No. 4439 Thursday 29 May 1997 Vol. 127

Václav Havel to receive Degree by Diploma : Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, is to receive the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma from the University, subject to approval by Congregation on 17 June.

Wafic Said confirms £20m gift to Oxford : Mr Wafic Said, the businessman and philanthropist, has confirmed that his gift of £20m, earmarked for a new building to house a world-class Oxford Business School, will go ahead if the University approves new arrangements announced this week.

New Royal Society Fellows from Oxford : Four distinguished Oxford professors have been elected to Fellowships of the Royal Society.

Agnelli joins Court of Benefactors : The Chancellor, Lord Jenkins, admitted Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli to the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors at a special ceremony at the House of Lords on 15 May.

Botanic Garden strikes gold again : The University's Botanic Garden has again been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for an exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show (19–23 May).

Gift to Environmental Change Unit: The Environmental Change Unit has received a substantial gift from the Japanese Foundation, MOA—the Mokichi Okada Association. Over the next five years, the grant will support research on the environmental processes affecting the terrestrial habitat and provide an enhanced physical science underpinning of the ECU's climate impacts modelling.

Professor J.F. Dewey: Professor John F. Dewey, Professor of Geology and Fellow of University College, has been elected a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Long Vacation conference: A conference on Labour and Difference in Africa, USA, and Britain, involving leading scholars from three continents, will be held at St Antony's College (11–13 July). It is being organised by Professor Terence Ranger and Dr Peter Alexander.

Scientific award: Mr Ewan Nettleton, a D.Phil. student at the Oxford Centre for Molecular Studies (OCMS) and member of Balliol College, was awarded the Michael Barber Award in a competition open to young scientists for best presentation at the British Mass Spectrometry Society meeting.

Spectronomy Group success: The protein mass spectronomy group at the OCMS, run by Dr Carol Robinson, has successfully bid to the BBSRC Joint Equipment Initiative for a Fourier Transform Ion Cylotron Resonance mass spectrometer. This machine, only the third in the UK, will enable the group to pioneer new ways of obtaining information about protein structure.

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