Dr Jessica Gardner, University Librarian, shares the books that have shaped her life.

Professor Pauline Rose, Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre in the Faculty of Education, discusses recent research investigating the effectiveness of charitable donations.

Professor Geoff Ward, Principal of Homerton and Acting Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, shares his favourite books.

Ed Smith (Peterhouse 1995) and fourth-year natural scientist Lauren Baldwin discuss sport, life – and the surprising uses to which cabinets may be put.

Dr Stanley Bill, University Senior Lecturer in Polish Studies, shares his experiences of teaching and research.

Cambridge University Hip Hop Society is spreading the love with good vibes – and great music.

Whether wielded by rock stars or politicians, charisma is the ultimate soft power. CAM explores the dark side of this most alluring – and potent – of qualities.
Petri dish
The first Petri dish was put into service in 1887. Today, this most humble of scientific instruments remains at the cutting edge of discovery. Read on to find out why. 
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In the Michaelmas issue of CAM we discover the dark side of Charisma, discuss student politics with past and present JCR officers and investigate the importance of the most humble of scientific instruments - the Petri dish.

Professor Zoe Kourtzi explains how strengthening alternative routes in the brain could help combat memory loss.


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