Jesus College Graduate Conference 2012 F RIDAY 27th A PRIL
Schedule of Events TIME
1st Presentation Session
Poster Session (Refreshments provided )
2nd Presentation Session
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Welcome to the 5th Annual Jesus Graduate Conference It is a source of great pride for me to be heading up the 2012 graduate conference. It has been a fantastic year for the Jesus MCR and I am pleased to help wrap it up with such an exciting showcase of the broad academic achievements of our talented and eager graduate community. I am also eternally grateful to all of the members of the college staff, students, faculty and alumni who have helped to make today happen and who continue to support us in so many ways. This year, I am pleased to be able to involve even more students than ever before, covering a wide range of the subject interests represented within the college. The enthusiasm shown for the graduate conference is representative of the strong community that we have here at Jesus and the open minded desire for learning shared by all members of the college. The desire to learn, educate and communicate beyond oneâ€™s own academic field is possibly one of the greatest strengths that a modern academic can have. As human society continues to progress, the need for clear dialogue between highly divergent fields has become more pressing. More importantly, public approval becomes increasingly significant as we strive to create a fairer world, and hence we need to be able to share our findings and investigations with everyone and anyone in order to maintain continued interest and support. It is in this role that the true strength of todayâ€™s event can be seen. It is very rare in any field for any of us to be given such an opportunity to present our interests to such a wide ranging audience of passionate individuals. This is a chance to discuss with friends and colleagues in a relaxed environment and an occasion to develop ideas and skills in a constructive manner. The graduate conference is an experience that can benefit us all greatly, irrespective of the choices that we make as we move on from Jesus College and out into the big, wide world. I hope you will all enjoy the programme we have put together for you, that you will all learn a lot from today and will take away many great memories, new ideas and inspiration. Jonathan Lawson MCR Academic Officer
Special Thanks There are so many people to thank for their support in making today a reality: My committee, specifically Nick Duncan, Zhen Bai & Dominic Orchard; The Master & Mrs White; The senior tutor; The college graduate tutors office Madeleine Arnot, Tim Wilkinson & Sheena Bridgman; The conference & catering staff; The development office; The chaplain and the members of the MCR committee. Finally, thanks to Kenichi Udagawa for filming the event, all of my friends for their continued support and to You for getting involved.
1st P RESENTATION S ESSION 12:20 - 1:45 PM Coleridge Room
AndrÂ´ es Castro Samayoa Lucy Fielding Qiaosheng Dong Dominic Orchard
1st Presentation Session
Forgotten Intimacies: Secrecy and Same-Sex Friendships at Cambridge University (1880-1915) Andr´es Castro Samayoa, MPhil Gender Studies, ac705 As members of the University, we are consistently reminded of the famous luminaries who came up to Cambridge. Many of us have heard of J. M. Keynes, the influential economist; E.M. Forster, the prolific writer; and Rupert Brooke, the fallen WWI poet. Of less note, however, is exploring the relationships these men shared during their time at Cambridge and beyond. My presentation takes as a starting point these men’s membership to one of Cambridge’s elite secret societies, “The Apostles”. I will provide a brief overview of the networks shared by these men; their formations of bonds of trust and intimacy (many of which were sexual) and which, for some, lasted their lifetimes. Throughout my talk, I hope to share some thoughts on contemporary strategies used in historical research, particularly the ethical issues of researching sex and sexuality in the archives.
The World’s First Bulk Nanostructured Steel Lucy Fielding, PhD Metallurgy, lcdf2 “Imagine a material that is cheap, can be made large in all its three dimensions, in huge quantities, with a microstructure measured on the nanoscale, and does not require severe processing or dramatic heat treatments during manufacture.” Such a material is now a reality. Using solid state phase transformation theory, metallurgists have designed a steel capable of undergoing phase changes at surprisingly low temperatures. The resulting microstructure consists of extremely fine plates of bainitic ferrite and retained austenite, on a scale never before achieved. This material, known as ‘superbainite’ is some of the strongest low alloy steel ever designed: for scales larger than 2mm, it is stronger than carbon nanotubes, and has been described as “something that people couldn’t even think of being possible.” The challenge now is to improve the ductility and toughness of the material to levels where it can be used in applications from car bodywork to jet engine shafts to armour plating.
1st Presentation Session
Understanding of the Embryonic Development in the Ancient World Qiaosheng Dong, PhD Classics, qd206 This talk is going to give an introduction to ancient embryology, with a focus on the ancient understanding of the embryonic development in different religions. All sorts of different theories on embryonic development can be found in Taoist literature, Buddhist literature, and Christian literature. What we can learn from them?
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of (High School) Mathematics Dominic Orchard, PhD Computer Science, dao29 Most people with even a basic education in mathematics will be familiar with simple axioms of arithmetic such as: x + 0 = x for any number x, and x + y = y + x for any numbers x and y. However, most people probably do not realise that such axioms are instances of more general concepts that are pervasive in our universe, and appear in a wide range of fields such as physics, topology, logic, philosophy, and computer science. In this talk I show how simple mathematical notions, which will be familiar to anyone with basic high-school level mathematics, are extremely effective for describing many phenomena. Examples will include paint mixing (live demonstration included!), composing computations, concepts behind the hit movie Inception, non-deterministic computation, and cellular automata.
P OSTER S ESSION 1:45 - 3:30 PM Refreshments provided Upper Hall
• Close Encounters of the Third Body Kind Poul Alexander, PhD Astronomy, pera2 • Drosophila melanogaster through the experiment and computa-
tional magnifier glass Irina Armean, PhD Bioinformatics, ima23 • Augmenting Imagination for Children with Autism Zhen Bai, PhD Computer Science, zb223 • From mice to men: Translating animal findings to clinical practice Faye Begeti, MB/PhD Clinical Neuroscience, fo228 • Differing clinical and parental perceptions of child obesity James Black, MPhil Epidemiology, jab254 • Inspiration from Nature; Formation of Topologically Complex Molecules Sam Black, PhD Chemistry, spb51 • Understanding how the brain controls appetite Luke Burke, PhD Neuroscience, lkb40 • HARP 12CO J=32 Submillimeter Observations of the Cygnus X
Giant Molecular Cloud David Carretero, PhD Astronomy, dc450 • Intimacy, illness and irresponsibility A qualitative inquiry into the
criminalization of HIV transmission Olivia Chausson, MPhil Criminology, omcc2 • Moral panics and social control: a case study of the England 2011
riots Paige Darby, MPhil Criminology, pd352
• Stratification Confined Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Megan Davies Wykes, PhD Mathematics, msd38 • The Quest for Admirable Organisation Nick Duncan, PhD Development Studies, nad37 • Planetary nebulae from low-mass red giants Philip Hall, PhD Astronomy, pdh37 • Second language syntax acquisition – The case of relative clause Fang-Yen Amy Hsieh, PhD English, fyh20 • Morphogenesis of Drosophila Malpighian tubules : A role for the
extracellular matrix Tarun Kumar, PhD Zoology, tk385 • The Evolution of the Human Mouth Julie Lawrence, PhD Biological Anthropology, jal71 • Life in Motion - Organising Cells with Microtubules Jonathan Lawson, PhD Developmental Biology, jldl2 • Why is Chemistry so important to us? - Studies towards total
synthesis of Marine Natural Products Mungyuen Li, PhD Chemsitry, ml519 • Train Models: The London Underground Zili Li, PhD Civil Engineering, zl277 • The Functional Roles of CIDEC in the Formation of Unilocular
Lipid Droplets Koi Ni Lim, PhD Clinical Biochmeistry, kl372
• GaN, a way to reach the most efficient energy conversion solution Giorgia Longobardi, PhD Electrical Engineering, gl315 • Inducible promoter library in mammalian cell Meng Lu, Phd Chemical Engineering, ml600 • Investigating the interface: Understanding How Crystals Grow in
Nature Kate Miller, PhD Chemistry/Earth Science, klm62 • Smart-Structures Tina Schwamb, PhD Engineering, ts466 • Did Latin
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Devon Smith, MPhil Classics, drs59 • Solid State NMR studies of Yttrium doped BaZrO3: a Proton con-
ductor for Intermediate Temperature Fuel cells Luke Sperrin, PhD Chemistry, ls448 • Can glue conduct electricity? Sybil Stacpoole, PhD Neuroscience, srls2 • Synthetic Applications of Polar Transition Metal Metallocenes Francesca Stokes, PhD Chemistry, fas36 • Shedding Light on Black Holes Dan Wilkins, PhD Astronomy, drw31 • Research in the Internet age. Can we do better? Matthew Young, PhD Astronomy, my304
2nd P RESENTATION S ESSION 3:30 - 5:00 PM Cecily Rose Robbie Campbell Elaine Schmidt Lucy Williams
2nd Presentation Session
How International Law Grapples with Corruption Involving the Private Sector Cecily Rose, PhD Law, cer59 Since the end of the Cold War, international law has begun to deal with the problem of corruption, and in particular corruption that involves private sector entities such as banks and multinational corporations. Banks, for example, may assist top governmental officials in embezzling funds from the public treasury, and corporations may bribe governmental officials in order to secure contracts for goods or services that the State may or may not actually need. The UK arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, became infamous for such bribery. This sort of conduct has seriously negative impacts on economic development, as well as the fulfilment of certain social and economic rights. International law deals with this in part through the creation of ’hard’ or binding treaties that require States like the UK to criminalise certain conduct, such as the bribery of foreign public officials. International law has also taken the shape of ’soft’ or non-binding recommendations or guidelines that suggest, but do not necessarily require, States to take certain action to combat corruption. My argument about all of these international instruments is somewhat counterintuitive: in many cases, the ’soft’ instruments have just as much, if not more, of a role than the ’hard’ treaties in shaping how States combat corruption.
Cambridge: The Coldest Place In The Universe Robbie Campbell, PhD Physics, rldc2 In order to study fundamental quantum-mechanical puzzles an experimental apparatus has been created to cool clouds of atoms down to temperatures of merely billionths of a degree above absolute zero, colder than anything known in nature. The apparatus required to create such an environment involves an intricate combination of high-precision lasers, ultra-high vacuum apparatus and high-strength magnetic fields. Sophisticated techniques are used to image the resultant ultracold gases to extract relevant experimental data. The stages of the experimental sequence to reach such absurdly low temperatures are presented, with associated pretty pictures, videos and visual aids.
2nd Presentation Session
Bilingual Language Acquisition Elaine Schmidt, PhD Linguistics, aeis2 With ongoing globalisation the phenomenon of bilingualism becomes more and more common and successful cross-linguistic communication becomes crucially important in our global economy. The rise of bilingualism and its social and economic impact have given increasing impetus to research on bilingualism. However, the questions of whether bilinguals have one or two language systems and whether the environments in which the languages are acquired are crucial to the proficiency level remain open. One point that seems to be unanimously agreed on is the fact that bilingual children are slower in their language development than monolingual children. But is this really the case? This study sets out to answer some of the questions by looking at languages most basic structural properties: syllables. Spanish-English bilinguals are exposed to two languages which are distinct in their rhythm, and the complexity of syllable structure is one of the major factors contributing to this difference. Will bilingual children learn the properties of each language separately, in which case their development parallels that of monolingual children? Or will they acquire the less complex patterns of Spanish first and apply this to the more complex syllable structures of English, which could give them a developmental advantage over English monolinguals? The results paint a complex picture with various factors interacting with each other. However, they seem to suggest that bilinguals are not slower in their development per se but rather that they acquire the structurally less complex patterns slightly later than monolinguals but can apply this knowledge to more complex patterns in the other language which gives them a developmental advantage there.
The Science of Music Lucy Williams, PhD Developmental Biology, lsw23 How do we hear music and how does music move us? I hope to give a brief overview of a subject close to my heart but not to my PhD. . . Firstly, an explanation of how the ear detects sound waves, and what processes in the brain elevate music from noise. Secondly, I would like to discuss, with live examples, how composers have harnessed dissonance, or â€˜defectsâ€™ in harmony, for hundreds of years to illicit emotion in the listener.
6:15 - 7:15pm
Aspects of a career in public archaeology Carenza Lewis, Director of Access Cambridge Archaeology, University of Cambridge Introducing Carenza Lewis When I started planning the graduate conference, I wanted to make sure that our guest speaker was representative of the ethos of this event; to express academic ideas and share views in a manner that is accessible to all. It was this goal that eventually led me to Dr Carenza Lewis. I am extremely grateful to her for accepting our invitation to speak today and I hope that we can all learn much from her experiences and that this will help us all to be more able to share our academic enthusiasm with others – Jonathan Lawson About Carenza Lewis Dr Carenza Lewis has carried out research, teaching and outreach in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge since 1999, specializing in medieval settlement. Prior to that, after taking a degree in archaeology from the University of Cambridge she became an archaeological Investigator for the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England (RCHME) (1986-99), during which time she held a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham (1992-4), investigating the origins of the medieval settlement pattern of the East Midlands. In 1993 she became one of the original archaeological presenters of Time Team (1993-2005), the awardwinning Channel 4 TV series and has been involved in a range of other archaeological broadcasting, most recently with Michael Wood in Story of England (2010) and the Great British Story (2012). In 2004 Carenza was appointed to promote undergraduate archaeology at Cambridge and in 2005 set up Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) which aims to enhance educational, economic and social well-being through active participation in archaeology, focusing especially on boosting progression to higher education amongst under-represented groups. Carenza’s contribution to public archaeology was recognized in 2008 with the award of an honorary doctorate by the University of East Anglia and in 2009 when she was shortlisted for the Marsh Archaeology Award. This talk will consider the ways in which Carenza’s career has involved presenting complex academic research to a range of different public audiences.
9:00 - 9:30pm
This session is a showcase of the Jesus College Debating Society, organised by Lucy Fielding. The topic up for debate will be:
â€œThis house would provide alternative medicine on the NHS.â€? The points of view will be proposed and argued by the debating teams and then the discussion will be opened to the floor. You will then have the opportunity to vote on the statement. The proposition team will consist of Lucy Fielding and Megan Davies Wykes. The opposition team will consist of Udi Gabbai and Irena Armean.
Jesus College Graduate Conference 2012
Published on Apr 30, 2012
The programme of events for the 5th annual Jesus College graduate conference, held in Cambridge on April 27th 2012 (#jgc2012)