Julia Moore elected to prestigious All Souls Fellowship
Julia Moore, a recent graduate of Christ Church, has been elected to a prestigious Fellowship by Examination at All Souls College. All Souls elects just two 'Prize Fellows' each year through a notoriously difficult competition open exclusively to recent University of Oxford graduates, often described as 'the hardest exam in the world.'
Co-Creator of Grand Theft Auto returns to Christ Church
Last week Dan Houser, Co-Creator of the iconic Grand Theft Auto franchise and alumnus of Christ Church (Geography, 1993), dropped in to deliver a talk to a room full of captivated Computer Science students. Dr Irwin Zaid, Lecturer in Computer Science at Christ Church, reports on what the gaming icon had to say.
Encounters of the educational kind: Professor Smartt introduces pupils to astrophysics
Christ Church astrophysicist Professor Stephen Smartt recently made his way to Warwick, where he delivered a talk introducing pupils from a number of local schools to cutting-edge research in his field. The outreach event was part of the Encounters Programme founded by Christ Church alumnus John Jefferies (History, 1986).
Stephen Smartt and team discover never-before-seen space event
A group of University of Oxford astrophysicists including Christ Church’s Professor Stephen Smartt has helped uncover a remarkable new space phenomenon that has scientists stumped. The team confirmed the occurrence of an exceptionally bright explosion 4.4 billion light-years away – an explosion that exhibits behaviour that has never before been observed. The exciting findings have been published in Nature.
Oxford Vice-Chancellor elected to Honorary Studentship of Christ Church
Christ Church is delighted to announce that Professor Irene Tracey CBE FRS FRCA FMedSci MAE has been elected to an Honorary Studentship. The election recognises her profound contribution to medical science and the collegiate University.
Two Christ Church developments win Oxford Preservation Trust Awards
Two Christ Church development projects have been lauded at this year’s Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT) Awards. The Awards ‘seek to recognise the contribution that projects, large and small, can make to Oxford’s character and communities.’
Stephen Smartt confirms source of intense gamma ray burst
Professor Stephen Smartt has played a key role in pinpointing the neutron star merger responsible for an intense gamma ray burst and in confirming that the merger formed a rare, heavy element. The exciting findings from Stephen and a global team of researchers have been published in Nature.
Undergraduate praised for 'extraordinarily impactful' open-source work
"Lucas' work was extraordinarily impactful and I say without exaggeration that it will be used by millions of people worldwide." This is what Dr Irwin Zaid, Lecturer in Computer Science at Christ Church, had to say about the open-source work completed by second-year Computer Science & Philosophy undergraduate Lucas Colley. Learn about Lucas' impressive work, in his own words.
Routes to Universal Health Coverage explored at Christ Church
On 27 and 28 September Professor Mike English, Senior Associate Research Fellow at Christ Church, and the former Nuffield Trust Director Professor Nigel Edwards convened a meeting at Christ Church to share and debate ideas on the role of hospitals in achieving the World Health Organization goal of Universal Health Coverage.
Team led by Niko Munz rediscovers major 17th-century artwork
A Royal Collection Trust research project led by art historian Dr Niko Munz, Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, has resulted in the rediscovery of a major 17th-century artwork. The formerly 'lost' painting, Susanna and the Elders, has now been reattributed to Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1653).
Sarah Gilbert receives Freedom of the City of London
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to public health and science in her role as the Oxford Project Leader spearheading the development on the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London.
Three Oxford chemistry groups collaborate on amorphous calcium carbonate
'Geometrically frustrated interactions drive structural complexity in amorphous calcium carbonate' – a paper co-authored by a team of scientists including Christ Church’s Professor Dirk Aarts – has been published in Nature Chemistry.
Sally Atkins wins first David Shwayder, Christ Church Philosophy Prize
We’re delighted to announce that the inaugural David Shwayder, Christ Church Philosophy Prize has been awarded to Sally Atkins. Sally completed her graduate studies at Exeter College and will soon join us at Christ Church for her DPhil.
Dr Leah Broad at the BBC Proms
The BBC Proms are in full swing, and one guest speaker this year was Christ Church Junior Research Fellow Dr Leah Broad. Dr Broad provided expert commentary ahead of a performance of Dora Pejačević's Symphony in F Sharp Minor, part of Prom 40: Martin Helmchen plays Brahms.
Professor Yuji Nakatsukasa receives Frontiers of Science Award
The inaugural International Congress of Basic Science (ICBS) kicked off last month in Beijing, launched with the mission of promoting and celebrating groundbreaking research in fundamental science and applied mathematics. Among the research celebrated this year was that of Yuji Nakatsukasa, member of Christ Church and Associate Professor in the Oxford University Mathematical Institute.
Professor Parkinson named Emotion Review co-editor
Professor Brian Parkinson has been named one of a team of three new co-editors of the academic journal Emotion Review. He will be joined in his new role by Giovanna Colombetti (Professor of Philosophy, University of Exeter) and Bradley J. Irish (Associate Professor of English, Arizona State University).
Two Christ Church Official Students Elected to Fellowship of the British Academy
Professor Jonathan Cross, Official Student in Music, and Professor Mark Edwards, Official Student in Theology and Religion, have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their distinguished contribution to research.