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Find out about peoples’ food experiences globally during lockdown in a new podcast series from Oxford.
The ‘Around the Table: Food Stories from Science to Everyday Life’ series from the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography’s Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity examines lockdown food in its first season.
Food and nutrition researchers and food business owner worldwide are among those who discuss how food is changing with the pandemic.
Listen now: https://www.oxfordobesity.org/aroundthetable
Don’t miss the next of our COVID Conversations talks @ 1.15pm on Wednesday (3 June) when Professor Gina Neff of the Oxford Internet Institute aims to debunk some of the myths surrounding the virus.
In ‘COVID-19: misinformation and inequality’ Gina will be joined by Rasmus Nielsen, Professor of Political Communication in the Department of Politics and International Relations, to discuss how the pandemic has also emphasised the importance of professional journalism.
Join the conversation: https://tinyurl.com/yden93r7
Personality-wise, are you more attuned to Beethoven – inventive but impatient – than Mozart – footloose and fancy free – or more of a Vivaldi – reliable and friendly?
Find out by booking in for a free personality test and virtual coaching session with the Oxford Careers Service.
The Service offers various assessments to aid alumni in career planning, including the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator and the DISC (Dominance, Influence, Conscientiousness, Steadiness) behavioural assessment tool.
Learn more: https://tinyurl.com/Oxford-personality
Let your imagination run wild this weekend and immerse yourself in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, in the Bodleian Libraries’ exhibition on the renowned Oxford author.
The Libraries’ 2018 exhibition, Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth, explored the life and worlds of J.R.R Tolkien and his famous novels - including Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit - and can now be viewed online.
Find out more: https://tolkien.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/
Maintaining strong social connections is particularly important at this difficult time – so why not make new friends and rekindle old Oxonian friendships by joining your local alumni group?
We have almost 200 groups around the world, with many currently holding virtual events for alumni.
Find a group near you: https://www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/alumni-group-network
Find out what’s happening near you: https://www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/blog/staying-connected
Missed our latest Meeting Minds masterclass on May 27 with Professor Gina Neff of the Oxford Internet Institute on what the workplace might look like in a post-COVID world?
Fear not, you can still catch the conversation here: https://www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/meeting-minds-masterclasses
Delve into Balliol College’s historic collections and discover the languages that have helped shape the college over its 750-year-history in its online spring exhibition.
‘A Load of Old Babel: The Languages and Scripts of Balliol College’ explores the varied languages of the collection, from Aleut to Welsh. Items on display include great bibles, personal diaries and literary classics.
Find out more: https://tinyurl.com/yc2ysgzj
See some of the earliest animals brought to life in glorious 3D in a free Virtual Palaeontology event with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History at 7pm on Wednesday 3 June.
Museum palaeontologist Dr Imran Rahman will explore the new techniques being applied to the oldest fossil animals, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing this virtual world of palaeontology.
Learn more and book: https://tinyurl.com/yd39a4m3
Learn how societies have responded and adapted to pandemics throughout history at TORCH Oxford’s next online Big Tent! Live event at 17:00 (BST) today (28 May).
Join Dr Erica Charters, Associate Professor of Global History and the History of Medicine at Oxford, and AIDS activist and feminist Robin Gorna in conversation as they seek to explain that disease goes beyond being a medical and scientific problem.
Find out more: https://tinyurl.com/ybnxq97k
Don’t miss the next of our Meeting Minds masterclasses at 1pm today (27 May), when Professor Gina Neff examines what the workplace might look like in a post-COVID world.
Gina is Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute. She focuses on the digital transformation of industries, the impact of technology on work, self-tracking and A.I for decision-making.
Join the conversation and submit your questions: https://tinyurl.com/yc4cvv8u
Learn about Oxford’s pioneering research into the immune response to COVID-19 in the latest of our Covid Conversations talks online from 1.15-2.15pm tomorrow (27 May).
Professor Paul Klenerman, Sidney Truelove Professor of Gastroenterology at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, will discuss the Oxford Immunology Network’s latest findings, including learnings about the detection of neutralising antibodies, antiviral T cells and innate immune responses.
Join the conversation: http://www.ox.ac.uk/event/covid-conversations-immunology
Keep your mind active at home during lockdown with the University’s new Oxford at Home online tutorials centred around the diverse range of research taking place at Oxford.
In the second of the series, join Professor Rana Mitter and guest speaker An Van Camp from the Ashmolean Museum this Friday (29th) from 4.30-5pm as they discuss Rembrandt's background, his influences and the early challenges he faced.
Find out more: http://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/oxford-home
And if you missed Friday’s inaugural talk on ‘Garden Safari - the five groups of insects that dominate your garden’, you can watch it here: https://tinyurl.com/yc9k7o6z
Don’t miss out on Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum’s stunning collections on lockdown – you can still visit them virtually!
While the Garden and Arboretum is currently closed, you can still explore the many diverse plants and fascinating stories from the collection via its social media channels.
Find out more: https://www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/social-media
Get in touch with your artistic side this weekend and enter your creative response to the lockdown to the Ashmolean Museum’s Artists in Residence challenge.
The competition invites you to channel your experiences of lockdown – from things you might be missing to sources of inspiration – into art form.
Entries can be any type of visual art – from painting, drawing, printmaking, computer aided design, textiles, photography, sculpture, video art or collage. The competition runs until 31 July.
Find out more: https://www.ashmolean.org/art-competition
Join us online this Friday 22 May from 1-2pm (BST) to hear the latest news from Oxford on its pioneering research into the COVID-19-virus.
The live webinar will feature Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson and the Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Professor Richard Cornall in conversation.
Professor Cornall will explore Oxford’s efforts in managing of this crisis through the work of our researchers and its ground-breaking work on developing a potential vaccine.
Join the conversation: https://tinyurl.com/yccmtlq6
Spread the love with others feeling isolated on lockdown this Mental Health Awareness Week and help keep your mental wellbeing in check with top tips from Oxford.
Kindness is the theme of this year’s awareness week and research shows that being kind to others and our own mental health are strongly interlinked.
Gain useful advice from Oxford on coping with any mental health challenges you may be facing here: https://tinyurl.com/y2n3b2q2
An Oxonian duo who founded student mental health organisation It Gets Brighter have also launched a new campaign to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.
Find out more: https://tinyurl.com/ybdggy43
What will the workplace look like in a post-COVID world? Will A.I play a greater part? Join Professor Gina Neff online on Thursday (21 May) to explore these issues in our next Networking Nights special.
Gina is Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her expertise spans the digital transformation of industries, the impact of new technologies on the workplace , self-tracking and A.I for decision-making.
The session runs from 5.30-7pm and Gina will be joined by Dr Mike Moss from the University’s Careers’ Service and Christine Fairchild, Director of Alumni Relations.
Log in to or register for Oxford Alumni Community to submit your questions for the event: bit.ly/Networking-Nights
Discover what Oxford scientists have learnt about COVID-19 through the development and testing of existing drugs in the latest in the series of our COVID Conversations sessions.
In the talk, at 11.45am-12.15pm on Thursday 21 May, Professor of Virology and Director of the Glycobiology Institute, Nicole Zitzmann, will discuss her team’s work with other groups worldwide to address important biological questions around the virus.
Submit any questions beforehand by emailing: email@example.com
Join the conversation: https://youtu.be/beb0nsXHr4Y
If you missed last week’s talk on Viral pathogenesis, watch it here: https://youtu.be/mm7JCfhiptE
Bring science to life in your home during lockdown with the History of Science Museum’s pocket Curator app and virtual tours.
Discover the human stories behind seven of the museum’s artefacts with Pocket Curator Stephen, watch videos and animations – and try the instruments out yourself.
You can even explore the museum’s collections and examine objects close up from the comfort of your home with a virtual 360 degree tour.
Learn more: https://www.hsm.ox.ac.uk
Put your grey matter to the test and try an array of fun games and tests on offer from the Museum of Natural History.
The museum’s website has an area dedicated to exploring how you can get involved with their collections, including the Learning Zone featuring a whole host of interactive games to play.
Discover more: https://www.oumnh.ox.ac.uk/learn
Help celebrate the overlooked leading lights in science by choosing your favourite entries in Hertford College’s Unsung Heroes of Science competition.
The competition invites teenagers worldwide to submit videos celebrating the work of scientists that history has forgotten and attracted a record number of entries this year.
Now the college has shortlisted 24 – and the most watched video by noon on 29 June will win the special ‘Audience Award’. Play your part by watching the videos and sharing your favourite to ensure science’s unsung heroes remain unsung no longer!
Get involved: https://www.hertford.ox.ac.uk/unsungscience
Win your very own copy of the Bodleian’s 2021 Calendar by helping to pick the featured images from their vast library.
All you need to do is trawl the Digital Bodleian’s library (link below) of almost a million images to find your favourite. Then email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- the permalink found in the image details
- 20 words about what makes the image a winner to you
The competition deadline is Sunday 31 May 2020 – good luck!
Find out more: https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/
Discover what it means to be an artist in lockdown at TORCH Oxford’s next online Big Tent! Live event next week with multi award-winning musician Jamelia.
In the live discussion, from 5pm on Thursday 21 May, the chart-topping star will explore themes related to performance and music.
TORCH Oxford’s Big Tent! Live Online event series brings together world-leading speakers and humanities researchers at Oxford to discuss the burning issues of the present age.
Join the conversation: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/event/in-conversation-with-jamelia
Channel your inner creativity while socially distancing by taking part in the Ashmolean Museum’s #IsolationCreations challenge.
Each day, the museum is sharing an object from their collection on Twitter and is inviting people to share their creative response to it with them.
Your #IsolationCreations could be anything from doodles, paintings and knitting projects to poems, interpretive dances or some form of baking and can be quick or detailed, big or small.
Get involved: https://www.ashmolean.org/isolationcreations
Gain top tips and tricks to ensure your career is on track at the Careers Service’s Career Management Strategy Masterclass next week.
There is still time to book for the event, @2pm on Wednesday 20 May. During the session, Careers Adviser Dr Mike Moss will outline a research based approach to exploring career options to develop a robust career development strategy.
Sign up by registering as a graduate on Career Connect and book to attend the event.
Find out more: https://tinyurl.com/y8amwcnl
Seeking answers to the burning questions you might have on coronavirus? Then join us later today (13 May) for the second in the series of our interactive COVID Conversations sessions.
In the talk, @1.45-2.15pm, Professor William James, from Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, and Professor Richard Cornall, Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, will discuss the University’s research in how the COVID-19 virus behaves in humans.
Send your questions in advance to: email@example.com
Join the conversation: https://youtu.be/mm7JCfhiptE
Catch author Maaza Menghiste in conversation as part of Women Week at TORCH Oxford’s next online Big Tent! Live event at 17:00 (BST) this Wednesday 13 May.
Maaza is author of the critically acclaimed The Shadow King, an exploration of female power set in Ethiopia in 1935. Her 2010 debut novel The Lion’s Gaze was named one of the 10 best contemporary African books by The Guardian.
Join Green Templeton College virtually next week for two top online talks on the NHS and the coronavirus pandemic in care homes.
Hear Jacque Mallender, international health and public policy economist and health evaluation practitioner, speak on ‘Economics and the NHS – Where is the value in that?’ at 18:45 (BST) on Monday,18 May.
Then hear Professor Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, speak on ‘COVID-19 and care homes – What went wrong and why?’ at 18:00 (BST) on Thursday 21 May.
Find out more: https://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk
Catch the second in the series of our COVID Conversations next week and discover how the COVID-19 virus behaves in humans.
In the talk, from 1.45-2.15pm (BST) on Wednesday 13 May, Professor William James, from Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, and Professor Richard Cornall, Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, will discuss the University’s research in this field.
Professor James will also detail what his team are investigating and why, as well as his focus on building the Oxford SARS-CoV-2 virus facility.
Find out more and join the conversation: bit.ly/COVID-conversations
Read medical alumnus and bestselling author Samuel Shem’s heartfelt blog post addressed to medics battling the coronavirus on the front line in New York.
In his post Samuel, aka Stephen Bergman (Balliol, 1966) – Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York University Grossman medical school – notes the sense of unity and connections we have in bringing out the best in humanity in difficult times.
Under the pen name Samuel Shem, Stephen wrote The House of God, which has sold over two million copies in 30 languages and was named by The Lancet as one of the two most important American medical novels of the 20th century.
Read more: https://tinyurl.com/y6wpby3z
Get ahead in the jobs market in these uncertain times, with top advice from the University of Oxford’s Careers Service.
The Service has an increased number of 1-1 advice sessions available in 2nd week for alumni, students and researchers with their expert careers advisors.
Book an appointment on Career Connect: https://oxford.targetconnect.net/home.html
Hear from Oxford scientists at the forefront of research into COVID19 in a new series of talks.
COVID Conversations offer insights from key scientists into their work, with the opportunity to ask questions.
In the first talk, from 1.15-1.45pm (BST) on Wednesday 6 May, Professor Gavin Screaton, Head of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division, discusses the latest achievements across a range of areas - from serology to vaccine creation.
Find out more and join the conversation: bit.ly/COVID-conversations
The traditional May morning celebrations may have been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus - but The Choir of Magdalen College could not be silenced, as they marked the 500 year-old tradition with a virtual event.
Would be revellers could hear the college choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus to welcome in spring from their homes across the nation, rather than the Great Tower as normal, in a live stream on May Day morning.
In case you missed it, you can watch it here: https://www.magdalencollegechoir.com.
Our groups aren't letting lockdown stop them from celebrating; this was OUS Queensland just this week, hosting their first ever virtual AGM! Stay connected and keep quarantine social with your local alumni group.
Find more info on events here: bit.ly/AlumniGroupsConnected
“Rembrandt is loved, generation after generation, for his capacity to depict the whole of humanity with the keenest and kindest of eyes... Right now we could all do with a bit of Rembrandt" – Sir Simon Schama
Tonight, BBC Four will be airing a special about the Young Rembrandt exhibition, filmed just after the Museum closed in March, and narrated by Simon Schama. It is the first major exhibition in the UK to examine the early years of one of the greatest artists of all time. Looking at Rembrandt’s first decade at work, from 1624–34, the show charts a career on a truly meteoric path.
Tune in to BBC Four tonight at 7.30pm: bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hqpj
We've been enjoying some glorious #lockdown weather the last few weeks so no doubt you've been spending some of it in the garden!
As we look forward to even warmer weather in the months ahead, check out these top 10 gardening tips for hot weather from curator University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Patrick Green: https://bit.ly/2VAtZCz
We don't want people to stop learning and so we've created Meeting Minds Online!
We're thrilled to say that on Sunday 26 April you can join Chris Lintott, Professor of Astrophysics and lead of the Zooniverse.org project at Oxford’s Department of Physics, for a live ramble around the night sky.
In this article Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, explores the international response to Covid-19 and the role of universities, who are working with colleagues across the globe to understand the disease and protect our communities.
Explore a new subject area and keep your brain engaged with an online short course from the University's Department for Continuing Education. Places are still available on a number of courses starting on 20 April and alumni can claim 10% discount on course fees.
Are you a parent/carer in the UK, with a child in a school year between reception & year 11? Could you help researchers at Oxford learn how families are coping with the challenges of COVID-19? Complete our survey!
Oxford is actively working on the frontlines of coronavirus. Check out the dedicated webpage here for the latest: research.ox.ac.uk/Area/coronavirus-research
If you're staying at home this could be the perfect time to start reading some of those books that have been on your list. Even better? Read and discuss them with other alumni. Our Book Club is completely FREE to join, all you need is a copy of the book.
Discussion has just started on Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking (University College, 1959). You've got until the end of this week to read chapters 2 - 3, and until mid-May to complete the book.
Struggling to concentrate working from home? The Bodleian Libraries has created a special recording of the sounds of their libraries to help you focus your mind.
Our Oxford Journeys programme is still in the works, looking ahead to 2021. During this time we're also looking back at some of our own travel memories. Here's one from our Director, Christine Fairchild:
'When I was in Nara in March 2019 as part of our Meeting Minds Tokyo event I saw these remarkable women were clattering along a side street late afternoon/early evening, as if they’d walked out of a postcard. They were such stunning geisha that I had to take a photo.'