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  1. The waste of time

    The waste of time If you want to know more about past societies, you could do a lot worse than look at the stuff they threw away. In this short film PhD student Ian Ostericher explains whyRubbish, apparently, is more interesting than it looks – or, at least, it is when the rubbish…

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  2. Johnian wins international rowing award

    Johnian wins international rowing award Kirsten Van Fossen, a PHD student in Engineering at St John’s College, Cambridge, has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the Parmigiani Spirit Award – a prize presented to any university rower worldwide who demonstrates dedication to…

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  3. Talented students from South London get a taste of life at St John’s

    Talented students from South London get a taste of life at St John’s The Brilliant Club, an educational access charity, brought gifted and talented year 7 and 8 pupils to St John’s College last week, launching a six-week programme of university-style teaching.  A group of 48…

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  4. St John’s freshers awarded pre-admissions prizes

    St John’s freshers awarded pre-admissions prizes Twenty undergraduates at St John’s College have been awarded pre-admissions prizes worth £5000 each.The students, who have just started their studies at St John’s, received their awards from the Master of the College, Professor…

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  5. How the Bible was used to turn the First World War into a Holy War

    How the Bible was used to turn the First World War into a Holy War The significance of the Bible in the war, and anti-war efforts, of both Allied and Central powers in the First World War are to be examined in a new research project, co-led by Dr Nathan MacDonald, which will…

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  6. Round off Green Week in style!

    Round off Green Week in style! This weekend marks the climax of St John’s College Green Week with a host of special events. On Friday the Larmor Society is holding a talk with Professor Chris Howe, giving members of St John’s the opportunity to learn about how photosynthesis is the…

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  7. A book of many histories?

    A book of many histories? A new study of the nature and making of one of the first world histories – Guillaume Thomas Raynal’s Histoire des deux Indes – has been published, featuring contributions by numerous leading scholars of historical thought including College Fellow Sylvana…

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  8. For King (but not necessarily country): Exhibition examines life at St John’s during the English Civil War

    For King (but not necessarily country): Exhibition examines life at St John’s during the English Civil War As part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, documents offering a glimpse of how much of the University of Cambridge found itself on the wrong side of the English Civil War are…

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  9. The astronomer and the witch: How one of history’s great scientists saved his mother from burning at the stake

    The astronomer and the witch: How one of history’s great scientists saved his mother from burning at the stake The dramatic story of how Johannes Kepler saved his own mother from being burned as a witch is told in full in a new book by Professor Ulinka Rublack, which reveals the…

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  10. St John’s to host events at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

    St John’s to host events at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas Two weeks of free talks, film screenings and exhibitions for the public will start at St John’s on Monday, 19 October, as the College hosts a wide range of events taking place as part of the annual Cambridge Festival of…

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  11. Prince William opens St John’s College Archive Centre

    Prince William opens St John’s College Archive Centre His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has returned to St John’s College at the University of Cambridge to open a new, state-of-the-art facility for some of its most historically important and precious archives.The visit,…

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  12. The war that fed itself - and the hollow democracy it left behind

    The war that fed itself - and the hollow democracy it left behind The voices of ordinary people who lived through Angola’s devastating, 27-year civil war have been captured in a damning study by College Research Associate, Dr Justin Pearce. His work reassesses both how the conflict…

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  13. Professor David Clines awarded British Academy Medal

    Professor David Clines awarded British Academy Medal Johnian Professor David Clines, Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, has been awarded the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by the British Academy.Professor David Clines, who read Oriental…

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  14. Hinsley Memorial Lecture to be given by General Sir Mike Jackson

    Hinsley Memorial Lecture to be given by General Sir Mike Jackson The 15th Hinsley Memorial Lecture, held at St John’s College, will focus on the refugee crisis and UK defence.The annual lecture will take place on 4 November at the Old Divinity School, St John’s College, and will be…

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  15. Hospitality inspiration from China

    Hospitality inspiration from China With the need to develop strong links with China now a priority for many UK universities, Catering and Conference Manager Bill Brogan recently undertook a fact-finding tour of the country that could see fresh ideas influencing the way the College…

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  16. Dr Samuel Cohen’s Alzheimer’s talk features on TED homepage

    Dr Samuel Cohen’s Alzheimer’s talk features on TED homepage “Alzheimer’s is not normal ageing and we can cure it.” A recent talk given by St John’s Research Fellow Dr Samuel Cohen about his work on Alzheimer’s has been featured on the TED homepage.A TED talk given by Dr Sam Cohen…

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  17. Professor David White elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

    Professor David White elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering Johnian Professor David White has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.Professor DavidWhite, formerly a Fellow of St John’s College, was one of 50 new Fellows elected to the Academy in…

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  18. Judging Chopin: notes from the jury

    Judging Chopin: notes from the jury As 82 of the world’s most accomplished young pianists gather in Poland for the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, Juror and College Fellow Professor John Rink reflects on the challenges and rewards of selecting the winning…

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  19. Package tour to Mecca? How the Hajj became an essential part of the British calendar

    Package tour to Mecca? How the Hajj became an essential part of the British calendar This week, millions of Muslims make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj. A new study by College Fellow John Slight reveals how, in the age of Empire, the spiritual journey became a…

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  20. Future biotech leaders invited to apply for GapSummit 2016.

    Future biotech leaders invited to apply for GapSummit 2016. Young researchers and entrepreneurs with a passion for biotechnology are being invited to apply for a place at a major, international gathering at St John’s, which aims to kick-start new collaborations and innovations in…

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  21. Study highlights possible knowledge gap over effects of some diabetes drugs

    Study highlights possible knowledge gap over effects of some diabetes drugs A team of researchers led by College Fellow Graham Ladds have revealed why there are still some pressing unknowns relating to a very promising group of anti-diabetic drugs. A gap in scientific knowledge…

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  22. The Revd Professor John Emerton, 1928-2015

    The Revd Professor John Emerton, 1928-2015 The Revd Professor John Emerton FBA, Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College, has died at the age of 87.Born in London, Professor Emerton studied at Corpus Christi College in…

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  23. St John’s “Access Bus” to visit schools in Shropshire

    St John’s “Access Bus” to visit schools in Shropshire Young people from across Shropshire are being invited to discover more about university life through a first-of-its-kind roadshow, organised by St John’s.Starting today (Monday, 14 September), the St John’s College “Access Bus”…

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  24. Exam stress 19th century style, revealed in Victorian student’s diary

    Exam stress 19th century style, revealed in Victorian student’s diary A diary of a 19th century undergraduate, which provides a rare insight into the life of a Cambridge student, is among the items going on public display at St John’s College this weekend for Open Cambridge.If you…

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  25. Bills, Bills, Bills

    Bills, Bills, Bills This invoice, dating from the late nineteenth century, is a pro forma found in the account books of the classicist John Edwin Sandys who was elected a Fellow of St John's in 1867. When he became a tutor in 1870, Sandys took charge not only of the academic life…

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