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Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press.

August 18th 2017 0

Curbing Climate Change: Why it’s so hard to act in time

This summer I worked on the Greenland ice sheet, part of a scientific experiment to study surface melting and its contribution to Greenland’s accelerating ice losses. By virtue of its size, elevation and currently frozen state, Greenland has the pot…

August 16th 2017 0

The Lives of the Philosophers – Why They Matter

The Lives of the Philosophers, a series published by Cambridge University Press, shows why biography is important and what it can tell us about the work of its various subjects. Sensitively charting the interplay between an author’s life and text, e…

August 10th 2017 0

Was Teddy Roosevelt a Good Public Speaker?

When I began studying the relationship between American leaders and followers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, I made what seemed an obvious assumption: Theodore Roosevelt had to have been a masterful public speaker.  After all, …

August 8th 2017 0

Q&A with Panos Y. Papalambros

What motivated you to write Principles of Optimal Design 3E? The book was conceived and written in the mid 1980s to highlight the interplay between the mathematical modeling of design as a decision-making problem and the computational algorithms that will…

August 8th 2017 0

How Big Pharma is Hindering Treatment of the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

“A crippling problem.” “A total epidemic.” “A problem like nobody understands.” These are the words President Trump used to describe the opioid epidemic ravaging the country during a White House listening session&n…

August 7th 2017 0

Synchronization and My Career

Recently, my book entitled “Synchronization in Digital Communication Systems” was published by Cambridge University Press.  As I mentioned in its preface, my fellow engineers and I have spent a lot of time on designing, debugging and test…

July 20th 2017 0

Science and Religion – the View Both Ways

“This is a ‘both-and’ book. Those who prefer confrontational ‘either-or’ discourse should look elsewhere”. This is how I conclude the Introduction of my recently published CUP book Genes, Determinism and God. The commen…

July 13th 2017 0

Reading Jane Austen

I’ve been reading Austen since childhood, and I am only half joking when I say that if you put me under light hypnosis, I could probably recite Pride and Prejudice word for word in its entirety. Between what the novels have taught me about writing a…

July 13th 2017 0

White House in turmoil shows why Trump’s no CEO

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump made much of his business experience, claiming he’s been “creating jobs and rebuilding neig…

July 10th 2017 0

Team Meetings or Ritualized Events? How (Not) to Build Effective Leadership Teams

Originally posted on Leaders at Work In the first few minutes of President Donald Trump’s inaugural cabinet meeting, the President seemingly encouraged all participants to, one by one, offer their allegiance, loyalty, and gratefulness for the opport…

Cambridge Extra at the Linguist List


An online resource for linguists worldwide.

June 7th 2017 0

What is offside in German or Icelandic? Football English in European languages

Based on an article in Nordic Journal of Linguistics, written by Gunnar Bergh and Sölve Ohlander. “Football and English are the only truly global languages.” This statement, attributed to the legendary English football…

May 8th 2017 0

Applied Psycholinguistics Readership Survey

Applied Psycholinguistics publishes original research papers on the psychological processes involved in language. It examines language development, language use and language disorders in adults and children with a particular emphasis on cross-languag…

April 13th 2017 0

Albert Valdman Award Winners 2017

Blog post from Akira Murakami and Theodora Alexopoulou: We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Studies in Second Language Acquisition and Cambridge University Press for selecting our paper, ‘L1 influence on the acquisition order of English gram…

April 11th 2017 0

JLG Call for Co-Editor

Journal of Linguistic Geography (JLG) is an online-only refereed journal of international scope publishing the highest quality scholarship on dialect geography and the spatial distribution of language relative to questions of variation and change. The jou…

March 28th 2017 0

“Analysing English Sentences” – A. Radford

By Susan E. Holt My love affair (and it really is love) with linguistics began back as a nine year old watching “My Fair Lady” for the first time.  After the initial romance, it was time to make a serious commitment and that came in the f…

March 20th 2017 0

Enter the Gnome Chomsky Competition #findgnomeahome

It's competition time and we'd like to find Gnome Noam a Home. Enter the competition to be entered into the prize draw. Good Luck! . . . → Read More: Enter the Gnome Chomsky Competition #findgnomeahome

March 20th 2017 0

Tasks, methodological transparency and the IRIS database of research materials

Commentary by Emma Marsden, University of York and Margaret Borowczyk, Georgetown University IRIS is a repository of instruments used in second language research. It was created to increase access to the variety of materials used to elicit data for empiri…

March 17th 2017 0

The American Association for Applied Linguistics and the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics: New format/closer ties

Commentary by Kathleen M. Bailey, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and President, AAAL and Alison Mackey, Georgetown University and Lancaster University and editor of ARAL Every year for almost four decades, ARAL has ser…

March 7th 2017 0

The merits of a case study approach in communication disorders

Blog post by Louise Cummings, Nottingham Trent University . . . → Read More: The merits of a case study approach in communication disorders

February 3rd 2017 0

Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series

This series highlights key topics in Applied Linguistics. Each book presents original research, either up-dating and re-thinking a traditional theme, or introducing important new concepts. . . . → Read More: Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series

Cambridge Medicine


Keeping a finger on the pulse.

May 12th 2017 0

Global challenges and opportunities for tackling antimicrobial resistance

This post was written by Sophie Allcock and originally posted on the Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics blog – view more at: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global public health concern. In 2014, an est…

February 8th 2017 0

Knowledge gaps in the epidemiology of Toxocara: the enigma remains

The latest Parasitology Paper of the Month is “Knowledge gaps in the epidemiology of Toxocara: the enigma remains” by Celia Holland. Some parasites seem to have a Cinderella status. Down in the basement of the ugly stepmother’s house, th…

November 28th 2016 0

The challenges of big data in low- and middle-income countries: from paper to petabytes

Generation of digital data has expanded exponentially over the last decade, inspiring visions of data-driven healthcare and precision medicine. But the promise of big data is tempered by today’s reality in low resource settings: weak health systems …

November 18th 2016 0

Which behaviours and symptoms are the most distressing for family carers of people with dementia?

The November International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “A systematic review of the relationship between behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPSD) and caregiver well-being” by Alexandra Feast, Esme Moniz-Cook, Charlotte…

November 9th 2016 0

Insomnia more common in teens whose mums had postnatal depression

More than a third (36%) of teenagers whose mothers suffered from postnatal depression experienced sleep problems at the age of 18, compared to only one in five (22%) teenagers whose mothers didn’t suffer from postnatal depression. Insomnia affects b…

October 11th 2016 0

Towards an exposure-dependent model of post-traumatic stress

Imagine sitting at your desk at work, on a Friday afternoon, just waiting for the weekend to begin. Then; a loud bang, the walls are shaking, your office windows shatter. With ears ringing, you crawl out into the corridor. The guy in the office next to yo…

October 4th 2016 0

Danish Suicide Prevention Clinics prevent more than deaths by suicide

This post was written by Johannes Birkbak and Annette Erlangsen. A new Danish study finds that psychosocial therapy for suicide prevention does more than preventing deaths by suicide. The treatment also reduces risk of death by other causes. Mental a…

September 21st 2016 0

Get your sleep and treat depression to guard against Alzheimer’s disease

The September International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “Associations between depression, sleep disturbance, and apolipoprotein E in the development of Alzheimer’s disease: dementia” by Shanna L. Burke, Peter Marama…

September 13th 2016 0

Medicalisation of young minds: new study reveals 28% rise in antidepressant prescribing amongst 6-18 year olds « Swansea University

Antidepressant prescribing amongst children and young people has shown a significant increase of 28% in the past decade, even though recorded diagnoses of depression have gone down, according to new research published today. One in ten children and young …

September 7th 2016 0

A centenary of Robert T. Leiper’s lasting legacy on schistosomiasis and a COUNTDOWN on control of neglected tropical diseases

The latest Parasitology Paper of the Month is “A centenary of Robert T. Leiper’s lasting legacy on schistosomiasis and a COUNTDOWN on control of neglected tropical diseases” by J. Russell Stothard, Narcis B. Kabatereine, John Archer, Haj…

Cambridge Library Collection


Books of enduring scholarly value.

March 20th 2015 0


Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving others to ramble on (or, even better, write snappily and coherently) … Continue reading &r…

March 16th 2015 1

Spring and Port Wine

 … is the name of a play and then a film about Bolton, in northern England. However, I’m borrowing the title because I’ve just spent a few spring days in (O)Porto, where the wine comes from. My Portuguese vocabulary has … Co…

March 10th 2015 2

The Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is described in his ODNB entry as ‘author and wit’, which somewhat overlooks the day job as a clergyman. In the two-volume ‘life and letters’ published in 1855 by his daughter Saba (a name he invented himself), she &he…

March 5th 2015 0

A Child’s History of England

The paths of the Cambridge Library Collection and Charles Dickens have crossed several times – remarkable, given that Dickens is (of course) one of Britain’s greatest novelists, and we don’t publish much fiction. But of the short experim…

March 3rd 2015 5

The Huguenots

I have mentioned before the industrious Samuel Smiles, Victorian believer in hard work and self-education (otherwise known as pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps) as the way to social improvement and financial prosperity. His 1867 work on the Hug…

February 27th 2015 3

The Diary of John Evelyn

One of my vital tools as a scribbler of blogs on books is a little pack of those things – I don’t even know what they are called – which you can stick on to a page to mark a … Continue reading →

February 23rd 2015 3

Illustrations of Roman London

Charles Roach Smith was born on the Isle of Wight in 1806, and reared by his mother and older sisters after his father’s death when he was six years old. He was educated in Hampshire, and then brought back to … Continue reading →

February 18th 2015 1


It’s really too early in the year for a blog on this topic: galanthophilia is in full swing around the country. But we have just received the first copy of Sweet’s Hortus Britannicus, Or, a Catalogue of Plants, Indigenous, or … Continue…

February 16th 2015 0

The Roll Call

…or, to give it its full title, Calling the Roll after an Engagement, Crimea, a large military history painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874, was so popular as an exhibit that a policeman, ‘poor, hot man’, had to … Cont…

February 12th 2015 0

Winter Journey

Last Saturday, in ‘CD Review’ on BBC Radio 3, they discussed and played extracts from various new recordings of Schubert song cycles, of which the least satisfactory (in my view) was a Winterreise by a counter-tenor. Not the strangeness of &he…

Journals Blog


Advancing learning, knowledge and research.

August 18th 2017 0

No Longer Business as Usual: Citizens’ emerging role in enforcing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Zimbabwe

According to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) the responsibility to respect human rights requires that business enterprises: “Avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through their own activities, a…

August 17th 2017 0

Children who skip breakfast may not be getting recommended nutrients

A study by researchers led by Dr Gerda Pot at King’s College London has suggested that children who skip breakfast regularly may not be consuming the daily amounts of key nutrients for growth and development that are recommended by the UK government…

August 16th 2017 0

A study into yet another attempt to denounce antidepressant drugs

The authors of Multiple Possible Inaccuracies Cast Doubt on a Recent Report Suggesting Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors to be Toxic and Ineffective discuss their Open Access article which was published in Acta Neuropsychiatrica. …

August 16th 2017 0

My Top 5 Journal of Hellenic Studies Articles – Part III

Douglas Cairns concludes his exploration of his favourite articles from the Journal of Hellenic Studies archive.  You can access these articles for free by following the links below, or you can read his previous post.…

August 15th 2017 0

Gift giving to guilds in sixteenth century London

In this blog Dr Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin discusses her article Gifting cultures and artisanal guilds in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century London which was published in The Historical Journal.…

August 11th 2017 0

Taking back control and handing it back to corporations: The UK’s Brexit

Below is a blog based on Kevin Farnsworth’s Journal of Social Policy article. A longer, fully-referenced version can be found at: Many of those who voted to leave the EU would have been encouraged…

August 11th 2017 0

‘You started something … then I continued by myself’: a qualitative study of physical activity maintenance

It is well known that physical activity is good for both our physical and mental health. There are many different conditions that physical activity can help prevent or improve: stroke, cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression, to name a few.&…

August 11th 2017 0

The impact of the South African War (1899 – 1902) on working-class British women and families

In this blog Dr Eliza Riedi discusses her article Assisting Mrs Tommy Atkins: Gender, class, philanthropy, and the domestic impact of the South African War, 1899–1902 which was published in The Historical Journal.…

August 10th 2017 0

The steady golfer vs. the brilliant golfer: who would win over 72 holes?

This weekend Jordan Spieth will attempt to become the youngest golfer to win the career Grand Slam when he tees off at the US PGA Championship.…

August 9th 2017 1

Meet the New Editor-in-Chief for the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist: Q & A with Richard Thwaites

Dr Richard Thwaites is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) and consultant clinical psychologist working in Cumbria, UK. He is currently Clinical Director of a large Improving Access to Psychological Therapies adult service and is involved in resear…

August 7th 2017 0

Counting the Cost of European Union Regulation, You Couldn’t Make It Up

The role of regulation in saving lives, enhancing public health and welfare, and protecting the environment rarely features in policy debates in the UK.…

August 3rd 2017 0

Brexit means higher immigration and more social spending

As many commentators have pointed out, the UK welfare state faces long-term structural problems in two main areas. Globalisation and technological changes demand that government directs attention to national competitiveness, and population ageing requires…

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