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Dr Andrew Arsan, Fellow at St John’s College, has won a 2017 Philip Leverhulme Prize.The Leverhulme Trust has just announced the winners of the 2017 Philip Leverhulme Prize, and Dr Arsan, Director of Studies in History at St John’s, is one of five Cambridge researchers among this year's winners.
The annual Linacre Lecture will take place at St John’s College on 12 February and will be given by Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe.This year’s Linacre Lecture will be presented by Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe FRS and is entitled ‘Elucidation of hypoxia signalling pathways: implications for medicine’.Professor Ratcliffe studied Medicine at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He undertook his clinical training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London before moving to Oxford to specialise in renal medicine.
Direct genetic traces of the earliest Native Americans have been identified for the first time in a new study led by St John's College Fellow, Eske Willerslev. The genetic evidence suggests that people may have entered the continent in a single migratory wave, perhaps arriving more than 20,000 years ago.The data, which came from archaeological finds in Alaska, also points to the existence of a previously unknown Native American population, whom academics have named “Ancient Beringians”.
A Memorial Service for Dr Alan Smith, MA, PhD, Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge and Emeritus University Reader in Geology, who died on 13 August 2017, aged 80, will be held in St John’s College Chapel on Saturday 10 February at 12 noon. 
A one-day graduate workshop examining courtly culture and early modern fashion will be taking place at St John’s next year, and researchers are invited to contribute.A workshop, entitled Fashioning the Early Modern Courtier, will take place at the Old Divinity School on 16 May. It will explore how clothing contributed courtly culture and rituals as well as sartorial trends in courts in early modern Europe.
Researchers have significantly prolonged the lifetime of information carried by an electron in a microscopic structure known as a “quantum dot”. The study represents another early step towards the realisation of quantum computing, a hugely powerful possible future technology, but one that presently remains a long way off, and for which possible systems are still being studied at a very fundamental level.
A research centre that will pioneer new approaches to understand and treat neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, motor neurone disease and frontotemporal dementia has been launched in Cambridge, with backing from Stephen Hawking, among others.Professor Hawking, who has had motor neurone disease for over 50 years, said that the Centre for Misfolding Diseases had his “strongest support”, following its establishment to tackle some of the world’s most devastating diseases – including his own condition.
Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to avoid it, new research co-authored by College Fellow Eske Willerslev has found.
Researchers have quantified the astonishingly high speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to stretch what are presently seen as natural limits on their energy conversion efficiency.
Varun Warrier grew up in southern India and is now a PhD student at St John's researching the genetics of autism.