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No. 4406 Friday 21 June 1996 Vol. 126

Mapping of genes signals advance in arthritis research : Scientists at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine have made a major advance in research into the genetic basis of rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that affects as many as 500,000 people in the UK, causing extreme pain and often leading to premature death.

Open days attract 300 from state schools : Open days designed to bring sixth-formers and teachers from state-funded schools to visit the University were so heavily over-subscribed this year, that there are plans to extend the scheme in 1997–8.

Applying maths to the art of war : An unusual exhibition entitled `The Geometry of War, 1500– 1750', which illustrates a neglected aspect of the applied art of the Renaissance, has just opened at the Museum of the History of Science in Broad Street.

Five from Oxford honoured : Two knighthoods, a DBE, and two CBEs have been awarded to Oxford figures in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours List.

Leading Latin American poet enthralls Oxford : Octavio Paz, Nobel prizewinner and the leading living poet of Latin America, made his first visit to the University last week and enthralled a lively international audience at the Taylor Institute, reading from his works in Spanish.

Logician fills philosophy chair : Dorothy Edgington, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, has been appointed to the temporary Professorship of Philosophy from October 1996 to April 2001, taking the place of Professor Christopher Peacocke during his tenure of the Leverhulme Research Professorship.

Malaysian scholarship : The British Council in Malaysia has agreed to fund one Malaysian scholar each year on the Advanced Management Programme at Templeton College. The award, worth around £12,000 per year, will be known as The Chevening Scholarship.

Professor Denis Noble : Professor Denis Noble, Burdon Sanderson Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology and a Fellow of Balliol College, has been elected as an Honorary Member of the American Physiological Society. He has also been appointed to Partnership Korea, a new DTI committee set up to develop Korean-British industrial links.

Tennis trophy : The 103rd Annual Lawn Tennis Varsity Match for The SmithKline Beecham Trophy will be played at the Queen's Club, London, on 11 and 12 July, starting at 11 a.m. Oxford has won seven out of the last eight fixtures, but is far behind in the total matches. Admission to the matches is free.

Professor Martin Kemp : Professor Martin Kemp, Professor of the History of Art and a Fellow of Trinity College, has been elected as a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr Steve Elston : Dr Steve Elston, a Royal Society Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science, has been awarded the prestigious Marconi Young Scientist Award for his research on the development of display technology based on ferroelectric liquid crystals. In October he takes up a Titular University Lecturership in Electrical Engineering associated with St John's College.

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