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Announcement of lectures and seminars

The following lectures and seminars will be open to members of the University and others who are interested:

Mordell Lecture, 1998. The Mordell Lecture for 1998 will be given by Professor Johan de Jong, of Princeton University, who will lecture on Curves over finite fields and Galois representations, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 7 May, in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College.

Chemistry. The Merck Lectures for 1998 will be given by Professor Amos B. Smith, of the University of Pennsylvania, at 5 p.m. on the following dates in the University Chemistry Laboratory:

Monday, 11 May The Spongistatin (a.k.a. altohyrtin) antitumour agents: architecturally complex synthetic targets.
Friday, 15 May The synthesis and characterization of novel fullerene derivatives.

Clinical Veterinary Medicine. Tea Club Programme. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 4.30 p.m. in the Main Lecture Theatre at the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Madingley Road. Tea is served at 4 p.m. in the Senior Common Room.

13 May Abnormal behaviour in horses, by Dr Christine Nicol, of the University of Bristol.
27 May Lipocortin 1: a second messenger of glucocorticoid action, by Professor R. J. Flower, of the William Harvey Research Institute, St Bartholomew's, and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
10 June Pulmonary oxidative stress in exercising horses with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, by Professor Pierre Lekeux, Head, Centre for Equine Studies, Animal Health Trust, Newmarket.

Divinity. A meeting of the North Atlantic Missiology Project Seminar will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Thursday, 7 May, in the Okinaga Room, St Edmund's College. Tripti Chaudhuri, of Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, will speak on Missionaries and the peasant question: an episode in the missionary struggle for social justice in nineteenth-century Bengal.

Divinity and The Cambridge Theological Foundation. The annual joint lecture will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 May, in the Rank Room, Wesley House, Jesus Lane. The speaker will be the Revd Philip Endean, SJ, and the title of his lecture is A pivotal principle: Karl Rahner's vision of practical and pastoral theology.

Engineering. A seminar will be held from 2.15 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 May, in LR6 of the Baker Building, Department of Engineering. Dr Pierre Labeau, of the Free University, Brussels, will talk on Developments in dynamic reliability theory.

Centre for Family Research. Lunchtime Seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 606, Centre for Family Research, Free School Lane.

 5 May Detection of fetal abnormality at different gestations: impact on parents and service implications, by Helen Statham and Wendy Solomou, of the Centre for Family Research. (This is an ongoing study and the speakers will be describing the study and presenting some preliminary results.)
 2 June How important is a p-value? Having confidence in statistics: an illustration from a comparative study of the association of parental separation and outcome for teenagers, by Margaret Ely, of the Centre for Family Research.

History and Philosophy of Science. Department Seminars will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Thursdays in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, and will be preceded by a tea at 4 p.m. in Seminar Room 1.

30 April How mechanical was the Mechanical Philosophy?, by Professor Margaret Osler, of the University of Calgary.
7 May Scientific images are not pictures: visualism in science, by Professor Don Ihde, of the State University of New York.
21 May The actual and the possible, by Professor Simon Blackburn, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
28 May Retreading early geological fieldwork, by Professor Martin Rudwick, of the University of California at San Diego.
4 June The crowbar model of method and some implications, by Professor Tom Nickles, of the University of Nevada-Reno.

The 1998 Rausing Lecture, entitled History, politics, and the social shaping of Technology, will be given by Professor Donald Mackenzie, of the University of Edinburgh, at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday, 14 May, in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College.

The following Special Meetings will also be held:

Saturday, 9 May, from 10 a.m. Conference on Botany in Nineteenth Century Britain (at the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms).
Monday, 18 May, at 5 p.m. Science and culture in South India during the transition to colonialism, by Professor Indira Pearson (at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Laundress Lane).
Wednesday, 20 May, at 5 p.m. Alembics, pelicans, and the art of distillation, by Dr Robert Anderson, the Director of the British Museum (in the Ida Freund Room, Newnham College).
Tuesday, 26 May, at 2 p.m. Darwin on Aristotle, by Professor Allan Gotthelf (at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science).
Tuesday, 2 June, at 9.30 a.m. Postgraduate Philosophy Conference (organized by Professor Peter Lipton, at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science).
Wednesday, 3 June, at 2 p.m. What Euclid said to his Arabic readers: the case of the Optics, by Professor Elaheh Kheirandish, of Harvard University (at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

Cambridge Historiography Group. Meetings will be held at 8 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in the Old Library, Darwin College.

6 May Discussion of her 'Would I know you in Heaven? Boyle on knowledge of nature in the afterlife' (forthcoming), by Professor Margaret Osler, of the University of Calgary.
20 May Discussion of the introduction and ch. 3, 'Disorienting the East: the geography of the Ottoman empire', from his Trading Territories: Mapping the Early Modern World (London: Reaktion Books, 1997), pp. 17-45 and 87-118, by Dr Jerry Brotton, of the University of Leeds.

Cabinet of Natural History. The Cambridge Group for the History of Natural History and the Environmental Sciences meets at 1 p.m. on Mondays in Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane. Bring lunch if you wish.

4 May Universal language of objects? On the Museum of Athanasius Kircher in Rome, by Ms Angela Mayer-Deutsche, of the University of Frankfurt.
11 May Museum science as visual practice: Georges Cuvier's fossil bones, by Professor Martin Rudwick, of the University of California at San Diego.
18 May Social subversion in imaginary voyages: man-apes in Rétif de la Bretonne's 'La Découverte Australe' (1781), by Ms Ilaria Lo Tufo.
25 May In the footsteps of the History of Science, a walk around Cambridge guided by Dr Joanna Norland.
8 June Of rice and men: controversies about beri-beri, by Dr Harmke Kamminga, of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Cambridge (Cabinet and Departmental Garden Party).

PSY Studies. Seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane. Tea is served before the Seminars at 4.40 p.m.

13 May The lecture by Professor Ian Hacking scheduled for this date is cancelled.
27 May 'On being empty of oneself' - looking at object relations theory, by Ms Juliet Mitchell.
3 June Guides to self-presentation in Victorian England, by Dr Emm Barnes.

Materials Science and Metallurgy. Department Colloquia will be held at 4.15 p.m. on the following dates, in the Tower Seminar Room (T101), Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Pembroke Street:

11 May Structural insight into glasses from fluctuation microscopy, by Professor J. M. Gibson, of the University of Illinois.
27 May Damage and deformation in thin film systems: electromigration and microplasticity, by Professor Dr E. Arzt, of the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart.
 8 June Progress in modelling of the formation of solidification microstructure, by Professor H. Jones, of the University of Sheffield.

Refreshments are served after the colloquium.

Medicine and Pathology. The following Virology Seminars will be held at 12 noon on Thursdays in Seminar Room 5, the Clinical School, Addenbrooke's Hospital:

30 April African swine fever virus - a balance between resistance and evasion, by Dr Mike Parkhouse, of the Institute of Animal Health, Pirbright.
14 May Virus-induced cell motility, by Dr Chris Sanderson, of the University of Oxford.
21 May HIV-CTL interactions: lessons from the LCMV system, by Dr Persephone Borrow, of the Edward Jenner Institute, Compton.
18 June 'The end of polio as we know it', by Dr Phil Minor, of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control.
 2 July A live attenuated vaccine for AIDS?, by Dr Neil Almond, of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control.
16 July Biological comparison of extracellular forms of vaccinia virus, by Dr Alain Vanderplasschen, of the University of Liège, Belgium.

Newton Institute. A series of seminars aimed at a general scientific audience will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays, preceded by tea at 4.30 p.m., in Seminar Room 1 of the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, 20 Clarkson Road.

 4 May Magnetic field interaction with a turbulent accretion disc, by Professor Jean Heyvaerts, of the University of Strasburg.
11 May Arithmetic progressions of length four, by Dr Tim Gowers, of DPMMS.
18 May The arithmetic Riemann-Roch theorem, by Professor Christophe Soulé of IHES.

Physics. Scott Lectures. Dr Tony Tyson of Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories, will give three lectures on the theme Imaging Cosmic Dark Matter in the Pippard Lecture Theatre, Cavendish Laboratory at 4.30 p.m. on the following dates:

11 May Emerging evidence for dark matter: how much and where?
13 May Images of a dark universe: strong and weak gravitational lens tomography.
15 May Cosmological constraints and the future of dark matter.

Social Anthropology. Senior Seminars, under the general title Aspects of Politics and Identity, will be held at 5 p.m. on the following Fridays in the Seminar Room, Department of Social Anthropology, Free School Lane. Tea will be available in the Common Room (2nd floor) from 4 p.m. onwards.

 1 May Objects, stories, and interactions: the centenary of the 1898 Cambridge anthropological expedition to the Torres Strait, by Ms Anita Herle, of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
 8 May Whatever happened to women and men? Gender and other crises in anthropology, by Professor Henrietta Moore, of the London School of Economics.
15 May What does Aufarbeitung mean? Germans working on the East German past, by Professor Michael Carrithers, of the University of Durham.
22 May Cowboys and Indians: the implications of the 1995 Gustafsen Lake conflict for Aboriginal treaty making in Canada, by Dr Robert Anderson, of Corpus Christi College.

Lester Irabinna Rigney, of the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research, Flinders University of South Australia, will lecture on Indigenous Australian knowledges and cultural heritage: the playground of anthropologists and cultural tourists, at 12 noon on Friday, 8 May, in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Site.

South Asian Studies. The South Asian Seminar meets at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays (except for the seminars on 18 and 25 May) during Full Term in the Director's Room, Centre of South Asian Studies, Laundress Lane. The seminar provides an opportunity to study South Asia from a wide variety of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. The following programme has been arranged for the Easter Term:

 6 May The construction of a new élite: the Indian scientific community and its political relations after 1947, by Professor R. Anderson.
18 May Science and culture in South India during the transition to colonialism, by Dr Indira Peterson, of Mount Holyoake College.
20 May Reproductive bodies and regulated sexuality: birth-control debates in colonial Tamilnadu, by Dr S. Anandhi, of Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford.
25 May Caste, economic status, and caste conflict in India 1901-1921, by Dr P. Chaudhury, of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 30 April 1998
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