Brady, professor of information engineering, University of Oxford; Edward Bullmore, professor of psychiatry, University of Cambridge; Mark Caulfield, director, the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary, University of London; Terry Cook, professor of renal pathology, Imperial College London; Nicholas Day, director, Wellcome Research Unit, Mahidol University, Bangkok; Christopher Day, head of clinical medical sciences, Newcastle University; Anne Dell, professor of carbohydrate biochemistry, Imperial; Peter Donnelly, professor and director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford; Christopher Dye, co-ordinator of Tuberculosis Monitoring and Evaluation, World Health Organisation; Barry Everitt, professor of behavioural neuroscience, Cambridge; Lesley Fallowfield, director, Psychosocial Oncology Group, Brighton and Sussex Medical School; Ray Fitzpatrick, professor of public health, Oxford; Michael Frenneaux, professor of cardiovascular medicine, University of Birmingham; Jonathan Friedland, head of infectious diseases, Imperial; Steven Gamblin, joint head of the molecular structure division, National Institute for Medical Research; John Gribben, professor of experimental cancer medicine, Barts and The London; Paul Griffiths, professor of radiology, University of Sheffield; Andrew Halestrap, professor of biochemistry, University of Bristol; John Hardy, professor of neuroscience, University College London; Michael Hastings, programme leader in circadian neurobiology, Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology; William Hunter, professor of structural biology, University of Dundee; Masud Husain, professor of clinical neurology, UCL; Nicholas La Thangue, professor of cancer biology, Oxford; Simon Lovestone, professor of old-age psychiatry, King's College London; Richard Marais, professor of molecular oncology, Cancer Research UK; Barry Potter, head of medicinal chemistry, University of Bath; Pamela Rabbitts, professor of experimental respiratory research, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine; Peter Rothwell, professor of clinical neurology, Oxford; Robert Snow, Wellcome principal research fellow, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford; Margaret Snowling, professor of psychology, University of York; John Speakman, head of integrative physiology, University of Aberdeen; Andrew Steptoe, professor of psychology, epidemiology and public health, UCL; Victor Tybulewicz, head of division of immune cell biology, National Institute for Medical Research; Gabriel Waksman, professor of biochemistry, UCL; Ashley Woodcock, professor of respiratory medicine, University of Manchester; Kent Woods, chief executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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