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Gates Cambridge Scholars

Gates Cambridge Scholars are intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships were established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a $210 million endowment to enable outstanding graduate students from all around the world to study at the University of Cambridge.
Science Needs

Science Needs Ethics

In his opening plenary, the Nobel prize-winning biologist Aaron Ciechanover suggested obesity is a behavioural issue by showing a photo of an obese woman eating a large cake by herself. To me, this suggested an incredibly narrow box from which he considered his remedies for global health. Scientific and medical research cannot stand in isolation from social science on this issue.
04/02/2014 12:26 GMT
Why Reproductive Fertility Technology Is Not the Solution to Age-Related

Why Reproductive Fertility Technology Is Not the Solution to Age-Related Infertility

In countries all over the world, more and more women are postponing childbearing. In my research on fertility, the women who I interview frequently cite their age as a reason for difficulties in achieving conception and/or maintaining a pregnancy. Many point to career or educational goals as reasons for delayed childbearing...
30/01/2014 12:40 GMT
Truth and Reconciliation for Canada's

Truth and Reconciliation for Canada's Aborigines

The TRC sessions are an excellent way for Canadians to become educated on a crucial part of their history. Uncovering past injustice and inviting it into public discourse is a basic step in addressing discrimination against Aboriginal communities.
24/01/2014 12:59 GMT
Why the Energy Technology Revolution Hasn't

Why the Energy Technology Revolution Hasn't Happened

It's time to change gears and start developing business models and government policies that encourage large incumbents to work collaboratively with the start-up firms that are championing breakthrough energy technology ideas.
16/01/2014 13:22 GMT
San Quentin: Starting a Prison

San Quentin: Starting a Prison Revolution?

In the '60s Johnny Cash famously described San Quentin's negative reputation as a prison. As a criminologist doing my post-doc at UC Berkeley, I had to visit San Quentin.
07/01/2014 17:40 GMT
Ukraine: The Struggle for

Ukraine: The Struggle for Democracy

The protest is not against Russia or in favour of the European Union. It is about self respect, dignity and freedom. It is part of a movement which has been going on for the past 20 years or so in Ukraine: it is the birth of democracy and it is a long process, an evolution.
24/12/2013 10:39 GMT
Mandela Moments: Lessons in

Mandela Moments: Lessons in Selflessness

Mandela leaves us at a time when we know that the democratic path has rough patches and the walk to freedom is ongoing. Let us be guided by the unfaltering light of his selflessness.
12/12/2013 13:07 GMT
Measuring the True Impact of Development

Measuring the True Impact of Development Initiatives

I therefore think it may be time to reconsider the gap between the impact that development initiatives can have and the impact that evaluations measure. One way to start may be by letting people targeted by development initiatives speak just as loudly as numbers and statistics.
12/12/2013 13:00 GMT
After Typhoon Haiyan: Can We Build Safer

After Typhoon Haiyan: Can We Build Safer Homes?

The magnitude of lost life is hard to comprehend. For most of the world's population, these tragedies - and others - are easy to forget when they are so far removed and life continues as normal. But what happens when tragedy hits close to home?
05/12/2013 12:02 GMT
Climate Change: Where Next After

Climate Change: Where Next After Warsaw?

Public goods problems are not new, though they have often proven difficult to overcome. Despite the less than optimistic conclusion of the Warsaw conference, climate change mitigation needs to be effectively addressed...
26/11/2013 11:09 GMT
The Case for Quotas for Women in

The Case for Quotas for Women in Politics

Quota implementation in Latin America has not gone unchallenged. Detractors frequently argue that quotas interfere with meritocratic recruitment, alleging that "quota women" are the female relatives of male politicians, thereby perpetuating - rather than destabilising - elite control. Similarly, quota women are criticised for being dependent on party leaders, lacking autonomous voices, and failing to promote feminist policies.
25/11/2013 12:39 GMT
Devil's Advocates at the Khmer Rouge

Devil's Advocates at the Khmer Rouge Trial

From day one, orientation is far more curious than the British experience of Freshers' Week. We are treated to champagne mimosas over breakfast, are wined and fed, partake in a mass "speed meeting" of our future classmates and enjoy an outdoor screening of <em>Legally Blonde</em> (yes, the concept of irony has drifted across the pond too).
15/11/2013 12:57 GMT
Doctors and Ethics: From the Nazis to

Doctors and Ethics: From the Nazis to Now

A physician is supposed to be a healer. Helping patients is so central to the profession's ideal that newly minted doctors take an oath to "do no harm". As a medical student, I look forward to the unique honour and responsibility of taking care of patients; but I'm also conscious of - and frightened by - a darker side of medical history.
12/11/2013 13:23 GMT
Fingerprint Points to the Future of

Fingerprint Points to the Future of Healthcare

Health workers in developing countries face challenges that are often taken for granted in the developed world, but new technologies have the potential to become leap frog solutions that address such barriers.
28/10/2013 13:44 GMT
Playing to

Playing to Win

I wonder if this is a reaction to new funding schemes in higher education in the UK, a move toward more American cultural norms, a combination of the two, or something else entirely?
28/10/2013 13:14 GMT
The Health Impact of Social

The Health Impact of Social Isolation

What people eat can change, though, and people's ability to engage in healthy eating is influenced by the social environment. This includes factors such as marriage, cohabitation, friendship and general social interaction...
04/10/2013 09:44 BST
Phone Cams and Hate Speech in Hong

Phone Cams and Hate Speech in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, antagonisms toward mainland Chinese are at a fever pitch. From mass to digital media, political debate to everyday talk, ordinary people from mainland China are targets of intense yet also unthinking ridicule and criticism.
30/08/2013 11:45 BST
Memory, Monuments and

Memory, Monuments and Faith

When I mention that I study memory in theology, the most common response is for my interlocutors to ask about the things they routinely forget - from quotidian activities to birthdays. And at this point, I have to clarify a bit...
27/08/2013 11:11 BST
Advocating for Ireland's Architectural

Advocating for Ireland's Architectural Past

As part of my PhD research into 19th Century public architecture in Ireland, I have had the opportunity to be part of the effort to help bring architectural history to a wider and non-academic audience. I am fortunate that within the past 15 years official Ireland has started to take seriously its more recent architectural heritage.
01/08/2013 12:32 BST