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A conference marking the 120th anniversary of the rediscovery of the ancient Hebrew Text, Wisdom of Ben Sira, and examining its ongoing importance in contemporary Jewish Studies, is to take place at St John’s CollegeIn 1896, a fragment from an ancient Jewish text, The Wisdom Of Ben Sira, which had been presumed lost in its original form, was found by chance in Egypt. Famously, its reappearance led to the uncovering of the Cairo Genizah, one of the most important finds in the history of Jewish scholarship.
Specific mutations in the protein associated with Parkinson’s Disease, in which just one of its 140 building blocks is altered, can make a dramatic difference to processes which may lead to the condition’s onset, according to a study led by St John's PhD student Patrick Flagmeier
Using ancient DNA, researchers have created a unique picture of how a prehistoric migration route evolved over thousands of years – revealing that it could not have been used by the first people to enter the Americas, as traditionally thought.The established theory about how Ice Age peoples first reached the present-day United States has been challenged by an unprecedented study which concludes that their supposed entry route was “biologically unviable”.
Four St John's College students have been awarded prizes by the University or other academic institutions thanks to their excellent work and achievements: James Devine-Stoneman, Minaam Abbas, Tanmay Dixit, and Caroline Soderman.James Devine-Stoneman, 4th year undergraduate in Natural Sciences, was awarded the Goldsmith Prize and Medal in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.
Our beloved College of St John the Evangelist came into legal being on 9 April 1511 as the result of the expressed intentions of Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, the mother of King Henry VII. Lady Margaret had died in 1509 and it was her loyal counsellor, John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, who brought her wishes for St John’s to fulfilment. In 2011 the College celebrated the Quincentenary of its foundation.
A new study into an ancient sea worm called Oesia offers clues about a common ancestor which they shared with vertebrates, including humans, while also showing that the worms inhabited tube-like “dwellings” on the sea bed. The research is co-authored by Simon Conway Morris, a Fellow of St John's.The fossilised remnants of tube-like “dwellings” which housed a primitive type of prehistoric sea worm on the ocean floor have been identified in a new study.
In 2014, Cambridge researchers including Johnian Rob Green monitored a series of seismic shocks which preceded Iceland’s biggest volcanic eruption in 200 years. The dramatic story of their work, and its scientific value, is now part of this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.Faced with the prospect of an imminent volcanic eruption, most people would head for safety, but for one group of Cambridge research students, the aim is to get as close as they realistically can.
Yehia Amar receives best poster prize. Photo credit - the CPACT team
Johnian Yehia Amar has been awarded a prize for a presentation about his PhD research at a major manufacturing processes conference.Chemical Engineering graduate Yehia Amar has won first prize for a presentation about his PhD studies at the APACT (Advances in Process Analytics and Control Technology) Conference 2016, sponsored by Clairet Scientific Limited.
Research led by a PhD student at St John's College has successfully used quantum states to mix a molecule with light at room temperature, which will aid in the exploration of new quantum technologies and provide new ways to manipulate the physical and chemical properties of matter.
The same gene that enables tropical butterflies to mimic each other’s bright and colourful patterning also caused British moths to turn black amid the grime of the industrial revolution, researchers led by College Fellow, Professor Chris Jiggins, have found.