Award for helping victims of tragedy
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