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New Members Inducted to Young Academy

Last week was busy but exciting here at the Young Academy of Scotland. We have now officially increased our numbers to 156 members by welcoming our talented and diverse third cohort of members to the academy. You can read more about them by looking at the New Members 2014 section of our website or by looking at the booklet pdf here: http://www.youngacademyofscotland.org.uk/images/New_Members_-_Booklet_2014.pdf

 

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Brain training on Trial - fringe show!







http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/fringe-media-series/speakers/iain-martin/
http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/fringe-media-series/speakers/ray-perman/
http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/fringe-media-series/speakers/peter-jay/
http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/fringe-media-series/speakers/gavin-esler/
http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/fringe-media-series/speakers/chris-mullin/
http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/fringe-media-series/speakers/polly-toynbee/





Brain training on Trial 

Spent your hard-earned cash on games that promise to protect your brain? Still forgetting why you went into that room? Then come and put brain training on trial. Be our prosecution, defence and jury as we examine the claims that brain training games protect your brain. Hear the evidence for and against their effectiveness and cross-examine our expert witness. As you question the evidence, what will your verdict be: brain training, guilty or not guilty? With Dr Alan Gow, Lecturer in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University.

At this year's Fringe, YAS member Alan Gow will be one of a number of academics from Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Napier, and QMU performing as part of Edinburgh Beltane's Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. Alan's contribution is a show called "Brain Training on Trial" on August 18th at 3.40pm.

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Scotland’s Young Academy welcomes 43 new members

Scotland’s Young Academy welcomes 43 new members

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Two YAS Members receive RSE Early Career Prizes

Two members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland were presented with early career prizes last night at a ceremony hosted by the RSE. YAS co-chair Neil McLennan was joined by Gordon Pentland in receiving an early career prize. Neil’s work supporting and challenging improvements in education, particularly as President of the Scottish Association of Teachers of History, has earned him the RSE/Henry Duncan Medal (Early Career Prize) for outstanding contribution to civic society, creativity and social enterprise, education and the social sciences. Gordon Pentland, senior lecturer in History at Edinburgh University, was awarded the RSE/Thomas Reid Medal (Early Career Prize 2013) for his high quality research which contributes significantly to British and Scottish political and cultural history and his longstanding commitment to knowledge exchange.

Neil said, “It is a great honour for Gordon and I to receive these prizes. The real prize though is the work of the RSE and the Young Academy of Scotland to bring together innovative practitioners from all sectors that collectively impact on creating public good.”

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YAS member elected to Global Young Academy Executive Committee

 

The Global Young Academy (GYA) has just completed its Annual General Assembly, which this year was held in Santiago, at the facilities of the University of Chile. Members from more than 50 countries elected their new leadership for the coming year, including two Co-Chairs. The election brought to the head of the academy for the first time an Australian and social scientist, Dr. Eva Alisic, alongside the re-elected co-chair Prof. Dr. Sameh Soror (Egypt). Soror: “This offers unparalleled opportunities to connect Australian science internationally, and to further increase the diversity of the Global Young Academy.”

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Maria Ana is an Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University, where she leads a research group focused on novel ultrafast lasers and photonic systems, as well as their applications to sensing and imaging.

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