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No 6210

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Vol cxli No 14

pp. 366–424

Events, courses, etc.

Announcement of lectures, seminars, etc.

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

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Divinity. Professor David Carr, of Union Theological Seminary, New York, will give this year’s Tyrwhitt Lecture, entitled Orientation points in the formation of the Old Testament, at an open meeting of the Old Testament Seminar on Wednesday, 26 January, at 2.30 p.m. in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, West Road.

Engineering. Engineering Department Dynamics and Vibration Tea Time Talks. The following talks will take place in Oatley Meeting Room 1, unless otherwise stated, on Fridays at 4 p.m. Tea and refreshments will be available in Oatley Meeting Room 2 at 3.30 p.m.

21 JanuarySPICE: Stratospheric particle injection for climate engineering (in Lecture Room 4), by Dr Hugh Hunt (CUED), Dr Kirsty Kuo (CUED), and Miss Hilary Costello (CUED)

28 JanuaryMechanics Colloquium (2.30 p.m. in Lecture Room 6) Bacterial falgellar filaments: smart structure, smart protein, by Professor Chris Calladine (CUED Emeritus)

4 FebruaryDrillstrings, matlab, and womble, by Dr Tore Butlin (CUED)

11 FebruaryTBC, Dr Ben Jeffryes (Schlumberger Cambridge Research)

18 FebruaryA study of coupled MEMS resonators/oscillators, by Dr Sean Wei (CUED) (1 of 2)

18 FebruaryTBC, by Mr Deepak Agrawal (CUED) (2 of 2)

25 FebruaryWhy the nuts came loose at Potters Bar, by Professor David Newland (CUED Emeritus)

4 MarchModal testing of large civil structures in operational conditions, by Dr Edwin Reynders (KU Leuven)

11 MarchTBC, by Professor Alan McKinnon (Heriot Watt University)

18 MarchPhase reconstruction for time domain structural responses, by Mr Luke Humphry (CUED) (1 of 2)

18 MarchSome observations on a nonparametric model of random uncertainty in structural dynamics, by Mr Julien Legault (CUED) (2 of 2)

Heritage Research Group. A talk will be given from 1 to 2.30 p.m. on Thursday, 20 January in the McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Department of Archaeology, Downing Site, entitled Japanese and European defence heritage: its reuse and potential, by Dr Masaaki Okada. All welcome.

History. Early Modern British and Irish History Graduate Seminar, 2010–11. Seminars will take place on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall. Further information is available at

26 JanuaryThomas Hobbes, heresy, and the theological project of Leviathan, by Jeffrey Collins (Queens’ University, Ontario, and Clare Hall)

2 FebruaryQuestions of loyalty: the Catholic peerage in early Restoration Ireland, by Mark Ellwood (Selwyn College)

9 February‘Crafty Catholic children abroad in every quarter and coast’: the engagement of children in the practice of Catholicism in England, c. 1560–1660, by Lucy Underwood (Magdalene College)

16 FebruaryRunning the race: the life course and Protestant piety in early modern Britain, by Alec Ryrie (University of Durham)

23 FebruaryThe intellectual origins of the Anglo-Dutch alliance (1667–77), by Charles-Edouard Levillain (Université de Lille II)

2 MarchCommon Weal and Res Publica: the conception of the Tudor state, 1450–1530, by John Watts (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Visual Studies. Seminars in Comparative Social and Cultural History will be held on Tuesdays at 8.30 p.m. in the Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College. Convenors: Peter Burke, Melissa Calaresu, Mary Laven, and Ulinka Rublack. Wine will be served.

25 JanuaryBeginning and ending in Chinese painting, by Craig Clunas (University of Oxford)

8 FebruaryStill lives: portraiture and the biographical tradition, by Caroline Vout (Christ’s College)

22 FebruaryRecycling images in sixteenth-century Europe: Johann Jakob Wick’s collection of disasters, by Charles Zika (University of Melbourne)

8 MarchHistorians and the ‘visual’, by Ludmilla Jordanova (King’s College, London)

History and Philosophy of Science. Departmental Seminars. Seminars are held on Thursdays at 4.30 p.m. in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane. Tea is available from 4 p.m. in Seminar Room 1.

27 January‘In God we trust, all others we monitor’: seismology and international affairs during the Cold War, by Simone Turchetti, University of Manchester

3 FebruaryHow to carve nature across the joints without abandoning Kripke-Putnam semantics, by Helen Beebee, University of Birmingham

10 FebruaryA history of a tenth of a second, by Jimena Canales, Harvard University

17 FebruaryHow much pluralism? by James Ladyman, University of Bristol

24 FebruaryAutoptēs: anti-venereal trials and the deconstruction of credibility, Mexico City (1790–92), by Fiona Clark, Queen’s University Belfast

3 MarchLeprosy and identity in medieval Rouen, by Elma Brenner, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

10 MarchKuhn’s education: Wittgenstein, pedagogy, and the road to structure, by Joel Isaac, Queen Mary, University of London, and CRASSH

Sixth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine. Mary Fissell, of Johns Hopkins University, will give a lecture entitled Encountering Aristotle’s masterpiece, or how to find a racy book about reproduction, at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday, 20 January, in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

Cabinet of Natural History. Seminars are held on Mondays at 1 p.m. in Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

24 JanuaryThe hungry cats of Pietro Antonio Michiel, or the fragile nature of Renaissance collecting, by Valentina Pugliano, University of Oxford

31 JanuaryThe poisoner’s regress: on orientalism and natural history, by Simon Schaffer, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

7 FebruaryMountainous effects: Alpine space and Victorian lady climbers, by Clare Roche, Birkbeck, University of London

14 FebruaryHealthcare and welfare in contemporary Kenya, by Ruth Prince, Centre of African Studies

21 FebruaryThe subjectivity of early modern knowledge in the Garden of Life, by Shana Worthen, University of Arkansas at Fort Worth

28 FebruaryNewtonian vegetables and perceptive plants, by Susannah Gibson, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

7 March‘Map of Turkey, a flexible hat, pencils, and the Talbotype’: travelling artists in mid-19th century archaeological expeditions to the Middle East, by Mirjam Brusius, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

14 MarchUsing Babylonian gods to sell cod liver oil: Henry Wellcome and medical interest in Assyriology around 1900, by Ruth Horry, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Twentieth-century Think Tank. Seminars are held on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

25 JanuaryDreaming the future: J. W. Dunne’s An Experiment with Time, by Katy Price, Anglia Ruskin University

22 February‘Biosociality’ to feminist-eugenics: rethinking contingency and racism in 20th-century sociological science, by Claire Blencowe, Newcastle University

History of Medicine. Seminars are held on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Tea is available from 4.40 p.m.

25 JanuarySpaces of healing: Byzantium and medieval Islam compared, by Peregrine Horden, Royal Holloway, University of London

8 February‘Patient zero’ and the early years of the North American AIDS epidemic, by Richard McKay, University of Oxford

22 FebruaryMortars, exotic drugs, and a battle for expertise: Verona 1561–1566, by Valentina Pugliano, University of Oxford

8 MarchCloning and film: fictional vectors of factual imaginaries, by Kate O’Riordan, University of Sussex

Modern Greek. The following open lectures will be given at 5 p.m., on Thursdays, in Room 1 of the Lecture Block, Sidgwick Avenue.

27 JanuaryCavafy, photography, and fetish, by Dr Eleni Papargyriou, King’s College London

3 FebruaryMirrors and arrows of love in late medieval and early modern Greek literature, by Dr Tina Lendari, University of Athens

17 FebruaryCreating a culture of uncertainty: the socio-cultural consequences of common Greek linguistic patterns, by Professor Renee Hirschon, St Peter’s College, Oxford

3 MarchIn search of the lost semi-colon: Greek poetry set to music (and how to read it), by Dr Dimitris Papanikolaou, St Cross College, Oxford

Plant Sciences. The following seminars will be held on Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences. Anyone is welcome to attend. These seminars are sponsored by the Blackman Fund.

20 JanuaryThermosensory mechanisms in plants, by Dr Phillip Wigge, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre

27 JanuaryEnvironmental physiology (Blackman Lecture), by Professor Bill Davies, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lancaster

3 FebruaryRegulation of starch metabolism, by Professor Sam Zeeman, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

10 FebruaryPlant reproductive biology, by Professor Simon Hiscock, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

17 FebruaryIs there a limit to tomato yield? (Cambridge Partnership in Plant Sciences Seminar), by Professor Daniel Zamir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

24 FebruaryPalaeobotany and geobiology, by Professor Diane Edwards, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Cardiff

3 MarchShaping the plant endomembrane system, by Professor Chris Hawes, Oxford Brookes University

10 MarchEpigenetics and epigenomics, by Professor Vincent Colot, Unité de Biologie Moléculaire des Organismes Photosynthétiques, ENS, France

17 MarchPolyploidy and epigenetics, Professor Jeffrey Chen, University of Texas at Austin

Theoretical Geophysics. The Departments of Earth Sciences, and Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics present a series of seminars on Theoretical Geophysics at 2.05 p.m. on Thursdays in the 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 per head, commencing at 1.05 p.m.

27 January

Room MR15

Underground CO2 storage: using monitoring and prediction to prove the concept, by Dr Andy Chadwick (British Geological Survey)

3 February

Room MR5

Compaction and crystallisation in magma chambers: the Skaergaard Intrusion, by Professor Dan McKenzie (Department of Earth Sciences)

10 February

Room MR5

Solidification of poly-phase systems: what can gabbroic microstructures tell us?, by Dr Marian Holness (Department of Earth Sciences)

17 February

Room MR5

Venice – sustainability and the impacts of the flood protection barriers, by Professor Paul Linden (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics)

24 February

Room MR9

The ‘not so quiet’ inner core, by Dr Thierry Alboussiere (ENS Lyon)