February Newsletter 2017

London: In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Trinity Women’s Network event will take place on Thursday 9 March at the London office of Elsevier. The evening will celebrate Trinity’s alumnae and female Fellows working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. This event is open to all alumnae and alumni and their guests. More information and booking is available online.

Cambridge: As part of the ongoing programme celebrating Women @ 40 on Thursday 16 March, TCSU Women’s Officer Raniyah Qureshi (2014), and Trinity FemSoc President Beth Cloughton (2014), will be in conversation with Trinity alumna Su-Mei Thompson (1984), CEO of The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of women.

Su-Mei will discuss her multi-faceted career which spans the law, media and the NGO sector and the work of her organisation, especially their recent documentary, ‘She Objects’, a short film which was included as part of the Official Selection at the Sundance Hong Kong Festival 2016 and which explores the negative impact of media stereotyping on young women’s ambitions and self-esteem. The event – free and open to all – will begin at 6pm in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, followed by a drinks reception at 7pm. Booking is available online.


Trinity Fellow Professor Greg Hannon (e2016), and team receive £20 million Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge award to create world’s first 3D virtual reality cancer tumour. http://ow.ly/SY6Z308WKoF.

Hear the Master of Trinity, Sir Gregory Winter (1970), interviewed on Thai television about his research and its development into treatments for cancer and auto-immune diseases. Sir Gregory received the prestigious Prince Mahidol Award in the field of medicine in February. http://bit.ly/2lWSwA5.

On February 23, Dr Hugh Hunt (e1994), hosted the first in the ‘Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2017’. The complete series will be live streamed online. http://bit.ly/2mwwtBA.

Newsnight Editor Ian Katz’s analysis of attitudes to ‘experts’ in the Brexit/Trump era features beautiful footage of Trinity (courtesy of Warwick Harrington), Newton’s Principia, and Trinity Sub-Librarian Sandy Paul. https://t.co/PgWyUGbMht.

Award-winning artist Dr Wendy McMurdo has been appointed lead photographer of ‘Pairings’, an innovative project which looks to celebrate the many and varied ways in which Trinity has inspired students, Fellows, staff and alumni. Pairings is part of the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of women’s admission to Trinity. http://bit.ly/2lWTTPg.

Colleagues have paid tribute to international law scholar and Fellow of Trinity College, Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE (1945), (1928-2017), who passed away on 8 February 2017. http://bit.ly/2mchT1p.

Congratulations to Dr Umar Saif (1998), for making the finals of The British Council Alumni Awards 2017.

Astronomers including Professor Lister Staveley-Smith (1978), have used two of the world’s largest telescopes to produce a new, super-detailed map of our galaxy. The astronomers charted hydrogen — the most abundant element in space and the main component of stars and galaxies — to give an unprecedented view of the Milky Way. http://cnn.it/2mcmNLE.

‘An Inside View of Trinity College Life for Teachers’ – the first-of-its-kind scheme offers teachers of 16-18 year-olds in the UK the opportunity to immerse themselves in College life, meet Trinity admissions staff, and pursue a research project beneficial to their teaching. http://bit.ly/2lCcIot.

On Saturday 11 March, Michael Waldron (2006), will be conducting the London Choral Sinfonia in a programme entitled ‘Visions of Life & Death’ at St John’s Smith Square. It features the orchestrated version of Duruflé’s Requiem, alongside works by Tarik O’Regan (Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts 2007-2009), and Owain Park (Trinity Organ Scholar 2013). Tickets are available online.