MCR Gazette – Lent Week 7

Good morning Churchillians,

How are you today? Are you beginning to see the first signs of Spring? Sadly I don’t have any photos of the spring flowers popping up all over Cambridge, but I promise I will do next week…

A quick reminder that booking for guest night is still open. Please go here to book your tickets. Please provide all the names of your guests when you sign them up, and remember that in accordance with college rules, no Churchill JCR members may attend guest night. The deadline for cancelling tickets at no cost is Saturday 11th March. After this date, cancelled tickets will incur a charge.

I also have a message from your environmental officers:

As part of the Student Switch Off campaign we are supporting Switch Off Week from 6 to 12th March. So… please do what you can to save energy by following these simple tips:

· Switching off lights when rooms are empty · Switching off appliances when not in use and not leaving them on standby · Washing clothes at lower temperatures (most clothes are OK being washed at 30ºC) · Putting a lid on the pan when cooking (saves time too!) · Not overfilling the kettle (saves time too!) · If it’s warm enough to open a window, turn down the heating too





9th March – Talk by Paralympic champion Sophie Thornhill MBE @ Wolfson Hall, 19:30

Churchill College are delighted to be hosting a Cambridge University Cycling Club (CUCC) talk and Q&A session with Sophie Thornhill MBE, in the Wolfson Hall on Thursday 9 March 2017 at 7.30 pm.

Sophie is a visually impaired paracyclist who competes in tandem events in the velodrome. Her palmarès includes: 11 x national champion, 4 x world champion, 2 x Commonwealth champion and 1 x Paralympic champion, along with a number of world and Paralympic records.

Everyone is more than welcome to attend: cyclists, non-cyclists, students and non-students alike. The event will start promptly at 7.30 pm. There are limited seats in the Wolfson Hall, so CUCC request that you please sign up quickly. Priority will be given to CUCC members, then to students at Churchill, then to everyone else in order of signing up. The sign-up link is here:

See Sophie and her pilot Helen Scott win Gold in Rio 2016 here:

CUCC hope to see you there.



8th March – ChuTalks: Dr Priya Gopal on “Insurgent Empire: How anticolonial struggles shaped British dissent”



5th March – Silverstreet Magazine is back!

Come join us for the launch of the Lent issue of Cambridge’s interdisciplinary humanities publication, themed Community, at the Nihon Room at Pembroke. There will be prosecco and petit fours, so come by and buy an issue or subscription, or simply have some interesting conversations! 7-9:30 in the Nihon Room, Pembroke College, March 5th.

This term’s issue features various great pieces from Cambridge academics and students, on topics ranging from whether community can ever truly exist online by Dr John Naughton to the relationship between resistance and public space by Jun Pang.


9th March – International Women’s Day Lecture: A Question of Honour @ McGrath Centre, St Catharine’s College, Trumpington Street, 17:30 – 18:30

Hosted by the Vice-Chancellor in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017 theme ‘#BeBoldForChange’, Jasvinder Sanghera CBE joins Dr Matthew Maycock and Norah Al-Ani from CRCC to talk about acting in the name of honour, with life-changing consequences.

Jasvinder is a  highly acclaimed international speaker, expert advisor and advocate for men and women experiencing forced marriages and honour based abuse. Norah will represent the work of Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, a confidential and non-judgemental service run by women for women. Matthew’s research focuses on gender issues, with masculinities being a particular focus.

Drinks reception to follow. Everyone is welcome.

To book your place, please visit:


11th March – Science Makers: Learn physical computing with Venus flytraps @ Makespace classroom, 16 Mill Lane, 12:00 – 17:00

Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education. All are welcome for the talks, making or both! This session will dive into building apps to host your data on the web and talk to Arduino boards from your own interface – the use case will be venus flytrap signals measured using the SpikerBox boards we’ve constructed previously combined with a motor box for micromanipulation.

More information can be found here.

You can also join the Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup for news on all synbio events:


16th March Programmable cell extracts – a new biomanufacturing paradigm @ Old Divinity School, St John’s College

18:30-20:00, followed by a drinks reception and delicious finger buffet (Registration £5)

Dr. Keith Pardee (University of Toronto) and Dr. Richard Kelwick (Imperial College) discuss how use of cell extracts promises a paradigm shift in biomanufacturing and paves the way to novel modes of computational biodesign, rapid prototyping and bioproduction.


16th March – Programmable biology in the test tube

09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00, Hauser Forum, 3 Charles Babbage Road.

This day-long workshop will introduce the challenges and opportunities in the field of cell-free diagnostics, with morning talks from the OpenDiagnostics team, expert in the latest advances of this technology Keith Pardee (University of Toronto, Canada) and plant disease expert Dr Richard Echodu (Gulu University, Uganda). This will be followed by an interactive sandpit session.


17th March  – Programmable biology in the test tube (practical session)

09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00, Venue TBC

Get hands on with designing logic circuits using DNA and programming cell extracts to produce colours or other reporters in response to a signal. Physicists, engineers, computer scientists and other non-biologists are particularly welcome to attend and explore new technologies that bring engineering thinking into biology. No prior experience required.



6th March – Personalised Medicine Event in Cambridge @ Department of Chemistry, 18:00

Personalised medicine aims to develop and prescribe medications that are active on the one-patient, focusing on the single person instead of a large study group. This new frontier of medicine is taking into account genetic and environmental factors among the others, opening new perspectives for cancer and rare diseases as well as widely diffused disorders. Join the Innovation Forum-Cambridge at 6 pm at the Department of Chemistry, in the heart of Cambridge, on the 6th of March 2017 for an evening of talks and networking on this innovation in health-care!

Only 1 week to go, visit the Eventbrite website to book your ticket today!



Ongoing – St Edmund’s May Ball is recruiting

St. Edmund’s May Ball is currently hiring! With the opportunity to work half and attend the other half for free, this is not to be missed!

Apply here:


Ongoing – Inspire children to enjoy science and do some fun experiments!

CHaOS is looking for volunteers of all science disciplines to help out at “Crash, Bang, Squelch!” (CBS) – a huge hands-on family science day from 10am-5pm on Saturday 18th March 2017, taking place in the Zoology Department in the New Museums Site. Volunteers get to demonstrate fun, basic experiments for kids and families. You can sign up for the morning session, the afternoon session or both. No experience necessary. Refreshments provided (and free lunch for those doing both sessions!).

Find out more about volunteering with CHaOS here:

You’ll find the link to sign up for CBS there too.

E-mail with any questions.


Ongoing – Varsity Education is recruiting for July/August 2017!

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit education company that runs summer programmes in both Oxford and Cambridge. Students attending our programmes are aged 15-18 and are keen to learn more about their chosen subjects and looking to apply to top UK Universities. 

We are running one two-week programme in Cambridge between 22nd July – 5th August and one two week programme in Oxford between 7th August – 21st August.

We are looking for advanced undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from Oxford and Cambridge to lead students in small group classes (in both subject specific lessons as well as study skills workshops), complete general pastoral tasks and accompany students on excursions and activities around the city. There are a number of roles on offer and this is a great opportunity for those keen to spend the summer in the city, gain valuable teaching experience and work with bright students from the UK and around the world.

Most applicants will be required to be available for the full two week session they apply for however, there will also be some part time work available.

We can provide accommodation for those interested in the role of Housemistress/Housemaster and some meals will be included. Pay will be between £300-£400 per week depending on the role. 

If you would like to find out more, please email us at or apply by clicking on this link



Spanish-English bilinguals wanted for a language study

We are looking for participants to take part in a language study. The study will use EEG (electroencephalography) to record brain activity while participants listen to simple stories. You will be reimbursed £10/hour for your time, plus travel expenses (£2 if you travel from Cambridge, £2.50 if you travel from outside). The first study in the series will recruit early bilinguals.

Eligible volunteers should:

1.   Be a Spanish – English balanced bilingual

2.   Spanish as their native language (L1) and English as their second language (L2)

3.   Acquired English (L2) before age 6

4.   Aged between 18-45 years

5.   Be right handed

6.   Have no hearing problems 

If you decide to participate, we will send you a short language questionnaire to complete before booking you a slot. The experiment will last approximately two hours, and will take place at the Downing site. 

If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact:



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