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Merton News

June 2017

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.

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.