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  1. Have a Hack-Free New Year

    Have a Hack-Free New Year Published on 12/01/2018 This January the IT Helpdesk will be assisting all St John’s students and staff to protect against computer viruses and vulnerabilities by providing free checks and fixes for their laptops and smart devices. All students and…

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  2. Dr Jenny Zhang to set up independent research group investigating renewable energy generation by biofilms

    Dr Jenny Zhang to set up independent research group investigating renewable energy generation by biofilms Published: 18/01/2018 Dr Jenny Zhang, Research Associate at St John’s College, has been awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship which will provide funding for five years,…

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  3. Dr Edward Donald James: 1926 – 2017

    Dr Edward Donald James: 1926 – 2017 Published: 09/01/2018   Image: Dr Edward James Dr Edward Donald James, Fellow of St John’s College and former University Lecturer in French, has died at the age of 91. Dr James Lectured in French at the University of Cambridge for almost 40…

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  4. Paul Muldoon to read at St John’s College

    Paul Muldoon to read at St John’s College Published: 05/01/2018 The Pullitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, will be reading a selection of his work at St John’s College on 26 January, at 5.30pm. This event is free, and open to all. Muldoon is the author of twelve major…

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  5. St John's Netball team takes top spot in College league table

    St John's Netball team takes top spot in College league table Published: 05/01/2018 Image: The team celebrating their success at the Netball Christmas dinner After a victorious first term, St John’s College Netball team have maintained their top spot in the College league…

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  6. Direct genetic evidence of founding population reveals story of first Native Americans

    "The sequenced genetic data gave us enormous potential in terms of answering questions relating to the early peopling of the Americas" Published: 03/01/2018 Direct genetic traces of the earliest Native Americans have been identified for the first time in a new study led…

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  7. Calf’s foot jelly and a tankard of ale? Welcome to the 18th century Starbucks

    “Coffee houses were important social centres during the 18th century, but relatively few assemblages of archaeological evidence have been recovered and this is the first time that we have been able to study one in such depth” Customers today may settle for a flat white and a…

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  8. Memorial Service - Dr Alan Smith

    Memorial Service - Dr Alan Smith Published: 15/12/2017 A Memorial Service for Dr Alan Smith, MA, PhD, Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge and Emeritus University Reader in Geology, who died on 13 August 2017, aged 80, will be held in St John’s College Chapel on Saturday 10…

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  9. Winners of Staff Photography Competition announced

    Winners of Staff Photography Competition announced Published: 15/12/2017 Image: Louise Hanzlik's winning entry Louise Hanzlik, Web & Media Officer in the Communications Office, won first prize in the second St John’s Staff Photography Competition. Claire Watkins, Assistant…

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  10. Critical toxic species behind Parkinson’s Disease glimpsed at work for the first time

    "It is a common property of oligomers that they can damage brain cells once they bind to the surface. It is a bit like if you put a piece of extremely hot metal on to a plastic surface. In a fairly short space of time it will burn through" Published: 14/12/2017…

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  11. Graduate workshop exploring early modern fashion to take place at St John’s

    Graduate workshop exploring early modern fashion to take place at St John’s Published: 05/12/2017 A one-day graduate workshop examining courtly culture and early modern fashion will be taking place at St John’s next year, and researchers are invited to contribute. A workshop,…

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  12. Five undergraduates tell us about what the St John's Studentships mean to them

    "I don't have to worry about financial constraints and can focus on my studies and other areas" Published: 28/11/2017 To mark Giving Tuesday on 28 November, we spoke to some of our undergraduates who, with the generous support of alumni and other donors, have…

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  13. ‘Helpers at the nest’ may allow mother birds to lay smaller eggs

    "It is at least possible that the females of certain cooperatively breeding species may be able to adapt their reproductive decisions to changes in the social environment by reducing investment in current broods to prioritise future survival" Cooperatively breeding birds…

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  14. Could the squirrel trade with Scandinavia have contributed to England’s medieval leprosy outbreak?

    Researchers suggest that an explanation for the prevalence of leprosy in and around East Anglia may be found in medieval trade, possibly in fur, which would have included that of squirrels – an animal known to carry the disease. Published: 25/10/2017 Genetic analysis of a pre-…

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  15. Hinsley Memorial Lecture 2017 to be given by Professor Nigel Biggar

    Hinsley Memorial Lecture 2017 to be given by Professor Nigel Biggar Published: 25/10/2017 The 17th Hinsley Memorial Lecture, held at St John’s, is to be given by Professor Nigel Biggar, Reguis Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford University.  The lecture, which…

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  16. Mythical beasts and supernatural beings go on display at St John’s

    Mythical beasts and supernatural beings go on display at St John’s A witchcraft treatise published in the initial stages of the European Witch Craze; sworn testimony as to the real existence of sea serpents; and Elizabethan woodcut illustrations showing werewolves and unicorns as…

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  17. “Kepler’s Trial” to be performed at V&A opera exhibition

    The opera was developed by a team based at the University of Cambridge, and involved academics and artists from Cambridge, London and elsewhere. Published: 18/10/2017 The Victoria and Albert Museum is to host a complete opera for the first time with a public performance of Kepler’…

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  18. “Love, Cecil” Director discusses how College archives helped her to create new Cecil Beaton documentary

    “Love, Cecil” Director discusses how College archives helped her to create new Cecil Beaton documentary The director of Love, Cecil, a new documentary about the photographer, diarist and designer, Cecil Beaton, will be speaking at St John’s this week about how the College archives…

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  19. Students raise record amounts for College projects in this year’s Telethon

    Students raise record amounts for College projects in this year’s Telethon Students of St John’s have raised more funds than ever before during this year’s Telethon, with alumni from around the world contributing to the success of the College’s most recent campaign. The College’s…

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  20. The Festival of Ideas at St John’s

    The Festival of Ideas at St John’s St John’s College is once again the main venue partner for this year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas, a two week celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences featuring an array of top speakers. All events are free and open to the public.…

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  21. Join the leaders of tomorrow at GapSummit 2018

    Join the leaders of tomorrow at GapSummit 2018 Young researchers and entrepreneurs with a passion for biotechnology are invited to apply for a place at a global, international gathering at St John’s, which aims to kick-start new collaborations and accelerate innovations in the…

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  22. St John’s team to take on University Challenge

    St John’s team to take on University Challenge Four members of St John’s are appearing in a broadcast of the iconic British quiz show University Challenge on Monday, pitted against the University of St Andrews. Here we meet the members of the team and find out why they wanted to be…

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  23. Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding

    Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to avoid it, new research co-authored by…

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  24. Sample research by John’s and Trinity grad students in “lightning” talks

    Sample research by John’s and Trinity grad students in “lightning” talks Graduate students at Trinity and St John’s Colleges will be showcasing some of their latest ideas and research in an open session of “lightning” talks, taking place at St John’s on Tuesday, September 26.The…

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  25. Getting the measure of mud

    Getting the measure of mud For the first time, researchers have been able to use mud deposited on the depths of the ocean floor to measure changes in the speed of deep-sea currents. Using mud as a current meter could help scientists to identify fluctuating patterns in ocean current…

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