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Alumni e-bulletin
February 2012


Welcome to the February e-bulletin, bringing you the latest alumni news, events, activities and updates from across the University.

Celebrating Sport

Phyllis Agbo. Copyright Boris Austin.Cambridge Olympians
Cambridge has a long history of Olympian achievement, with over 120 medallists to its credit and an impressive list of students and alumni working towards the London 2012 Games. Share the excitement with University sporting stars past and present at the glittering celebration of Cambridge sport in London and a series of events celebrating Cambridge sport.

Learn more about the 2012 hopefuls on our website. If there are any other competitors with a Cambridge connection that we have missed, please let us know.



Organising the Olympics
Thursday 1 March 2012
Dine with alumni working for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) at Emmanuel College. Speakers include Paralympian Chris Holmes (King's 1991), and Chief Medical Officer Richard Budgett (Selwyn 1977).
Tickets cost £20. Booking closes on 23 February.


Hong Kong by NightJoin us in Hong Kong
Friday 13 - Sunday 15 April 2012
Join the Vice-Chancellor in Hong Kong for the first Cambridge Global Alumni Conference. The event is in the spirit of Alumni Weekend, and will bring Cambridge thinkers to the Pacific Rim for a cocktail reception, followed by a thought-provoking weekend of discussion, lectures and networking. Further details



Copyright Alex CorrAlumni Races
City of Cambridge Rowing Club Spring Regatta
Sunday 6 May 2012

Each Spring the oldest town rowing club in the City of Cambridge organises a regatta which sees College crews and local clubs racing side by side. This year a category has been created specifically for alumni crews to enable old rivalries to be renewed. So, whether you have raced the event before, or just fancy returning to the Cam to once again pick up a blade, here is your opportunity. Visit our website for further information.



The Painted HallCelebrating Sport in Style
Saturday 12 May 2012
Join us for a celebration of Cambridge sporting excellence. Alumni and guests are invited to join Cambridge Olympians and sporting greats at a sumptuous black tie dinner in the spectacular surroundings of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Read more



Varsity 2011Turn Lord's Light Blue
One Day Varsity Match, Saturday 16 June 2012
Join fellow alumni and students in supporting the Light Blues as they take on Oxford. The stunning venue provides the perfect setting in which to enjoy a summer's day, whether watching the cricket, enjoying a picnic in the Harris Gardens or taking a tour of the historic ground and MCC museum. Admission £10. Visit our website for full details.



Coming up in Cambridge

Cambridge Science FestivalCambridge Science Festival
12 - 25 March 2012
This year the Cambridge Science Festival celebrates the London Olympic and Paralympic Games with the theme 'Breaking boundaries'. Over 180 events will showcase the boundaries that are being broken in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Visit the Cambridge Science Festival online for the full programme and how to book.




Heritage StudiesHeritage Studies: Stories in the Making
Saturday 28 April 2012
The 13th Annual Cambridge Heritage Seminar welcomes back distinguished Cambridge Alumni who will reflect on the emergence and trajectory of Heritage as a discipline, and envision routes for its future development. Registration is open to all. Further details.



CRASSHWriting War
From 29 February 2012

Professor Jay Winter, Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies, will be giving a series of three public lectures on Imagining War in the 20th Century and After.  The lectures explore mediating languages and symbolic forms which writers, artists, and filmmakers have used to represent war since 1900.  Further details.


16th-century votive offering showing the Viadana family praying to St Nicholas to save them from an earthquakeObjects of Devotion
Why did Renaissance shoppers fill their baskets with rosaries, crucifixes, Christ-dolls and devotional paintings? Historian Dr Mary Laven investigates the significance of Catholic clutter in her research on 'Objects of Devotion'. See some of the devotional paintings in the accompanying audio slideshow.



Gola Forest, Sierra Leone.Canopy Commerce: forest conservation and poverty alleviation
Innovative approaches for protecting the future of Sierra Leone's Gola Forest - globally important for its biodiversity and its carbon reserves - are being developed by a collaboration of conservation agencies and University of Cambridge researchers. See images of the forest and poverty alleviation schemes in the accompanying slideshow.



University News

Alumni Travel Programme

The Great Barrier ReefAustralia and the Total Solar Eclipse
31 October -16 November 2012
View a total eclipse of the sun as it rises over the Great Barrier Reef in the company of an astrophysicist and visit the sites of Australia: from Melbourne, to new world wineries, to the historic 'Rocks' area of Sydney. Find out more.

Group Events

Alumni Pie
The Cambridge Society of London
Saturday 3 March 2012

Do you want to learn how to make a Huntingdon Fidget Pie?! Join the Cambridge Society of London for their very first Cambridgeshire Cookery Class and re-create the Ultimate Cambridge Pie under the expert eye of pie-maker Marika Gauci. Read more.



Oxford and Cambridge Society of Ireland
Annual Dinner Saturday 31 March 2012
Taking place the historic King's Inns, headquarters of the oldest institution of professional legal education in Ireland, this is an unmissable opportunity to meet up with fellow Oxbridge alumni living in Ireland and guest speakers. To book your place, please fill in the booking form. To find group events near you, see our website.

International Events

Judge Business SchoolCalling All Alumni in the Boston Area
Cambridge Judge Business Briefing Series
21 March 2012

Attend the Cambridge Judge Business Briefing with Professor Michael Barrett.   Hosted at the British Consulate-General and working in collaboration with Cambridge in America, this breakfast meeting will explore the subject "Open Innovation for Services: Challenges and Opportunities".  Further details.  

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Benefits News

Alumni Priority Booking
12-23 March 2012

With three new productions including Le nozze di Figaro, and returning favourites The Fairy Queen and La Cenerentola, Glyndebourne's 2012 festival promises to be hugely popular. From 12-23 March alumni will be able to take advantage of exclusive priority booking before tickets go on sale to the public. Visit our website for full details.

The Cambridge Dancers Club
Saturday 10 March 2012

The Cambridge Dancers Club Lent Term Ball will take place at Shoreditch Town Hall, London. For more details, email the organisers, or join the Facebook group.


Limited Edition
Onoto 800th Anniversary Pen



In June 2012, Onoto will call last orders on the limited edition 800th Anniversary pen. Available in black, silver, vermeil and 18ct gold, the pens can be personalised to your taste with the option of a fountain, rollerball or fineliner nib. Order while stocks last.

Treasure Houses & Power Houses

Alumni Programme
12-18 August 2012


Drawing on the remarkable collections of Cambridge museums – including The Fitzwilliam, Kettle's Yard, The Scott Polar Museum and The Whipple Museum of the History of Science – the programme will include talks and private tours from Directors and other experts. Read more.



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Under the Microscope

Matt Benton shows us nuclei moving inside a beetle egg as a beetle embryo forms.

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