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CYRIL FOSTER LECTURE 2003

THE RT. HON. CHRISTOPHER F. PATTEN, CH, European Commissioner for External Affairs, will deliver the Cyril Foster Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 30 January, in the Examination Schools. Admission will be by ticket only, available from Mrs Margy Lyall (telephone: Oxford (2)78705, e-mail: cis@politics.ox.ac.uk).

The subject of the lecture will be announced later.

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SLADE LECTURES 2003

Reconstructing Rembrandt: questions and answers in recent research

ERNST VAN DE WETERING, Professor of the History of Art, University of Amsterdam, and Chairman of the Rembrandt Research Project, Slade Professor of Fine Art 2002–3, will deliver the Slade Lectures at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Lecture Hall, the Taylor Institution, St Giles'. The lectures will be open to the public.

22 Jan.: `Rembrandt the stranger: the widening gulf between life and work.'

29 Jan.: `Rembrandt's anger: art lovers and asses.'

5 Feb.: `How to be a connoisseur in the seventeenth century.'

12 Feb.: `Pictor doctus or pictor vulgaris: tracing Rembrandt's thoughts on art.'

19 Feb.: `Rembrandt's workshop: training and production.'

26 Feb.: `Rembrandt's oeuvre: reduction and expansion.'

5 Mar.: `The impatient artist: seclusion in the studio and co- production.'

12 Mar.: `Rembrandt's genius: technique, style, and quality.'

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LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Public Understanding of Science Lecture

PROFESSOR BARUCH S. BLUMBERG, Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute, Arnes Research Center, California, and Nobel prize-winner, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 19 December, in the University Museum.

Subject: `Biology in space.'

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MEDICAL SCIENCES

Department of Experimental Psychology:
Oxford Summer School on Connectionist Modelling

This summer school will be held from Sunday, 20 July, to Friday, 1 August, in the Department of Experimental Psychology.

The course is aimed primarily at researchers who wish to exploit neural network models in their teaching and/or research, and it will provide a general introduction to connectionist modelling, biologically plausible neural networks, and brain function through lectures and exercises on Macintoshes and PCs. The course is interdisciplinary in content though many of the illustrative examples are taken from cognitive and developmental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. The instructors with primary responsibility for teaching the course are Kim Plunkett and Edmund Rolls.

No prior knowledge of computational modelling will be required though simple word-processing skills will be assumed.

The cost of participation is £950, which covers accommodation, registration, and all literature required. A number of partial bursaries (£200) will be available for graduate students, but intending participants should note that in previous years the number of applications for these has far exceeded the number of bursaries available.

If you are interested in participating in the Summer School, please complete the application form at http://epwww.psych.ox.ac.uk/conferences/connectionist_modelling, or alternatively send a brief description of your background, with an explanation of why you would like to attend, no later than 28 February 2003, to Mrs Sue King, Department of Experimental Psychology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD (telephone: Oxford (2)71353, e-mail: susan.king@psy.ox.ac.uk).


Botnar Research Centre, Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences: seminars

The following seminars will be held at 1 p.m. on Fridays in the Botnar Research Centre, the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

DR CATHY SHANAHAN
6 Dec.: `Vascular calcification.'

MICHAEL HALSEY
31 Jan.: `Managing intellectual property.'

DR RICHARD OREFFO
7 Feb.: `Strategies to generate bone using mesenchymal stem cells.'

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SOCIAL SCIENCES

Seminar series: British government and politics

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Fridays in Lecture Room XI, Brasenose College.

Conveners: V.B. Bogdanor, MA, Professor of Politics and Government, and D.E. Butler, MA, D.Phil., Emeritus Fellow, Nuffield College.

THERESA MAY, MP, Chairman, the Conservative Party
24 Jan.: `The organisation of the Conservative Party.'

SAM YOUNGER, Chairman, the Electoral Commission
31 Jan.: `The role of the Electoral Commission.'

ANDREW ADONIS, Head, the Prime Minister's Policy Unit
7 Feb.:: `Advising the Prime Minister.'

PROFESSOR BOB WORCESTER, Chairman, MORI
14 Feb.: `Politics and public opinion.'

SIR ANDREW TURNBULL, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head, the Home Civil Service
21 Feb.: `Public service reform.'

LORD DHOLAKIS, President, the Liberal Democrats
28 Feb.: `The strategy of the Liberal Democrats.'

LORD WILLIAMS OF MOSTYN, QC, Leader of the House of Lords
7 Mar.: `House of Lords reform: the Government's view.'

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CENTRE FOR BRAZILIAN STUDIES

DR ELIDE OLIVER, University of California at Santa Barbara, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 6 December, in the Centre for Brazilian Studies.

Subject: `Brazil through the American lens: films, policies, perceptions.'

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INSTITUTO CAMOES CENTRE FOR PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE

PROFESSOR SIR PETER RUSSELL will lecture at 2.15 p.m. on Thursday, 5 December, in the New Seminar Room, St John's College.

Subject: `On Anglo-Portuguese relations during the fourteenth century: conversations.'


PROFESSOR DAVID BROOKSHAW, Bristol, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 5 December, in Room T11, 47 Wellington Square.

Subject: `Brazilian immigrant narratives: rewriting the nation?'

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DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

Corcoran Memorial Lectures

PROFESSOR ANTHONY DAVISON, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, will lecture at 3.15 p.m. on Thursday, 12 December, in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College, followed at 4.45 p.m. by this year's Corcoran prize-winner, DR YIH- CHOUNG TEH.

PROFESSOR DAVISON: `Galaxies, ticks, and stock market crashes: hard times for the Poisson process.'

DR YIH-CHOUNG TEH: `Critical thresholds for dynamic routing in queuing networks.'

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TRANSPORT STUDIES UNIT

ESRC seminar series: Transport investment and the economy

DR JOHN PRESTON and TIM WHITEHEAD will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 12 December, in Lecture Room 1, St Anne's College.

Subject: `Transport charging, environmental improvements, and business location.'

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GREEN COLLEGE

Brian Walker Lecture in Environment and Development

PROFESSOR ROBERT HINDE, Cambridge, will deliver the Brian Walker Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 12 December, in the Witts Lecture Theatre, the Radcliffe Infirmary.

Subject: `Why are people willing to go to war?'

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SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE

DR S. ACKERMANN, British Museum, will give an illustrated lecture at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 14 December, in the Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street. New members are welcome.

Subject: `The star of Bethlehem: a journey through science and art.'

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