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Merton News

December 2017

DPhil student Adrian Menssen (2014) was the lead author on a piece of research that was one of 2017's Top 10 Breakthroughs according to Physics World magazine; the research revealed a new fundamental aspect of quantum particles, and promises to have an impact in the field of quantum computation.

Sir Martin Taylor was presented with the award by the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund, in recognition of his "extraordinary commitment ... to preserving the life, voice, ideas, and work of a persecuted scholar by providing a safe academic haven."

A production of Benjamin Britten's Curlew River will be the first offering from Ante Terminum Productions, an innovative, London-based opera production company founded by Mertonian Peter Thickett (2014) and fellow Oxford graduate Frederick Waxman (Univ, 2014).

November 2017

Sir Bernard takes the title Baron Hogan-Howe of Sheffield and will sit as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords.

Lukas Krone, currently in his second year as a graduate student, has been awarded this year's Sherrington Prize for outstanding achievement in the Neuroscience MSc, an accolade which he describes as a "very positive surprise".

The Oxford and Cambridge teams will commemorate the sacrifice made in the First World War by two former rugby captains at next month's Varsity Match at Twickenham.

October 2017

Supernumerary Fellow and Physics Lecturer Professor Andrea Cavalleri has been awarded the 2018 Frank Isakson Prize for his "pioneering contributions to the development and application of ultra-fast optical spectroscopy to condensed matter systems, and providing insight into lattice dynamics, structural phase transitions, and the non-equilibrium control of solids."

A coachload of Merton tutors and students is heading to Birmingham to take part in an event which will provide insights into what life is like at Oxford and offer information on the admissions process to students who may not otherwise have a chance to engage directly with the university.

A team from Merton scored a convincing win over opponents from King's College London in Monday's first round contest, coming away winners with an impressive 285 points to KCL's 110.

The powerful Oscar-nominated documentary film about the life of American writer and activist James Baldwin was followed by a panel discussion with artist & filmmaker Isaac Julien and writer Caryl Phillips.

Ella's entry, which gave EM Forster's A Room With A View a Brexit twist, was selected as the Under 30 category winner by a panel of current cartooning greats that included The Guardian's Martin Rowson & Steve Bell, Peter Brookes of The Times, the Daily Mail's Mac, and the Telegraph's Matt.

At a meeting on Friday 29 September the College’s Governing Body declared its intention to elect Professor Irene Tracey FMedSci, currently Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Nuffield Chair of Anaesthetic Science, as its next Warden.

The Senior Organ Scholar at Merton has won the Sawyer/Durrant Prize and the Doris Wookey Prize for the second highest marks in the Associate of the Royal College of Organists examination.

September 2017

Merton’s talented head gardener is one of 14 gardeners profiled in a new book by award-winning writer and garden historian Ambra Edwards.

Her talk on Wednesday 25 October will be entitled 'Choreography of bacterial nanomotors revealed by live-cell imaging'.

August 2017

The exhibition, which has opened in Catania on the Italian island of Sicily, consists of some 35 inscriptions along with sculptures and a set of frescoes from the collection of the city's Civic Museum.

All Physics alumni will be sad to learn of the death on Thursday 10 August of Michael Baker, Merton’s first ever Physics Tutor, aged 86.

July 2017

Merton's Tutor in Philosophy and Professor of the Philosophy of Science at Oxford University has been elected as BSPS President and will serve for two years.

The judges have once again reflected the high standard of the essays submitted for the competition by choosing to include a runner-up alongside the two winners.

June 2017

Graduate student Barbara Small will have her Music DPhil conferred upon her in Michaelmas term - a mere 36 years after matriculating at Merton.