CHUtalks ideas.research.discoveries

Academic research in the Churchill community.

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CHUtalks ideas.research.discoveries

Academic research in the Churchill community.

Upcoming talks Watch talks

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Organised by the Churchill MCR, this fascinating seminar series highlights cutting-edge research undertaken at all levels of academia within the Churchill College community. Held in an informal setting with discussion encouraged, these talks aim to make complex topics accessible to a general audience.

Presented by postgraduate students and Fellows from the College, this series provides stimulating summaries on a diverse range of topics, whilst at the same time delving deep into individual fields of research to uncover fascinating insights.

Churchill himself once said; "I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught" — with that in mind, we hope the online edition of these talks will be as fascinating and entertaining as they are insightful.

We hope you enjoy the talks and we encourage you to share your thoughts and comments and feedback on them with us.

Email the MCR Academic OfficerTwitter #Chutalks

 

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Members of Churchill College share and discuss their research projects

How much is your project worth? Assessing the financial value of a business: Dante Palazzo

If an idea or project is to be turned into a business, it is crucial to know its financial value. 

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Hidden Histories: Science and the Occult : Dr Andreas Sommer

Your understanding of the relationship between science and the occult is probably wrong.

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Manipulating bacteria for the discovery of new antimicrobials: Karen Chan

Manipulating bacteria for the discovery of new antimicrobials: Karen Chan

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Why Don't Baboons Have Culture? Dr Alecia Carter

While the cognitive capacities for social transmission of information appear to be present in a wide range of animal species, culture has only been described for handful of species. 

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Folding proteins on rigidified energy landscapes: Jerelle Joseph

As the number of atoms in proteins increases, so too does the complexity of the underlying potential energy surface. 

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Electrification of transportation: Jack Hodkinson

What is motivating the transition of the transportation industry away from its dependence on combustion engines? And what are the current technologies enabling this?

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Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe: Sonke Hee

Quickly zoom through the astrophysics landscape—from dark matter in galaxies to Einstein's theory of relativity, finally asking the question: 'What is the fate of the universe?'

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Making the most of Ideas —The Role of Manufacturing in Innovation: Professor Sir Mike Gregory

Manufacturing strategy and technology management, international manufacturing and manufacturing policy.

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Studying axon maintenance and degeneration using fruitflies: Dr Cahir O'Kane

Dr Cahir O'Kane uses fruitflies, and human disease genes, to study how axons are maintained, and how they go wrong in disease.

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Neural Computations Underlying Perceptual Uncertainty: David Zoltowski

An introduction to probabilistic inference in the brain and an overview of research studying how the brain may utilise time to develop and represent probability distributions.

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How our brains say ‘Stop!’ to memory and action: Yuhua Guo

Being able to stop is equally important as thinking and acting. Yuhua Guo looks at the similarities between the brain activations involved in stopping, memories and actions. 

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Machine learning modelling of materials: Max Veit

To predict how materials will behave in real-world applications, scientists are employing physics, chemistry, and computer science to simulate materials at the atomistic scale.

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Drugs from Bugs: All Natural (Products)! : Constance Wu

How we can use bacteria to make drugs? Developing newl drugs from natural products is important for addressing antibiotic resistance and improving pharmaceutical treatments.

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Evaluating the Nuclear Air-Brayton Combined Cycle: Alisha Kasam

Whether you are a nuclear energy skeptic or enthusiast, this talk will offer insight into the prospects and challenges associated with increasing our reliance on nuclear power.

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Does your brain have a gender? Melissa Hines

How important are biological factors, such as hormones, in shaping our sexual destinies? Some of the factors that shape our development as male or female

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Unlocking secrets about past climate from Greenland and Antarctic ice: Emilie Capron

To predict how the climate will evolve in the future, we need to reconstruct and understand the climatic changes that the Earth experienced in the past.

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Fibre Optics for Thermal Pipeline Leakage: Bingyu Zhao

Bingyu's research uses several mathematical methods to help engineers using fibre optic sensing data to better detect early thermal pipe leakage.

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Crowding out the signal? Perception in Autism: Jan Freyberg

Autism Spectrum Conditions are characterised by a wide variety of symptoms. One often reported trait is enhanced detail perception. 

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Solar Fuels from Sunlight and Water via Photoelectrochemistry: Dave Palm

Sunlight and water are the two most abundant and most basic resources available on Earth—can humans effectively harness their power?

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Photovoltaics and the Photon-Multiplier: Stephen Filippone

This talk looks at the basic physical principles that govern photovoltaic devices and their theoretical limitations of efficiency.

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Did Neanderthals interbreed with humans? Evvie Jagoda

What impact could these ancient trysts have on modern human populations and modern medicine?

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Pavlov's Maggots: Dr Liria Masuda-Nakagowa

The circuit mechanisms of odor discrimination learning in the higher brain.

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Next Generation Energy Storage: Kent Griffith

The application of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) to solid state electrochemistry.

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The Ecology of Information: Dr Alecia Carter

Exploring why individuals' behaviour differs from one another and why this is consistent through time. 

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What quantum computers tell us about physics? Dr Toby Cubitt

Can as yet non-existent computers possibly tell us anything about the behaviour of real matter?

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Contact Us

If you would like more information or are interested in presenting a talk please contact the MCR Academic Officer.

mcr-academic@chu.cam.ac.uk 

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MCR Conference on Everything

An annual event highlighting some of the exciting research taking place in our postgraduate community.

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