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  1. Dr Alan Smith, 1937 - 2017

    Dr Alan Smith, 1937 - 2017 Dr Alan Smith, Emeritus Reader in Geology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College, has died at the age of 80.Dr Smith, who became a Fellow at St John’s in 1970 and was formerly College Lecturer in Geological Sciences, died on 13…

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  2. Johnian awarded the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for “The British Empire and the Hajj”

    Johnian awarded the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for “The British Empire and the Hajj” Former College Research Fellow Dr John Slight wins major prize from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies for his book on the relationship between the British Empire and the Hajj.Dr John Slight…

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  3. The Electron Manifesto: transforming high performance computing with 'spintronics'

    The Electron Manifesto: transforming high performance computing with 'spintronics' Electron ‘spin’ could hold the key to managing the world’s growing data demands without consuming huge amounts of energy. Now, researchers have shown that energy-efficient superconductors…

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  4. Making Rome great again: fake views in the ancient world

    Making Rome great again: fake views in the ancient world A political leader who seeks to make his nation “great again” and a time when ‘post-truth’ rhetoric appears to support political ambitions. Not Trump’s America, but Rome 2,000 years ago.The elusive, glorious past has been a…

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  5. Johnian honoured for pioneering work in cancer research

    Johnian honoured for pioneering work in cancer research A ceremony has been held at the Department of Oncology to celebrate the opening of the Professor Norman Montague Bleehen Oncology Offices. The new offices have been named after Professor Norman Bleehen CBE, a Fellow of St John…

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  6. Professor Ulinka Rublack announced as Fellow of the British Academy

    Professor Ulinka Rublack announced as Fellow of the British Academy College Fellow and Professor of Early Modern European History, Ulinka Rublack, has been elected to the British Academy. British Academy Fellowships are awarded to world-leading researchers in the humanities and…

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  7. St John’s Dean of Chapel to lead Anglican mission agency

    St John’s Dean of Chapel to lead Anglican mission agency The Reverend Duncan Dormor, who is currently Dean of Chapel at St John’s College, is to become Chief Executive Officer of United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG) – a global Christian charity that works in close…

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  8. Silk “micrococoons” could be used in biotechnology and medicine

    Silk “micrococoons” could be used in biotechnology and medicine Researchers led by College Fellow Tuomas Knowles have manufactured microscopic versions of the cocoons spun by silkworms, which could be used to store sensitive proteins and other molecules for a wide range of uses.…

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  9. St John’s appoints new Director of Education

    St John’s appoints new Director of Education Dr Annis May Timpson has been appointed Director of Education and Senior Tutor at St John’s. She will join the College in August, and will formally take up her new position in October.Dr Annis May Timpson is to join St John’s College as…

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  10. Award-winning wheelchair being trialled at St John’s

    Award-winning wheelchair being trialled at St John’s St John’s is currently trialling an award-winning all-terrain wheelchair, with the aim of offering it to students with disabilities.A new all-weather and all-terrain wheelchair is being tested at St John’s to help disabled…

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  11. Meet Dominic: Chemical Engineering student and University swimmer

    Meet Dominic: Chemical Engineering student and University swimmer Dominic Holloway studies Chemical Engineering at St John's. He is also a swimmer and captain with the Cambridge University Swimming Club, where he has already notched up a couple of club record times. In this short…

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  12. Johnians receive Royal Academy of Engineering Awards for innovation

    Johnians receive Royal Academy of Engineering Awards for innovation Three Johnians were successful at the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards, presented by The Duke of Kent. The winner of the MacRobert Award, the top Royal Academy of Engineering Award for innovation, was Raspberry…

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  13. Big, shape-shifting animals from the dawn of time

    Big, shape-shifting animals from the dawn of time In a study co-authored by St John's Fellow Simon Conway Morris, researchers show how major changes in the chemical composition of the world’s oceans enabled the first large organisms – possibly some of the earliest animals – to…

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  14. Meet Gabby: A PhD student researching South American butterflies

    Meet Gabby: A PhD student researching South American butterflies Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich is an evolutionary geneticist studying how Heliconius butterflies adapt to different climates – research that often takes her deep into the Amazon rainforest.  Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich…

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  15. PhD student wins science writer award for article on sex differences in the brain

    PhD student wins science writer award for article on sex differences in the brain Julia Gottwald, PhD Psychiatry candidate, has won the Association of British Science Writers Best Student Science Journalist Award.Julia won the Best Student Science Journalist Award for her article…

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  16. St John’s staff member wins poetry prize

    St John’s staff member wins poetry prize Adam Crothers, Special Collections Assistant at St John’s has won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for his debut poetry collection Several Deer, published by Carcanet.The Prize is awarded by the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, which is part…

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  17. Dr Akshay Rao awarded Henry Moseley Medal and Prize

    Dr Akshay Rao awarded Henry Moseley Medal and Prize College Research Associate Dr Akshay Rao has been awarded the Henry Moseley Medal and Prize for exceptional early career contributions to experimental physics.Dr Akshay Rao, a Research Associate at St John’s, has been awarded the…

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  18. Exceptional students receive Larmor Awards

    Exceptional students receive Larmor Awards Six brilliant students from St John’s have been honoured with Larmor Awards, a prize given annually to graduating junior members in recognition of “intellectual qualifications, moral conduct, or practical activities.”Named after the 20th-…

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  19. Study reveals mysterious equality with which grains pack it in

    Study reveals mysterious equality with which grains pack it in At the moment they come together, the individual grains in materials like sand and snow appear to have exactly the same probability of combining into any one of their many billions of possible arrangements, researchers…

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  20. Magnetic memories of a metal world

    Magnetic memories of a metal world Research deciphering the hidden magnetic messages encoded in a rare group of meteorites has helped secure nearly half a billion dollars of NASA funding for a journey to their parent asteroid – the only known place in the solar system where…

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  21. College supports fundraising in memory of Robin Coleman at 2017 May Ball

    College supports fundraising in memory of Robin Coleman at 2017 May Ball St John’s College will be raising money at this year’s May Ball in support of an appeal for Helen and Douglas House – an organisation for terminally ill children, young adults and their families. In 2014, its…

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  22. Maggie retains river Headship in May Bumps

    Maggie retains river Headship in May Bumps After four days of intense races on the Cam, the crew of the Lady Margaret Boat Club men’s first boat, M1, have been crowned Head of the River for the second year running.“Head of the River” is the title awarded to the crew whose boat is…

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  23. College Fellow awarded CBE for Services to Biomaterials Engineering

    College Fellow awarded CBE for Services to Biomaterials Engineering College Fellow and Professor of Materials Science, Serena Best, has been awarded a CBE for services to Biomaterials Engineering in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017.Professor Best is co-director of the…

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  24. Abandoned Liszt opera deciphered by Research Fellow broadcast for the first time

    Abandoned Liszt opera deciphered by Research Fellow broadcast for the first time A long-forgotten Italian opera by Franz Liszt entitled Sardanapalo has been brought to life after a year-long research project carried out by St John’s Research Fellow Dr Francesca Vella with a team of…

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  25. St John’s staff members and Fellow shortlisted for poetry prize

    St John’s staff members and Fellow shortlisted for poetry prize Two staff members and a Fellow of St John’s College have been shortlisted for a poetry prize for their first collections.Adam Crothers, Special Collections Assistant, Rebecca Watts, Library Project Assistant, and Alex…

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