Award for help­ing vic­tims of tragedy

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY AILEEN ROBERT­SON

Pro­fes­sor Dame Sue Black has been made an honorary Doc­tor of Medicine by St An­drews Uni­ver­sity.

Dame Sue, a pro­fes­sor of anatomy and foren­sic an­thro­pol­ogy at Dundee Uni­ver­sity, was hon­oured for her ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to sci­ence and hu­man­ity.

As a world-renowned ex­pert in ex­am­in­ing hu­man re­mains, she has trav­elled to Sierra Leone, Thai­land and Iraq on be­half of the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice to help iden­tify the bod­ies of those killed in nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and mas­sacres.

Her work has in­cluded in­ves­ti­gat­ing mass graves in Kosovo to pre­pare ev­i­dence for the in­terna- tional war crimes tri­bunal. She was also in­volved in iden­ti­fy­ing vic­tims of the 2004 Box­ing Day tsunami.

Pro­fes­sor David Cross­man from the school of medicine said her work had re­sulted in the pros­e­cu­tion and con­vic­tion of the guilty and closure for fam­i­lies.

He added: “Sue Black’s work has em­bed­ded a re­spect for the dead and help for those left be­hind.

“Her work has helped many hun­dreds of peo­ple iden­tify the re­mains of loved ones and bring closure to tragic events, as well as al­low crim­i­nals to be brought to jus­tice.

“Her work sets her in an im­por­tant group of aca­demic in­ves­ti­ga­tors who have, in a short pe­riod, made an im­pact for the ben­e­fit of so­ci­ety as a whole.”

Also re­ceiv­ing an honorary doc­tor­ate from the uni­ver­sity was Pro­fes­sor Michael Ferguson, regius pro­fes­sor of life sciences at Dundee Uni­ver­sity, who was made a Doc­tor of Sci­ence.

Pro­fes­sor Ferguson’s work has shed light on the bio­chem­istry of par­a­sites which spread trop­i­cal dis­eases, in­clud­ing sleep­ing sick­ness. HON­OURED: Dame Sue Black with her de­gree

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