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More than 50 students from disadvantaged backgrounds have been offered a place in the first year of the landmark Foundation Year programme at the University of Cambridge.
Fully funded, the Cambridge Foundation Year is aimed at engaging an entirely new stream of applicants who have been prevented from reaching their full potential by their circumstances. This includes students with experience of the care system, estrangement from parents, low levels of household income, and schools with little history of sending students to highly selective universities. A cornerstone gift from philanthropists Christina and Peter Dawson is funding the launch of the programme and full one-year scholarships for all students who are accepted. Peter Dawson chairs the Board of Directors at Cambridge in America.
Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, said: “The Cambridge Foundation Year offers a fresh approach to widening participation at Cambridge. It is an innovative programme that aims to reach an entirely new field of Cambridge candidates, and to transform lives. After all the planning that has gone into creating the Cambridge Foundation Year, and the hard work of many people across the University and Colleges, I’m delighted that we have reached this important moment.”
To learn more about this landmark new program, visit ow.ly/qpym50ITqjE
Thanks to CAm community members, so far this year 1,691 US alumni and friends have generously donated to support students, research, and other groundbreaking initiatives at the University and Colleges of Cambridge.
Your generosity makes a significant difference and helps to support vital programs that work toward solving some of the world’s most complex issues. However, we still need your help so that initiatives, like the ones in the link below, can continue to help Cambridge students and make a lasting impact.
We invite you to become more involved with the Cambridge community this year. To learn more, visit: cantab.org/spring2022
Happy Birthday to John Oliver (Christ's College 1995), who turns 45 today!
Oliver was born on April 23, 1977 in Erdington, England. Following secondary school, he studied at Christ's College, Cambridge from 1995 to 1998. Oliver was a member of the Cambridge Footlights, with contemporaries including David Mitchell and Richard Ayoade. In 1997, he became the troupe's Vice President.
Oliver first appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2001 as part of "The Comedy Zone", a late-night showcase of newer acts. He performed his debut solo show in 2002 and returned in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, he collaborated with Andy Zaltzman on a double act and co-hosting the radio show "Political Animal", with various acts performing political material.
Oliver became widely known in the United States for his work on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". He started as Senior British Correspondent in 2006 and became the third person to host the show. After moving to New York, Oliver also began performing stand-up in small clubs around the city and later headlined shows in larger venues. His first stand-up special, "John Oliver: Terrifying Times", debuted on Comedy Central in 2008. Since 2010, Oliver has hosted four seasons of "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show".
Oliver began hosting "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" in 2014, a late-night HBO talk show that takes a satirical look at news, politics, and current events. He has received widespread critical and popular recognition for his work on the series, whose influence over US culture, legislation, and policymaking has been dubbed the "John Oliver effect.” His work on the show led to Oliver being named on the list of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2015.
“You just try to be true to your idea of what is funny and what is also interesting.” - John Oliver
Cambridge in America is proud to support Earth Day, now in its 52nd year. We are committed to celebrating our planet, supporting environmental protection, and finding solutions to the ravages of climate change.
The Earth Day 2022 theme is “Invest In Our Planet.” This is the moment to change it all: the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on Earth’s climate. Now is the time for the courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods. Together, we must invest in our planet for a greener future. To learn more, visit earthday.org.
To respond to the climate crisis, Cambridge Zero was created to maximize the University of Cambridge’s contribution towards achieving a resilient and sustainable zero-carbon world. Cambridge Zero is harnessing the full range and breadth of the Collegiate University’s capabilities to develop solutions that work for our lives, our societies, and our economies. To learn more, visit zero.cam.ac.uk.
The Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge (CCRC) is a mission-focused organization which aims to achieve ambitious action on climate repair, supported by scientific research and robust evidence. The CCRC is working in affiliation with Cambridge Zero at the University of Cambridge to safeguard our planet from the disastrous effects of global warming.
To learn more, visit climaterepair.cam.ac.uk.
Congratulations to Christina and Peter Dawson who were admitted as Fellow Benefactors at Selwyn College this week.
(Photo credit Stephen Bond)
Charles Darwin’s notebooks containing his iconic 1837 ‘Tree of Life’ sketch have been returned to Cambridge University Library!
Their return comes 15 months after Cambridge University Librarian Dr Jessica Gardner launched a worldwide appeal for information, in partnership with Cambridgeshire Police and Interpol. These treasured and valuable notebooks disappeared more than two decades ago.
The notebooks were returned anonymously to the Library on March 9, 2022, and are in good condition, with no obvious signs of significant handling or damage sustained in the years since their disappearance.
To learn more about this fascinating story, visit cam.ac.uk/stories/TreeOfLife
Congratulations to the Cambridge's women's team on retaining the Varsity Match trophy and the Oxford’s men’s team on their victory in the Varsity Match! It was the 150th Anniversary of the first Men’s Varsity Match; the Women have been in competition since 1988.
To read more about the women’s Varsity Match, visit ow.ly/WL5050IA76W
To read more about the men’s Varsity Match, visit ow.ly/7aSj50IA77Z
Congratulations to the Cambridge's women's crews and Oxford’s men’s crews on winning the Oxford-Cambridge 2022 Boat Race!
Cambridge’s dominance of the women’s race now stretches to five successive wins while Oxford’s triumph in the men’s event was their first since 2017. With Grace Prendergast of New Zealand, the world No 1 female rower on board, Cambridge women clocked a record time of 18 minutes and 22 seconds on the four-mile, 374-yard (6.8km) course.
Bronya Sykes, the women’s president of the Cambridge University Boat Club, said: “All week we’d kind of been hitting splits that said we could set the record. But to execute it just kind of blows my mind … there are so many phenomenal athletes in previous years … to be considered up there with them is such a cool feeling.”
To read more about the 2022 Boat Race, visit ow.ly/YkPg50IzJul
Photography by Benedict Tufnell/Row360
Happy Birthday to Dame Jane Morris Goodall, PhD (Newnham College 1962), who turns 88 today!
Regarded as the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 60-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. Her passion took root with her first visit to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960, where she witnessed human-like behaviors amongst chimpanzees, including armed conflict.
Goodall was born in London on April 3, 1934. As a child, Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee. Goodall says her fondness for Jubilee started her early love of animals, commenting, "My mother's friends were horrified by this toy, thinking it would frighten me and give me nightmares." Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser.
In 1962 Goodall arrived at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she obtained a PhD in ethology. She was the eighth person allowed to study for a PhD at Newnham without first having obtained a Bachelor's degree. Her thesis was completed in 1966 under the supervision of Professor Robert Hinde on the “Behaviour of free-living chimpanzees,” detailing her first five years of study at the Gombe Stream National Park.
A global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in 1977, which supports research in Gombe. With nineteen offices around the world, the JGI is widely recognised for community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa. Its global youth program, Roots & Shoots, began in 1991 when a group of 16 local teenagers met with Goodall on her back porch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to discuss issues that caused them deep concern. Roots & Shoots now has over 10,000 groups in over 100 countries.
She served on the Board of the Nonhuman Rights Project and is an Honorary Member of the World Future Council, an independent body focused on policy solutions ‘that serve the interests of future generations.’
Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honour, the Medal of Tanzania, and the Kyoto Prize. She was appointed by Kofi Annan to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2002 and was appointed DBE in 2003. Time magazine named her as ‘one of the 100 most influential people in the world’ in 2019.
Goodall holds Honorary Doctorates from nine universities, including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge (2019).
"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall
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