Student Awarded Prestigious Grant
Congratulations to PhD student Gail Elliott who has been awarded the prestigious Ruggles-Gates Fund for Biological Anthropology. The fund, set up by the late Professor Reginald Ruggles-Gates, a member of the Royal Society, provides funding for postgraduate research projects which lie within human population biology, human genetics, human ethology or palaeoanthropology. Only one grant is awarded each year internationally.
Congratulations to our students who graduated at the University of Otago May graduation ceremony. Particular congratulations go to Dr Cornelia Gessner, Dr Francesco Marino and Dr Hayden McEwan who were awarded their PhDs.
Biological Anthropologists involved in exhumation of Leper
Associate Professor Hallie Buckley and Dr Sian Halcrow were recently involved in a project to exhume the remains of a leprosy patient, Ivon Skelton, who was buried on Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour in 1924 at the age of 25 years. Quail Island was used to quarantine influenza patients after World War I, and housed leprosy patients from 1906 to 1925. It was thought that Ivon was the only person to be buried on the island, but there are conflicting stories of at least one other burial at the site.