MCR bulletin 29/1/15
- [EVENT] Dial M for Improv
- [EVENT] The Whiston Society: ‘Biological Weapons and the Threat of Manufactured Disease’, the Latimer Room, Thursday 29th January, 7.15PM
- [EVENT] Queens’ Arts Festival
- [EVENT] Cambridge Climate & Sustainability Forum: “Climate Change, Culture Change”
- [EVENT] Kiss Me Kate!
- [EVENT] Cambridge University Indian Classical Arts Society: Gems of Jaipur
- [EVENT] Professor Nicky Clayton on “The Spoon Lecture: Relativity and Anchors in Time
- [MAY BALL JOBS] Peterhouse May Ball 2015
- [EVENT] The Unforgettable Gog Magog Molly Beginners’ Workshop
- [EVENT] Amnesty ceilidh
- [JOB OPPORTUNITY] A fully funded volunteering English teaching program in China this summer!
- [RESEARCH VOLUNTEER] Education survey
- [RESEARCH VOLUNTEER] Biological Anthropology dissertation
- [EVENT] Building Bridges in Medical Sciences
- [EVENT] Trinity College Engineering Society: ‘Can Science make a cyclist faster’ – a talk by Professor Tony Purnell
- [EVENT] Cambridge Aspire Society Launch Event
[EVENT] Dial M for Improv
11pm, 28th-30th Jan, ADC Theatre
A most dastardly murder has taken place. But where? And how? And how long before the murderer is brought to justice? The last question, at least, we can answer fairly definitively: it’ll take one hour. But the rest is in your hands. And before the hour is up, you’ll bear witness to skulduggery, intrigue, and shocking twists which neither you nor we will see coming.
Join the Cambridge Impronauts (“genuinely fantastic” – The Tab ★★★★★; “a real humdinger” – The Cambridge Student 9/10) as they spin together a murder mystery before your very eyes. Prepare yourself for a story which has never been told before, and will never be told again.
No scripts. No rehearsals. No problem.
Be there or be MURDERED! Or neither! It’s up to you really.
[EVENT] The Whiston Society: ‘Biological Weapons and the Threat of Manufactured Disease’, the Latimer Room, Thursday 29th January, 7.15PM
The Whiston Society, Clare College’s very own graduate and undergraduate science society, has their first talk of the term on Thursday 29th January, 7.15PM, in the Latimer Room, Clare College Old Court. The talk will be lead by Dr Filippa Lentzos on “Biological Weapons and the Threat of Manufactured Disease”.
“In March 2013, Charles Farr, the Director of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, said that extremists have ever greater access to the information and technology required to create and spread germ agents or other biological weapons. The threat from smallpox and anthrax is very much still present, but currently synthetic biology is the field identified as the most susceptible area of the life sciences to bioterrorism.
The Whiston Society are therefore pleased to present a talk by Dr Filippa Lentzos. Dr Filippa is an expert in the social shaping of risks and threats, and the particular way in which the threat of biological weapons and bioterrorism, and the social, political, legal and economic responses to it, have emerged and been configured in distinct policies. She has compiled research for the UN Biological Weapons Convention, and has specialised particularly in the risks posed by synthetic biology.
During the Great Depression, Hans Zinsser, a bacteriologist and historian wrote that “Infectious Disease is one of the few genuine adventures left in the world.” Was he right? And if so, how scared should we be?”
Wine and cheese provided.
[EVENT] Queens’ Arts Festival
Queens’ Arts Festival is now accepting submissions for the exhibition to be held Sunday March 1, 2015!
Artwork will be displayed in the beautiful setting of Queens’ Old Hall. The Festival has been running for six years, and every year hundreds of students from across Cambridge attend the evening. There will be talks, life drawing, music, food and drink. Admission is free.
If you would like to submit, please send a photo of your work to queensartsfest, including dimensions and whether it is already framed. Multiple submissions are welcome. All work must be submitted by Friday February 20, 2015
[EVENT] Cambridge Climate & Sustainability Forum: “Climate Change, Culture Change”
Date and time: Saturday 7th February 2015 9am-5pm Venue: St. Catharine’s College
The Cambridge Climate & Sustainability Forum is an all day event packed full of talks, debates, workshops and discussions. We’ve got some huge names already confirmed, like Dame Barbara Stocking (ex-CEO of Oxfam) and Stephen Tindale (ex-head of Greenpeace UK.)
Through our title “Climate Change, Culture Change” we want you to consider climate change from a new perspective and open your eyes to the wider context and issues linked to climate change.
Our speakers will address its interactions with poverty, governance and economics, as well as participating in a panel discussion on whether capitalism and neoliberal governments are capable of tackling the issue of climate change. The workshop sessions will look at practical ways to encourage much needed change.
Included in the ticket price are morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea as well as a programme of the day’s events. Student tickets are just £10, but they’re selling fast so buy yours soon!
[EVENT] Kiss Me Kate!
Come and see our next show: the exciting ‘Kiss Me Kate!’
Frederick Graham is directing, producing and starring in a new, musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Unfortunately, his leading lady and star of the show is his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi and the tension between the two is palpable, onstage and off. As if that wasn’t enough, another two of his stars, Lois and Bill, are romantically involved and Bill’s gambling problem has put him on the wrong side of some gangsters. To top it off, Bill used a fake name. What name? Frederick Graham. As the production of the musical progresses, the lives of the actors begin to mirror the action of the plot, and the lines between backstage and on-stage are blurred.
Featuring classics such as ‘Another Op’nin, Another Show’, ‘So in Love’ and ‘Too Darn Hot’, ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ is a fun, frothy and fizzy romantic comedy that’s too darn hot to handle!
At: West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP on Thursday 29 – Saturday 31 January 2015 at 7.45pm with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.
- Band A: £18/£13
- Band B: £14/£11
Tickets here: http://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/musical/kiss-me,-kate.aspx or 01223 300085.
Praise for the G&S Society:
- 4 stars, Varsity: “can it live up to the hype? The answer is a resounding yes.”
- Minack Theatre: “Oh Joy, Oh Rapture, this was a very fine production indeed.”
- TCS: “The mixture of playful comic acting… and a solid vocal range … added all the energy that the production needed.
[EVENT] Cambridge University Indian Classical Arts Society: Gems of Jaipur
Saturday 31st January, 2015 at 6pm in the Lightfoot Room of St John’s College.
In the world of Hindustani Classical Music, the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana is acclaimed as the golden mean – between emotion and intellect, melody (sur) and rhythm (taal), complexity and simplicity, smallest intricate details and the larger musical canvas. The lineage started by Ustad Alladiya Khan Saheb is star studded with legends like Kesarbai Kerkar, Mogubai Kurdikar, Dhondutai Kulkarni, Kishori Amonkar, Mallikarjun Mansur, Nivruttibua Sarnaik etc. In this interactive session, Jashan Bhumkar, disciple of Smt. Dhondutai Kulkarni, will highlight the key features of Jaipur-Atrauli music, in particular its repertoire of rare, complex and combination (Jod) ragas. Listeners can expect to hear and know more in detail about a plethora of ragas, many of which will probably never be heard elsewhere. Jashan will be accompanied on the Tabla by Parth Gharfalkar (Disciple of Pdt. Rajkumar Misra, Jaipur Tabla Gharana), who will demonstrate the innately rhythm-bound features of this music.
Please join these two superbly talented musicians (both student members of CUICAS) for what promises to be a memorable, enchanting and melodious evening. The event is open to all members of public: Tickets are 2GBP for students.
[EVENT] Professor Nicky Clayton on “The Spoon Lecture: Relativity and Anchors in Time
Wednesday 28 January, 9.00pm
Nihon Room, Pembroke College
After the success of last night’s talk on the wonder-material graphene, Professor Nicky Clayton gives a mysterious talk on psychology: memories and ‘thinking without words’…
FREE for members
Free wine and nibbles
[MAY BALL JOBS] Peterhouse May Ball 2015
Employment applications for the Peterhouse May Ball 2015 are now open. We are looking to recruit friendly, hard-working and responsible people for what promises to be one of the highlights of May Week.
Want a ticket but don’t know anyone at Peterhouse? Work the first half and get a discounted ticket for the second half.
Want to earn some money to help fund your May Week? Our payment rates are among the best across the university.
Apply now at http://www.peterhousemayball2015.com/#/employment
[EVENT] The Unforgettable Gog Magog Molly Beginners’ Workshop
The Unmistakable, Inexplicable, Indescribable, Unforgettable, Uncountable,
Incensurable, Inescapable Gog Magog Molly want YOU.
We dare you to watch – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLdrkKpS0vI
We challenge you to come and dance – Beginners’ Workshop 8pm Tuesday (27th
Jan, 3rd Feb, 10th Feb) at The Stoneyard Centre by Weatherspoons
(http://goo.gl/maps/lNzlf) – ring doorbell if late
There’s a reason why Molly Dancing has been banned twice by law.
[EVENT] Amnesty ceilidh
This Friday 30th January– are hosting a CEILIDH in order to raise money for Amnesty International and kick off our LGBTQ+ rights campaign.
The ceilidh will be gender-neutral (calls will not be gendered, but rather group A, group B) and the Cambridge University ceilidh band will be performing.
Tickets are available through the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1581719028711038/?fref=ts or on the door – doors open at 19.30 at Emmanuel United Reform Church. Everyone is welcome and it looks to be a very fun evening – any questions, please contact our secretary on ec500
[JOB OPPORTUNITY] A fully funded volunteering English teaching program in China this summer!
Interested in teaching children and Chinese culture? Want to do something different and visit China? CUCCS Cambridge English Summer Camp has been successfully hosted for five years. It brings enthusiastic and talented Cambridge students together to inspire and teach Chinese students. Your help will have a great impact on students in China and allow you to share your talents with others, leaving a positive and lasting impact.
Here’s an opportunity for a FULLY FUNDED placement (including flights, accommodation and meals) in Beijing and Shijiangzhuang/Zhongshan this summer!
- Organizer: The Cambridge University Chinese Cultural Society (CUCCS) http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~cuccs/
- Location: Camford Royal School in Beijing/Shijiazhuang/Zhongshan and Beijing Newjinghua Experimental School (you’ll be allocated to either Beijing/Shijiangzhuang camp or Zhongshan camp)
- Dates: from 10th July to 20th August 2015 (including 32 teaching days and 8 non-teaching days) for Camford 11st July to 31st July 2015 for Xinjinhua
*exact dates are subject to change
- Roles: Teaching English to students age from 8-18 in a summer camp (no previous teaching experience or qualifications are necessary)
- Free return flights (maximum reimbursement 600 pounds), accommodation and meals
- An extra 2,000RMB pocket allowance
- Regular Chinese culture classes offered by the school
- Guided sightseeing tours for you to explore China
It will be a highlight on your CV as well as an experience, which you will carry with you for a lifetime.
Native English speakers are preferred.
Deadline for application is Mar 3rd.
Interviews will be held near the end of easter term.
Want to find out more about it? Join us at the information session at:
3.00pm Sunday 8nd February 2015 Keynes Hall Kings College
Volunteers from previous years will be invited and share their experience with us.
Email cuccs.summerprogram if you have any questions.
P.S. You DO NOT need to have any teaching qualifications or knowledge of Mandarin to volunteer.
To apply, please fill in an application form at: http://goo.gl/forms/EpR70DCH3C
Please see our Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/327532367455875/
[RESEARCH VOLUNTEER] Education survey
I am a PhD student at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. I am currently carrying out a research project related to students’ use of mobile wireless devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs and laptop computers for learning also known as “mobile learning” and looking for survey participants.
The survey is hosted via online for your convenience and it will take only 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Your participation will enable you to enter in a draw for an Amazon gift voucher. If you click the link to survey below, the first page of the online survey has a description of what participation in my study will entail, the terms for participating in the study, and a discussion of the rights of any study participant.
Link to survey:
If you have any questions or require more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at djs226 Thank you for taking the time to read this information and I will look forward to get your responses.
[RESEARCH VOLUNTEER] Biological Anthropology dissertation
Hey guys! My name is Mary-Catherine Anderson and I am an MPhil student in the Department of Biological Anthropology at Cambridge studying social networks. For my thesis project, I am constructing a sexual network of Cambridge University students to explore the dynamics of sexual link formation between and within colleges. In order to construct this network, I need about 1000 survey responses from Cambridge students. Please help me out by completing this super quick survey! At the end of the survey, you will have the option to be entered to win a 25 GBP Amazon.com gift card. The link is provided below. Thank you very much!”
[EVENT] Building Bridges in Medical Sciences
Save the Date!
6th March 2015, Robinson College, Cambridge
Building Bridges in Medical Sciences (BBMS) is hosting its seventh conference organized by graduate students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
The conference aims to bring together scientists from different disciplines, career stages and countries and emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary approaches to tackling the biomedical research and global health challenges of the 21st century. This year will feature prominent speakers from various scientific disciplines, such as basic research, clinical practice, public health policy, industrial enterprise and more.
Registration is free for all attendees and includes complimentary lunch and refreshments. This year we will be joined once again by graduate students from abroad. We will also be hosting a poster competition, lunchtime workshops and networking sessions. Anyone interested in giving a short student talk, do get in touch with us with an abstract.
Registration is now open at http://www.bbmscambridge.com/registration/
[EVENT] Trinity College Engineering Society: ‘Can Science make a cyclist faster’ – a talk by Professor Tony Purnell
Friday 30th January, Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College – talk begins at 7pm with refreshments from 6:45pm.
Today’s sports are very professional and no stone is unturned in the quest to go faster, higher, further. Cycling leads most Olympic sports in its approach to technology intervention, simply because the speeds involved make attention to the pointers that simple engineering analysis reveal as important pays dividends, especially when the margins for victory can be so very small. Professor Tony Purnell of the University’s Engineering Department is the Head of Technology for British Cycling and will provide an overview of how science and technology have contributed to the raw speed of all Olympic cycling disciplines. He will show that it’s not just about incremental gains, but also about avoiding increment losses. Materials technology, sports science, aerodynamics, friction engineering, physiology and nutrition all contribute although these have to been seen in context with the bigger picture that there are no silver bullets. Determination, hard work and a clear mind still dominate, not to mention a good deal of talent.
[EVENT] Cambridge Aspire Society Launch Event
Help level the playing field between State and Private School students
Are you passionate about encouraging State School applicants to apply to top universities? Do you want to inspire and enable AS students to apply to Cambridge?
Join a growing society and make a difference.
- One-off opportunities to develop a subject-specific programme
- Get involved in a marketing campaign to target schools
- Build a relationship with a student through weekly mentoring
- Get involved in fundraising and social events
- Wide range of flexible opportunities available to suit absolutely any commitment level
- Drop into Newnham JCR at any time between 5pm and 7pm on Tuesday 3rd February to see how you can get involved!
Check out the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/782274908522465/782300771853212/
To be added to our mailing list contact: aspire.cambridge.society