International theme for Formal Dinner on 6 August
In keeping with the international theme of the Formal Dinner to be held on 6 August, all guests have international backgrounds and two are Chiefs!
Dr Brent Alsop teaches at both 100 and 400 level. He grew up in rural Northland outside Whangarei, where he went to high school. He then spent a year as an exchange student in the USA, where the more liberal curriculum enabled him to study both psychology and computer programming at a time when this was rare in high schools in New Zealand.
Professor Ian Lamont studied microbiology in Edinburgh (where he was born before moving to St Andrews), then genetics for a PhD at Oxford. After an enjoyable spell at the excellent molecular biology centre in Adelaide, he moved to the Department of Biochemistry at Otago.
Born in the USA, Professor Abigail Smith is nevertheless a very keen cricket fan. She agreed to be our breakfast speaker although she was on leave for 3 days, and then went straight on to watch the South Africa - New Zealand Test Match at the University Oval, so special thanks for that!
Associate Prof Chris Brickell works in the Gender studies programme in the Dept. of Gender, Sociology and Social Work (Gender 102 is one of the options papers for First Year Health Sciences). At the time of writing he is also acting head of the recently established Criminology Department. He has research interests in the history of male same-sex sexuality and intimacy, and in aspects of cultural change, focusing on gender relations in post-war New Zealand.