February Newsletter 2020

Professor Dider Queloz (e2013) received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics with Professor James Peebles and Professor Michael Mayor for their pioneering advances in physical cosmology and for discovering an exoplanet, 51 Pegasi b, which is 50.9 light-years from Earth. Professor Queloz delivered his Nobel Lecture at Trinity on 26 February, which you can view on the website. Watch.

Colleagues have paid tribute to the physiologist and biochemist Sir Michael Berridge (1938-2020), whose work on cell signalling and the landmark discovery of the key role that calcium plays in controlling cellular activity led ultimately to important insights into the physiology of conditions as diverse as cancer, bipolar disorder, cardiovascular and neurological diseases. Read.

A donation from Trinity’s William Wyse Fund will enable the establishment of a new University lectureship in the Anthropology of Amazonia, which has been endowed by Jessica Sainsbury, philanthropist and alumna of Jesus College. The gifts will allow the Department of Social Anthropology to initiate new research and teaching about the peoples of Amazonia, and the successful candidate will take up the lectureship at the beginning of the next academic year. Read.

Writer and activist Arundhati Roy’s 2020 Clarke Lecture ‘The Graveyard Talks Back: Fiction in the Time of Fake News’ is now available to read on the College website. Read.

The May Week Alternative (MWA), a charitable initiative founded by Human, Social and Political Sciences student George Rosenfeld (2017) has raised £90,000 this year. More than 300 Cambridge students collaborated to raise the funds, which will be used to support charities including the Against Malaria Foundation. Read.

It is just under a month until the Trinity Medics’ Association Dinner on Saturday 28 March, so if you are planning to return for the occasion do register as soon as possible. We are delighted that the Master will be joining the event, and will be giving a pre-dinner talk reflecting on her career to date. The talk will begin at 6.30pm, and will be followed by drinks and a formal (black tie) dinner in Hall. Guests are most welcome. Following the great success of last year’s TMA ‘relaunch’ dinner, we hope to welcome back even more of our Medics in 2020! Register.

Booking is now open for the New Alumni Dinner on Friday 3rd April, to welcome back alumni who graduated in 2018 or 2019. The celebrations will begin with a drinks reception from 6.30pm, followed by a formal dinner (black tie is encouraged) in Hall. The Dinner is a great opportunity to reunite with friends at Trinity, and to share your latest news and achievements with everyone, so do sign up today! Register.

Tune in to ‘The Essay’ on Radio 3 on Wednesday, 4 March, to hear Dr Clare Walker Gore (e2016) discuss the life of the prolific Scottish author Margaret Oliphant, and to discover why she deserves to be on your bookshelf. More.

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If you’re based in the Tokyo area or are visiting the city over the next two months, do join Trinity in Japan for on Monday 23 March from 7pm for ‘Excavating a Provincial Capital of the Assyrian Empire’ – a talk by Dr John MacGinnis (1982), followed by kaiseki dinner and drinks. Register.

If you are planning a trip to the Tate to view ‘British Baroque: Power and Illusion’ you will be able to see a number of Trinity paintings on loan from the College, including leading portraitist Sir Godfrey Kneller’s (1646–1723) study of poet and diplomat Matthew Prior (1664–1721). The exhibition runs until 19 April and you can read all about it in the Evening Standard’s review. Read.

A special screening of the film ‘It felt like a revolution’, made by Sonum Sumaria (2008) of Guerrera Films and commissioned as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the admission of women to Trinity, will be held on Tuesday 28 April in the Winstanley Lecture Hall from 6pm. The free screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Sonum chaired by Wanipa Ndhlovu (2018), law student and President of the University African Caribbean Society. Register.

The screening is part of the The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge programme hosted by Cambridge University Libraries, a fascinating line-up of exhibitions, events, and displays exploring the past, present, and future of women at Cambridge. The eponymously titled exhibition at the University Library runs until 21 March 2020, focusing on the lived experiences of women at the University, the ongoing fight for equal educational rights, recognition, and inclusion in University activities, and the careers of some of the women who shaped the institution.


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  • Cambridge: CUE Trinity Entrepreneurship Meetup with CUE/CAMentrepreneurs, Wednesday 4 March. REGISTER ONLINE.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan – Excavating a Provincial Capital of the Assyrian Empire, Monday 23 March. REGISTER ONLINE.
  • Cambridge: Medics’ Association Dinner, Saturday 28 March 2020. REGISTER ONLINE.
  • Cambridge: New Alumni Dinner, Friday 3 April 2020. REGISTER ONLINE.
  • Newmarket: Trinity Golf Day, Thursday 25 June 2020. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Cambridge: Trinity Family Day, Sunday 5 July 2020. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Cambridge: First and Third Trinity Boat Club Association Biennial Dinner, Saturday 26 September. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Cambridge: TrinTalk, Sunday 27 September. SAVE THE DATE.

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