No. 4408 Thursday 11 July 1996 Vol. 126

Oxford scientists help rewrite genetic history : Oxford scientists at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, working with fellow academics in Britain and Germany, have helped to rewrite the genetic history of Europe, overturning widely-held beliefs about our common ancestors.

OUP Bookshop returns `home' : The Oxford University Press Bookshop has returned to its `home' since 1872 at 116–117 High Street, following a four-year design and refurbishment programme.

Equipment cuts threaten research : Oxford academics in the sciences and humanities have warned that swingeing government cuts in capital funding for equipment will take a heavy toll on the basic infrastructure needed for teaching and research.

£1 million award for brain research : OPTIMA, The Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing based at the Department of Pharmacology, has won a Foresight Challenge Award worth £1.28m.

University recognises academic distinction : The University has conferred the title of Professor on 162 of its academics, and the title of Reader on a further 99, in recognition of their outstanding academic distinction.

Return of loan requested : The Sub-Warden of New College, Dr Joshua Silver, has written to the Queen asking for help in recovering money loaned to Edward IV in 1461. Around £60 of the loan is still outstanding, though it may be impossible to calculate what that would be worth today with interest.

Award of OBE : Col. David King, the Bursar of Worcester College, was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, in recognition of his services as Cadet Commandant of the Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force.

Chemistry prize : Ms Susanna Leon, a postgraduate student at Lincoln College undertaking research at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, has won first prize in a Society of Chemical Industry national essay competition, sponsored by Zeneca. Her essay `Playing the Chemical Lottery' was published in Chemistry and Industry (17 June).

Kilgerran Prize : Dr Graham Richards, Reader in Computational Chemistry in the Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, has been awarded the Lloyd of Kilgerran Prize 1996 by the Foundation for Science and Technology for his work on Computer-Aided Molecular Design and the successful formation of Oxford Molecular Limited.

Wolfson History Prize : Professor Colin Matthew, Professor of History and Fellow of St Hugh's College, has been awarded the Wolfson History Prize 1995 in recognition of his book Gladstone 1875–1898 (OUP), which is the culmination of his Gladstone studies including Gladstone 1809–1874 and his editorship of twelve volumes of The Gladstone Diaries.

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