Women in STEM: Agnieszka Słowik

Agnieszka Słowik is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, where she is a member of the artificial intelligence research group. Here, she tells us about neural networks and how they communicate with each other, the importance of supportive supervisors, and how to be a supportive team member.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 16, 2020 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: artificial-intelligence computing deep-learning women-in-stem

Higher rates of post-natal depression among autistic mothers

Autistic mothers are more likely to report post-natal depression compared to non-autistic mothers, according to a new study of mothers of autistic children carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge. A better understanding of the experiences of autistic mothers during pregnancy and the post-natal period is critical to improving wellbeing. The results are published in Molecular Autism.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 15, 2020 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience children autism mothers

Dr Jane Goodall on the environment: "My greatest hope is our young people"

In a new film released as part of Cambridge University’s focus on Sustainable Earth, Dr Jane Goodall DBE talks about the environmental crisis and her reasons for hope. 

Cambridge University News | Jan. 14, 2020 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth climate-change sustainability biodiversity conservation environment

Contaminating a fake rubber hand could help people overcome OCD, study suggests

The famous, but bizarre, ‘rubber hand illusion’ could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder overcome their condition without the often unbearable stress of exposure therapy, suggests new research.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 9, 2020 | cambridge
~9 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience neuroscience obsessive-compulsive-disorder

Women in STEM: Anna Chaplin

Anna Chaplin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychiatry who studies the association between depression and cardiovascular health in young people. Here, she tells us about teaching herself to code, her department’s support of students, and putting your mental health first. 

Cambridge University News | Jan. 9, 2020 | cambridge
~2 mins   

Tags: mental-health psychiatry cardiovascular-disease-cvd women-in-stem

Detailed genetic study provides most comprehensive map of risk to date of breast cancer risk

A major international study of the genetics of breast cancer has identified more than 350 DNA ‘errors’ that increase an individual’s risk of developing the disease. The scientists involved say these errors may influence as many as 190 genes.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 7, 2020 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: cancer breast-cancer genetics dna

Women in STEM: Angela Harper

Angela Harper is a PhD candidate at the Cavendish Laboratory, a member of Churchill College, and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Here, she tells us about her work in renewable energy, setting up a Girls in STEM programme while she was an undergraduate in North Carolina, and the importance of role models when pursuing a career in STEM. 

Cambridge University News | Jan. 2, 2020 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem physics renewable energy battery sustainable-earth

Women in STEM: Flora Donald

Flora Donald is a PhD candidate who splits her time between the Department of Plant Sciences and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Here, she tells us about growing up in a family of gardeners, her research on conserving the native UK juniper, and her love of the Scottish Highlands. 

Cambridge University News | Dec. 19, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: biodiversity conservation biodiversity-conservation forest sustainable-earth women-in-stem

Deprivation strongly linked to hospital admissions

People who live in areas of higher than average deprivation are more likely to be admitted to hospital and to spend longer in hospital, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The difference was particularly pronounced among manual workers and those with lower education level.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 18, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health public-health poverty east-of-england

Online hate speech could be contained like a computer virus, say researchers

Artificial intelligence is being developed that will allow advisory "quarantining" of hate speech in a manner akin to malware filters - offering users a way to control exposure to "hateful content" without resorting to censorship.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 17, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: algorithm freedom-of-speech social-media internet engineering

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