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The new RSPCA Sir Patrick Moore Award honours Professor Dom Broom
The Sir Patrick Moore Award, in memory of the former astronomer and honorary RSPCA vice president, is a new award for outstanding contribution to animal welfare science
Professor Broom championed key scientific and ethical principles worldwide leading to significant changes in attitudes, laws and animals' lives.
In 1986 he was appointed the first Professor of Animal Welfare in the world in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. Professor Broom helped secure a large grant for the RSPCA from the Tubney Charitable Trust based on Marian Dawkins’ research into the importance of farmed ducks having full body access to open water. This launched the RSPCA’s successful ‘Like a Duck to Water’ campaign to raise awareness in this area.
Professor Broom won the RSPCA/British Society of Animal Science award for innovative developments in animal welfare in 2001 and in 2007 was presented with the RSPCA Michael Kay award for services to animal welfare in Europe.
Professor Broom said: “I am a longstanding fan of the RSPCA as I think that its emphasis on considering the welfare of individual animals is of great value. In particular, the RSPCA inspectorate and the divisions of the RSPCA involved in factually-based national and international lobbying of governments and other organisations have had substantial beneficial impact on animals.
“Those who work in universities are not often honoured by major national charities. I am grateful for this recognition of my work in animal welfare science and very proud to receive the Sir Patrick Moore award from the RSPCA.”
Peter St. George-Hyslop chosen as laureate of the 2014 Dan David Prize
Professor Peter St. George-Hyslop of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research has been chosen as laureate of the 2014 Dan David Prize, together with Professor John Hardy of University College London and Professor Brenda Milner of McGill University, for their work on memory and disorders of memory.
The Dan David Prize, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University, recognises and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world. The prizes are granted to individuals or institutions with proven, exceptional, distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, and humanities that have made an outstanding contribution to humanity on the basis of merit.
Three prizes of S$ 1 million each are awarded, to be shared by the laureates, for fields chosen within the three Time Dimensions – Past, Present and Future. Ten percent of the award is donated as scholarships to doctoral and post-doctoral students doing research in one of the selected fields.
Arts and Humanities Research Council invests in Big Data for Law project
On 6 February 2014, 21 Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities projects were announced as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council investment in Big Data. Just over £550,000 will support the Big Data for Law project, co-lead by David Howarth (Faculty of Law). Big Data for Law will transform how we understand and use current legislation by delivering a new 'big data kit' comprising new open data, new tools and new research methodologies. The project is headed by The National Archives, who are responsible for legislation.gov.uk. Of particular relevance is the project's aim to test the concept of a 'pattern language' for legislation, to help identify good design practices and solutions, which build on Professor Howarth's concepts of 'Law as Engineering'.
For more information about the project visit: www.legislation.gov.uk/projects/big-data-for-law
Professor Azim Surani receives 2014 McEwen Award for Innovation in stem cell research
Professor Azim Surani of the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute has been granted the 2014 McEwen Award for Innovation by the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).
The McEwen Award recognizes original thinking and groundbreaking research pertaining to stem cells or regenerative medicine that opens new avenues of exploration toward the understanding or treatment of human disease or affliction.
Professor Surani is a world leader in the field of epigenetics and the development of the mammalian germ line. His work on early mammalian development led to his involvement in the discovery of genomic imprinting and ongoing contributions to understanding the mechanistic basis of imprinting. Most relevant to stem cell biology is his work on the cellular and molecular specification of the mammalian germ cell lineage, which impacted the field’s understanding of how the germ line is established and the molecular mechanisms responsible for reprogramming the epigenome in order to generate the totipotent state.
“The ISSCR is thrilled to announce the McEwen Award for Innovation, our most prestigious award, will be presented to Azim Surani,” Janet Rossant, ISSCR president, said. “His pioneering research, which has changed the face of epigenetics and advanced the field of stem cell biology, is a rare and significant contribution from a single individual.”
Professor Dame Ann Dowling has been nominated as the first female President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
The Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering has nominated Professor Dame Ann Dowling FREng FRS, Head of the Department of Engineering, as its Presidential candidate. Upon election, Dowling would become the Academy’s first female President and serve a term of five years.
A world authority on combustion and acoustics, Dowling became a Cambridge research fellow in 1977 and has remained at the university ever since, including visiting research posts at MIT in 1999 and Caltech in 2001. She started her career as a mathematician but always wanted to pursue applied mathematics and did her PhD in engineering acoustics with Prof John Ffowcs Williams FREng, who led pioneering noise-reduction research on Concorde. She now leads research on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, particularly aircraft and cars.
Her work in aeronautics and energy has been recognised by fellowships of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, and foreign associate membership of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Academy of Sciences
Academy President Sir John Parker GBE FREng said “I am delighted that Dame Ann has been nominated for election as the next President of this Academy. Her wide research and policy expertise and her leadership of the engineering department of one of the world’s top universities will be a great asset to the Academy in the years to come.”
Professor Sir David Baulcombe has won the first Barbara McClintock prize for Plant Genetics and Genome studies
Professor Sir David Baulcombe, from the Department of Plant Sciences, is the first recipient of the McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies awarded by the Maize Genetics Executive Committee.
This inaugural award was presented to Baulcombe in recognition of his career of scientific accomplishments. His work includes the characterization of mechanisms of viral pathogenesis in plants and identification of virus resistance genes. He also recognized the importance of gene silencing as a natural antiviral defense mechanism. In addition, he revealed many aspects of gene silencing mechanisms relevant to all eukaryotes, including the discovery of short silencing RNA molecules, a pivotal discovery in the RNAi field. Baulcombe was a postdoctoral fellow at UGA from 1979 to 1980.
“This award is in recognition of Baulcombe’s exceptional contributions in the field of plant epigenetics, a field where [Barbara] McClintock was one of the earliest pioneers,” said Jeff Bennetzen, committee chair.
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992), one of the foremost women scientists in 20th century America, is most noted for her pioneering research on transposable elements in maize. For this work she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983. She was the third woman to receive an unshared Nobel Prize in the sciences. The Maize Genetics Executive Committee awards the Barbara McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies in memory of McClintock’s many contributions.
Professor Michael Green awarded the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Professor Michael Green, FRS, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, has been jointly awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with Professor John H. Schwarz, California Institute of Technology, for opening new perspectives on quantum gravity and the unification of forces.
Professor Green is a member of the High Energy Physics research group at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. His interests are in particle physics with special emphasis on the interface between string theory, quantum field theory, and quantum gravity. Speaking about the award, he said that he was "delighted and flattered" to have won. "I feel really fortunate to have been able to contribute, along with many others, to developments in string theory, which has provided such an inspiring succession of novel insights into fundamental physics and mathematics.”
The names of the 2014 Breakthrough Prize winners in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences were unveiled at an exclusive ceremony at the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA. At a total awarded amount of $21 million, sponsored by Sergey Brin & Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma & Cathy Zhang, Yuri & Julia Milner and Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan, the prizes aim to celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.
“The Breakthrough Prize is our effort to put the spotlight on these amazing heroes. Their work in physics and genetics, cosmology, neurology and mathematics will change lives for generations and we are excited to celebrate them,” commented Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.
Professor Michael Green awarded the 2014 Frontiers Prize for Fundamental Physics
Professor Michael Green, FRS, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded one of the three 2014 Frontiers Prizes for Fundamental Physics to be shared with John Schwarz, the Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, USA. The prize has been awarded in recognition of the new perspectives they have brought to quantum gravity and the unification of the fundamental physical forces of the universe. The prize comes with eligibility for the $3 million 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize.
British Academy New Fellows 2013
The British Academy has welcomed 9 Cambridge professors at this year’s Annual General Meeting.
Each year the Academy recognises academics for their outstanding research and work across the humanities and social sciences. It represents the counterpart to the Royal Society, which exists to serve the natural sciences.
“The humanities and social sciences celebrate the study of what it means to be human and how we relate to the world around us. They can also help us tackle many of the challenges faced in this country and the world as a whole,” Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, new President of the British Academy, said. “Our new Fellows, from across the UK and world, are world-class experts in the humanities and social sciences and can play a vital role in sustaining the Academy’s activities – helping select researchers and research projects for funding support, contributing to policy reports and speaking at the Academy’s public events.”
The distinguished individuals who join the 900-strong fellowship are:
Professor Richard Hunter - Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College
Professor Roel Sterckx - Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilization, Clare College
Professor Hans van de Ven - Professor of Modern Chinese History, Department of East Asian Studies, Fellow at St Catharine's College
Professor Christopher Page - Professor of Medieval Music and Literature, Sidney Sussex College
Professor Gareth Stedman Jones - Director of the Centre for History and Economics, King’s College
Professor John Kerrigan - Professor of English 2000, St John’s College
Professor Eilís Ferran - Professor of Company and Securities Law & JM Keynes Fellow, St Catharine’s College
Professor Usha Goswami - Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience and Director, Centre for Neuroscience in Education, Department of Psychology, St John’s College
Professor Hamid Sabourian - Professor of Economics and Game Theory, King’s College
Lady Gurdon receives award for services to women's sport
Lady Gurdon attended a champagne reception at the home of fellow founding committee member Pat Marsh (pictured left) last week, along with her husband, Professor Sir John Gurdon, Lord and Lady Broers and former and current members of the Ospreys.
The society’s membership spans 43 different sports with more than 1000 current and alumni members, all of whom have achieved Blues, Half Blues or University Colours.
An annual award has been set up in Lady Gurdon’s name to reward the Osprey with the best academic and sporting achievement.
Professor David Abulafia awarded British Academy Medal
Professor David Abulafia FBA has been awarded one of just three medals awarded annually by the British Academy for landmark achievements in the humanities and social sciences. The award is for his book 'The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean' (Penguin). One of the other medals went to a former member of the Faculty, Noel Malcolm, FBA, for his edition of Hobbes's 'Leviathan'
Stephen Hawking receives Special Fundamental Physics Award
The Selection Committee for the Fundamental Physics Prize, foregoing the regular nomination process, announced today the award of a Special Fundamental Physics Award of $3 million to Professor Stephen Hawking for his discovery of Hawking radiation from black holes, and his deep contributions to quantum gravity and quantum aspects of the early universe.
Professor Hawking said: “I’m delighted and honoured to receive a special prize for fundamental physics, Although almost every theoretical physicist agrees with my prediction that a black hole should glow like a hot body, it would be very difficult to verify experimentally because the temperature of a macroscopic black hole is so low. I thought my discovery would never be confirmed or recognized.
However it could be claimed that it has already been indirectly confirmed by observations. It is thought that the very early universe underwent a period of accelerating or inflationary expansion.
“This would create conditions similar to a black hole and would give the universe an effective temperature. Thermal fluctuations in the very early universe would be frozen in and would cause small differences in the microwave background in different directions. These have been observed and agree with predictions.
“No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before Nevertheless prizes like these prizes play an important role in giving public recognition for achievement in physics. They increase the stature of physics and interest in it.”
The Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established by the Milner Foundation and dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the Universe at the deepest level by awarding annual prizes for scientific breakthroughs, as well as communicating the excitement of fundamental physics to the public. According to the Foundation’s rules, laureates of all prizes are chosen by a Selection Committee, which is comprised of prior recipients of the Fundamental Physics Prize.
Katherine Hughes awarded The Royal College of Pathologists’ Gold Research Medal
The Royal College of Pathologists’ Gold Research Medal 2012 has been awarded to Katherine
Hughes (Pathology) for her entry covering the speciality of veterinary pathology.
The Royal College of Pathologists Gold and Speciality Research Medals are awarded annually for
outstanding research work undertaken by pathologists or scientists in training.
Duncan Bell and Sujit Sivasundaram win Philip Leverhulme Prizes
Dr Duncan Bell (POLIS) and Dr Sujit Sivasundaram (History) have won Philip Leverhulme Prizes.
The prizes are awarded by the Leverhulme Trust ‘to recognise and facilitate the work of outstanding young research scholars or practitioners of proven achievement, who have made and are continuing to make original and significant contributions to knowledge’.
The Prize details are here – http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/files/seealsodocs/1302/Jan2013%20amended.PDF
Professor Margaret Scott Robinson elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society said:
“Science impacts on most aspects of modern life, improving our understanding of the world and playing an increasing role as we grapple with problems such as feeding a growing global population and keeping an ageing home population healthy. These scientists who have been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society are among the world’s finest. They follow in the footsteps of luminaries such as Newton, Darwin and Einstein and I am delighted to welcome them into our ranks.”
Professor Margaret (Scottie) Robinson, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, is the foremost expert on the adaptins, proteins which recruit transmembrane receptors to budding vesicles and play a key role in endocytosis and protein sorting. She identified and characterised the clathrin-associated adaptors AP-1 and AP-2, and provided crucial insights into how they recognise different membranes.
Professor David Ford awarded Coventry International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation
This year’s Coventry International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation will be presented to Prof. David Ford, Founder and Director of the Cambridge Interfaith Programme.
The peace prize is an annual accolade that was relaunched in 2010 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz. It honours initiatives, organisations, individuals or projects that have made an exemplary contribution in the areas of peace, reconciliation and campaigns for social and environmental wellbeing.
After the official award ceremony, Prof. Ford will be facilitating an interfaith conversation among his colleagues on the role of interfaith dialogue in global peace building. The conversation will include Senior Rabbi Alexandra Wright (Jewish) at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, Dr. Aref Ali Nayed (Muslim), Founder and Director of Kalam Research & Media (KRM) and Jerry White (Christian) who is a policy adviser on partnerships and learning in relation to post-conflict stabilisation.
David Porter, Canon for reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, said:
“I am delighted that Prof. David Ford of the Cambridge Interfaith Programme is receiving this award, in a world where misunderstanding so easily prevails between religions. We are privileged and excited to welcome such distinguished guests to the city and look forward to listening to their conversation”
Dr Christopher Smith awarded Society of Biology Science Communication Award
The award recognises outstanding science communication work conducted by UK biologists, and Dr Smith’s innovative approach secured him the top prize in the established researcher category.
The Society of Biology Science Communication Awards recognise and reward communication work carried out by biologists to inform, enthuse and engage the wider community. The audiences vary from school children to patients to the general public and projects ranged from written articles to art displays. Overall the judges were looking for a programme of activities that have brought good quality science to non-academic audiences in engaging ways that are likely to foster a lasting interest in biology.
Dr Malcolm Sabin awarded IMA’s Gold Medal
Dr Malcolm Sabin has been awarded this year’s Gold Medal by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Dr Sabin was a Royal Society Industrial Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Mathematics in the 1990s and has subsequently collaborated extensively with groups in Mathematics (Prof. Arieh Iserles) and Computer Science (Prof. Neil Dodgson).
Must Farm excavation wins British Archaeological Awards
The work by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit at Must Farm won best archaeological project and best archaeological discovery at the 2012 British Archaeological Awards.
The Must Farm project is the first landscape scale archaeological investigation of deep Fenland. Its exploration of deeply buried deposits is transforming our understanding of prehistoric life and revealing a level of preservation previously only dreamt about. The excavation was undertaken by The Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge, in collaboration with Hanson UK, and was described as having been delivered in an exemplary manner to the highest standards.
About the project: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/the-bronze-age-%E2%80%93-now-in-3d/
More about the awards: www.britarch.ac.uk/news/120709-BAA2012
Cambridge researchers elected to National Academy of Engineering, US.
Two Cambridge researchers have been elected foreign associates of the National Academy of Engineering in the United States. They are: John Hinch, Professor of fluid mechanics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and Frank Kelly, Professor of the mathematics of systems and Master of Christ’s College.
Election to the National Academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”
Royal Astronomical Society honours leading astronomers
The Royal Astronomical Society has recently announced the recipients of its annual prizes and medals. While the quality of the Institute’s research leads to numerous prizes and awards, the RAS announcement is notable for the inclusion of three Institute members as well as a project with substantial Institute participation.
Andy Fabian was awarded the Society’s highest honour, the Gold Medal, in recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in astrophysics. Mike Irwin received the premier award for a researcher in observational astrophysics, the Herschel Medal. Paul Murdin’s many contributions to astronomy in the United Kingdom and Europe were recognised through the award of the RAS Service Award. The UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS) received the RAS Project Award. CASU is responsible for the processing of all UKIDSS data, numerous members of the Institute are members of the Consortium and a senior member of the Institute is a member of the UKIDSS Council.
The full RAS press release is at: http://www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/219-news-2012/2058-ras-honours-leading-astronomers-and-geophysicists
Royal Society announces prestigious University Research Fellowships for 2011
Seven Cambridge scientists have been appointed University Research Fellows (URFs) for 2011 by The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science.
The University Research Fellowship scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career.
The list of appointments is as follows:
Dr Edward Brambley – Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Acoustics and stability within fluid flow, particular applied to aeroacoustics
Dr Kevin Chalut – Department of Physics.
Developing photonics tools for understanding the physical world of stem cells
Dr Janet Deane – Cambridge Institute for Medical Research.
Molecular Understanding of the Multifunctional Shigella Virulence Factor IcsA
Dr Andras Juhasz – Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.
Sutured Floer homology and smooth 4-manifolds
Dr Stephen Morris – Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, Department of Engineering.
Reconfigurable quasi-random laser sources
Dr Jerome Neufeld – Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.
Fluid dynamics of multiphase geophysical systems
Dr Jason Robinson – Department of Materials Science.
Dr Sohini Kar-Narayan awarded Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship by the Royal Society
The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme supports excellent scientists and engineers at an early stage of their career. It is designed to help successful candidates progress to permanent academic positions across the UK. It is aimed specifically at researchers who require a flexible working pattern and is particularly popular with female scientists.
Professor David Spiegelhalter awarded Established Researcher Award by the Society of Biology
The awards recognise the outstanding contributions that bioscience researchers make to communicating science to the public.
Dr Mark Downs FSB, CEO of the Society of Biology said:
“Communication of science remains a top priority. We must all ensure we engage with the public to demonstrate the social and economic value of science. Biology is set to provide solutions for many of the global challenges we face from climate change to the aging population. Our winners are excellent role models from whom, I am sure, we can all learn a great deal”.
David Spiegelhalter, said: “It’s a great honour to get this award. I am very grateful to the Society of Biology, and I would also like to thank the Science Media Centre for proposing me – they do a wonderful job and certainly liven up my day when I get asked for rapid comments on breaking stories.”
Three from Cambridge elected as Fellows of The Royal Academy of Engineering
Fifty new Fellows have been elected members of The Royal Academy of Engineering at its Annual General Meeting on 11 July, a list that includes three distinguished engineers from Cambridge University.
The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. It is a counterpart to the Royal Society, which exists to serve the natural sciences. The Fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for activities which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. The Royal Academy of Engineering provides independent and impartial advice to Government; works to secure the next generation of engineers; and provides a voice for Britain’s engineering community. Established by Royal Charter in 1976, it is an independent, self-governing body of some 1500 Fellows.
The newly elected Fellows of The Royal Academy of Engineering are as follows:
Sir Michael Gregory is a Fellow of Churchill College and the founder and now head of Cambridge University’s internationally respected Institute for Manufacturing. He has had a distinguished career teaching and researching at the forefront of engineering. His work has made a significant contribution to the UK industrial policy and the performance of both large and small companies.
Dr Andy Harter is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College and a Visiting Fellow of the Computer Laboratory and founder and CEO of RealVNC. He has made outstanding contributions to software engineering and commercialisation. Amongst his achievements is VNC, a ubiquitous remote access technology deployed on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide. VNC is embedded in Intel chips, Apple computers, Linux distributions and Google software, and its enduring utility is distinguished by profoundly simple and versatile engineering. RealVNC has received two Queen’s Awards in 2011.
Dr John Taylor is an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He is the ultimate example of an entrepreneurial engineering inventor whose drive and success has benefited not only those engineers that work for him, but also the economy of the UK. He has made outstanding lifelong contributions to engineering by inventing thermal controls which exploit the properties of materials and are manufactured by innovative methods for products ranging from kettles to small motors. His company has sold one billion controls for the ubiquitous cordless kettle and received four Queen’s Awards.
Professor Lawrence Sherman awarded Benjamin Franklin Medal.
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in London will award the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Medal to the Wolfson Professor of Criminology at Cambridge University, Lawrence W. Sherman. Sherman is also a Fellow of Darwin College.
The RSA established the Medal in 1956 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, who joined the Society when he lived in London. It is awarded each year to a “global ‘big thinker,’ someone who has shifted public debate in an innovative way and has contributed to furthering public discourse about human progress.” Previous winners include Senator William Fulbright, General Colin Powell and Yale President Kingman Brewster.
Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, said that Professor Sherman was selected for the Franklin Medal in recognition of his “pioneering scholarship in evidence-based policy, crime prevention and restorative justice.” Sherman’s proposals for what he called “evidence-based policing,” first presented in a Police Foundation Lecture in 1998, have since become part of police reform discussions from India to Australia, and form the core of the global Police Executive Program Sherman directs at Cambridge. Last year, over 50 police leaders who had studied at Cambridge established the Society of Evidence-Based Policing, electing Sherman as an Honorary President of the Society.
Sherman will be awarded the Medal at the RSA in London on November 1, when he will deliver a public lecture entitled “Professional Policing and Liberal Democracy.” The event will be chaired by Sir Denis O’Connor CBE QPM, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary.
Sherman came to Cambridge in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Greenfield Professor of Human Relations. He has also served as President of the American and International Societies of Criminology, as well as President of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He is currently Director of the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology at Cambridge, Co-Director of the Indian National Police Academy’s Mid-Career Training Program, and Permanent Advisor on Citizen Security to the Inter-American Bank for Development in Latin America. The Jury Co-Chair for the Stockholm Prize in Criminology since 2006, he has designed and directed over 30 controlled field experiments in police and criminal justice practices.
For information on attending the 2011 Franklin Lecture contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cambridge Graduate gets MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
Cambridge graduate Jacob Soll is among this year’s recipients of a Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation in the US. Further details can be found at: http://www.macfound.org/videos/24/
Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe elected as President of the British Society of Criminology
Loraine Gelsthorpe FRSA, Fellow of Pembroke College and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology (Faculty of Law) within the University of Cambridge, was elected as President of the British Society of Criminology at the BSC’s annual conference in July. She has stated:
“I feel honoured to be elected as President of the British Society of Criminology (with a membership approaching a thousand)…though I am all too aware of the challenges that this leadership role brings in terms of trying to ensure that criminologists have voice and visibility. But the Society also needs vision. In particular, I want to continue the work of the Society in trying to improve the interface between academic criminology and criminal justice policy. Policy work that ignores theory is doomed, but equally, a criminology that fails to see the scope and need for ethical policy work is extremely limited.”
Professor Gelsthorpe’s current research interests revolve around notions of criminal and social justice in sentencing, youth justice issues, women and criminal justice, the development of criminological and social theories in their social and political context since 1945, community penalties, and social exclusion, crime and justice.
Dr Patricia Fara awarded the BSHS Dingle Prize
Dr Patricia Fara, Senior Tutor and Fellow of Clare College, has been awarded the prestigious 2011 British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Dingle Prize for her book, Science: A Four Thousand Year History.
Dr Fara’s book aims to dispel the myth of a Scientific Revolution spearheaded by great geniuses such as Isaac Newton, Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei. In contrast, Fara traces the history of science all the way back to the second millennium BC, to the Babylonian civilization, the origin of our 60-minute hour and 360-degree circle. Arguing that science has always been driven by the practical demands of war, politics and commerce, she highlights the rich and fascinating tales behind the abstract theory and esoteric experiments. Instead of glorifying idealized heroes, she tells true stories about real people – the men (and sometimes women) who needed to earn their living, who made mistakes, and who sometimes quashed their rivals in their quest for success.
The BSHS Dingle Prize was created in 1997 to celebrate the Society’s 50th anniversary. It goes to the author whose book best represents “history of science, technology, and medicine” and is “accessible to a wide audience of non-specialists”. The specifications state that the winning book should present its content “in an engaging and comprehensible manner and show also proper regard for historical methods and the results of historical research”.
Dr Fara’s book was chosen from a list of 40 nominated books. The long-list, comprising 16 books, included biographies of people and objects, local history and introductory surveys. It covered a wide range of disciplines, written by scientists, journalists and historians of science.
The judges chose Science: A Four Thousand Year History from a short-list of four books, for its “admirably broad scope, its historical and historiographical depth and its engaging re-presentation of the best of recent scholarship”.
Professor Sir Mark Welland receives two distinguished awards by US government
Professor Sir Mark Welland, head of The Nanoscience Centre at Cambridge University and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence, has been awarded two prestigious honours by the US Department of Defense and the US Department of Energy.
The first award, the ‘Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service’, is the highest level non-career award given by the Secretary of Defense. It was awarded to Professor Welland for his ‘exceptional public service’ and highlights his many contributions to anti-proliferation.
The citation commends Professor Welland, stating: Professor Welland’s numerous accomplishments had a significant impact on the United States’ and the United Kingdom’s national security. He provided the vision necessary to align the program of atomic weapons cooperation between our two countries. He greatly expanded mutual participation of scientists and engineers in directed stockpile work; fostered bilateral cooperation in nuclear, chemical, and biological threat reduction; led new efforts in the area of treaty monitoring and verification; and advocated for the expanded trilateral threat reduction cooperation with France. His vision, leadership, foresight, and direction had far reaching and positive impacts in several areas: The United States and the United Kingdom atomic weapons cooperation; several international engagement programs such as the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Russia Council; the entire field of bilateral work to counter weapons of mass destruction; and the United States and the United Kingdom relations writ large. The distinguished achievements of Professor Sir Mark Welland reflect great credit upon himself and the Department of Defense.
Professor Welland was also presented an award by the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), part of the US Department of Energy and is rarely (if ever) bestowed upon non-US citizens. He was given the ‘The NNSA Gold Medal’ for his ‘outstanding leadership and wise counsel as Chief Scientific Advisor to the United Kingdom’. The citation highlights his contributions to national security, stating ‘Our countries are stronger and safer for your service.’
Merck-Serono Prize for Science and Literature and the Christopher Zeeman Medal
John D, Barrow, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, DAMTP, and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project, has been awarded the 2011 Merck-Serono Prize for Science and Literature and the 2011 Christopher Zeeman Medal by the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA).
The Christopher Zeeman Medal is a triennial award of the IMA and LMS to recognise and reward the contributions of mathematicians involved in promoting mathematics to the public.
The Merck-Serono Prize is an Italian book prize for non-fiction and is for the Italian edition of his cosmic imagery book (‘Le Immagini della Scienza’).
Cavendish Emeritus Professor wins Gjønnes Medal
The 2011 Gjønnes Medal in Electron Crystallography will be awarded to Archie Howie (Emeritus Professor, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge) and Michael Whelan (Emeritus Professor, Department of Materials, University of Oxford) for the development of the dynamical theory of diffraction contrast of electron microscope images of defects in crystals, and other major pioneering contributions to the development and application of electron microscopy, diffraction and spectroscopy of materials.
The Gjønnes Medal in Electron Crystallography recognizes an outstanding contribution to the field of electron crystallography. The award is accompanied by a certificate and funding to present an invited Keynote Lecture at the triennial International Congress of Crystallography. The award is named in honour of its first recipient, Professor Jon Gjønnes of the University of Oslo, who received the award at the XXI IUCr Congress in Osaka, in August 2008.
Archibald “Archie” Howie FRS (born 1934) is a British physicist, known for his pioneering work on the interpretation of transmission electron microscope images of crystals. Born in 1934, he attended Kirkcaldy High School and the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he subsequently took up a permanent post. He is a fellow of Churchill College and currently President of its Senior Common Room (SCR). In 1965, with Hirsch, Whelan, Pashley and Nicholson, he published the seminal text Electron Microscopy of Thin Crystals. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1978 and awarded their Royal Medal in 1999. In 1992 he was awarded the Guthrie Medal and Prize. He was head of the Cavendish Laboratory from 1989-1997.
Cambridge academics to receive prestigious psychology award
Two Cambridge academics have been selected as the joint recipients of one of the most prestigious honours for scientific achievement in the field of psychology.
The award recognizes distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology and is being presented to Professor Everitt and Professor Robbins for their research in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience – marking a collaboration that began in 1980 when Professor Robbins was a lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology and Professor Everitt was a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy (moving to Experimental Psychology in 1994).
They will be collecting their award this August in Washington, DC during the annual APA Meeting where they have both been invited to give plenary lectures.
“We are both delighted to have received this prestigious international award, especially as relatively few psychologists from the U.K. have been previous recipients. It perhaps acknowledges some of the strengths of British Psychology, particularly in the domains of behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, which we are proud to represent. We are grateful for the generous research funding from the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust that has supported this work over the last 30 years, as well as from the University of Cambridge, where this work has been conducted.
“We were originally based in two different University Departments, but a University initiative and developments such as the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute as well as more recently, Cambridge Neuroscience, have undoubtedly facilitated this research collaboration. We have also been fortunate to have had working with us outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, as well as many exceptional colleagues and collaborators, and we readily acknowledge their generous contributions to the research for which our laboratory is known”.
Paterson Medal and Prize
Dr Jochen Guck from the University’s Department of Physics has been awarded the Paterson Medal and Prize for distinguished early career research in applied physics by the Institute of Physics. He has received the award for his invention of the optical stretcher, together with other novel physical probes to elucidate the cellular, mechanical and optical properties, their role in biological function and their potential in medical diagnostics.
Documentary featuring Cambridge academic wins BAFTA
A documentary which features Professor David Menon, Head of the Department of Anaesthesia at the School of Clinical Medicine, has won a BAFTA award. The film, entitled ‘Between Life and Death’, was voted as the best ‘single documentary’.
The programme is about critical illness, death, and dying and follows three patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where Professor Menon, a world-leading expert in the treatment of brain injuries, is a consultant at the Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU).
Discussing what he hopes the documentary accomplishes, Professor Menon said: “I hope that viewers will take away a sense of the uncertainties that medical teams sometimes face, and why good clinical care remains just as important in these difficult settings.
“I also hope that the programme shows why medicine remains as much an art as a science, why good clinical care requires wisdom as well as knowledge, and that common humanity does not need to be a casualty of ‘high tech’ intensive care.”
The documentary has also won a BAFTA in Wales for the same category as well as the Royal TV Society best single documentary and the Celtic Media Jury prize.
Professor Nicholas Thomas wins the Wolfson History Prize for ‘Islanders’
Nicholas Thomas, Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and professor of historical anthropology, has been awarded the prestigious Wolfson History Prize for his book Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire. The Wolfson History Prizes, which were established in 1972, are awarded annually for two or three exceptional works of history writing published during the year.
Medal for groundbreaking architectural design
The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, Mapungubwe, South Africa has won the Silver Medal in the International Prize for Sustainable Architecture. The Centre was co-designed by Michael Ramage (Department of Architecture) using a 600 years old construction system to achieve a low economical and environmental impact. The traditional timbrel vaulting, using locally made pressed soil cement tiles, allows the design to be materialized with minimal formwork and no steel reinforcement. In addition, the ambition was to also integrate local unskilled labour into a poverty relief program by training them to produce the over 200,000 tiles necessary in the construction of the domes.
The judges commented: “The project is well integrated with the local context, successfully dialoguing with the various environmental, cultural and social implications involved in construction of a building, generating the image of architecture authentically rooted in the place.”
Professor Steve O’Rahilly elected as Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)
Stephen O’Rahilly MD, FRS, FMedSci, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine, University of Cambridge; Co-Director of the Institute of Metabolic Science and Honorary Consultant Physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, has been elected as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
The National Academy is the USA’s premier scientific academy. Each year it elects 72 new members and 18 Foreign Associates from all scientific disciplines. Professor O’Rahilly is distinguished for his research in metabolic and endocrine disease and for his leadership in clinical science.
Dr Darin Weinberg wins Pollner Prize
Dr Darin Weinberg’s book ‘Of Others Inside: Insanity, Addiction and Belonging in America’, published by Temple University Press, has won the American Sociological Association Pollner Prize.
The Melvin Pollner Prize in Ethnomethodology is conferred by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis. The award honours the intellectual spirit and memory of Melvin Pollner and is given to an outstanding book, article, or chapter that addresses issues relating to ethnomethodology in the inclusive sense reflected in Pollner’s intellectual and research concerns. The prize includes an award of $1000.