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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

Fellow featured in Judge Business School video series

Sir Mene Pangalos, Fellow of Clare Hall, recently participated in ‘CJBS Perspectives: Leadership in Unprecedented Times’ – a video series in which prominent business leaders discuss major topics and themes, covering how they and their organisations have coped, and even thrived, in the face of the pandemic.

Sir Pangalos, who is Executive Vice President of BioPharmaceuticals Research and Development at AstraZeneca, was interviewed by Professor Stelios Kavadias, Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth and Co-Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre....

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25 August 2021

Report co-authored by President recommends measures for infection-resilient environments

A report regarding UK infrastructure’s resilience to infection, co-authored by Clare Hall’s President, Professor Alan Short, has been published by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC).

Looking ahead to winter 2021/22, the Royal Academy of Engineering and its partners in the NEPC were asked by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, to undertake a rapid review of actions for environmental infection resilience. The resulting report provides an overview of the strategic challenges our society faces, along with guidance on immediate measures that will make...

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16 August 2021

Project by Life Member wins award from Expanded Reason Institute

Congratulations to Jeffrey P. Bishop, a Life Member of Clare Hall whose collaborative project, Biopolitics After Neuroscience: Morality and the Economy of Virtue (forthcoming from Bloomsbury), recently won a 2021 Expanded Reason Award from the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. 

Jeffrey is Professor of Philosophy and holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Bioethics at Saint Louis University, Missouri, US. His scholarly work explores the philosophical, historical and political foundations of contemporary scientific theories and practices, and contextualises the truth...

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12 August 2021

Life Member to tackle sustainability in Fung Fellowship at Princeton

M. Wesam Al Asali, a Life Member of Clare Hall who received a PhD from the Centre for Natural Material Innovation here at Cambridge, has been offered the Fung Fellowship at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).

During his Fellowship, Wesam will tackle the theme ‘Sustainable Futures’, working on a project titled ‘Cultures of Making’, investigating the environmental approach behind the scarcity-driven informal and vernacular architecture and agriculture in the Middle East.

On the Princeton Fellowship, Wesam comments:
"I...

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09 August 2021

Fellow and Affiliated Postdoc uncover that dopamine plays key role in consciousness

Research from University of Cambridge scientists, including Professor Barbara Sahakian, a Fellow of Clare Hall, demonstrates how the brain chemical dopamine plays a key role in consciousness.

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, the study illustrates that conscious brain activity seems to be linked to the brain’s 'pleasure chemical' dopamine, and that the use of current and future drugs, which act on dopamine, should help improve our understanding of anaesthesia. 

Professor Sahakian comments:
"We are very excited...

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05 August 2021