No. 4412 Thursday 10 October 1996 Vol. 127

Nine admitted to Court of Benefactors : The Vice-Chancellor used his address to the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors last week (2 October) to convey `a range of good news'.

Sorting the goats from the tortoises : Zoologists at Oxford are preparing to carry out a census of giant tortoises on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, after recommending drastic measures to protect their natural habitat.

New Warden for Green College : Sir John Hanson, KCMG, CBE, Director General of the British Council since 1992, has been appointed as the next Warden of Green College.

Paris-I joins Europaeum as sixth partner : The Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne has formally become the sixth member of the Europaeum.

Econometrics expert takes four-year Chair : Professor Bronwyn Hall, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, has been appointed to the temporary Professorship of Economics until September 2000, and will be a Fellow of Nuffield College.

Oxford psychiatrists review achievements : Community and child psychiatry were among the current research topics discussed at a recent conference organised by the University's Department of Psychiatry, involving 180 past and present members.

Gorbachev lecture: Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the former Soviet Union, has accepted an invitation from St Antony's College to give a lecture in the Sheldonian Theatre on Monday, 28 October. He will speak, in the presence of the Chancellor, on `Russia between the past and the future: a difficult path from totalitarianism to democracy.' Admission is by ticket only: contact St Antony's College on 274497.

Eastman Professorship: Renée Fox (BA Smith College, Northampton, Ph.D. Harvard), Annenberg Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has taken up the George Eastman Visiting Professorship for the academic year 1996–7. She will be a Fellow of Balliol College.

Colloquium on philosophical dialogues: The European Humanities Research Centre is to hold a three-day colloquium, `Philosophical Dialogues in Performance', from 18 to 20 October. The series relating to philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychology, and literature, will take place at the Taylor Institution and the Maison Franìaise. Contact the EHRC on 280742 for details.

Award for Sir John Elliott: Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor of Modern History, has been invested with the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabel la Catùlica by the Spanish Prime Minister, José María Aznar, at a ceremony in the Moncloa Palace, Madrid.

Correction : Dr Frene Ginwala, the Speaker of the South African National Assembly, is an old member of Linacre College, not Lincoln, as detailed in last week's Gazette.

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