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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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/...

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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

Research Fellow to present talk on Renaissance Theatre at Watermill Theatre

Anthony (Tony) Harris, a Research Fellow of Clare Hall, will share a talk on Renaissance Theatre at the Watermill Theatre, Bagnor (near Newbury in Berkshire), next month. The talk will highlight playwrights beyond Shakespeare who were active during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and will raise funds for the theatre. 

Dr Harris has taught Renaissance Drama at Oxford, and Old and Middle English at Cambridge and Oxford. He read English Language and Literature at Oxford as a mature student, where he become interested in medieval literature and the application of the sciences to...

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28 March 2022

Advice on Ukraine doomscrolling published by Clare Hall members

Research insights penned by Professor Barbara Sahakian (Fellow of Clare Hall); Dr Christelle Langley (Affiliated Postdoc); Professor Jianfeng Feng (Associate) and Dr Chun Shen (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fudan University) offer guidance on the negative effects doomscrolling can have on our cognition and mood.

Published in The Conversationtheir new article highlights the ways in which doomscrolling (spending an...

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22 March 2022

PhD student appointed member of Presidential Council for Youth Policy by State Secretary of Kazakhstan

Kamila Rollan, a third-year PhD student at the Faculty of Education, has been appointed a member of the Presidential Council for Youth Policy by the State Secretary of Kazakhstan. This council is a main advising and decision-making body on youth policy in Kazakhstan.

State Secretary of Kazakhstan, Yerlan Karin, said:
'[The council] includes public activists, young scientists and entrepreneurs, representatives of different regions, rural and creative youth,and leaders of youth organisations. All of them are recognised professionals in their fields, well aware...

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17 March 2022

Fellow wins Blavatnik Award for pioneering neuroscience research

Congratulations to Dr Madeline Lancaster, a Fellow of Clare Hall, who is a 2022 UK winner of a Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists.

Dr Lancaster receives the award for her pioneering development of the first method for generating brain organoids from human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, a technology that is ushering in a new era of neuroscience research. Her work using organoids to investigate the blood-brain barrier, primate brain evolution, and fetal brain development will help reveal fundamental knowledge about how human brains evolved and how they are affected by disease...

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16 March 2022