No. 4419 Thursday 28 November 1996 Vol. 127

Mathematicians help to heal scar tissue : Mathematicians at Oxford are applying their skills to the processes of wound healing, with the aim of perfecting new treatments to reduce the formation of scar tissue.

UN envoy to head St Antony's : Mr Marrack Goulding, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the United Nations in New York, has been elected as the next Warden of St Antony's.

Study shows rural life under threat from car travel : Public opinion about car use is changing, according to a new report on the social and environmental aspects of rural travel patterns from the University's Environmental Change Unit (ECU).

Step in the cold towards `dark matter' : Deep in a mountain in Italy, scientists from Oxford University and their colleagues have taken an important step in their search for the `missing', or dark matter, in the galaxy.

Work to start on Humanities Research Centre : A munificent benefaction from the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation has enabled the University to plan the first phase of its Ashmolean Research Centre for the Humanities, to be built adjacent to the Ashmolean Museum.

Management Studies put to the test : The Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Mr Howard Davies, delivered an interim endorsement of the development of management as a subject for university teaching, while emphasising the importance of following a cross-disciplinary approach.

Institute for American Studies: A $120,00 benefaction from the John L. Louis Jr. Foundation has taken Oxford closer to its target for a new Institute for American Studies. In recognition of the Foundation's generosity to the Institute, the Director's office will be named in honour of the late John Jeffery Louis Jr., a former US ambassador to Britain.

Oxford Transport Strategy exhibition: The City Council is currently exhibiting proposals for the Oxford Transport Strategy including proposals for controversial central area traffic and pedestrianisation during its four-week public exhibition at Clarendon House, Shoe Lane Entrance (opposite Halford's), until 9 December.

New sauna opens: A new infra-red sauna at the refurbished Iffley Road gym, the Pulse, opens on 26 November. It will cost £3.50 per 30 minutes for members, and £5 for non-members. Opening times are the same as for the gym.

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