MCR Gazette / Lent Week 9

This edition of the Gazette wraps up Lent term. We’ll be publishing semi-regular bulletins over the term break.

It’s not too late to book your guest night tickets – almost 250 people are already coming to our Disney-themed end-of-term extravaganza on March 23. Don’t miss out!

The abstract deadline is fast approaching for our annual Conference on Everything. For further details, see the item below.

Have an extravagant week!


Conference on Everything

Every year MCR members present their own research, listen to talks by others, and join discussions on a huge variety of topics. The last years have been a big success, with high quality talks and brilliant keynote speakers; so let’s aim to achieve the same again this year! This year, Dr Helen Czerski will give the keynote. She is a physicist and oceanographer based at the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research in Southampton. You might have seen her on the BBC, where she is a science presenter for programmes such as Operation Iceberg and Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey.

Everyone is invited (and encouraged) to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation (if you prefer one over the other, let me know). The abstract should not be longer than one A4 page and be sent to Yvonne Flory (MCR Academic Officer): Please keep in mind that this is for a diverse audience, with probably not too many specialists in your field.

And here are some important dates to keep in mind:
Abstract submission deadline: 31 March
Notification of acceptance: 5 April
Conference: 27 April


The Footlights Present “Cloying” (Tonight)


Language Experiment – Earn £5 (Mar 19 & 29)

Earn £5 in 30 minutes doing a language experiment! We’re looking for two types of participants:

1) Native speakers of English who are only fluent in English (low or intermediate knowledge of other languages is however accepted).

2) Native speakers of Spanish who study/work in the UK and use the English language on a regular basis (low or intermediate knowledge of other languages apart from English and Spanish is however accepted).

You will watch some videos on the computer, repeat some words and make very simple decisions. The experiment is supervised by Dr Henriëtte Hendriks, Head of the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Department.

We’re running the experiment between Tuesday 19th of March and Friday 29nd of March in the following times/places:

1) From 12.00 to 18.00 at the Faculty of English (3rd Floor), West Road, Sidgwick Site.

2) From 19.30 to 22.00 at Fitzwilliam College (Seminar Room 1 & Auditorium Meeting Room).

If you would like to take part, please email Diego Feinmann to arrange a

We would really appreciate your help. Your participation is crucial for our


Volunteer with Cambridge Hands-On Science (Mar 23)

In 2 weeks, Saturday 23rd March, CHaOS is running an event at the Cavendish laboratory as part of their Physics Zone day. We’ll have lots of exciting experiments, and we’ll need lots of enthusiastic student volunteers to help demonstrate them to the public.

More information and a sign up form can be found here:

We would need you to be at the Cavendish laboratory on the West Cambridge site by 12 noon and we should be finished by 6pm at the latest. We will provide a free lunch.

We will be running mainly physics experiments, but all types of scientist + medics, vets, engineers, mathos and compscis are welcome as we will also have some less physicsy experiments. For example you could end up with Boris, our skeleton, in explaining how medical X-rays work!

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email


Chapel Society Travel Grants (Deadline Apr 23)

The Chapel Trustees have a small fund to provide for the award of a number of bursaries for undergraduates and postgraduate students of Churchill College. The bursaries are to assist with the cost of some specific travel having a religious connection and are independent of College travel grants. Awards will be made up to a value of £200 and the Trustees will request a short account from travel bursary holders at a Chapel service during the Michaelmas Term 2013. In recent years awards have supported charitable work with Tearfund in Zambia, at a hospital in Bolivia, and in schools in rural Kenya.

Anyone wishing to be considered for a bursary should send details of the itinerary, purpose and approximate cost of the travel, together with a covering letter or e-mail, to the Chairman of the Trustees, Dr Martyn Johnson (, to arrive no later than 23 April 2013.


Survey on Online Collaboration – Win £50

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