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The Edinburgh Medal 2021Heidi J. Larson, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science and the Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was presented with the prestigious Edinburgh Medal as par t of Edinburgh Science Festival 2021. Professor Linda Bauld, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh said: “Professor Larson has been a champion for the role of social scientists in infectious disease response. Her research has helped us better understand how to build trust and address misinformation as we emerge from the current Covid-19 crisis. We owe her, and the researchers she has mentored, a debt of gratitude for their work on vaccine hesitancy and the social and political factors that affect uptake. This award is a fitting recognition from a city that established the first university department and first chair in public health in the UK.” The Edinburgh Medal is awarded to women and men of science who are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity. Previous recipients include Jane Goodall, Sunita Narain and David Attenborough.

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The charity-run Leith School of Art has launched a £100,000 Resilience Fund appeal, to rebuild its resources after the Covid-19 pandemic - to help expand its work in the community, with schools, and to fur ther develop its unique contribution to ar t education. Founded in 1988 and based in the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church in North Junction Street, the school is well known for its foundation course which has propelled many young people into high-quality degrees and on to successful careers.

Nick Devison, the School’s Principal, said: “Throughout the pandemic we maintained the highest possible level of commitment to our students and staff. However, Leith School of Art is now under significant financial strain and its future is threatened. That’s why we are turning to our whole community and wider supporters of the Scottish visual ar ts, to ask for help so our School can stay resilient as we all emerge from this pandemic.” Donations can be made at www.donate.leithschoolofart.co.uk

Professor Heidi J. Larson with The Edinburgh Medal (Photo: Chris Scott )

Layla Ballard with the judges

David on track to help St Columba’s 99 years old David Flucker from Corstorphine - a devoted volunteer at St Columba’s Hospice Care - has donated a handmade 00 Gauge Model Railway worth £500 to raise much needed funds for the charity. Available to view at the charity’s Ocean Terminal Shop, the model railway measures 4ft x 6ft and is comprised of two trains and four carriages. £2 raffle tickets can be bought in store (Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm) with all profits going to the Hospice. David will also be on hand in store, giving demonstrations of the model until the winner is drawn on 18th October. www.stcolumbashospice.org.uk.

David Flucker with the 00 Gauge Model Railway set he built and donated to the Hospice.

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