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Clare Research Symposium 2008

This is the archive page for the inaugural Clare Research Symposium, which took place on the 14th of March 2008 in the Latimer Room and MCR, Old Court, Clare College, Cambridge. To download a pdf of the programme of the symposium, click here.

Session 1 – Arts

Chair – Dr Terry Moore

09.30 – 09.50 Anna Tristram, PhD Student, Linguistics
Variable concord in French and Spanish: an investigation of grammatical and sociolinguistic variation

09.50 – 10.10 Inga Schowengerdt, PhD Student, Social Psychology
Gender schematicity and gender-role identity in adolescents, and girls’ participation in math and engineering summer programs

10.10 – 10.30 Vladimir Orlov, PhD Student, Musicology
‘Musica Sacra’ of the Soviet state: Cantatas and oratorios by Sergei Prokofiev

10.30 – 10.50 Dr Stephen Fennell, CRA, Dept. of Modern & Medieval Languages
The Brothers Schlegel and the Bhagavadgita: the Ultimate Romance?

Session 2 – Sciences

Chair – Dr Phil Jones

11.10 – 11.30 Dean Alexis, PhD Student, Experimental Psychology
Animal foresight: Can Western Scrub-jays plan for the future?

11.30 – 11.50 Lee Harper, Part III, Chemistry
Development of an instrument for laboratory studies of atmospheric aerosol particles

11.50 – 12.10 Franziska Lautenschlaeger, PhD Student, Biophysics
Changes in optical deformability during differentiation – A physicists view of stem cells

12.10 – 12.30 Dr Giuseppe Lupo, CRA, Medicine
The retina as a model system for the study of embryonic development, disease and stem cell biology

12.30 – 12.50 Melanie Stefan, PhD Student, Molecular Biology
Models and brains

Keynote Speech

14.00 – 14.50 Keynote speech by Prof. A J Badger (Master, Clare College)

Session 3 – Arts

Chair – Prof Paul Cartledge

14.50 – 15.10 Katyuli Lloyd, Part II, Russian
Cocaine in Russian literary culture 1910-25

15.10 – 15.30 Uditi Sen, PhD Student, History
The citizen-refugees of post-colonial India: Complicating agency and victimhood

15.30 – 15.50 Charlotte Kingston, Part II, English
Vernacular Vitae: What Adam and Eve did next in Middle English

15.50 – 16.10 Natasha Goldberg, MPhil, History & Philosophy of Science
Is the universe finely-tuned for life?

Session 4 – Sciences

Chair – Dr William Foster

16.30 – 16.50 Chris Bird, PhD Student, Zoology
What do birds expect? Using the expectancy violation paradigm with rooks (Corvus frugilegus)

16.50 – 17.10 Suzannah Wake, Part IIB, Engineering
Smoke on the water: The linking of vortex rings

17.10 – 17.30 Tom Walters, PhD Student, Physiology, Development & Neuroscience
Making computers hear like humans: Auditory features for sound search

17.30 – 18.00 Dr Lidia Duncan, CRA, Biology
From bench to boardroom; From a PhD in molecular immunology to a University spin-out company


Below you will find a selection of the feedback that we’ve received so far about the Research Symposium:


“I enjoyed the symposium very much. I’m even going to start a collaboration with someone who saw my presentation – so a great success!”

“I had a really wonderful day. To be honest, I went from dreading the symposium to really enjoying myself – the listening and the speaking.”

“Being an Arts student, it was quite an eye opener listening to the Science sessions. The presentations were not only accessible, but also thought provoking. I think it’s a fantastic way to create a greater sense of community amongst graduate students within the college.”

“I thought it was a very interesting day, and it’d be great to see it continue.”