Paper by Life Member published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

A new paper by Dr Tara White, a Clare Hall Life Member, has been published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 

Titled 'Dignity Neuroscience: Universal rights are rooted in human brain science', Dr White wrote the first draft of this paper from her office in the Ashby Library here at Clare Hall during her Visiting Fellowship from 2018-19.

The paper, written by Dr White and Meghan A. Gonsalves, explores how universal rights have robust expression in the human brain, noting that ‘agency, autonomy, self-determination, freedom from want, and freedom from...

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31 August 2021

Fellow featured in Judge Business School video series

Sir Mene Pangalos, Fellow of Clare Hall, recently participated in ‘CJBS Perspectives: Leadership in Unprecedented Times’ – a video series in which prominent business leaders discuss major topics and themes, covering how they and their organisations have coped, and even thrived, in the face of the pandemic.

Sir Pangalos, who is Executive Vice President of BioPharmaceuticals Research and Development at AstraZeneca, was interviewed by Professor Stelios Kavadias, Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth and Co-Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre....

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25 August 2021

Report co-authored by President recommends measures for infection-resilient environments

A report regarding UK infrastructure’s resilience to infection, co-authored by Clare Hall’s President, Professor Alan Short, has been published by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC).

Looking ahead to winter 2021/22, the Royal Academy of Engineering and its partners in the NEPC were asked by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, to undertake a rapid review of actions for environmental infection resilience. The resulting report provides an overview of the strategic challenges our society faces, along with guidance on immediate measures that will make...

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16 August 2021

Project by Life Member wins award from Expanded Reason Institute

Congratulations to Jeffrey P. Bishop, a Life Member of Clare Hall whose collaborative project, Biopolitics After Neuroscience: Morality and the Economy of Virtue (forthcoming from Bloomsbury), recently won a 2021 Expanded Reason Award from the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. 

Jeffrey is Professor of Philosophy and holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Bioethics at Saint Louis University, Missouri, US. His scholarly work explores the philosophical, historical and political foundations of contemporary scientific theories and practices, and contextualises the truth...

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12 August 2021

Life Member to tackle sustainability in Fung Fellowship at Princeton

M. Wesam Al Asali, a Life Member of Clare Hall who received a PhD from the Centre for Natural Material Innovation here at Cambridge, has been offered the Fung Fellowship at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).

During his Fellowship, Wesam will tackle the theme ‘Sustainable Futures’, working on a project titled ‘Cultures of Making’, investigating the environmental approach behind the scarcity-driven informal and vernacular architecture and agriculture in the Middle East.

On the Princeton Fellowship, Wesam comments:

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09 August 2021

Fellow and Affiliated Postdoc uncover that dopamine plays key role in consciousness

Research from University of Cambridge scientists, including Professor Barbara Sahakian, a Fellow of Clare Hall, demonstrates how the brain chemical dopamine plays a key role in consciousness.

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, the study illustrates that conscious brain activity seems to be linked to the brain’s 'pleasure chemical' dopamine, and that the use of current and future drugs, which act on dopamine, should help improve our understanding of anaesthesia. 

Professor Sahakian comments:
"We are very excited...

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05 August 2021

Life Member publishes memoir of journey as Western Muslim post-9/11

Mohammad Chowdhury, a Life Member who completed an MPhil in the Economics and Politics of Development at Clare Hall in 1990, has written a memoir titled Border Crossings: My Journey as a Western Muslim (Unbound, 2021).

The memoir sees Mohammad describe his experiences as a Western Muslim since the 9/11 terrorist attacks by the Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda against the United States in 2001. Born in the UK and raised as an observant Muslim with liberal values, Mohammad writes about the cultural isolation he felt as a young man growing up in London as well as in Bangladesh...

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03 August 2021

Salje Medal applications welcome

Clare Hall students whose PhDs were approved in the calendar year 2020 are invited to apply for consideration for a Clare Hall Salje Medal.

Two medals are awarded by the College each year to the most outstanding PhD (1) in the Arts and Humanities and (2) in the Sciences. The medals are kindly provided by former Clare Hall President, Professor Ekhard Salje.

If you wish to be considered by the selection committee for this award, please email the following documents to the Tutorial Office via

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30 July 2021

Allotment Initiative enjoys first summer harvest

Back in March, members of Clare Hall's Allotment Initiative gathered to sow a variety of vegetables in West Court. Fast-forward to July and the team behind the project have harvested a sizeable crop, making a range of nutritious dishes for an inaugural summer allotment meal. 

Sarah Gough, a PhD candidate from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and co-founder of the project, shares:

"Last night we enjoyed the first of many allotment meals showcasing our first summer harvest. We made dishes from carrot top pesto, courgetti, potato salad, broad bean dip, to pizza...

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29 July 2021

Life Members release book on memorials of scientists in London

Istvan Hargittai and Magdolna Hargittai, Life Members of Clare Hall, have published a book titled Science in London: A Guide to Memorials (Springer Nature, 2021).

The book focuses on the memorials of scientists, explorers, medicine men and women, and inventors found in London, UK. It is the concluding volume of a set of four (with the previous publications covering Budapest, New York, and Moscow).

As the blurb attests, London is a hub of science as the seat of the Royal Society, Royal Institution, Science Museum, British Museum, Natural History Museum, and of great...

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27 July 2021