No. 4453 Thursday 6 November 1997 Vol. 128

Credit card boost for Oxford's trading arm : A series of new product initiatives—including the recently launched University affinity card, a whisky for sale in Japan, and even a bicycle—are helping to push up the income being generated by Oxford Limited, the University's trading arm.

Sound barrier was broken by Maths graduate : The man who recently broke the sound barrier—as well as the world land speed record—in dramatic style, Mr Andy Green, is an Oxford alumnus (Worcester 1980–3), who gained a first in Maths.

Secretary honoured for serving eight Vice-Chancellors : Miss Anne Smallwood, who recently retired as the Vice- Chancellor's secretary, has been awarded an honorary MA.

Delors cites primacy of law in uniting Europe : Mr Jacques Delors, former President of the European Commission, identified the law and effective frameworks for decision-making and action, as factors of fundamental importance to the establishment and success of the community model, in a special lecture on 27 October.

Refugee Studies documents to be put on the Web : Work has begun on a new project, to digitise a substantial proportion of the Refugee Studies Programme's unique collection of `grey literature'—valuable materials of an unpublished or semi-published nature—to make them available to scholars world-wide.

Ecologists revise debate on extinctions : Two Oxford ecologists have challenged the prevailing view that the ever-increasing rate of species extinction, caused by activities such as the clearance of tropical rain forests, is of particular evolutionary significance or concern.

Ambassador appointed: Mr Philip Lader, a former Rhodes Scholar at Pembroke College 1967–8, where he now holds an Honorary Fellowship, has recently been appointed US Ambassador to Britain. A close friend of President Clinton (University 1968), Mr Lader sees himself as being `one of the stewards of the special relationship'.

Architectural awards: The Oxford University Press book shop in High Street and the St Edmund Hall student accommodation at Norham Gardens are among the places receiving environmental awards from the Oxford Preservation Trust. The awards recognise the best of the new, and refurbished, buildings as well as landscapes.

Remembrance Day: Hebdomadal Council has expressed the hope that all staff, students, and visitors to the University will be given the opportunity to observe a two-minute silence at 11 a.m. on Remembrance Day, Tuesday, 11 November, if they wish to do so.

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