College News

Sunday

13

NOV

2022

Image for the news item 'Professor Sir Eldryd Parry' on 13 Nov 2022

The College is sad to announce the death of its Honorary Fellow Professor Sir Eldryd Parry on Sunday 13 November 2022.

Sir Eldryd matriculated at Emmanuel in 1948, read Natural Sciences (for Medicine) and graduated B.Chir in 1955. He trained as a physician in Cardiff, London and Ibadan and spent nearly 23 years in academic medicine in Africa, finally as Professor of Medicine and Dean at Ilorin, Nigeria, and Kumasi, Ghana. In 1988 he founded THET, a charity which helps African medical schools and hospitals to develop the skills of their staff, chiefly through links with their counterparts in Britain. He was the senior editor of the prize-winning Principles of Medicine in Africa (third edition, CUP). He had an honorary DSc (Kumasi), a number of honorary Fellowships and was a founding member of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Amoud University, Somaliland.

Tuesday

1

NOV

2022

Image for the news item 'New Bursar appointed at Emmanuel' on 1 Nov 2022

Emmanuel College is pleased to have selected Catherine Webb as its next Bursar. She will join the college next February, taking over from our retiring Bursar, Dr Mike Gross. 

Catherine matriculated with us as an Economics undergraduate in 1997 and will join us from a highly successful career in the Civil Service. A career that has seen her serve in multiple Departments in a range of high-profile appointments. Her current appointment being the Director of Operations for HM Treasury. 

Doug Chalmers, our Master, said: “I am delighted that, after a highly competitive process, Catherine will be joining us.  She has a proven track record of being able to take people with her through complex issues and programmes. And I know that I am not the only one that looks forward to working with her in the months and years ahead.”  

Catherine Webb said: “I am really excited to be returning to Emmanuel, and to have the opportunity to help ensure future generations benefit from the same opportunities I have had from studying at Emmanuel".

Monday

10

OCT

2022

Image for the news item 'First Prize awarded to Prof Agarwal, Prof Gales & Dr McDonald in George B. Moody PhysioNet Challenge' on 10 Oct 2022

Two of our Fellows—Professor Anurag Agarwal & Professor Mark Gales—as leaders of teams in the Acoustics Laboratory & Information Engineering, collaborated to win First Prize in the 2022 George B. Moody PhysioNet Challenge: a challenge to use machine learning to classify heart sound recordings, entered by 40 international teams.

The interdisciplinary collaboration between Prof Agarwal & Prof Gales—alongside PhD research from one of Emma's Research Associates, Andrew McDonald—entered their approach to identifing murmurs and clinical outcomes using heart sound recordings collected from multiple auscultation locations, as challenged by the competition. They designed an algorithm that can use electronic stethoscope recordings to predict whether the patient has a heart murmur.

Prof Agarwal's team has been researching automated heart sound analysis since 2016, and they were awarded an MRC DPFS grant to develop an algorithm to use stethoscope recordings to classify the presence of valvular heart disease in patients.

Tuesday

4

OCT

2022

Image for the news item 'Award for Honorary Fellow, Dr Dennis Lo' on 4 Oct 2022

We're absolutely delighted that our Honorary Fellow, Dr. Yuk Ming Dennis Lo, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has been awarded the 2022 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. The award, presented by the Lasker Foundation, is widely regarded as America’s top biomedical research prize, and Dr Lo has been celebrated for his discovery of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal blood, and development of noninvasive prenatal testing.

He has been one of our Honorary Fellows since 2017, was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011, and as a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2013. Dr Lo recently wrote an article for our Emmanuel Review, which can be found at the link below.

Saturday

10

SEP

2022

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Our Master, Doug Chalmers, pays tribute to the service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in this video on our YouTube channel. He gives details of how we, as the College community, will be celebrating her life and service during the period of national mourning. We join together as the College in offering our deepest sympathy to His Majesty Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

Thursday

8

SEP

2022

Image for the news item 'Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II' on 8 Sep 2022

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death earlier today (8 September 2022) of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

She served the country as its Head of State for seven decades, and will be remembered for her steadfast devotion to duty, dignity and humility. At Emmanuel we will particularly remember her visits here to the University and to the College.

A tribute to Her Majesty’s contribution to the University appears on the University of Cambridge website. https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/queen-elizabeth-ii-1926-2022

We offer our deepest sympathy to His Majesty King Charles III and all the members of the Royal Family.

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.