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Sophia magazine: Issue 3 published

26 June 2009


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The new issue of Sophia magazine is now available in print and to download as as a pdf. Sophia is a volunteer-run magazine aiming to showcase talent in research, writing and art from current UCL staff and graduate students.

PhD student and Sophia Editor, Ed Long, introduces this issue of the magazine:

"Issue 3 is bigger and better than before - we have increased the number of page spreads since Issue 2 and have also doubled the print run thanks to generous funding from the UCL Friends' Trust and UCL Grand Challenges.

"Again, we will try to maintain supplies of the magazine in the Graduate Common Room (behind the Print Room Café) and in the Housman Room, and copies will also be distributed to departmental common rooms. If you are able to help distributing copies in your department, please email me at editor@sophiamagazine.co.uk.

"The cover features a diptych of photographs from Slade MFA student Ryan Riddington. The issue also contains a 'salon' feature where we have brought together researchers from different departments to discuss a particular topic. In this issue, Professor John Hardy (Neuroscience) discusses the possible evolutionary advantages associated with altruism and religious belief with Professor Ruth Mace (Anthropology).

"Other articles of note are; an introduction to metabolic building materials, which can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, by Dr Rachel Armstrong, recently the only British researcher to be appointed as a TED Global Fellow; a summary of 30 years research into Biblical storytelling traditions in Eastern Europe: 'The Folk Bible', by Dr Florentina Badalanova Geller; photographs and discussion of traditional hunting culture in the Eastern Himalayas by Anthropology masters student Ambika Aiyadurai.

"We are excited by the increased recognition for Sophia around UCL and hope to continue to engage even more with the research community and the university as a whole. For the next issue we will be working closely with UCL Grand Challenges, running a writing competition on the theme of 'Sustainable Cities'. The winner will receive a prize of £250 and the deadline for submissions is November 1st. More details are on the Sophia website."

Contributors are now welcome to send submissions for consideration for Issue 4. The deadline for first drafts will also be November 1st. Submissions can be sent to editor@sophiamagazine.co.uk