College News

Wednesday

22

JUN

2022

Image for the news item 'Professor Edith Heard' on 22 Jun 2022

The College are delighted that one of our Honorary Fellows, and epigeneticist & developmental biologist, Professor Edith Heard, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Professor Heard matriculated at Emmanuel in 1983, reading Natural Sciences, before obtaining her PhD at Imperial College London, investigating gene amplification in rat cells. She is currently Professor of Epigenetics & Cellular Memory at the Collège de France, and Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Professor Heard said: "I’m incredibly grateful to receive an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge. My years at Cambridge as an undergraduate were the foundation of my career as a scientist. Today we are living in a truly exciting time for the life sciences. I believe that the University of Cambridge and EMBL are two great institutions that exemplify how science and technology can come together to advance discovery and inspire the next generation of scientists".

After graduating from Emmanuel, her postdoctoral study began at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. This was followed this with a year as a visiting scientist at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the USA, before returning to Paris and the Institut Curie, as Director of Genetics & Developmental Biology. Heard’s own laboratory focuses on epigenetic processes in mammals, and on chromosome biology and the role of non-coding RNAs, chromatin structure and nuclear organization in the establishment and maintenance of differential expression patterns.

A Fellow of the Royal Society, she is a member of the Academia Europaea, the European Molecular Biology Organization, the US National Academies of Science and Medicine, the Senate of the Max Planck Society, and the Science Council of the WHO. A Silver Medallist of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Professor Heard has also won the Hansen Family Prize and the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science International Award.

Wednesday

1

JUN

2022

Image for the news item 'Queen's Birthday Honours' on 1 Jun 2022

The College is absolutely delighted that our Life Fellow, Professor Stephen Young, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2022 Birthday Honours. Professor Young, who has been part of Emmanuel since 1985, was awarded the honour for his services to Software Engineering.

Prof Young's research interests lie in the area of spoken language systems including speech recognition, speech synthesis and dialogue management. He is the original developer of the HTK Toolkit for building hidden Markov model-based recognition systems. He led the team that developed the HTK Large Vocabulary Speech Recognition System. He has written and edited books on software engineering and speech processing, and he has published as author and co-author, more than 200 papers in these areas.

Tuesday

12

APR

2022

Image for the news item 'Shôn Ffowcs Williams Memorial Service' on 12 Apr 2022

A memorial service for Professor John (Shôn) Eirwyn Ffowcs Williams, Rank Professor of Engineering 1972–2002, Master 1996–2002, will be held in the College Chapel at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday 7th May. The service will be followed by a reception in Hall. All are welcome to attend. We regret that parking is not available on the College site.

Thursday

24

MAR

2022

Image for the news item 'Award for Emmanuel JRF Matthew Seah' on 24 Mar 2022

We are delighted that one of our Research Fellows, Matthew Seah, was one of the recipients of the ESCEO-IOF Young Investigator Awards at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases.

The award is given to young investigators for their contributions in the field of bone and mineral research.

Saturday

19

MAR

2022

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Two members of the College's Garden Department competed in the Eastern Regional Finals of the Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition.

Douglas Day & Jonathan Strauss were up against 5 other finalists in a test of horticultural knowledge and skills. Jonathan Strauss won the Eastern region final, and now goes on to compete in the Grand Final held at University of Warwick on 7 May. This was a huge achievement in the industry and they represented Emmanuel College impeccably.

Thursday

27

JAN

2022

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One of our recent graduates, Dan Byrom (2017), appeared on Channel 4's 'Countdown' programme, and scored 140 points: achieving the highest-ever debut score of 140 points. 

We're delighted with his progress - having appeared as the audience member who solved the conundrum after a failed attempt from both contestants in 2017 - and look forward to his continued appearances. We're hoping also that he wins the coveted Countdown teapot!

Saturday

1

JAN

2022

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We are delighted that three members of the College have been awarded New Year Honours from Her Majesty the Queen.

Dr Geoffrey Lambert (1997, PhD Chemistry), who is Deputy Director of Covid Infection Survey Operations at the Office for National Statistics has been appointed OBE for his services to Statistics and Public Health. A CMG has been awarded to the former HM Ambassador Yangon to Myanmar, Daniel Chugg (1996, MPhil Musicology) for services to British foreign policy. Finally, Commander Katie Muir (2000, Geography) has been appointed OBE from the Royal Navy awards. Our congratulations go to all of these members!

Wednesday

22

DEC

2021

Image for the news item 'Professor Hibberd & developing new grafting technique to combat diseases in grass-like plants' on 22 Dec 2021

Professor Julian Hibberd, one of our teaching Fellows in Natural Sciences (Plant Sciences), alongside our Research Fellow Dr Pallavi Singh, and their colleagues have developed a new process of combining embryonic tissue of grass-like plants to equip various species to benefit from different characteristics, today published in the journal Nature.

Taking root & shoot tissues from seeds, the team have grafted banana, rice & wheat plants together so that they can aim to prevent disease, and increase tolerance to internal & external stress factors. There has been recent rapid acceleration of diseases  & pathogens such as Panama Disease, or ‘Tropical Race 4', which has increased fears of shortage of bananas on a global scale.

Professor Hibberd said: “We’ve achieved something that everyone said was impossible. Grafting embryonic tissue holds real potential across a range of grass-like species. We found that even distantly related species, separated by deep evolutionary time, are graft compatible,”

The technique allows monocotyledons of the same species, and of two different species, to be grafted effectively. Grafting genetically different root and shoot tissues can result in a plant with new traits – ranging from dwarf shoots, to pest and disease resistance.

Tuesday

21

DEC

2021

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We're delighted that our Fellow & Director of Studies in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Dr Laura Moretti's Pleasure in Profit. Popular Prose in Seventeenth-Century Japan has been named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2021. 

This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles, both print and digital, reviewed by Choice during the previous year and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. The list is quite selective, containing approximately ten percent of some 5,000 works reviewed annually in Choice.

Tuesday

14

DEC

2021

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It is with great reluctance, as the College cannot safely hold the staff and pensioners Christmas lunch due to be held on Friday, that the decision has been to cancel this event.

Unfortunately this is the second year this event will not take place, but hopefully we will be able to organise this as usual next year.

Thursday

7

OCT

2021

Image for the news item 'Welcoming Emma's new Master, Doug Chalmers' on 7 Oct 2021

On 1 October, we were delighted to welcome our new Master, Doug Chalmers! We're looking forward to his steering of Emmanuel in the next terms and years, and are so grateful for the warm outpouring of good wishes to him from our entire community. 

He came to the College from Whitehall where he had been the Director of Operations for the Ministry of Defence. For operational service in the British Army, Doug was appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 2003, promoted to OBE in 2008 and awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 2012. In 2021 he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for services to Defence during the COVID pandemic.

We want also to thank our incredible outgoing Master, Dame Fiona Reynolds, for her tireless service for us over the last nine years, and wish her the very best at the National Audit Office.

Wednesday

6

OCT

2021

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We are very sad that Dr Mike Sayers, one of our Life Fellows, former Director of the University Computing Service (1994 – 2004) and the long-time chair of our IS Committee, died suddenly on 4 October 2021. Our entire college community send our deepest condolences to his family.

Tuesday

28

SEP

2021

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On 28 September, we received the sad news that Dr Rick Martin, a retired Fellow, died peacefully at Addenbrooke's Hospital after a short illness.  The entire College community join the Master, Dame Fiona Reynolds, in sending our deepest condolences to his family.

Monday

26

JUL

2021

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We are absolutely delighted that our alumna Anna Kiesenhofer (2012), who did Part III Maths with us, has won Olympic gold for Austria in the Women's Cycling Road Race. In the last few minutes, Anna broke away from the two athletes behind her, and finishing more than a minute ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (the 2019 World Champion)

We congratulate Anna on her amazing victory, and are overjoyed that an Emma alum has done so well!!