News of our Fellows
Chris Clark presents The Ever Widening War on BBC Radio 4
Professor Christopher Clark has presented a five-part documentary series on the First World War. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, The Ever Widening War is available to listen to on-line.
Geert Jan van Gelder joint winner of Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation
Professor Geert Jan van Gelder has received, together with Professor Gregor Schoeler (University of Basel), the first prize of the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding, category Arabic to English, for their translation of The Epistle of Forgiveness by the Syrian writer Abu l-Ala al-Ma`arri (d. 1057), which was published in two volumes, together with a new edition of the Arabic text, by New York University Press in 2013.
Lord Stern: Governments must now invest in private sector renewables
British Academy President Lord Stern reflects on Saturday's historic Paris agreement on climate change in today's Financial Times. In the article he calls on governments worldwide to eliminate wasteful subsidies for fossil fuels and redirect some of this money into clean energy.
New research findings on gender and autism led by Simon Baron-Cohen
In the Daily Telegraph Professor Simon Baron-Cohen talks about the findings of a study of more than half a million people, carried out in partnership with Channel 4, into why more men than women have autistic traits. He also discusses the results of a further study which suggests that the critical factor may be hormone levels rather than gender.
Per-Olof Wikström is joint winnner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology
Professor Per-Olof Wikström has been awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology by Stockholm University. The award has been given to the winners 'in recognition of their important joint advance in knowledge about how parents and peers shape successes, or failures, in preventing adult violence and crime'.
Tim Besley elected 2018 President of Econometric Society
Professor Tim Besley has been elected Second Vice-President of the Econometric Society. His election means that he will serve as President of the Econometric Society in 2018. Additionally, Professor Tim Besley will serve as one of the seven commissioners on the UK's new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).
Sarah Whatmore appointed Academic Champion for Public Engagement
Professor Sarah Whatmore, Professor of Environment and Public Policy in the School of Geography and the Environment and Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford, has been appointed as Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research.
Angus Deaton wins Nobel prize in economics
Professor Angus Deaton is the 2015 winner of the Nobel prize in economics. The Scottish-born economist is best known for his work on health, wellbeing, and economic development. His book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality, argues that a more sophisticated analysis of economic data shows that while most people in the world have gained in terms of health and wellbeing from GDP growth, there are many groups that have missed out.
Jonathan Bate and Robert Gildea selected for Samuel Johnson 2015 longlist
Professors Jonathan Bate and Robert Gildea are among 12 authors selected for The Samuel Johnson Prize 2015 longlist. Professor Bate has been nominated for 'Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life' (William Collins) and Professor Gildea for 'Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance' (Faber & Faber).
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen talks about autism on BBC Radio 4
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University and vice-president of the National Autistic Society, has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme to talk about the waiting times facing people seeking diagnosis of autism.
Sir Adam Roberts completes extended cycle ride from Land’s End to John o'Groats
Former British Academy President, Sir Adam Roberts, has completed a cycle ride from Land's End to John o'Groats (LE JoG), by an extended 1,200-mile route taking in the Outer Hebrides. The 24-day journey with his daughter Hannah celebrated his 75th birthday. It is the third time he has cycled LE JoG in his seventies.
Uta Frith presents BBC2's Horizon programme about OCD
Professor Uta Frith meets the people living with OCD, looks at the therapy available and asks what neuroscience can offer by way of a cure, in BBC 2's Horizon programme OCD: A Monster in my Mind.