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No 6161

Wednesday 14 October 2009

Vol cxl No 2

pp. 57–68

Events, courses, etc.

International Open Access Week at Cambridge

The Open Access movement worldwide has been gathering pace as top-tier universities embrace the effort to provide free online access to research literature and data. To support understanding of Open Access, the University Library is organizing a number of events in October during International Open Access Week. The events are built around DSpace@Cambridge, the University’s institutional Open Access repository.

For more information on events during the Open Access week, please contact Barbara Bultmann (email and visit

Conference: Open Access Cambridge

This half-day conference will explore different perspectives on Open Access by bringing together representatives from the research community, the publishing sector, and from a learned society.

Speakers will include Dr Tim Hubbard, Head of Informatics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Dr James Milne, Editorial Director from the Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing, representatives from BioMed Central and PLoS (Public Library of Science), and DSpace@Cambridge.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, 21 October, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, 20 Clarkson Road, Cambridge.

Workshop: How to get published

Author workshop held by BioMed Central and PLoS. This author workshop is aimed at young scientists and provides guidelines on how to write a 4* research paper with these Open Access publishers.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, 21 October, from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., at the University Centre. Please notify the organizers of your attendance (email

Presentation: Open Access: E-theses

The DSpace@Cambridge ( team will talk about Open Access and its implications for the scholarly communication process. The team will also introduce the new electronic Ph.D. thesis deposit scheme starting in Michaelmas Term 2009.

The presentation will take place on Monday, 19 October, from 2.30 to 4 p.m. in the Morison Room, University Library (part of the Research Skills Programme).

Creating Connections Heritage Fair 2009

On 20 October a Heritage Fair will take place in the Seminar Room, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (Downing Site) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and will include a drinks reception.

The Fair will bring together research and discussion groups as well as individual researchers whose work relates to heritage issues (in their broadest sense and including natural heritage, memory, built environment, and material culture) to facilitate connections between researchers working in different Departments.

A number of groups based at a wide variety of Departments and institutes throughout the University will briefly present their work and programme of events. Represented will be groups from the Scott Polar Research Institute, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Departments of Archaeology, Engineering, and Geography, and the Faculties of History, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and English, as well as various initiatives based at CRASSH. This will be a unique opportunity to discover what is going on this year in heritage-related areas.

The event is sponsored by the CRIC research group and is free and open for all. For more information contact Dacia Viejo Rose (email

Announcement of lectures, seminars, etc.

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

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Further to the announcement published on 7 October 2009 (Reporter, p. 13), a speaker has been confirmed for the seminar on Wednesday, 4 November which will take place in Lecture Theatre 1, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Pembroke Street, from 3.30 to 4.30 p.m.

4 NovemberCytotopic pharmacology: engineering protein and peptide agents to function at the cell surface – a bench to bedside story, by Dr Richard Smith, Department of Nephrology and Transplantation, King’s College, London.

Criminology. Professor Andrew von Hirsch, Director of the Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics, Institute of Criminology, and Professor Andrew Simester, Professor of Legal Philosophy, University of Nottingham, will give a joint public seminar entitled Indirect paternalism in criminal law: killing a patient at his own request at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 22 October 2009, in Seminar Room B3 at the Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Avenue.

Engineering. The following talks will be held during the Michaelmas Term 2009. Unless otherwise stated, talks take place in the Oatley Seminar Room, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, between 3.30 and 4.30 p.m. on Fridays.

16 OctoberLoop-the-Loop: an analysis of the Fifth Gear Stunt Special, by Dr Hugh Hunt, of the Engineering Department.

23 OctoberTorsional vibration of drill-strings, by Mr Tore Butlin, of the Engineering Department.

Regenerative braking of trailers, by Mr Will Midgley, of the Engineering Department.

30 OctoberMECHANICS COLLOQUIUM (2.30 p.m. in LR6)

Crack propagation in brittle crystals under combined tensile and shear stresses, by Dr Dov Sherman, Technion, Israel.

6 NovemberMECHANICS COLLOQUIUM (2.30 p.m. in LR6)

Transduction of tactile information in human touch: a biomimetic approach, by Dr Georges Debregeas, Ecole Normale Supérieure/CNRS.

13 NovemberTaking the hybrid method into the time domain – the phase reconstruction problem, by Mr Luke Humphry, of the Engineering Department.

20 NovemberViolin research with Jim Woodhouse, and commercial technology development, by Dr Paul Galluzzo.

27 NovemberJust how does one make Formula One more exciting? by Professor Tony Purnell, Royal Academy of Engineering, Consultant to the FIA.

4 DecemberSound radiation from a random structure, by Mr Won Jae Choi, of the Engineering Department.

The Hybrid Method in a new light and the first application to electromagnetism, by Mr Richard Lines, of the Engineering Department.

English. The inaugural annual T. S. Eliot Lecture, sponsored by the T. S. Eliot Society in association with Great St Mary’s Church and the Faculty of English, will be delivered by Sir Frank Kermode on Tuesday, 17 November, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6.30 p.m.), in Michaelhouse, Trinity Street. The title of the lecture is Meeting Mr Eliot.

Islamic Studies. Music and identity in the Middle East and Central Asia. A programme of lectures and musical performances jointly hosted by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies and Cambridge Central Asia Forum will be held during the Michaelmas Term 2009. The lectures are to be held in Rooms 8 and 9, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the following dates. Please email or see for further details.

Tuesday, 20 OctoberThe Golha radio programs and the preservation of Persian music, by Jane Lewisohn, SOAS.

Wednesday, 28 OctoberAfghan music and Afghanistani identity: from Ariana to Australia, by Professor John Baily, Goldsmiths College.

Tuesday, 3 NovemberThe London Uyghur Ensemble: performing Central Asian Muslim identity in China and in the UK, by Dr Rachel Harris, SOAS.

Tuesday, 10 NovemberWe have to become universal: popular music and the play of identities in contemporary Iran, by Dr Laudan Nooshin, City University.

Tuesday, 17 NovemberMusic in moderation: music and identity among Jews in Istanbul (1923–38), by Dr John O’Connell, Cardiff University.

Philosophy. The Faculty of Philosophy, in conjunction with Routledge, present the fourth Annual Routledge Lecture in Philosophy. Professor Philip Pettit, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University, will deliver a lecture entitled The Open-Doors model of freedom at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 30 October, in Little Hall, Sidgwick Avenue. All are welcome. In this lecture Professor Pettit will discuss Isaiah Berlin’s view that the options in a truly free choice are ‘open doors’ and examine the rival theories of freedom.

Russian and East European Studies. The Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES) presents the following programme of seminars for the Michaelmas Term 2009. All seminars start at 5 p.m. in the Latimer Room, Clare College. Tea and coffee is available from 4.45 p.m.

20 OctoberElite conversation on art for the people: the Stalin Prize Committee, by Marina Frolova-Walker, Faculty of Music.

3 NovemberSpeaking in the language of art: deaf theatre in the Soviet Union 1957–67, by Claire Shaw, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.

17 NovemberUnder review: censors, critics, spectators, and late Stalin era cinema, by Claire Knight, Department of Slavonic Studies.

1 DecemberRussia and the global economic crisis, by Julian Cooper, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham.

Theoretical Geophysics. The Departments of Earth Sciences and Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics present a series of seminars for the Michaelmas Term 2009 on Theoretical Geophysics, which will take place at 2.05 p.m. on Thursdays, in Room MR15, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road. A varied, informal luncheon will be supplied in the Common Room of Pavilion H before each seminar at a cost of £3.00 per person, commencing at 1.05 p.m.

15 OctoberGeological storage of CO2; lessons learned from Australia’s CO2CRC Otway Project, by Dr Peter Cook, CO2CRC.

22 OctoberSailing on diffusion, by Professor Tom Peacock, MIT.

29 OctoberSeismogenic fracture of magma, by Dr Hugh Tuffen, Lancaster University.

5 NovemberAnoxia, methanogenesis, and uniformitarianism, by Professor Dan Schrag, Harvard University.

12 NovemberDynamics of thermal plumes in newtonian and non-newtonian fluids, by Dr Anne Davaille, CNRS Paris.

19 NovemberUnderstanding contemporary change in West Antarctica: ocean interactions, by Professor Tony Payne, University of Bristol.