No. 4434 Thursday 24 April 1997 Vol. 127

Computer models used to help prevent heart attacks : Oxford scientists could be a step closer to understanding how heart attacks might be prevented, following significant developments in the study of cardiac rhythms using computer models.

Chemistry to have first Chairman : Professor Graham Richards, Professor of Chemistry at the University's Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory and a Fellow of Brasenose College, has been appointed as the first Chairman of Chemistry.

Impressionist pastels on view : An exhibition of pastels by a range of artists, including Degas and Pissarro, from the Ashmolean's collections, is now on view in the Museum's McAlpine Gallery (8 April–11 May).

Saving space on the congested airwaves : Researchers from the Mathematical Institute are investigating ways of using the congested radio spectrum more efficiently—possibly by sharing frequencies.

In sickness and in health : A review of adult health in Britain over the past 150 years, co-edited by a research scientist at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, has shown that marriage is the best route to good health.

New Professor of Numerical Analysis from US : Professor Lloyd Trefethen, Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, New York, since 1994, has been appointed to the Professorship of Numerical Analysis with effect from 1 October 1997.

Sir Stephen Tumim: Sir Stephen Tumim, Principal of St Edmund Hall, has been elected head of the Oxford Civic Society. The former Chief Inspector of Prisons will target city traffic problems as part of the Society's crusade to improve the quality of life in Oxford.

Police promotion: Oxford graduate, Superintendant Cressida Dick (Balliol, 1979–82) has just taken charge of the City of Oxford police force.

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