No. 4413 Thursday 17 October 1996 Vol. 127

Childhood infection helps fight malaria : Oxford scientists working on an island in the Pacific Ocean may have discovered a form of natural immunisation against malaria, a disease which kills more than two million children in the tropics every year.

Nobel Prize for Professor Jim Mirrlees : Professor James Mirrlees, who spent twenty-seven years of his academic career at Oxford, has won the Nobel Prize for Economics.

French Livres d'Artiste at Bodleian : Visually-exciting French `Livres d'Artiste' went on display on 7 October in the Old Schools Quadrangle Exhibition Room, the Bodleian Library.

First class of MBA students : Oxford's first MBA students have arrived to begin their one-year course at the School of Management Studies.

Vice-Chancellor warns of higher education `under threat' : Concerns about future university funding dominated the Vice-Chancellor's Oration to Congregation on 8 October.

New Reader in Educational Studies : Professor Kathy Sylva, Professor of Child Development and Primary Education at the University of London's Institute of Education, has been appointed to the Readership in Educational Studies, with effect from January 1997.

Business School Exhibition : An exhibition of the designs for the proposed Said Business School will be held in the Divinity School, Bodleian Library, from Monday, 21 October (at 2.30 p.m.) to Tuesday, 5 November. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Sunday).

Award for physicist: Oxford physicist Dr Ken Zetie, a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, has won an award from the Institute of Physics and National Physical Laboratory for his paper on bumble-bees. He overturns previous scientific theories that it was physically impossible for bumble-bees to fly.

Refugee Studies Round Table: The Refugees Studies Programme is to hold a round table discussion for religious leaders on `the Challenge of the New Asylum Legislation' on Saturday, 19 October. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Zoroastrian leaders will be among those attending.

Oxford Biomedica flotation: Oxford Biomedica, the biotech company founded by university biochemists Professor Alan Kingsman and his wife Dr Susan Kingsman, is to be floated on the stock exchange. The company is doing pioneering work on gene therapy for the treatment of HIV and cancer.

Prentice Cup victory: The Oxford–Cambridge lawn tennis team has regained the Prentice Cup for the first time since 1972, after beating Harvard and Yale in the final round of the championship.

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