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Editor’s note

Connections, whether in person or facilitated by technology, unite us and give us strength. Read an overview of the magazine and discover how the articles are all connected.

Sam Davies: profile

Sam talked to the Editor from her boat during the Vendée Globe, an around-the-world sailing race from November to February. Following a serious collision, she continued the course to overcome her fear.

Communicating with computers

AI Interactions Architect Cameron Taylor (2009) discusses the lessons robots can learn from humans and how advances in automation might affect our future.

Sophie Callis: one to watch

After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist three days before the first UK lockdown, Sophie has been working in a heart and lung hospital throughout the pandemic.

Eric Ho: career spotlight

Eric overcame burnout and founded Bumblebee Wellbeing. Here he summarises his career journey from corporate lawyer to Leadership Health Coach.

Generating Genius

Thanks to a generous Johnian donation, this year marks the start of an exciting collaboration between St John’s and Generating Genius. Head of Admissions Victoria Harvey introduces the scheme.

Paying it forward

Before leaving a legacy to St John’s last year to help students in challenging circumstances, Walter Hayman (1943) was a child refugee, a Fellow of the Royal Society and a distinguished mathematician.

Playlist: a computer scientist’s choices

Steve Furber (1971) developed the ARM microprocessor and is now working on computer models of neurons to better understand the human brain. He explains his research and music preferences.

Neil Lawrence: in a nutshell

Neil was the first PhD student to work on machine learning at the Cambridge Computer Lab, and he is now the University’s first DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning.

Love music?

St John’s has the opportunity to obtain a late nineteenth century Willis organ, which will achieve synergy between the Choirs, the organ and the Chapel architecture.