College news

26 June 2017
At the moment they come together, the individual grains in materials like sand and snow appear to have exactly the same probability of combining into any one of their many billions of possible arrangements, researchers have shown. The study was led by Stefano Martiniani, who is now based at New York University but undertook the research while...
22 June 2017
Research deciphering the hidden magnetic messages encoded in a rare group of meteorites has helped secure nearly half a billion dollars of NASA funding for a journey to their parent asteroid – the only known place in the solar system where scientists can examine directly what is probably a metallic core.4.5 billion years ago in the violent, high-speed...
19 June 2017
St John’s College will be raising money at this year’s May Ball in support of an appeal for Helen and Douglas House – an organisation for terminally ill children, young adults and their families. In 2014, its staff provided outstanding end of life care for a student of St John’s, Robin Coleman, even helping him to marry his partner, Rachel, in a wedding at...
19 June 2017
After four days of intense races on the Cam, the crew of the Lady Margaret Boat Club men’s first boat, M1, have been crowned Head of the River for the second year running.“Head of the River” is the title awarded to the crew whose boat is in first place in the first division following the famous May Bumps which mark the end of Easter Term. Each of Cambridge’...
19 June 2017
College Fellow and Professor of Materials Science, Serena Best, has been awarded a CBE for services to Biomaterials Engineering in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017.
Singers performing 'Sardanapalo' by Liszt.
16 June 2017
A long-forgotten Italian opera by Franz Liszt entitled Sardanapalo has been brought to life after a year-long research project carried out by St John’s Research Fellow Dr Francesca Vella with a team of Cambridge and US scholars.
14 June 2017
Two staff members and a Fellow of St John’s College have been shortlisted for a poetry prize for their first collections.Adam Crothers, Special Collections Assistant, Rebecca Watts, Library Project Assistant, and Alex Wong, Research Fellow in English Literature at St John’s, have all been shortlisted for The Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Full...
14 June 2017
Julia Hwang launches her new CD Subito this week, the first CD by a soloist to be released on the St John’s label.Subito is the début album by Music undergraduate and internationally-renowned violinist Julia Hwang. Julia, who is in her final year at St John’s, is accompanied on the album by pianist Charles Matthews.
12 June 2017
More than a dozen student poets at St John’s have had their work published, many for the first time, in a new collection which celebrates the College’s thriving poetry scene. 
9 June 2017
Twenty years ago, a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge developed a test of ‘cognitive empathy’ called the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” Test (or the Eyes Test, for short). This revealed that people can rapidly interpret what another person is thinking or feeling from looking at their eyes alone. It also showed that some of us are better at...
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