No. 4431 Thursday 13 March 1997 Vol. 127

US alumni to gather in Atlanta : Oxonians from the southern and eastern regions of the United States, including prominent Rhodes Scholars, will gather for the major alumni event of 1997, being held in Atlanta on 25–7 April.

Chemists `experiment' in virtual laboratory : Oxford chemists have developed a way to put chemistry experiments on the internet, and this new `virtual laboratory' has just won a national award.

Virgin Fellowship takes off : Virgin Atlantic Airways, owned by Mr Richard Branson, is to sponsor a new Virgin Atlantic Research Fellowship in Entrepreneurship at Templeton College.

Michelangelo expert to fill Fine Art Chair : The Slade Professor of Fine Art for the academic year 1997–8 is to be Professor Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt, Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Science, New York University, since 1973, and Permanent Consultant for Renaissance Art to the Vatican Museums since 1987.

Wellcome trusts Oxford with £21m for research : Oxford received £21 million in research grant support from the Wellcome Trust in the past academic year (1995–6), more than any other UK university, it was revealed during a visit to the University by Dame Bridget Ogilvie, Director of the Wellcome Trust.

Sylvia Plath—`a poet unto death' : Professor James Fenton, Professor of Poetry and Fellow of Magdalen College, spoke of the tragic cost of Sylvia Plath's genius, in the last of his lectures on women poets.

Publication of official papers: The Gazette is to publish regularly the details of papers received within the University Offices from bodies such as the DfEE, Hefce and the CVCP, which deal with major questions of Higher Education policy, in the Notices section.

The move is aimed at improving the flow of public information to members of Congregation, who can request copies of such documents. After a trial period, the position will be reviewed in the light of the demand.

Lottery application exhibition: An exhibition on the Bodleian Library bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund opened in the Divinity School this week. The bid is for funding to support restoration works and improvements, including Duke Humfrey's Library, and to provide a more enjoyable and interesting experience for those who visit Oxford as tourists. The exhibition is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and 9 a.m.–12 p.m. (Saturday) until the end of May.

St Hilda's considers change: The Governing Body of St Hilda's College will meet at the beginning of next term to decide whether to admit male fellows. A two-thirds majority of those present and voting would be required to change the current statute which only allows for female fellows to be appointed.

Talks on genes: Scientists at The Institute of Molecular Medicine are giving a series of talks on `Our genes and disease' to mark set97 on Tuesday, 18 March (6.20–8 p.m.) at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Topics covered will include `Why is it so difficult to immunise against the AIDS virus?', `Genes and Skull Malformations,' and `Why infectious diseases will always be with us.' Admission is free.

Award for Professor Hide: Professor Raymond Hide, CBE, FRS, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Fellow of Jesus College, will receive the American Geophysical Union's highest award, the William Bowie Medal, at a ceremony in May in the USA. The award recognises `his outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and his leadership and unselfish co-operation in research.'

Book awards: Dr Diarmaid MacCulloch, this year's Whitbread Biography Prize winner, Fellow and Senior Tutor of St Cross College, has also won two other literary prizes for his biography, Thomas Cranmer: a Life (Yale University Press): the £3,000 James Tait Black Prize, and the £2,500 Duff Cooper Prize.

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