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Hawaiian Crow discovery led by YAS Member Dr Christian Rutz

An international team of  scientist led by Christian Rutz MYAS (St Andrews University) has made a fascinating discovery about a rare Hawaiian crow.  The endangered Alalā is an advanced tool-user according to the teams' recent cover story in the leading journal Nature.

Dr Rutz has previously studied another too-using crow species, the New Caledonian crow, which was until recently regarded as a fascintating anomoly by researchers. The discovery of the Alalā's very similar- but seperately evolved- abilities raising the exciting possibility that other, less-studied species of crow might also be tool-users.

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CARNIVAL at the Fringe: A play by Catherine O'Shea MYAS

August 8 & 9, 7:30 pm @ Top floor boardroom, Evolution House (near Grassmarket). free, unticketed

78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

British Playwright and YAS MemberCatherine O’ Shea’s newest play CARNIVAL will receive a series work in progress showcase in Edinburgh this  August.

“I want to tell her that I had to leave everything behind too. My home, my city.”

This one-woman play, CARNIVAL, follows a multi-generational group of students from across the globe who come together for an adult education class in Central London. The play follows the women from their first day of class to their final celebration. A lot can happen over the course of a year. They share a common struggle overcoming many barriers to their education, but one student must risk everything. An undeniable bond forms between this teacher and student.

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#AspirationalAdvice Competition gives Scotland's students chance to win book vouchers

Over the past two years the Young Academy of Scotland and partner organisations across Scotland have been running the #AspirationalAdvice campaign on social media.

This campaign asks twitter and Facebook users to share with young people the best piece of advice they got when they were younger or the piece of advice they wish they had received. 

This growing bank of advice has helped many to aim high, dream big, lift their aspirations and achieve their hopes and goals. All of the advice has then been photographed and the images shared on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag: #AspirationalAdvice.

The campaign has had contributions from various people from media figures, politicians, academics, sports stars and many different professionals and people living in Scotland and beyond.

Now, as this campaign reaches its final weeks for 2016, the Young Academy will be offering schools the opportunity to choose their favourite pieces of advice and have a chance to win book vouchers provided by the Young Academy of Scotland Excellence in Education Working Group.

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RSE Young Academy of Scotland Welcomes 44 New Members

New cohort of members includes outstanding members of Scotland’s refugee community

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 44 new members.  These members will make up the fourth intake cohort and join YAS’s existing members in realising its mission ‘to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership’. The group comprising 25 women and 19 men in their early-to-mid careers from across Scotland, will bring a range of important and diverse skills to YAS.

For the first time in YAS’s history, the cohort includes four members who have been appointed through YAS’s At-Risk Academic/Refugee (ARAR) membership initiative.  The ARAR initiative was launched this year to recognise young professionals of outstanding talent from Scotland’s refugee and migrant communities. Going forward, four spaces will be reserved for at-risk academics and refugees in each of the academy’s next two recruitment rounds.

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YAS member recognised for partnership with Scottish Prison Service and Fife College

A project set up by YAS member Anne Schwan has been honoured with the Partnership Award at the 2016 Herald Higher Education Awards.  The project, in which University student volunteers are paired with prisoners at HMP Edinburgh for one-on-one English language, literacy, and creative writing tuition, is the result of a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University, Scottish Prison Service, and Fife College.

The awards were hosted by Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson at an event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

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