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UCL Lunch Hour Lectures Autumn 2006

Publication date: Oct 9, 2006 3:36:14 PM

Intelligent design, terrorism, pain perception in low birth weight babies, Bram Stoker’s Transylvania and how to predict the future locations of crime are just a few of the topics to be covered in this term’s Lunch Hour Lecture series at UCL.

UCL (University College London) Diary Notice

EVENT: UCL Lunch Hour Lectures Autumn 2006

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1.15 to 1.55pm, throughout Autumn term

WHERE: Darwin Lecture theatre, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

The lecture series will bring together researchers from UCL’s wide base of departments and institutes, covering subjects ranging from biology and medicine to social science, architecture and philosophy.

All lectures are open to the public free of charge, and will be available to download as podcasts shortly after the event from

The full list of speakers in the Autumn series is as follows:

• Tuesday 10 October - Why intelligent design is stupid, Professor Steve Jones (UCL Biology);

• Thursday 12 October – Humanity, terrorism, terrorist war: Palestine, p/11, Iraq, 7/7, emeritus Professor Ted Honderich (UCL Philosophy);

• Tuesday 17 October – Uncoding the SOS of cells to find cures, Dr Marco Falasca (UCL Medicine);

• Thursday 19 October – Prosopagnoisa: a world without facial recognition, Dr Brad Duchaine (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience);

• Tuesday 24 October – Bram Stoker’s Transylvania, Dr Rebecca Haynes (UCL SSEES);

• Thursday 26 October – The Ibsen century: who or what are we celebrating, Dr Marie Wells (UCL Scandinavian Studies);

• Tuesday 31 October – Autism and the social brain, Professor Uta Frith (UCL Psychology and UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience);

• Thursday 2 November – The lives of stars and people: from astrology to astrophysics, Dr Francisco Diego (UCL Physics & Astronomy);

• Tuesday 14 November – What do crime and diseases have in common and how does this help us predict future locations of crime?, Dr Shane D Johnson (UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science);

• Thursday 16 November – Le Corbusier: modernist originality or copying?, Dr Jan Birksted (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture);

• Tuesday 21 November – Is there a measure of knowledge? Professor Tony Gardner-Medwin (UCL Physiology);

• Thursday 23 November – Redefining normality, Dr R Beau Lotto (UCL Institute of Opthalmology);

• Tuesday 28 November – What is the brain for?, Professor Geoffery Raisman (UCL Institute of Neurology);

• Thursday 30 November – Why species are fuzzy: hybridisation and the nature of biodiversity, Professor James Mallett (UCL Biology);

• Tuesday 5 December – Pain and the preterm infant, Professor Maria Fitzgerald (UCL Anatomy & Developmental Biology).

Notes for Editors

1. For further information, please contact UCL Media Relations on Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 9726, Mobile: +44 (0) 7917 271 364.

2. Lectures begin promptly at 1.15pm and finish at 1.55pm. Tickets are not required and attendance is free. All students, staff and the general public are welcome.

3. The lecture series will take place at UCL, in the Darwin Lecture theatre, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

4. Podcasts will be available to download from within one week of the event.

About UCL

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. In the government’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 59 UCL departments achieved top ratings of 5* and 5, indicating research quality of international excellence. UCL is the fourth-ranked UK university in the 2005 league table of the top 500 world universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. UCL alumni include Mahatma Gandhi (Laws 1889, Indian political and spiritual leader); Jonathan Dimbleby (Philosophy 1969, writer and television presenter); Junichiro Koizumi(Economics 1969, Prime Minister of Japan); Lord Woolf (Laws 1954 – former Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales); Alexander Graham Bell (Phonetics 1860s – inventor of the telephone); and members of the band Coldplay.