Alumni & Friends

Lecturer named as future BBC broadcaster

A Catz English lecturer has been announced as a future radio and television broadcaster. Dr Eleanor Lybeck, who teaches first-year undergraduates in English and is covering for Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr while she serves as Acting Director of TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), was named as one of ten of this year’s New Generation Thinkers by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3.

Google research award for Catz Fellow

Shimon Whiteson, Associate Professor, Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science, has been announced as a recipient for one of this year’s Google Research Awards. His proposal, on end to end deep model based reinforcement learning, has secured funding for tuition for a graduate student as well as access to work directly with Google’s researchers and engineers.

Sharing ideas at CatzExchange 2017

The College hosted the fifth annual CatzExchange on 23 February. The conference bought together members of the Catz community from across various disciplines to share their research. This year’s themes included learning from the past, contemporary affairs and technological developments, nature, energy and environments, and discourse, concepts and methods.

Olympic heroes return to Catz

The College welcomed two distinguished guests for dinner in 4th week of Hilary Term. Catz heroes Zoe De Toledo (2010, Experimental Psychology) and Andy Triggs Hodge OBE (2004, Geography and the Environment) joined the Master, Professor Roger Ainsworth, on High Table for an evening celebrating the duos’ rowing achievements at last year’s Olympic Games.

Robots versus nuclear waste

Safely disposing of nuclear waste is one of the most significant challenges facing today’s society. Remediating the Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan is expected to take 30 years. The UK alone contains 4.9 million tonnes of legacy waste from power stations and weapons production, which will take at least 100 years to clear, at an estimate cost of £220bn. Due to radiation hazards, much of this work will be performed remotely by robots. However, in many cases, the necessary technologies and control methods have yet to be developed.

Interview with charity founder Johnny Latham

Johnny Latham (2015, Continuing Education) is the co-founder of One-Eighty, a psychology behaviour support charity for children, young people and families. He has recently completed his research Masters at St Catz in applying cognitive behavioural therapies to families with complex needs. He shares the story of his childhood, why he founded One-Eighty and how he came to win the Vice Chancellor’s Social Impact Award.

 

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