Women in STEM: Valentina Ndolo

Valentina Ndolo is a Gates Cambridge Scholar in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, where she is a PhD student developing mathematical models to identify areas of Uganda most at risk of anthrax. In 2016, she founded the STEMing Africa Initiative to advocate for the active inclusion of African women in STEM by supporting talented female graduates to secure scholarships for advanced degrees at leading universities worldwide.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 1, 2019 | cambridge
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Cambridge Heart and Lung Research Institute receives major funding boost

Chris Skidmore, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, today announced a £30 million award to the University of Cambridge to support the new Cambridge Heart and Lung Research Institute (HLRI).

Cambridge University News | July 10, 2019 | cambridge
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Patients with an ‘empathic’ GP at reduced risk of early death

Patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes are at a lower risk of early death if they have a doctor who they describe as showing empathy towards them, a new study from the University of Cambridge has found.

Cambridge University News | July 8, 2019 | cambridge
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Problematic smartphone use linked to poorer grades, alcohol misuse and more sexual partners

A survey of more than 3,400 university students in the USA has found that one in five respondents reported problematic smartphone use. Female students were more likely be affected and problematic smartphone use was associated with lower grade averages, mental health problems and higher numbers of sexual partners.

Cambridge University News | July 4, 2019 | cambridge
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Parents’ lenient attitudes towards drinking linked to greater alcohol use among children

Children are more likely to start drinking alcohol, drink more frequently and get drunk if their parents have a lenient attitude towards drinking, finds a study from researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia.

Cambridge University News | June 12, 2019 | cambridge
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Food and drinks industry uses non-profit organisation to campaign against public health policies, study finds

A new study shows how a non-profit research organisation has been deployed by its backers from major food and beverage corporations to push industry-favourable positions to policymakers and international bodies under the guise of neutral scientific endeavour.

Cambridge University News | June 3, 2019 | cambridge
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Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minorities do less vigorous physical activity

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minority backgrounds, including from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds, have lower levels of vigorous physical activity, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | May 28, 2019 | cambridge
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Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese, study suggests

Children who regularly walk or cycle to school are less likely to be overweight or obese than those who travel by car or public transport, a new study suggests.

Cambridge University News | May 20, 2019 | cambridge
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Levels of autism in China similar to the West, joint Chinese-UK study shows

The first large-scale study of autism in China has revealed that around one in a hundred people in China has an autism spectrum condition – the same figure as found in the West.

Cambridge University News | March 21, 2019 | cambridge
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Wine before beer, or beer before wine? Either way, you’ll be hungover, study finds

“Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer” goes the age-old aphorism. But scientists have now shown that it doesn’t matter how you order your drinks – if you drink too much, you’re still likely to be ill.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 8, 2019 | cambridge
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