Homerton College News

four Photos: Clockwise from top-left: David Campbell Bannerman MEP, Lord Richard Balfe, Dr Julian Huppert, and Stewart Jackson MP
06/06/2016 - 15:45

With just a day left in which to register to vote in the biggest decision to face the country in decades, we look back on the Homerton Union of Students’ recent debate on Brexit.

JCR President Ruth Taylor invited David Campbell Bannerman MEP and Stewart Jackson MP to speak in favour of Brexit, with Dr Julian Huppert and Lord Balfe arguing for membership of the European Union.

David Campbell Bannerman MEP kicked off proceedings, portraying the choice of the Referendum as a...

Photo: sheet music of "of long ago"
27/04/2016 - 16:31

Josh Pacey, a third year undergraduate at Clare College, has won Homerton’s inaugural composition competition with his piece Of Long Ago.

The competition was open to all students at the University of Cambridge, and the College’s own Coleman Chan’s entry was highly commended by the judging panel. Homerton’s Director of music, and convenor of the competition, Daniel Trocmé-Latter, said “this competition aimed to raise the profile of Homerton, and music at Homerton, within the wider...

Photo: From left to right: Dr Philippa Lei, Professor Geoff Ward (Principal, Homerton College), Olivia Burns (HUS JCR Women’s Officer), and Ann Cotton OBE.
21/03/2016 - 22:56

International Women’s Day was celebrated in style this year, with an evening of performances celebrating arts-based research, and a student-run seminar on girls’ education in the developing world, with stellar guest speakers.

On 8 March, JCR Women’s Officer Olivia Burns hosted a ‘feminar’ with presentations by Ann Cotton OBE and Dr Philippa Lei.  Cotton – an Honorary Fellow of Homerton - is Founder and President of Camfed, a charity which seeks to eradicate poverty in Africa through...

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).


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...