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Iraq Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila has been appointed the new Iraq Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.  Formerly a professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki, Professor Hämeen-Anttila has published extensively on the languages, history and culture of the Middle East.  His recent publications include Case Studies in Transmission (Münster, 2015) and he is currently working on the trasmission of the Middle Persian Khwadaynamag into medieval Arabic.

He earned his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 1994.  Before coming to Edinburgh, he worked as a Senior Researcher of the Finnish Academy 1997-2000 and Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki 2000-2016.

Chief Operating Officer, Edinburgh Genomics

Edinburgh Genomics is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Fearnley as its Chief Operating Officer.  Joel brings a wealth of industry experience in senior technical and commercial roles across the electronics and life science industries.  He co-founded and successfully led microfluids start-up Lab901, which was susequently acquired by Agilent Technologies.  Most recently, Joel was General Manager of Agilent's global Microfluidics Business. 

Commenting on his appointment, Joel said "Having worked with Edinburgh Genomics in the past, I know how much quality and potential there is here and I am delighted to be joining the team at such an exciting time.  The combination of outstanding people and state-of-the-art facilities makes us strongly placed to break new ground in advanced genome sequencing and I believe that demand for our high quality services will continue to grow rapidly."

Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University

Newcastle University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Adam Sharr as Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.  He will take up the position in August.

Adam is Professor of Architecture at Newcastle, Editor-in-Chief of arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (Cambridge University Press), Series Editor of Thinkers for Architects (Routledge), and Principal of Adam Sharr Architects.  He researches how buildings display the values of the cultures and individuals that have produced them.  He is author, editor or co-editor of six books on architecture including Heidegger's Hut (MIT Press, 2006), Reading Architecture and Culture (Routledge, 2012) and, with Stephen Thornton, Demolishing Whitehall: Leslie Martin, Harold Wilson and the Architecture of White Heat, which was  commended in the RIBA President's Awards for Research in 2014.  His Modern Architecture: A Very Short Introduction is due to be published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.