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Visiting Fellowship awards

An award from the J.S. McDonnell Foundation, St Louis, USA, will continue to fund the Oxford McDonnell–Pew 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.

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 at

The renewed centre offers several forms of support, including visiting fellowships for distinguished researchers from overseas or elsewhere in Britain who wish to work within the centre for periods between a week and several months. A modest grant may be provided to help with costs of travel and accommodation (but not salary or stipend), and to pay a bench fee to the host department.

There is no application form. Applications should include the following information:

name, address and status of applicant (in the form of a very brief curriculum vitae);

names and addresses of collaborators in Oxford;

a brief statement (up to 300 words) of the proposed research;

a list of any publications that have already resulted from the research;

an outline plan of visit/s and expenditure, with total estimated budget;

other sources of funding and the amount requested.

Applications can be submitted at any time (e-mail is acceptable), to Sally Harte, Administrative Secretary, McDonnell–Pew Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PT (telephone: (2)72497, fax: (2)72488, e-mail:

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Library and self-study facilities

The Library's collection of audio/video cassettes, books and computer programs covers over 100 languages. The Self-Study Area has rooms equipped with listening and viewing facilities for individual work and computer-based learning resources. New users should aim to arrive shortly before 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. to register and attend an orientation session.

The Library and Self-Study Area is free of charge to the following: senior members of the University who are members of Congregation, junior members of the University pursuing a course, and members of staff (including staff of the colleges, teaching hospitals, and the University Press). The Centre also accepts applications from external users for a termly or annual fee.

The Library is open from 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday during full term.

Further information about all courses and facilities may be obtained by telephoning (2)83660, by e-mailing to, or by calling at the Centre at 12 Woodstock Road.

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Events: `Pitt Stops'

The following events for all the family will be held on Saturdays, 2–4 p.m., in the museum, Admission is free.

3 Feb.: There are elephants in the Pitt Rivers Museum, but can you find them?

3 Mar.: Chickens, bunnies, bonnets, and a few other ways to celebrate spring.

Half-term family trails and activities

These activities will be held between Sunday, 18 February, and Saturday, 24 February, inclusive: `The witch and the museum' and `The desert island survival kit'—two family trails that encourage children to create stories based on the museum objects that most excite them.

There will also be a short gallery talk each day at 2.30 p.m.

Art materials and some work-space will be available in the museum.

The trails are free and are suitable for children aged 5+ accompanied by an adult. For further information, contact Andrew McLellan (telephone: Oxford (2)70944).

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Organ recitals

The following organ recitals will be given at 1.10 p.m. on Wednesdays in the college chapel. Admission free (retiring collection).

7 Feb.: NEIL TAYLOR, Sheffield Cathedral.

14 Feb.: DANA MARSH, Queen's College.

21 Feb.: EDWARD WHITING, Queen's College.

28 Feb.: ROD THOMSON, Hobart Cathedral, Tasmania.

7 Mar.: JAMES PARSONS, Oundle.

Lunchtime recitals

The following recitals will be given at 1.10 p.m. on Saturdays in the college chapel. Admission free (retiring collection).

3 Feb.: JAMES TAYLOR (jazz piano).

10 Feb.: SARATHA RAJESWARAN (soprano).

17 Feb.: JUDITH HENDERSON (violin) and BRIAN HITCH (piano).

24 Feb.: ALICE GRIBBIN (soprano).

3 Mar.: ALEXANDER KARALIS-ISAAC (classical guitar).

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Concert: Music for Holy Week

THE QUEEN'S COLLEGE CHOIR (directed by Owen Rees and Edward Whiting) will give a concert at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday, 1 March, in the college chapel, of Renaissance and twentieth-century music for Holy Week, including motets by Victoria and Poulenc.

Admission will be by programme at the door (£5/£3).

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Opening arrangements for the Sackler Library

Further to previous notices, the Library wishes to alert readers to its plans to move into the Sackler Library in the Long Vacation of 2001. A detailed timetable is currently being formulated in consultation with the appropriate committees.

In principle it is anticipated that apart from complete closure of about a week (probably the last week in June), the Library will remain open with discrete sections of stock unavailable while being transferred over the course of the following five to six weeks. The move should be completed by mid August. Further updates and a more detailed timetable will be published as soon as possible on the Sackler Library Web site at http://www/

During the remaining construction period there may be occasional noise disturbance from the building site and times when it becomes necessary for health and safety reasons to close or partially close the library at short notice. The Library regrets any resulting inconvenience to readers and is taking all practicable measures to minimise disruption.

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