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Oxford University Gazette, 13 July 2006: Lectures

Medical Sciences

Communication of science in the media age

The following speakers from television, radio, politics, and The Lancet will attend this seminar, to be held on Friday, 21 July, 10 a.m.–3.30 p.m., in Lecture Theatre 2, the Academic Block, the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The Medical Sciences Board invites all research scientists and graduate students in the division to attend. Students are expected to attend as part of their training.

Other members of the University are also welcome, but are asked to register their interest by e-mailing to courses@medsci.ox.ac.uk.

Further details may be found at www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/portal/skillstraining/courses/communicationskills/.

ANDREW COHEN, Commissioning Editor, BBC television Horizon series

BARONESS SUSAN GREENFIELD, Director, the Royal Institution

DR EVAN HARRIS, MP, Liberal Democrat science spokesman

DR RAJ PERSAUD, Consultant Psychiatrist, Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals

DR BILL SUMMERSKILL, Senior Editor, The Lancet

SUSAN WATTS, Senior Editor, Newsnight, BBC television


The Ethox Centre and Oxford Genetics Knowledge Park Seminars: Governing genetic databases: collection, storage, and use

ALEXANDER CAPRON, World Health Organisation, will lecture at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 September, in the Lecture Theatre, Green College.

Subject: 'Ethical norms and international governance of genomics.'


Botnar Research Centre

The following seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays in the Botnar Research Centre.

PROFESOR ANTON VAN DER MERWE
14 July: 'The importance of size in T cell activation.'

DR JAMES DUNFORD
1 Sept.: 'Targets and effects of nitrogen containing bisphosphonates.'

DR JOANNA PRICE, Royal Veterinary College, London
8 Sept.: To be announced.

DR PAUL GENEVER, York
22 Sept.: 'Wnt signalling in bone: poison chalice or Holy Grail?'

DR INGUNN HOLEN, Sheffield
29 Sept.: 'Tumour-induced bone disease, molecular mechanisms and therapies: potential benefits of combined treatment using bisphosphonate and cytotoxic drugs.'

DR FRASER COXON, Aberdeen
6 Oct.: 'Inhibition of mevalonate pathway by analogues of bisphosphonates.'

PROFESSOR JAMES GALLAGHER, Liverpool
13 Oct.: To be announced.

PROFESSOR ROBERT COLEMAN, Sheffield
3 Nov.: 'Clinical developments in bone oncology.'

DR MARK PERRY, Bristol
17 Nov.: To be announced.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

William Buckland 150th anniversary symposium

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the History of Geology Group (HOGG), and the Palaeontological Association will meet on Saturday, 12 August, for a day of talks on William Buckland (1784–1856), to mark the 150th anniversary of his death.

The Museum will also be exhibiting some of Buckland's specimens and archives.

To attend the symposium, complete a registration form, which can be downloaded from the HOGG Web site: www.geolsoc.org.uk/hogg. Completed forms should be sent to Professor James Kennedy, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, with a cheque for £15 (£10 to members of HOGG and the Palaeontological Association). Cheques should be made payable to Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Further information may be obtained from Professor Kennedy (e-mail: jim.kennedy@oum.ox.ac.uk).

The programme will begin at 10.30 a.m., followed by a series of thirty-minute presentations.

PROFESSOR KENNEDY: 'William Buckland: biographical outlines.'

JOHN BROOKE: 'On grand, original design: Buckland and his palaeo-theology.'

HUGH TORRENS, Keele: 'William Buckland and the transmission of British stratigraphic knowledge.'

MARTIN RUDWICK, San Diego and Cambridge: 'Buckland, Agassiz and glacial theory.'

PHILIP POWELL: 'New light on the history of "Megalosaurus" ;, the Great Lizard of Stonesfield.'

SIMON KNELL, Leicester: 'William Buckland and museum as network hub.'

MARIANNE SOMMER, Zurich: 'On Buckland and the problem of antediluvian human remains.'

RALPH O'CONNOR, Cambridge: 'Journey to the centre of the Earth: William Buckland and geological storytelling.'

PHILLIP TAQUET, Paris: 'Buckland and Cuvier.'

CLAUDIA SCHWEIZER, Vienna: 'Pioneers of palaeobotany: Buckland, Brongniart, Sternberg, and their relations with Schlotheim.'

PATRICK BOYLAN, Leicester: 'William Buckland and the early institutionalisation of geology: the Oxford Readership, Geological Society and British Association.'

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