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Prof Cameron elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering - Wed, 20/09/2023 - 18:33

20 September 2023

We send heartfelt congratulations to Professor Ruth Cameron who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  You can read about her achievements in the RAEng announcement in the Related Links.

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STEM outreach Award for member of Grey Group - Mon, 18/09/2023 - 13:46

Megan Penrod of the Grey Group at the fume cupboard, courtesey Michael Webb ©University of Cambridge

Sep 18 2023

Congratulations to Megan Penrod who was awarded the Faraday Institution Community Award STEM Outreach Award recognising her work engaging and inspiring young people in science outreach.

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Researchers honoured for exceptional citation records - Mon, 18/09/2023 - 12:48

Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman, courtesy of Nathan Pitt © University of Cambridge

Sep 18 2023

Professors Sir Shankar Balasubramanian and Sir David Klenerman have been selected as Clarivate Citation Laureates for 2023.

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Professor Brian Thrush 1928 – 2023 - Fri, 15/09/2023 - 10:24

Emeritus Professor Brian Thrush, courtesy Chemistry Photography

Sep 15 2023

We are saddened to announce that Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry Brian Thrush died peacefully on 13 September after a long illness.

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Considering the future of the IPCC - Thu, 14/09/2023 - 18:50
The next Assessment Report -- the Seventh -- of the UN's IPCC, faces some difficult decisions about how the Panel can stay relevant to the science, politics and policies of climate change. As it considers its future, an international team of social scientists, led by Mike Hulme, has recently published a Commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change, offering three different institutional future pathways for the IPCC.
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First prize thesis awarded to ICE group Michael Davies - Mon, 11/09/2023 - 10:45

A diagram of the transition of water (left) to ice (right) made by the ICE group.

Sep 11 2023

A PhD thesis from the Professor Angelos Michaelides’ ICE group was awarded this year’s 2023 Institute of Physics Computational Physics Group Thesis Prize.

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Hughes Medal awarded for Reisner sustainability research - Thu, 31/08/2023 - 12:33

E. Reisner in Lab, courtesy Gabriella Bocchetti ©University of Cambridge

Aug 31 2023

The Royal Society awarded the Hughes Medal 2023 to Professor Erwin Reisner for his research in solar technology.

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Outstanding thesis awards - Wed, 30/08/2023 - 09:54

Chemistry library, courtesy Nathan Pitt, ©University of Cambridge

Aug 30 2023

We congratulate the PhD and Masters level outstanding thesis awards for 2022 and 2021.

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Prof Kar-Narayan wins RSC Peter Day Prize - Tue, 15/08/2023 - 15:25

15 August 2023

We congratulate Professor Sohini Kar-Narayan who has received the 2023 Royal Society of Chemistry Materials Chemistry mid-career Prize, the Peter Day Prize, for advancing research in functional polymers and nanocomposites, and their application in energy, sensing and biomedicine using microscale...

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New microscopy method sees how protein forms clusters in living cells - Mon, 14/08/2023 - 10:01

As part of the new method, the researchers used so-called HILO (highly inclined and laminated optical sheet) microscopy. Image courtesy of Thorsten Hugel, CIBSS, University of Freiburg

Aug 14 2023

Using a newly developed microscopy method, researchers from Cambridge and Freiberg have been able to see for the first time how protein clusters form in living cells.

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Becky Dell is appointed Assistant Professor in Glaciology at the Scott Polar Research Institute - Thu, 03/08/2023 - 09:36
We are delighted to announce that Dr Becky Dell has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in Glaciology at SPRI, starting October 1st this year. Becky first arrived at SPRI in 2017 for her PhD, which focussed on developing remote sensing and machine learning methods for the study of ice-shelf stability in Antarctica. Since completing her PhD in 2021, Becky has worked within the Institute as a European Space Agency Climate Change Initiative Fellow. Becky has significant expertise in both remote sensing and fieldwork-based studies of Antarctic ice shelves, which will continue to be of considerable benefit to the research, teaching, and outreach of both SPRI and the Geography Department.
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Super resolution microscopy may lead to better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease - Wed, 02/08/2023 - 13:50

Images of soluble tau using conventional microscopy (left) and super resolution microscopy (right), courtesy Klenerman Lab

Aug 2 2023

Researchers have been able to observe and measure tau aggregates replicating in cells for the first time, in a key process that underpins the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Professor James Staunton FRS 1935 - 2023 - Mon, 24/07/2023 - 12:59

Professor Jim Staunton, who died on 13 July.

Jul 24 2023

We are sad to report that our colleague, Professor Jim Staunton, died on 13 July 2023 at the age of 88.

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Lambda Energy start-up wins RSC award - Mon, 17/07/2023 - 12:50

Part of the Lambda Energy team taken by Nathan Pitt ©University of Cambridge

Jul 17 2023

A company embedded in Professor Dominic Wright’s research group has received recognition for its crop yield improvement technology.

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The molecule maker - Wed, 05/07/2023 - 15:25

Rosa Mueller, Nathan Pitt ©University of Cambridge

Jul 5 2023

Rosa Mueller started her PhD in October 2022 and is already building new molecules which could help improve plant growth and solar panel efficiency.

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Marc Macias-Fauria is appointed Professor of Physical Geography - Wed, 05/07/2023 - 10:00
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Marc Macias-Fauria as Professor of Physical Geography, a position held between the Department of Geogtraphy and the Scott Polar Research Institute. Marc is currently Professor of Biogeosciences in the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University. He is an ecologist who studies the interactions between biological systems and the physical environment they inhabit, experience, and modify, with an emphasis on environmental change in cold ecosystems, especially in the Arctic. Marc will take up his appointment at the University of Cambridge on 1st January 2024. Mike Hulme, Head of Department
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Book now for our Alumni Festival event - Mon, 03/07/2023 - 16:55

An artificial leaf floats on the River Cam in front of the iconic Bridge of Sighs, courtesy @ReisnerGroup

Jul 3 2023

Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and nibbles while learning about the circular economy at our Alumni Festival event on Friday 22 September at 6pm.

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Reaching out to new scientists - Mon, 03/07/2023 - 11:42

Dr Peter Wothers entertaining the Chemistry Open Day audience 2019, courtesy Chemistry Photography

Jul 3 2023

“I want to inspire the next generation of scientists,” says Dr Peter Wothers. And it is clear he has done just that.

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A quiet revolution - Mon, 03/07/2023 - 11:07

Christoph Schran, Angelos Michaelides, Stephen Cox, Daniel Graf, and Venkat Kapil ©University of Cambridge

Jul 3 2023

A quiet revolution in computational science has propelled the recent reinvigoration of the Lennard-Jones Centre for Computational Materials Science.

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Dr Luke Abraham promoted to Director of Research - Mon, 03/07/2023 - 10:19

Luke Abraham taken by Michael Webb ©University of Cambridge

Jul 3 2023

Please join us in celebrating Dr Luke Abraham’s new title of Director of Research, which is a top rank on the Senior Researcher pathway and is considered to be equivalent to Professor (Grade 12).

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