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  1. Household phenomenon observed by Leonardo da Vinci finally explained by Cambridge researchers

    “Understanding this process has big implications and could reduce our water use dramatically."
    An everyday occurrence spotted when we turn on the tap to brush our teeth has baffled engineers for centuries – why does the water splay when it hits the sink before it heads down the plughole? Famous inventor and painter Leonardo da Vinci documented the phenomenon, now known as a hydraulic jump, back in the 1500s. Hydraulic jumps are harmless in our household sinks but they can cause violent…read more
  2. St John’s professor named winner of international prize to honour young member of the statistical community

    "He has made mentoring next generation of mathematicians a key feature of his academic life."
    Professor Richard Samworth has been awarded The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Presidents’ Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to statistics. The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) sponsors and presents the annual COPSS Presidents' Award to someone under the age of 41. It is awarded by the five sponsoring statistical societies which…read more
  3. Mystery shoppers from Visit England give 4* Campus rating to St John’s

    “It is important to have a set standard so guests know they will have an enjoyable and comfortable stay at St John’s."
    Bed and breakfast accommodation at St John’s has received the highest possible accolade from Visit England for campus locations without on-site guest parking – for the third year. The Visit England 4*Campus status is awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate high standards in their B&B guest accommodation. Visit England was particularly impressed with the cleanliness of St John’s…read more
  4. ‘Unforgettable week’ for St John’s rowers as they compete in China

    "We were delighted to promote and celebrate the sport which is so closely linked to life at Cambridge."
    Members of the men’s side of Lady Margaret Boat Club represented St John’s in China this summer by racing in the Xi'an International Universities Rowing Regatta. The annual event is a chance for racing and cultural exchange, and included some of the world’s top university teams from Cambridge, Oxford, Melbourne and a number of Chinese universities. When the crew wasn’t training in the…read more
  5. Lifetime achievements of John’s academic recognised with prestigious international award

    Lifetime achievements of John’s academic recognised with prestigious international award.
    Historian Professor Ulinka Rublack has been awarded the Reimar Lüst Prize in recognition of her 20 year commitment to academic exchange between the UK and Germany. The prize is given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to exceptional humanities scholars and social scientists who contribute to ‘the enduring promotion of bilateral relations between Germany and their own country’.…read more
  6. ‘The Crown’ exhibition showcasing royal documents opens in College Archive Centre

    Royal documents dating from Richard the Lionheart to Queen Victoria are on display at St John's.
    Great Seals of more than 20 monarchs, royal charters, and signatures from Oliver Cromwell and Elizabeth I are on display together at St John’s College for the first time in a free new exhibition focusing on the Crown. Confirmation to John de Ospringe of a grant, Richard I while on crusade at Acre and witnessed at Joppa, 1192 The Crown: Royal documents at St John’s College from Richard the…read more
  7. Emmy nomination for former St John’s student

    "The tragic events dramatized by this show were a part of history that had been largely overlooked"
    St John’s writer Tom Rob Smith has been nominated for an Emmy for the smash hit TV mini-series The Murder of Gianni Versace. The programme received a staggering 18 Emmy nominations in total including an Outstanding Writing one for Smith and one for Penelope Cruz for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role playing Donatella Versace. The series was described in the Guardian as “an…read more
  8. Breakthrough made in understanding drug resistance to Breast Cancer treatment

    New protein discovery could change the way some cancers are treated
    Breast cancer patients who have a hereditary form of the condition could have a protein that stops their bodies responding effectively to treatment, according to new research.  Up to 10 per cent of hereditary cases of breast cancer are due to the patient inheriting a faulty cancer-causing gene, such as mutated variations of the BRCA1 gene. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and…read more
  9. Colombia peace deal brings new threat to country’s rainforest

    “The equivalent of 35 football pitches of forest is lost every hour"
    A historic peace treaty which brought an end to half a century of violence has led to mass deforestation in Colombia, scientists have warned. The 2016 peace deal formally ended 52 years of civil war in Colombia that left at least 220,000 dead and more than seven million people displaced. After four years of talks, a treaty was signed between the Colombian Government and guerrilla groups…read more
  10. Cambridge is the home of modern football thanks to John’s man

    The ‘Cambridge Rules’ were pinned up on trees around Parker’s Piece where football was – and still is - regularly played
    Football is coming home but why is England the home of the beautiful game? The earliest record of football in Cambridgeshire can be found in the Cambridge University records of 1579 and football itself can be traced back even further to ancient China. In England there were lots of different approaches and rules which meant it was impossible for teams to play each other properly. Teams could…read more
  11. Ancient DNA testing solves 100-year-old controversy in Southeast Asian prehistory

    "The fact that we were able to obtain 26 human genomes and shed light on the incredible genetic richness of the groups in the region today is astonishing.”
    Two competing theories about the human occupation of Southeast Asia have been debunked by ground-breaking analysis of ancient DNA extracted from 8,000 year-old skeletons.  Southeast Asia is one of the most genetically diverse regions in the world, but for more than 100 years scientists have disagreed about which theory of the origins of the population of the area was correct. One theory…read more
  12. Conductor, student activist and international kayaker amongst winners of the 2018 Larmor Awards

    Exceptional students honoured with Larmor Awards
    Six exceptional St John’s students have been honoured with Larmor Awards – an annual prize begun in the 1940s to recognise “intellectual qualifications, moral conduct, or practical activities". Named after Sir Joseph Larmor, the 20th-century physicist and mathematician who was both a student and Fellow at St John’s, the awards are presented in the Master’s Lodge on the morning of graduation. …read more
  13. 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 publication, which is now in its second year, also includes Johnian art and photography. The pamphlet gives the College community the opportunity to showcase their creativity. The publication was funded by the College…read more
  14. 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 Society of Chemistry. The society's annual awards are given to people who have advanced the chemical sciences and they also acknowledge the abilities of people who have developed successful collaborations. Professor Erwin Reisner and Dr Artem BakulinAs part of…read more
  15. 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 to focus on research. Professor Ben Simons, a Fellow of St John's College, will hold his award at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and he is an associate Group Leader at the Wellcome Trust/…read more
  16. 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 of New York Philharmonic Deborah Borda, and public policy advisor David Miliband. Professor Schofield is the Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge,…read more
  17. 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 Keenlyside has been knighted for his services to music, and composer Thomas Adès was appointed a CBE. Sir Simon became a chorister at St John's College School, which was founded by St John’s College for the education of the choristers of the…read more
  18. 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 achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people from across the UK. Sir Christopher, Master of St John’s College, one of the largest and oldest of the Colleges of the University of Cambridge, was honoured for his…read more
  19. 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 intellectual quiz challenge which pitches the very brightest university students against each other. Team members James Devine-Stoneman, Rosie McKeown, John-Clark Levin and reserve team member Aneesh Aggarwal with…read more
  20. 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 likely to be a pricey hipster eatery, less inclined to serve pork scratchings with your pint than slow-roasted pork belly with a cider jus. But according to a new study, the rise of the gourmet pub…read more
  21. 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’s Basketball Club, the Yales, had an up-and-down season which saw it relegated to Division 2, but they rallied with extra training sessions for their Cuppers run. Their confidence was boosted by the addition of two experienced University first team players…read more
  22. 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 previously observed, paving the way for more flexible and more efficient solar cells and photodetectors.  The team of researchers, whose work appears today (25 May) in Science, includes Professor…read more
  23. 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 a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid beta clusters (red) build up among neurons (green) in a memory-related area of the brain. Credit: NIH Image Gallery via Flickr The international team was led by…read more
  24. 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 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of America who helped draft the Declaration of Independence. It has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for more than 270 years. The purpose of the…read more
  25. 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 Health will host the international event in the Old Divinity School on June 1 and it is open to all. The day-long conference will feature talks and discussions with speakers from the UK, Europe and the US on social…read more