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Prisoner and prison officer
A highly innovative project in which Cambridge students and prisoners studied together at a Category B prison in Buckinghamshire has broken down prejudices and created new possibilities for all of those who took part. "Learning Together" was co-created by Dr Ruth Armstrong, a Research Associate at St John's.The wealth of untapped academic talent inside the criminal justice system has been illuminated by a ground-breaking project in which people in prison studied in equal partnership with Cambridge students.
College Fellow, Dr Jason Robinson, is one of the lead researchers on a new project which aims to establish the UK as an international leader in the development of “superconducting spintronics” – technology that could significantly increase the energy-efficiency of data centres and high-performance computing.
Researchers in the group of St John's Fellow, Professor Richard Friend, have found that perovskite materials can recycle light particles – a finding which could lead to a new generation of affordable, high-performance solar cells.
Dark field light microscopy picture of a 40 nm thick electrodeposited TiO2 layer
St John’s student Katarzyna Sokol has been awarded second place in her group in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Science Photography Competition 2015.
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, the eminent economist and Fellow of St John’s College, has been awarded the Tyler Prize – the premier award for work on environmental science, environmental health and energy.
Professor Jane Stapleton, an Honorary Fellow of St John’s, will become the next Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge, it has been announced.Professor Stapleton is a distinguished academic lawyer who currently holds posts at the Australian National University College of Law and the University of Texas School of Law. She became a Fellow of St John’s in 2011, while a visiting Professor at Cambridge, and was made an Honorary Fellow the following year.
Professor Toby Milsom
Professor Stroud Francis Charles (Toby) Milsom, MA, Hon LLD, QC, FBA, Fellow of St John’s College and Emeritus Professor of Law, has died at the age of 92.Professor Milsom became a Fellow in Law at St John’s College in 1976. Born in Merton, Surrey, he came to Cambridge in 1941 where he studied for a BA in Law at Trinity College, and received his MA in 1948.
Professor Sir Mark Welland
Professor Sir Mark Welland, Fellow of St John’s, has been elected the 39th Master of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.Fellow of St John’s College Professor Sir Mark Welland will take up his new role of Master of St Catharine’s in October 2016. He has been a Fellow at St John’s College since 1986, and is Professor of Nanotechnology and Head of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Sir Mark succeeds Professor Dame Jean Thomas, who has been Master of St Catharine’s since 2007.
Despite being written out of large parts of history, atheists thrived in the polytheistic societies of the ancient world – raising considerable doubts about whether humans really are “wired” for religion – a new study suggests.
A bewildering physics problem has apparently been solved by a team of researchers led by St John's Benefactor Scholar, Stefano Martiniani. The study provides a mathematical basis for understanding issues ranging from predicting the formation of deserts, to making artificial intelligence more efficient.The research team developed a computer program that can answer this mind-bending puzzle: Imagine that you have 128 soft spheres, a bit like tennis balls. You can pack them together in any number of ways. How many different arrangements are possible?