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Election of an Official Member

12 March 1998

The following has been duly elected as an official member, to hold office from the date of the election until the beginning of Michaelmas Term 1998:

B. CANTOR, MA, Cookson Professor of Materials

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Honour School of Natural Sciences—Biological Sciences 1999

Under the terms of the regulations for the above examination (Examination Decrees, 1997, pp. 412–15) the Sub-faculty of Biology has approved the following topics for extended essays in Part A of the Honour School examinations in 1999.

Animal Biology

1 Do Tinbergen's `four questions' apply to areas of biology other than behaviour?

2 What factors shape the reproductive strategies of animals?

3 Write an essay on the integrative action of the nervous system.

4 How are skeletal and muscular elements of different animals integrated to carry out specific locomotor tasks?

5 Discuss how nutritional systems reflect compromises between the simultaneous requirements for multiple nutrients.

Plant and Microbial Biology

1 Discuss how transgenic plants have increased our understanding of metabolic processes in plants.

2 Should we be taking action to conserve bacterial biodiversity?

3 Plants have had to evolve a distinct set of mechanisms to compensate for an immobile lifestyle. Discuss these mechanisms with respect to the generation of plant form, plant growth, plant reproduction, and acquisition of resources. Make particular reference to how such mechanisms may be similar or dissimilar to mechanisms that have evolved in animals.

4 Trace the evolution of the life history of extant angiosperms and describe the selective pressures that have led to the most significant changes.

5 Write an essay on the potential of using plants as biorefineries.

Environmental Biology

1 Brancaster County Council have been asked to give planning permission for a new light industrial estate on an area of heathland adjacent to a small county town. You have been asked to assess the conservation value of this area. Prepare a detailed proposal describing how you would go about doing this. Your proposal should include a work-plan, a budget, and a list of outputs.

2 What are the principal ways in which humans have an environmental impact?

3 How would aliens know that there is life on Earth if they could not visit us?

4 In what ways can phylogenetic information be informative in ecology?

5 Contrast absolute and relative methods of population measurement.

Cell and Developmental Biology

1 Describe how advances in microscopy technique have increased our understanding of cell biology.

2 Cells are extraordinarily complex dynamic structures. Why don't they go wrong more often?

3 Much research in cell biology is funded with a view to understanding human biology and treating human disease: why then is so much of the research performed on fungi such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe?

4 `No man is an island' (Thomas Merton). Discuss the extent to which individual cells within a multicellular eukaryote are independent of one another.

5 Compare the mechanisms that are used to ensure that proteins and RNAs end up in their correct cellular location.

Biology of Animal and Plant Disease

1 Compare and contrast current and future control practices for micro- and macro-parasites.

2 Does the gene-for-gene theory apply equally to animal and plant systems?

3 Discuss the parasite-altered behaviour in plants and animals—consider single and multiple host systems.

4 Do plants and animals rely equally on innate and adaptive immunity?

5 Explore the uses and limitations of the concept of the basic reproductive number (R0) of a parasitic infection with reference to vector-borne parasite systems.

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The examiners appointed by the following faculty boards and committee give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

Anthropology and Geography

M. BALZANI, Wolfson: `Changing traditions and rituals of legitimation: studies in kingship from Jodhpur, Rajasthan'.
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Friday, 22 May, 10.30 a.m.
Examiners: M.J. Banks, D. Quigley.

Biological Sciences

E.L. NASON, St Cross: `Structural analysis of BTV VP7 epitopes with regard to location of putative cell binding sites'.
Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Wednesday, 8 April, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: E.Y. Jones, H. Saibil.

P.M. NISSOM, Exeter: `A structural and functional analysis of CPF1, a 6HLH21P protein of Saccharomyces cerevisiae'.
Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Thursday, 9 April, 10 a.m.
Examiners: M.S.P. Sansom, R.M. Walmsely.

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English Language and Literature

R. CLARE, St John's: `The deployment of Shakespeare's verse and prose: a theory of interpretation'.
St Anne's, Wednesday, 8 April, 2 p.m.
Examiners: P. Holland, A. Pasternak Slater.

J. PENMAN, Somerville: `John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester; the context of his A Satire Against Mankind, with special reference to his religious attitude'.
Examination Schools, Tuesday, 19 May, 11 a.m.
Examiners: D.J. Womersley, P. Lyons.

Oriental Studies

Y. WILLIAMS, St Peter's: `Tsumi in early Japan'.
Sophia University, Tokyo (with the permission of the Proctors), Tuesday, 21 April, 10 a.m.
Examiners: P. Harries, R. Gardner.

Committee for Educational Studies

F. ALDHAFAIRI, St Anne's: `Evaluating the Islamic edu- cation curriculum in elementary schools in the state of Kuwait'.
Examination Schools, Thursday, 30 April, 10 a.m.
Examiners: C.W.R. Davies, M.I. Dien.

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The examiners appointed by the following faculty board give notice of oral examination of their candidate as follows:

Biological Sciences

A. MILICIC, St Catherine's: `Genetical approaches to the further characterisation of the loci implanted in X-linked retinitis pigmentosa'.
Department of Biochemistry, Friday, 17 April, 10 a.m.
Examiners: E.M. Klenova, A. Lucassen.