Homerton College News

Photo:  Dr Agley introduced the workshop, which was sponsored by ThermoFisher Ltd.
14/03/2016 - 15:35

The genome editing technology known CRISPR/Cas9 has been hailed as one of the most profound advances of modern science, genuinely opening the possibility of eradicating many genetic diseases.

There is a long queue of researchers keen to understand it and deploy it, while the ethical and regulatory considerations are struggling to catch up. It is hoped this technique will also revolutionise possibilities for regenerative medicine and expedite the development and application of novel...

Photo: The Cambridge mooting team consisted of (left to right) Shirley Wong (Law Tripos 1A), Ivy Ho Wing (LL.M), Kenneth Wong (Law Tripos 1A), Thomas Parsons-Munn (History Tripos 1B), Francis Ho Chai Chung (LL.M) and Christopher Tan (Law 1B). They were accompanied by Dr Hayley J. Hooper, Fellow and Director of Studies in Law.
26/02/2016 - 12:45

Representatives from Homerton’s Law Society recently travelled to our sister College in Oxford, Harris Manchester, for the annual mooting competition staged between the Colleges.

The competitors discussed legal issues in tort and crime, and came from the undergraduate Law and History Triposes, and the LL.M course.

The Cambridge mooting team consisted of (left to right) Shirley Wong (Law Tripos 1A), Ivy Ho Wing (LL.M), Kenneth Wong (Law Tripos 1A), Thomas Parsons-Munn (History...

Photo: Plane over houses
27/01/2016 - 15:41

Dr Karthik Depuru-Mohan, Junior Research Fellow in Engineering, gave Homerton’s inaugural Lunchtime Fellow’s Research Seminar on “Jet Noise and its Reduction”.

Aircraft noise is an environmental problem of significant importance, as the associated stress can result in health problems from sleep disturbance to blood clotting and cardiovascular disease (effects thankfully yet to be seen in Homerton, despite the College’s position under the busy Cambridge air corridor).

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Image: Brain networks during the transition to unconsciousness during propofol sedation (drug infusion timeline shown in red). Participants with robust networks at baseline (left panel) remained resistant to the sedative, while others showed characteristically different, weaker networks during unconsciousness (middle). All participants regained similar networks when the sedative wore off (right).
15/01/2016 - 14:53

The complex pattern of ‘chatter’ between different areas of an individual’s brain while they are awake could help doctors better track and even predict their response to general anaesthesia – and better identify the amount of anaesthetic necessary – according to new research from Homerton Research Associate, Dr Srivas Chennu.

Image: Brain networks during the transition to unconsciousness during propofol sedation (drug infusion timeline shown in red). Participants with robust networks...

Photo: Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, far right, tests out Bill Jia’s (far left) coin-sorting machine.
07/12/2015 - 13:00

Six Homertonians have been awarded academic prizes by the University’s Department of Engineering.

First-year Bill Jia won a prize for a project in which students were tasked with designing, building, and programming a LEGO robot. Bill, along with two students from Downing, came up with a fully-functioning coin sorting machine. Their robot could detect coins placed in the hopper via a light sensor, and rotate an array of containers into position according to the coin. The coin would be...

Photo: Veronika Fikfak and Hayley J Hooper: Parliament's Role in Voting on the Syrian Conflict
30/11/2015 - 15:32

Homerton Fellows Veronika Fikfak and Hayley Hooper discuss six issues arising from the Prime Minister's recent statement to the House of Commons about the extension of offensive British military action in Syria.

Following the statement of Prime Minister David Cameron entitled: "Prime Minister's Response to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on the Extension of Offensive British Military Operations to Syria"<, Drs Fikfak and Hooper discuss the questionable international...

image: Powerplant in your pocker- showing piezoelctric polymer nanowires
02/11/2015 - 10:34

Of the top reasons to start exercising, making sure your latest iPhone doesn’t run out of battery probably isn’t up there – yet!

Bye-Fellow Sohini Kar-Narayan was recently invited to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, to discuss her research into piezoelectric nanogenerators – composite materials on a tiny scale which, when pressed, generate an electric charge.

Dr Kar-Narayan said “Our bodies are a constant source of...

  Dear World, You sent us Newton. We sent you gravity. You sent us Darwin. We sent you evolution. You sent us William and Samuel. We sent you Wordsworth and Coleridge. What will we send next? A postal test for depression? A swallowable test for cancer? A theory of everything? For eight centuries, our impact on the world has been huge. But to impact all our futures, we need your support. Yours, Cambridge.
26/10/2015 - 12:16

The University and Colleges of Cambridge launched our £2bn fundraising campaign, Dear World, Yours Cambridge, on Saturday 18 October, announcing that over £500m had already been raised towards the total.

Yours Cambridge will focus on the impact the University of Cambridge has had on the world, and will address major global problems in collaboration with philanthropists.

Over the launch weekend, over 300 donors and VIP guests were introduced to the campaign by presentations from...

Photo: 37 pupils from three schools travelled to Homerton to celebrate their success on a university-style tutorial programme organised by The Brilliant Club.
15/10/2015 - 10:14

In the third week of September, 37 pupils from three schools travelled to Homerton to celebrate their success on a university-style tutorial programme organised by The Brilliant Club.

The Brilliant Club is an educational charity that recruits and trains PhD and postdoctoral researchers to help students from non-selective state schools develop the knowledge, skills, and ambition they need to secure places at highly selective universities. Pupils from years 5, 6, 10, and 11 worked in...

Photo: Arrows pointing to Wonderland
29/09/2015 - 12:09

“Oh, I’ve had such a curious dream!” said Alice to her sister at the end of her Adventures in Wonderland.

Walking around Homerton College’s Victorian corridors in late September certainly felt as though we were leaving a dreamlike state after the conclusion of the UK’s biggest celebration of Alice’s 150th anniversary.

The sudden appearance (and equally abrupt disappearance) of animatronic smoking caterpillars, human-sized rabbits, and conference delegates from around the world...

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