Kim-Natalie Mousset

German Lektorin

Jean Tufféry

French Lector

Kia Nobre

MA Oxf, BA Williams College, MS, MPhil, PhD Yale, FBA

Teaching

My teaching is concentrated in the area of cognitive neuroscience. I lecture in undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervise research projects at all levels.

About me

I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and completed my higher education and postdoctoral training in the United States (Williams College BA, Yale PhD, Yale and Harvard Medical School postdoctoral fellowships). I moved to Oxford in 1994 to take up a research lectureship position in cognitive neuroscience and the first Oxford JRF position in Psychology, at New College. In 1996, I became a University Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology (Reader 2002-2006, Professor 2006-2014). My post was associated with New College, where I was the first female Tutorial Fellow in a science discipline. In 2014, I became the first holder of the statutory Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow of St Catherine’s College.

Research

I remain perplexed by that magic between brain and mind. In my research, I investigate how the brain proactively and dynamically shapes our selective and adaptive perception from the streams of incoming sensory stimulation. I combine behavioural experiments in humans with multiple types of safe methods for imaging and stimulating the human brain. For a more in-depth view of the research in my laboratory, please visit my lab web pages.

Graduate supervision

I am committed to supervision and mentoring at all levels. I run a large, productive, and happy research group, with about twenty members. I supervise graduate students interested in understanding the neural basis of healthy human cognition, as well as students interested in understanding the neural cognitive bases of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative deficits.

Links

Twitter: @KiaNobre

Brain & Cognition Lab 

Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity  

Google scholar profile

Wikipedia  

Indirea

Oxford Dementia and Ageing Research 

Oxford Sparks – featured scientists  

Research Media profile

Freedom Lab videos  

Cognitive Health in Ageing Study video

Professor of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience

Laura Tunbridge

BA Oxf, MA Nott, PhD Princeton

Teaching

I teach nineteenth- and twentieth-century music history and analysis at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Current lecture courses include Richard Strauss and the Representation of Women, The String Quartet after Beethoven, Lieder in Theory and Practice, and Musical Thought and Scholarship.

About me

I read music at The Queen's College, Oxford, then completed a MA at Nottingham and a PhD at Princeton. I taught for two years at the University of Reading, and for ten years at the University of Manchester, before joining St Catherine's and the Music Faculty in October 2014. I have been a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University, New York, and at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.

Research

My new book, Singing in the Age of Anxiety: Lieder Performances in New York and London between the World Wars (Chicago University Press, 2018), investigates vocal recitals in London and New York in the 1920s and 30s, examining the impact of interwar politics on British and American musical life and the influence of Austro-German musicians on repertoire and performance styles, as well as the ways in which live concert practices were informed by early recordings, radio and sound film.

That project builds on earlier interests in singers and songs. The Song Cycle (Cambridge University Press, 2010), traces a history of the genre from Beethoven through to today. It considers how ideas about song cycles have been shaped by performers and recording technology, and how song cycles have interacted with other genres: from symphonies and operas to popular music.

My other major interest is the reception of the life and works of Robert Schumann. I am particularly interested in the influence his biography has had on our understanding of his music, which I wrote about in Schumann's Late Style (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and in Rethinking Schumann (co-edited with Roe-Min Kok, Oxford University Press, 2011).

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage and at https://oxford.academia.edu/LauraTunbridge.

Graduate supervision

I am the MSt and MPhil convenor in the Faculty of Music and teach seminars on topics such as Aesthetics, Theory and Analysis, and Music and Travel. Enquiries from prospective postgraduate students are welcome.

Henfrey Fellow and Tutor in Music
Professor of Music

Studying Biochemistry at St Catherine’s College

Carolyn | 4th year Biochemistry undergraduate

While biochemistry may be one of the smaller programs at Oxford, it provides excellent opportunities to challenge yourself academically, while enabling you to pursue your extra-curricular interests.

In the first three years, you have 10-15 hours of lectures a week, plus different problems classes (in first year) and tutorials (throughout the first three years). The first year lectures aim to provide a strong foundation on all aspects of biochemistry – from quantum mechanics to the metabolism of ethanol. The lectures are supported by a variety of problems classes, which will require extra reading, review of lecture notes, and the completion of problem sets, but ensure that you have a solid understanding of the material and will be well prepared for the Preliminary Examinations (Prelims) at the end of first year. You will also have tutorials, usually with your college biochemistry tutor (in first year) over a range of key topics, which will help acclimatize you to the tutorial-based educational system used at Oxford. In the second and third years the lectures increase in detail and depth, maintaining a strong knowledge base, but also taking you to the cutting edge of many different research fields. At the end of third year, you sit Part I exams – six papers, four from the different lecture modules: Structure and Function of Macromolecules, Energetics and Metabolic Processes, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Cell Biology and Function. The two additional papers assess your general biochemical knowledge and data handling and interpretation abilities.

Fourth year in the biochemistry course provides a valuable opportunity to experience work in an active research lab, while conducting your research for your Part II project that culminates in your thesis. This research can be carried out in a variety of labs, both in Oxford and elsewhere while on exchange. The research project exposes each student to a real working research environment, to help them decide if a future PhD and/or a career in research is something they would be interested in pursuing. The Part II project also lets you explore a particular topic in depth, and enables each student to contribute to his or her field of interest. The fourth year culminates in two examined options courses, selected from a range of choices by the student.

Throughout the first three years, the lecture courses are supported by practical work, which are assessed by lab write-ups. The practical courses enable students to carry out some of the techniques they are learning about, understand how some of what they are studying was elucidated in the lab, and to be exposed to a range of different practical lab techniques, from isolating DNA to crystalizing proteins to working with various simple model organisms in the lab.

While you will receive tutorials on a wide variety of topics, some of which may not be your area of interest, you can focus on your favourite areas in your Part II project and focus on your stronger areas when preparing for exams, though it is essential to remain balanced and study a wide range of topics. This opportunity for focus, but the necessity of a strong foundation, applies throughout the entire course; ensuring students are prepared and well rounded. This also exposes students to a large range of topics, taught by world leaders and experts in their respective fields.

Tutorials can be a source of stress as a biochemistry student, as they do require extra reading, review of lecture notes and the preparation of a scientific-style essay to be handed in a day or two before the tutorial. During the tutorial, the tutor – an expert in the particular area being studied – will have marked the essays and have provided constructive criticism, invaluable when preparing for Part I exams. During the tutorial, the tutor will prompt discussion and pose questions to challenge your understanding of the material, but this takes place in a small group, and in a relatively relaxed environment so these are not scary experiences. Tutorials are one of the strongest aspects of the biochemistry program at Oxford – you get to learn about a topic from someone who is very active and involved in the field, in a small group setting. The important thing in a tutorial is to be confident and vocal with your knowledge.  Additionally do not be afraid to ask questions, clarify areas you had difficulty with, and ensure you not only know the facts, but also truly understand what they mean, their significance and how they were discovered – and confirmed! It is not the end of the world if you don’t know the answer to a question in a tutorial – it’s much better to find out then, discuss the topic with your tutor and classmates, then during an exam.

While each day will be busy with lectures, reading, a tutorial or practical work, biochemists are not restricted to spending all their time on academia. At Catz, the biochemists are involved in many different activities, from sports such as field and ice hockey, rowing and tennis, to helping produce a musical or organizing the Catz ball. As long as you have a strong work ethic and can manage your time, you can certainly partake in multiple activities while at Oxford. I have played on the ice hockey team for all of my four years at Oxford, and have been able to balance on and off-ice trainings, games and tournaments with my work. Additionally, some of my fellow biochemists are rowers and if they can manage early morning outings followed by lectures, anything is possible.

Biochemistry is a challenging program that is not for everyone, but is something that I have really enjoyed during my time at Oxford and I am pleased I selected it, even though I didn’t know anything about biochemistry when I applied. It is important to be a motivated, independent learner, but all the Catz biochemists have formed strong friendships – you do spend a lot of time with your classmates – so you can rely on them for support, along with your tutors and the older biochemists. Biochemistry at Catz has allowed me to explore my extra-curricular interests while exposing me to a wide range of topics and challenging me intellectually, but always in a supportive environment.

Picture above: Carolyn, 4th year biochemist, receiving the MVP award at Varsity from Diana Carney, Oxford and ice hockey team alum

Visiting Oxford

Accommodation is sometimes available in College for alumni, parents and friends. For more details, please contact Lizzie Andrews on 01865 271 701.

Below you will find a selection of hotels in Oxford, listed with their distance from the College. For more options visit www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com

 

Bath Place Hotel | 4 and 5 Bath Place, OX1 3SU | 01865 791 812 | 0.4m

Eastgate Hotel | High Street, OX1 4BE | 01865 248 332 | 0.5m

The Old Black Horse | 102 St Clements, OX4 1AR | 01865 244 691 | 0.8m

The Old Bank Hotel | 92-94 High Street, OX1 4BN | 01865 799 599 | 1m

The Randolph Hotel | Beaumont Street, OX1 2LN | 0844 879 9132 | 1.1m

The Old Parsonage Hotel | 1 Banbury Road, OX2 6NN | 01865 310 210 | 1.1m

Cotswold Lodge Hotel | 66A Banbury Road, OX2 6JP | 01865 512 121 | 1.2m

St Michael’s Guest House | 26 St Michaels Street, OX1 2EB | 01865 242 101 | 1.3m

Harris Guest House | 307 Iffley Road, OX4 4AG | 01865 242 101 | 1.6m

Best Western Linton Lodge Hotel | 11-13 Linton Road, OX2 6UJ | 01865 553 461 | 1.7m

Malmaison Oxford | 3 Oxford Castle, OX1 1AY | 01865 268 400 | 1.8m

The Galaxie Hotel | 180 Banbury Road, OX2 7BT | 01865 515 688 | 1.9m

Royal Oxford Hotel | Park End Street, OX1 1HR | 01865 248432 | 1.9m

Hawkwell House Hotel | Church Way, Iffley Village, OX4 4DZ | 01865 749 988 | 2.1m

Oxford Spire Four Pillars | Abingdon Road, OX1 4PS | 01865 324 324 | 2.8m

Premier Inn | Garsington Road, Cowley, OX4 2JZ | 01865 779 230 | 3m

The Oxford Hotel | Godstow Road, OX2 8AL | 01865 489988 | 3.4m

Holiday Inn | Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Road, OX2 8DJ | 0871 942 9086 | 3.8m

Nicanor Parra Celebrates 100th Birthday!

Alumnus and Honorary Fellow of Catz Nicanor Parra is celebrating his 100th birthday today, Friday 5 September 2014.

Nicanor is one of Latin America’s most influential contemporary writers and one of Chile’s greatest modern poets. In 2011 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the Spanish-speaking world.

Catz Alumni Compete In World Rowing Championships

Congratulations to Catz alumni Andy Triggs Hodge (2004, Geography & Environment) and Zoe De Toledo (2010, Experimental Psychology), who both competed at the 2014 World Rowing Championships held in Amsterdam from 24-31 August.

Zoe De Toledo was selected to cox the GB Women’s Eight, which finished sixth in the Final. Andy Triggs Hodge rowed with the GB Men’s Four, which won gold in the Final ahead of the USA in silver and Australia in bronze. The Men's Four just missed out on a world record, but clinched the gold medal winning in 5:40.24 finishing a length ahead of the USA.

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