College news

10 October 2016
In a study led by Dr Jenny Zhang, a Research Associate at St John's, academics have found an unexpected performance-destructive pathway within Photosystem II, an enzyme at the heart of oxygenic photosynthesis, and one that is also being used to inspire new approaches to renewable fuel production.
Johannes Kepler, portrait by an unknown artist. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
26 September 2016
The trial in which the famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, defended his mother from accusations of witchcraft has been turned into an opera, following new research into the original 17th Century legal proceedings.You’ve heard about his laws of planetary motion - now, prepare to experience the libretto. Drawing on fresh historical research, the 17th Century...
21 September 2016
The first significant investigation into the genomics of Aboriginal Australians has uncovered several major findings about early human populations. These include evidence of a single “Out of Africa” migration event, and of a previously unidentified, “ghost-like” population spread which provided a basis for the modern Aboriginal cultural landscape.
20 September 2016
Researchers including PhD student Giuliana Fusco have identified how alpha-synuclein, the protein associated with Parkinson’s Disease, enables communication between neurons in the brain, offering important clues about what may be happening to patients when the protein malfunctions.
20 September 2016
The Great British weather, interaction with the environment, and human nature are all subjects of the poems in the debut collection from Library Projects Assistant Rebecca Watts.The Met Office Advises Caution, published by Carcanet Press and released on 29 September, is a collection of 50 poems offering a witty, warm-hearted view of the British landscape,...
16 September 2016
An established technique which statisticians use to interpret relatively straightforward data sets, so that they can be used to calculate probability, can also be applied to a class of much more complex and seemingly unmanageable statistical information, a study by Professor Richard Samworth has shown.
12 September 2016
New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother’s physical ability to provide.Researchers have shown for the first time how the placenta “umpires” a fight for nutrients between a pregnant mother and her unborn baby. The...
11 September 2016
A fundraising concert supporting people with Muscular Dystrophy will be held at St John’s College in September, after staff from a food supplier working with the College were inspired by a student who has the condition.
7 September 2016
Lessons on how to be cool and stay out of trouble for the apprehensive freshers of 1893; student pranks including a paranormal hoax debunked by Sir Isaac Newton and a car suspended from the Bridge of Sighs; and photographs of the proud student who would be the last to receive the wooden spoon – a prize traditionally awarded to the man who scraped through...
6 September 2016
A student from St John’s College has come away with top honours at an international Maths competition involving more than 300 students from 72 different universities.Maria-Romina Ivan, a 19-year-old Romanian student who recently completed her first year of the Mathematics tripos at St John’s, was ranked in the “first prize” category - representing the top...
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