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  1. St John’s poetry scene celebrated

    The Poetry Pamphlet aims to highlight that St John's has a diverse and thriving arts scene. More than a dozen students, staff and Fellows have contributed to the St John’s Poetry Pamphlet 2018 to celebrate the College’s thriving poetry scene. As well as poetry, the…

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  2. Johnians recognised in Royal Society of Chemistry Awards 2018

    “Each has done their bit to advance excellence in the chemical sciences – to improve the lives of people around the world now and in the future” Professor Erwin Reisner, a College Fellow, and Dr Artem Bakulin, a graduate of St John’s, have been presented with awards by the Royal…

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  3. St John's Fellow awarded 2018 Royal Society EP Abraham Research Professorship

    Professor Ben Simons will hold his award at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics The Royal Society Research Professorships are the Society’s premier research awards and help release the best leading researchers from teaching and administration to allow them…

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  4. St John’s Fellow made Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    The academy is one of the oldest policy research centres in the US Professor Malcolm Schofield will be inducted in October to the academy which was started during the American Revolution. Other new members of the academy include former President Barack Obama, actor Tom Hanks, CEO…

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  5. Baritone and composer recognised for services to music in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    Baritone Simon Keenlyside has been knighted for his services to music, and composer Thomas Adès was appointed a CBE. Two stars of the classical world – and Honorary Fellows at St John’s – have been named as receiving honours from the Queen. Award-winning baritone Simon…

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  6. Master of St John’s honoured with knighthood in recognition of his ground-breaking research into Alzheimer’s disease

    "Sir Christopher has achieved remarkable breakthroughs and been a mentor to many other scientists" Professor Christopher Dobson has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 to commemorate his illustrious scientific career. The Birthday Honours recognise the…

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  7. University Challenge trophy comes to St John’s after College team triumph

    The St John’s College name has now been engraved on the trophy and is on display in the Library Television’s most coveted quizzing prize is on now display at St John’s after our student team won University Challenge for the first time. The notoriously difficult programme is an…

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  8. Never mind the bar snacks: Gastropubs are developing, not wrecking, the best of British pub culture

    According to a new study, the rise of the gourmet pub has been unfairly maligned Gastropubs have often been accused of helping to kill off the classic British alehouse. Where once the local was a lively, sticky-floored refuge for serious drinkers, now, critics say, it is just as…

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  9. St John’s basketball club storm to victory in nail-biting Cuppers final

    "By using skills that everyone on our team had in common we were able to outpace the opposition to get more baskets in every game" The Yales beat a determined team from Darwin College 50-41 in a fast-paced Cuppers final to win the inaugural Madden Cup. The St John’s Men’…

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  10. Polymer crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport

    “The distance that energy can be moved in these materials comes as a big surprise” Scientists from the universities of Cambridge and Bristol have found a way to create plastic semiconductor nanostructures that absorb light and transport its energy 20 times further than has been…

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  11. Brain cholesterol associated with increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

    The results represent another step towards a possible treatment for Alzheimer's disease Researchers have shown how cholesterol - a molecule normally linked with cardiovascular diseases - may also play an important role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. In…

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  12. Master of St John’s elected as member of prestigious American Philosophical Society

    Membership of the prestigious society include illustrious names such as Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur and Margaret Mead The oldest learned society in the United States has named Professor Chris Dobson as one of its new members. The American Philosophical Society was founded in…

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  13. International conference at St John’s to examine how social inequalities make people ill

    The day-long conference will feature talks and discussions with speakers from the UK, Europe and the US Health lessons humans can learn from other social mammals will be the focus of a free conference at St John’s next month. The St John’s College Reading Group on Inequalities in…

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  14. St John’s College appoints Helen Murley as Domestic Bursar

    Helen Murley has come to St John’s from The British Council where she spent five years as the Global HR Director A new Domestic Bursar has joined St John’s to lead the internal administration of the College. Helen Murley has come to St John’s from The British Council where she…

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  15. St John’s Research Fellow wins Raymond Andrew Prize

    “I am thrilled to win this award, as it recognises the enormous progress that we have made as a team" Former PhD candidate and newly-elected Fellow Dr Giuliana Fusco has been awarded the Raymond Andrew Prize 2018 for her outstanding PhD thesis. The Raymond Andrew Prize is…

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  16. The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley appointed as Dean of Chapel at St John’s

    "I greatly look forward to making friendships and working partnerships.” The Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral has been named as the new Dean of Chapel at St John’s College. The Chapel of St John’s is one of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge and is home to a lively…

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  17. New research shows prehistoric hunter-gatherers were the first people to ride horses and explores its impact on migration and languages

    The domestication of the horse was one of the most important milestones in human history. A new study has discovered that horses were first domesticated by hunter-gatherer descendants in Kazakhstan who left no direct modern trace. The domestication of the horse was one of the most…

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  18. Oldest genetic evidence of Hepatitis B virus found in ancient DNA from 4,500 year-old skeletons

    The research has been described as ‘truly remarkable’ and compared to the discovery of the first fossils. An extinct strain of the human Hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been discovered in Bronze Age human skeletons found in burial sites across Europe and Asia. A pioneering study has…

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  19. St John’s victorious in Cuppers final against Queens’ College

    St John’s victorious in Cuppers final against Queens’ College St John’s College enjoyed a 35-13 victory against Queens’ College in the Cambridge University Rugby Football Union Cuppers final at Grange Road on Saturday. This was their fourth win in five years. Queens’ College…

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  20. St John’s College win University Challenge for the first time

    It is the first time since the show aired in 1962 that St John’s has won the televised quiz show For the first time ever, St John’s College Cambridge have won University Challenge after defeating Merton College Oxford 145-100. It was a tight, tense final, with Merton College…

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  21. Memorial Service for Dr Jim Charles

    Memorial Service for Dr Jim Charles, 1926 – 2017 A Memorial Service for Dr James (Jim) Charles, BSc. Eng., MA, ScD, FREng, Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge and Emeritus University Reader in Process Metallurgy, who died on 13 November 2017, aged 91, will be held in St John’s…

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  22. Genetic adaptations to diving discovered in humans for the first time

    The relationship between spleen size and dive capacity has never before been examined in humans at the genetic level. Evidence that humans can genetically adapt to diving has been identified for the first time in a new study. The evidence suggests that the Bajau, a people group…

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  23. Philanthropy Matters: How will philanthropy impact the University’s future?

    The campaign for the University and Colleges has passed the £1bn mark. So why does philanthropy matter to Cambridge? Bursaries and Studentships make a real difference to the lives of many students at St John's. In this article from CAM magazine some of these students share why…

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  24. St John’s College through to University Challenge final for the first time

    The current University Challenge team made history last night with a decisive semi-final victory For the very first time since University Challenge began in 1962, St John’s College will have a team in the final. The current University Challenge team made history last night with a…

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  25. Royal College of Physicians elects St John’s Alumnus as new President

    "I am humbled that the fellows of the RCP have elected me and I will do my best to live up to their expectations." Last week the Royal College of Physicians elected Dr Andrew Goddard as their new president. Dr Andrew Goddard, a graduate of St John’s College, will take…

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