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.

A Glimpse of Heaven

Chris Moorey (1967, English Language & Literature)

A Glimpse of Heaven (Chris Moorey, 2013)

Why do Greek priests have long hair? Why are Greek churches full of icons but short of seats? Why is Easter at a different date in Greece? Chris Moorey answers these questions and more in A Glimpse of Heaven. With many illustrations and a generous sprinkling of humour, this is an indespensible guide to anyone wanting to see Greece beyond the beaches and bars.

The Joshua Files

MG Harris (1984, Biochemistry)

The Joshua Files series (Darkwater)

The Joshua Files is a thriller book series which follows the story of Joshua Garcia as he travels in the Mayan ruins following the work of his archaeologist father Andres Garcia. He is accompanied by his three friends: Tyler Marks, Ixchel, and his cousin Benicio.

There are five books in the series:

Invisible City
Ice Shock
Zero Moment
Dark Parallel
Apocalypse Moon

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.

Spitsbergen retraced

One of the 2016 Wallace Watson Award winners takes us on a journey across the Artic, following in the footsteps of the 1923 Oxford Arctic Expedition.

“Can you take the GPS coordinates please?”

I take the GPS out of my front pocket, I see that we are just sixty-two metres shy of the summit. Now isn’t the time to stop. The wind is howling and operating the GPS without gloves is taking its toll on my fingers.

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.


What is One-Eighty all about?


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