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The Brian Runnett Prize for organ playing is open to all Junior Members of the University, and the competition will take place on Thursday 21 February 2017 in St John’s College Chapel.  Competition detailsCandidates will be required to play one work from List A and one work from List B:List A
Left: The King in Holbein's Dance of Death, Right: Portrait of Henry VIII
He is best remembered for the magnificent portraits he produced as the court painter of Henry VIII; but a new study of Hans Holbein’s famous ‘Dance Of Death’ suggests that he also had strong anti-establishment views, creating works which foreshadowed modern satire.
Researchers led by St John's academic Stefano Martiniani have developed a new method for making effective calculations in “high-dimensional space” – and proved its worth by using it to solve a 93-dimensional problem.Researchers have developed a new technique for making calculations in “high-dimensional space” – mathematical problems so wide-ranging in their scope, that they seem at first to be beyond the limits of human calculation.
For the second year running, St John’s College is the main venue partner for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a two week celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences featuring an array of top speakers. All events are free and open to the public.
MILSOM:  A Memorial Service for Professor Stroud Francis Charles (Toby) Milsom,  MA, Hon LLD, QC, FBA, Fellow of St John’s College and Emeritus Professor of Law, formerly Fellow of Trinity College, who died on 24 February 2016, aged 92, will be held in  St John’s College Chapel on Saturday 19 November at 12 noon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 study suggests that the placenta will adjust the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus for growth in line with the mother’s physical ability to supply.