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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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Mary Boppins: Freshers’ Panto 2014

Christmas pantomimes are something of a tradition at Pembroke. The College Gazette records that the Pembroke Players staged a pantomime at Pembroke House in December 1970, describing it as ‘an…

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Meet the President

Wave your flags and strike up the marching band: Pembroke’s Junior Parlour Committee has elected a new President. Pembroke’s Junior Parlour (JP) is run by a committee of students who take responsibility for a range of areas including welfare, food and bar, access, entertainments and charities. Overseeing this team is the President, a current student who is voted for by the student body. Last week, Steph Willis (2011) completed her year as President and handed over to the newly elected Will Popplewell (2013). We got them together to speak about the highs and lows of taking on this important role. Can you start by telling us what the role of…

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Life, art and books

Our library staff are making the most of the Christmas vacation as an opportunity to work on the stock in our beautiful Rosenthal Art Library. But do you know how…

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The butler

The butler business is booming. Thanks to Downton Abbey there has been a recent surge in the number of households requesting the services of their very own Mr Carson. But…

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In the line of fire

It seems fitting that, as a scholar of International Law, Dr Sarah Nouwen has spent much of her career travelling the world. Sarah grew up in the Netherlands, home of…

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