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Petals produce a ‘blue halo’ that helps bees to find flowers

The base of the petals of daisy Ursinia speciosa contains a dark pigment but appears blue due to the presence of disordered striations on the cell surface. Image: Fred Lewsey, University of Cambridge

An interdisciplinary group of researchers which includes the department's Dr Silvia Vignolini, has found that 'messy' microscopic structures on the petals of some flowers manipulate light to produce a blue colour effect that is easily seen by bees.

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Lindemann Trust Fellowships now open

Courtesy ESU

The English-Speaking Union is offering up to three grants a year for postdoctoral scientists to carry out research in the USA.

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Dr John Sulston to receive Alumni Medal

Image of Alumni Medal courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

The Department of Chemistry is delighted to announce that it has selected Dr John Sulston to receive the departmental Alumni Medal.

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New lecturer receives prestigious award

Courtesy: School of Earth and Environment, The University of Leeds

Dr Anja Schmidt has been awarded the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

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Helping Caribbean students pursue their ambitions

PhD student Jerelle Joseph in the gym at Churchill College (photo: Nick Saffell)

Jerelle Joseph wasn’t sure she wanted to leave Dominica to take a PhD in Computational Chemistry in chilly Cambridge. Now she runs a mentoring scheme to encourage others from the Caribbean to pursue their ambitions.

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Nobel Laureate gives 2017 Herchel Smith Lecture

Image of Professor Cech with students courtesy of the Department of Chemistry

Nobel Laureate Professor Tom Cech came to the Department of Chemistry on 16th October, to give the 2017 Herchel Smith Lecture: 'Shedding some Light on the Dark Matter of the Genomic Universe.'

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2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Richard Henderson

Courtesy MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

The department would like to congratulate Dr Richard Henderson of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, for being awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank.

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Building Chemistry Networks

Head of Graduate Education Dr Deborah Longbottom introduces student prizewinners, courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

The Department of Chemistry threw open its doors to researchers from academia and industry when it held its annual Chemistry Networks event at the end of September – a get-to-know-us day for current and prospective research partners

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Research Fellow’s Start-Up Company wins Commendation

Courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

A company started up by a Research Fellow to develop robust, small and cheap sensors for detecting toxic gases has just won a commendation in a new awards scheme. 

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Cambridge tops 2018 University League Tables

Department of Chemistry makes a big bang at the annual science festival

The University of Cambridge has topped the 2018 Complete University Guide league tables, and has been named in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the fifth year in a row as the best higher education institution in the country.

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