No. 4477 Thursday 4 June 1998 Vol. 128

Isis launches plan to boost Oxford science : Oxford appears well placed to compete for the Government's new £50 million venture capital fund to help scientists market their discoveries, as Isis Innovation announces a new business plan.

Three elected to serve on Council : Elections to Hebdomadal Council, concluded last week, have resulted in one new face and two long-serving members being elected to serve from Michaelmas Term 1998, each for a period of six years.

Four new Royal Society Fellows from Oxford : Four distinguished members of the University are among forty new Fellows elected to the Royal Society.

Celebrating 75 years of music at OUP : A packed Sheldonian Theatre hosted a Gala Concert, featuring Christ Church Choir and the Oxford University Chamber Orchestra, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of music publishing at Oxford University Press.

Radon impact on lung cancer : The first direct evidence that radon gas in the home may increase the risk of lung cancer has been produced by university scientists.

Science Area traffic flow to be monitored : Plans to pedestrianise Oxford city centre under the Oxford Transport Strategy have been approved by a government inspector, after a four-week public inquiry.

Computing victory: A team of Oxford Computation undergraduates has won the British Computer Society Programming Competition for the second year running, ahead of teams from universities and industry nation-wide. The winning team, Nick Fortesque (SEH), James Riden (SEH), Patrick Smears (Lincoln), and Ian Parkinson (St John's) completed the most programming tasks during the day-long event.

Awards for Professor Archie Brown: Professor Archie Brown, Professor of Politics and Fellow of St Antony's College, has received two national awards for his book The Gorbachev Factor (OUP). He was presented with the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize for the `best political science book published in 1996' at the annual conference of the UK Political Studies Association. He was also joint winner of the award for the best book on Russia in any discipline, the Alec Nove Prize, announced by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies.

City links investigation: A wide-ranging picture of the University's links with the city is emerging, following the return of 250 questionnaires in the University's current survey. However further responses are being sought, and the deadline has been extended. Contact Wendy Fuggles on 278113.

Daphne Jackson Fellowship: Dr Yasmin Robson has been awarded a Daphne Jackson Fellowship to allow her to pursue her research career at the Department of Astrophysics. The Fellowships are awarded to scientists and engineers to enable them to return to work after raising a family. Dr Robson is currently analysing radio observations of distant galaxies.

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