The latest news from Newnham’s Fellows, researchers, students and staff.

SARAID volunteers dig through rubble to free a girl after the earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Dr Selvakumaran joins earthquake rescue

Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran used her engineering expertise to support an earthquake search and rescue team in Turkey. She reports on her experience there and the way volunteering allows her to use her understanding of…

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Newnham welcomes Laidlaw scholars

The Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research Programme welcomed its 2023 cohort on 24 April. The day included plenty of getting to know each other, a leadership training session, and a workshop on research ethics.…

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Head and shoulder photo of Dr Mezna Qato

Dr Qato wins humanities Fellowship

Dr Mezna Qato has been awarded a Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) which supports exceptional scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Dr Qato, a Margaret Anstee Research Fellow…

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Professor Elizabeth Thompson stands before a bookcase

Professor Thompson elected to Royal Society Fellowship

Our Honorary Fellow Professor Elizabeth Thompson has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society. Professor Thompson (NC 1967) completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Newnham, holding many…

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Carol Atack books

Dr Atack celebrates launch of two books

Dr Carol Atack has a new book out, having written the introduction and notes for Xenophon’s Memories of Socrates, to accompany Martin Hammond’s new translation for Oxford World’s Classics. It’s a ‘readable and lively…

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Remembering Pam Alexander OBE (1954-2023)

Pam Alexander OBE CGeog Hon FRIBA FRGS FRSA AoU (NC 1972) sadly passed away on Good Friday. She had been suffering from cancer. A geographer, who studied under Dr Lucy Adrian (NC 1954), Pam…

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Juan Fernandez fur seals

Seals’ tolerance of toxic metals offers hope for future

A new paper by Constanza Toro Valdivieso explores what seals could tell us about exposure to extreme pollution – and the implications for biomedicine. On a remote island half a world away from Newnham,…

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Former Senior Tutor Joyce Wells

A tribute to Joyce Wells (1930 to 2023)

We are sad to share the news of the death of Joyce Wells, a zoologist who is fondly remembered for her time as Senior Tutor of Newnham College for 25 years. Coming to Newnham…

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Boat Race Winners Together 2023

Newnham rowers help Cambridge to a clean sweep

Newnham rowers have made a significant contribution to Cambridge’s clean sweep in the Boat Race 2023. Newnham College Boat Club (NCBC) Co-Captain Becca Sproston reports from the Tideway: Beginning with the Openweight/Lightweight Spare Coxed…

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Dr Cerian Webb

Identifying the key questions facing plant science

Associate Lecturer Cerian Webb joined an international panel of scientists to identify 100 of the most important questions facing plant science, ranging from how plants can contribute to tackling climate change, to plant-defence priming…

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