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*New* for 2021-22: INT Academic Career Development Fellowships

The Isaac Newton Trustees have been exploring new possibilities for working in partnership with Colleges to support the early career research community in the wider collegiate University.

They have been working with the Schools of Arts & Humanities and Humanities & Social Sciences to develop a pilot programme for INT Academic Career Development Fellowships that offer career development for early career researchers based in Colleges, as well as supporting College and Faculty teaching in these subjects.

Two INT Academic Career Development Fellowships are offered for October 2022:

These two ACD Fellowships are a pilot for a potential programme.  INT will review progress and conduct wider consultation with Colleges and with the two Schools concerned to decide whether to offer further ACD Fellowships in 2023 and possibly beyond.

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Dr Bipasha Chakraborty a Leverhulme Trust and INT Early Career Fellow has been awarded the 2021 Atos and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre's Joseph Fourier Prize for her research project ‘Quantum Computation of Quantum Field Theories’.

The competition is aimed at supporting innovative work in the field of quantum computing and encourages academics and industrial scientists in quantum computing to submit their research proposals for a chance to win €10,000 to support their work.

Dr. Chakraborty’s research has already produced some of the first digital QC algorithms to solve complex QFTs with sign problems, and the Joseph Fourier Prize will support her work in creating pathways for digital QCs of even more complex QFTs, such as in Quantum Chromodynamics.

 

Dr Harry Cliff, PDRA on a recent INT grant, works on CERN’s LHCb experiment, where he is searching for telltale signs of new particles or forces by studying the decays of exotic particles called ‘beauty quarks’. Alongside his research, he is also an active populariser of science, and had his first popular science book published by Picador in the UK and Doubleday in the USA in August 2021. Titled, How To Make An Apple Pie From Scratch - In Search Of The Recipe For Our Universe, the book tells the story of science’s ongoing quest to understand the nature and origins of matter, from 18th century experiments on guinea pigs to the latest clues emerging from the Large Hadron Collider.

 

*NEW*  Isaac Newton Trust Widening Participation & Induction Fund

 The INT Widening Participation and Induction Fund (WPIF) was launched on 29 March 2022 on the basis of a donation of £1.3m from Trinity College to provide resources for Colleges to support their work with prospective and incoming undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as their teachers and their parents or guardians.

 There will be two application deadlines per academic year, on 1 February and 1 June.   The June 2022 round is now open.

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Our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, meets the Director and Early Career Fellows

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, has agreed to continue as the Trust’s Patron for a further five years. HRH visited Homerton College on  23 November 2021 to celebrate the inauguration of the new Principal, Lord Simon Woolley and asked particularly to meet with the Director and four of the INT’s Early Career Fellows reflecting the diversity of research and background among the INT Fellows (L-R): Dr Lorna Dillon (Leverhulme INT Early Career Fellow in POLIS, Murray Edwards), Dr Rajesh Bhagat (Leverhulme INT Early Career Fellow in DAMTP, Darwin), Dr Rihab Khalid (INT Junior Research Fellow in Architecture, Lucy Cavendish) and Dr Godwin Aleku (Leverhulme INT Early Career Fellow in Biochemistry, Wolfson).

 

Mathelinda Nabugodi wins 2022 English Goethe Society’s Prize and £10k Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award 2021

Mathelinda Nabugodi has been awarded the English Goethe Society’s 2022 Publications of the English Goethe Society Prize for an outstanding article published in the journal in the previous year.  The award is for the article, ‘The Contexts of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Faust Translations’, which appeared in PEGS 90.1 (2021), pp. 31–52.  The editors who judged the prize stated that the, 'elegant article makes a significant contribution to Shelley scholarship, offering a subtle analysis of his determined labours of translation from the German and a wonderful case-study in his creative use of interlingual interferences'. The prize is accompanied by a cash award of £100.  Read more >

This prize comes shortly after Mathelinda's winning the £10,000 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award for her "engaging and fascinating" work of non-fiction "The Trembling Hand: Reflections of a Black Woman in the Romantic Archive".  This biennial prize is awarded to a first-time writer whose work demonstrates literary talent but who needs support to complete their first book. This can be fiction, non-fiction or short stories.  Mathelinda is a Leverhulme Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of English and a Postdoctoral Affiliate of Newnham College.  Read more >

 

Artificial ‘brain’ reveals why we can’t always believe our eyes

Leverhulme INT Early Career Fellow, Dr Reuben Rideaux, a researcher in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Psychology A computer network closely modelled on part of the human brain is enabling new insights into the way our brains process moving images - and explains some perplexing optical illusions.

By using decades’ worth of data from human motion perception studies, Dr Reuben Rideaux and his research colleagues have trained an artificial neural network to estimate the speed and direction of image sequences.

The new system, called MotionNet, is designed to closely match the motion-processing structures inside a human brain. This has allowed the researchers to explore features of human visual processing that cannot be directly measured in the brain.

Their study, published in the Journal of Vision, uses the artificial system to describe how space and time information is combined in our brain to produce our perceptions, or misperceptions, of moving images.

 

A Great Recorded History

To mark the start of LGBTQ+ History Month, Leverhulme INT Early Career Fellow, Dr Diarmuid Hester reveals the people and places that have shaped queer life at Cambridge – and why he wanted to share their stories in his new Queer Cambridge Audio Trail, A Great Recorded History.

Cambridge has a rich and radical queer past. Over the years, the city has been an important hub of queer political organising and community-building for Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas. The space of the city has likewise fed the imaginations of some of the most remarkable queer voices in British literature, including Edward Carpenter, E.M. Forster, and Ali Smith.

A Great Recorded History sets out to explore Cambridge’s queer past through its literature and politics. Featuring interviews with older members of the city’s LGBTQ+ community and excerpts from literature produced in the city, it gives listeners a chance to immerse themselves in the history of the place - and become part of it.

 

 

 

INT Funding Rounds

Application Deadlines for INT Research Grants 2022-23

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2022:

The national competition for 2022 is now closed.  Candidates will be notified by the Leverhulme Trust during May 2022

INT Academic Career Development Fellowships in:

Philosophy

Politics of the Environment

Closing date for applications is 10 June 2022

For Colleges

*NEW* Widening Participation & Induction Fund

Deadline for College Applications:  5pm on 1 June 2022

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 7 July 2022

Thursday 24 November 2022

Tuesday 14 March 2023

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