Gates scholars meet Massachusetts governor

  • March 22, 2011
Gates scholars meet Massachusetts governor

Six Gates scholars meet delegation from Massachusetts.

Six Gates scholars met the Governor of Massachusetts last week while he was on a trade visit to the UK and Israel.

Governor Deval Patrick was leading a coalition of the Commonwealth’s leading business executives and state economic development officials on an innovation economy development mission to Israel and the United Kingdom.

The delegation was looking at job-growth opportunities in the innovation industries, including the UK’s technology, life sciences and clean energy sectors.

He came to Cambridge on March 15 and the Centre for Industry and Government organised a panel session to discuss the development of Cambridge and a networking session where students, including Gates scholars, met with the Governor. Four of the six Gates scholars – Sri Raj, Kathryn Blair, Jonathan Breidbord, Trevor Ellison, Caroline Robertson and Orian Welling – had lived in Massachusetts.

Sri Raj [pictured with the Governor], who grew up in Massachusetts, spoke to the Governor and members of his delegation after the talk and at dinner. She said: “To my surprise, they were very well-educated in my area of research (human genetics, specifically genetics of diabetes and obesity), and knew the key researchers in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the US! This highlights their interest in strengthening corporate and research ties, particularly in the life sciences, between Massachusetts and the UK.”

Listen to the panel discussion

Latest News

Lifetime honour for former Provost

Professor Barry Everitt, former Provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust, has been elected a lifetime Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. AAAS has elected more than 500 scientists, engineers and innovators from around the world and […]

‘Tackle climate change misinformation through computational social science’

Future leaders and researchers need to be urgently trained to tackle climate change misinformation through an interdisciplinary approach that foregrounds computational social science and extends beyond laboratories and university campuses to shape the science-policy interface and rebuild public trust in climate research, according to leading academics. Writing in Nature Human Behaviour, the academics, including Dr Ramit […]

An existential psychological thriller for aesthetes

Christy Edwall’s first novel, History Keeps Me Awake at Night, out in early February, has been described as “an existential psychological thriller for aesthetes and lovers of cultural London and the world… A story cleverly told of a young woman involved in contemporary forms of global voyeurism”. It tells the story of Margit, a London […]

A detective of ancient climate change

Stijn De Schepper is an ancient detective. His job is to investigate past climate change through working his way down the ocean bed, starting with today’s sediment and moving back through thousands of years of Earth’s history.  He maps ancient marine sediments to find out if, why and how the environment changed in the past. […]