No. 4457 Thursday 4 December 1997 Vol. 128

President of Brazil backs new centre : The President of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, has pledged his personal support for the University's new Centre for Brazilian Studies at a special lunch held at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (3 December).

Oxford don to head Humanities Board : Professor Paul Langford, Professor of Modern History and Fellow of Lincoln College, has been appointed as the next Chairman of the Humanities Research Board (HRB) of the British Academy.

Vegetarians `also prone to' heart disease : A vegetarian diet alone may not necessarily reduce the risk of heart disease when compared to eating meat, according to new research carried out jointly by an Oxford team.

Students inspired to `beat the odds' : Two Oxford students have recently set inspiring examples to their peers as they successfully overcame different, adverse circumstances.

Challenge on to find an Oxford `green' agenda : The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Colin Lucas, challenged the audience at a University-wide Environmental Studies seminar to define a `distinctive programme' that would make environmental studies at Oxford stand out.

Government embraces human rights course : The Government is to fund three new annual bursaries to a university summer programme on human rights as part of its new commitment to develop an ethical foreign policy.

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