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News of Our Alumi

Research by Human Sciences alumna, Charlotte Houldecroft showing that Neanderthals may have died of diseases carried by humans from Africa has featured in The Guardian. Charlotte graduated in Human Sciences in 2009 before doing a doctorate in Molecular Genetics at the University of Cambridge. Charlotte says her current research on infectious disease in Neanderthals was inspired by her Human Sciences degree.

One of our alumni, Katie Sissons who graduated in 2009, has raised money for the long-term recovery effort in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam. Katie lived in Vanuatu in 2010 and in order to raise awareness and money to help rebuild this country, She wore  the national dress of Vanuatu, called simply "island dress", around London, taking photos of herself and posting one photo per day during  April 2015. Each day she also posted one fact about this fascinating but little-known country. You can view the pictures at

On Thursday, 5 March 2015, HumSci Alumna, Daniela Sieff gave a talk at the RSA on her new book  'How to Understand and Heal Emotional Trauma'. The lecture was chaired by Alison Critchley, another HumSci Alumna and Chief Executive of the RSA Academies. You can  download Daniela's talk from the RSA Website.

Congratulations to Belinda Stewart-Cox (who graduated in Human Sciences in 1984) who has been awarded an OBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours (in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List). Belinda is the founder and executive director of the Elephant Conservation Network and says that Human Sciences  is "a perfect degree for anyone interested in conservation because it focuses on people as well as wildlife."

On 6 December 2011, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II invested Belinda Stewart-Cox with an O.B.E. for twenty-five years of service to nature conservation in Thailand.

Amelia Cook (who graduated in Human Sciences in 2010) completed the 2011 London Marathon in 4 hours 29 minutes, raising lots of money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Amelia was inspired to to run for the Muscular Dystrophy Campagin through reading about the research which the charity has funded into exon skipping gene therapy, whilst studying for her Human Sciences Finals as well as through her work at Helen and Douglas House in Oxford.

Beatrice Cockbain (who graduated in Human Sciences in 2010) has been awarded the First Prize in the Royal Entomological Society 2010 Student Awards for her essay on 'How to Attract a Mate: Stomach Swelling and the Risks of Sex'.  You can read her essay on the Royal Entomological Society website. 

Congratulations to Zlata Filipovic (Human Scientist from 1998-2001) whose book Zlata's diary has topped the list of 75 favourite Penguin Books

Zlata's diary, which was written whilst she was growing up in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war is an international best seller and has been compared to the Diary of Anne Frank.

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