Clare Hall Colloquium series to relaunch

Following a pandemically-enforced break, Clare Hall aims to relaunch in-person research seminars within our Tuesday evening Colloquium series this Michaelmas.

The Colloquia provide members of the College, and especially (but not exclusively) Visiting Fellows and Life Members, with an opportunity to present their research - whether in its early stages or already published - in a friendly setting. They are a great way to discuss your ideas, meet fellow members and to contribute to our vibrant community. 

Professor Kevin Edwards, organiser of the...

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22 September 2021

Life Member discusses access and inclusion in schools on University podcast

Aya M. Waller-Bey, a Life Member of Clare Hall, appears on a new podcast published by the University of Cambridge, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme. The podcast features three speakers discussing how education simultaneously preserves, and can help us to overcome, inequality.

In the podcast, Aya talks about quality rather than simple access to education, reflecting on the fact that access depends on deep structural factors that mean opportunity is not equally distributed.

Aya is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the...

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21 September 2021

Fellow highlights research with miniature brain tissues in This Cambridge Life article

Dr Madeline Lancaster, a Fellow of Clare Hall and Group Leader in the Cell Biology Division of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), has been profiled in the University's 'This Cambridge Life' blog series.

In the piece, Dr Lancaster reveals details on her research with mini brain tissues – three-dimensional tissues known as organoids. Research in the Lancaster Lab focuses on human brain development using stem cells to generate brain organoids that allow modelling of human brain development in vitro. The laboratory studies the most fundamental...

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20 September 2021

GSB publishes Graduate Student Handbook for 2021/22

Clare Hall's Graduate Student Body Committee (GSB) has released its Graduate Student Handbook for the forthcoming academic year.

The handbook, produced in collaboration with staff at Clare Hall, can be found here, and is the perfect means of preparing for your time at the College. We highly advise downloading the PDF or bookmarking the webpage for future reference.

With special thanks to GSB President, Srijit Seal, for working on this ready for Michaelmas.

Additionally, for...

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17 September 2021

Honorary Fellow to demystify resilience in film series

Professor Lord Martin Rees, Honorary Fellow of Clare Hall, is one of several leading thinkers set to appear in a series of short films explaining what resilience is, and why it matters, launching this month.

Titled Resilience Engineered and developed by The Resilience Shift in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and SWR Media, the three films present interviews with experts from the world of engineering and climate action, plus thought leaders and those at the forefront of building resilience into infrastructure and the built environment.

The films tackle...

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15 September 2021

Contemporary artist Mark Cazalet to exhibit work at Clare Hall

Clare Hall Art Committee will present an exhibition of mixed media work by contemporary artist Mark Cazalet this autumn.

Running from 7 October-18 November, the Committee's first exhibition of the academic year will feature paintings, drawings and pastels by Cazalet, who is a dynamic artist and notable figure at the Royal Drawing School.

Professor Frances Spalding, curator of the exhibition and Chair of Clare Hall Art Committee, shares:
“This exhibition will be the equivalent to a firework display in its rush of energy and its multiple sparks of...

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14 September 2021

Student's ground-breaking research on somatic mutations published

A PhD student from Clare Hall has co-written two papers presenting new insights into how the human body develops from one cell into trillions, and the genetic mutations that cells pick up along the way. Dr Tim Coorens, who works in genomics at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, published both studies last month in Nature. They are the first to analyse somatic mutation in normal tissues across multiple organs within and between individuals.

In the studies, using mutations as markers of a cell’s past, researchers were able to retrace human development, including in a 78-year-old...

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08 September 2021

Research Fellow to lead reading group on Landscapes of Southeast Asia

What are the landscapes of Southeast Asia? How are they inhabited, cultivated, framed, curated, and witnessed—and by whom? A reading group run by Dr Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz and Dr Michael Edwards seeks to explore these questions and more during Michaelmas 2021 and Lent 2022.

Seven meetings will be run over the two terms, and all are welcome to join what promises to be a lively discussion.

Landscape has featured prominently in studies of Southeast Asia: literally, as the terrain across which contested processes of development and dispossession play out, often through the...

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07 September 2021

Inbound student selected for Chevening/Cambridge Scholarship

Teo Kai Xiang, an inbound MPhil student, has been selected as a Chevening and Cambridge Trust Scholar, and will study the Sociology of Media and Culture this academic year. Kai Xiang is currently a Communications Officer at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague, where he leads the organisation's digital strategy and public engagement.

On receiving the Chevening/Cambridge Scholarship, he comments:
“I am beyond grateful to Chevening and the Cambridge Trust for empowering me to expand on my work on information and security policy at the...

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02 September 2021

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