Today's policy-makers should take a more long-term perspective on contemporary issues. This is the premise behind History and Policy, a new initiative by the University of Cambridge History Faculty and the Institute of Contemporary British History at the Institute of Historical Research.
Amongst the victims of Friday's train crash at Potters Bar were Jonael Schickler, a PhD student at Queens' College, Cambridge and Emma Knights, a former member of staff. Queens' College and Emma's former colleagues have both paid tribute to these two much-liked figures.
Robert McNamara is visiting Cambridge this week to take part in a series of discussions about US foreign policy from the 1960s to the present. Mr McNamara was Secretary of Defence in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and a key policy maker during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.
"When I grow up I want to be an astronaut". This is a familiar refrain for many parents of young children - especially boys. But what is it really like to be an astronaut, and how can this childhood dream become a reality? NASA astronaut Dr Bonnie Dunbar will be answering these questions at a lecture organised by the University's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative (WiSETI) on 7 May. She will also encourage the girls in the audience to consider a career in science, proving by example that it is not just a job for boys.
Seventy-five years is a brief time-span in archaeological terms but it is a long life for an academic journal. So it is with some pride that the past and present editors of Antiquity are celebrating the 75th anniversary of a publication which has become one of the leading journals of archaeology.
Women are being forced into a choice between career and family, according to author and economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett. Her groundbreaking new book Baby Hunger: The New Battle for Motherhood is making big headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, and reveals some startling statistics about career choices and fertility. A Cambridge graduate, Hewlett will discuss her findings - and their implications for public policy - in two Cambridge talks.