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Richard Wade-Martins' Parkinson's break through

Christ Church medical tutor Richard Wade-Martins' research team have begun creating a bank of artificially-grown brain cells from Parkinson’s patients to try to find a cure for the disease, reports the BBC this week.

University Awards and Prizes

Christ Church is proud to congratulate the following students for winning Awards and Prizes in the University in 2009-10.

Notice of Awards and University Prizes awarded to Junior Members 2009 - 2010

Christ Church Engineer's super sea turbine

Kepler Energy has been spun out from Oxford University to develop a second-generation tidal turbine, Isis Innovation has announced. Its developers claim the turbine has the potential to harness tidal energy more efficiently and economically as it is simpler, more robust and more scalable than current designs.

Undergraduate Admissions 2010

A-level results have been released to students across the country today. Congratulations to all those who have met the terms of their conditional offers for an undergraduate place at Christ Church! We look forward very much to welcoming you here. 

Stem cells to aid study of Parkinson's

Christ Church tutor Dr Richard Wade Martins (left) and his research team are developing a new stem cell technique which uses skin tissue to grow the type of brain cells thought to be responsible for the onset of Parkinson's Disease.

Tess Somervell wins Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize

Tess Somervell, a second year undergraduate studying English at Christ Church, has been awarded the Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize 2010 with her poem 'From Mary Spencer to George Stubbs.' Tess has edited poetry for Cherwell (the independent student newspaper of Oxford University) and acted as President of the Oxford University Poetry Society. She was a winner of the Foyle Young Poet Award in 2006  and afterwards co-founded the poetry e-zine Pomegranate, for which she is now Art Editor. As a student in the 2009 Tower Poetry Summer School three of her poems will be available in August in the published collection. Her prizewinning poem 'From Mary Spencer to George Stubbs.' can be read on the Tower Poetry website http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/poetry-matters/poetry.

 

Latin for the Primary School Curriculum

Christ Church's Chris Pelling (Oxford University's Regius Professor of Greek, shown left), and Llewelyn Morgan (Classics Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford) have collaborated on a pamphlet just published by the thinktank 'Politeia', arguing that Latin should be included among the languages that may be taught at primary schools if the schools wish.

Gender, Geography and Punishment Conference

Christ Church's Prof. Judith Pallot is leading an important conference entitled 'Gender, Geography and Punishment in Comparative Perspective', on June 22nd and 23rd 2010. The conference is sponsored by the ESRC and will be hosted by the School of Geography and Environment and Centre of Criminology, with events taking place at Christ Church.

 

Christ Church's Roger Davies made President of the Royal Astronomical Society

Professor Roger Davis has taken on the role of President of the Royal Astronomical Society at what he warns is a critical time for the discipline, as further cuts to astrophysics could result in Britain losing a generation of talented young scientists.

Roger Davies is Philip Wetton Professor of Astrophysics, Chairman of the Physics Department and Dr. Lees Reader in Physics at Christ Church.  

Tower Poetry Prize Awards 2010

The Tenth Christopher Tower Poetry Prize competition’s theme was ‘Promises’. The entrants (over 1000, all born between 1991 and 1993) from every part of the UK, were inspired with the topic and produced many poems with the hint of promise.

At a lunchtime reception, as part of The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, in Christ Church on Wednesday 24 March seventeen year-old Emily Harrison (shown left and below), from Cirencester College, Gloucestershire, won the £3,000 first prize for her poem Love Has No Larynx.

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