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BASIL SPYRIDONOS MARKESINIS, DCL, QC, FBA (LL.B., D.IUR. Athens, MA, PH.D., LL.D. Cambridge), Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall and Clifford Chance Professor of European Law and Director of the Centre of Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 1999.

Subject to the necessary legislation, the Clifford Chance name will transfer to the Comparative Law chair with effect from 1 October 1999, for so long as Clifford Chance funds it.

Professor Markesinis will be a fellow of Brasenose College from 1 October 1999.

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ALAN VAUGHAN LOWE, who has been appointed to the professorship, will take up his duties on 1 October 1999.

Dr Lowe will be a fellow of All Souls College.

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The Bursary has been awarded to JONATHAN WALTON, St Catherine's College.

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A new award from the J.S. McDonnell Foundation, based in the United States of America, will continue to fund the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University from May 1998 for a further five years, ending April 2003. The centre links work on many aspects of brain research relevant to human cognition in several departments at Oxford and other institutions.

The McDonnell-Pew Centre encourages work in all areas of cognitive neuroscience across all relevant disciplines and embraces research on experimental, theoretical, and clinical studies of perceptual analysis, memory, language, and motor control, including philosophical approaches to cognition. Current and fuller information on the centre is available on the Web at

The renewed centre offers several forms of support:

One-year graduate studentships;

Visiting fellowships, to contribute to the costs of short-term visits from distinguished researchers from overseas;

Seminar programme;

Workshops, for the planning of collaborative research;

Annual Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience, mainly for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists;

Annual Summer School in Connectionist Modelling;

Network grants, to cover the costs of exchange visits for collaboration with laboratories elsewhere in the world, especially in Europe and North America;

Research support fund, providing small grants for pilot projects and experience in new techniques;

Pilot project grants for functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, to enable investigators to start projects at the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB);

Travel fund, especially for costs of visits to other laboratories or to training courses to learn new techniques.

Support is normally restricted to members of the McDonnell--Pew centre but, in exceptional circumstances, applications from others will be considered.

Anyone wishing to join the mailing list of the centre should contact Harriet Fishman, Administrative Secretary, McDonnell--Pew Secretariat, University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PT (telephone: Oxford (2)72497, e-mail:

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Summer half-term activities

Traces in time: what we can learn from ancient animals from the traces they leave behind

This programme of activities will be held on Tuesday, 1 June, and Thursday, 3 June, 2–4 p.m. The activities are most suitable for children aged seven and over, although all are welcome. Admission is free. No booking is necessary, but prompt arrival is advised as places are limited.

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COLIN CARR will give a master-class at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 22 May, in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College. Coaching for chamber groups or performing soloists (not necessarily cellists) may be arranged by application to the College Secretary, St John's College.

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`What remains?' German prose (East and West) since 1945: a documentary exhibition

During Trinity Term the Language Centre is hosting a small exhibition, on loan from the Goethe Institut, which is intended to be an introduction to two dozen West and East German postwar writers. Further details, including a full description of the exhibition, are available via the Language Centre Web site (

Members and staff of the University are invited to visit the exhibition in the foyer of the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, open 9.30 a.m–6.30 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturdays. Enquiries: Oxford (2)83360.

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