No. 4427 Thursday 13 February 1997 Vol. 127

Centre to focus on Brazilian Studies : A Brazilian Studies Centre is to be set up within the University, thanks to financial support from donors in Brazil.

New Chair in European Community Law : A new Chair has been established within the Law Faculty, following generous support from the European Parliament and Commission.

Bodleian displays life of English gentry : Gentlemen and poets feature in two new exhibitions, `Land and Lineage: the world of the nobility and gentry in England, 1500–1700' and the `Keeper's Choice', currently on display in the New Exhibition Room in the Old Schools Quadrangle, Bodleian Library.

New Reader in Transport Studies : Dr Jonathan Preston, Senior Lecturer in Transport Economics and Course Director of the MBA in Transport Management, University of Leeds, has been appointed to the Readership in Transport Studies, with effect from September 1997.

Oxford sparks European alliance on brain research : Oxford neuroscientist, Colin Blakemore, Waynflete Professor of Physiology, has launched the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) to promote awareness of the need for research on the brain.

Race Relations chair goes to rural studies expert : Professor William Beinart, Professor of African History, University of Bristol, has been appointed to the Rhodes Professorship of Race Relations, with effect from October 1997.

General Board election: Nominations for the vacancy on the General Board, by two members of Congregation are required by 17 February, and by six members of Congregation by 24 February. The election on 13 March follows the resignation of Professor Michael Goringe. Professor Roger Cashmore will replace Professor Goringe as Chairman of the Research and Equipment Committee of the General Board from Trinity Term.

Ecology talks: More than 200 sixth-formers heard talks on Ecology during a study afternoon organised by the University's Botanic Gardens and the University Museum on 12 February.

Funds raised: Staff at the University Offices raised £1,500 for Vale House, a hospice in Botley caring for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The staff raised the money by holding a series of cake stalls and car boot sales, followed by a Christmas raffle.

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