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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?
The following are elected into Fellowships under Title A from 1 October 2016:Mr Angelo Di Bernardo(Laurea, Naples, MSci, Arizona,)  for Materials ScienceDr James Francis Joseph Bryson(MSci, PhD, Cambridge)  for Earth SciencesMr Andrew Hsin Chen(AB, Harvard, MPhil, Cambridge)  for History of Art                                
Dr Stefano Castelvecchi, a Fellow and College Lecturer in Music at St John’s, will take up a brief visiting Professorship in Italy later this month, where he will lecture on the subject of opera.The University of Pavia has appointed a number of visiting Professors from outside Italy this year; Castelvecchi, the only musicologist among them, will lecture at its Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage, which is actually based in Cremona.
Could phrases like Churchill's memorable Battle of Britain tribute to "the few" hold clues about universal grammar? A new research project examining a linguistic construction called the Verb Second constraint could, academics believe, help to explain how people acquire language.It’s safe to assume that when Winston Churchill gave one of his most famous speeches in August 1940, the possible existence of universal grammar was far from his mind.
Four St John’s students have been awarded prestigious prizes, scholarships and Fellowships by various academic institutions during September and October due to their outstanding work and achievements.
With technology and science on the brink of significant advances in artificial intelligence, Zoubin Ghahramani, Professor of Information Engineering and a Fellow of St John's College, has been appointed Deputy Director of a new multi-million-pound research centre to study the challenges and possibilities of the future of intelligence.