June Newsletter 2018

Trinity is seeking a new Master following Sir Gregory Winter’s announcement that he will be stepping down in July 2019. Prior to taking up the Mastership in 2012, Sir Gregory was a Senior Research Fellow and undergraduate of Trinity.

The Master of Trinity is both an ambassador for Trinity and Chair of the College Council and the governing body. In a global search for the best field of applicants, the College is seeking those of ‘high intellectual distinction’ with substantial experience in academia or beyond. Read.

Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (e2008), Nobel laureate and President of the Royal Society, was one of the eight recipients of the University of Cambridge Honorary Degrees 2018. At the ceremony on 20 June Professor Ramakrishnan received the degree of Doctor of Science for his contributions to medical research, including his work into ribosomal structure and function. Read.

In the second of the series of Q&As with Trinity’s Junior Research Fellows, Dr Clare Walker Gore (e2016) discusses the extent to which novelists including Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Charlotte Yonge and Dinah Craik relied on the concept of disability to make their plots work, and outlines her project on women novelists’ fiction and life writing. Read.

The Fountain issue 25 is now available online. The edition includes an interview with Dr Tara Westover (2008) on her best-seller Educated: A Memoir; Adam Prada (2014) and Dr Alan Weeds (e1975) recall the Trinity College Science Society’s visit to Lord Rayleigh’s laboratory at Terling Place, and Dr Shaifali Sandhya (1994) explores why addressing the psychological trauma of refugees is key to ensuring better integration into their new lives and communities. Visit the website to view the latest issue and to enjoy back issues of the magazine. Read.

“Libraries are where books and people come together.” Trinity Sub-Librarian Sandy Paul discusses the richness and variety of library life in the Ten-Minute Interview. Read.

Congratulations to Imogen Grant (2014) on finishing 4th in the Lightweight Women’s Single Scull at the World Cup in Belgrade in early June.

Trinity College Choir will be touring Germany throughout July and would be delighted to welcome alumni to their performances. Please visit the Choir’s website for the list of concerts and venues, which include Frankfurt Cathedral and Sankt Blasien Cathedral. Read.

On Saturday 22 September the Department of Earth Sciences will be hosting a one-day conference ‘Sedgwick 200: the Sedgwick Bicentenary Meeting. Earth Sciences in the 21st Century and Beyond’, and Professor Marian Holness (e2000) has kindly extended an invitation to Trinity alumni:

“Adam Sedgwick was an important figure in nineteenth century Cambridge, and was Vice-Master of Trinity for several decades. He lived in rooms on A Staircase in Great Court, with windows looking both into College and outside. These windows nearly proved his undoing when some undergraduates from John’s accidentally fired a gun one day, with the bullet very narrowly missing Sedgwick as he sat in his parlour. He was not amused. Sedgwick is notable as one of the founding fathers of Earth Sciences, and 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of his election to the Woodwardian Chair of Geology, and the start of his illustrious geological career. Not only did he mentor Charles Darwin (although he didn’t believe a word of On the Origin of Species) but he raised the money to build the Cockerell Building in Senate House Passage, to house the Geology Museum.

We are marking this bicentenary with a one-day conference, generously underwritten by Trinity College, at which a slate of internationally-known speakers will provide us with an up-to-date picture of Earth Sciences today, covering the way life interacts and shapes the Earth, how we might avert disaster when the next volcano erupts or when earthquakes strike, and ending with our exploration of Mars and search for extra-terrestrial life. The talks are aimed at a general audience and we would love to see lots of Trinity Alumni there!”  Registration is now open at https://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/alumni/sedgwick200.

On Sunday 23rd September College will be hosting this year’s TrinTalk on Aspects of Global Security. Expert speakers will lead an in-depth exploration of four of the key threats to world stability today – food security; North Korea; the Middle East, and cyber security. The panel will present on the nature of these threats, the potential consequences for humanity, and how these challenges might best be addressed. We are delighted to confirm the following four speakers: Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS (e2009), Alistair Morgan (1976), Dr Glen Rangwala (1993), and Amy Smith (1984). Booking is now open.

The Trinity in Japan Society was established by Chair Gerhard Fasol (1978) in 2014. The Society is open to all members of Trinity and meetings are held approximately once a month, in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan. The Society would be delighted to welcome new members so please visit their website for details of their activities and how to register as a member. You can also sign up for their forthcoming events on 25 July, 31 August and 28 September via our events page   

The Gesualdo Six was founded by Owain Park (2013) for a concert in Trinity College Chapel in 2014, and they have since developed an impressive portfolio of concerts, tours and recordings. The ensemble will be undertaking their first major international tour of Canada in July, having given concerts in Monaco, The Netherlands, Germany and Jersey. Full details of the Canadian tour and other forthcoming performances are available on their website. Read.

We want to hear from you! Do keep us up-to-date with your latest achievements and activities for our Global Alumni News pages in The Fountain and the Alumni Achievements section in the Annual Record. Please send your news, appointments, and publications to alumni-comms@trin.cam.ac.uk


London: TCBA Distinguished Speaker Series, Wednesday 4 July, with Mai Fyfield, Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer, Sky. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Trinity Family Day, Sunday 8 July, Trinity College. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Annual Gathering, 1984-1986, Saturday 14 July. BOOKING CLOSES MON 2 JULY. Tickets available online.

Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Monthly Meeting, Friday 31 August. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: First and Third Trinity Boat Club Association Biennial Dinner, Saturday 8 September. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Annual Gathering, 1978-1980, Saturday 15 September. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: TrinTalk: Aspects of Global Security, Sunday 23 September, Trinity College. Tickets available online.

Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Monthly Meeting, Friday 28 September. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Remembrance Service, Sunday 11 November, Trinity College. SAVE THE DATE – Please email alumni-events@trin.cam.ac.uk for further information.

Cambridge: Trinity Women’s Network Lunch and Panel Discussion, Saturday 17 November.  SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Women of Trinity Lecture Series: Men, Women and the Family: 1978-2018, Jo Miles, Reader in Family Law & Policy, Wednesday 28 November. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Trinity Law Association Meeting, Saturday 16 March.  SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

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