Day of research 2017

Scholars will present research findings at a flagship event in May.

The latest research in areas ranging from how cognitive science can illuminate Brexit to the links between democracy and contemporary forms of imprisonment will be on display at this year’s Gates Cambridge Day of Research next month.

The flagship internal event of the Gates Cambridge Scholars Council will take place on 12th May.

The Day is broadly organised under three main themes: identity, globalisation and exclusion, but other topics will also be discussed in interactive discussions and panels, including on how government and media influence on policy and how engagement with natural systems can inform human biological advancement.

Twelve researchers will talk for 15 minutes about their research, followed by four minutes devoted to Q & A. Alumnus Daniel Greenfield [2005] will give the keynote and will speak about what research looks like beyond the ivory towers.

The talks are:

Naomi Woo [2014], who is doing a PhD in Music, on 'the practicality of the impossible' in 20th century piano music.

Leor Zmigrod [2016], who is doing a PhD in Psychology, on Brexit and neuropolitics. She will examine the relationship between the strength of individuals’ nationalistic identities and their cognitive performance, asking whether individual differences in cognitive and psychological characteristics predict the strength of a person’s nationalistic identity.

Elijah Foo Keat Mak [2013], who is doing a PhD in Psychiatry, on the role of neuroimaging in assisting the early identification of dementia, serving as surrogate markers for disease progression and detecting patterns of brain changes to distinguish various types of dementia.

Callie Vandewiele [2014], who is doing a PhD in Latin American Studies, on the relationship between contemporary Mayan weavers in Guatemala and the role that museums could play in their heritage development.

Stephen Kissler [2014], who is doing a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, on how mathematics has helped us identify where the 2009 outbreak of H1N1 influenza was introduced, how it spread and who was most responsible for driving its explosive transmission.

Annalise Higgins [2016], who is doing a PhD in History, on how attempts to manage the Panama Canal in World War One and to renegotiate its international status were problematised by intersections between its strategic and commercial significance.

Greg Reeves [2014], who is doing a PhD in Plant Science, on how to spread the benefits that some plants derive from a more efficient version of photosynthesis to cereal crops.

Camilo Ruiz [2016], who is doing an MPhil in Biological Science, on how artificial intelligence techniques might be used to pick the optimal treatment for patients with cancer by mining a database of 1,000s of prior patients.

Aliya Khalid [2015], who is doing a PhD in Education, on how mothers conceptualise and shape their influence on schooling and learning outcomes for their daughters in Punjab, Pakistan.

Morgan Seag [2016], who is doing a PhD in Polar Studies, on the integration of women into Antarctic science institutions in the second half of the twentieth century.

Josh Feinzig [2016], who is doing an MPhil in Criminology, on ethnographic research into prisoner-led councils and deliberative democratic programmes within prisons that attempt to foster a sense of ‘prisoner citizenship’. He will claim that democracy is principally incompatible with imprisonment.

Alex Wood [2015], who is doing a PhD in Medicine, on how the anaphylatoxin C5a, traditionally thought to be a pro-inflammatory molecule, appears to impair a vital cell in the immune system.

*The Day of Research takes place at the Fisher Building in St Johns College from 1-6.30pm with a networking reception to follow. Preliminary schedule/more details of the day can be found at the sign-up link here.