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Clare Hall Life Member's company wins Earthshot Prize 2021

The Takachar Project, led by Kevin Kung (a Life Member of Clare Hall) and Vidyut Mohan, has been awarded the Earthshot Prize and £1 million in recognition of its innovative effort to tackle northern India’s smog crisis. 

$120 billion of agricultural waste is generated globally every year, with catastrophic consequences for human health and the environment. The burning of agricultural waste causes air pollution that can significantly decrease life expectancy. 

Takachar has developed a cheap, small-scale, portable technology that attaches to tractors in remote farms. The machine...

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19 October 2021

Emeritus Fellow wins 6th World China Studies Contribution Award

Professor Michael Loewe, Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, received a 6th World China Studies Contribution Award yesterday, for his research in Sinology.

He commented:
"I am honoured by the World Forum on China Studies for the award of Contribution to China Studies in the World. Many years have passed since the beginning of my cooperation with Chinese scholars; in the process, I fully appreciate their contribution to the study of the history of Chinese civilisation, and it is their contribution that has greatly expanded the research on this topic...

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19 October 2021

Clare Hall launches Student Assistance Programme

A Student Assistance Programme (SAP) became available to all Clare Hall students from 1 October this year.

The SAP is being introduced as an additional strand of the College's support for student wellbeing and mental health, beyond that provided by the existing College-Based Counsellor, College Nurse and the wider University Counselling Service.

Our Tutorial team understands...

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18 October 2021

Honorary Fellow and PhD candidate curate exhibition on the UN's 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women

Melanne Verveer, Honorary Fellow of Clare Hall, and Rebecca Turkington, a PhD candidate in History here, have curated an exhibition titled Women's Rights Are Human Rights: The United States and the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women. The exhibition, which launched yesterday at Georgetown University Library, Washington DC, examines the Fourth World Conference on Women, which was the largest UN conference in history, convening more than 6,000 official delegates from almost every country in the world.

Melanne is Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace...

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14 October 2021

Students invited to join Special Interest Groups this Michaelmas

Clare Hall has announced the return of Special Interest Groups (previously referred to here as a pilot mentoring scheme) this Michaelmas. These are subject-focused groups of students and Fellows (and other members of the College) that aim to encourage regular small-group social and intellectual interactions among College members with shared interests in particular academic areas.

Each group is led by one or more Fellows and the range and frequency of activities (lunches,...

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13 October 2021

Former President to speak during Cambridge Literary Festival

Professor Dame Gillian Beer, Honorary Fellow and former President of Clare Hall, will appear in conversation with writer Claire Keegan this month, during Cambridge Literary Festival. In November, Professor Beer will then discuss her own new short memoir, Stations Without Signs, while being interviewed by writer and broadcaster Alex Clark. 

On the latter: a few days after her eighty-sixth birthday, Gillian decided to write a few fragments reflecting on her youth. The result...

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12 October 2021

Nominations for 2021/22 GSB Committee now open

Clare Hall's Graduate Student Body President, Srijit Seal, has today announced that nominations for the 2021-22 GSB Committee are officially open.

He shares:
"I am delighted to open nominations for each of the following positions, where one candidate may be elected: 

GSB Vice-President - Assists the President and aids in the management of the GSB Committee  

GSB Treasurer - Assists the GSB and aids in the management of Finances of the GSB Committee  

GSB...

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11 October 2021

Fellow and Affiliated Postdoc to appear in BBC documentary, 'Paul Merson: Football, Gambling and Me'

Professor Barbara Sahakian, a Fellow of Clare Hall, and Dr Christelle Langley, an Affiliated Postdoc, will appear in BBC One's upcoming documentary, Paul Merson: Football, Gambling and Me, discussing the science behind disordered gambling.

“It begins impulsively,” explains Professor Sahakian in a Cambridge University news story, “maybe an individual sees their dad going into a betting shop or they see an advert on TV that says: 'bet now before the game starts'. At first, they bet just for a bit of fun or to have a heightened experience. They might get a win or a...

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08 October 2021

Film encapsulating PhD student's research to be shown during CRASSH festival

A film based on the research of final-year PhD student Surabhi Agrawal is being screened during CRASSH's 20th Anniversary Outdoor Film Festival on 13 October.

The film, made during a collaborative project through Cambridge Creative Encounters with animator Ali Assaf, looks at steel corrosion leading to iron carbonate (FeCO3) scale formation.

On her research, Surabhi comments:
"A good understanding of this corrosion...

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07 October 2021

Life Member to present Intelligence Seminar on his experiences of the Taliban

Dr David Gosling, a Life Member of Clare Hall, will speak in a Faculty of History Intelligence Seminar this week, on the topic The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Confrontation on the Pakistan Border.

The seminar is taking place on Friday 8 October from 5.30pm, and you can find all details at https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/event-series/intelligence

About the speaker
During his principalship of Edwardes College, a university college in Peshawar in northwest...

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06 October 2021