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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...

Photo: The Charter Choir outside Monaco Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée). All photo credit: Aaron D'Souza
21/09/2015 - 16:14

At the end of August the Charter Choir travelled to the French Riviera for their fourth Choir Tour.

This tour was the Choir’s biggest and busiest so far, consisting of nine events over a period of eight days. After delivering a service at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich on August 23rd, the Charter Choir sang in Cannes, Grasse, Antibes, Cabris and the Principality of Monaco. The Tour ended with a concert in the grand Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée in Monaco, the cathedral...

Image: Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture: Celebrating excellence in writing for children
16/09/2015 - 11:21

Renowned children’s author Meg Rosoff delivered the eighth annual Philippa Pearce Lecture last week in Homerton College.

The Lecture series is convened in memory of Philippa Pearce, winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1958 for Tom’s Midnight Garden, and author of over 30 other books. The Lectures celebrate “excellence in writing for children and to emphasise its continuing vital importance”. Previous lectures have been given by eminent children’s authors including Philip Pullman, Malorie...

Photo: Playwright Dr Laura-Jane Foley also lectures part-time in Art History. Photo credit: Wonderful Artful Theatre
17/08/2015 - 09:57

An Evening with Lucian Freud, a play written by alumna Dr Laura-Jane Foley, recently ran for 3 weeks in London’s West End.

Described as “a portrait of Freud built through anecdotes, snippets of art history, biographical facts, fictionalised voices of his sitters, and the recollection of an evening spent in his company”, the play ran in May and June at the Leicester Square Theatre.

That evening was spent with Freud whilst Laura-Jane was still a student at Homerton. Laura-Jane...


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