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FIAT–SERENA PROFESSORSHIP OF ITALIAN STUDIES

MARTIN L. MCLAUGHLIN, MA, D.PHIL. (MA Glasgow), Student of Christ Church and University Lecturer in Italian, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2001.

Dr McLaughlin will be a fellow of Magdalen College.

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PROFESSORSHIP OF EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS

IAN ALEXANDER WALMSLEY (B.SC. London, PH.D. Rochester), Professor of Optics, the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 July 2001.

Professor Walmsley will be a fellow of St Hugh's College.

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Directorship of the Computing Services

DR PAUL JEFFREYS, currently Head of the Computing and Resource Management Division, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and leader of the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils' e-Science Centre, has been appointed to the Directorship of the Computing Services with effect from 1 April 2001.

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LANGUAGE CENTRE

English for academic purposes (EFL)

The following courses will be held in ninth week of Hilary Term, 12--16 March:

Writing a thesis or dissertation

This one-week, fifteen-hour intensive course is specially designed to enable those with busy schedules to take the academic writing course in a more convenient form. The programme covers the material given in the Hilary term-time course. Topics dealt with include: the organisation of introductions, tense choice in the literature review, writing discussions and abstracts. (12--16 March, Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m.--12.45 p.m. Fee: £95.)


Academic correspondence—writing effective letters and e-mails

This course illustrates and examines the conventions of writing letters and e-mails and shows how they apply to common forms of academic correspondence. (12--16 March, Monday--Friday, 2–4.15 p.m. Fee: £65.)

Information about these courses and all other courses and facilities at the Language Centre may be obtained from the Language Centre's Information Officer, Angela Pinkney, by telephoning (2)83660, by e-mailing to admin@lang.ox.ac.uk, or by calling at the Centre at 12 Woodstock Road. The Centre's Web site is at http://units.ox.ac.uk/departments/langcentre/. The Library is open 9.30 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday.

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INSTITUTE FOR CHINESE STUDIES

Call for volunteers to learn Chinese

The Institute for Chinese Studies is looking for volunteers from within the University with no knowledge of Chinese to participate in training in the four language skills of reading, speaking, listening, and writing. The second session, for training in speaking skills, will run from 23 April to 20 July. Participants will be required to commit themselves to a total of 97.5 contact hours during this session, involving one-and-a-half hours a day, five days a week, over thirteen weeks in total. The classes will take place at 5 p.m. every day during full term at the Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street, but these times could be adjusted during the summer vacation period if acceptable to all participants. Members of the University with no knowledge of Mandarin who wish to learn Chinese speaking skills are welcome to participate in this project. Numbers will be limited to fifteen participants.

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UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

Exhibitions now open

Biomedical Image Awards: a display of outstanding images from the Wellcome Trust Medical Photographic Library (until 28 February)

BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year (until 4 March)

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MUSICAL EVENTS

Faculty of Music

THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS, with the Choir of New College (conductor, Edward Higginbottom), will perform the second part of Handel's Messiah (1741), in the chapel, New College, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, 11 March. The event is offered as part of Evensong, and as such is free of charge and open to the public: applications for tickets should be made in wrting to the Precentor, New College.

THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS (Director, Gary Cooper) will perform orchestral music from Marc-Antoine Charpentier's opera Andromède, and the ballet suite from the composer's

rologue de Polieucte pour le Collège d'Harcourt\, in the chapel, New College, at 8.30 p.m. on Monday, 2 April (tickets £10/£5 from the Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street, or at the door).

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UNIVERSITY OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE

Oxfordshire Smoking Advice Service

The Oxfordshire Smoking Advice Service has been established to help smokers through the process of giving up smoking. The broad aims of the service are to provide training and support to health professionals in many settings and to run specialist services to smokers who want to give up smoking.

The Smoking Advice Service can give help and support in the following ways:

At local Health Centres

Most local health centres in Oxfordshire now have a Smoking Cessation Adviser who can help smokers think about how they want to `Start to Stop'. The Adviser may be a GP, a practice nurse, a health visitor, or another member of the practice team. Details of who the Smoking Cessation Advisers are and where they are located can be obtained from the Smoking Advice Service Helpline (telephone: Oxford 226663).


In a Smoke Stop Group

Groups of up to twenty smokers meet together each week to prepare for quitting and for the first four weeks without cigarettes. The Smoking Advice Service is able to arrange groups in many locations around the county. There is no group at the University at present but, if there is enough interest, the Smoking Advice Service will work with the University Occupational Health Service to see if it is possible to set one up. Telephone Oxford (2)82676 or e-mail occupational.health@uohs.ox.ac.uk to express interest. `Start to Stop' leaflets are being made available in all university departments and more details can be obtained from the Smoking Advice Service Helpline (telephone: Oxford 226663).


With Nicotine Replacement Products

Anyone entitled to free prescriptions (for example students) may be able to get a week's supply of nicotine replacement products free of charge. More details can be obtained from the Smoking Advice Service Helpline (telephone: Oxford 226663).


With telephone support

The Smoking Advice Service helpline is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sam Andrews and Jackie Wilderspin are the Smoking Cessation Specialists at the service and will be happy to receive enquiries from smokers on any of the opportunities outlined here (telephone: Oxford 226663).

The following numbers are available at other times: the National Smoking Helpline 0800 169 0 169; the National Smoking and Pregnancy Helpline 0800 169 9 169. Oxfordshire Smoking Advice Service, Badenoch Building, Oxfordshire Health Authority, Old Road, Oxford OX3 7LG (e-mail: smoking.advice@oxon- ha.anglox.nhs.uk).

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PUSEY HOUSE

THE REVD BARRY ANTONY ORFORD has been appointed as Priest Librarian of Pusey House, Oxford, from 1 April 2001.

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