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

Affecting change for the Māori community

Self-determination lies at the centre of Māori culture. “It’s a way of life,” says Chris Tooley. That idea is also at the heart of his PhD studies at Cambridge and his subsequent work in Parliament and in the community. Chris grew up with a strong sense of being part of the Māori community. He has ancestral […]

On the COVID frontline

Three Gates Cambridge scholars who have been on the medical frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic will be speaking about their experiences at a virtual event next weekend. The event, organised by the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association, will be moderated by Elizabeth Dzeng, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco in the […]

New game tackles Covid conspiracies

A new online game that puts players in the shoes of a purveyor of fake pandemic news is the latest tactic in the UK Government’s efforts to tackle the deluge of coronavirus misinformation that is misleading many and costing lives across the world. Launched to the public today, the Go Viral! game has been developed by the […]

“Democracy does not work on a ‘trust me’ basis”

When Jennifer Gibson started her MPhil at Cambridge in 2001 as part of the inaugural class of Gates Scholars, no-one knew what it meant to be a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Twenty years later, Jennifer is now a human rights lawyer focused on national security issues, something she never could have anticipated, but which she credits in no small part […]