Research by Clare Hall members explores how cannabis affects our cognition and psychology

Research by Professor Barbara Sahakian (Fellow of Clare Hall); Dr Christelle Langley (Affiliated Postdoc); Martine Skumlien (PhD candidate at Cambridge); and Tianye Jia (Fudan University) interrogates how the drug cannabis affects the human mind.

In three recent studies published in ...

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28 April 2022

PhD student awarded I.E. Melhus Prize by American Phytopathological Society

Rachel Murray-Watson, a PhD student from Clare Hall, has been awarded the I.E. Melhus Prize by the American Phytopathological Society, one of the largest plant science societies in the world.

Rachel is part of the Theoretical and Computational Epidemiology Group at the Department of Plant Sciences here at the University of Cambridge. The group looks at models of plant disease with the aim of improving predictive models and implementing better control techniques.

Rachel describes her research as follows:
'My research specifically focuses on how we can incorporate...

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27 April 2022

College members invited to talk by Martin Kemp, Emeritus Research Professor, Oxford University

The President and Art Committee of Clare Hall invite all College members to a talk by Martin Kemp. Titled 'The Heart of the Matter: Leonardo da Vinci and the Body of the Earth', the talk is taking place on Friday 6 May 2022 from 6pm in the Richard Eden Room, West Court, Clare Hall.

Martin Kemp is Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art at Oxford University. He has written and broadcast extensively on imagery in art and science from the Renaissance to the present day, speaking on issues of visualisation to a wide range of audiences...

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25 April 2022

Clare Hall Allotment hosting Good to Grow event this weekend

Clare Hall Allotment Initiative is running a Good to Grow session on Saturday 23 April, to get prepared for the growing season ahead.

They will be:

Sowing various seeds to germinate in the greenhouseSprinkling seaweed pellets on and watering the allotment beds

11am-1pm, Clare Hall Allotment

Head down whether you’re a member of the University or not - all are welcome!

For more information on this Good to Grow event, see here.

Good to Grow (the new name for The Big Dig)...

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21 April 2022

Applications welcome for Hart Research Prize and Hart-Marshall Humanities Prize 2022

We are pleased to invite applications for the Hart Research Prize and Hart-Marshall Humanities Prize 2022. Both prizes are supported by an endowment kindly gifted by Professor Jonathan Hart with the aim of supporting research progression. The value of each prize is £250 and the awardees will be invited to this year’s College Awards Event, due to be held on Wednesday 1 June.

Application for the prizes is open to current Masters students who are planning to progress to doctoral study. Those students wishing to apply should send a copy of the abstract of their masters...

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19 April 2022

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

From next month, 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...

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13 April 2022

Quartet-in-Residence to play May concert

Clare Hall Music Committee is delighted to be presenting a concert by Fitzwilliam String Quartet - the College's Quartet-in-Residence - this May. 

The programme consists of Wolf's Italian Serenade, Britten's Quartet No.3, Op.94, and finally Beethoven's Quartet in A minor, Op.132.

Alan George, a founding member of the Quartet, comments:
'The Fitzwilliam was hugely fortunate to have been around at the right time and place, back in 1972, when Dmitri Shostakovich visited them in York...

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12 April 2022

Professor Susan Neiman to give Ashby Lecture 2022 on the subject 'Why the Left is not Woke'

Philosopher and writer Professor Susan Neiman will give the Clare Hall Ashby Lecture 2022 this month. Professor Neiman is Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam and has written extensively on the Enlightenment, moral philosophy, metaphysics, and politics. Her work shows that philosophy is a living force for contemporary thinking and action.

Thursday 28 April 2022, from 4pm at Robinson Auditorium and via Zoom.

Register for the Zoom version of this event via Eventbrite:

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06 April 2022

Research Fellow interview marks NRICH's 25th anniversary

NRICH, Cambridge’s flagship maths outreach project, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Director Dr Ems Lord, a Research Fellow at Clare Hall, has been interviewed by the University to mark the occasion, reflecting on the project's impact during Covid-19.

In Spring 2020, the UK Government highlighted NRICH resources to schools and the team contributed to the BBC’s heavily-used Bitesize maths resources. 'Our online resources were getting over a million page views per week,' Dr Lord recalls, 'We were ready from...

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01 April 2022

Visiting Student co-authors paper on giant stone jars found in India

A paper titled An archaeological survey of the Assam stone jar sites, co-authored by Nicholas Skopal, a Visiting Student of Clare Hall, has just been published. It investigates the stone jar sites in Assam, India, presenting the results of a 2020 survey across the heavily forested mountains of Dima Hasao Province, which led to the documentation of four previously unreported megalithic jar sites. 

Stone jars are a unique archaeological phenomenon in Assam, with similar features also...

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30 March 2022