This year's Tanner Lectures will be delivered by Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Her lecture series, entitled, Beyond the Social Contract: Toward Global Justice will explore the limitations of the social contract tradition in addressing some of the world's most pressing problems and the possibilities present in the 'capabilities approach' which she has long championed.
Cambridge scientists have identified a new molecule that seems to play a crucial role in protecting cells against radiation. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature today, should help scientists understand how exposure to radiation can cause cancer.
A new centre for the study of photonics opens today (Wednesday 26 February) at the Cambridge Science Park. The venture brings together three groups from the University’s Engineering Department, in collaboration with several other University departments and industrial partners to investigate the different aspects of photonics, applications and materials.
One of the leading figures in the struggle to end Apartheid in South Africa returns to Cambridge this week to give two talks. Justice Albie Sachs, a Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, was the first Nuffield Fellow of Socio-Legal Studies, at Bedford College, London, and Wolfson College, Cambridge. He will give lectures at the Centre for Public Law and to the University's South African Students group.
The Composers' Ensemble, recently hailed as Europe's most innovative chamber group, will perform tomorrow at the University's West Road Concert Hall. The programme includes music by the Spanish composer Roberto Gerhard, who held a Fellowship at King's College as a political exile from Franco's Spain.