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In a study co-authored by St John's Fellow Simon Conway Morris, researchers show how major changes in the chemical composition of the world’s oceans enabled the first large organisms – possibly some of the earliest animals – to exist and thrive more than half a billion years ago. 
Julia Gottwald, PhD Psychiatry candidate, has won the Association of British Science Writers Best Student Science Journalist Award.Julia won the Best Student Science Journalist Award for her article entitled Does your brain have a sex? which was published by BlueSci, the Cambridge University Science Magazine, Easter 2016.Julia, a third year PhD student at the Department of Psychiatry and a member of St John’s, shows in her winning article that human male and female brains are more similar than we think.
College Research Associate Dr Akshay Rao has been awarded the Henry Moseley Medal and Prize for exceptional early career contributions to experimental physics.Dr Akshay Rao, a Research Associate at St John’s, has been awarded the Henry Moseley Medal and Prize for “groundbreaking studies into the electronic properties of organic semiconductors, particularly the roles of electron spin in the operation of solar cells.”
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 completing his PhD at St John’s College.
Singers performing 'Sardanapalo' by Liszt.
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.
The spectacular variety of colours and patterns that butterflies use to ward off potential predators may result from highly localised environmental conditions known as “microhabitats”, researchers have found.The study, by an international team of researchers, attempts to explain why, even though butterfly species have evolved to mimic one another’s wing patterns to more efficiently signal their toxicity, they nevertheless maintain a kaleidoscopic array of patterns overall.
Professor Andrew Woods, Fellow of St John’s College, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.Professor Andrew Woods, BP Professor and Head of the BP Institute, University of Cambridge, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society due to his outstanding contributions to science.
Dr Ruth Armstrong, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, and College Research Associate at St John’s, has won a Butler Trust award for her pioneering work in Learning Together, a scheme which brings prisoners and academics together to learn from one another.
At a free public event this Thursday, historian Tom Holland and the philosopher AC Grayling will go head-to-head in a debate on the roots of humanism.The struggles between religious and secular values have been one of the defining features of the post-enlightenment age in the West. But is the distinction really so sharp? In the second Newell Classics Event at St John's College this week, Tom Holland and AC Grayling will debate "The Roots of Humanism". The event will take place on 4 May, at 7.30pm in the Palmerston Room.
Professor Richard Samworth, Fellow of St John’s College, has been awarded the Adams Prize 2016-17.The Adams Prize, one of the University of Cambridge’s oldest and most prestigious prizes, has been awarded jointly to Professor Richard Samworth, Faculty of Mathematics, and Professor Graham Cormode.