No. 4415 Thursday 31 October 1996 Vol. 127

New research centre for infectious diseases : Scientists studying the spread and control of infectious diseases including BSE and HIV, as well as parasites affecting child health in developing countries, will soon have their own dedicated building in Oxford.

Check on Membership for Vote in Congregation : For the Congregation debate on the location of the Said Business School (5 November), a check will be made to ensure that those attending are currently members of Congregation.

Accelerator boosts physics students : Physics students completing fourth-year research projects have been given access to a Van de Graaff accelerator in Oxford, unique in the UK at undergraduate level.

New courses for legal professionals : Lord Woolf, a former Lord Justice of Appeal, discussed his proposed reforms for the civil justice system at the first of a new series of conferences for practising lawyers at Oxford.

`Entente cordiale' struck up over European law : An extension of the entente cordiale was struck up at the St Cross Building in Oxford last week when the two most senior legal representatives of France and Britain joined together to press the case for a truly European legal education.

Philosophical dialogues : A typically swashbuckling performance from Berkeley professor John Searle, world-famous for his work on speech act theory, arguing that men are very far from machines, launched a three-day colloquium on Philosophical Dialogues in Performance, at the Taylor Institution on 18–20 October.

Business School exhibition continues : An exhibition of the designs for the proposed Business School continues at the Divinity School until Saturday, 9 November. The architects will be available to answer questions on Monday, 4 November, 4.30–6 p.m.

`Thinking' microwave on display : The `thinking' microwave oven, Logicook, jointly developed by Dr Lionel Tarassenko of the Department of Engineering Science, and Sharp Laboratories of Europe, has gone on display at the Science Museum in London in an exhibition of `Thinking Machines' based on neural networks.

World Cultural Council awards : PROFESSOR SIR ALEC JEFFREYS, FRS, who took his BA (1968) and D.Phil. (1972) in Biochemistry at Merton College, is to receive the Albert Einstein World Award of Science from the World Cultural Council at a ceremony in the Taylor Institution, Oxford, on Saturday, 23 November. He is currently Professor of Genetics at the University of Leicester. PROFESSOR ROGER GAUDRY, University of Montreal professor and Rector of Montreal University (1965–75), who was a Rhodes Scholar in Chemistry at Oriel (1938–9), will receive the World Award of Education at the same ceremony, for his outstanding contribution to higher education.

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