No. 4434 Thursday 24 April 1997 Vol. 127

American Studies Institute under way after £4 million Rhodes Trust grant : The Rhodes Trust has announced a gift of £4 million for the proposed Oxford Institute for American Studies.

St Hilda's to retain women-only fellowships : St Hilda's, Oxford's only single-sex college, decided last week to retain its current status, which provides for Fellowships to be held only by women.

Artificial hand goes on trial : A sophisticated artificial hand, strong enough to pick up heavy objects, yet sensitive enough to hold an egg without breaking it, is to go on clinical trial in Oxfordshire, following years of research at the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre.

New Savilian Professor of Geometry : Professor Nigel Hitchin, FRS, Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, since 1994, has been appointed to the Savilian Professorship of Geometry with effect from October 1997.

Managing Director appointed for Isis Innovation : ISIS Innovation Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of the University responsible for the exploitation of intellectual property, has appointed Dr Tim Cook as Managing Director.

1997 pay award: The proposed 1997 pay award was 2.9 per cent or the percentage increase in the headline RPI figure for March 1997, whichever was the higher (with manual and ancillary staff receiving an additional 0.5 per cent)—as reported in the Gazette of 20 February. The recently announced March RPI figure was 2.6 per cent, so that salary scales for 1997–8 based on a 2.9 per cent and a 3.4 per cent increase have now been confirmed.

EPSRC Fellowships: Dr Manus Henry and Dr Ian Reid, of the Department of Engineering Science, have each been awarded one of the 24 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowships for 1997. Dr Henry will continue his work on self-validating sensors for industrial applications. Dr Reid plans to take forward his work on theory and algorithms for visual tracking and autonomous navigation, assessing the consequences of deliberate robotic interaction with the environment.

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