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Merton News

April 2017

During the Easter vacation, second-year Law undergraduate Ioana Burtea along with Alex Benn of St Catherine’s College represented Oxford University at the International Rounds of the Monroe E Price Media Law Moot.

Merton's Tutor in Pre-Clinical Medicine has been awarded the 2018 Lectureship by the American Physiological Society; the award will be presented at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, California in April 2018.

Helen Craske's essay, 'The Decadent Ideal of Impenetrability', was adjudged the best postgraduate conference paper submitted to the Society’s Annual Conference.

It is with great sadness that the College announces the death of Emeritus Fellow Dr Roger Highfield on 13 April, following a stroke, at the age of 95.

Supernumerary Fellow Simon Draper, Associate Professor at Oxford's Jenner Institute, is one of the co-founders of a new company using a molecular 'superglue' to aid the rapid development of vaccines targeting a range of diseases.

March 2017

The 2017 History reading party in Cornwall enjoyed variety in both weather and books.

Merton DPhil candidate Annabel Williams has been awarded the 2016 British Association for Modernist Studies Essay Prize, for her essay entitled "‘The pilot’s periplus’: Ezra Pound, Cyril Connolly, and the forms of Late Modernist travel".

On Monday 13 March 2017, the Choir sang the first ever Anglican Evensong to be celebrated at the altar of the Chair of St Peter in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

The Linacre Professor of Zoology will travel to Hong Kong at Easter to give three lectures, following his recent election as the 2017 Yen Kwo Yung Lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

February 2017

Merton is the fourth college to join the scheme, which allows students who find themselves in difficulty whilst away from their own college to access help.

Following the building's sudden closure after asbestos was found during refurbishment works, the College has stepped in to offer temporary premises for those affected.

A set of new light fittings is being installed in the Chapel, replacing the Victorian candle holders that have been in use for over 150 years.

On March 13, Merton College Choir wll sing the first ever Anglican Evensong to be celebrated at the altar of the Chair of St Peter in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

January 2017

On Wednesday 11 January, BBC Radio 3 broadcast Choral Evensong live from the Chapel; the service included music by Britten, Ayleward, Dyson, Holloway, and Messiaen.

Third-year postgraduate astrophysicist Sandor Kruk was joint leader and coach of the UK team who competed at the 2016 International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in India in December.

Last term, experts from The York Glaziers Trust carefully removed one of the Upper Library's 39 leaded stained glass windows from its lancet in the eastern wall. The window was taken to York, where the Trust carried out cleaning and repair work on the glass.

Merton's Tutor in Pre-Clinical Medicine is part of a seven-strong team setting out to map the heart’s nervous system, who have been awarded an $8.6m grant from the US National Institutes of Health.

December 2016

The college has collaborated with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and The Stuart Hall Foundation to create the studentship, which will run from 2017-2020.

On Thursday 1 December, Sir Martin Taylor FRS was presented with the Freedom of the City of London in a ceremony at the Guildhall.

October 2016

Mr Booth, who matriculated in 1976 and read Modern Languages, is chair of the Pallant House Gallery Board of Trustees, and of the Chichester Diocesan Board of Finance.