No. 4421 Thursday 12 December 1996 Vol. 127

Public inquiry call on City transport plan : The University and colleges, while fully supportive of the city council's aim to improve the centre of Oxford, have together called for a public inquiry on its proposed Oxford Transport Strategy.

US curator to head Ashmolean Museum : Dr George Goldner, a senior curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has been appointed as the new Director of the Ashmolean Museum.

Lies `give meaning to telling the truth' : The renowned structuralist philosopher, Professor Jacques Derrida, attracted a capacity audience when he spoke on `A short history of the lie (state of the lie, lie of state),' at the Maison Française's fiftieth anniversary lecture in the Examination Schools on 28 November.

Geophysicist is new ECU director : Professor Jim Briden, currently a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Professor and Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences in Oxford since 1994, has been appointed to the Chair of Environmental Studies and the IBM Directorship of the Environmental Change Unit (ECU), with effect from 1 January 1997.

Japanese hosted at technology seminar : Almost fifty senior industrialist scientists and managers, representing some of the major Japanese companies in the UK, attended a University technology seminar aimed at promoting research collaboration between the companies, British universities, and other British concerns.

Leukaemia `linked to population mix' : An oxford scientist has helped to provide further evidence that children are more at risk of developing leukaemia if they live in areas which attract outsiders.

Alumni Office donation: The University's Alumni Office has donated £829 to the Department of Archaeology for travel costs linked to research projects. The funds were raised through the Office's organisation of a boat cruise around south-west Turkey, involving twelve Oxonians and accompanied by Dr Nigel Spencer of the Archaeology Department.

Basque Fellowship: Professor Demetrio Lopernia Rota, Professor of Administrative Law at San Sebastian University, will join St Antony's College under the new Basque Visiting Fellowship, funded for the next five years by the Basque Society. The fellowship was linked to the college in 1987–92 until it lapsed.

Correction: Mr Stephen Somerville of the Reuters Foundation was pictured with New Century Japanese scholars last week, and not Mr Paul Brankin of Oxford Instruments as stated. Both Reuters and Oxford Instruments are among twelve British concerns which support the scheme.

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