The latest Churchill Community update: 17 December 2021

17th December 2021 in Coronavirus

It has been a difficult year for us all, but news of great work undertaken by members of our community is uplifting. This includes those who are continuing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and those working in many other fields. Here’s what has been happening in the last few weeks.

We launched our Think Forward campaign at the Churchill War Rooms in central London.

Current student, Isabel Biddle (U18) was a member of the Cambridge sailing team that came first in the Brummy Boom held in the last weekend of November.

Current student George Fulham (U17) won a Salters’ Graduate Award in recognition of his academic achievement as a final-year undergraduate in 2021.

Research led by our Fellow and Immunologist, Dr Michelle Linterman, has shown that a particular type of white blood cell, circulating T follicular helper cells, is linked with good influenza antibody responses in younger people.

Honorary Fellow, Professor Jenny Nelson, has been appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Fellows and statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter joined The Economist’s science and technology podcast to explain why scientists have drawn widely differing conclusions from covid-19 statistics.

Fellow and architect Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank gave a talk at COP26 Blue Zone about her AHRC Filming Energy research project. FERN project uses participatory film-making to understand the lived experience of women living in transitional housing in Cape Town and Mumbai. The research is done in close collaboration with ‘non-traditional’ research partners such as NGOs (Development Action Group, Doctor For You) and policy-makers (City of Cape Town). The work was presented in a session that explored the potential for arts, culture and heritage to tackle gender and diversity in climate resilience and adaptation. I also authored the British Academy COP26 policy briefing on Cities and Energy Transitions.

Fellow and social psychologist Dr Sander van der Linden discussed a poll he helped devise showing that many people are confused and distrust climate information.

Alumnus Nathanael West (G15) has been selected by Engineering UK as one of three UK 'case studies' on how young engineers are contributing to net zero. Nathanael works as an engineer at Hybrid Air Vehicles, who are producing the Airlander, the first zero carbon aircraft.

We will continue to keep you informed of all of the work being done by the Churchill College Community. If you have any news you would like to share, please get in touch by emailing comms.manager@chu.cam.ac.uk.

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