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CHRISTOPHER C. HOOD (BA, D.Litt. York, B.Litt. Glasgow), FBA, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy, London School of Economics, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 January 2001.

Professor Hood will be a fellow of All Souls College.

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Appointment of deputies

The General Board has appointed A.J. DOWNS, MA, D.PHIL., University Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and Fellow of Jesus College, as acting head of the Sub-department of Inorganic Chemistry for M.L.H. Green, MA, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Fellow of St Catherine's College, for Trinity and Michaelmas Terms 2000 and Hilary Term 2001, during which Professor Green has been granted sabbatical leave. It has also appointed J.R. DILWORTH, MA, University Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and Fellow of St Anne's College as acting deputy head of the Sub-department for the same period, during which Professor Downs will be acting head of the Sub-department.

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The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

                                                 Appointed by

Professorship of French Literature

Mr Vice-Chancellor (Chairman)                    ex officio
The Principal of Lady Margaret Hall              ex officio
Professor C. Prendergast                         Council
Professor C. Britton                             General Board
Professor A.B.J. Viala                           General Board
Professor M. Bowie                               Modern Languages Board
Professor T.C. Cave                              Modern Languages Board
Dr J.H.M. Taylor                                 Modern Languages Board
Dr C.M. MacRobert                                Lady Margaret Hall

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The Board of Management of the Heath Harrison Fund has awarded Junior Travelling Scholarships as follows:

N.J. ASHLEY, St Catherine's College (French)
R.J. BROWN, Balliol College (German)
A. CREATON, St Hugh's College (German)
S.B. CRITCHLOW, Magdalen College (French)
J.D. DINGLEY, Balliol College (German)
E.P. GRIFFITHS, St John's College (Russian)
K.E. GRIFFITHS, Lincoln College (German)
S. LENNON, St Catherine's College (Italian)
V.B. MARRIOTT, St Catherine's College (Portuguese)
R. MCCORMACK, St Catherine's College (German)
K.L. ROBINSON, Christ Church (Italian)
W.J. SAMPSON, Christ Church (German)
A.M. SEYMOUR, Brasenose College (German)
L.A.C. WINN, New College (French)

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2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB

Isis Innovation, a wholly-owned company of the University, was established in 1988. The company has been formed to exploit know-how arising out of research funded by the UK Government through the Research Councils and funded by other bodies where the rights are not tied. The function of the company is to ensure that the results of research bring rewards to Oxford, and to the inventors, who are given a financial incentive for exploitation.

Isis seeks licensees willing to pay lump sums and/or royalties for the use of know-how arising out of research. Isis also exploits the intellectual property of the University by setting up individual companies using venture capital or development capital funds.

Isis' services are also available to individuals who wish to exploit the results of research supported by non-Research Council sources, when there are no prior conditions on the handling of the intellectual property rights. Isis Innovation has at its disposal a small pre-seedcorn fund for paying the costs of protecting intellectual property rights and for taking work to a stage where its potential can be assessed.

Isis finds industrial partners to ensure that new ideas can be developed for market requirements. The company has established the Oxford Innovation Society for major industrial companies, so that they can have a window on Oxford technology and an opportunity to license and invest where appropriate.

A brochure explaining Isis' activities is available. Please contact the above address, or the telephone and fax numbers given below.

Members of the University should contact the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)72411; fax: (2)72412.)

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In 1990, the James S. McDonnell Foundation of St Louis, and the Pew Charitable Trusts of Philadelphia, USA, funded the establishment of an interdisciplinary research centre, the McDonnell–Pew Centre, for research in cognitive neuroscience. Oxford was the only institution outside North America to be awarded a Centre grant and it was one of three institutions receiving a major Centre award (along with MIT and the University of California at San Diego). A new award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation continues to fund the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience until April 2003.

The Centre, which is closely integrated with the Medical Research Council Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, links work on many aspects of brain research relevant to human cognition in several departments at Oxford and other institutions. It 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;

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 Funds, 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 the Administrative Secretary, McDonnell–Pew Secretariat, University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PT (telephone: Oxford (2)72497, e-mail:

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Intensive courses

Intensive German reading course for theologians

This course will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon each day in ninth week of Hilary Term (13–17 March). It is intended for students at Lower Intermediate level but absolute beginners may also apply. The fee will be £40 and registrations should be made by 10 March.

Intensive courses in English as a Foreign Language

Two courses will be available, from Tuesday to Friday in noughth week of Trinity Term (25–8 April). Intensive Academic Writing will take place 9.30 a.m.–12.45 p.m., and costs £80. Academic Correspondence will take place 2–4.15 p.m., and the fee will be £55.

Intensive weekend courses

The Language Centre will be running four weekend language courses in Trinity Term. Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition and last from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The emphasis will be on speaking and listening. The courses are as follows:

20–1 May: German (Absolute Beginners and Intermediate)

20–1 May: Italian (Absolute Beginners and Lower Intermediate)

3–4 June: French (Near/False Beginners, Lower Intermediate, and Upper Intermediate)

3–4 June: Spanish (Absolute Beginners and Lower Intermediate).

The fee will be £28 for junior members of the University and other full-time students, £36 for members of Congregation, and £48 to non-members. An application form can be downloaded from the Centre's Web page at

Further details and a booking form for all intensive courses may be obtained from Angela Pinkney at the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail:, Internet site:

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Forthcoming Concerts and Events

For further details of any of these events, and to book, contact the Bate Collection, the Faculty of Music, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB (telephone: Oxford (2)76139, e-mail:

11–12 March: Bow Rehairing Weekend with Andrew Bellis (£45, £30 concessions). Some places still available.

19 March: Philip Bate Memorial Concert, Holywell Music Room, 3 p.m., with musical tributes on instruments from the Collection. Tea will be served afterwards in Wadham College. Contact the Bate Collection if you would like to attend.

8–9 April: Gamelan Weekend with Peter Smith and Simon Steptoe, playing the Bate Collection's Javanese Gamelan Kyai Madu Laras (£50, £30 concessions).

26–8 April: The Sound of the Cornetto. In collaboration with the Historic Brass Society and with support by Vincent Meyer, an International Symposium on the History, Performance Practice, Symbolism, Manufacture, and Repertoire of the Cornetto in its Solo and Ensemble Settings. Information may be obtained from Jeremy West, 80 Vancouver Road, London SE23 2AJ UK (telephone: 0181-473 0444, fax: 0181-699 6926, e- mail:; Jamie Savan, 857a Hertford Road, Enfield, Middx. EN3 6UH (telephone/fax: 01992 714819, e-mail:; or the Historic Brass Society, 148 West 23rd Street #2A, New York, NY 10011, USA (telephone/fax: 212 6273820, e-mail:, Internet:

29–30 April: British Clavichord Society Study Day and Annual General Meeting. Further information is available from the Bate Collection.

13 May: Viol da gamba for Beginners, with Cathie Miserandino. A chance to try the treble, tenor, and bass viols from the collection (£15, £10 concessions). Places available.

27–28 May: Recorder Study Weekend, with Edgar Hunt. Further information is available from the Bate Collection.

16–21 July: Bow Making Summer School, with Andrew Bellis. An opportunity to learn to make a violin, viola, cello, or bass bow suitable for modern playing requirements, inspired by the William C. Retford Memorial Collection.

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Private view of exhibition of contemporary art

A private view and wine reception, open to members of the University, will be held in the Mary Ogilvie Gallery, St Anne's College, on Sunday, 12 March, 3–6 p.m., for the college's current exhibition of contemporary art.

The exhibition features digital prints and videotapes by Nancy Atakan, an Anglo-Turkish artist working and living in Istanbul. Following the private view the exhibition will be open Monday--Friday, 10 a.m.--4 p.m. (telephone Oxford (2)74800 for information on any changes to the opening hours), and continues until 1 April.

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