Clare Hall news round-up

Below is a round-up of Clare Hall news items before we share more detailed coverage in the coming days.


Sir Mene Pangalos elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

Sir Mene Pangalos, an Official Fellow of Clare Hall and Executive Vice President and President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He comments: ‘It is incredible to look at the immense contributions that Fellows of the Society have made to scientific discovery around the world, and it is an honour and a privilege to be able to add my insights, experience and collaboration to this esteemed Fellowship.’


Dr Bipasha Chakraborty awarded UK Joseph Fourier Prize

The Joseph Fourier Prize, aimed at supporting innovative work in the field of quantum computing, has been awarded to Dr Bipasha Chakraborty, a Research Fellow of Clare Hall and Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge. The award was presented for her research project ‘Quantum Computation of Quantum Field Theories’. She comments: ‘This is a very welcome acknowledgement of my innovative research proposal and provides welcome support to push it forward. The prize also offers a platform to initiate collaboration with industries, which is critical to the success of this interdisciplinary research.’


Professor Sohini Kar-Narayan wins CUSU Student-led Teaching Award

Professor Sohini Kar-Narayan, an Official Fellow of Clare Hall and Professor of Device & Energy Materials at the University of Cambridge, has won the Cambridge University Student Union Student-led Teaching award for Innovative Teaching. On receiving the award, she says: ‘It is wonderful to be recognised in this way.’ Professor Kar-Narayan was named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering of 2021 by the Women's Engineering Society. She has previously received two departmental teaching awards, and is a Wellbeing Advocate at the University.


GSB President 2022/23 elected

Congratulations to Adham El-Shazly (pictured right), a PhD student in Philosophy, on being elected the next President of Clare Hall’s Graduate Student Body Committee. Adham’s research is at the intersection between epistemology and philosophy of mind. Beyond philosophy he is a Taekwondo athlete, kite surfer and scuba-diver. He looks forward to bringing more funding into the GSB; restarting the Equality and Diversity working group; and improving sports engagement and facilities here at the College, among other priorities. The College shares huge thanks to Srijit Seal (pictured left), the GSB's President 2021/22, for his excellent work this past year, and we look forward to sharing his reflections on the GSB's recent activities soon. 


HCEP Research Seminar to reflect on Clare Hall architect’s work in the High Arctic

Next week’s HCEP Research Seminar is to be led by Professor Alan Marcus, who will speak about utopian ambitions in the High Arctic. The seminar's synopsis is as follows: 'In 1953-55, officials embarked on a scheme to seed the High Arctic with small new Inuit communities in an effort to project sovereignty where there was no permanent population. A decade later, the government enlisted Quaker-schooled British/Swedish architect Ralph Erskine (1914-2005) – [architect of Clare Hall’s Main Site] –  to create a bold, modernist urban plan for the new High Arctic community of Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island. The social and political implications of these events were to have a long-lasting impact on both the Inuit community and how others perceived the government’s actions, leading to a series of human rights investigations.'

Learn more during the seminar, which will take place on Tuesday 17 May from 4.30pm in the Scott Polar Research Institute’s Lecture Theatre.


Clare Hall launches punt

The College was delighted to launch its new punt, the John Benstead, yesterday. A group walked over to Darwin College to kick-off a new season of punting for all Clare Hall members, then returned to Clare Hall for lunch. Details on booking the punt will be circulated soon.


Exhibition reviewed by Varsity

Our current exhibition, The Art and Heart of Leonardo - artistic anatomy then and now, has been reviewed by Varsity student newspaper. Learn more about the exhibition, which runs until 16 June, on this page.


GSB, punt and exhibition photos: Jeremy Peters


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