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        Alumni Groups monthly update

December 2011

From the Networks and Volunteers team at CARO



New Group and LinkedIn


Dear all,

As a new member of the Networks and Volunteers Working Group, I am pleased to invite you to join the new Alumni Group Leaders forum on LinkedIn. I would be very interested sharing best practice and discussing issues relevant to our networks of Alumni Groups. If you have not already joined you are very welcome to take part at

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new Alumni Group in Bulgaria and its leader Mr Trayan Trayanov (Darwin 2009)

Hanadi Jabado (Sidney Sussex 1995)
Networks and Volunteers Working Group



CARO Christmas opening hours


CARO will close on Friday 23 December and re-open on Tuesday 2 January.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the work you do with your Alumni Group and we wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Molly, Jan and Martyn
Networks and Volunteers team



Memory like a fish


The traditional belief that fish have short memory spans may not be as true as we thought. Gates scholar Alex Vail is carrying out research that reveals how fish remember other sea creatures and even people.



The man with the golden brain


What’s the point of a brain? A fundamental question that has led Professor Daniel Wolpert to some remarkable conclusions about how and why the brain controls and predicts movement. In a recent talk for TED, Wolpert explores the research that resulted in him receiving the Golden Brain Award.

Wakefulness and energy expenditure rely on “orexin cells”, which secrete a stimulant called orexin/hypocretin in the brain. Reduced activity in these unique cells results in narcolepsy and has been linked to weight gain.

Click on the following link to see the full video



Did you know?


We have welcomed nine more Alumni Groups this year from Ireland to Australia and Kazakhstan to Bulgaria.

The most visited Group webpage page of the year was Cambridge Society of London. This was closely followed by the Cambridge Society of Surrey and the German Cambridge Society.

In total the Groups pages have received over 20,000 hits this year and we hope to improve on this figure in 2012.  


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