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New Chairs

Press release issued: 15 June 2001

University appoints new professors

During the Spring Term, the Council of the University of Bristol has made the following appointments to Chairs.

Chair in Cereal Functional Genomics
Dr Keith Edwards, formerly Head of the Crop Genetics Group at the Long Ashton Research Station (LARS), has been appointed to the Chair in Cereal Functional Genomics. Professor Edwards took up his post on 2 January 2001.

Professor Edwards' expertise lies in the fields of cereal functional and structural genomics and genetic diversity. His achievements include the first cloning of a plant Phenylalanine Ammonia-Lyase, the development of the first yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) libraries for both maize and sugar beet and the construction and utilisation of microsatellite enriched genomic libraries for more than 60 plant and animal species.

Chair in Economics
Dr Jonathan Temple, formerly Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, has been appointed to a Chair in Economics. Professor Temple took up his appointment on 1 January 2001. Professor Temple is a macroeconomist with special interest in endogenous growth theory and empirics. He has also worked on development issues, focusing on developing economies in Africa and East Asia, and on applied econometric issues.

Chair in International Social Policy
Dr Mark Kleinman, formerly Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, London School of Economics (LSE), has been appointed to the Chair in International Social Policy. Professor Kleinman took up his appointment on 1 January 2001.

Professor Kleinman has maintained research and teaching interests in both social policy and urban studies and his work has emphasised the international dimension, where he has participated in various international networks and joint projects. His main interests are in exploring the strengths and weaknesses of economic approaches to public policy issues including the methodology and philosophy of economics as applied to social policy.

Chair in Disability and Social Policy
Dr Linda Ward, formerly Senior Research Fellow and Acting Director of the Norah Fry Research Centre, has been appointed to the Chair of Disability and Social Policy and to the Directorship of the Norah Fry Research Centre. Professor Ward took up her appointment on 1 January 2001.

Professor Ward has an international reputation for her work in the field of disability studies, in particular studies relating to people with learning difficulties. She acts as an adviser to the Government on issues relating to disabled children. She is a core member of the Association of Directors of Social Services Network on supporting disabled children and their families and acts as an adviser to the National Lottery Charities Board. A major aspect of her work is disseminating research findings in formats accessible to people with learning difficulties and to practitioners and managers in this field. She has also been instrumental in developing community-based services for people with learning difficulties.

Harry Crook Chair in Deaf Studies
Dr Jim Kyle, Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University, has been appointed to the Harry Crook Chair in Deaf Studies. Professor Kyle took up his appointment on 1 January 2001.

Professor Kyle founded the Centre for Deaf Studies at Bristol some 20 years ago. During the last decade his particular area of interest has been the application of technology to improve the educational possibilities of the deaf community and to improve the interface between the deaf community and the hearing world.

Chair in Paediatrics
Adam Finn, Director of Clinical Research, Sheffield Institute for Vaccine Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Sheffield, has been appointed to the Chair in Paediatrics. Professor Finn took up his appointment on 24 March 2001.

Professor Finn's research work focuses on the evaluation of childhood vaccines against infectious diseases, mucosal immune responses to vaccines and, in particular, the immunopathogenesis of and mucosal immune responses to pneumococcal infections and vaccines.

Chair in Applied Mathematics Professor Stephen Wiggins, Professor of Applied Mechanics and Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology, has been appointed to the Chair in Applied Mathematics. Professor Wiggins took up his appointment on 1 February 2001.

Professor Wiggins' principal research interests are in the fields of theoretical nonlinear dynamics, fluid mechanics and theoretical chemistry.

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Friday, 15-Jun-2001 10:50:03 BST

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