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Call for papers

The Shock of the Old 4: `e-Learning, The Student Experience' (one-day conference on educational technologies)

The Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services will hold its fourth annual conference on educational technologies on Thursday, 15 April, in the Saïd Business School. `Shock 4' will explore the problems and issues involved in designing and developing learning technologies, with a focus on current and future needs of the student e-learner.

The Learning Technologies Group is interested in receiving abstracts for talks that consider one or more of the following questions:




Talks that describe or demonstrate specific projects, tools, and technologies are welcome, but they must do so within the context of the conference questions. Abstracts of 300 words in length (in-message or RTF) should be e-mailed to

The due date for submissions was 31 January. However, late submissions may be accepted, and it is hoped to publish a detailed programme by 16 February.

The conference Web site is: As in previous years, this conference will be held the day before the annual Oxford University Beyond Conference, which will be advertised shortly.

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Professor Bernard Silverman, FRS, Master of St Peter's College, has been appointed a member of the panel for the Divisional Review of Mathematics, vice Professor David Pettifor, FRS, Isaac Wolfson Professor of Metallurgy, who is unable to serve.

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The Oxford University Society (OUS) is the official alumni organisation of the University of Oxford. Its object is to advance the interests of the University of Oxford. All who have matriculated at the University, or who have engaged in academic work in the University or in any college, are eligible for free membership.

The Society supports a world-wide network of over 100 branches, run by volunteers. Branch events usually have an educational, intellectual, and enjoyable social dimension, frequently with a visitor from Oxford as speaker. Events help to bring members together and keep them better informed about the contemporary University.

Details of branches and forthcoming events can be found on the Society's Web pages,

The Society's address is: Oxenford House, Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AB (telephone: Oxford (2)88088, fax: (2)88086).

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McDonnell Visiting Fellowships

The McDonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience is closely integrated with the Medical Research Council Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford and supports work on many aspects of brain research relevant to human cognition in several departments at Oxford University as well as at other institutions.

The McDonnell 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 Centre offers several forms of support including Visiting Fellowships for distinguished researchers from overseas or elsewhere in Britain who wish to work within the Oxford Centre for periods between a week and several months. A Visiting Fellowship can include a modest grant to help with costs of travel and accommodation (but not a stipend), and to pay a bench fee to the host department.

Applications for Visiting Fellowships may be submitted either by a member of the Oxford Centre, or by the intended visitor. There is no special form for applications but they 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 description (a page or two) of the proposed research; a list of any publications that have already resulted from the area of 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 Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PT (telephone: Oxford (2)72497, fax: (2)72488, e-mail:

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Technology Transfer

Ewert House, Ewert Place, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7SG

Isis Innovation Ltd is the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, commercialising the research generated within and owned by the University. Established in 1988, Isis is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University, founded to evaluate, protect, and market the University's intellectual property (where there are no pre-existing exploitation arrangements). In 2002, Oxford University Consulting became part of Isis, matching business consulting needs with University researchers. Isis provides researchers with commercial advice, funds patent applications and legal costs, negotiates exploitation and spin-out company agreements, and identifies and manages consultancy opportunities for University researchers. Isis works on projects from all areas of the University's research activities including the life sciences, physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Isis welcomes contact from any researcher interested in technology transfer and consultancy opportunities. Visit to learn more about Isis' activities, including its portfolio of technologies and spin-out companies, and to see the `Information for Oxford Researchers' resource.

For more information contact one of Isis' Group Heads: Linda Naylor, Life Sciences (telephone: (2)80910, e-mail:; David Baghurst, Physical Sciences (telephone: (2)80858, e-mail:; or Mark Taylor, Business Innovation and Consulting (telephone: (2)80824, e-mail:

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KIM NASMYTH, FRS (BA York, PH.D. Edinburgh), Director, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 January 2006.

Professor Nasmyth will be a fellow of Trinity College.

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