College Update: 29 July 2020

St Cross News and Events

The College grounds may be fairly quiet at the moment, but St Cross Fellows, students, and alumni are as busy as ever. Find updates on research, awards, appointments, and events related to the College and its members here.

News and Updates...

A new study in the Lancet reveals that the 'Oxford Vaccine' produces a strong immune response. St Cross Vice-Master Professor Andy Pollard is the Chief Investigator for the study, and summarised the vaccine's progress in an interview with Narayan Lakshman, as well as presenting his work in detail for Oxford BRC. Additionally, he and St Cross student Dr Mila Shakya have won a Vice-Chancellor's Innovation award for their work on typhoid vaccine policy around the world.

St Cross Fellow Professor Stanley Ulijaszek has conducted new research on how the COVID-19 lockdown has led to greater levels of anxiety, poor sleep, persistent sadness, binge eating, suicidal thoughts, snacking, consumption of alcohol and reduced levels of physical activity. Read more here.

St Cross Fellow Professor Rana Mitter has published an article discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic, and its aftermath, may affect the relationship between China and the UK in the future, discussed the two states' interdependence with LBC's Andrew Castle, and compared their history in SCMP. He also discussed with the BBC growing tensions between the United States and China, and wrote an article for China Daily on the roles of cooperation and blame in the international reaction to the pandemic.

St Cross alumna Saher Hasnain recently wrote for Oxford Alumni QUAD magazine how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect global food distribution. Read her article here.

St Cross Fellow and Director of the Africa Oxford Initiative Professor Kevin Marsh joined a panel hosted by the University of Cape Town this month to discuss a potential shift in international education collaborations, one that could that empower African institutions. Watch the panel discussion here.

St Cross Fellow Dr Christian Sahner discussed the history and future of the Hagia Sophia in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month. Read his remarks here.

St Cross Fellows Professor Polly O'Hanlon and Professor Amy Boggard were recently named Fellows of the British Academy for their work in history and archaeology, respectively.

The 2020 Ralph A. Lewin Prize has been awarded to St Cross student Evan Hann for his research on the innovation of machine learning to advance clinical and biomedical studies with a focus on the extraction of information from large-scale medical datasets. 

St Cross student Ethan Friederich has won the 2020 Collingswood Prize in History for his research which focusses on a study of the historical epidemiology of infectious disease in Colonial India, specifically malaria and fever in the province of Assam.

St Cross Postdoctoral Associate Dr Michael Zellmann-Rohrer was the First Runner-Up of the 2019 Routledge Philip R. Davies Early Career Researcher Publication Award for his research in Semitic loanwords and transcriptions in the Greek epigraphy of the southern Levant.

The Young Rembrandt exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, curated by St Cross Fellow An Van Camp, will reopen from 10 August. Get your tickets and find out more information here.

If you missed St Cross Fellow Professor Liz Frood's recent lecture on graffiti in ancient Egypt, you can watch it here.

Dr James Dodd, St Cross alumnus and Member of Common Room, recently gave a virtual presentation for the Department of Physics titled 'The Ideas of Particle Physics: four decades past and the next'. You can watch it here.

Save the Date: St Cross Meeting Minds Global

The College will be hosting a day of online events for the whole St Cross community on Saturday 12 September. Save the date - details to follow!