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UKAS Conference Prizes

Posted on 25 April 2013

Congratulations to John Stewart (Archaeology PhD student) and Joanna Simpson (Chemistry PhD student) who attended the UKAS conference in Cardiff!

John Stewart, who is supervised by Prof Matthew Collins and Dr Kirsty Penkman, won the prize for the best presentation at UKAS 2013.  His paper was entitled: “What can eggshell tell us about the past?” and discussed the development of a new analytical technique and its application to Viking Age sites in York and Scottish islands as well as Pompeii.

Joanna Simpson won second prize for the student poster competition at the same conference.  Joanna is a NERC funded student, supervised by Prof Matthew Collins, Dr Kirsty Penkman, Prof Jane Thomas-Oates and Dr Julie Wilson.  Joanna’s poster title was 'Dating bone, one glutamine at a time' and her project is looking at bone degradation, measuring glutamine deamidation in collagen using mass spectrometry. The aim of the project is to see if deamidation can be used date bone material past the radiocarbon limit of 50 thousand years BP.