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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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A day in the life: the Finance Office

If you work in a finance office, is it really all number crunching and coin counting? At Pembroke, six individuals make up the finance team: Andrew (Finance Manager), Michaela (student finance),…

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A day in the life: ASNaC

ASNaC is one of the most unusual courses on offer at Pembroke. Standing for Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, it allows students to combine their interests in history, language, literature, art and more. Here, Tonicha Upham (2014) describes a day in her life as an ASNaC student at Pembroke. Wednesday 21st January 2015 9am Get up, slowly. I'm not generally a fan of mornings, so I'm lucky that my timetable as an ASNaC is devoid of 9am lectures. I spare a thought for the scientists and the rowers as I sip my tea and eat breakfast. 9.20am I check my emails and the news to keep tabs on any stories – local or national – which might unfold…

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World-class speakers

How do you persuade one of the world’s best speakers to spend an evening talking to you and your friends? From Sir Roger Penrose to Charles Clarke, an impressive array of individuals have already…

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Kate Beales: ‘I remember…’

Kate Beales (1984) was among the first group of women students to arrive at Pembroke. Since graduating she has worked as a theatre director, facilitator, coach and mediator. I absolutely…

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The statistics of Old Norse spelling

Our graduates study a wide variety of subjects. Here, Tam Blaxter (2013) explains his work on Old Norse. What are you studying? The broad area that I work on is…

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