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Interview with a Fellow: Epigenetics from Pea Aphids to People

Dr Nick Burton is a Research Fellow at Pembroke College working in the field of Genetics/Molecular Biology. Dr Burton researches the impact of a mother's environment on the development of her offspring. In pea aphids for example, environmental stresses can cause the mother to 'program' her offspring to have wings, or not have wings. He refers to this as 'maternal bet-hedging', because the idea is that the developmental changes make the…

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This week a new Children’s Laureate was announced. Author, illustrator and cartoonist Chris Riddell has taken over from Malorie Blackman, making him the ninth Children’s Laureate. But did you know that the…

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Chess champion

The internet is abuzz with news of Magnus Carlsen, the chess grandmaster who recently took on three opponents simultaneously, whilst blindfolded, and won. But did you know that Pembroke has its very own chess champion? Pembroke student Dominik Deradjat (2013) captained the victorious Cambridge University Chess Club teams at this year’s inter-university competition. Held in February, the 2015 BUCA Team Championship was record-breaking, both in terms of the number of participants and the number of teams that entered. Cambridge entered the tournament in the top two divisions, the Championship and the Plate. Dominik was joined by Daniel Fernandez (Queens), Richard Weaving (Churchill), Rafe Martyn (Corpus Christi), Jean-Luc Weller (Churchill), Philipp Schmitt…

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PCAFC tour to Barcelona

In March of this year, PCAFC went on tour for the first time in over a decade. The personal efforts of Captain Mark Bittlestone, a generous donation from Keith Sykes…

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A day in the life: Dr William Fawcett

What is a typical day like for an academic at Pembroke? Dr William Fawcett, Bye-Fellow in Architecture gives us a glimpse: 7am Alarm – as usual, it comes just a little…

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