Research Fellow part of team who uncovered largest-ever millipede fossil

Dr William McMahon, a Research Fellow of Clare Hall, has co-authored a paper published by the Journal of the Geological Society, analysing the largest-ever millipede fossil, which was found on a Northumberland beach in 2018. 

The 326-million-year-old giant millipede's remains were found at Howick Beach. Known as Arthropleura, this species was over 2.5 metres long, making it likely to have been the largest arthropod to have existed on Earth. 

The fossil will be displayed at the University of Cambridge's Sedgwick Museum next year.

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21 December 2021

College's 2021 Review published online

Clare Hall is delighted to share the 2021 edition of its annual publication, the Review.

This year's edition features updates from the College's Senior Management team; Tutorial Office; profiles on Fellows; and a report from Clare Hall's Graduate Student Body.

You can also enjoy reports from the College's Art and Music committees, Choir, Boat Club, and an Access and Equality update from our Vice-President, Helen Pennant. Student profiles and Members' News are additional highlights, offering a fascinating picture of the activities of Clare...

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21 December 2021

Clare Hall releases details of 2022 studentships

Clare Hall, a college for advanced study at the University of Cambridge, welcomes applications for a range of studentships for entry in 2022.

We have ten UK co-funded Masters studentships available, and two PhD studentships.

Dr Holly Hedgeland, Senior Tutor of Clare Hall, comments:

'We are delighted to be able to offer a significantly increased number of studentships for entry in 2022. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and working in partnership with the Cambridge Trust, we will be offering four Cambridge Opportunity Studentships based at...

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20 December 2021

Exhibition of Leonardo's anatomical drawings to be presented at Clare Hall

This January, Clare Hall Art Committee will present The Art and Heart of Leonardo, an exhibition chiefly of Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings, as seen through contemporary eyes.

The exhibition is the outcome of Francis Wells’ long-standing interest in Leonardo, which first took hold when, as a young man, he studied anatomy for surgery. 

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer. As an artist fascinated by both art and science, Leonardo was able to see things that...

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17 December 2021

Papers co-authored by Life Member published in Science and Nature

Dr Eric Gamazon, a Life Member of Clare Hall (Visiting Fellow, 2018), has co-authored two papers published by the journals Science and Nature.

The Science paper, co-authored in collaboration with fellow Cambridge University researchers, performed the largest-ever genetic analysis of protein expression, providing a detailed map of connections between genetic variants, proteins, and complex diseases. The study addresses a major barrier to clinical translation of genetic...

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16 December 2021

Professor John Barrow's research honoured by Royal Astronomical Society

Research by the late Professor John Barrow, a Fellow of Clare Hall, was recently honoured during a specialist discussion organised by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).

John Barrow FRS (1952-2020) was Professor of Mathematical Sciences here at Cambridge. His output was prodigious, publishing more than 500 research papers in astrophysics and cosmology, many as single author papers. A major theme of his research was using astronomy to probe fundamental physics, proposing how measurements could be made at precisions beyond those possible in laboratory or accelerator experiments. A...

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14 December 2021

2021 Tanner Lecture on Artificial Intelligence and Human Values now on YouTube

On 18 October this year, Ruha Benjamin, Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, gave the Obert C. Tanner Lecture on Artificial Intelligence and Human Values, joined by respondents Dr Shakir Mohamed, Dr Mónica G. Moreno Figueroa and Professor Sennay Ghebreab.

You can catch up on this lecture via our YouTube.

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even...

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13 December 2021

Visiting Fellow's paper published in Ancient Philosophy

A paper by Professor Georgia Mouroutsou, a Clare Hall Visiting Fellow, has been published in peer-reviewed journal Ancient Philosophy.

Titled 'Choosing a Life and Rejecting a Thoughtless Life in Philebus 20-22', Professor Mouroutsou comments on the paper: 

'Rather than offering an overwhelming argument against hedonism (sensu G.E. Moore), the paper shows that Socrates discusses three fundamental possibilities of life as candidates for the good human life with his hedonist...

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10 December 2021

Paper by Associate of Clare Hall features on cover of Nature’s latest issue

A paper co-authored by Dr Petar Veličković, an Associate of Clare Hall, has been published by Nature. The paper, which appears on the cover of Nature's latest issue, demonstrates how AI can successfully guide the intuition of mathematicians, and be a mathematician’s 'pocket calculator of the twenty-first century'.

Dr Veličković is a Staff Research Scientist at DeepMind, and an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University...

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08 December 2021

Life Member to discuss collected writings on science fiction and utopian studies

Dr Darko Suvin, Professor Emeritus at McGill University and a Life Member of Clare Hall, will discuss his brand new book in a Zoom event this month.

Titled Disputing the Deluge: Collected 21st-Century Writings on Utopia, Narration, and Survivalthe book draws together 24 of Dr Suvin's most significant interventions in the linked fields of science fiction and utopian studies, with an introduction by editor Hugh O'Connell and a new preface by the author.

Beginning with writings from the early 2000s that investigate the function of literary genres and reconsider...

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03 December 2021