Light years ahead

25 February 2003
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.
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Miscarriage and coronary heart disease linked

21 February 2003
For the first time, a specific link has been found between spontaneous abortion and risk of coronary heart disease in later life, according to researchers in this week's issue of the British Medical Journal.
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Albie Sachs visits Cambridge

21 February 2003
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.
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Gerhard revival

19 February 2003

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.

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Giving Time

17 February 2003
This week is Student Volunteer Week. Hundreds of student volunteers from the University of Cambridge are involved in projects throughout the local community, some of which are outlined below.
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Motherline to the motherland

13 February 2003
The ancestors of British African Caribbeans were deprived of their history as well as their freedom when they were packed into slave ships and transported over the Atlantic to the plantations of the Caribbean. Now a groundbreaking genetic investigation by scientists at Cambridge, Leicester and Penn State University, has enabled 229 British African Caribbeans to learn more about their ancestral heritage.
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Closing the gender gap

11 February 2003
A new report on the academic performance of students at Cambridge is published today. The report confirms that women achieve less Firsts than men and seeks to explain the gender gap.
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Telling tales

07 February 2003
The Iliad, Homer’s epic account of the Trojan War, is being introduced back into state primary schools by the Cambridge Schools Classics Project (CSCP).
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Flowers at the Fitz

07 February 2003
The Fitzwilliam Museum has gained a major new acquisition - Roelandt Savery's oil painting of a Still life with flowers in a glass berkemeyer with a lizard, frog and dragonfly on a ledge. The painting, which is on copper, is dated 1637 and is the last known painting by Savery. At this time in his career he had moved from Prague, where he had been Court Painter to Rudolf II, and was living in Utrecht.
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Margaret Hodge visits Cambridge

04 February 2003
Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education, visited the University today (Tuesday 4 February) to officially open the University's Disability Resource Centre. During her visit to the Centre's new premises at Keynes House in Trumpington Street she met the Centre's staff and some of its student users.
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