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Merton News

October 2017

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.

Merton's Special Fellow in Mathematics will address the August 2018 Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although formally not an award, an invitation to speak at an ICM is viewed in the mathematical world as an outstanding honour.

Alumna Shan Quah (2011) was awarded the prize for the best PhD thesis in a zoological subject from any UK University for the year 2016 by the Zoological Society of London at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 20 June.

Third-year Biomedical & Clinical Sciences DPhil candidate Andreas Hadjinicolaou was named joint winner of the Ralph Steinman Memorial Prize for Immunology Research at the 2017 Advanced Immunology Summer School.

The award, made by the Smithsonian Institution, recognises a lifetime of "pioneering and rigorous" research work in Chinese art and archeology.

Five new rehearsal rooms, created through a major project to convert the College's former maintenance workshops, are now open and available for members of the College to use.

May 2017

English teacher Ceri Boyle was presented with an Inspirational Teacher Award following her nomination by first-year English undergraduate Charlotte Green.

Already a winner of the Abel Prize—considered the Nobel Prize of Mathematics—Professor Wiles is best known for having solved Fermat's Last Theorem, a task that was believed to be impossible.

The award was given jointly to Professors Ong, Abramsky, Jagadeesan, Malacaria, and Hyland, and Dr Hanno Nickau, for "fundamentally revolutionising the field of programming language semantics".

Merton's Professorial Fellow in Mathematics says she is "absolutely delighted and deeply honoured" to have been made a member of the German National Academy of Sciences.

The Radcliffe Professor of Medicine and Professorial Fellow at Merton has been elected an FRS in recognition of his work on understanding the genetic basis of inherited heart muscle diseases.

Honorary Fellow Sir Roger Bannister CH CBE describes his training and how the record-breaking 3 minutes 59.4 second run unfolded at the Iffley Road track in Oxford.