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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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Going once, going twice…

Taylor McCall (2013) reports on the Pembroke College Charity Auction, which raised money for the local charity CamFed. Members of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge joined together on…

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Pembroke supports women in sport

Pembroke has a range of fantastic sportswomen playing for the College teams and at University level. Here, we speak to just three of them: Léonie De Jonge (2014) was part of the starting line-up for the Cambridge University Women's Basketball Club in their Varsity match. We talked to her ahead of the big day: ‘Growing up in Luxembourg I was always a gymnast, but then I had a major growth spurt when I was about 14 and my parents suggested I should try basketball. I’d only been playing for about three weeks when I got a call from the national squad. They’d heard there was a tall girl on the court…

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A day in the life: History

Joe Spencer (2012) describes ‘a fairly standard day for a third year historian’. 8am First alarm goes off. 8.10am Second alarm goes off. 8.20am Third alarm goes off. 9.10am Oh dear!…

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Classics then and now

Past and present come together as PhD student Anna Judson (2007) talks about Classics at Pembroke. John Edwin Clapham Jukes matriculated in 1898 as a Foundation Scholar reading Classics; a…

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The Petticoat Vote

On Saturday, Pembroke’s Director of International Programmes, Dr David Jarvis, appeared on BBC Radio 4 to talk about ‘The Petticoat Vote’. We asked him a little more about the programme,…

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