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Professor Eleanor Stride gains Red Women Award

Professor Eleanor Stride has been named as one of Red Magazine’s Women of the Year for her work on using tiny bubbles to improve the delivery of cancer treatment.

As a part scientist and part engineer, Professor Stride's work has the potential to change lives, by making better use of chemotherapy drugs to change the way cancer is treated.

Buy the 2016 Oxford Almanack!

You can still buy your copy of the 2016 Oxford Almanack!

It is only the second time in the Oxford Almanack's 340-year history that St Catz has been featured and this time it is portrayed in a beautiful painting by Cathy Read. The remainder of the sheet consists of a calendar for the year, which also includes information relevant to the university, as well as, for instance, sunrise and sunset times. Our inclusion in this year's Almanack will, in years to come, mark an important milestone in St Catz history and is a real tribute to the College community.

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Professor David Womersley granted D.Litt

The Master (reading the relevant Latin from inside his mortar board) presented Professor David Womersley, Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature, for the degree of D.Litt in the Sheldonian Theatre.
Professor Womersley works on English literature from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, with a special focus on historical writing and a particular interest in Edward Gibbon. 

Catz Fellow speaks at V&A Friday Late

Catz Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Dr Ben Bollig, took part in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late event ‘Journeys from the South’ on 31 July 2015.

The July Friday Late event focused on Argentina, specifically the tradition of craftsmanship there, and how this has influenced the country’s contemporary art and design. In addition to a tapestry installation, there were a variety of events celebrating Argentina’s design, art, and music.

Professor

BA Rice, PhD UT-Austin

Teaching

I teach a range of subjects, but with a particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

About me

I studied English and Computer Science at Rice University before completing my doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.  I then spent eight years as an Assistant and then an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam before joining Oxford as an Associate Professor and a Fellow in Computer Science at St. Catz in 2015.

Research

My research focuses on artificial intelligence.  My goal is to design, analyse, and evaluate the algorithms that enable computational systems to acquire and execute intelligent behaviour.  

I’m particularly interested in machine learning, with which computers can learn from experience, and decision-theoretic planning, with which they can reason about their goals and deduce behavioural strategies that maximise their utility.

In addition to theoretical work on these topics, I have in recent years also focused on applying them to practical problems in robotics and search engine optimisation.

Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science
Associate Professor in Computer Science

St Catz Charity Music Concert

Catz student Daniel Shao (2013, Music) and Catz Music Society have organised a music concert in aid of the Oxford branch of ‘Crisis’ (the national charity for single homeless people). The concert will showcase a wealth of musical talent, and Catz alumni will perform alongside current Catz students.

Date: Monday 11 May 2015

Time: 17:30-18:30

Venue: Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3BN

Simon Russell Beale Lecture Podcast

Simon Russell Beale delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Monday 2 March 2015 at St Catherine's College.

Podcast

Simon’s Inaugural Lecture, entitled ‘Everything’s remade/With shovel and spade’: Playing Shakespeare with Simon Russell Beale is now available as a Podcast.

Simon Russell Beale Lecture Podcast

Simon Russell Beale Lecture Podcast

Simon Russell Beale delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Monday 2 March 2015 at St Catherine's College.

Podcast

Simon’s Inaugural Lecture, entitled ‘Everything’s remade/With shovel and spade’: Playing Shakespeare with Simon Russell Beale is now available as a Podcast.

Simon appeared in conversation with broadcaster, Libby Purves. He spoke on his distinguished career in the theatre, with a focus on his Shakespearean roles in contemporary theatre.

About Simon Russell Beale

Actor and music historian, Simon Russell Beale has been hailed as ‘the greatest stage actor of his generation’. A graduate of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, his diverse career has spanned theatre, television, film, and radio. He has taken on some of the most distinguished roles in theatre, including the title roles in King Lear at the Olivier Theatre and Hamlet at the Lyttelton Theatre. An Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, his many accolades include a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in Henry IV Parts I & II and a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in Uncle Vanya. From May to July 2015, Simon will star in Temple, a new play at the Donmar Warehouse about the 2011 United Kingdom anti-austerity protests.

Commenting on his appointment, Simon said ‘I am hugely looking forward to my year as Visiting Professor, and feel very honoured to have been asked. It allows me to indulge, even further, my obsessive interest in Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and I hope that the students I meet will enjoy our working together. I know for certain that I will learn a huge amount.’              

The Master of St Catherine’s College, Professor Roger Ainsworth, said ‘We feel immensely privileged to be welcoming Simon Russell Beale to St Catherine’s, and I am delighted that he has agreed to take on the role of Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre. Simon’s impressive list of stage and screen acting credits span a remarkably diverse career, which has included theatre, television, film, and radio. Our students will be very fortunate indeed to have the opportunity to learn from such a versatile actor.’

About the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre

The Chair of Contemporary Theatre, founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation at St Catherine's College, aims to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre. The Visiting Professorship has previously been held by actors, writers, directors, and producers including Stephen Fry, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Alan Ayckbourn, Richard Eyre, Phyllida Lloyd and Patrick Stewart.

 

Photo courtesy of Guy Bell: www.gbphotos.com

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