Benefactors meet Rising Stars
The Vice-Chancellor hosted a summer drinks reception at her Lodge on 2nd July to thank existing University supporters for their generosity and to introduce them to the rising stars of academia that may benefit from future support. Graduate studentships are a key part of the 800th Anniversary Campaign and vital for the future of research but also of far-reaching benefit to society as a whole. Three strikingly contrasting 'two minute talks' by PhD students exemplified research at a human level yet with the powerful potential of lifting all of our landscapes:
Lulu Matakala commenced with a spell-binding account of the property grabbing culture still endured by Zambian widows today. Her research in the Faculty of Law will lend gravitas to her mission to reform policy in the field of human rights.
Mbou Eyole-Monono continued in a technical tone and explained how his research at the Computer Laboratory seeks to develop on-body sensors with the potential of improving healthcare amongst other environmental benefits.
Djuke Veldhuis entertained with salivary sagas diagnosing physiological and behavioural responses to stress in different human populations. Relating to such studies is not only applicable to the Department of Biological Anthropology but something which affects almost all.
Lively conversations continued throughout the evening with the following 'Rising Stars' intermingling with guests:
Kate Bethune: Faculty of History
Rob Harle: Computer Laboratory
Priti Parikh: Department of Engineering
Ilian Iliev: Judge Business School
Xiaohan Pan: Institute of Biotechnology
Geraldine Parsons: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
Added: 12 July 2007