King’s in the news - round-up of August 2018

King’s research makes headlines around the world. From Dina Asher-Smith’s gold medal treble at the European Championships to whether going teetotal in later life could actually cause dementia, we’ve selected a few recent stories to share with you.

Dina Asher-Smith

Dina Asher-Smith's Gold Medal Treble

King’s were delighted to be celebrating superstar alumna Dina Asher-Smith’s (History, 2017) three gold medals at the European Championships. Dina took victories in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, all in world leading times.

Dina wasn’t the only King’s athlete lighting up the track in Glasgow. Psychology student Imani-Lara Lansiquot also won gold in the 4x100m relay and made the 100m final. Recent graduate, Laviai Nielsen (Geography, 2018) won her 400m semi-final with a personal-best time, eventually finishing fourth in the final.

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King's Maths School

Top Marks for King’s Maths School

It was A-level results day in the UK on 16 August and the King’s Maths School, run in partnership with the university, once again got some of the best results in the country.

96% of entries received a grade B or above and the school placed in the top 0.5% in terms of value added based on the students’ previous GCSE results. Female students did particularly well this year, outperforming their male peers in every subject for the first time.

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Woman and Child IS

Analysis reveals significant role for women and minors in Islamic State

A recent report from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s found that women and minors were much more active within IS than previously thought.

The report reveals that women and minors (aged under 18) account for up to 25 per cent of the foreign citizens who became affiliated with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The authors believe this is likely to be a significant underestimation, given gaps in the data.

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Bottle of wine

Does going teetotal in later life actually cause dementia?

Dr Tony Rao, Visiting Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry, took a look at evidence for the claim reported in some media outlets recently that not drinking alcohol could make you more likely to develop dementia. He warns that there may be other reasons for the findings that prompted the stories and highlights the harm that alcohol can have on older people.

Read more in The Conversation

Mary Wollstonecraft

What an amazing 18th-century feminist would champion today

Dr Hannah Dawson, Lecturer in the History of Political Thought, makes the claim that Mary Wollstonecraft would be advocating for social equality, universal education and feminism, if she was around today:

‘For Wollstonecraft, education was the path to freedom, but not freedom in the competitive mould; rather the kind that nurtures “the common relationship that binds the whole family on earth together.”’

Read more in The Economist

Plate of vegan food

How your body changes on a vegan diet

Dr Sophie Medlin took a look at the effects of a vegan diet in her piece for The Conversation. There has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans since 2008. Research suggests that if well planned veganism can have health benefits, but, if not, it can be damaging to your health.

Read more in The Conversation

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